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Jenkins Investing In Future Success

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 20, 2011 – 4:35 pm

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Yesterday, we discussed how injured defensive end Jarvis Jenkins was working hard to return to the gridiron, and offering support to injured teammates.

Today, we heard from defensive coordinator Jim Haslett about how impressed he is with the rookie’s commitment to return, by staying around the facilities.

“He’s still around. He’s in meetings. He’s working out,” Haslett said.  “He’s running up the steps today for me. He looks great.  I think he’s gaining just because he’s in the meetings and paying attention.  I love the way Jarvis prepares to play the game and the way he’s done his rehab.”

It’s no surprise that work ethic has been a concern with players in the past, something that quietly dug at Haslett last year.

“We’ve had a couple of guys here last year – a guy went on IR and we didn’t see him all year,” he said.  “He went home or whatever.”

Home is where the heart is, but rehab is best done at the facilities.

Part of the role that Jenkins has embraced during his time in rehab, is of a cheerleader and extra set of eyes.  You would be hard pressed to find someone more excited to be a Redskins: Read more »

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Could The Ryan Kerrigan Flow Return?

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 20, 2011 – 2:03 pm

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Or perhaps more specifically, should the Kerrigan flow return?

When the Redskins drafted rookie linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, they knew they were getting a tremendous defensive talent.

What they didn’t know, is that they could be getting a tremendous head of hair too.

Kerrigan rocked “the flow” from the end of his sophomore year through his senior season at Purdue.  He looked like Tarzan at the NFL Combine, wowing the scouts with his edge-rushing prowess and impressive mane.

It was a big hit with Redskins fans.

But then, as many young professionals must do, he shed his locks in favor of a more professional look.

And it was a big hit with Redskins fans: Read more »

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Changes Coming To All-Division Team

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 20, 2011 – 12:36 pm

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For Week 7 of the regular season, ESPN’s NFC East blogger Dan Graziano compiled his all-division team.

Despite a game against the Eagles that lacked big individual performances, the Redskins maintained their six spots on the list, based on season-long performances.  I do think that the Redskins will reclaim other positions on the list, but for now, this list reflects credit where it’s due.

Here are the Redskins recognized in this week’s addition:

Center: Will Montgomery, Redskins (Montgomery)

Outside linebacker: DeMarcus Ware, Cowboys; Brian Orakpo, Redskins (Ware, Orakpo)

Inside linebacker: Sean Lee, Cowboys; London Fletcher, Redskins (Lee, Fletcher)

Safety: Kenny Phillips, Giants; LaRon Landry, Redskins (Phillips, Landry)

Punter: Sav Rocca, Redskins (Rocca)

Punt returner: Brandon Banks, Redskins (Banks)

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Shanahan Makes Beck-Brees Connection

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 20, 2011 – 10:54 am

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Back in August, we learned that Redskins quarterback John Beck spent time with All-Pro quarterback Drew Brees this offseason in order to hone his craft.

There are obvious comparisons between the two quarterbacks in terms of size, skill-set, age, and history in the league.  Brees didn’t catch fire until he went was put in the proper setting to accentuate his skills.

Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan is hoping that Beck finds a similar comfort level in Washington.

“Everybody’s looking for a difference maker,” he said.  “You take a look at a guy like Drew Brees. He was released by San Diego. Who was going to pick him up? Miami? Nobody knew he was a difference maker. Everybody knew he was probably pretty good, but now everybody knows he’s a difference maker.”

Shanahan gave a glowing review of Brees, with the premise that none of it would be possible with an the right opportunity.

“To me, he’s one of the best quarterbacks in the National Football League,” Shanahan said of Brees.  “I’m amazed every time I watch him, so there are people like that that get the opportunity to take advantage of it. There’s a lot of things that go into it. But everybody’s looking for a difference maker.”

Will the Redskins find their difference maker in Beck?  Fans will get their first peek on Sunday.

Check out Shanahan’s full presser below: Read more »

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Better Than A Cup O’ Joe

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 20, 2011 – 10:31 am

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For those residents of Redskins Nation that also spend time in the Twitterverse, you’re aware that Redskins players are some of the most active media socialites in the NFL.  Some players tweet from the moment they wake up in the morning (“Rising n grind,” if you will), until the moment they turn out the light (“Nite tweeps,” if you will).

Since it is Thursday, I thought I’d share with you a little morning inspiration that will propel you through the rest of your work week, courtesy of your Washington Redskins:

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The Chris Cooley Mustache Interview

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 20, 2011 – 10:05 am

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Our good friends over at the American Mustache Institute were recently at Redskins Park to conduct interviews with players sporting impressive upper-lip hair.

Yesterday, we learned of running back Tim Hightower’s hard-work-equals-facial-hair mustache, and today, we discover that Cooley is trying to capture the athletic and facial-hair prowess of runner Steve “Pre” Prefontaine.

Click through to the article on the AMI site, but definitely check out the video after the jump:

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