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Brandyn Thompson Scouts His Alma Mater

Posted by Brian Tinsman on April 23, 2012 – 5:19 pm

A popular topic of conversation in the Redskins’ locker room, is the comparison of alma maters.  Some teams hail from rival schools (Trent Williams and Brian Orakpo), while others amuse themselves with bold predictions and what-if scenarios.

Each player has their own outspoken bias, but nobody knows a team as well as a former member.  So, just one year after he made the jump to the professional ranks, I asked Redskins cornerback Brandyn Thompson to review the draft-eligible Boise State Broncos.

He agreed, as long as I looked past the fact that those are “his guys.”

“I do have a biased opinion.  Those guys are not just my teammates, but actually the class that I came in with,” he explained.  “I didn’t get to redshirt my freshman year, so all those guys are the ones that I went through the program with.” Read more »

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Fletcher: Can’t Go Wrong With RG3, Luck

Posted by Brian Tinsman on April 23, 2012 – 3:05 pm

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Newly re-signed Redskins captain London Fletcher made his first appearance back in the DC-community this weekend, helping to rebuild the Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington.

Rebuilding Washington seems to be Fletcher’s forte, and he made no bones about his happiness being back with the Redskins (via Jennifer X. Williams, CSN Washington):

I’m very excited.  To continue my work with the Washington Redskins was very important to me and important to the organization.  So I look forward to this season, and I’m thrilled to be returning to the Redskins.

It means a lot, and I definitely did not take for granted the fan support that I received.  The whole Twitter response, I think I was trending in DC, and I think I maybe went global! [laughter]

But to be appreciated by the fans is something that I definitely don’t take for granted

Fletcher also described himself as an NFL and Redskins football fan, and was excited to see who would be quarterback in Washington next season.  Mathematically speaking, either or both of Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III will be available with the No. 2 pick.

As a professional football player, this has Fletcher excited for the team’s direction.  Just as a fan of the game, Fletcher feels confident about the quality of both players (via CSN Washington): Read more »

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Bryan Kehl Adds Speed, Smarts, Depth

Posted by Brian Tinsman on April 23, 2012 – 12:33 pm

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The Redskins made a savvy move with the addition of Bryan Kehl this morning, further stocking the team’s linebacker reserves and bolstering special teams.  Kehl was a 2008 draftee of the Giants, and has spent the last three seasons in St. Louis.

Kehl is an outside linebacker in the 4-3, and will likely shift to the inside slot in the 3-4.  As a senior at BYU, he put up some of the fastest times for linebackers (4.55), and has a history of chasing down faster ball-carriers from behind. He was also named BYU’s defensive MVP and earned the Strength & Conditioning Award as a senior in 2007, showing a willingness to outwork his teammates. Read more »

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Meriweather Intrigued By Redskins History

Posted by Brian Tinsman on April 23, 2012 – 11:42 am

The 2011 season was a disappointing campaign for both the Redskins starting safeties and Brandon Meriweather.

The Redskins thought they had a pair of dynamic playmakers in LaRon Landry and Oshiomogho Atogwe, but poor health and performance led to their departure.  Coming off of back-to-back Pro Bowl seasons in New England, Meriweather was cut on the eve of the regular season, before landing in Chicago.

The 2012 season is tailor-made for dual redemption.

Despite adding an army of safeties this offseason, Meriweather has an opportunity to compete for either starting safety position.  It appealed to Brandon that teammate, mentor and close friend Sean Taylor starred for the Redskins.  It appealed to him because he could showcase his talents (Live) on a young defense.

And it turns out that the vibrant, living history of the Redskins was the icing on top. Read more »

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