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Finding Impact Players In The 2nd Round

Posted by Chris Herting on March 20, 2013 – 3:45 pm


There’s no mystery that the Redskins are the only team without a first round pick in the draft and the likelihood of trading into the first round is slim to none. But hey, the team quote, unquote ‘mortgaged’ the future for last year’s second overall pick.

How’d that end up working out?

Well, the pick paid immediate dividends. It produced the consensus NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, the team’s first NFC East Championship since 1999 and a playoff berth.

Credit the coaching staff and front office for being proactive and making a deal the Rams couldn’t refuse in order to move up and take QB Robert Griffin III. Franchise quarterbacks with Griffin III’s raw talent and ability come around once in a blue moon and the team did what they needed to do to snatch the Heisman trophy winning quarterback.

There’s absolutely no reason to be discouraged that the team’s first selection will come on day two of the draft. And hey, impact players can be found in the second round, especially in a deep draft like this one.

Here’s a list of a few of the players selected in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft who started and produced immediately for their respective teams.

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Redskins Found A Formula For Success

Posted by Chris Herting on January 18, 2013 – 12:42 pm


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Last weekend during the NFC Divisional Playoff Round, football fans across the nation witnessed the San Francisco 49ers and second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick run all over the Green Bay Packers. In the process, Kaepernick set the single-game record for rushing yards by a QB (181 yards).

That, you know.

Now here’s the twist. A lot of those yards came out of the reviled/revered Pistol formation. Couple that with an opportunistic defense and a plus-1 turnover margin and the Packers became a stepping stone on the 49ers’ route to the NFC Championship Game in Atlanta.

You may ask, ‘Who cares? It’s not the Redskins,’ and you’re right. But the Redskins’ may have the same formula for success that the 49ers have used to get to two consecutive NFC Championships.

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Redskins Remembered For Playoff Feats

Posted by Andrew Walker on June 21, 2012 – 11:50 am

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The Redskins have three Super Bowl-winning campaigns, two additional NFL championships and plenty of other great playoff runs in their illustrious history, so it comes as no surprise that the team dominates a recently-released list of the NFL’s top playoff performances of all time.

Washington players find themselves in three of the top-10 spots of the Top-25 list, which was generated by ESPN.com and released Wednesday.

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Alexander Enjoys Capitals Playoffs Action

Posted by Brian Tinsman on April 17, 2012 – 2:57 pm

After his first day of 2012 workouts at Redskins Park, Lorenzo Alexander took time to give back to the D.C. sports community by supporting the Washington Capitals against the Boston Bruins.

The two teams split on the road in Boston before bringing the seven-game series to Washington for the first of two games on home ice.  Alexander has been tweeting feverishly about the opening round of the NHL Playoffs, and enjoyed the game in a John Carlson jersey with his daughter, Vanessa:

via @onemangang97

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Fred Davis: I’d Trade Pro Bowl For Playoffs

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 27, 2011 – 2:57 pm

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…but since you bring it up, Fred Davis wouldn’t mind going to the Pro Bowl either.

Davis is currently the Redskins leading receiver in 2011, hauling in 28 catches for 423 yards.  He’s proven to be a reliable target up and down the field, leading the squad with two touchdowns in the red zone.

Davis is currently on track for a career year, needing only 86 yards and four touchdowns to match career highs.  He is one of the many Redskins featured on the 2012 Pro Bowl Ballot (blatant hint: vote now), and pitched his case, through a stream of consciousness on Twitter, today:


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Monday, January 12: How I Did With My Picks

Posted by Matt Terl on January 12, 2009 – 10:13 am

Well, that went well.

If I had been actively trying to make atrociously bad, glaringly wrong playoff picks, I don’t think I could’ve done it any more effectively. Still, after all this time criticizing other people for making dumb comments about football, I figure it’s about time I do the same to myself.

I actually didn’t do too badly with Baltimore/Tennessee. I picked the Titans, but I acknowledged that Baltimore’s defense was strong, and built most of my argument around Titans rookie Chris Johnson’s ability to run against that D. Johnson looked great while he was in, left the game with an injury, and the rest is history. This was just about the high point of the weekend as far as my picks went, which really says something.

Arizona/Carolina, on the other hand, was pretty much disastrous for me. I said that if Anquan Boldin could play, Arizona would get beaten, but if he didn’t, they’d be destroyed. Boldin sat, Arizona won. “I don’t see how Arizona can win this game,” I said. I even offered statistics about how terrible Kurt Warner was going to be. Warner’s final stat line: 21 of 32, 220 yards, 2 touchdowns. Over on Cooley’s blog I picked the Cardinals just to be contrary, but even there I couldn’t bring myself to really sell it and mainly just banged a prop football on the table. I also made the bizarre (and wrong) claim that Anquan Boldin would play. Nice work.

In that brutal Philadelphia/New York game, I didn’t just pick the Giants. I called them “dominant” and said they would not only win but would win “more easily than people think,” which was almost exactly wrong.

Technically, I did pick Pittsburgh to beat the Chargers, so that was good. But even while being correct, I managed to specify that Ben Roethlisberger would be adversely affected by his concussions (17 for 26, 181 yards and a touchdown) and to argue that Chargers running back Darren Sproles might counter-intuitively actually benefit from the notoriously bad field conditions in Pittsburgh (11 rushes for 15 yards). AND, while incorrectly picking the Chargers on Cooley’s blog, I even more incorrectly suggested that Chargers’ punter Mike Scifres would do well. Scifres had six punts averaging 35 yards, including one that was returned for a touchdown.

I’m confident that I’ll do better this week, though, mainly because it is virtually impossible for me to do worse. Read more »

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