According to Major League Baseball lore, White Sox outfielder Joseph Jefferson Jackson earned his nickname of “Shoeless” Joe Jackson for batting barefooted during a bout of blisters on his feet.
He was one of the greatest players of the early 20th century, but unfortunately his socks weren’t the dirtiest thing about him.
The connection to the Redskins comes through Roy Helu Jr.’s similar discomfort with wearing shoes. When he walks in to the facilities in the morning, he usually sports socks and sandals. After practice, he cuts the tape off, removes his cleats, and goes shoeless around Redskins Park for the rest of the day.
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Over the last two NFL drafts, Mike Shanahan’s Redskins have selected three players out of the Southern Methodist program coached by Run-n-Shoot savant June Jones. The Run-n-Shoot is far from a traditional pro-style offense, and players are thought to have trouble adjusting to the NFL game.
So what inspires the attraction to former Mustangs?
After drafting Aldrick Robinson in 2011, it was revealed that head coach Mike Shanahan spoke at length with Mustangs’ head coach June Jones, with whom he had a professional relationship dating back 25 years (via PonyFans.com): Read more »
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Until a player actually performs on an NFL field, we rely on comparisons to envision how he’ll respond. New Colts quarterback Andrew Luck reminds many NFL experts of John Elway or Peyton Manning. New Buccaneers running back Doug Martin reminds others of Ray Rice or Maurice Jones-Drew.
Does that mean that these players will look the same on the NFL gridiron or share the same success? Probably not, but it’s a starting point to gauge their pro success.
But what do you do if there is no comparison? What if that player changes the way the game is played? Former NFL executive Bill Polian told Judy Battista of the New York Times, he thinks Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is the type of playmaker that ushers in a new era for the NFL: Read more »
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Starting with Terrell Davis in Denver, Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan has earned his reputation as Running Backs Whisperer, taking obscure picks and developing them into electrifying playmakers.
That’s precisely what he’ll try to do with Florida Atlantic back Alfred Morris, who comes to the NFC East out of the Sun Belt Conference. He comes to the Redskins as an Evan Royster type who isn’t the best at any one thing, but is a well-rounded serviceable back.
This was his review and attributes, courtesy of his draft Combine page:
Morris runs low and can get to the hole with a decent burst. He is a natural runner between the tackles who can feel and avoid pressure or wait for his seam to develop.
He is deceptively agile in short areas to avoid clean hits on him through the initial three yards of a play, and he plays much faster when tasked with finding daylight in a short area. He is capable of blocking in pass protection at the next level if his willingness matches his ability.
As every running back under coach Bobby Turner will tell you, “if you can’t pass protect, you’ll never see the field.” Morris seems to possess that ability, and he’ll have to show it at the pro level if he expects to be the next Davis. Scouts compare him to a runner in the mold of BenJarvus Green-Ellis.
I think the Redskins would take that kind of production.
Here’s a highlight video from his Pro Day at FAU: Read more »
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The Redskins continue to target the interior offensive line with draft picks, as they added Iowa Hawkeye Adam Gettis with the No. 141 overall pick.
Gettis possesses good speed and quickness of the snap, a benefit to overcome his undersized frame. This was his Combine scouting report from NFL.com:
He consistently gets into his man first when pass blocking and is a good overall blocker because of it. He wins with leverage, which is often the only way to gain an advantage on bigger foes.
Gettis is very polished in his hand and footwork, and understands pad and helmet placement’s importance in gaining a blocking advantage. His quick feet allow him to be a very mobile and versatile blocker.
In the lead up to the draft, Profootballtalk.com listed Gettis as a fast-riser in the draft. According to Evan Silva:
Gettis’ two unofficial forty times were 4.91 and 5.00, both impressive for a 293-pound football player. He posted the fastest unofficial 10-yard split among offensive linemen, clearing the first quarter of the forty in 1.65 seconds.
Shanahan prefers the smaller faster linemen for the zone blocking scheme. Gettis may need to bulk up some in the pros, but this was likely good value for the system. Injuries were a major issue on the offensive line in 2012, and they have already selected two interior linemen.
Curious that they have not added anything at offensive tackle, but there’s still time and several picks to go.
Here is Gettis’s draft profile, courtesy of Pro Football Weekly: Read more »
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Even though Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan couldn’t be at FedExField this afternoon for the Draft Day party (he’s a little bit busy in the Redskins War Room), he was able to treat fans at FedExField to a special message from Redskins Park.
After his Thursday night selection of quarterback Robert Griffin III, that smile on his face might be permanent.
[Editor's Note: Coach Shanahan chose a poor time to be soft-spoken. It translated well to the crowd in the stadium, but not on the audio here. Transcript follows the video.] Read more »
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The Redskins continue to add to their list of Texas converts, selecting Plano-native and linebacker Keenan Robinson. Both Robert Griffin III and Josh LeRibeus are from the same region as Robinson, which happens to be a suburb of Dallas, Texas.
That’s one way to one-up the Cowboys.
Robinson also joins Brian Orakpo as former Texas Longhorns in the Redskins linebacker corps. Robinson was one of the top available players left on the board with the 119th pick, and brings the reputation as a vicious tackler. He was a full-time starter for the last three years at Texas, and was a Butkus Award semifinalist last season.
For those of you concerned with too many Texans in Washington, just know that he was actually born in Omaha, Neb. According to his Texas bio, he was a three-time member of the school’s Honor Roll, and earned academic all-district honors as a high schooler. He also enjoys video games and cooking.
He may be a mid-round pick, but he’s a smart kid with great character. Oh, and he hits really hard: Read more »
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Show me the NFL “expert” that predicted this draft class for the Redskins.
Going into the weekend, most NFL minds predicted that the Redskins would upgrade the quarterback position with Robert Griffin III. No one could have estimated that the Redskins would totally remodel their quarterback position, by adding Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins.
Cousin’s intrigue with the Redskins coaching staff was surely solidified with an outstanding performance against Shanahan’s South Team at the 2012 Senior Bowl. Cousin’s appeared polished, and made all the throws necessary to move up the draft board.
It will be interesting to see what head coach Mike Shanahan has to say about taking a second quarterback in lieu of addressing other obvious needs. It will also be interesting to see how recently selected quarterback RG3 responds to the addition of KC1.
Here’s a snippet from Pro Football Weekly’s interview of Cousins at the Senior Bowl: Read more »
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Even though the first two nights of the NFL Draft each yielded one Redskins selection a piece, they couldn’t be more different in kind.
Last night brought Robert Griffin III, the much-ballyhooed, Heisman-winning quarterback from Baylor University. He received more attention in the lead up to the draft than the No. 1 overall pick, and instantly launches the Redskins into consideration as the most-improved team.
Offensive guard Josh LeRibeus did not inspire that kind of reaction, but then offensive guards rarely do. Not many boards highlighted his technique or physical prowess, but he’s clearly a guy that the Redskins coaches loved at No. 71.
We’ll get more explanation on that tomorrow when head coach Mike Shanahan addresses the media, but I wouldn’t write off the pick in the mean time. The Redskins needed help along the offensive line, and all reports indicate that LeRibeus excels in the zone-blocking system.
If you look up zone-blocking in the football dictionary, you’ll find Shanahan’s headshot grinning back at you.
So without further adieu, meet your second Redskins draft pick, Southern Methodist University Mustang Josh LeRibeus. If it puts your mind at ease, he and fellow Redskins teammate Aldrick Robinson were part of the 2009 Mustangs squad that broke the 25-year bowl game drought for the school: Read more »
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For the second year in a row, the Redskins have selected a Southern Methodist University Mustang, this time targeting offensive guard Josh LeRibeus.
A 6-3, 312-pound specimen, he is ideal as a run-blocker and excels in the zone-blocking scheme. Here are some of his mentionables, according to his Combine Draft Profile:
Leribeus returned for his senior campaign after being academically ineligible to play for SMU during his junior season. He returned to be the scrappy, reliable inside blocker that he has been throughout his career.
He has the size and technique inside to play early at the next level or be a reliable backup, which gives him fifth-round value as a guard or potential center.
Taken in the first half of the third round, LeRibeus will be expected to fill a role in improving the Redskins offensive line in 2012 and beyond. Coming from the Run-n-Shoot offense, he shouldn’t have the transition time to the Pro Style offense that plagued Aldrick Robinson, but his adjustment from Conference USA competition could take time.
LeRibeus missed a season of college because of academic ineligibility, but sounds like he’s re-dedicated himself to football and academics since then. He was also born and raised in Texas, and says he hated the Cowboys as a kid.
Here’s an interview from his Pro Day earlier this spring. By all reports, he’s a funny, easy-going guy: Read more »
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