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New DE Ricky Jean Francois, AKA The Peanut Butter Jelly Man

Posted by Jake Kring-Schreifels on February 27, 2015 – 4:11 pm

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There was a time when the “Peanut Butter Jelly Time” song was actually a thing.

Its repetitive chorus, slightly varied with lyric additions like, “With a baseball bat,” became viral before a time when viral wasn’t part of everyday language.

The song has since filtered out of daily consciousness. But don’t tell newly signed defensive end Ricky Jean Francois that.

The LSU product has made it a habit after every training camp, and sometimes even during a regular season game, to bring back the dance associated with the song.

“I do this every year, on the last day for the fans,” Jean Francois said in the video above while with the 49ers. “They know me as PBJ Man. I’m going to have fun with this right now.”

As you can tell below, he’s performed this dance in many places. I think running back Alfred Morris might have to teach him just how to execute the home run swing to perfection.

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New Coach Dave Ragone Played Quarterback In Berlin

Posted by Jake Kring-Schreifels on February 27, 2015 – 3:35 pm

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Dave Ragone, the Redskins’ new offensive quality control coach, has a lot of experience in the National Football League.

He was drafted by the Texans in 2003 and played a few games behind starter David Carr. After being claimed by the Bengals and Rams a few years later, he started his coaching career, eventually landing with the Titans as a wide receivers, and then quarterbacks, coach.

But, in between battling for roster spots, Ragone found an opportunity to play consistently in 2005 in Europe, specifically, starting behind center for the Berlin Thunder in 2005.

It ended up being his most successful season as a player.

Ragone threw for 1,746 yards and 13 touchdowns with just two interceptions, winning NFL Europe’s Offensive MVP Award. He led the Thunder to a 7-3 record and faced Amsterdam in the World Bowl (the equivalent to the Super Bowl), played in Dusseldorf.

He led the league in passer rating (97.5) and set a league record by throwing 174 consecutive passes without an interception.

“NFL Europe is a great opportunity to improve your game by actually playing in games,” said then Texans head coach Dom Capers. “Dave Ragone took full advantage of the experience and I’m sure he’s going to do everything possible to help his team win a championship.”

Berlin fell just short of winning, falling 27-21.

“I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, and the first thing I thought about was “The Drive,’ which was a 97-yard one to win the game for Denver (over Cleveland in the 1986 AFC Championship),” Ragone told the St. Petersburg Times. “You grow up as a little kid dreaming of this situation and of making the winning play. We just fell short. We had a couple of chances here and there, but it was not enough.”

Ragone also had an impressive college career at Louisville, where he went 27-11 as a starter, including an 11-1 season in 2001. He left his time there as the school’s second all-time leading passer and was a three-time Conference USA Player of the Year.

Here’s a clip of him returning to Louisville last year and getting honored before the game.


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Akeem Davis Joins Panel Discussion On Collegiate Athletics

Posted by Stephen Czarda on February 27, 2015 – 1:32 pm

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Washington Redskins safety Akeem Davis brought a completely different perspective from the rest of his fellow panel members at Wednesday evening’s discussion on the changing landscape of collegiate athletics and the NCAA at the Shirley Povich Center For Sports Journalism.

Davis was joined by media members and Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson.While they all provided useful input from their varying backgrounds, Davis, who played at Memphis, was the most recent student-athlete.

“You had all these different extremes voicing their different opinions on the landscape of college athletes,” he said. “Man, it was really good. I learned a lot. I learned a whole lot. Mr. Anderson, from an athletic director standpoint…we as student-athletes don’t know what’s going on from their perspective. Of course, I thought we should be paid for everything we did – with all the hours, with all the money the NCAA generates in just televisions deals and all of those things that go into it.”

 

If student-athletes were to start getting paid in some manner, though, there would be a few added layers to their eligibility that isn’t always brought into the discussion.

“When you start paying an athlete, now you have to tax the athlete,” Davis said. “Now the athlete’s scholarship is not full. It includes room, board and everything, but now you have to pay for all of those things. So now, you’re an employee. It makes things a lot fuzzier than what it is. That shed a lot of light.”

While Davis’ stance on the importance of athletics was pronounced throughout the discussion, he served reminder that education is paramount.

That isn’t always the case with every student-athlete.

“I grew up a house first of all where education is king,” he said. “I think the athletes in our generation undervalue the value of a scholarship. I mean, you set yourself up, put yourself in the position to be successful for a long time, and these days a scholarship gives you a chance, but if you don’t have your degree, you don’t have a chance.”

Davis also said he’s in favor of bumping up stipend amounts.

“Increase the stipend and give them a little more on the stipend side so it gives them whatever they need,” he said. “Let’s find some way to compensate these guys to where you don’t have to pay a tax, pay a penalty. But let’s get the scholarship in place, because at the end of the day you have decisions to make and you need to get your education.”

 


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Earnest Byner Becoming A Mentor For Brandon Bostick

Posted by Jake Kring-Schreifels on February 27, 2015 – 11:58 am

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When former Green Bay Packers tight end Brandon Bostick botched an onside kick return in the NFC Championship game — one that helped cost his team a trip to the Super Bowl — Earnest Byner was watching.

After hearing Bostick’s postgame interview, a series of regrets and apologies, Byner knew what he had to do.

“I could understand that feeling,” Byner, who played five seasons with the Redskins, told The Cleveland Plain Dealer. “It took about six months for me to feel how he felt just a day after the game. I felt like I had to speak to him.”

A week after the game, Byner was on the phone with Bostick, who had previously told the press he was at a new low point in his life.

“When we talk he listens very intently,” said Byner, who found Bostick’s contact through a Packers official. “But I need to meet him to feel his spirit. We’re going to go about making this connection. We might do some training. I want to get into his mind a bit so I can help him best.”

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Byner, who recently released a new book, “Everybody Fumbles,” is the right man for the job.

As a running back for the Browns in the 1988 AFC Championship game, Byner had the chance to score a touchdown and tie the game against the Broncos. As he raced for the goal line, he was stripped of the ball at the two-yard line allowing Denver to recover, ending Cleveland’s dreams of heading to the Super Bowl.

Byner said it was his move to Washington that helped him recover and forgive himself the most.

“That play is just part of my legacy,” Byner told The Redskins Blog last month. “The things that gave me comfort was the spiritual connection that I got when I came to Washington, through Coach Gibbs, Tim Johnson, Darrell Green…When I got that spiritual connection I was able to forgive myself for that but still be able to use that energy to move forward.”

Understanding the pain and long recovery process from one play has given Byner an empathy he knows will always be valuable, especially when it pertains to helping players who are trying to heal the same kinds of mental scars.

“Having to go through the consistent lashing that I took, regarding that, it just made me want to help people that have made, not even as drastic a mistake as that was,” Byner said. “In life, we all make these mistakes. We all have to deal with learning from the mistakes.  We all have to do that…By nature, I’m a teacher. This is another way of teaching but also giving people answers for dealing with different aspects of life.”


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Trio Of Redskins Go Through Rigorous Workout Together

Posted by Stephen Czarda on February 27, 2015 – 10:26 am

Keiser squat day with the #NFL guys. Working on acceleration #TeamEP #TrainWithTheBest

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Having a gym partner or two can make the difference sometimes.

Take Darrel Young, Niles Paul and Perry Riley Jr. as proof.

The three Redskins, all of whom can lift a substantial amount of weight, went through what appears to be a pretty intense workout together.

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During the 2014 regular-season, Young scored a career-high five touchdowns, Paul set new personal bests in receptions (39) and receiving yards (507) while Riley Jr. recorded 100-plus tackles for the third straight season.

 


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