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Reed Doughty Assembles Part Of ‘The Avengers’ At Home

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 30, 2011 – 6:07 pm

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Pictured above, are Reed Doughty’s two children dressed up as Marvel super heroes, Captain America and Thor.  Not quite as ferocious as the originals, but pretty impressive.

This picture was tweeted by Doughty this morning, along with a happy birthday message to his son, Micah.  Micah is 5 years old today, and got exactly what he wanted in a Razor scooter.

“Well, we did 6:30 a.m. presents, of course,” Doughty said after practice.  “We’re always up by 6:30–or before 6:30–so we did presents then.”


“I’m gonna go home and play with the remote controlled cars, and maybe ride the Razor Scooter around,” Doughty continued.  “He wanted a scooter, and he’s really excited for it.”

This is the same son that was born with kidney failure in 2006.  He had a transplant three and one-half years ago now, and is pretty much your average 5-year-old.

“Most of it’s behind him now,” Doughty said with relief.  “He’s doing phenomenal, going to preschool, excited for his birthday, and doing all of the fun stuff that 5-year-olds do.  Y’know, he’s got his normal checkups and medicine, and stuff like that, but he’s doing great.”

Does Micah have the same physical prowess that his father has on the gridiron? Read more »

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Hail To The Redskins Walk: Part 1

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 30, 2011 – 5:21 pm

The Redskins have unveiled two wall murals dedicated to the rich history of the football team, entitled the “Hail to the Redskins Walk.”

One mural is adjacent to the locker room on the first floor of the facilities at Redskins Park.  Players cannot enter or exit the locker room without seeing life-sized pictures of Slingin’ Sammy Baugh or “The Diesel,” John Riggins, immortalized on the wall.

“It displays the storied history of this proud franchise,” said Redskins Senior Vice President, Tony Wyllie.  “Anyone that walks downstairs and takes a look at it will instantly understand what this organization is all about.”

The mural magically appeared on Monday morning, and curious players have been seen pausing on their way to and from meetings, taking a closer look.  Wyllie said, “Everyone from veterans to rookies have read it and studied it, and walked away proud to be a Redskin.”

An identical wall has been constructed at FedExField, and will have television screens embedded in the wall for a delightfully multimedia experience.  It’s located on the club level of the stadium.

This is Part One of an eight-part series, looking at each decade of the Redskins history, as depicted on the walls.

The Redskins were born in the 1930’s, in Boston, Mass.  Originally known as the Braves, the team moved to greener pastures in Washington, D.C., and became the Redskins that we all know and love.

Here are shots of the 1930’s panel on the Hail to the Redskins Walk:

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The Last Practice For Some Redskins

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 30, 2011 – 3:30 pm

Given today’s official roster cuts, it was difficult to determine who was missing from practice due to injury and who was permanently excused from practice.  The team also did not need to make cuts official until after practice today, so some players suited up in the Burgundy and Gold for the last time.

Head coach Mike Shanahan is expected to clarify the situation shortly.

Here are some scenes from practice.  Now that the players are removed from the heat and two-a-day’s of training camp, players are starting to look crisp going into the last preseason game.  This is the last open practice before Thursday’s matchup against the Bucaneers.

Here is footage of the the receivers practicing routes below: Read more »

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Cleansing Stephen Bowen Of The Cowboys Stain

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 30, 2011 – 2:24 pm

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In relatively old news, new defensive end Stephen Bowen was interviewed by CSN’s sideline reporter, Rick ‘Doc’ Walker during the first preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Doc told viewers at home that he had exorcised the demon of Dallas out of Bowen, and that he had “cleansed him of that filth.”

Check it out below if you missed it:

Stephen took it all in stride, and knows which side of the rivalry he’s on now.   Read more »

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John Beck Uses ‘Saintly’ Guidance

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 30, 2011 – 1:09 pm

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Second round draft pick.  Brought in to be the franchise quarterback.  Never given a proper chance to succeed and given-up on.  New town, new team, new opportunity.

That’s pretty much John Beck’s story.  It also belongs to Drew Brees.

This past offseason, Beck publicly embraced the opportunity to start for the Washington Redskins, and started training camp as the only quarterback on the Redskins depth chart.  But before he ever arrived in Washington, he started preparing himself to have the mentality of a starter, thanks in part to Brees.

Brees and Beck are personal friends and spent time together in their offseason residence of San Diego, Calif.

“We’ve talked a lot about [being in the spotlight],” Beck said yesterday.  “The whole purpose of being around [Brees] was to soak in everything that he does. What’s made him successful? His work ethic, the way he approaches the game. Before I left San Diego to come out here, we sat down for a couple of hours going over trying to be the best quarterback that you can be.”

Beck knows that he has a tough task if he hopes to duplicate the success that Brees has had in New Orleans.

“There’s so much on the table as a quarterback of the Washington Redskins that you have to prioritize yourself of what matters most, and that’s playing the game,” he said. “Really, the only taste I had of being a starting quarterback in the NFL was with the Dolphins when we were 0-9 and I became the starter. That was a tricky situation to be a part of.”

And Hurricane Irene was just a little rain cloud.

“Drew has been able to battle through adversity and come out on top and take his team to a Super Bowl,” Beck continued.  “I felt–although our adversities were different–it was still a battle against something. He came out on top and that’s what I was trying to do.”

If Beck is going to choose to model himself after a particular quarterback in the NFL, I’m not sure that he could pick a better role model.

Check out Beck’s full video below: Read more »

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Roster Downsizing Starts Today

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 30, 2011 – 12:24 pm

This morning’s open locker room had a rather somber atmosphere for anyone considered a “bubble player,” or “roster hopeful” (or their respective friends) this preseason.

This is the first day of roster cuts for all teams in the league, and the Redskins must go from 89 players (87 and two P.U.P.) down to 80.

Already at 11 a.m., there were three empty lockers around the room.

All of those cuts will become official this afternoon, but it’s certainly a part of the business that no one enjoys.

“I think that’s the hardest thing as a head coach is telling somebody that he’s not going to make your football team,” head coach Mike Shanahan said.  “Regardless of if it’s going from 90 to 80 or to 53 and the practice squad, those are the tough days for a coach.”

Shanahan talked about the difficulty of making cuts this year in particular, given the lack of exposure to certain players.

“[The lack of evaluation time] does make it tougher,” he explained.  “Even though you have 90, you don’t have those OTA days.  Those extra practice days help you get a good feel for everyone, but this is a little tougher than it has been in the past.”

Watch his full press conference below: Read more »

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