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Alfred Morris Won’t Give Up His ‘Bentley’

Posted by Andrew Walker on September 19, 2012 – 5:09 pm

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Parked among the decked-out sport-utility vehicles and smooth, sporty rides at Redskins Park is a silver, 1991 Mazda 626 sedan that Alfred Morris just can’t give up.

Morris, a rookie running back, can most likely afford a nicer vehicle, but his ’91 Mazda — which is affectionately known as his “Bentley” — reminds Morris of his journey of playing at mid-level Florida Atlantic University to starting in his first two career games in the National Football League.

“It has some sentimental value to it now,” Morris said Wednesday before the Redskins headed out for practice. “It just keeps me grounded, where I came from and all the hard work for me to get to this point. So that’s what helps me.”

Morris said he didn’t have a vehicle at all until his junior year at FAU, so he certainly didn’t turn his nose up at “Bentley” when he had the chance to get it.

“I could’ve been like, ‘Ah, I don’t want this piece of crap,'” Morris said. “But I always wanted a car, and it was what I got.”

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Week 2 Power Rankings Roundup

Posted by Andrew Walker on September 19, 2012 – 4:13 pm

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The Washington Redskins surprised many in the national media with a Week 1 victory over the New Orleans Saints at the Superdome.

The feat was enough to cause the Redskins to make up some serious ground in various publications’ weekly power rankings — in fact, Washington made the biggest jump forward of any team after Week 1.

But fast forward a week later — with a 31-28 road loss to the St. Louis Rams now in the books — and the Redskins (1-1) are going the opposite way. Add season-ending injuries to defensive end Adam Carriker and outside linebacker Brian Orakpo to the mix, and those in the media are, again, skeptics.

Hopefully a win against the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday at FedExField can get things back on the right track.

Anyway, here’s the power rankings roundup:

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Behind Enemy Lines: Bengals Edition

Posted by Andrew Walker on September 19, 2012 – 2:20 pm

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Both the Washington Redskins and the Cincinnati Bengals have something to prove when they face off at 1 p.m. Sunday at FedExField.

The Redskins (1-1) are trying to show that their Week-1 victory over the New Orleans Saints was no mistake, and that the way they lost in Week 2 to the St. Louis Rams won’t happen again.

The Bengals (1-1), meanwhile, were throttled by the Baltimore Ravens in Week 1, 44-13, before defeating the Cleveland Browns, 34-27, last Sunday. Neither game featured a particularly strong effort defensively for Cincinnati.

Cincinnati Enquirer Bengals beat writer Joe Reedy was kind enough to join us for this week’s “Behind Enemy Lines Podcast,” in which he discusses that lagging Cincinnati defense, as well as several other topics about this weekend’s matchup against the Redskins.

The full audio of our interview with Reedy is below, but first, here’s some snippets from the conversation:

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VIDEO: Darrel Young Plans, Films, Scores!

Posted by Brian Tinsman on September 19, 2012 – 2:12 pm

Redskins fullback Darrel Young can do it all: play linebacker, fullback, running back, receiver, special teams–and now direct and shoot his own highlights!

Young was one-of-seven players to host the Redskins Play 60 event yesterday at Redskins Park. The annual Play 60 event teaches students about the importance of fitness, healthy choices and injury prevention.  The players are on hand to provide some star power and lead the kids through each of the five stations.

It also gives football professionals like Young a chance to goof off in the workplace.

When Young wasn’t racing kids in the football-themed obstacle course or playing catch with some of his smallest fans, he was volunteered to wear the GoPro camera on his head, and give Redskins fans the DY Point of View on the festivities: Read more »

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Redskins Add One To All-NFC East Team

Posted by Andrew Walker on September 19, 2012 – 11:14 am

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One week after placing seven players (at eight positions) on ESPN.com NFC East Blogger Dan Graziano’s weekly All-NFC East Team, the Redskins have a new representative on the list.

Center Will Montgomery is the newcomer on this week’s All-NFC East Team, which is not a week-by-week evaluation, but a reflection of an entire season’s body of work.

Montgomery replaces Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce, who was listed on last week’s team.

Here’s all the Redskins on this week’s All-NFC East Team, according to Graziano:

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