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Robert Griffin III Suits Up, Shows Off Arm

Posted by Brian Tinsman on May 3, 2012 – 4:47 pm

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It was a big afternoon at Redskins Park, as we finally got to see rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III suit up in his new threads for the rookie photo shoot.  After he was finished, there was still time for him to show off his arm on the back practice fields.

His first Redskins receivers were Ross Taylor from public relations and Blair Williams from the video department.  They did a fine job in place of Pierre Garçon and Leonard Hankerson, but will not be appearing on the receiver depth chart any time this year.

Before anyone can criticize, the open-shutter motion effect was intentional, and yes, there will be still-frames of him later.  In the mean time, it makes for a pretty cool effect.

The outdoor photo shoot consisted of about a dozen throws, and was capped off with a deep pass to gameday sideline photographer, Ned Dishman.  Dishman raced down the field, and Griffin III hit him in stride, but the ball bounced off his chest to the turf.  Sorry Ned–good height, but you lack the catching radius to be a red zone target at this level.

Check out more photos from this afternoon’s photo shoot on the Redskins Official Twitter page (@Redskins).

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Indoor Practice Facility Gets Tattoo, Pilates

Posted by Brian Tinsman on May 3, 2012 – 12:07 pm

The 2012 Redskins rookie class is beginning to trickle into the nation’s capital today, in anticipation of tomorrow’s first rookie mini-camp.  In anticipation of their arrival, the team put the finishing touches on the brand new practice bubble, posting the team name over the entrance.

While the team has used the bubble for voluntary workouts, the rookies will be the first group to use the bubble extensively.  The team’s nine drafted rookies, as well as undrafted college free agents will join roster tryouts designed to get the rookies up to speed.  The full list of undrafted free agent signings will be announced later this week, and Sunday’s final practice will be open to the media.

The rest of it is open exclusively to Redskins.comTV.

Big news coming out of this weekend will be Robert Griffin III’s first practice, rookie jersey numbers (we already know Griffin III will be No. 10), and how the new facilities feel to the players.  Stay tuned to Redskins.com and the blog for the most up-to-date, exclusive news on the rookie mini-camp.

And from yesterday afternoon, check out the Redskins Facebook exclusive video of the players doing Pilates as a team inside the new bubble: Read more »

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Top 100 Players Of 2012: London Fletcher

Posted by Brian Tinsman on May 3, 2012 – 11:16 am

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While most of Washington’s sports scene was tuned in to watch the NHL playoffs last night, some still tuned in for the second installment of the NFL Network’s “Top 100 Players of 2012” show.

And those people were rewarded with a friendly face on the list.

Coming in at No. 87 in the top-100, was the Redskins’ No. 59, team captain London Fletcher.  After going largely under-appreciated for the his NFL-best tackle numbers, Fletcher has had a big offseason, winning the Bart Starr Award, going to his third consecutive Pro Bowl, and being rewarded with a new contract from the Redskins.

It’s fantastic to see him honored, but there are a few allowances that must be made before rolling the tape.  The list is compiled through player vote, which is traditionally skewed by team record, player flashiness and overall exposure.  So therefore:

1. The Redskins haven’t had a winning season in a few years, which puts players at an automatic disadvantage for recognition.  Just ask Fletcher.
2. Fletcher may parade out of the tunnel, but that’s all for the fans.  Once he gets on the field, it’s just another day at the office.
3. The Redskins played few games in front of a national audience last year, and Fletcher was a solid performer throughout.

With all of that taken into consideration, Fletcher got considerable respect on this list, and Redskins fans should be very happy.

Here is video of his segment, presented by 2011 teammates Brian Orakpo and LaRon Landry.  Commentary was also offered by Cardinals’ running back Beanie Wells, who has been on the receiving end of Fletcher’s tackle numbers (via NFL Network): Read more »

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