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The Unexpected Journey Of Mark Murphy

Posted by Stephen Czarda on June 26, 2013 – 2:45 pm

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[With 29 days until the start of training camp, Redskins.com intern Chris DeLisi looks back at the career of safety Mark Murphy. Murphy’s quest from undrafted free agent to Super Bowl champion is one of the best stories in franchise history.]

As the Washington Redskins prepare to start the 81st season in franchise history, training camp will be the first opportunity for rookie defensive backs David Amerson, Phillip Thomas and Bacarri Rambo to see live competition against a full squad.

While safety remains a question for the Burgundy and Gold in terms of who will be part of the starting 11, Rambo may be the biggest underdog of them all.

Keeping an eye on a longshot, No. 29 safety wouldn’t be new to Redskins Nation. Just 36 years ago, undrafted rookie Mark Murphy battled the same odds.

While few predicted that Murphy would make any NFL team, almost no one expected him to be enshrined into the team’s prestigious 80 Greatest Redskins years later.

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Griffin III Has Second Easiest FF Schedule

Posted by Stephen Czarda on June 26, 2013 – 1:05 pm

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Quarterback Robert Griffin III was the toast of the town last season both on and “off” the field well before the Redskins’ Week 1 40-32 victory over the New Orleans Saints.

After swapping more than just first round picks with the St. Louis Rams, the 2011 Heisman winner was selected by the Redskins with the intention that he will be the next great to join the prestigious fraternity of Redskins signal callers.

After a 320 yard, two touchdown performance in his debut (to include this top play), No. 10 won over the heart of all of Redskins Nation—and rivals.

You see while fans of other teams wished that their franchise had traded up to the No. 2 pick, they redeemed themselves by taking the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year in their fantasy draft.

Just one year after finishing in the top-five in quarterback fantasy points, NFL.com’s Michael Fabiano sees grander production from the quarterback’s fantasy career.

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Tapp Supports The Kids First Research Act

Posted by Alex Corddry on June 26, 2013 – 11:23 am

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Redskins outside linebacker Darryl Tapp may be new to the team, but the Virginia-native is no stranger to the Washington community.

Earlier this week, he teamed up with a bipartisan group for the U.S. House of Representatives, including Virginia’s own Eric Cantor, House Majority Leader, and Jim Moran, in visiting the Children’s National Medical Center.

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Redskins Atop NFC East In New Rankings

Posted by Stephen Czarda on June 25, 2013 – 4:19 pm

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Exactly seven months ago  the Washington Redskins were fresh off back-to-back thrilling victories over the Philadelphia Eagles (31-6) and Dallas Cowboys (38-31) and were preparing for a Monday Night Football showdown with their next division rival—the then defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants.

A victory over the Giants would pull the Redskins to .500 and straight back into playoff discussions despite being practically written off at 3-6.

Of course the Burgundy and Gold would end up beating the Giants 17-16 in one of the most memorable games at FedExField in years. A win over the Giants, however, was just another necessary step towards reaching the goal of the first NFC East title in the Nation’s Capital in 13 years.

With said goal now in the hand, the Redskins are sitting atop the NFC East once again in their quest to win consecutive titles for the first time since 1983-1984. A far cry from where the rankings had Washington this time last year.

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Rambo Recalls Interception Off Cousins

Posted by Stephen Czarda on June 25, 2013 – 3:31 pm

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In the months leading up to the 2013 NFL Draft, “experts” and fans alike predicted that the Washington Redskins would zero in on defensive backs that could help bolster the NFL’s third best team in terms of interceptions (21).

Despite sitting out the first round of the draft (the 22nd pick was sent to the St. Louis Rams as part of the trade that landed Robert Griffin III) the burgundy and gold landed an instant game changer in the form of NC State cornerback David Amerson. Amerson, led the NCAA in interceptions in 2011 with 13.

Then, just two rounds later, the Redskins landed the 2012 NCAA leader in interceptions (eight)—safety Phillip Thomas. While most thought the 2012 NFC East champs were done landing talented, ball-hawking defensive backs after the selections of Amerson and Thomas, they snatched Georgia safety Bacarri Rambo with the 191st pick.

While he didn’t led college football in interceptions like his fellow draftees, he did record a team-high eight interceptions in 2011 including this one in overtime against Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins.

Yes, the same Kirk Cousins he now calls a teammate.

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WR Brings Championship Experience

Posted by Stephen Czarda on June 25, 2013 – 2:37 pm

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Lost in all the shuffle of another successful minicamp for the Washington Redskins earlier this month, was the signing of Super Bowl winning wide receiver Devery Henderson.

Henderson comes to our Nation’s Capital after spending the last 12 years in Louisiana (eight with the New Orleans Saints and four at LSU).

After having 14 screws and two plates put in his arm after sustaining a devastating injury at the end of his junior season, some questioned whether his playing days were numbered.

In 2003, however, no one in the Bayou remembered the way his third year ended.

The Tigers secured their first National Championship in 45 years—a feat that would have never been reached if it weren’t for Henderson. On the season, the receiver recorded a school record 11 touchdown catches.

Winning championships and having his named etched into record books didn’t stop in Baton Rouge, though.

In Week 5 of the 2012 regular season, Henderson was on the receiving end of one of the most prestigious records in NFL history.

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Morris: 6th Hardest RB Fantasy Schedule

Posted by Stephen Czarda on June 25, 2013 – 1:12 pm

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Last December when the Washington Redskins capped off an improbable seven game winning streak with a victory over the longtime rival Dallas Cowboys, rookie running back Alfred Morris did more than just rush for 200 yards and three touchdowns.

His efforts helped the burgundy and gold clinch the division for the first time since 1999, broke Clinton Portis’ franchise record for most rushing yards in a season and was the finale to one of the best “Cinderella” fantasy football stories in history.

With No. 46 vowing to Redskins Nation that he will be morphing into the unthinkable Alfred 2.0 for the 2013 season, NFL.com’s Michael Fabiano foresees a regression in his fantasy performance—thanks to his fantasy points allowed (FPA) rating system.

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No. 12 Found Way Through Game Changer

Posted by Chris DeLisi on June 24, 2013 – 4:13 pm

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When the Redskins drafted a second quarterback in last year’s NFL Draft after they had traded three first round picks and a second round pick to get Robert Griffin III, the sports world collectively ask the question—Why?

Why would they draft Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins just 100 picks after the 2011 Heisman Trophy winner?

The Redskins knew a guy like Kirk Cousins was too much of a talent to let slip. Cousins proved his worth on the field after leading the Redskins to a must-win victory over the Cleveland Browns in Week 15.

What they didn’t know was the kind of leader they were getting off the field too.

Cousins’ new book titled, Game Changer: Faith, Football, and Finding Your Way reveals how he got to where he is and the moral code he lives by.

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ESPN Predictions For Redskins In 2016

Posted by Stephen Czarda on June 24, 2013 – 3:29 pm

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Coming out of the 2009 season the Washington Redskins had failed to make the playoffs for the second straight season and logged their worst record in 15 years.

Fast forward to 2013 and the Redskins are coming off their first division title in 13 years thanks to the efforts of the 15th best player in the NFL (quarterback Robert Griffin III), the most unexpected record breaker in franchise history (running back Alfred Morris) and a defense that is headlined by three Pro Bowl linebackers.

Predicting the future is not easy (just ask the Mayans that), but over on ESPN they are looking into their “barometer tracking” crystal ball of how all 32 franchises will look during the 2016 season.

While the rankings themselves require an Insider subscription, NFC East blogger Dan Graziano gave a sneak peak at how the Redskins fared.

Here are the results.

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Redskins Social Media Weekly Spotlight

Posted by Stephen Czarda on June 24, 2013 – 1:45 pm

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This week’s Social Media Spotlight is presented by social media intern Jared Ross.

It has been one week since the players packed up their gear and headed home for a few weeks of relaxation and rest with their families before the start of training camp in July. For more information on the team’s first training camp in the heart of Virginia’s Capital, click here.

If you missed last week’s Social Media Spotlight, you squandered the opportunity read about wide receiver Pierre Garcon’s donation to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, a childhood memory from quarterback Robert Griffin III, Eric Kettani’s transition into active duty, and more.
In this week’s installment, we followed the players home on their first week after offseason activities to see how they will be spending their time away before defending their NFC East title. What we found was wide receiver Josh Morgan and his exercise buddy, safety Reed Doughty’s hiking adventures, a childhood photo of nose tackle Chris Baker, a photo of defensive end Adam Carriker and his “at-home” teammates and quarterback Kirk Cousins’ interesting interaction with a flight attendant.

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