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NFL.com-Inspired Discussion Of 2007 Draft

Posted by Brian Tinsman on April 10, 2012 – 1:17 pm

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In honor of the upcoming fifth anniversary of the 2007 NFL Draft, the fine folks at NFL.com redrafted the first round for what five years of hindsight can offer.

Although the Redskins no longer have any original draft picks still on the roster, NFL analyst Elliott Harrison makes the argument that the team nailed the first pick with LaRon Landry:

6. Washington Redskins

Actual pick: LaRon Landry

Do-over pick: Same

He might be gone now (to the Jets), but Landry was a solid player for the Redskins. Sadly, like Gaines Adams, fellow Redskins safety Sean Taylor died way too young. Had Taylor and Landry been able to play together for several years, this team could’ve imposed its will on divisional foes that feature solid quarterbacks in Eli Manning, Michael Vick and Tony Romo. To say the least, it would’ve been tougher sledding with Taylor and Landry lurking in the secondary.

The thinking was correct, the player was correct, and for three plus years it worked out very well.  But after the last two seasons ending in Achilles injuries, he will look to restart with the Jets, and the Redskins will look to find a healthy option at strong safety.

Here’s the remainder of the Redskins’s 2007 Draft class, and a look at other options still on the board when the Redskins made their picks: Read more »

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Where The Redskins Stand In Free Agency

Posted by Brian Tinsman on March 16, 2012 – 12:11 pm

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What The Team Accomplished So Far:

In Day One, the team focused primarily on adding offensive weapons at the receiver position.  The Redskins locked up two quality weapons, as Kyle and Mike Shanahan continue to makeover the roster with the pieces they want.

Now the emphasis in the market seems to have shifted to the defensive side of the ball with the signing of Pro Bowl safety Brandon Meriweather.

Whether it’s playing up close to the line as a run enforcer, or playing centerfield against the pass, Meriweather classified himself as a playmaker, and his numbers support it.  He was brought in with the opportunity to rebuild his young career after a disappointing 2011 that saw him cut and used incorrectly by the Chicago Bears.

In Jim Haslett’s defense, he should be given the freedom and opportunity to make the plays that made him a top safety in the NFL in 2009 and ’10. Read more »

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Free Agency: Who’s Here, Who’s There?

Posted by Brian Tinsman on March 15, 2012 – 11:47 am

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What The Team Accomplished So Far:

The Redskins came into the offseason with a wishlist of needs, part of which they can address in free agency, part of which will be addressed in the draft, and part of which will be addressed through rehab and players getting healthy.

For a passing game that ranked 14th in the NFL last year in yards per game, the Redskins found two receivers in Pierre Garçon and Joshua Morgan that can stretch the field and fight for the extra yard.  It looks like the Redskins will have a fierce training camp battle for receiver again this year, as there are currently 10 receivers on the roster.

I wouldn’t presume that this will be the list of receivers that the team enters camp with, as that’s still four and a-half months away, but the team has displayed an aggressive approach to upgrade the aerial attack.

Here’s what industry expert Peter King tweeted about the moves: Read more »

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Celebrating Redskins Aerials On Leap Day

Posted by Brian Tinsman on February 29, 2012 – 2:45 pm

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Happy soggy Wednesday to Redskins fans in the DMV, and a very happy Leap Day to everyone around the globe that follows the Gregorian Calendar.  For the record, we have respect for all calendars here at Redskins.com.

In honor of the obscure extra day that’s four years in the making, as well as all of the award shows going on this time of year, I thought we’d take a look back at the 2011 season and honor the top Redskins “leaping” plays of the year.  The plays were voted on by yours truly, and preferential treatment was given to those with commemorative Youtube clips.

With that being said, it’s a pretty good batch of plays: Read more »

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Players Flex, Tweet Offseason Muscles

Posted by Brian Tinsman on February 24, 2012 – 3:08 pm

Yesterday, Redskins safety LaRon Landry (@MrLandry30) wowed Twitterverse with a photo of his arms, allegedly taken following his morning workout and protein regimen.  He tweeted simply, “You can’t build a reputation on what your going to do”… #grindmode.

In the age of Photoshop, it’s easy to tweak a picture, but this somehow seems legitimate.  And hey, if I believe that Byron Westbrook did a Cinnamon and Old Bay Challenge, why shouldn’t I believe that Landry has ginormous arms?  Decide for yourself:

The real story, however, was in the response from his fellow players.  Today, teammates Donte’ Stallworth and Adam Carriker had something to add to the mirror muscle exposé. Read more »

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Redskins Named In Top Free Agent Lists

Posted by Brian Tinsman on February 15, 2012 – 11:56 am

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With the start of NFL free agency less than a month away (midnight, March 13), it’s time to start predicting which players are coming and going, and which will be sticking around.

Cue the obligatory ‘Top X-number Free Agents’ lists–because how else would we be able to compare a top-flight quarterback to a 4-3 defensive end?

The field of reliable football sources was limited to Sports Illustrated, Sporting News, and Pro Football Focus.  Four current Redskins were cited on any of the lists, and the rankings were sporadic at best.

Here is the rundown: Read more »

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Redskins Madden ’12 Week 17 Updates

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 29, 2011 – 2:00 pm

As the Washington Redskins get set to enter the final week of the 2011 regular season, it’s time for your 2011 virtual Redskins to do the same.  It’s been a big year for improvement in this group, as many players have taken giant steps forward.

Of the more than 275 changes made to the game this week, the Redskins constitute 18 changes this week.  Here’s the Redskins rundown, via the EA Sports Blog: Read more »

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Hail! Interviews Landry’s Achilles Tendon

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 25, 2011 – 11:03 am

Redskins safety LaRon Landry’s Achilles tendon has been a cause for concern in Redskins Nation, as the one-man wrecking crew has been sidelined in three games this season.

Last week, Landry said all of the right things: he’s ready, he feels good, but whether or not he plays is up to coach [this week, he has been full participation in both practices].  And of course:

According to this week’s edition of Ben Ceccarelli’s Hail! comic, his Achilles tendon feels pretty much the same way:

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Landry Hosts His Own Turkey Drive Today

Posted by Christopher Mudd on November 22, 2011 – 7:36 pm

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With Thanksgiving right around the corner, LaRon Landry is making sure that local families will have food on their tables when the holiday comes.

This afternoon Landry hosted the 2nd Annual LaRon Landry’s Leadership for Life Thanksgiving Drive, at the King-Greenleaf Recreational Center in Washington D.C.

Landry’s organization partnered with the Sasha Bruce Youthwork organization for the second straight year to provide families in need with a Thanksgiving meal from Whole Foods.

Bags included a turkey, cider, bread, vegetables, gravy, and a pumpkin pie. In addition to a full Thanksgiving meal, participants were given t-shirts that said “Leadership for Life” or “Lead by example.”

Landry understands the importance of the holidays, and wants to make sure that families in need have the opportunity to enjoy the holiday. Read more »

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Landry Teaches Gomes How To Interview

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 17, 2011 – 7:27 pm

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Even the bravest of players will shy away from open locker room in the days leading up to a rivalry game.  Add in the recent losing streak, and the media was left to interview empty lockers for much of the morning.

That is, until safeties LaRon “LL” Landry and DeJon “DJ” Gomes came in.  Instantly, the media descended on Landry’s locker, who took the opportunity to teach Gomes how to handle an interview from the media.

Landry had some fun as he fielded most of the questions from the “DJ LL” panel.  He covered the whole spectrum of topics, from his Achilles injury, to the Cowboys, and his patented advice to Gomes on how to deflect the media: Read more »

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