Byrd & Davis, Five years/3,000 Miles Later

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 27, 2011 – 5:12 pm

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As a freshman in college at USC, his coaches moved wide receiver Fred Davis to the tight end position, trying to take advantage of his unique combination of size and speed.  He worked closely with teammates Dominique Byrd to refine his game, making a seamless transition to the position that got him to the NFL.

Eight years later and 3,000 miles away, Davis will look to return the favor, as he helps Byrd adjust to the offense in Washington.

Davis smiled when he was asked about the role-reversal situation and said, “Yeah, it’s something like that, it’s something like that.  That’s kinda funny.”

Davis hasn’t played with Byrd since his sophomore season at USC, but he could still vouch for the skills that Byrd brings to the table.

“He adds depth,” he said.  “He can go in there and run routes.  He has to learn the offense first, but he’s a good security, possession guy for that.”

Byrd seemed a little bit less amused by the role-reversal, but took it all in stride.

“I mean, I’m two years older than him, but it’s not like he was my son–that’s my boy,” he said.  “He’s one of my good friends.  So I don’t think that the role has changed any, and we’ve always looked to help each other out.” Read more »

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Fred Davis: I’d Trade Pro Bowl For Playoffs

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 27, 2011 – 2:57 pm

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…but since you bring it up, Fred Davis wouldn’t mind going to the Pro Bowl either.

Davis is currently the Redskins leading receiver in 2011, hauling in 28 catches for 423 yards.  He’s proven to be a reliable target up and down the field, leading the squad with two touchdowns in the red zone.

Davis is currently on track for a career year, needing only 86 yards and four touchdowns to match career highs.  He is one of the many Redskins featured on the 2012 Pro Bowl Ballot (blatant hint: vote now), and pitched his case, through a stream of consciousness on Twitter, today:!/freddavis83/status/129574150275739648

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Redskins Timeout For Military Veterans

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 27, 2011 – 2:01 pm

The Washington Redskins, GlaxoSmithKline and other Redskins’ health and wellness partner organizations will host the fourth annual Timeout for Veterans’ and Military Health which offers free health screenings to veterans and military members on Saturday, Oct. 29 at FedExField.

Military members, veterans and their families will have the opportunity to participate in free cholesterol, diabetes, blood pressure, and lung-function screenings at this exclusive military event. Health educators will also be available to discuss screening results one-on-one with patients.

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Former Redskins’ players Ken Harvey, Ron Saul and Ricky Ervins, as well as Redskins Cheerleaders and the Hogettes will be on site honoring veterans and supporting them in taking steps to better protect themselves and their families from chronic diseases. Attendees will also have the opportunity to tour the Redskins locker room and get a player’s perspective of FedExField while learning how to be proactive about their health.

For one Redskins Cheerleader in particular, this event is very near and dear to her heart.  Adriana, a Cheerleader Rookie this year, serves in the United States Air Force as an Active Duty Manpower Analyst. Read more »

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Redskins Promoted In Last Madden Update

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 27, 2011 – 12:41 pm

Because you care, the good folks at EA Sports have updated the settings on their fantastic video games, so that fans and Madden enthusiasts can continue to maintain the most realistic,  fake game-play possible:

Kevin Barnes CB WAS Decrease, from 69 to 68OVR
Logan Paulsen TE WAS Increase, from 62 to 65OVR
John Beck QB WAS Increase, from 73 to 75OVR
Adam Carriker DL WAS Increase, from 79 to 81OVR
Fred Davis TE WAS Increase, from 84 to 85OVR
Roy Helu HB WAS Moved to 3DRB #1 on depth chart
Ryan Torrain HB WAS Moved to HB #1 on depth chart
Roy Helu HB WAS Moved to HB #2 on depth chart
Jabar Gaffney WR WAS Moved to WR #1 on depth chart
Tim Hightower HB WAS Removed from depth chart (injury)
Santana Moss WR WAS Removed from depth chart (injury)
Chris Cooley TE WAS Removed from depth chart (injury)
John Malecki OL WAS Signs
Jonathan Compas OL WAS Signs
Dominique Byrd TE WAS Signs

Here are a few notes worth mentioning: Read more »

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Moss’s Influence Continues In His Absence

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 27, 2011 – 12:06 pm

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Two of the biggest reasons for bringing back Santana Moss in this year’s offense, was to have a sure-fired playmaker at receiver, and to help mentor the plethora of young receivers on the roster.

Through the first six weeks of the season, Moss has been able to do that, in his own soft-spoken way.

“I’m not a guy that goes out of my way and talk to them about something,” he said.  “If I see something, I’ll give them advice. If they come to me, I’ll give them advice. You know, I’m one of those guys that I try to let everybody have their space because different players like to handle it different ways.”

“I try not to be there and be a pest or be a bug,” he continued. “I’m going to help them, but I don’t really try to be in their ear all of the time.”

Whatever he’s done so far, has worked.  Niles Paul, a fifth round pick in April’s draft, has already developed into a solid contributor in the passing and blocking game, as well as a valued asset on special teams.

He credits a lot of his development as a pro, to No. 89: ‘tana.

“I think ‘tana–just learning from ‘tana–I’m ready to be put in this position,” Paul said.  “I just hope that I can continue to come through in the game.  We’ve still got Donte [Stallworth] and Jabar [Gaffney] out there, and obviously I’m still learning from those guys.  Pretty much, they’re all my teachers, and I’m just out there trying to show them–trying to impress them.”

So far, Moss has been impressed, and expressed his excitement at seeing young guys like Paul and Leonard Hankerson get their opportunities.

“I’m pretty sure they’re excited,” he said.  “They’re gonna be anxious and stuff, but we’ll be able to tell them to just go out there and do what they do in practice everyday.”

Moss shared his insight for the rookies, saying, “Don’t really put too much on you, because that’s when you can get caught up into a tough situation.  You just wanna go out there and have fun with the opportunity and not press yourself.”

The Moss continues to grow in Washington, even if it’s from the sidelines.

Catch the rest of Moss’s press conference below: Read more »

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At Tight End, Byrd Is The Word

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 27, 2011 – 10:22 am

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Don’t you know about the Byrd?  Truthfully, everybody knows that the Byrd is the word.

Satisfied with the blockers that the Redskins had on the team, head coach Mike Shanahan sought free agent tight end Dominique Byrd to be a playmaker on offense.

“He’s an athlete,” he said yesterday after practice. “We thought he was the best pass catching tight end out there.  He did a good job today in practice–he impressed me today.”

And Byrd has the resume to back it up.  In college, he had nearly 1,000 career receiving yards, and playing on a national championship squad at USC that featured three other future NFL receivers.  At the NFL Combine, Byrd balanced size and speed, with a 6-3, 255-lb frame, and 4.8 speed.

Byrd recorded the second-best stats of his career against the Redskins as a member of the Rams, hauling in two passes for 39 yards and a touchdown, in Week 16 of the 2006 season.  Since then, he has tried to get his career back on track, playing sparingly for the Cardinals and Seahawks, before the Redskins called him this week: Read more »

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