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Gallery: Brian Orakpo Charging Ahead

Posted by Brian Tinsman on May 1, 2013 – 5:04 pm

One of the biggest–and often overlooked–storylines of the Redskins’ offseason is the rehab and return of starting outside linebacker Brian Orakpo.

It wasn’t long ago that Orakpo was the only consistent pass rush specialist on the team, and he was voted to a pair of Pro Bowls in those seasons.

Last year was his second season with bookend pass rusher Ryan Kerrigan, and it had the makings of a special season for the duo. Through a game and half to start the season, the two had collectively tallied three sacks before a pectoral tear abruptly ended Orakpo’s season.

Returning from a traumatic upper-body injury is hard enough, but Orakpo had to do so while his teammates went to the playoffs for the first time in his tenure in Washington.

You think he might be motivated to return at a high level this season? You bet your ‘Rak he does.

We’ll catch up with Brian Orakpo more next week, but for now, enjoy a gallery that puts you in the shoes of an opposing quarterback with a sub-par left tackle. Good thing he didn’t level our cameraman: Read more »

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Position Switch Was Right For Reed

Posted by Alex Corddry on May 1, 2013 – 2:32 pm

Jordan Reed, D.J. Smith

When Jordan Reed left his home state of Connecticut to play for Florida, he dreamed of playing quarterback. The versatile threat at New Haven High School threw for 1,707 yards and 28 touchdowns while also rushing for 370 yards and eight scores.

“I thought I was going to be a [quarterback] the whole time,” Reed said at the NFL Scouting Combine.

In 2009, former NFL coach Charlie Weis became the new offensive coordinator for the Gators and Reed became Florida’s newest tight end.

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Fourth Time’s A Charm For Playoff Battle?

Posted by Stephen Czarda on May 1, 2013 – 1:25 pm

(AP Photo)

(AP Photo)

By now, you are all familiar with the story of last season’s spectacular seven-game winning streak to end the 2012 campaign with an NFC East championship in the bag. The memory of the team’s bitter defeat to the Seattle Seahawks in the wild card round of the playoffs, however, quickly fades away.

And rightfully so as it wasn’t the note that anyone wanted the magical season to end on.

Last week, NFL.com gave you the fans the chance to predict how the 2013 campaign will develop from kickoff of the first Thursday Night game to the last whistle of the Super Bowl.

Fans predicted that the Redskins will cruise to their first back-to-back division crowns since the 1983-84 seasons, but in their first round playoff matchup against the Seahawks (once again) Washington already has its back against the wall.

This seems like a reoccurring theme for the Burgundy and Gold. No worries though, as just like the Redskins had time to come back from 3-6 last year, there is still ample amount of time for them to advance in this virtual battle.

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Reed, Jamison Bring More To The Table

Posted by Stephen Czarda on May 1, 2013 – 11:24 am


Going into the 2013 NFL Draft, draft “experts” tabbed the Redskins to be heavily invested into acquiring secondary depth/talent.

While the “experts” nailed their predictions that the 2012 NFC East champions would bolster their defensive back depth, few predicted the Redskins would add two running backs and a tight end.

When analyzing why the Redskins selected the two running backs (Chris Thompson and Jawan Jamison) it really shouldn’t come as a shock.

This is a team led by head coach Mike Shanahan and assistant coach/running backs coach Bobby Turner.

Together, these men have become the NFL’s running back whisperers. Run for a Shanahan-coached team and you’re almost guaranteed a 1,000 yard season at some point.

It will also be interesting to see how tight end Jordan Reed‘s speed and athleticism will be used in the read-option attack, as he could be lined up opposite of Fred Davis, set up out wide, or even in the backfield as an H-back

Or maybe even as a quarterback:

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Jamison Almost Played With Morris Before

Posted by Stephen Czarda on May 1, 2013 – 10:05 am

(AP Photo)

(AP Photo)

By the time the seventh round of the draft rolled around, many had tuned out the annual extravaganza as last round picks usually aren’t the most revered of selections.

With their last pick of the event, the Redskins selected Rutgers running back Jawan Jamison. Jamison doesn’t fit the mold of your typical seventh round selection.

In fact, its not even close.

If you haven’t seen any highlights of his time in New Jersey you are missing out of a stud.

Check out these clips from a running back that ESPN’s Todd McShay had ranked as his fifth overall prospect at the position as well as an interesting tidbit about him and one of his backfield partners.

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