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Loyal Chris Wilson Back On Active Roster

Posted by Andrew Walker on August 31, 2012 – 9:41 pm

The evolving novel that is Chris Wilson’s football career, began yet another chapter Friday, when the 30-year-old linebacker learned he had made the Washington Redskins’ 53-man roster.

Wilson has endured going undrafted, playing in the Canadian Football League, changing positions, being released, spending an entire season away from the game and considering retirement, so Friday’s news was probably ever-so-sweeter for the Northwood product.

In short: Wilson’s work ethic to get where he is today shows that he is one loyal man — to himself and to the Redskins.

Wilson talked about that very topic during OTAs this season.

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Redskins Historian: 1991 Quest Begins

Posted by Andrew Walker on August 31, 2012 – 5:41 pm

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By Mike Richman
The Redskins Historian

(Click here for more about the Redskins kicking off the 1991 season in style)

On Sept. 1, 1991, the Redskins opened the season with a 45-0 rout of the Lions at RFK Stadium.

Everything clicked.

Quarterback Mark Rypien completed 15 throws for 183 yards and two touchdowns, cornerback Darrell Green intercepted two passes for a defense that held the Lions to 154 yards, and rookie Brian Mitchell returned a punt 69 yards for a score.

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Expert Tabs Griffin III As Offensive ROY

Posted by Andrew Walker on August 31, 2012 – 11:36 am

With the start of the regular season so, so close, several NFL analysts are reviewing their notes from the offseason and each team’s four preseason games and predicting which teams and players will be big winners in 2012.

And if you’re going by NFL.com’s 16 listed experts’ predictions, then the Washington Redskins don’t have too much to play for this season.

Out of the 208 possible categories in which the Redskins or their players could’ve been chosen in NFL.com’s official 2012 predictions, just one involves the burgundy and gold:

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Coach Shanahan Wants YOUR Questions

Posted by Andrew Walker on August 31, 2012 – 10:22 am

Have a question about Redskins football that you’ve always wanted answered?

Do you want to be on “The Mike Shanahan Coach’s Show?”

For many of you, I think the answer to both of these questions is, “Are you crazy? Of course!”

It’s now easier than ever to get a chance to have Shanahan himself answer your questions.

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Video: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Calls Helu Jr. TD

Posted by Andrew Walker on August 30, 2012 – 12:57 pm

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. has done pretty well himself as a professional driver, but he got his shot at a new career as a football broadcaster in last night’s preseason finale between the Washington Redskins and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Earnhardt, a huge Redskins fan, was in the ESPN980 radio booth with Larry Michael, the Voice of the Redskins, and color guys Sonny Jurgensen and Sam Huff, when he was given controls of the play-by-play action.

And, wouldn’t you know it, Redskins running back Roy Helu Jr. ran 15 yards into the end zone on that very first play.

Listening to Earnhardt’s reaction is priceless. Here’s the video:

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Cut Day A Nerve-Racking Process For All

Posted by Andrew Walker on August 30, 2012 – 11:54 am

Whether veteran or rookie, “cut day” are two words you never want to hear.

That day is coming up quickly for the Washington Redskins — as in, by 9 p.m. Friday, the team must cut down its roster from 75 players to its final 53 men.

By noon on Saturday, an additional eight players are signed to the team’s practice squad.

Today is an off day for the Redskins players, who are fresh off their 30-3 preseason finale win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The coaching staff, however, is not taking the day off, and you can be sure that they’re meeting throughout the day today and tomorrow to make some difficult decisions.

And, as usual, several players went to Twitter in the past few hours to talk about cut day and their hopes for the rest of the week:

Quarterback Robert Griffin III:

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Kehl’s Interception: 3rd Time’s The Charm

Posted by Andrew Walker on August 30, 2012 – 10:58 am

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The first two times this preseason that the opposing quarterback gift-wrapped an interception for Bryan Kehl, the ball slapped off the Redskins linebacker’s hands and fell to the turf.

Turns out the third time was the charm.

With the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ end zone just six yards away Wednesday night, Kehl made an athletic play to reach low and pick off a Brett Ratliff pass — this time hanging onto the ball — as he took the ball 43 yards to the Washington 49-yard line.

Kehl was all smiles when asked about the play after the game.

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Marlon Favorite Keeps ‘Eye On The Prize’

Posted by Andrew Walker on August 30, 2012 – 9:57 am

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After being off and on 10 NFL rosters and two other football league teams in a span of four years, it might be easy to understand if Marlon Favorite lost his focus a time or two.

But that hasn’t happened.

Favorite said the journey through professional football since leaving LSU has been a tough one, but he stays grounded by keeping focused on his family, the “man upstairs” and a budding music career.

Favorite started at nose tackle for the Redskins in Wednesday’s 30-3 preseason win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and said he’s just been thankful that he was given another opportunity in the NFL.

“It’s been a rough journey,” Favorite said in the locker room after the game. “So, being given this opportunity, for me, it was just the man upstairs, God blessing me with another opportunity four years removed from college and to have some coaches interested.”

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WAS-TB: Fourth Quarter Conclusions

Posted by Andrew Walker on August 29, 2012 – 10:08 pm

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Of course the Redskins’ defense set the tone as the fourth quarter of tonight’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers got underway.

Linebacker Bryan Kehl continued his strong preseason with an interception — the Redskins’ third pick of the game — at the Bucs’ 6-yard line, and returned it 43 yards.

That play was just the icing on the cake of a strong defensive effort by the Redskins that saw three interceptions and five sacks in the Redskins’ 30-3 win, as the team finishes the 2012 preseason with a 3-1 record for the second straight year.

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WAS-TB: Third Quarter Thoughts

Posted by Andrew Walker on August 29, 2012 – 9:36 pm

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The third quarter didn’t start off so well for quarterback Kirk Cousins and the Washington Redskins’ offense.

Cousins was picked off on the Redskins’ first drive of the second half, giving the ball to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at their own 29-yard line.

But the Redskins’ defense continued its dominance from that point.

On that next drive for the Buccaneers, rookie cornerback Richard Crawford nabbed his second interception of the preseason, giving the ball right back to Cousins and the offense.

A 10-yard run by Roy Helu Jr., a 47-yard bomb to Brandon Banks and a 15-yard touchdown run by Helu Jr. later, and the Redskins offense was cookin’ again.

At the end of the third quarter, the Redskins remain in front of the Buccaneers by a score of 30-3.
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