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Niles Paul Catches A Pass, Into A Backflip

Posted by Brian Tinsman on February 27, 2012 – 3:28 pm

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While prospective NFL players have gathered in Indianapolis this past week to strut their stuff, NFL veterans have dispersed around the country to take their game to the next level.

Take grizzled, one-year veteran receiver Niles Paul, who showed his physical prowess with impressive special teams play and a pair of acrobatic catches in his rookie season.

Of course, those acrobatic catches pail in comparison to the fantastic athletic ability captured by one of his trainers last week at his offseason home in Nebraska.  This five-yard reception has serious style points (at the :45 mark): Read more »

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Shanahan Talks Offseason Schedule Plans

Posted by Brian Tinsman on February 27, 2012 – 2:22 pm

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As Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan prepares for his third season in Washington, he will do so under his third different set of offseason rules.

In January 2010, he was brought in to diagnose the problems on the roster and rebuild a perennial contender in Washington.  Although the old collective bargaining agreement expired shortly after his arrival, the two sides had a one-year window for negotiations, under rules that were fairly similar to previous years.  Free agents were signed, trades were executed, and the draft happened.

In January 2011, labor uncertainty loomed on the horizon and a work stoppage seemed unavoidable.  Sure enough, the offseason was turned on its head, forcing teams to draft players before free agency or trades could be executed, and drafted players couldn’t meet with coaches until August.  Once the lockout ended, free agency began, and pieces fell into place very quickly.

Now in 2012, Shanahan finally has a normal offseason to evaluate talent, sign players in free agency, and draft where necessary in April.  With the start of free agency (March 13) and the NFL Draft (April 26-28) set in stone, Shanahan sheds some light on the rest of the Redskins’ offseason schedule with Redskins Nation’s Larry Michael: Read more »

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Nationals’ Harper Wears Redskins Apparel

Posted by Brian Tinsman on February 27, 2012 – 11:59 am

When it comes to the DC sports community, we usually try to keep an eye out for crossover support, especially in the direction of the Burgundy and Gold.

Last fall, Capitals’ owner Ted Leonsis came out to FedExField for the Sept. 18 win over the Arizona Cardinals.  When the Nationals traded for pitcher Gio Gonzalez, he ended his first radio interview with a “Hail to the Redskins.”  And when the Wizards’ Roger Mason hits hotels on the road, he used to go by the moniker of his favorite Redskins player, Doug Williams.

Now, from spring training in Viera, Fla., it appears that Nationals’ top prospect Bryce Harper is getting his season kicked off with some love for the Redskins (via NBC-4’s @DanHellie):

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Redskins.com Runs 40 With Rich Eisen

Posted by Brian Tinsman on February 27, 2012 – 10:51 am

Last week, in celebration of the NFL Scouting Combine and NFL.com’s Rich Eisen 40-yard dash, Redskins.com and associated entities encouraged fans to run the 40 and post a video.

On Thursday, a call was put out for teams to participate in the challenge.  The Carolina Panthers had a mascot start the run, before being stuffed by reserve tight end Richie Brockel.  But with no team mascot and everyone else in Indianapolis, the role of runner fell to the next most likely target.


I took to the back practice fields to prove that I can run 40 consecutive yards in my regular business apparel of slacks and a polo.  No, I didn’t train for this or stretch beforehand, and the last time I played a sport outside of a pool was over a decade ago.

Just remember that no one ever promised you a 4.40 blogger.  Eat your heart out, Rich Eisen: Read more »

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