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Linebackers Dine — On Robinson’s Tab

Posted by Andrew Walker on January 8, 2013 – 11:07 am

(Photo via cwil51flint on Instagram)

(Photo via cwil51flint on Instagram)

What do you get when you have eight hungry NFL linebackers and just one rookie in the entire group?

Keenan Robinson definitely learned the answer to that question last night.

His wallet now much lighter, Robinson treated seven of his fellow linebacker teammates to the annual rookie dinner last night in Washington, D.C.

In attendance was Robinson, Lorenzo Alexander, London Fletcher, Rob Jackson, Ryan Kerrigan, Brian Orakpo, Perry Riley and Chris Wilson.

Several of the guys went to Twitter to document this special occasion. Here’s a few of the tweets in order of their appearance last night:

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Loyal Chris Wilson Back On Active Roster

Posted by Andrew Walker on August 31, 2012 – 9:41 pm

The evolving novel that is Chris Wilson’s football career, began yet another chapter Friday, when the 30-year-old linebacker learned he had made the Washington Redskins’ 53-man roster.

Wilson has endured going undrafted, playing in the Canadian Football League, changing positions, being released, spending an entire season away from the game and considering retirement, so Friday’s news was probably ever-so-sweeter for the Northwood product.

In short: Wilson’s work ethic to get where he is today shows that he is one loyal man — to himself and to the Redskins.

Wilson talked about that very topic during OTAs this season.

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Alexander Predicted Chris Wilson’s Return

Posted by Brian Tinsman on April 25, 2012 – 10:11 am

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Yesterday afternoon, the Redskins officially announced the return of linebacker Chris Wilson, who had previously been with the team from 2007-10.

Wilson took to Twitter to announce the exciting news, fielding a warm welcome back from Redskins fans and media types:

Originally signed as undrafted free agent in 2007 out of the Canadian Football League, Wilson was a reserve defensive end and linebacker in Washington, earning his paychecks on special teams.  His versatility made him a valuable asset, and also gained him the mutual respect of fellow swingmen Lorenzo Alexander and Kedric Golston.

The three grew together in Washington, and gradually forged a friendship off the field.  When Wilson signed with the Philadelphia Eagles last fall, it was a major disappointment for Lorenzo Alexander, who continued to campaign for his friend’s return. Read more »

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Redskins Enjoy 3rd Annual ‘Ride 2 Provide’

Posted by Brian Tinsman on April 24, 2012 – 10:21 am

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The forecast called for rain, but it was nothing but sun and smiles at Lorenzo Alexander’s “Ride 2 Provide” charity bike ride on Saturday.  Alexander and Kedric Golston hosted the event for the third year, and were joined by teammates Ryan Kerrigan, Niles Paul, Logan Paulsen, Rob Myers, as well as former Redskin Chris Wilson and the Hogettes.

And yes, Paulsen is shown wearing a light purple tutu.  No, I don’t know why–but I will find out.

The event raises money for wounded veterans recovering from their injuries, as well as Alexander’s ACES foundation.  Alexander was excited with the biker turnout, but really enjoyed the support of his teammates for his biggest annual event:

“It’s pretty cool to have your teammates out here supporting you,” Alexander said with a grin.  “A lot of guys have chosen to get involved and help me out, and it shows what type of men they are and what they’re all about.  The local media have created a great bond over the years, and those guys have come out to support me as well.

“It goes beyond football and the Redskins on a day-to-day basis,” he added.  “We’re about relationships and building a better community.”

Watch video recapping the day, below: Read more »

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Wednesday Early Birds

Posted by Brian Tinsman on July 27, 2011 – 9:23 am

There is no gold medal for being first in the door on Day 2, but they at least deserve an “‘Atta boy!”  Linebacker Chris Wilson, offensive tackle Clint Oldenburg and wide receiver Anthony Armstrong were first through the doors this morning.

Left tackle Trent Williams, rookie outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, and brand new free safety O.J. Atogwe were all in the building before 9 a.m.

Today is scheduled to be a relatively calm day at Redskins Park (calm before the storm).  Players don’t have to report to facilities today, but many are coming in to get in their workouts and meetings in.  For the rookies, this is a chance for first impressions and settling in.  For everybody, the chance to make up lost time meeting with the coaching staff could prove to be critical when training camp breaks.

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A New Year's Eve Masquerade With Redskins Players

Posted by Matt Terl on December 28, 2010 – 10:26 am

I’m far from the first one to post this video — Hogs Haven and the DC Sports Bog have already been there — but it’s still amusing, and with the event just a couple days away it’s worth mentioning again.

This is a promo for the Midnight Masquerade Ball in Tyson’s Corner, which promises to turn the Ritz Carlton “into a Venetian carnival featuring world-class entertainment, luxurious silent auction items, and of course a balloon drop” for New Year’s Eve. And it’s being hosted by an assortment of Redskins players, several of whom — including Reed Doughty, Kedric Golston, Lorenzo Alexander, and Chris Wilson — you can see in the video above. And I do recommend sticking with the video. It starts off slow but really picks up when Eye Of The Tiger kicks in at about 0:45 in.

The event benefits a couple of charities — one a foundation that helps children, the other an orphanage in Zimbabwe — and should also be a pretty entertaining time. And (for the moment, at least), tickets are available at a pretty substantial discount through a limited time deal at Living Social.

Also, while I’m discussing upcoming charity events, Lorenzo Alexander, and Kedric Golston, I should mention that registration is now open for the duo’s second annual Ride To Provide bike event. Register now — the event is just 145 days away! Read more »

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Redskins Say Indoor Practices 'Can Be Beneficial'

Posted by Matt Terl on December 16, 2010 – 4:17 pm

As you can see above, the practice fields at Redskins Park are covered with snow. So the team decamped today to a nearby gym to do their work indoors. This seemed to me like it would a major detriment to having a successful practice, especially on a Thursday, traditionally the heaviest practice day of the week.

But head coach Mike Shanahan disagreed. “I think our players did a fantastic job of doing what we need to do prepare for a game,” Shanahan said. “They’re not excuse-makers. We got everything done we needed to get done [in practice]. That’s what you want for your football team to do.”

And the players that I spoke to completely agreed.

“It’s Week 15,” linebacker Chris Wilson said. “It’s all mental, just show me the footage. Let me wake up on Sunday well-rested.”

Wide receiver Anthony Armstrong agreed. “You’ve done all the physical stuff,” Armstrong said. “You don’t have to prove yourself again physically, that you can run in there and hit the safety or the linebacker full-speed. It’s more about consistency with your assignments and knowing what the defense is doing. It’s about recognition and knowing where you’re supposed to be.”

In fact, Armstrong said, not being able to do a full practice today might actually work out in the players’ favor. “Think about it,” he said. “Guys are going to the game already less than a hundred percent. They’re already not full speed, so being able to let them mentally see what they’re doing while you also let the body recover … it can be beneficial.”

Of the guys that I spoke to, the only one to voice a slight disagreement was tight end Chris Cooley, and his objection wasn’t exactly that he thought there was much more work to be done. Read more »

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Special Teams Play Makes Mike Sellers An Honorary Linebacker

Posted by Matt Terl on October 21, 2010 – 1:39 pm

It’s not something you see every day, but the Redskins kickoff coverage unit is gaining a little bit of notoriety. Reliably providing at least one monster hit per game will do that.

“It’s pretty unusual,” Byron Westbrook said, “because usually you get maybe two or three good hits like that each YEAR. We’re consistently getting ’em weekly now.”

I’ve written about Lorenzo Alexander‘s contributions to this trend, and Mike Sellers; last Sunday it was Chris Wilson‘s turn on the opening kickoff. Which raises the question: how are these guys coming free to make these hits?
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Two Explanations Of The Difference From Last Year

Posted by Matt Terl on October 11, 2010 – 12:22 pm

My initial reaction to the final score of Sunday’s overtime thriller against the Packers was that “this was not a game the 2009 squad would’ve won”. At about the same time as I was posting that, London Fletcher was giving a locker room speech that focused on much the same message. And it’s been a recurring theme in columns and game-stories today, with folks from Mike Wise to Rich Campbell to the Associated Press and more sounding that note.

Most of those stories have player quotes — Fletcher, Reed Doughty, etc. — expressing and trying to explain the change, and I was no different. I discussed it with Chris Wilson in the locker room, and he suggested the primary difference was that the team was growing up.

“You got young guys that are making plays — as well as getting wins — in clutch situations,” Wilson said. “When we need it like that and you show up, that’s big. That’s maturity. Same thing with [LaRon] Landry. Landry’s a heck of a player. Nobody’s ever gonna question his type of effort. But when you make plays like that when we NEED it? That’s the difference right there. So as we continue to mature and give the same type of effort, I think we’re gonna be a pretty hard team to deal with in the future.”

Someone asked whether a simple change in defensive mentality could account for the plays being made by the new defense, and Wilson stuck to his point: “I think it’s more maturity than mentality, because everybody WANTS to make plays.”

But Wilson — and Fletcher, and Doughty, and most of the other people I had seen quoted on the subject — have all been here as this change has taken place. It’s like watching someone you live with grow out their hair: you never notice that it’s getting longer, but one day they look like Logan Paulsen.

So I went to the one player in the locker room who saw last year — was at the center of some of the oddest of last year’s oddities, in fact — and was part of yesterday’s game, but was NOT around while the changes were taking place: punter Hunter Smith.

And he thought there might be even more to the change:
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Brian Orakpo Wins The Game With A Holding Penalty

Posted by Matt Terl on September 13, 2010 – 2:03 am

When you hear Brian Orakpo say (as he did tonight), “We did a great job just trying to get after the quarterback, got some good holding calls, and that’s all she wrote,” it comes off a more than a little bizarre. I mean, really? We “got some good holding calls”?

Then you look at the AP photo above and realize that — bizarre at may sound — Orakpo earned all the holding calls against him, up to and including the game-winning holding penalty.

And if “game-winning holding penalty” still sounds kind of hokey and weird to you … well, it doesn’t to Orakpo’s teammates. Read more »

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