While possibly the best free agent wide receiver prospect plays in the NFC East, the top available linebacker might already be in Washington.
According to an NFL.com Around The League list and a USA Today article, outside linebacker Brian Orakpo is the No. 3 rated free agent in 2014. Bleacher Report rates Orakpo as the seventh-most appealing man on the market, and Rotoworld rates Rak as the top linebacker in this year’s class.
“He can probably thrive in any scheme having also shined as a defensive end in college for Texas. But 3-4 teams will probably value him most,” USA Today wrote.
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Welcome to your weekly Redskins Social Media Spotlight, where we highlight the trendy topics and social media campaigns going on this week in Redskins Nation. Check it out and make suggestions below.
Last week’s Social Media Weekly Spotlight covered WR Niles Paul and his former Nebraska Cornhusker teammates doing the Harlem Shake, NT Chris Baker’s plea for 10k Twitter followers as well as a mural from Washington D.C.’s own WR Joshua Morgan.
Admittedly so, most people probably don’t get as far as clicking the link to read these weekly social media updates. Contrarily, some of you may be reading this and say, ‘Who cares about the Redskins Social Media Weekly Spotlight?’ To that, we say that it’s time to start taking social media seriously.
Fact of the matter is that social media has rapidly integrated itself into our everyday lives.
For those of you who continue to read, here’s a look at K Kai Forbath and LB Ryan Kerrigan as they hit the links, QB Robert Griffin III’s return to Baylor, LB London Fletcher‘s preparation for season 16 and G Chris Chester‘s odd, and forgettable, experience at his local gym.
Tags: Baylor, Chris Baker, Chris Chester, free agency, free agent, golf, josh wilson, Joshua Morgan, london fletcher, march madness, Niles Paul, RGIII, Robert Griffin III, ryan kerrigan, Social Media Weekly Spotlight
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Like so many athletes in today’s social media landscape, Leigh Torrence made his Redskins’ signing official with a few Tweets yesterday evening. The first was dedicated to the next Redskins chapter of his career, and looking forward to moving ahead with his new old team:
The second was dedicated to the Saints team that he left behind, where he registered the only pick-six on defense last season, and won a championship ring in Super Bowl XLIV:
In the 12 hours since his tweets, his page has been covered in Saints fans and players bemoaning the loss of No. 24, as well as Redskins players and fans welcoming him back.
But why all of the excitement? With only two interceptions and 3.5 sacks in 73 career games, Torrence seems like an odd candidate to move the needle on social media. But if you ask any of his former teammates or beat reporters, Torrence is hot commodity in the locker room and community.
Of the 52 other men on the squad when Torrence was released in 2008, only nine remain under contract. Of those nine, two (plus Westbrook) were excited by the news of Torrence’s return, and shared their congratulations on Twitter: Read more »
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Redskins general manager Bruce Allen addressed the media at this evening’s Washington Football Legends event, pertaining to the draft pick trade, and the status of tight end Fred Davis and linebacker London Fletcher: Read more »
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[Editor’s Note: The information in this post is not associated with the thinking or decision-making of team executives. The information pertains to player relationships, and is not indicative of team interest.]
In 2011, the Redskins averaged 336.7 passing yards per game, good for 16th in the NFL. Of the 12 playoff teams this past season, half of them were in the Top-10, suggesting that playoff-hopeful teams need top-aerial attacks.
Obviously, a key component to that is finding or developing a top receiving threat. No Redskins receivers amassed 1,000 yards last year, and the team’s top two wide receivers (Santana Moss and Jabar Gaffney) are both north of 30.
But there is reason to believe that the Redskins can improve in 2012. If the Redskins choose to look to free agency, they have a couple potential free agents that have a personal connection to current Redskins players. Read more »
Tags: free agent, marques colston, reggie wayne, Vincent Jackson, washington redskins, wide receivers
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On Friday, it was announced that the Redskins had placed the franchise tag on soon-to-be free agent Fred Davis. The contract numbers have yet to be calculated, but it boils down to an opportunity for the team to keep a star-quality player in a situation that protects them against off-the-field indiscretions.
With the way he performed in 12 games last season, the Redskins know what kind of value he provides to the offense. After Cooley went down early in the season, Davis brought stability to the tight end position, putting up career highs in starts (12), receptions (59) and yards (796). He also grabbed three touchdowns.
He was leading the team in each of those categories before he was suspended in Week 13 for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, ending his season.
Had Davis finished the season on his current pace, he would been only the sixth tight end in NFL history to have at least 78 receptions, 1,060 yards and a 13.0 yards-per-catch average.
This deal makes sense for both sides, as the Redskins like the player that Davis can be, and he has an opportunity to rebuild his value and reputation. Essentially, a win-win for both sides.
And it’s a maneuver that hasn’t been executed very often for the Redskins franchise. Since the franchise tag’s introduction to the collective bargaining agreement in 1993, the Redskins have used the tag on two other players, one of them twice. Read more »
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