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Big Red Loves Burgundy And Gold

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 7, 2011 – 10:21 pm

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It would be fair to say that the Redskins draft in April attracted the attention of Nebraska Cornhusker fans.

After taking three straight Huskers in the middle rounds of the draft, the sea of Burgundy and Gold at Fan Appreciation Day was speckled with dots of Husker Red.  I got a chance to flag one Nebraska fan down, and he gave me the skinny on each of the Huskers-turned-Redskins.

Patrick Farrell, United States Army, was decked out in his No. 10, Roy Helu red-on-white Nebraska jersey.  Wearing his Nebraska hat and grasping his Huskers mini-helmet, he was peering down the long row of fans, looking for his favorite football players.

I walked up to him and asked him if he was a Redskins fan, to which he hastily replied, “No, sorry.”

I laughed and asked him who he was here to see.  He said that his favorite player from Nebraska was defensive lineman Adam Carriker.  “I’m gonna try to get up with Adam,” he said.  “I’ve been talking with him on Facebook a little bit, and I’m always hoping that he’s walking by at the right time and I catch him.”

Farrell said that he has family out in Blair, Neb., and that’s the reason he’s been a lifelong-fan of the Huskers.  The only time he’s ever seen the current crop of Huskers-turned-Redskins play is when he flew out to Seattle to see them play last season.

Seriously, this guy is that devoted.

Time for some predictions: how are these three new Redskins going to translate their college success to the pro game?

“I’d like to see Paul get a thousand reception yards this year,” he said.  “If Helu gets in there and competes for the starting running back job, I’d like to see him get 800 or 900 yards. And I’d like to see DeJon [Gomes] get a couple of pick-sixes.”

I think the Redskins could live with that too.

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3 Responses to “Big Red Loves Burgundy And Gold”

  1. By REDSKINSALLDAY on Aug 7, 2011 | Reply

    Paul will have to have a great preseason to make the 53. Helu will be able to outright compete with Torain injured and hightower not ball secure. Carriker will improve this year and a year healthier. As for Gomes he will have opp to make plays so make the best of them. GO BECK

  2. By Sports Scatter on Aug 8, 2011 | Reply

    RB is an open competition this year and Torrain is a guy who is uncuttable unless hurt, after being acquired hightower will only be cut if he fumbles a few times in practice/exhibition, Royster and Williams are a little more suited for 3rd down back than Helu. Royster is probably the only one who would clear for the practice squad so that may be Helu’s opportunity. To me this is the tightest battle in camp because so many participants are likely to be active roster material for another club if they don’t make the team. That hightower was acquired makes me wonder if the first few days of camp weren’t going so well for helu and williams after torrain had his setback.

    They’re all solid players. Carriker is fighting for his job this year with two new DL brought in to start and another drafted to start…all 4 can play DE/NG/NT/DT so they should all be playing plenty of snaps but he may not be the starting guy by the end of the season.

    The wide receivers are just plain stacked…Moss is locked in for 80 receptions and 1000 yards, Armstrong has earned the right to fight for the #2 job with Gaffney. If Stallworth hasn’t lost a step and he works hard, his spot as the #2 or 3 is a given. And, the other ten or so are in a free for all for 1 to 2 roster spots… It looks to me like the team is going to try to sneak 4 WR on the practice squad. Hankerson and Banks are almost guaranteed to be signed to an active roster if cut…so Basically Paul would have to play well enough in the next 3 weeks to make the active rosters and see game action each game day because an expected contributor would be lost to another team. A rash of injuries, stallworth falling on his face, and a trade would seem to be necessary to keep him off the practice squad.

    There is room for Gomes if he plays well. He has the easiest road to the 53 man, though he’d probably clear for the practice squad if the vets all play well and the team wants more time before throwing Gomes in the fire.

  3. By Justin Thompson on Aug 8, 2011 | Reply

    There are 4 WR’s that In my opinion have a locked roster spot. Moss, Armstrong, and Hankerson and Gaffney. Stallworth by no means is a lock given his lack of production in the past, and Banks will have to add some receiving ability to his list of weapons.
    As far as RB’s its a battle for the 3rd down job. I think Torain makes the team for sure unless he suffers a major injury setback. Hightower is a lock simply because he brings so much to the table. As far as the #3 back I have to think Williams has the edge right now given his experience in the system and great receiving abilities.

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