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2011 Season ‘Humbling’ for Darrion Scott

Posted by Andrew Walker on June 4, 2012 – 3:19 pm

Darrion Scott had been a professional football player for five years prior to the 2011 season, but he said it wasn’t until late last year that he really learned how to be a pro.

Released by the Washington Redskins during Week 10, Scott, a defensive end, found himself without a team for the first time in his career.

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Carriker Blogs 2007 First-Round Memories

Posted by Brian Tinsman on April 26, 2012 – 1:41 pm

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Once upon a time, Redskins defensive end (and amateur blogger) Adam Carriker was one of the top prospects in all of college football.  Just five seasons ago, he awaited the exact same uncertainty that many top prospects face going into tonight.

His between his junior and senior seasons at Nebraska, Carriker was named the team’s MVP, along with the NCAA’s Bronko Nagurski and Chuck Bednarik awards.  He tallied 134 tackles despite starting only two full seasons, and piled up 20.5 sacks in his career.

But Carriker explains in his latest blog post on ProInterviews.org, that the titles and totals were less important than his game tape.  The way he performed on film was the true essence of his NFL job application and résumé.

Everything he had ever done as a football player led up to Draft Day: Read more »

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Happy ‘Golden Birthday’ To Jarvis Jenkins

Posted by Brian Tinsman on April 24, 2012 – 3:03 pm

What would a birthday be without a picture of a teammate hug? (FYI: This photo was taken last August.)

Things have been awfully serious on the blog recently, and it’s time to freshen things up.  Fortunately, defensive end Jarvis Jenkins was kind enough to be born 24 years ago today, and is celebrating his one and only “golden birthday.”

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Carriker Officially Out-lifting Phillip Daniels

Posted by Brian Tinsman on April 19, 2012 – 3:51 pm

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During the 2010 season, Adam Carriker was united with Phillip Daniels on the line to form one of the strongest defensive end  tandems in the history of the NFL.  They played together for only one season and made only one start together in that span, but changed the standard for ‘player strength’ in Washington.

The question of strongest Redskin was a dangerous question in those days, with two of the team’s more outspoken interviews making the case for themselves.

Even a review of the Youtube tape sheds little light on the subject, with Daniels squatting 722 pounds, and Carriker allegedly benching over 500 pounds, squatting 600 pounds, and clean and jerking 405 pounds.

I don’t know anyone strong enough to determine who wins that contest.

But after spending 2011 in retirement, Daniels, the new director of player development, has apparently left his power lifting days in the past.  According to head strength and conditioning coach Ray Wright, Carriker is now the undisputed strongest man in the building: Read more »

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Carriker Excited; Warmly Welcomed Back

Posted by Brian Tinsman on March 20, 2012 – 4:32 pm

via @BigPoppaPump94

Not many players dress up in three-piece suits to sign a new contract with their football team.  Not many players are as excited to come back as defensive end Adam Carriker:

The last several times I spoke to defensive end Adam Carriker before free agency, I always asked if he thought he was coming back to D.C.?  And his answer was always the same: I want to, but I just don’t know yet.

But in the early hours of free agency last Tuesday, the Redskins made the push to finish the deal and bring back an important piece to the defensive line.  Now that he’s been back, he has filled his amazing Twitter account with all kinds of employer enthusiasm:

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Bowen Welcomes Offensive Upgrades

Posted by Brian Tinsman on March 15, 2012 – 2:27 pm

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Redskins defensive end Stephen Bowen made the unfortunate mistake of venturing outside during free agency.  He’s a brave man.

As you well know, outside of your house is where reporters are.  When something happens to your team, those reporters turn to you for comment.  Ready, set, sound byte!

But Bowen played the comment game well on Tuesday night, when asked for his thoughts on Pierre Garçon becoming the newest member of the Redskins.

Insert praise, give yourself an out if the report is wrong, and welcome him to town with open arms (via CSN Washington): Read more »

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Carriker Reads Dr. Seuss As Cat In The Hat

Posted by Brian Tinsman on March 9, 2012 – 2:42 pm

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[Updated at 5:30]

I’m not sure how I missed this awesome tribute to Dr. Seuss, but Redskins defensive end Adam Carriker celebrated the 99th anniversary of the good doctor’s birth in style.

Last Friday, Carriker appeared at an elementary school in his wife’s hometown in Wyoming, about an hour and a half away from his offseason home in Colorada.  Donning the Cat in the Hat hat, he read the classic “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” to a classroom full of kids.

Afterwards, he talked to the kids about the importance of reading and the power of a college education.  As a kid, Carriker said he spent all of his free time wrapped up in books.  These days, he’s been a little tied up in other things, but still keeps up with current events.

Carriker was clearly having a good time with the kids (as he later confirmed on Twitter), and may be the most-ripped ‘Cat in the Hat’ imitator, ever.

Great job, Adam, and major style points for the hat. And even as he’s set to hit free agency next Tuesday, it’s great to see him still rocking the Redskins with his 9/11 Giants-Redskins T-shirt.

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NFL.com’s ‘Under-The-Radar’ Free Agents

Posted by Brian Tinsman on March 8, 2012 – 4:37 pm

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[Editor’s Note: The information in this post is not associated with the thinking or decision-making of team executives.  Any information is based purely on the speculation of the writers referenced.]

As the clock ticks down to the start of NFL free agency at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13, it’s time for the lists to start rolling out. In the next 120 hours, the best, worst, fastest, tallest, sweatiest, hairiest and most-overrated free agent lists will be compiled.

Thanks to a recent blog post at NFL.com, we can already report on the most-underrated prospective free agents.  Highlighting the list is current Redskins defensive end Adam Carriker, along with another familiar face from bygone Redskins teams.

Here’s the scoop on why neither player has made a buzz this offseason, but may be worthy of a second-look: Read more »

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Daniels ‘Getting His Feet Wet’ On Sidelines

Posted by Brian Tinsman on March 2, 2012 – 1:27 pm

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When the lockout ended last July, Redskins defensive end Phillip Daniels was prepared to return to Washington for his 16th season in the league.  The 38-year-old strongman ultimately sat out the 2011 season, but not from a lack of desire on his part.

He’s just passionate about football.  And lifting weights.

Throughout a difficult Redskins season, Daniels remained loyal to his teammates and fans, by continually offering his support for the Burgundy and Gold.  Coincidentally, this made him the perfect candidate to step in as the new Redskins Director of Player Development for the 2012 season.

Here’s the nameplate to prove it:

Moving forward, Daniels will have to adjust to life on the sidelines as a liaison between the players and the coaching staff. He chatted with the folks over at ESPN 980 about his new role in the organization, and how it has been tailored to fit him: Read more »

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Jenkins Eyeing His Date Of Full Recovery

Posted by Brian Tinsman on March 1, 2012 – 4:24 pm

As I stepped out to go to lunch earlier this afternoon, I was greeted in the lobby by the familiar smiling face of defensive end Jarvis Jenkins.

Jenkins recently observed the six-month anniversary (Aug. 25) of his ACL tear against the Baltimore Ravens, which ended his rookie season prematurely.  But before that–and even after that–he has been called one of the top offseason additions of the Shanahan era, and looked to have the makings of a dominant defensive end.

That impression was forged from the first moment of contact with the Washington-metropolitan area, in his draft day telephone press conference.

“I’m the kind of guy that does dirty work,” he told the media, matter-of-factly.  “I don’t care what they make me do.  If they want me to get on two knees and just sit there, I will do it.  I’m all about winning games.” Read more »

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