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Neild Brings Hess Trucking Joy To Fans

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 20, 2011 – 3:54 pm

By now, many of you are familiar with Redskins nose tackle Chris Neild, and the nickname “Truck” that he acquired in the fifth grade.

Perhaps not surprisingly, trucks were a favorite toy of Neild’s growing up.  Each Christmas he would thunder downstairs to find a new Hess truck under the tree.  His sister even called him “Hess” from time to time, a nickname that was overheard by the fine folks at Hess Express, makers of the iconic toys.

Understanding his affinity for trucks, Hess sent him two wrapped versions of the 2011 Hess Toy Truck and Race Car, which led to this:

To the first person on Twitter that can answer…

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Atogwe Candidate For Interception Of Year

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 20, 2011 – 2:44 pm

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Free safety Oshiomogho Atogwe may have had a down season in terms of production in the secondary, but he had a sensational afternoon on Sunday.

Flying around the field throughout the game, he found himself in the right place at the right time on a pass intended for Giants running back DJ Ware.  London Fletcher provided the pass defensed and Atogwe did the honors with a diving interception and 26-yard return (via Mike Prada, SB Nation): Read more »

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Myers Puts Medical Supply Sales On Hold

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 20, 2011 – 1:37 pm

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Earlier today, the Redskins announced that tight end Rob Myers had been signed to the active roster after spending the last five weeks on the practice squad.

There’s reason for intrigue in Myers, as this is his first regular season active roster opportunity in his three years in the league.  He shares an alma mater with Redskins tight end Chris Cooley (Utah State), and he has similar numbers in terms of height and weight (6-4, 239 vs. 6-3, 255).

This was his review coming out of the 2009 NFL Combine:

Positives: Good height, arm length and overall build for an H-back. Still growing, he could gain some mass to play with his hand down. Fast release off the line, and able to threaten the seam due to his height and straight-line speed. Lines up outside, in slot and as an H-back. Good hands; can adjust to high or low throws. Strong runner after the catch who is tough for defensive backs to bring down in the open field. Gives strong effort blocking, holds up adequately against college ends on the line and is able to lock onto smaller defenders in space.

Negatives: Durability is a major issue; missed parts of the 2006 and 2007 seasons and all of the 2008 season injuries. Played against a lower level of competition. Probably limited to an H-back spot unless he proves able to handle stronger NFL ends on the line. Inconsistent getting his hands on his target in space and sustaining blocks.

Time will tell whether he can succeed at the NFL level, but one this is for sure: playing football beats selling medical supplies. Read more »

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Rolle Backs Down From Percentage Odds

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 20, 2011 – 12:15 pm

If the Redskins have only a one-to-five percent chance of beating the Giants, then they must be one of the luckiest teams ever.

That’s what Giants safety Antrel Rolle had to accept, following his team’s second loss to the Redskins in as many chances.  With his trash talking turned to bad math, he finally had to admit that the Redskins were the better team this year (via CSNWashington):

Redskins players responded amicably after the game, content to prove him wrong, not firing back any faulty predictions.

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Banged Up Helu Shows Team True Grit

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 20, 2011 – 1:26 am

Despite enjoying only his fifth career start, running back Roy Helu has proven his undeniable talent and ability to execute the Shanahan offense.

You could even say that he did it with one eye shut.

Early in the second quarter of yesterday’s game, Helu burst up the middle into a crowd.  He took a hit that couldn’t jar the ball loose, but was able to knock his helmet off.  In the ensuing process of going to the ground, Helu took a shot to the face from a defender, which gave him a lovely shiner at tonight’s Christmas Pizza Dinner.

“Yeah, I took a little bit of hit on my way down,” he said with a sly smile.  “But if you think this is bad, you should see the other guy.” Read more »

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