Clinton Portis, Renaldo Wynn On ACCDN

Posted by Stephen Czarda on August 20, 2013 – 8:49 pm

(Courtesy @theACC)

(Courtesy @theACC)

Earlier today, it was announced that former Redskins Clinton Portis and Renaldo Wynn will be joining the ACC Digital Network (ACCDN) as college football analysts for the upcoming season.

Portis, who’s no stranger to grabbing the attention of every cameraman in his vicinity, played at the University of Miami while Wynn played at Notre Dame. While the Golden Domers are still the rare Bowl Series independent, they will play five ACC schools per year starting in 2014.

This isn’t the first time that a famous Redskin alum has transitoned over to some capacity in media as Joe Theismann can be spotted on color commentary for preseason games, Sonny Jurgensen has been delighting fans for years with his assertive voice on the radio and most recently, legend Chris Cooley is part of “Sports Reporters”–heard on ESPN 980 throughout the country.

Despite being challenged by the Big East and even the Big Ten (which currently has 12 members. Go figure) the ACC has held a stranglehold on college athletics on the East Coast for years. Knowing their untouchable blend of football knowledge and popularity, ACCDN knew that hiring the two was as easy as giving Portis a wig and telling him to go get a few laughs.

Below is the entire press release:

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Son Of Washington Gallery: WASH-PITT

Posted by Stephen Czarda on August 20, 2013 – 8:26 pm

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After months of patiently waiting, Redskins football returned to FedExField last night as linebacker Ryan Kerrigan had a field day with the Steelers offense and led a stout defense that stonewalled a powerful Steelers rushing attack.

Through it all, Son of Washington’s Evan Redmon was there to snap every memorable moment from an unforgettable home preseason opener. He got some really great shots from pregame all the way through the last Pat White knell down in the victory formation.

Here’s a gallery of what he saw through his camera lens:

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Pierre Garcon Hands Out New Jerseys

Posted by Stephen Czarda on August 20, 2013 – 8:09 pm

(Courtesy @TJColonials)

(Courtesy @TJColonials)

Just yesterday, Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon made his preseason debut. Today, he’s spending his off day distributing jerseys to three local high schools. Since signing here last March, he’s made a concerted effort to give back to a community that took him in with open arms.

Earlier this year, Garcon opened up a Facebook contest to all high schools in the Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia area for the once in a lifetime opportunity to have their football teams get a uniform makeover—all courtesy of the six-year veteran.

In a video message to all local schools, Garcon informed the community that he’d be replacing old jerseys at a high school in all three areas.

After collecting thousands of responses, the winning schools were Theodore Roosevelt High School of Washington, D.C., Springbrook High School of Maryland, and Thomas Jefferson High School of Virginia.

Three schools.  Three Teams.  Fresh Swag.

Despite having to travel over 60 miles to reach all three schools, Garcon put aside the worries of everyday travel and was on hand to see the youth of this community get rewarded with new gear right before football season opens up.

First up, Thomas Jefferson High School in Alexandria, Virginia.

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Kerrigan’s INT A Slam Dunk In Top Plays

Posted by Stephen Czarda on August 20, 2013 – 4:13 pm

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(AP Image)

Well it didn’t take very long but we have the first Redskins sighting on a top 10 plays countdown.

Now before you think you were hit harder than a Redskins linebacker and have déjà vu, Ryan Kerrigan did indeed score another pick six against an elite quarterback, this time it was courtesy of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

Sure he’s done it before, but each time it happens it feels like the very first time. Maybe it’s just the innate joy of an instant momentum swing or his youthful celebrations each time, but you can’t help but crave more each time No. 91 finds his way to pay dirt. And so far he’s delivered.

Anyway, Kerrigan’s touchdown made NFL.com’s top 10 plays for Week 2 of the preseason, but where exactly did it land?

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Leonard Hankerson’s Lifting The Weight

Posted by Stephen Czarda on August 20, 2013 – 3:22 pm

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Third-year wide receiver Leonard Hankerson has a lot carrying in his ridiculously large hands this season.

Already physically opposing to most cornerbacks who line up against him, Hankerson’s third season could be the crossroads of his young career. On one hands, Hankerson’s already provided flashes of greatness in his 20 career NFL appearance with 706 yards and three touchdowns, to include two against the Browns in Week 15. Conversely though, he’s been plagued by drops, sometimes in the most untimely moments.

As the wide receiving corps continues to be inflated with talented weapons in a robust offense, Hankerson hopes to grab the competition like a 10-pound dumbbell.

Of course his gargantuan hands that could wrap around all of FedExField give him a palm up on the competition, but they also allow him to lift an absurd amount of weight that guys like me and you would gawk at.

As seen courtesy of his Instagram account (HankTime85), he’s not ready to lay down for the competition—unless he needs a spotter.

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Dissecting Kirk Cousins’ Madden Rating

Posted by Stephen Czarda on August 20, 2013 – 12:57 pm

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One of the more interesting notes from EA Sports’ release of offensive player ratings in Madden 25 was Kirk Cousins’ 75 rating. While roster updates are a certainty, the reality is the creators of the game felt that Cousins was only a middle of the road quarterback at best.

Just to put his low ranking into perspective, quarterbacks who have yet to taken a regular season snap (Buffalo Bill E.J. Manuel, 74 ), have a 56.3 career  quarterback rating (Denver Bronco Brock Osweiler, 74) and former Redskins Chase Daniel (Chiefs, 75) and Jason Campbell (Browns, 75) all either rated out the same as No. 12 or just slightly below in the game’s original roster setting.

While we don’t know what the bias is against a quarterback who defeated a Super Bowl defense, undefeated in the NFL and was voted as the top backup in the NFL (the Titans know this all too well), the guys at EA do have a science to the their ratings for the field generals.

Take a look:

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Players React To 2-0 Preseason Start

Posted by Stephen Czarda on August 20, 2013 – 11:14 am

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(AP Image)

You may have heard, but the Washington Redskins battled the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football last night. In fact, there’s this rumor floating around that the Redskins upped their preseason record to 2-0 and are now 6-1 in their last seven games at FedExField too.

All is indeed true.

As the team trickles back to Redskins Park this morning for the first time since July, they’ve taken to Twitter to let their approval of last night’s victory be heard. For those of you who either feel that stress of cramming a day’s events into 140 characters or have simply lost track of the 83 social media sites that are out there, Redskins Blog has you covered.

Let’s start with linebacker/lifelong Redskins fan Daryl Tapp after making his FedExField debut:

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VOTE: Top Play From Preseason Week 2

Posted by Stephen Czarda on August 20, 2013 – 10:52 am

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(AP Image)

For anyone that doubted preseason football’s worth, now is the perfect time to refute those claims. Last night’s Monday Night Football tilt has no shortage of storylines to talk about this morning. From Ryan Kerrigan picking off a third Pro Bowl quarterback in as many seasons for a touchdown to Leonard Hankerson deciding the defying gravity just once wasn’t enough, today is a great chance to recap all that happened.

Before we jump into team analysis Redskins Blog wants to know which play was the best from last night’s game.

Here are your choices:

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