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ESPN’s All-Division Team Swaps Redskins

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 3, 2011 – 6:13 pm

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As per usual, ESPN’s NFC East Blogger Dan Graziano has compiled a list of the best and brightest at each of the 27 (or so) positions in the NFC East.

This All-Division team is based on the culmination of tape through the first eight weeks of play.  Strong performances factor for only one-eighth of the consideration, as do poor performances.

This week’s team is comprised of six Redskins, eight Giants, seven Cowboys, and six Eagles.  Here are the players of interest: Read more »

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Redskins Vets Picking On The New Guy

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 3, 2011 – 4:16 pm

One of the hardest transitions in professional sports is changing teams mid-seasons.  Aside from all of the elements that change on the field, adjusting to the culture of the team off the field can be even harder.

Most players get ignored.  Most have to build up their reputation on the field and prove that they belong before anyone will welcome them in.

And then there’s new Redskins running back Tashard Choice, who can’t find some peace and quiet.

Choice has a reputation for a hard worker on the field, and a relaxed, fun-loving guy off of it.  But in his first 72 hours in Washington, he’s trying to emphasize the first part and make a good impression.  During each of his first two days on the job, he’s been approached by media to discuss his transition to the Redskins.  And on both occasions, he’s been interrupted by his teammates.

Yesterday, it was defensive end Stephen Bowen, who is probably the most excited Redskins player since Choice arrived.  While Choice was answering questions about getting acclimated to the playbook, Bowen stood behind reporters and jumped around, waving his hands in the air.

Choice couldn’t help but laugh, gesturing to Bowen and saying, “And then this jackrabbit back there wouldn’t leave me alone since I got here.”

He also went on to say, in all seriousness, “Bow’–Bow’ my boy. He helped me out when I was a rookie in Dallas.”

Bowen later informed reporters that he was looking out for Choice, but he wasn’t going to offer him a place to sleep, unless he paid up.

“He can crash at my place for maybe $150, plus tax,” he joked.  “I remind him about those taxes; it’s really more like $175.  It’s like staying at the Double Tree [hotel].”

Today, it was the same story, but a different chapter.  After practice, Choice was approached for a daily update.  As he answered a question about how he was “blessed” to be with the Redskins, the former Georgia Tech running back was interrupted by Georgia alum Kedric Golston, who sang out “Georgia Bulldogs!” to the delight of Choice and the media.

Clearly, it’s tough being the new guy in town.

Listen to Choice’s transition and what he has planned for the Cowboys, below: Read more »

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What If Durant Played For The Redskins?

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 3, 2011 – 2:35 pm

Day Two of trying to make Kevin Durant a serious football player:

Yesterday, I asked you, the people of Redskins Nation, to step into the loafers of general manager Bruce Allen, and decide whether or not you would bring in NBA star, Maryland Native, and noted Redskins fan Kevin Durant.

To the tune of 81 percent, you said “Yes!”

Today, the fine folks at Panini America (via SBNation’s Mike Prada) imagined what it would look like to have “Trey5” in a Redskins uniform.  Via “The Knight’s Lance,” official blog of Panini America:

Durant’s dominating performance on the gridiron immediately got us here at Panini Americadreaming about the endless football card possibilities of such a dreamy vocational relocation. So seeing as how Durant is one of our exclusive athletes (and since the Redskins could obviously use the offensive help), we dispatched an all-star team of creative experts to concoct two fantasy football cards.

And here is the result: Read more »

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Williams: Sunday Closer Than ‘Longshot’

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 3, 2011 – 1:47 pm

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Trent Williams was back out on the practice field (in a limited capacity) yesterday for the first time since he sprained his ankle in Week 6.  Coming off the field, Williams was bombarded with questions of whether he’ll be ready for the 49ers on Sunday.

It all began when CSN Washington’s Ryan O’Halloran asked him if he was a longshot for Sunday.

“I don’t know.  What’s a longshot?” he responded with a sneaky grin.

What about 70:30?  “No,” he responded.  “I think I’m a little closer than that.”

How much closer?  “60:40.”

What?  “69:31”

But Trent, it 71:29 the other day?  “Yeah, it just depends on how the day goes,” he said with a laugh.

Head coach Mike Shanahan could neither confirm, nor deny the percentiles, but did note “You can’t play unless you’re 100 percent.  So we’ll see how the practice goes during the week and we’ll see where he’s at.”

Hopefully Trent will be up to 74:26 to 77:23 percent today.  Maybe 82.6:17.4.

He did note that if he was cleared for the game on Sunday, it would be because he’s ready.

“If I go out there [on Sunday],” he said, “that’s the last thing on my mind.”

Listen to his full audio, below: Read more »

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Week 9 Power Rankings Roundup

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 3, 2011 – 12:34 pm

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After trending upward for the first five weeks of the season, the Redskins have yielded all of their gains in the last three weeks.

Such is life, in the all-important world of NFL power rankings.

But the good news is that a win gets them back on track.  A win brings the team back to .500, it keeps them in the chase in the NFC East, and it will inevitably lead to a boost in the beauty pageant that is NFL power rankings.

Check out your buffet of Week 9 rankings: Read more »

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Redskins Runway Owns The Night

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 3, 2011 – 11:39 am

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At last night’s third annual “Walk This Way” fashion event in support of Becky’s Fund, members of your Washington Redskins cut up the runway in support of domestic violence education and prevention.

DeAngelo Hall, Brian Orakpo, Anthony Armstrong and Gary Clark tried their hands at modeling, while Tim Hightower offered his support from the sidelines.

Yours truly was in attendance to catch the action and offer poorly-informed critiques.

Armstrong kicked off the quartet with a simple, stoic approach:

Gary Clark represented The Posse with a dapper gray suit and a big grin, earning a huge applause from the crowd.  It’s great to know that the man is still a legend in this town, 20 years later:

I got a chance to speak with Hall before he went backstage, and he talked about the importance of preventing domestic abuse.

“It’s a cause that I think needs a lot more attention, nationally, and I jumped at the opportunity to get involved,” he said.  “Clinton Portis brought it to my attention last year, and I immediately jumped on board.  This year, it was a no-brainer.  I grabbed a couple of my teammates to come down with me.”

Knowing that Hall can clean up well, from seeing him on road trips and the Welcome Home Luncheon, I asked him if he would be strutting the catwalk as well.

“Yeah, yeah, unfortunately I am,” he said, modestly.  “They asked us to come out and do something, and we had to come down and give them a little something.  I’m gonna show off a little something that they have made up for me.”

Entrance music?  Right said Fred?

“I dunno man, I don’t think I got to pick my own,” he said with a laugh.  “If I had my pick, it would definitely be something hot, but I’ll make it work with whatever they put on.  I’ve walked a time or two before, so hopefully I don’t look too crazy.”

Here’s the grizzle fashion vet:

And then there was the catwalk rookie, Orakpo.  Orakpo has never blinked on third down, never found a left tackle he couldn’t beat, and never left a punishing hit undelivered.  But backstage, he solicited some pointers for the fashionistas, with pretty good results.

Here he is, rocking the scarf and flashing the open jacket:

It was a great night for the Redskins and fashion, and it was done in the name of a cause that needs champions.  The mission of Becky’s Fund is to foster awareness, encourage advocacy, promote activism, and create support for the victims of domestic violence.  One of every three women is affected by it, and the runway last night featured three doors to symbolize this statistics.

With the funds raised from the event, Becky’s Fund will be launching an unprecedented program, endDV, that will fundamentally alter the way domestic and dating violence resources are provided.  endDV is a social and mobile platform combining technology and digital media to raise awareness while empowering victims and community members with the necessary tools and knowledge to address and prevent abusive situations.

Follow the initiative on Twitter (@EndDV), support Becky’s Fund, and never be afraid to do what’s right.

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