Standing on the sidelines at FedExField last Sunday had to bring defensive back Travon Bellamy a certain sense of satisfaction.
Sure, he had been here before, but he had never really been here before.
It wasn’t that long ago that Bellamy was in middle school in Washington D.C., looking for his first official job. The one he heard about was only as a seasonal gameday employee, but it was with the Washington Redskins. His Washington Redskins.
After a few phone calls, Bellamy was all set up at a concessions stand at FedExField. His polo and slacks weren’t quite the Sunday uniform that he dreamed about, and it wasn’t quite the role he thought he’d have with the organization–but it was a start.
Only a few short years later, it was the Redskins that came calling, to fill a hole on their practice squad. And this time, Bellamy said his mom was crying with joy. Read more »
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When Patriots quarterback Tom Brady lines up under center on Sunday, he’ll be measured by two potent pass rushers in Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan. This developing duo has combined with 12.5 sacks, and has headlined a Redskins pass rush that ranks second in the NFC in sacks.
Yesterday, Patriots coach Bill Belichick spoke with the Washington media, and praised the selection and development of rookie linebacker Ryan Kerrigan.
“Ryan’s, I think, had a tremendous year,” he said. “He’s a very consistent player. He’s physically strong and he’s tough. He lines up play-after-play and takes on tight ends and tackles. He does a great job in the running game. He’s rushed the passer well.”
One of the plays that impressed Belichick the most, was the blitz-tipped pass-interception-touchdown that put Kerrigan on the NFL map in Week 1.
“He’s very instinctive, he’s got a good feel for what’s happening on plays,” he said. “Screen passes. Things like that he doesn’t get fooled a lot. You don’t see him get beat by the same thing twice. He plays it better. He’s been very impressive.”
Brady, himself, would tend to agree.
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Isn’t there some moreal about accepting gifts from your opponents on the eve of battle? If there is, it was lost on Redskins receiver Jabar Gaffney, who is proud to be the recipient.
With holiday shopping season underway, Gaffney showed up to team facilities today in his bathroom best, showing off his brand new, personalized Redskins bathrobe. Read more »
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In Super Bowl XXII, quarterback Doug Williams led the Redskins to one of the most dominant performances in Super Bowl history, drubbing the Denver Broncos to the tune of 42-10. The Redskins set Super Bowl records for total offensive yards (602), total offensive rushing yards (280), most touchdowns scored in a Super Bowl (6), total offensive yards in a quarter (356), most points in a quarter and in a half (35), and most touchdowns in a quarter (5).
Williams was the Super Bowl MVP, as he gained the lasting adoration of Redskins fans. His roommate for the road trip to San Diego? Third-year tight end Anthony Jones.
Twenty-four years later, Williams will coach against Jones on Saturday in the Southwestern Athletic Conference title game. Williams’s own Grambling State Tigers will take on the Jones-coached Alabama A&M Bulldogs at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala.
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Like the 12 days of Christmas, there are 12 days of Pro Bowl voting left, for you, the voter. And like your last minute holiday shopping, now is probably the time to get started.
Here are a few of the Redskins highlights for the year:
The trio of linebackers Brian Orakpo, Ryan Kerrigan and London Fletcher are having a superb first year together. Kerrigan was named the NFL Rookie of the Month for September, and has provided the bookend pressure that the Redskins were looking for. Fletcher leads the NFL in tackles after Week 13, and Orakpo continues his role as a backfield terror.
The defensive line of Adam Carriker, Barry Cofield and Stephen Bowen have also performed well in their first season together. Barry Cofield leads all nose tackles in passes defensed with eight tipped passes. Carriker and Bowen are both enjoying career-highs in sacks, ranked second and third respectively among 3-4 linemen.
Redskins returner Brandon Banks leads the league in return yards, with 1,221. He has yet to bust one for a touchdown, but he’s consistently provided the Redskins with quality field position despite the change in kickoff rules.
After last week’s game, Rocca is again tied for the league lead in punts downed inside the 20, and has only one touchback on the season. He has also limited the opposing returners to under 200 yards, which means that he isn’t out-kicking his coverage. Rocca has consistently won the battle of field position, and that is more important than any single number.
Vote your favorite Redskins to the Pro Bowl between now and Dec. 19. The rosters will officially be announced on Dec. 27.
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