By the end of last season, the Redskins running attack was spear-headed by fullback Mike Sellers, and running backs Ryan Torain and Keiland Williams.
Through the first two games, none of the aforementioned backs have seen offensive snaps, and Williams is no longer a member of the Redskins running back stable.
It’s amazing the difference nine months can make.
Two months ago, Darrel Young, Tim Hightower, and Roy Helu didn’t know each other. Last Sunday, they rushed for a combined 172 yards, a feat that was accomplished only once all of last year.
Young, the bulldozer for the group, sees only one main difference.
“We believed,” he said simply. “All week we talked about if we get the running game going, it opens up everything else.”
And it certainly did. The offense’s 455 total yards against the Cardinals exceeded every regulation four-quarter output from last season, and led the way to their second victory on the season.
Even though Young is usually blowing holes in the defense for his running backs to run through, he still has an assessment of how they run.
“Y’know, Hightower’s aggressive guy, you can’t coach what he does,” he explained. “And Helu–the things that we did coach, he did that–but the running style, that’s him. We got two guys like that, and basically you got a two-headed monster. You never know what you’re gonna get.”
Young made sure to note that the group got off to a “slow start” in the game against the Cardinals, and made no excuses for the performance. Read more »
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Fantasy football alert: Santana Moss is playing the Cowboys. Go adjust your roster before reading the rest of the post.
In 12 career games against the Cowboys, Moss has caught 73 passes for 1,055 yards and six touchdowns. Clearly he knows how to get excited for this matchup.
“It’s a big game,” he said, stating the obvious. “We know what Dallas means to everybody else in the world, because it’s like, y’know, without that star, it’s almost like it ain’t football. I watched as a kid, and I’ve always been a fan of them. So when it’s time for you to get ready and get on that stage with them, there’s something a little more extra that comes out of you. You never know what it is, it just happens.”
And whatever it is, it works for Santana’s personal statistics. Obviously, his biggest performance against the Cowboys came in Dallas on national television in 2005, when Moss finished with five receptions for 159 yards and both touchdowns in a 14-13 thriller.
In 2011 though, what does any of that matter?
“I try to always look ahead and leave the past in the past,” he said. “It’s always brought up, so it’s hard to leave behind, but every year is a different year and you can’t really dwell on what happened in any other year. In the last, what? Five years since then? We haven’t had the best luck against them. But we always try to have a better outing against them, the next time we see them. It doesn’t feel like it’s been six years since then, but it has.”
Someday, Moss will be able to look back on that day in bask in the glow that every Redskins fan felt that day. But for now, it’s comforting that he’s focused exclusively on Monday Night.
Check out his full interview below: Read more »
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Fred Davis sat down with the brand new Women of the Washington Redskins and discussed his softer side off the field. Among the highlights: he wears skinny jeans, is last on the team bus (on purpose), and loves to dig into some Grey’s Anatomy:
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This happened on Tuesday, but due to technical difficulties, the video was available until today.
Fortunately it’s still worth a watch.
Earlier this week, Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall and outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan kicked off the Play60 Challenge at Albert Hill Middle School in Richmond, Va.
Two interesting notes in the video of the event, is that the kids at that middle school are fast, because they’re hanging right with Hall on the gym sprints. Secondly, Kerrigan talks footwork and fitness with the students, and he’s got superlatives for his fitness. I’ve heard the strength and conditioning staff call him one of the strongest, hardest-working gym rats on the team right now, and it’s shown on the football field.
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