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Santana Moss Does Not Recall His Nap On The Georgia Dome Turf; Marko Mitchell Does

Posted by Matt Terl on November 9, 2009 – 4:27 pm

With just under eight minutes remaining in the game and the Falcons leading by two touchdowns, the Redskins lined up Devin Thomas to one side, and Fred Davis, Santana Moss, and Malcolm Kelly to the other. Todd Collins, in at quarterback for Jason Campbell during Campbell’s second injury of the game, dropped back and — despite a blitzing linebacker coming unblocked in his face — put the ball exactly where it needed to be for Moss, streaking down the seam.

Moss reached for the ball, visibly turned his head to check on the safety closing in, was unable to haul the ball in, got hit by the safety and the cornerback, and wound up like this for the next thirty-odd seconds.

And make no mistake: he wasn’t moving. It didn’t just look like he was down, it looked like he was out. Cold. Speculation in the pressbox, after Moss got back up and resumed playing, was that he was frustrated at not making the catch, or had had the wind knocked out of him.

Turns out, he didn’t think he laid on the field at all. Read more »

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Redskins Rookies Recommend Reading

Posted by Matt Terl on September 16, 2009 – 1:02 pm

Because nothing sells a title quite like alliteration.

Anyhow, the Redskins Charitable Foundation yesterday hosted the Redskins Read-A-Million Celebration, marking the distribution of the 1,000,000th Redskins Read Activity Book. Many of the 2009 Redskins rookies came to FedExField to read David Schwartz’s How Much Is A Million to students from selected elementary schools in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.

The event picked up a little added gravitas from an appearance by Russlynn H. Ali, a Presidential appointee as Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights for the Department of Education. “That definitely increases the importance of it,” rookie defensive end Jeremy Jarmon said. “It’s not just a couple of the players coming out and speaking to the kids. People that are involved in the community in important positions coming out, it adds even more authority to the event.”

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Saturday, August 29: Marko Mitchell Contemplates The Other Parts Of His Game

Posted by Matt Terl on August 29, 2009 – 11:10 am

You might think, after two straight games with touchdown catches, that rookie WR Marko Mitchell would be happy. That he’d want to discuss his success, talk about putting himself in a great position to not only make the roster but to contribute this season, explain how his teammates have nicknamed him and accepted him and so on.

Not so much.
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Clinton Portis Continues To Hype Marko Mitchell, Who Is A Terrell Owens Fan

Posted by Matt Terl on August 26, 2009 – 4:12 pm

As a fan of an NFC team, I haven’t formed the same strong opinons of CBS’s game coverage as I have of FOX’s, but I will say this: Phil Simms, watching practice today in preparation for the CBS national broadcast of Friday night’s Patriots/Redskins game, was paying closer attention in practice than most of the other TV guys I’ve seen. He was making notes of line calls, formation shifts, and all sorts of other things, which not everyone does.

(He also took a real shine to the Z-shades, which made sense because the sun was blazing down today.)

Anyhow, Simms seemed to come away from today’s practice fairly impressed with the Redskins’ performance. Which was somewhat gratifying to me, as I’ve been pretty impressed with the team for the last few days as well.

And, more significantly than either of those, so has Clinton Portis. Read more »

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Thursday, August 20: More About The Goalpost Tapings

Posted by Matt Terl on August 20, 2009 – 8:28 am

The recent spate of rookie hazing prompted a little more concern from people than I thought it would. I was actually excited to see the hazing in the same way that I was a little pleased to see Marko Mitchell’s fights earlier in camp: these are things that show some spark, some fire, some liveliness beyond the basic nose-to-the-grind work ethic of training camp. I like them from a blogging perspective, yeah, but I’m also of the opinion that they’re good for team chemistry, too.

But it’s not my opinion that really matters.

“Absolutely it builds camaraderie,” London Fletcher told me, “because, you know, you’re in training camp. You’re out here working so hard, grinding, and it’s just a part of the whole experience, the training camp ritual that you pass down from year to year.”

Casey Rabach agreed. “It’s part of training camp, you know? Everybody kinda pays their dues, and that’s just one of ’em.”

Mike Sellers feels the same way, but also raised the larger question: “You know, Coach Zorn doesn’t believe in that stuff, and I don’t know how those guys got away with it. He made sure last year that the hazing stopped.” Which, obviously, has changed. Read more »

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Sunday, August 16: Morning Practice – Marko Mitchell Gets Into It Again

Posted by Matt Terl on August 16, 2009 – 1:44 pm

Morning practice in full pads today, the first such practice since Thursday night’s loss to the Ravens. Practices in pads are always higher-tempo than practices in shorts and shells; that’s just the nature of the thing. But today’s seemed especially high-energy. The running backs were running with burst — it’s the first time I’ve really noticed Domonique Dorsey‘s natural speed translating to the football field — and, as always, the linemen’s 1-on-1 drills were pretty vigorous.

And all of that was before Marko Mitchell and DeAngelo Hall started going at it. “It’s hot out there,” Mitchell said. “I held DHall a little bit. He got a little frustrated and got mad, and then we got into a little scuffle.”

This is the second such scrum for Mitchell — you might remember that he also got into it with Fred Smoot at the Fan Appreciation Day scrimmage. Which seemed odd, because he comes across a perfectly pleasant, friendly guy, someone with a genuine smile who’s not entirely used to the level of fame that comes with being in the NFL.. Read more »

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Saturday, August 15: Morning Practice – Justin Tryon Moves On

Posted by Matt Terl on August 15, 2009 – 12:24 pm

Let me cover the biggest story from this morning’s practice first, in case you weren’t following on Twitter: Colt Brennan is NOT dating Jessica Simpson, despite what the gossip columns are apparently saying.

“My life coach Chris Cooley told me to neither confirm nor deny,” Brennan said, before denying the rumor. (“Oh, she’s not dating Colt,” center Casey Rabach said, “she’s dating Chad Rinehart.” I hope you’ll all forgive me for not trying to chase down Rinehart for comment.)

On the football field, the word was “healthy”. The only people who did not practice were Scott Burley (quad), Anthony Alridge (foot), and rookie Robert Henson (birth of child, as announced on Twitter — congratulations to Robert and his family).

Practice was in shorts and shells, and — while Jason Campbell looked sharp and it was great to see Carlos Rogers back out on the field — I mainly found myself watching a few of the guys who had a rough time in Thursday night’s game. Read more »

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Sunday, August 9: Fred Smoot, Disciplinarian

Posted by Matt Terl on August 9, 2009 – 8:24 am

Seventh-round draft pick WR Marko Mitchell was one of the offensive bright spots during yesterday’s scrimmage, catching three passes for 32 yards. And he was characteristically humble about this. “I think I did a good job out there,” he said, “think I could’ve done a little bit more.”

He also was one of the bravest guys on the field, not because he took a whole lot of big hits — although he did — but because he made one of the most ambitious decisions any player on a football field can make: he started yapping with Fred Smoot. Read more »

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Pick #243: Redskins Select Marko Mitchell, WR From Nevada

Posted by Matt Terl on April 26, 2009 – 6:55 pm

With their final pick, the Redskins select ENORMOUS wide receiver Marko Mitchell, out of Nevada. At 6’4″, 218 pounds, NFL.com calls him “one of the country’s most feared big play threats,” and you can see why in his highlight reel.

Wide receiver may not have been considered a need position heading into the draft, but I like the potential here a whole lot. And, hey, with Javale McGee showing some flashes with the Wizards, this marks two big guys from Nevada joining DC teams in the last year or so. For whatever that’s worth.

Here’s the analysis from NFL.com: Read more »

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