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Local Rapper Welcomes FSU Draftees

Posted by Stephen Czarda on April 30, 2013 – 1:05 pm

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Tallahassee, Florida is the capital of the Sunshine State, the center of agricultural work in the panhandle, and now can also claim to have produced two Redskins draft picks in the same round.

Hailing from Florida State University, Chris Thompson and Brandon Jenkins were selected within eight picks of each other in the fifth round on Saturday.

While it isn’t a rarity for college teammates to find themselves making the journey together from their college dorm rooms to an NFL locker room (think DeJon Gomes, Roy Helu Jr., and Niles Paul from Nebraska for example), the Burgundy and Gold had never taken FSU teammates together in a single draft let alone in the same round.

As the two prepare to make the almost 900 mile trek from Florida’s capital to the Nation’s Capital, one man who calls both areas home extended a welcoming hand to the newest Washington Redskins:

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Biggers Throws First Pitch For Baysox

Posted by Chris Herting on April 30, 2013 – 12:15 pm


(Photo courtesy of torreypocock on Instagram)

New Redskins cornerback E.J. Biggers has been training hard each and every day at Redskins Park during the team’s offseason conditioning program.

However, this past Sunday he was able to take a break from football. One day following the culmination of the 2013 NFL Draft, Biggers was in attendance at the Class-AA Bowie Baysox game to throw out the first pitch (we’ll take a look at his technique a little bit later in this post).

But for Biggers, the day had a deeper meaning than simply throwing out the first pitch.

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No SEC Bias In Redskins’ War Room

Posted by Brian Tinsman on April 30, 2013 – 11:40 am

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In college football, the Southeastern Conference (SEC) reigns supreme, consistently producing the top teams in the NCAA and the deepest talent pool for the NFL.

Statements like this are frequently referred to as the “SEC bias,” which is responsible for skewing the national rankings and the opportunities for teams outside of the SEC to have a shot at the national championship game.

But the facts speak for themselves, as a team from the SEC has won seven-straight national championship games. That’s the reason why advertising dollars and the national television audiences focus on SEC football, which in turn grants more exposure to the programs and players.

This exposure pays off when it is time for the annual NFL Draft, as prospects that played in high-profile bowl games have an easier time catching the eye of talent evaluators. Think that doesn’t make a difference? It turns out that 63-of-254 picks–or a full quarter of the 2013 NFL Draft–were used on players from the SEC.

The Redskins fell in line with the NFL average, spending two-of-seven picks on SEC players: Florida tight end Jordan Reed and Georgia safety Bacarri Rambo. But this was an unusual draft for the Washington front office under head coach Mike Shanahan and general manager Bruce Allen.  Read more »

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College Free Agents Important To Redskins

Posted by Chris Herting on April 30, 2013 – 11:01 am


The draft is over. Teams across the league have addressed needs, solidified depth, filled roster spots, and are ready for OTAs and Training Camp, right?


Yes, the draft is over, but the fact remains that, per the collective bargaining agreement, teams are permitted to carry 90 players into training camp. Therefore, in order to reach the 90-man roster limit the Redskins will turn to college free agents (CFA) to fill those spots.

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‘Top 100 Players of 2013’: Trent Williams

Posted by Chris Herting on April 29, 2013 – 4:52 pm


Washington Redskins left tackle Trent Williams is coming off of a season in which he earned his first Pro Bowl appearance and was recognized by Pro Football Focus as one of the best players in the league.

The No. 4 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft helped rookie running back Alfred Morris set a new Washington single-season rushing record and for his performance comes in at No. 99 on the “Top 100 Players of 2013” list (with video).

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Robert Griffin III Thanks the Fans

Posted by Alex Corddry on April 29, 2013 – 4:02 pm

On Saturday the Redskins hosted its annual Draft Day Party at FedExField. There was a record setting 25,000 fans in attendance for the fun and festivities.

The Redskins Broadcast Network caught up with Quarterback Robert Griffin III back stage after he spoke to the crowd. He couldn’t have been more thankful for the fan support and the phenomenal turnout.

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Common Ground On Grades For ’13 Draft

Posted by Stephen Czarda on April 29, 2013 – 2:17 pm

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Almost 48 hours removed from the annual tradition of Mr. Irrelevant closing out the three-day festivity known as the NFL Draft, hundreds of draft reviews are circulating around the Internet.

Experts attempt to examine each individual pick and then collectively add the grades together to give a draft grade to each franchise.

These grades, however are about as important as mock drafts—meaning they really don’t care any relevance other than individuals giving their thoughts about “winners” and “losers”. They often add disclaimers too to prove that they are indeed meaningless and will no doubt have to stand corrected for some of their choices.

A prime example of that can be the 2012 class for the Redskins that features an AP Offensive Rookie of the Year, the franchise’s single-season rushing yardage record holder, and a backup quarterback that can claim to be undefeated as a starter and have a victory over the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens.

What letter grades were handed out to them last April?

Two B-minuses.

Still, these grades can give you a quick background of these players highlighting their chances at making an impact early. Plus what’s the draft without the grades?

The Redskins 2013 draft class graded as follows:

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2013 Draft Members Have Chance To Start

Posted by Stephen Czarda on April 29, 2013 – 12:35 pm


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Unlike last year’s draft where the Redskins were determined to move up from their original draft slot of sixth overall to draft one of the biggest college prospects, the team stood pat during the 2013 NFL Draft and let everyone know that they weren’t going anywhere.

They didn’t move and they didn’t drop back; they kept their seven draft picks and added depth and addressed need at the same time.

Standing firm with what we currently have has been a recurring theme this offseason as the Redskins return all but one starter from last year’s squad.

Going into the draft, though, secondary was an area of interest for the 2012 NFC East champs as it seemed like every “expert” was tabbing a corner or safety to come to the Nation’s Capital.

Did they predict three DBs, two of which led the NCAA in interception, would join the team?

Was there anyone that thought they would land Phillip Thomas and Baccari Rambo, both of whom were linked to the N0. 51 overall pick, in the latter half of the draft?

ESPN.com NFC East blogger Dan Graziano looked into his crystal ball for the NFL future for trio and sees some starters for the upcoming campaign.

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Redskins Social Media Weekly Spotlight

Posted by Chris Herting on April 29, 2013 – 12:11 pm


Welcome to your weekly Redskins Social Media Spotlight, where we highlight the trendy topics and social media campaigns going on this week in Redskins Nation. Check it out and make suggestions below.

Last week’s spotlight discussed why, and how, Kai Forbath says he wants to, and will, improve on last year’s historic performance, plus showed you, as tweeted by No. 94, Adam Carriker’s “cool” childhood toy, and Robert Griffin III’s gift to Adam Gettis! You can read it in its entirety here.

This past weekend was the 2013 NFL Draft and a busy weekend to say the least. The team draft seven players in total which included the likes of cornerback David Amerson (Round 2), tight end Jordan Reed (Round 3), safety Phillip Thomas (Round 4), running back Chris Thompson (Round 5), linebacker Brandon Jenkins (Round 5), safety Bacarri Rambo (Round 6), and last but not least, running back Jawan Jamison (Round 7). You can click on their names to view a quick profile of each player with highlights from their college days.

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Fan Announces 4th Round Draft Pick

Posted by Daniel Zimmet on April 28, 2013 – 7:53 pm


The Redskins recently held a Facebook competition for a chance to announce the Redskins fourth round draft pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. On Saturday, die-hard Redskins fan Amy Brammar boarded a 6:20 AM train northbound and made her way to Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

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