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Play Of The Morning Practice: Darrel Young's Block

Posted by Matt Terl on July 31, 2010 – 12:32 pm

There were a few nice plays in an intense morning practice session — some good throws, especially by Donovan McNabb; a less-good McNabb pass that was intercepted by DeAngelo Hall and taken back for six; a solid performance kicking FGs by Graham Gano — but the play of the day for me was made by a guy who didn’t even have the ball in his hands.

Darrel Young was in training camp with the Redskins last year as a linebacker, but he’s now been switched back to his college position of running back. (“Right now I’m playing basically fullback,” he says, “but starting next week I’ll be playing a little running back just from the pass protect game, kinda like a little Leonard Weaver style.”)

On the play in question, he was working as the blocking fullback, coming to the right side of the second-string line next to Stephon Heyer and guard Chad Rinehart. As the ball carrier made his cut, Young locked in on cornerback Kevin Barnes coming in to stop the run, and flat-out leveled him. “I just hit him ’cause he showed up,” Young told me after practice. “He’s still not talking to me, probably.”

Despite Young’s matter-of-fact description, the play was notable. “I didn’t see the hit,” Rinehart said, “but I heard it.”

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Debating The Ethics Of Talking Trash With The Troops

Posted by Matt Terl on June 9, 2010 – 4:20 pm

Last night, as Stephen Strasburg started his Washington Nationals career, four members of the Redskins managed to push him off the big screen at the ESPN Zone in D.C. Not through any athletic prowess, though, unless you’re one of those people who violently argues that video games are an athletic skill: Jeremy Jarmon, Chad Rinehart, Anthony Armstrong, and Graham Gano were playing Guitar Hero against troops stationed in Bahgdad, and alongside wounded warriors and active troops in the D.C. area.

(Strasburg did make it to the big screen eventually, where he dazzled the crowd and the assembled group of Redskins players.)

“This kind of thing is very important,” Armstrong told me. “I’ve got a friend that’s about to go on a tour in the Navy, got another friend — one of my best friends — that’s in the Army. My dad was in the military. So being able to give back and show my appreciation is always important to me. I just like to be able to get out there and at least show the people, Hey, we appreciate everything you do.”

Showing appreciation through Guitar Hero is the brainchild of Addie and Greg Zinone’s Pro Vs. G.I. Joe program; I spoke to the couple about the thinking behind this kind of thing when the Redskins participated in last November, but Armstrong brought a new wrinkle to the proceedings: talking trash to armed men nearly 7,000 miles away.

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Your Starting Right Guard: Chad Rinehart

Posted by Matt Terl on November 12, 2009 – 4:10 pm

This is what I thought I saw during yesterday’s practice, and it was confirmed today: Chad Rinehart will be stepping in at right guard in relief of Will Montgomery. There were rumors of this move last week; this week it’s actually happening.

Rinehart spoke briefly to the media today, and — like Levi Jones — said more or less what you’d expect. Let’s see if he hits all the same categories Jones did. Read more »

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Yes, The Redskins Players Are Aware Of The Team's Problems

Posted by Matt Terl on September 28, 2009 – 2:19 pm

If you believe that admitting you have a problem is the first step to recovery, then today’s open locker room was absolutely full of recovering football players. For just about every problem that has been brought up about the loss to the Lions and the team’s play in general, there was a player somewhere explaining to a microphone just how aware they were of that problem. Read more »

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On The Field For Practice – Good News and Bad News

Posted by Matt Terl on September 25, 2009 – 2:16 pm

Practice today was a relatively light affair, shorts and shells in pleasant weather, and focused mainly on the red zone, which should make people happy. Jason Campbell got a lot of compliments from Jim Zorn for making good reads, which is always reassuring for me to hear on the sidelines, and the team seemed as loose and focused as they have at any point in this bizarre week.

But the real stories of practice came afterward, in the form of some good news and some bad news. Here’s a picture to help you guess the good news.

No, Colt Brennan is not going to be playing quarterback (although he is back in the facility and in generally good spirits.)

The good news is that Chad Rinehart will be starting at right guard. Zorn walked to the podium and said “The Rhino!”, thus preempting Washington Post reporter Jason Reid, who had been extremely excited to ask if it would be The Thrill (Will Montgomery) or The Rhino.
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Monday, February 9: Redskins Make Burgers On TV

Posted by Matt Terl on February 9, 2009 – 11:32 am

If you are a dedicated viewer of the NFL Players Association‘s reality TV series Helmets Off, but you DVRed this week’s episode and wish to remain spoiler-free as to who wins the Redskins linemen’s burger competition that aired this past Saturday, STOP READING NOW.

If you’re more like me and had never heard of Helmets Off, let alone the Redskins linemen’s burger competition, here’s some quick background: the show is in its fifth season, and is described by the NFLPA’s marketing materials as “a series of reality television shows featuring some of the most talented stars in the National Football League.” The show airs on Comcast SportsNet (or Fox Sports, depending on where you live), so check their website for airdates and times.

Anyhow, the first I heard of the burger contest — held at the Good Stuff Eatery in DC — was a month or so back, when the winner shouted across the locker room, “Hey, I won the burger contest!” Read more »

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