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Griffin III ‘Even Better Than Advertised’

Posted by Andrew Walker on September 21, 2012 – 3:14 pm

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Before the season, many experts weren’t sure how Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III’s game would immediately translate into the NFL.

Sure, Griffin III came with lots of hype, winning the Heisman Trophy Award in 2011 while at Baylor and drawing comparisons to quarterbacks like John Elway, Cam Newton and Michael Vick.

But through two weeks of the regular season — and with an NFC Offensive Player of the Week award already under his belt — most can now agree that Griffin III has, thus far, lived up to the hype.

This notion was proven by NFL.com Around the League editor Gregg Rosenthal, who this week labeled Griffin III as “even better than advertised” for his power ratings of league quarterbacks.

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Markus White Ready To Prove Himself

Posted by Andrew Walker on September 21, 2012 – 2:44 pm

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Am I a 3-4 outside linebacker or a 4-3 defensive end?

That’s the question that has been floating around Markus White’s mind the past few weeks.

He got his answer Tuesday, when the Washington Redskins — reeling after the season-ending injury to outside linebacker Brian Orakpo last Sunday against the St. Louis Rams — signed White from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ practice squad to their active roster.

White, of course, is a familiar face to Redskins fans. He was selected by Washington in the seventh round of the 2011 NFL Draft and spent the entire season on the Redskins’ active roster, appearing in two games as an outside linebacker.

He remained with the team through the offseason and this preseason before he was waived by the Redskins during final cuts Aug. 31. He signed with the Buccaneers four days later and was headed on a path as a 4-3 defensive end before the Redskins came calling again with a need at outside linebacker.

“It’s good to be back,” White said. “It’s where I started out, and I didn’t feel like I fully accomplished everything I wanted to. Just being able to have another shot, I want to take advantage this time around.”

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‘Skins Cheerleader Appears On ‘Today’

Posted by Andrew Walker on September 21, 2012 – 2:12 pm

There’s a whole lot more that goes into the professional cheerleader world than simply showing up for the games and putting on a good show.

Being a Washington Redskins Cheerleader, for example, is a part-time gig. Every member has another full-time endeavor that takes most of their time Monday through Saturday.

Take team captain Talmesha, for example. The Bronx, N.Y., native is in her fifth year as one of the First Ladies of Football, but she also has her Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Medicine from Johns Hopkins Medical School.

Talmesha was among several professional cheerleaders profiled in a piece this morning on the “Today” show that takes a look at “Science Cheerleaders,” a growing group of women who perform during professional sporting events while also pursuing advanced degrees in science, engineering and medicine.

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Thankful Johnson’s Return ‘Unexpected’

Posted by Andrew Walker on September 21, 2012 – 10:40 am

For 13 days, the future was unclear for Delvin Johnson.

Despite a strong preseason showing for the Washington Redskins, Johnson — an undrafted rookie nose tackle out of Marshall — was released Aug. 31 in the team’s final round of cuts due to an already-crowded and talented Redskins defensive line.

Johnson understood the business side of being released, but hoped another team would come calling.

That team, it ended up, was the Redskins.

Johnson was signed to Washington’s practice squad on Sept. 12 — something he definitely didn’t see coming.

“It was unexpected, really,” Johnson said. “I’m very thankful for the opportunity they’re giving me to come back.”
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