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Jarvis Jenkins Done But Not Finished

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 27, 2011 – 4:08 pm

Jarvis Jenkins tweeted the worst-case scenario after yesterday morning’s MRI:

There was outpouring of support from current Redskins teammates, as well as from former teammates Vonnie Holliday, Robert Henson, and others.  He will likely lose the 2011 season, but knows what it takes to get back on the gridiron:

For most people, this means surgery and rest for an extended period of time.  Not so for this Redskin, who tweeted this morning during practice time:

This is great news for Redskins fans looking forward to seeing No. 99 back out on the field.  Jenkins was a very hard worker during the preseason, and remains a rising star on this defense, when he gets healthy.

Jenkins has kept his word from draft day, when he told the media, “[The Redskins] got a good value in their pick.”  It may take a little longer to see it in regular season action, but given his development so far, he’ll be a big addition in 2012.

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Robert Henson Frustrated and Motivated

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 4, 2011 – 1:01 pm

Every morning during camp, linebacker Robert Henson comes in with his teammates.  He eats with his teammates, he studies with his teammates, and he suits up in his practice gear with his teammates.

But once he gets down to the field, he watches his teammates go practice and get ready for the season, while he is left rehabbing his knee.

Henson, along with safeties LaRon Landry and Kareem Moore, remains on the P.U.P. list after the first week of practice.  While all three are progressing physically, it’s hard to deal with the mental side of being injured.

He started out with a light-hearted comment on Twitter about his forgotten spot on the team:

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Three Defenders Start Camp On P.U.P.

Posted by Brian Tinsman on July 30, 2011 – 8:08 am

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In layman’s terms, the Physically Unable to Perform list is like a temporary Injured Reserve, or the disabled list in baseball.

Players on this list are able to go through meetings and do drills off to the side of practice, but may not actually practice with their teammates.  As soon as they’re cleared by the medical staff, they can be taken off the list and everything is Hunky Dory.

Putting a player on the P.U.P. is a coach’s decision, and the Redskins start camp with three players on the list: safeties LaRon Landry, Kareem Moore, and linebacker Robert Henson. Read more »

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An Influx Of Youth Expected Today

Posted by Brian Tinsman on July 27, 2011 – 10:45 am

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As yesterday was the first official day of the new league year, 28 Redskins showed up at the facilities.  It was a cross-section of the team, with a handful of stars, a handful of rookies, a handful of guaranteed roster spots and a few that are trying to make the team.  Players don’t have to check in with the team until tomorrow, but most will make some sort of appearance here  and settle in.

By an unofficial check, seven of the dozen rookies did not report yesterday, which was mostly a product of a quick turnaround time on the labor agreement.  According to Twitter, today should feature some of the newest Redskins as they prepare for their first day at Redskins Park before.

Today could mark the hyped arrival of wide receiver Leonard Hankerson:

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Robert Henson Lists His Goals, And Other Links

Posted by Matt Terl on February 22, 2011 – 9:49 am

Linebacker Robert Henson suffered a knee injury in the final preseason game of 2010, in what was looking like the best performance of his young career. He wound up on injured reserve and — with the consequent IR invisibility — has gone largely unmentioned as fans and pundits predict the Redskins offseason moves. But Henson — a 2009 sixth-round draft choice — is exactly the kind of unheralded young talent who could become an important contributor in the future.

One person who didn’t consider Henson invisible was blogger Brent at BroodingBurgundy.com. He conducted a wide-ranging email interview with the young linebacker that touched on a lot of things; what stuck out most to me were Henson’s goals for 2011, which manage to be both appealingly realistic AND nicely grandiose.

My goals for the 2011 season are as follows:
1) Be a force on Special Teams
2) Crack the lineup on defense
3) Show the coaches that I can be a starting LB for years to come
4) Most importantly, do whatever I can to win and bring that Lombardi to the nation’s capital

Plenty more good stuff in the link. Meanwhile, here are a few other things that are worth reading: Read more »

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Robert Henson Interacts With The Public In A Much Better Way

Posted by Matt Terl on September 22, 2009 – 4:44 pm

Rookie linebacker Robert Henson made the front page of the newpaper today, and it wasn’t a good thing. As most people have probably heard, Henson was shaken by the negative reaction of the crowd at Sunday’s game and expressed his disapproval very publicly via Twitter, which then got more public when the mainstream media picked it up. I’m not going to go over the whole story here; the front page story on the Washington Post describes all the lurid details, and you can read it there if that’s what you’re looking for.

That whole incident took me completely by surprise, and not just for the obvious reason that you don’t expect a football player to berate the fans. Here’s the thing: when the rookies came in this year, Henson came across as a level-headed guy who was extremely grateful for the opportunity he had received, and the more I found out about him, the more I felt like that initial impression was confirmed.

Lest you think this is just me backing up someone who’s part of the organization, the guys over at Hogs Haven — as talented and independent of bloggers as you could hope to find — managed to somehow arrange a dinner with Henson and his family, and came away with pretty much the same impression.

What didn’t surprise me was that Henson apologized for the incident; anyone would’ve, of course, but talking to him, I thought he seemed legitimately contrite.

And, through a mostly fortunate quirk of timing, Henson got a chance today to reach out to the public in a different, MUCH more constructive way, leading more than 40 burn survivors on a tour of FedExField.

Let me jump the obvious, cynical response first: this is not, repeat NOT, an opportunistic headline grab. “I don’t want people to think I threw this together last minute,” Henson told me. “We set it up probably about a month ago; it’s a foundation that I feel is very close to my personal experiences as a child.”
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Afternoon Practice – Taped To The Goalposts

Posted by Matt Terl on August 17, 2009 – 6:05 pm

This afternoon’s practice seemed a little sluggish to me, although maybe it was just the weather — that kind of sticky, muggy heat that makes you feel like everything’s in slow motion. Rookies Robert Henson and Kevin Barnes certainly didn’t agree with my impression. “It feels good to get back to work,” Henson said.

Barnes concurred. “It was pretty good today,” he said. “With that extra morning off, felt like everybody was a little more fresh on defense. Personally, this is the best I’ve felt in two weeks.”

That sentiment from Barnes is even more telling considering it came while the two rookies were taped — not too tightly, it’s true — to the goalposts after practice.

The general thought at Redskins Park was that Head Coach Jim Zorn was opposed to rookie hazing, a policy that Zorn seemed ready to disregard at his post-practice press conference when told that there were, in fact, players taped to the goalposts. “Are there? Wow. They’ll figure it out. Dinner’s not for awhile yet,” and later clarifying, “I don’t do any organized hazing,” Zorn said, “but somebody was doing something. This would be a little more disorganized.”

Barnes shrugged when I asked him about Zorn’s supposed no-hazing policy. “He told [ESPN’s Chris Mortensen] that he could let us go if he wanted to, but we told Mort that if he let us loose, we might get this for the next month straight.”

Henson nodded. “If we get away, it’s gonna be worse.” Read more »

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Afternoon Practice – Two Happy Events

Posted by Matt Terl on August 16, 2009 – 5:49 pm

Afternoon practice was a little less peppy than morning practice, in the good way — no fights — and the slower-paced not-so-good way. And the practice was bizarre in some ways as well. For example, as I noted on Twitter — and, yes, I will still be able to Twitter from practice — Carlos Rogers was making one-handed grabs in early drills. And, as anyone who has followed this team for awhile knows, Rogers’ hands are not his strong suit.

(Maybe it’s the start of a trend. Here’s DeAngelo Hall after the morning session, talking about Rogers’ hands. “Coach Gray has been working with us as far as catching the ball. We have repercussion push-ups if you miss them. He has been catching them, though. He’s been catching them out here in practice. Hopefully that translates to the game and we can get some more turnovers.”)

There were ups and downs for almost everyone, as there tend to be in practice, sometimes in a single play. Reed Doughty, for example, broke well on a ball in the air, caught it in stride … and then missed on his attempted goalpost dunk.

But for two guys out there, the downs still stemmed from Thursday’s loss, and they were only slightly counterpointed by more recent happy events. Read more »

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Tuesday, June 30: Getting To Know Robert Henson With Hogs Haven

Posted by Matt Terl on June 30, 2009 – 8:27 am

The intrepid guys over at Hogs Haven aren’t taking a break here in the depths of the offseason. They are well aware that people have needs, and that those needs include umpty-thousand word interviews with football players (and their significant others) to fill the hours at work.

So they sat down for a long dinner with rookie linebacker Robert Henson and his wife before Henson set off to the rookie symposium, and then they transcribed it for your reading pleasure. The conversation ranges from the draft to Redskins history to where the predaft analysts got him wrong, along with all the other offseason topics of note. It’s a detailed, wide-ranging, rambling conversation, and it’s perfect for when you’ve got the time to read it.

Robert: You know who can still throw? TC. Todd Collins. He can THROW. I was dropping back in coverage thinking I was about to get him and that ball was there! I wouldn’t sleep on Colt Brennan either. Colt’s arm is crazy. You know what messes me up is his release. Most of the time you can time a quarterback’s release but that sidearm.

Sugar: The coaches get on him for that?

Robert: I haven’t been really paying attention to that. I’m mixed up in my own battles. I can’t touch the ball when he throws, but I’ll try to change that in training camp. I remember watching him in your pre-season game last year, and he did real good. Chase Daniel is faster than I thought he was. He was scrambling on one way and I had to get on my horse to go and get him. Haha. He’s smart. VERY smart. We were doing 7 on 7 today, and actually they only had 5 players. He was drawing up routes telling them what to run to get around certain players.

Kevin: So you’re #58…do you know of Wilbur [sic] Marshall?

Robert: Yea, I’ve heard of him. Well, one name I’ve heard a lot is Sam Huff. I got in trouble for not knowing the famous TCU guy that came to the Redskins. Sammy Baugh. I got in trouble for that one. But I know now.

You can check out the rest of the interview here. Read more »

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Pick #186: Redskins Select Robert Henson, LB From TCU

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

Another pick, another linebacker for the Redskins — this time Robert Henson, out of TCU. NFL.com doesn’t have a lot of information on him, but there’s highlight footage of him online, and it’s actually of him playing the position he was (presumably) drafted for. So that’s nice, at least.

Henson also has a Twitter feed, although he hasn’t updated it in a week (and would likely have to choose a new username once he’s no longer TCU LB #51). Read more »

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