Even the bravest of players will shy away from open locker room in the days leading up to a rivalry game. Add in the recent losing streak, and the media was left to interview empty lockers for much of the morning.
That is, until safeties LaRon “LL” Landry and DeJon “DJ” Gomes came in. Instantly, the media descended on Landry’s locker, who took the opportunity to teach Gomes how to handle an interview from the media.
Landry had some fun as he fielded most of the questions from the “DJ LL” panel. He covered the whole spectrum of topics, from his Achilles injury, to the Cowboys, and his patented advice to Gomes on how to deflect the media: Read more »
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It was only 10 short weeks ago that the Redskins were criticized for having too many receivers in training camp. But by the middle of November, injuries and lack of production had taken their toll, causing the Redskins to bring back recently released Donte Stallworth.
His time away from the team amounted to a personal bye week of sorts, in which he was able to get away from the game and catch up on life. But not too far away.
He still checked in on the Redskins-Dolphins game last week.
“I was spending time with my family, but I watched most of it,” he said with a smile. ”But I didn’t get a chance to watch all of it because I had to go grocery shopping with my girl. She was having her relatives over, so we went grocery shopping.”
“But I got to watch a good portion of it.”
What he saw from the Redskins’ offense was a dynamite receiving performance by Leonard Hankerson, a friend and teammate that he mentored in the offseason before the draft. What he missed, was seeing Hankerson’s breakout performance cut short by season-ending injury.
The game of life is not so much in holding a good hand as playing a poor hand well.—
Donte' Stallworth (@DonteStallworth) November 16, 2011
“When I first got the news it was because Hank’ went down on IR, and I honestly didn’t hear anything after that,” he said. ”I was more concerned about Hank’, more than anything, so I wanted to call him and make sure he was okay.”
Hankerson was okay–in good spirits, even–but his rookie season was over. And his placement on injured reserve opened up a spot for Stallworth’s return.
Stallworth, now in his ninth season, has been a tremendous presence in the locker room, selflessly offering football and life advice to the members of the Redskins’ youth movement. His willingness to teach has opened up time for the team’s other veterans to focus on football, and has molded rookies into professionals.
“That’s huge, to have him back,” safety DeJon Gomes said of Stallworth. ”When I saw that he wasn’t gonna be on the team anymore, I was kinda disappointed, just because I learned a lot from him. From training camp until now, I mean, I’m still learning from him.”
For a veteran to help a younger player isn’t that unusual. But for a receiver to mentor a safety–that’s a little more special.
“He’s just a very knowledgeable guy,” Gomes said. ”He shares his knowledge with the young guys, and just reaches out to them. We’re from the same area (Great San Francisco Bay area, Calif.), so I can just relate to him. I’m glad to have him back.”
In addition to being a good character guy, the Redskins brought Stallworth back to be a productive receiver. He expects to fit that need, in any role with the team.
Thanks for the love everyone…we'll try to get this thing turned around—
Donte' Stallworth (@DonteStallworth) November 15, 2011
“Whatever they ask of me to do, I just gotta try to make the best of whatever opportunities I get,” he said. ”Whether it’s one or two or ten, gotta make the most of them. I still have my place here, and I think it worked out the way it was supposed to.”
“I don’t know what that role will be, but hopefully I’ll be in a position to help us win on Sunday.”
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In life, silence is generally considered to be golden. In football, choosing not to be silent is cork board–bulletin board material–to be more precise.
In anticipation of the upcoming game against his former team, Redskins running back Tashard Choice could say a lot of things. He could talk about how the Cowboys, the team that drafted him in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft, cut him unceremoniously after Week 7. He could talk about how he laid his body on the line, and when he injured his hamstring, they sent him packing.
He could talk about how he’ll celebrate his 27th birthday on Sunday, hoping to be an active participant in a perfect storyline.
But he’d rather not. Read more »
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Those were the something-from-nothing storylines that followed the first time the Redskins and Cowboys met up in Week 3 in Dallas. Slick footing for Redskins players on the synthetic turf field led to conspiracy theories of sabotage. Four botched Dallas snaps led to Cowboys center Phil Costa and quarterback Tony Romo accusing Redskins defensive end Stephen Bowen of barking out the snap count.
I smell an NFL-edition episode of Jerry Springer.
But apparently whatever inspired the notion of barking spiders on the Redskins line has since then been resolved. As pointed out by our friend Mike Prada of SB Nation, Bowen spoke with the Dallas media yesterday about the upcoming game, and evidently the controversy has been muzzled. Read more »
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Very infrequently do NFL players step away from football. During the work day, they put their bodies on the line, pounding themselves into football shape. After hours, they watch film and pour over the playbook, seeking every plausible advantage.
And when it’s time to go home and relax, they fire up the gaming system and challenge each other in Madden ’12.
This year’s group of rookies is particularly competitive and talented at thumb football, challenging one another and hashing out their smack talk on Twitter. Yesterday, receiver Aldrick Robinson went on a winning streak that brought him to the door of incumbent champion, safety DeJon Gomes.
After drumming rookie receiver Leonard Hankerson to the tune of 59-18, Robinson declared:
Good to know that he’s not renting it.
This stirred the interest of Gomes, who has been the frequently-disputed locker room champion: Read more »
Tags: aldrick robinson, dejon gomes, EA Sports Madden '12, leonard hankerson, twitter, washington redskins
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Five-game losing streak. Five players on Dan Graziano’s ESPN NFC East Blog All-Division Team. Coincidence?
This is the Week 11 installment of the best in the East, and it’s pretty much the same overall list as last week, with the exact same Redskins getting recognized:
Fullback: Darrel Young, Redskins (Young)
Center: Will Montgomery, Redskins (Montgomery)
Inside linebacker: London Fletcher, Redskins; Sean Lee, Cowboys (Fletcher, Lee)
Kick returner: Brandon Banks, Redskins (Banks)
Punt returner: Brandon Banks, Redskins (Banks)
So this week, going up against a divisional opponent, I thought it might be good to look at the type of of top talent that the Cowboys will be bringing on Sunday.
Here are the eight Cowboys that cracked Graziano’s list: Read more »
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