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Alfred Morris Please Meet John Riggins

Posted by Stephen Czarda on August 5, 2013 – 6:51 pm

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Although it didn’t register any sort of reading on the Richter scale, Richmond, VA experienced an earth moving moment that while never be forgotten by at least two men–current Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris and Hall of Famer John Riggins.

While the NFL fraternity continues to grow every year, the reality that players rarely have the chance to meet one another couldn’t be more true in today’s technology driven world. Between television appearances, radio interviews and even the occasional Google+ Hangout, Morris’ off the field schedule fills up quicker than his stat sheet on it.

Despite being a Washington Redskin for almost 16 months now, this was the first time Morris’ path crossed that of Riggins.

“It was the first time I met him,” Morris said with a smile. “It was awesome. I’ve been trying to meet that guy for the longest time.”

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Rookie Spotlight: Nick Williams

Posted by Stephen Czarda on August 5, 2013 – 5:53 pm

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Each day during training camp, the Redskins Blog will be highlighting one rookie as they participate in their first professional camp and try to find their way onto the final roster. Today’s spotlight is on wide receiver Nick Williams.

Chances are that if I told you that the Washington Redskins signed a wide receiver this offseason that hasn’t caught a touchdown pass in his last 18 games you’d question the decision. That is the main duty of a wide receiver after all.

Well not all wide receivers can do what former University of Connecticut star Nick Williams can.

Yes it’s true that Williams hasn’t recorded a receiving touchdown since 2011, but his natural ability to make kickoff and punt coverage teams miss can’t be eluded and certainly wasn’t overlooked when the Redskins signed him as a college free agent in May.

It’s a rarity in today’s version of the NFL for players to say they’d prefer to make their impact mainly in special teams, but Williams is ready to do just that early on.

“I hope to have a similar career here like I had in college,” Williams said. “I want to start as a special teams guy then get an opportunity to make plays as a receiver.”

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Practice Happenings From Day 10

Posted by Stephen Czarda on August 5, 2013 – 4:57 pm

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Today marks the 10th day of the Washington Redskins 2013 training camp and the first true week of preparations against someone other than themselves.

As linebacker Brian Orakpo said best after Fan Appreciation Day on Saturday, they just want some fresh meat to chop on.

Well the Titans game is a mere 75 hours, three minutes and 23 seconds. But who’s counting, right?

Anyway, the guys are still going unit versus unit under beautiful blue skies this afternoon and the Redskins Twitter (@Redskins) has taken a few hours off from sunbathing to concentrate on this afternoon’s events and has the inside scope on how things are going.

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VIDEO: Windmill Jams For Wide Receivers

Posted by Stephen Czarda on August 5, 2013 – 4:43 pm

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During my afternoon video rounds, I made a quick pit stop at the back of the end zone to see how the wide receivers were looking today.

What started as routine individual drills quickly turned into a dunk contest. Check out the slam of the day courtesy of Lance Lewis at the 1:11 mark.

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VIDEO: Reason Behind O-Line’s Success

Posted by Stephen Czarda on August 5, 2013 – 4:36 pm

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Ever wanted to see how a Pro Bowl offensive lineman perfects his craft? Or maybe how the unit that paved the way for the franchise’s top single season rusher all-time is preparing for a repeat?

We’ll you’re in luck, because I’ve become the offensive line’s biggest paparazzi member and once again snapped some footage of them in action.

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VIDEO: D-Line Prefers Getting Stops Early

Posted by Stephen Czarda on August 5, 2013 – 4:23 pm

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Unlike Friday’s afternoon practice session where the defensive line started their drills by counting clouds, coach Jacob Burney decided to let the guys position themselves in a more football-like stance today.

Thursday’s game will be a great test for the defensive as a whole, but especially the line as Titans running back Shonn Greene is expected to tally a few carries for his new squad.

After seeing how the line is preparing for the game, however, he and the rest of Tennessee’s backs better get used to seeing a whole lot of burgundy and gold in their lanes.
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VIDEO: Brian Orakpo’s Growth Continues

Posted by Stephen Czarda on August 5, 2013 – 4:12 pm

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Last season Washington Redskins linebackers recorded a combined 14 interceptions, a team-high five of which came from seasoned veteran London Fletcher.

While it was also a career-high for Fletcher, the same cannot be said for two-time Pro Bowler Brian Orakpo who has yet to record an interception in four seasons.

Don’t think he isn’t determined to get that elusive first interception this year though.

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Brainiac Will Montgomery Knows Science

Posted by Stephen Czarda on August 5, 2013 – 1:14 pm

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And he also knows a thing or two about football.

Washington Redskins veteran center Will Montgomery is known mostly for being a football player. Since being drafted in the seventh round of the all too famous 2006 NFL Draft, the former Virginia Tech Hokie has appeared in 74 games, the last 61 in burgundy and gold.

What isn’t associated with Montgomery’s public profile though, is his two degrees from his alma mater. After redshirting the 2001 season, Montgomery had an extra year of eligibility to pursue a masters in health promotion after already receiving a bachelors in business information technology.

Instead of just nailing his diplomas to the Montgomery household walls, the center has applied the curriculum to his position.

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Player’s Turn: Robert Griffin III At The Mic

Posted by Stephen Czarda on August 5, 2013 – 11:57 am

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For the first time in seven days, Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III spoke with the media about how his second NFL training camp is going so far.

With three days until the first preseason game against the Tennessee Titans, Griffin III gave an update on his health, touched on all those tasty sandwiches named after him, his repetition amount and more.

Check out this concise summary of how his weekly press conference went while you’re on your lunch break:

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Amerson’s Family Racking Up Flyer Miles

Posted by Stephen Czarda on August 5, 2013 – 10:57 am

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There is no denying the love of a family. From birth, children are solely dependent on the care of their family for survival.

The teenage years—well just look away. It’s a constant battle of teenage stubbornness versus what they believe to be parental tyranny. Despite giving that car ride to your next football game or bailing you out when in trouble, parents are always there for their children, even when they’re all grown up.

Two of the 25,000 Washington Redskins fans that squeezed into the Bon Secours Training Center for Fan Appreciation Day were none other than rookie cornerback David Amerson’s biggest supporters—his family.

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