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  • Thu., Jul. 31, 2014 11:15 AM - 11:45 AM EDT Live Player Press Conference A select Redskins player talks to the media following practice at the Bon Secours Training Center in Richmond, VA. on July 31, 2014.
  • Thu., Jul. 31, 2014 3:50 PM - 4:00 PM EDT Live Gruden Press Conference Redskins Head Coach Jay Gruden talks to the media following  practice at the Bon Secours Training Center in Richmond, Va. on July 31, 2014.
  • Thu., Jul. 31, 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., Aug. 01, 2014 11:15 AM - 11:45 AM EDT Live Player Press Conference A select Redskins player talks to the media following practice at the Bon Secours Training Center in Richmond, VA. on Aug. 1, 2014.
  • Fri., Aug. 01, 2014 3:50 PM - 4:00 PM EDT Live Gruden Press Conference Redskins Head Coach Jay Gruden talks to the media following practice at the Bon Secours Center in Richmond, VA. on August 1, 2014.
  • Fri., Aug. 01, 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., Aug. 04, 2014 11:15 AM - 11:45 AM EDT Live Player Press Conference A select Redskins player talks to the media following practice at the Bon Secours Training Center in Richmond, VA. on Aug. 4, 2014.
  • Mon., Aug. 04, 2014 3:50 PM - 4:00 PM EDT Live Gruden Press Conference Redskins Head Coach Jay Gruden talks to the media following practice at the Bon Secours Training Center in Richmond, VA. on August 4, 2014.
  • Mon., Aug. 04, 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

  • Tue., Aug. 05, 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

More On Zach Hocker, Kicker Depth And Position Importance

Posted by Stephen Czarda on May 15, 2014 – 12:58 pm

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The Washington Redskins added great competition at kicker, an oft-forgotten position by many, last weekend during the NFL Draft.

Wanting to beef up to beef up the depth chart at every position, Bruce Allen, general manager, and Co. drafted Zach Hocker, the first kicker selected in the annual event by the Redskins in 15 years.

“Ben Kotwica (special teams coordinator) did a good job once again of scouting all of the punters and placekickers in the draft [and] he felt (Hocker) had a chance to compete,” Allen told ESPN 980 earlier this week. “Yes at kickoffs, and yes, also at field goals. Kai’s obviously been a very consistent kicker for us ever since we got him, but like every other position on this team, we have to have competition because that’s the only way we get better.”

Returnee Kai Forbath and Hocker provide an impressive one-two kick for the burgundy and gold.

Forbath’s success has been well documented.As you may recall, the former UCLA Bruin set the NFL record for most field goals made in a row to start a career with 16. He was a fantastic find in the middle of the 2012 season to remedy the kicking game woes. We’re here today to help document the football career of Zach Hocker.

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Day 1 Highlights: Voluntary Mini-Camp At Redskins Park

Posted by Stephen Czarda on April 29, 2014 – 3:17 pm

Jay Gruden looking on

Kind of like that day right at the end of summer where you got to see your classrooms and classmates before school actually started, the Washington Redskins were as giddy as could be to put their gear back on this morning as a collective group and work with the new coaching staff on football activities for the first time this season.

Today, tomorrow and Thursday marks the first mini-camp of the season for the Redskins, this one a voluntary session for veterans.

Have a look at what they had to say along with exclusive pictures of some of the new guys in burgundy and gold:

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Thursday Practice Snapshots

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on December 19, 2013 – 1:20 pm

(Kai Forbath follows through)

(Kai Forbath follows through)

Most of the snow has melted at Redskins Park, and the team ventured outdoors for a workout under the sun.

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Week 10 Redskins Fantasy Roundup

Posted by Stephen Czarda on November 6, 2013 – 1:59 pm

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Fantasy owners craving some early week point explosions may finally get their kick.

Some of the Thursday Night Football games this season have produced more hair follicles removed than points. Staring at your lineup fantasizing more about the possibility of a redo option than wanting a dislike button for Facebook to let that person who shares 16 links per day to calm down, TNF hasn’t been too kind.

But with Alfred Morris, Robert Griffin III, Jordan Reed, Pierre Garcon, Adrian Peterson and Greg Jennings among others playing in Week 10’s opening game, there will be no need to look at your team on Friday morning with one eye open.

Anyway, here’s this week’s fantasy point total/ranking roundup for the Washington Redskins:

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Week 9 Redskins Fantasy Roundup

Posted by Stephen Czarda on October 31, 2013 – 9:48 am

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Sunday’s homecoming matinee against the San Diego Chargers could feature a whole lotta scoring.  Both teams enter Week 9 averaging 24 points per game.

You know best fantasy owner that it’s been impossible to predict what the offense is going to do this season. At times when everything is clicking the offense looks better than it did last season. And then there’s everything else.

If you were that lucky owner to either draft Alfred Morris or pick up Jordan Reed off the waiver wire then congratulations to you. Morris continues to churn out yards and Reed has been a top free agent acquisition, owned in nearly every league now.

Reed’s eminent rise is even more noteworthy considering his viability as a top fantasy option. Pretty impressive for a rookie who played quarterback at the start of his college career and had to play catch up after missing parts of offseason activities recovery from injury.

Anyway, here’s this week’s fantasy roundup before tonight’s Cincy Bengals-Miami Dolphins matchup:

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Week 8 Redskins Fantasy Roundup

Posted by Stephen Czarda on October 24, 2013 – 9:49 am

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If you were one to start one of the Washington Redskins last week then you’re probably still smiling from ear to ear and feeling pretty optimistic right now.

Waiting for a collective explosion, you got it in the form of five offensive touchdowns. Now before I get too ahead of myself, I’m not sure how many of you had Roy Helu Jr. on your team, let alone had him in your starting lineup, but before you fear that Shanahanigans is back or we have a classic touchdown vulture, Morris is still projected as a top-10 running back this week.

Factor in Denver’s porous defensive performance this season (30th in yards given up) with a highly confident offense that appears to be back in its groove and we have a concoction for points galore on Sunday.

Check out this week’s fantasy football projected point total/rankings and of course tip your hat to me for doing all of this below.

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Redskins Weekly Stat Ranking Update

Posted by Stephen Czarda on October 22, 2013 – 10:07 am

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Regardless of all else that happened Sunday afternoon at FedExField, the Washington Redskins got their second victory of the season and kept themselves very much alive in a diluted (in comparison to the massive reputation built over the years) NFC East.

It was a telling game for the burgundy and gold for a variety of reasons. First, it proved the early inkling from some NFL “experts” that the read-option had gone six feet under false as seen in Robert Griffin III’s long keepers (the man averaged 7.6 yards per carry), Alfred Morris’ quiet, consistent game (he had 95 yards) and of course Roy Helu Jr.’s “breakout” performance.

The defense surrendered three rushing touchdowns and a late touchdown toss, but on the Bears’ final possession, ya know the most important one in the typical ‘last team that gets the ball wins’ type of game, pressured Bears quarterback Josh McCown into a bad pass on first down and then sacked him with authority to end the game. Hopefully repercussions from that game-ending play will spark the unit in Sunday’s must-see TV matchup with the Denver Peyton Mannings.

Anyway, enough with the verbose introduction and onwards to this week’s Redskins Stat Ranking Update. In case you’re new to Redskins Blog, I take a look at where some of the Redskins rank in key statistical categories such as touchdowns, yards and tackles.

As always, we start things off with Griffin III:

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Week 7 Redskins Fantasy Roundup

Posted by Stephen Czarda on October 17, 2013 – 10:52 am

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The Washington Redskins locker room has continued to remained calm, not allowing the emotions of a 1-4 start get the best of them. You on the other hand sir/ma’am Fantasy Football Coach are probably freaking out right now if you’re in a similar situation in your league.

Easy on the nail-biting, too.

Anyway, the offense is facing a tough task straight in the face on Sunday. Off by a few inches against the Cowboys resulted in incompletions. Off by a few inches against the Bears and interceptions will become the name of the game.

With Seahawks-Cardinals kicking off in a few hours, check out this week’s fantasy football rankings/projections roundup. As for my opponent this weekend, you can skip everything below.

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Week 6 Redskins Fantasy Roundup

Posted by Stephen Czarda on October 10, 2013 – 10:54 am

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Sunday night’s matchup could be an offensive shootout between Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys.

I don’t want to give the Cowboys too much credit now because there’s no need to go overboard after five games of the season–especially with them–but they are a top 10 offense at the moment.

Having said that, if the Redskins duplicate either performance against the arch-rival from a season ago then there will be a lot of smiling Redskins fans come Monday morning–and a lot of overly exuberant fantasy owners whose come-from-behind victory started with their decision to put a Redskin in their starting lineup.

I won’t take full credit, but I hope this fantasy projections and ranking roundup at least helps in the decision process unless you’re the owner of SkinsRule28. This week is mine!

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‘The Ball Flies Pretty Well’ in Dallas

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on October 9, 2013 – 5:05 pm

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Kickers are like algebra nerds. They like to remove variables.

According to Mike Shanahan, the Redskins expect Kai Forbath back from a right groin injury on Sunday night at Dallas.

Forbath said AT&T Field, where a closed roof and artificial turf provide consistent conditions for his feet, is the perfect venue for his return. The absence of wind, mud, or rain is a plus, but Forbath said the he has mojo he can’t explain at the stadium, which he saw as a member of the Cowboys in the 2011 preseason.

“In my experience, the ball flies pretty well (there),” he said.

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