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More On New Redskin Tyler Larsen

Posted by Jake Kring-Schreifels on February 10, 2015 – 5:17 pm

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Tyler Larsen is getting a second chance

The 6-foot-4, 315 pounder went undrafted from Utah State in 2014, after he was projected to be a late round selection.

Now, signed by the Redskins today, Larsen will get another look.

A native of Salt Lake City, Larsen played both offensive and defensive line for Jordan High School, earning first team all-state honors in a senior season that included six sacks and four touchdowns.

He played four years for the Utah State Aggies, starting in 52 straight games at center. His brother, Cody, followed a similar trajectory, signing with the Ravens in 2013 as an undrafted defensive lineman.

“I played with an urgency the last three years, but this year, I feel a lot more is at stake,” Larsen told the Herald Journal News last season. “Now that I’m married and everything, the NFL is a big dream for us and it makes me want to go harder so I can actually achieve that goal and dream of being in the NFL, and be able to provide for her.”

It is worth noting that the videogame “Call of Duty” helped begin the couple’s relationship.

A fellow Aggie football player, Bryce Walker, introduced the pair.

“She had foot surgery, so she couldn’t really drive anywhere and Bryce was taking care of her,” Larsen said. “I happened to show up at the house and she asked me if I had an Xbox. I said, ‘Yeah.’ She said, ‘Do you have Call of Duty?’ I said, ‘Yeah.’

“So, she started coming over all the time and we started playing Call of Duty. Basically, that’s what sealed the deal.”

Larsen was picked up as a free agent at the beginning of Training Camp in 2014 by the Miami Dolphins but was waived during the team’s final cuts.

“You always want to be drafted,” Larsen said with the Dolphins at the time. “That’s just a little bump in the road and I’m here right now. Coaches have said that everyone is a player on the team and that’s how I’m going to take my approach to this and I’m just going to give my all and I’m just happy to be here.”

These were Larsen’s strengths, according to his NFL.com Draft profile last year:

“Excellent size — sheer mass to wall off. Generally holds his ground. Can sit and anchor and replace his hands. Good awareness. Consistent gun snaps. Was a rock for the Aggies, starting 51 career games.”


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Silas Redd’s Backflip Makes NFL’s Top 25 Photos Of 2014

Posted by Jake Kring-Schreifels on February 10, 2015 – 4:07 pm

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This image just about summed up the exultation felt last year during one late October Monday night.

Redskins running back Silas Redd, besides a simple fist pump or hug, went for the extreme: a spectacular backflip at midfield to celebrate the team’s late-game, 20-17 overtime victory against the Cowboys.

A photographer with good timing caught Redd at the peak of his impressively high jump as the Redskins began their celebration.

It was good enough to make NFL.com’s “Top 25 Photos from the 2014 Season.”

“Don’t flip out, bro,” the caption reads. Too late in Redd’s case.

See all 25 photos here.


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#TuesdayTalk: What Do You Want To See In A New Stadium?

Posted by Redskins.com on February 10, 2015 – 1:15 pm

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If you head on over to the Redskins’ Facebook page, you’ll likely notice our weekly feature, “#TuesdayTalk,” is filling up with plenty of comments, likes and shares.

The hot topic this week? A new Redskins stadium — more specifically, what features you, the fans, would like to see in and around it.

For further discussion on this topic, feel free to take the following fan survey:

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Wheelchair Tennis Star A Big Redskins Fan

Posted by Jake Kring-Schreifels on February 10, 2015 – 12:03 pm

Andy Lapthorne

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Let this be your inspirational story of the week.

Andy Lapthorne hasn’t let cerebral palsy stop him from playing the sport he loves.

Born in Hammersmith, London, the 24-year-old wanted to be a boxer but the physical disability, which mostly affects his legs, prevented him from entering the ring. Then he found tennis.

“I got involved in tennis when I was 10 when I attended a talent ID camp where I met my coach, who is still my coach 14 years later,” Lapthorne, a major Redskins fan, wrote to The Redskins Blog. “Wheelchair tennis is different to most other disability sports as we have a full world tour and play at all four Grand Slams alongside the able-bodied pros.”

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Since Lapthorne began the sport, which he says offers him the same one-to-one combat as boxing, he has been extraordinarily successful.

Over his young career, he has amassed 11 professional quad wheelchair singles titles and 14 doubles titles within the International Tennis Federation.

Just recently, he, along with World No. 1 David Wagner, captured his fourth Australian Open doubles title.

Several months earlier, Lapthorne won the U.S Open singles final, his first ever Grand Slam victory.

“Winning the U.S. Open was a dream come true for me,” Lapthorne wrote. “I love New York, and as a kid from London that had seen the Big Apple in the movies, to become a Grand Slam champion there for the first time was very special.”

His ability to maneuver his chair, spinning in a variety of angles, is what sets him apart. Take a look at some video of him volleying with Novak Djokovic to see his craft.

Lapthorne has always been a sports fan, following his soccer team, West Ham United, throughout the season while he’s not touring the world playing tennis.

But his link to the Redskins happened about four to five years ago, when he was captivated by football while playing a tournament in the United States. Soon, he was following Robert Griffin III at Baylor and kept his allegiance when the quarterback went to Washington.

The Redskins’ burgundy and gold is also similar to West Ham United’s colors, “a bonus” for Lapthorne.

“Since then me and a friend watch all the Redskins games and follow the team very closely,” he wrote. “I’ve worn Redskins jerseys in the warm-ups before big matches against American players, normally against World No. 1 David Wagner, who is a big Seahawks fan!”

Lapthorne’s biggest goal is to earn World No. 1. To accomplish that, he’ll need to win another singles Grand Slam tournament, a feat that consistently motivates him every day.

That’s setting the stage for an even greater accomplishment, winning gold in the 2016 Summer Olympics, which takes place in Rio De Janeiro.

A smaller, no less important, goal would be attending a game at FedExField.

“I’ve never been to a Redskins game,” he wrote. “I’ve only been to the [NFL] games at London. I would love to come over and see the team play and maybe meet one of my sporting heroes in RG3!”


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Fan Shows Off His Bashaud Breeland Jersey

Posted by Stephen Czarda on February 10, 2015 – 10:50 am

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It may be nearly two months since his girlfriend got him the Bashaud Breeland jersey he’s repping in the photo above, but Redskins fan/Twitter user Jay Ehinger continues to showcase his support for the Clemson product.

On Sunday evening, Ehinger tweeted out the photo, including Breeland’s Twitter handle (@Salute_me17) in the process.

Well, Breeland took note of this and responded:

In 16 games, Breeland recorded 71 tackles — tied for sixth-most on the team — along with a team-high 17 passes defensed and two interceptions.

 


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Chris Baker Talks Dance Moves On ‘Redskins Late Night’

Posted by Stephen Czarda on February 10, 2015 – 9:54 am

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Talk about a sign of the times: Washington Redskins defensive lineman Chris Baker got his sweet dance moves from a few YouTube videos.

And not just any YouTube videos, but ones featuring the now Internet famous Terio.

As Baker sat beside Crystal Ball and Chris Paul on the set of “Redskins Late Night,” he talked about meshing together Terrio’s dance with the “Nae Nae.”

“He’s [Terio] like super famous now. ‘Ooh kill ‘em. Oooh,’” Baker said. “So it’s a series of that and the new dance called the ‘Nae Nae.’ Once I saw myself on the big screen I was like, ‘Oh my god. Ahhh!’ So it just happened.”

Trust us when we say that any chance Baker can get to dance, he’s got to get down.


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Redskins Flag Flies At Half-Staff In Honor Of Ed Sabol

Posted by Stephen Czarda on February 10, 2015 – 8:11 am

The #Redskins flag flies at half-staff today in honor of @NFLFilms founder Ed Sabol. RIP.

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The flag that flies over Redskins Park in Loudoun County, Va., is at half-staff today in honor of Ed Sabol, founder of NFL Films.

Sabol passed away Monday at the age of 98.

“Through his determination and innovative spirit, Ed Sabol transformed how America watched football and all sports,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Monday. “Ed ignited the fire at NFL Films and was the Keeper of the Flame with a remarkable vision and dedication to telling the stories of the people who played, coached and loved the game.

“He earned the ultimate recognition by being selected in 2011 to the Pro Football Hall of Fame where he will forever be remembered alongside the men he so greatly cared about. Ed’s memory will live forever in the hearts and minds of fans around the world whenever they see the work of NFL Films and of the many people he inspired.”


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