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  • Thu., Oct. 23, 2014 11:00 AM - 11:15 AM EDT Live Player Press Conference A select Redskins player speaks to media before practice at Redskins Park in Loudoun County, Va. on Thursday, October 23, 2014
  • Thu., Oct. 23, 2014 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT Live Gruden Press Conference Redskins head coach Jay Gruden speaks to media at Redskins Park in Loudoun County, Va. on Thursday, October 23, 2014.
  • Thu., Oct. 23, 2014 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM EDT Redskins Nation

    Redskins Nation is a half-hour show devoted to giving fans unfiltered access to the day's events at Redskins Park. Hosted by Larry Michael, the show features Redskins players, coaches and sit-down interviews with team officials. (Show re-airs at 11:30 p.m/7:30 a.m. daily)

    • DATE: December 3, 2013
    • TIME:  5:30 PM 
    • LOCATION:  Comcast SportsNet

  • Fri., Oct. 24, 2014 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM EDT Live Gruden Press Conference Redskins head coach Jay Gruden speaks to media at Redskins Park in Loudoun County, Va. on Friday, October 24, 2014.
  • Fri., Oct. 24, 2014 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM EDT Redskins Nation

    Redskins Nation is a half-hour show devoted to giving fans unfiltered access to the day's events at Redskins Park. Hosted by Larry Michael, the show features Redskins players, coaches and sit-down interviews with team officials. (Show re-airs at 11:30 p.m/7:30 a.m. daily)

    • DATE: December 3, 2013
    • TIME:  5:30 PM 
    • LOCATION:  Comcast SportsNet

  • Mon., Oct. 27, 2014 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM EDT Redskins Nation

    Redskins Nation is a half-hour show devoted to giving fans unfiltered access to the day's events at Redskins Park. Hosted by Larry Michael, the show features Redskins players, coaches and sit-down interviews with team officials. (Show re-airs at 11:30 p.m/7:30 a.m. daily)

    • DATE: December 3, 2013
    • TIME:  5:30 PM 
    • LOCATION:  Comcast SportsNet

  • Mon., Oct. 27, 2014 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM EDT Live Verizon Gametime Live Redskins pregame show hosted by Larry Michael LIVE from AT&T Stadium before the Redskins vs. Cowboys game on Monday, October 27, 2014.
  • Tue., Oct. 28, 2014 12:00 AM - 12:30 AM EDT Live Gruden Press Conference Redskins head coach Jay Gruden takes the podium following the Redskins vs. Cowboys game at AT&T Stadium on Monday, October 27, 2014.
  • Tue., Oct. 28, 2014 12:30 AM - 1:00 AM EDT Live Player Press Conference Select Redskins players take the podium following the Redskins vs. Cowboys game at AT&T Stadium on Monday, October 27, 2014.
  • Tue., Oct. 28, 2014 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM EDT Redskins Nation

    Redskins Nation is a half-hour show devoted to giving fans unfiltered access to the day's events at Redskins Park. Hosted by Larry Michael, the show features Redskins players, coaches and sit-down interviews with team officials. (Show re-airs at 11:30 p.m/7:30 a.m. daily)

    • DATE: December 3, 2013
    • TIME:  5:30 PM 
    • LOCATION:  Comcast SportsNet

(Some) Resting ‘Skins Catch Soccer Match

Posted by Andrew Walker on July 31, 2012 – 1:07 pm

During training camp it’s probably difficult for the Redskins players to find a free minute or two to do anything but eat, sleep and drink football.

So when the opportunity arises, the guys on the team are going to take full advantage.

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Brandyn Thompson Scouts His Alma Mater

Posted by Brian Tinsman on April 23, 2012 – 5:19 pm

A popular topic of conversation in the Redskins’ locker room, is the comparison of alma maters.  Some teams hail from rival schools (Trent Williams and Brian Orakpo), while others amuse themselves with bold predictions and what-if scenarios.

Each player has their own outspoken bias, but nobody knows a team as well as a former member.  So, just one year after he made the jump to the professional ranks, I asked Redskins cornerback Brandyn Thompson to review the draft-eligible Boise State Broncos.

He agreed, as long as I looked past the fact that those are “his guys.”

“I do have a biased opinion.  Those guys are not just my teammates, but actually the class that I came in with,” he explained.  “I didn’t get to redshirt my freshman year, so all those guys are the ones that I went through the program with.” Read more »


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2012 Redskins Have First Day In The Office

Posted by Brian Tinsman on April 16, 2012 – 4:58 pm

The Redskins had their first dose of offseason conditioning this morning at Redskins Park, as 61-0f-63 players reported for voluntary workouts.

Players were generally upbeat, and it was a first sighting for some players in quite some time.  The highlight of the morning was London Fletcher on the premises to sign his brand new contract with the team.  Players joked and high-fived with their captain in between workouts, and players hung around after the workouts to catch up on the offseason.

Several players tweeted their enthusiastic feeling about being back to work on a beautiful day: Read more »


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Thompson Finishing Boise State Degree

Posted by Brian Tinsman on February 22, 2012 – 1:16 pm

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It’s been an academically productive offseason for Redskins rookies, as both linebacker Ryan Kerrigan and cornerback Brandyn Thompson have returned to finish their respective bachelors’ degrees.

Thompson shared the news with his followers on Twitter (@BThompson_BT), illustrating the hard work that got him to the NFL, with perhaps a touch of senioritis:

According to his Boise State player bio, Thompson is on track for a bachelor’s degree in communications.  A Facebook conversation with Thompson confirmed that he is back in the halls of Boise State–but only in the cyber sense–as he’s finishing up with online classes.

He’s spent most of his time since January living near his native Elk Grove, Calif., outside of Sacramento.

In addition to his work in the online classroom, he has been practicing his communication skills by keeping followers updated on Twitter. Read more »


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The Very Last Practice Of The 2011 Season

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 30, 2011 – 11:35 am

The final day of Redskins practice has arrived for the 2011 season.  It’s a routine that began in training camp at the end of July, and has lasted five months to the end of December.

There were days of 100-degree temperatures, and days when it was in the 30’s.  There were many days when it rained (sometimes creating lakefront property) and other days when onlookers got sunburn.  There were days when thousands of fans packed the sidelines, and many many more when they did not.

On this particular youth-infused team, there were opportunities (and potentially careers) that were launched on the back fields, both through injury and excellence.  All together, there were six players that rose from the practice squad to the active roster this season, meaning that six players proved their muster exclusively in practice.

Here are a few of the Redskins players’ thoughts on the last day of school: Read more »


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Lasik Allows Helu To Actually See The Ball

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 2, 2011 – 4:35 pm

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At Nebraska, Roy Helu was one of the most productive running backs in the country, averaging 5.9 yards per carry for his career and finishing with 28 touchdowns, all on the ground.  Through the air, he caught 54 balls for 501 yards over 48 career games for Big Red.

He never caught more eight passes in a game, and was held without a reception in half of those games.

As a member of the Redskins, Helu has already caught 38 passes for 267 yards in just 10 games.  He has broken the Redskins franchise record for receptions in a single game (14),  and has as many 100-yard receiving games as 100-yard rushing games (one).

So what’s the big change?  Helu credits offseason corrective eye surgery for his dramatic turnaround.

“I can’t actually see the spiral of the ball now,” Helu said.  “The biggest difference is that from me to you (about six feet), I would lose the ball and it would kind of snap my head back.  I didn’t have good depth perception.”

Prior to the surgery, Helu suffered from nearsightedness and astigmatism.  After surgery, he has great vision and his very own extended commercial spot for Sutton Linder & Sutton:

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Seattle In The Rear View Mirror

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 28, 2011 – 11:32 am

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The Redskins have finally awoken from their bye week slumber, grabbing their first win since Oct. 2, a span of 56 days.  To put it in perspective, here’s a few other ways of measuring how long it’s been for the team:

  • They’ve made 26 changes to the active roster (and not all of them have involved Brandyn Thompson).
  • They’ve traveled approximately 7,733 miles on road trips.
  • They’ve had six other games, 22 team practices, and more than a dozen additional walk-throughs.
  • They’ve celebrated two major corporate holidays (Halloween and Thanksgiving), and spent almost all of Mo-vember.

It’s been a long time coming, it was a hard-fought battle, and it’s a win that everyone can share in and enjoy until Wednesday.

The Redskins proved a lot of people wrong with yesterday’s win, including every NFL prognosticator except for Mark Schlereth, and we’re here to give Stink his due credit.  On a more global perspective, they also surpassed the deflated expectations of ESPN The Magazine and Phil Steele’s NFL Magazine, both of whom predicted a 3-13 inept finish for the Redskins.  They’ve spent a long time searching for that fourth win, but it’s always nice to prove the doubters wrong.

Yesterday also wrapped up a dominant season series against the NFC West, against which the Redskins finished 3-1, beating Arizona, St. Louis, and Seattle.  Sure, these three teams have 10 combined wins, but those are the games that the Redskins were expected to win, and they did so.  It would have been nice to pull out a win against San Francisco, but there’s no shame in losing to one of the best teams in the NFC, if not the whole NFL.

No shame in beating them either, but you take what you can get.

One unexpected byproduct of this rough patch has been witnessing the emergence of several young playmakers on offense and defense.  With the loss of Chris Cooley for the season, the Redskins were able to confirm what they thought they knew about tight end Fred Davis.  With the loss of Santana Moss, the Redskins were able to get a look at both Niles Paul and Leonard Hankerson, who showed tremendous development during their rookie campaigns.  With the loss of offensive guard Kory Lichtensteiger, the Redskins were able to look at seventh-rounder Maurice Hurt, who has been more than serviceable at guard.  With the loss of Tim Hightower, the Redskins were able to get a look at both Roy Helu and Evan Royster in the backfield.

Helu showed yesterday that he has the dual-threat ability to be an offensive catalyst, getting 30 touches for 162 yards and a long touchdown run.  The instant success that he and his fellow rookies have had is just a testament to the scouting and player development behind April’s draft.  Early, premature indicators suggest that the 2011 Redskins draft class could go down as one of the best.

In between buying holiday gifts this Cyber Monday, enjoy a few game stats from Victory Monday: Read more »


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Players Deliver At Annual Harvest Feast

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 22, 2011 – 10:18 pm

The 9th Annual “Harris Teeter-Redskins Harvest Feast” (presented by Ryan Homes) was another rousing success, as the Redskins helped package and deliver a Thanksgiving experience to 3,500 area homes.

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Redskins players Jabar Gaffney, Donte Stallworth, Josh Wilson, Brandon Banks, Willie Smith, Oshiomogho Atogwe, Brandyn Thompson, Doug Worthington, Niles Paul, Erik Cook, and Lorenzo Alexander helped out with the event.  They did everything from organize the handouts, to handing out the final packages, to delivering them to area families. Read more »


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Santa Claus Is Coming To…FedExField

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 22, 2011 – 6:58 pm

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Jolly Ol’ St. Nick made his first appearance of the season at FedExField today, to participate in the “Harris Teeter-Redskins Harvest Feast” presented by Ryan Homes.

Kris Kringle revealed that not only is he a big Redskins fan, but he also used to be a Redskins season ticket holder.  He would spend more time at his favorite football stadium, were it not for his regular 9-5 of delivering toys to every good little boy and girl in the world.

“When I’m not flying my reindeer, though,” he said, with a twinkle in his eye, “I drive a Burgundy and Gold van around with Redskins decals on the side.” Read more »


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Young Redskins Pledge To Step Their Game Up

Posted by Brian Tinsman on September 3, 2011 – 10:48 pm

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The life of an NFL rookie is never easy, and the odds of becoming a starter–much less a star in the league–are usually slim.  But for the 10 rookies and first-year players that made the cuts for the final 53-man-roster, ‘Day One of the NFL Life’ starts tomorrow.

A few young players tweeted their excitement after learning that they had secured a roster spot.

Some made varying pledges of hard work: Read more »


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