If you were to mine the 2013 season for silver linings, rookie tight end Jordan Reed‘s emergence would be a solid place to start digging.
Reed earned a spot on the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA) All-Rookie Team and set new franchise rookie records for tight ends with 45 receptions for 499 yards. He started four contests, scored three touchdowns and recorded one carry for 18 yards.
In an article published Thursday, NFL Media Analyst Elliot Harrison named the Florida product as the best tight end in the NFL younger than 25. Reed was the only Washington player on the list, but there are several productive Redskins who have yet to see their car insurance premiums decline. Read more »
Tags: David Amerson, Jordan Reed, Niles Paul, Richard Crawford, Robert Griffin III
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Mike Shanahan has always been known as a no-nonsense coach.
So when a rookie running back fumbles the football in consecutive preseason games, it doesn’t bode well for his chances. Shanahan has little tolerance for turnovers by his ball carriers.
Chris Thompson probably knows that as well as anyone. So when the fifth round pick out of Florida State put the ball on the turf against the Buffalo Bills last Saturday, he had to know that he needed to redeem himself.
And that’s the magic of the preseason. One play can change the fortunes–literally–of a player in an instant.
Flash back a few weeks ago to the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond. At one of Shanahan’s many press conferences, he was asked why Thompson wasn’t practicing on a particular day. The coach said Thompson had some nagging foot soreness and looked “sluggish”.
That’s a coach’s way of saying ‘I’m not too thrilled about his performance so far’.
Then came Thompson’s two fumbles; one against Pittsburgh and again the next week against Buffalo. With the roster cuts looming, this is not how a rookie wants to make an impression.
In the preseason however, guys are looking for “just one play” to turn the coach’s heads. Thompson made such a play, and fate may have intervened on his behalf.
With the 3rd quarter winding down, Thompson fielded a Sean Powell punt in stride at the Redskins 39 yard line and shot forward like flash of lightening, eliciting gasps and cheers from the FedEx faithful. Thirty-one yards later, Thompson had set up the Skins well into Buffalo territory, and fellow running back Keiland Williams capped the short drive off with a 1-yard touchdown.
Thompson also had a 27-yard kickoff return earlier in the game.
Sometimes, a bit of unfortunate news to a fellow teammate opens a door. When it was determined that presumed No. 1 punt returner Richard Crawford will need season-ending surgery on his left knee, the door to Thompson’s future suddenly blew wide open after impressing everyone on that punt return.
Some say luck is when preparation meets opportunity. Chris Thompson made the most of his opportunity in “just one play”, and he may have made the Redskins final roster in the process.
Tags: chris thompson, keiland williams, mike shanahan, Redskins preseason, Redskins vs. Bills, Richard Crawford
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If Saturday’s dominance of the Buffalo Bills was any inclination of what’s in store for the Washington Redskins in the coming months—well you’ll love the usually loathed Monday mornings.
Even with the third and fourth quarterbacks on the unofficial team depth chart, the Redskins offense was clicking on all cylinders and for a second-straight game the defense bottled up the opponent’s rushing attack, giving up only 92 yards on 26 carries this go-round.
One of the biggest storylines to come out of the game though, was the loss of second-year cornerback/returner Richard Crawford. On a routine punt return in the first quarter, Crawford went down with an injury that head coach Mike Shanahan later revealed as damage to at least one ligament.
Crawford isn’t the first player to sustain a knee injury and unfortunately won’t be the last. As Redskins fans know all too well now, there are multiple players on the current squad (Robert Griffin III, Chris Thompson, Chris Neild, Jarvis Jenkins, Chase Minnifield) who have all not only suffered knee injuries, but have come back as well.
One of the keys to the Redskins seven-game winning streak last season was team camaraderie. It isn’t a you do your thing and I’ll do mine sort of mindset. They know they can’t succeed without the contributions from each and every player. So when news broke that Crawford went down with an injury, the team send out well wishes to a speedy recovery.
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Now that the Washington Redskins are completely immersed in the preseason slate, the prelude to what is hopefully another division winning season, let this serve as a reminder that the next three games do carry some significance.
While it may not mean quite as much to guys like Santana Moss, who’s now playing in his 13th preseason and really has little to prove in his current role in the slot, Pat White’s performance against the Titans epitomizes the importance for guys fighting to make it onto the 53-man roster.
White, who played with the Dolphins in 2009 and the 2010 preseason, currently sits fourth on the team’s unofficial depth chart behind Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins and Rex Grossman. After going 5-for-8 with 64 combined yards and a late touchdown scamper and subsequent two-point conversion to rookie tight end Emmanuel Ogbuhei, he’s rightfully deserved some attention from the media and fans alike.
Last week, the Redskins Blog highlighted White and Chase Minnifield (three tackles and a pass defensed) as under-the-radar players to watch, and while I don’t want to make any claims of being a good rub, I do hope the trend continues tonight.
Of the many players to keep an eye on here are two that could make some noise:
Tags: chris thompson, Richard Crawford
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Redskins Nation–finally after the first 50 picks had been made NC State cornerback David Amerson became the newest member of the Redskins with the 51st overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Many predicted that the Redskins would take a defensive player with the No. 51 pick and well those predictions have indeed come true, but did they predict the former Jack Tatum Award winner?
In 2011, the NC State product had 13 interceptions.
Yes 13. That isn’t a typo.
Oh, and did I tell you he also has 4.4 speed?
The Redskins will gladly take that.
Here are some draft profiles and a highlight video to get you acquainted with the newest Burgundy and Golder:
Tags: Brandon Meriweather, David Amerson, DeAngelo Hall, Richard Crawford
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Today, Major League Baseball will honor the great Jackie Robinson with the annual Jackie Robinson Day in his honor. Players across the league will temporarily ditch their traditional numbers and instead all wear No. 42 for the day.
On April 15, 1947, Robinson made baseball history as the future Hall of Famer became the first African American to appear in a MLB game.
The Redskins had their own No. 42 who made history in his own regard: 1984 Hall of Fame inductee Charley Taylor.
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The Redskins announced earlier this week that CB Richard Crawford will change his number from 39 to No. 20.
Crawford was drafted by the Redskins in the seventh round (213th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft. That you know. The interesting part is how he got to that point and why he decided to change his number every year while he was in college.
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Last week, the Redskins filled one of their coaching vacancies with the hiring of Keith Burns as Special Teams Coordinator. He is replacing the departed Danny Smith who took the same position with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Burns bring an ample amount of experience and success with him from his time with the Denver Broncos both on the field and with a headset. Last season as Assistant Special Teams Coach in Denver, he lead a unit that became a booming sensation blocking punts and multiple return touchdowns.
He reunites with his coach of 11 seasons, Mike Shanahan, in hopes of improving the special teams unit in Washington. During his time as a player, he was the special teams captain for the team’s Super Bowl XXXII and Super Bowl XXXIII victories.
Read up on how Denver’s special team’s units thrived during his tenure and how he will be a resourceful tool for the Redskins this upcoming season:
Tags: Kai Forbath, Niles Paul, Richard Crawford
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Today marks a special day for one member of the Washington Redskins.
This individual is relatively new to Redskins Nation, as he has only been part of this historic franchise for less than a year. His impact in his stint so far has been nothing short of amazing.
He is a former Heisman winner, the reigning AP Offensive Rookie of the Year, a Pro Bowler, a captain, and the creator of the 2012 sensation known simply as “Griffining”.
The man of course is none other than quarterback Robert Griffin III!
Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) February 12, 2013
Robert was born on February 12, 1990 in Japan to a military family, but spent the majority of his upbringing in Texas where he attended Baylor University before hearing his name called by Commissioner Roger Goodell as the Redskins had selected him to take the reigns under center.
In case you can’t remember all the birthday boy’s accomplishments in his time at Redskins Park, relive some of the moments here!
Tags: Jordan Bernstine, NFL Draft, Pierre Garcon, Richard Crawford, Robert Griffin III
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On Saturday, quarterback Robert Griffin III wrapped up his phenomenal rookie campaign winning the Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year award over fellow first-year studs Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson.
The award is just icing on the cake for the quarterback. He smashed his way into the record books the moment he put on his number 10 Redskins jersey.
In his professional debut in New Orleans, he tossed a pair of touchdown passes in a 40-32 victory over the Saints. He capped off his season leading the team to its first NFC East title in 13 years.
He amassed 20 touchdowns, 3,200 yards, and a 102.4 quarterback rating through the air along with 815 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground in 15 regular season games.
Griffin III was instrumental in revolutionizing Washington’s offense. He was the catalyst of a top five unit that led the league in rushing with 169.3 yards per game.
While Robert rightfully deserved the accolade for his accomplishments, football is the ultimate team sport. He is just one of 53 men who make up the Washington Redskins on game days.
Find out what some of his teammates had to say to him on Twitter here: Read more »
Tags: Chris Baker, Chris Chester, deangelo peterson, Keenan Robinson, Niles Paul, Pierre Garcon, Richard Crawford, Robert Griffin III, ryan kerrigan
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