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Redskins Players Recall First NFL Games

Posted by Andrew Walker on September 7, 2012 – 4:31 pm

Eight rookies are on the Washington Redskins’ 53-man roster heading into Sunday’s 2012 season opener against the New Orleans Saints.

And although all eight of those rookies — Jordan Bernstine, Kirk Cousins, Richard Crawford, Adam Gettis, Robert Griffin III, Josh LeRibeus, Alfred Morris and Keenan Robinson — received significant playing time in the Redskins’ four preseason games this year, each one of them is yet to taste the thrill of a regular-season football game.

The Redskins Blog caught up with four Redskins veterans Friday who shared their memories of their first NFL games. Special thanks to intern Daniel Zimmet for rounding this up:

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Some Skits Get ‘C’Mon Man!’ Reaction

Posted by Andrew Walker on August 3, 2012 – 9:09 am

If you were at Redskins Park around 8 p.m. Thursday night, you couldn’t help but hear the roars of laughter coming from the team’s meetings room.

The main attraction was the annual rookie skits, which have led to rave reviews by coaches and teammates alike.

Second-year linebacker Ryan Kerrigan even blogged about how impressed he’s been with the skits so far.

But apparently not everybody was in a joking mood Thursday night — at least for a minute or two.

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Rookies Visit Pro Football Hall Of Fame

Posted by Andrew Walker on June 27, 2012 – 11:32 am

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They dream of returning one day to receive their Hall of Fame gold jackets and busts.

But for now, the Washington Redskins rookies will mark today’s trip to the Pro Football Hall of Fame as the starting point of what they hope will be many trips to the Canton, Ohio, landmark.

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Rivalries To Build Early For ‘Skins Rookies

Posted by Andrew Walker on June 21, 2012 – 10:53 am

Though I doubt Washington Redskins’ rookie quarterbacks Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins will be sharing their playbook knowledge with the Dallas Cowboys’ first-round selection, cornerback Morris Claiborne, the three are expected to spend a whole lot of time together next week

That’s because the NFL for the first time has decided to divide the rookies by conference for next week’s Rookie Symposium in Aurora, Ohio, meaning the Redskins’ 2012 rookie class will get the opportunity to get an early look at their NFC East foes.

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Record Number Of Rookies Draft-Bound

Posted by Brian Tinsman on April 16, 2012 – 11:54 am

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Radio City Music Hall may need to push out the walls of the “Green Room,” because a record 26 rookies will be on site for the first round of this year’s NFL Draft.  Here is the complete list of confirmed attendees, including (presumably) the Redskins’ own selection.

Here’s the list in alphabetical order:

Mark Barron, Alabama, S
Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State, WR
Michael Brockers, LSU, DT
Morris Claiborne, LSU, CB
Quinton Coples, UNC, DE
Fletcher Cox, Mississippi State, DT
Coby Fleener, Stanford, TE
Michael Floyd, Notre Dame, WR
Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina, CB
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Rookies Share ‘Welcome To NFL’ Moments

Posted by Brian Tinsman on February 24, 2012 – 2:25 pm

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The Redskins brain-trust drafted a group of a dozen players that they hoped would lay the foundation for future success.

Some players like Ryan Kerrigan, Jarvis Jenkins and Leonard Hankerson were expected to be impact players in their rookie seasons, but when do things go according to plan in a contact sport?

Jenkins was lost to a season-ending injury in the preseason, delaying his rise to stardom.  Hankerson was lost after his breakout game against Miami in Week 10.  They were joined by a whole host of players in injured reserve, which opened up playing time and opportunity for late-round draft picks to perform.

Each of the remaining 11 players were active for at least one game during the season, making it one of the most impressive showings for a rookie draft class in franchise history.

Now, CSNWashington’s Jennifer Williams takes a look back at what the Ryan Kerrigan, Roy Helu and Niles Paul would call their top memories of Season 1 in Washington: Read more »

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Shanahan Articulates His Scout Strategy

Posted by Brian Tinsman on January 27, 2012 – 2:46 pm

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Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan sat down with the NFL Network crew at the Senior Bowl earlier this week and discussed the assessment process that takes place between now and the end of April.

Investing a draft pick, player salary, coaching time and organizational resources into a player is no small commitment, and Shanahan’s staff is meticulously collecting as much information as possible.  After a week-long look at the best draft-eligible seniors, these are the criteria behind Shanahan’s drafting decisions:

1. Coach the players–how do they play?
2. See their work ethic and preparation–can they adjust?
3. Hour-long meetings everyday–how do they learn?
4. Interview coaches, watch film, watch workouts–what kind of a person are they?
5. Take your best-educated pick.

At the end of the day, hopefully it will work out (like Ryan Kerrigan)–but it might not: Read more »

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Kerrigan, White Pay For ‘Backer Dinner Bill

Posted by Brian Tinsman on January 13, 2012 – 12:50 pm

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In any corporate setting, there is some sort of initiation–a right of passage, if you will–for the new guy to the company.  It’s usually subtle or unspoken, but it’s always there.

In the NFL, subtlety isn’t necessary, as veterans are pretty straight forward with their demands: everyone goes out for a nice meal on the rookies’ tab.  That was the deal for newbie linebackers Ryan Kerrigan and Markus White, anyway.

This morning, Doug Zaleski of Kerrigan’s hometown paper, the Muncie Star Press, wrote a piece on the linebacker and his night out with the boys: Read more »

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Rookies Forging Competitive Bonds

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 14, 2011 – 5:02 pm

While we already have early impressions, it will be about three or four years before analysts are able to fully gauge the Redskins’ 2011 rookie class.  Here are the facts for this group so far:

  • 11-of-13 rookies have played.
  • Six have started for the team this season.

On offense:

  • They’ve accounted for 1,141 yards of the team’s 4,553 total offense.
  • They’ve accounted for three of the teams 23 touchdowns, including the only score on defense.
  • They’ve also scored the team’s only two-point conversion.

On defense:

  • They’ve account for 88 of the team’s 977 tackles, 10 for a loss.
  • They’ve account for 8.5 of the team’s 34 sacks.

On special teams:

  • They’ve account for 14 tackles, a forced fumble, one return, and a kicked down inside the 20.

From this laundry list, it’s fair to say that they’ve performed well with their opportunities this season, experience that will inevitably jump-start their development down the road.

Early bright spots as far as individuals, have been running back Roy Helu and outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan.  When discussing Kerrigan, teammates London Fletcher paid the pair a high compliment about their preparation. Read more »

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Young Redskins Pledge To Step Their Game Up

Posted by Brian Tinsman on September 3, 2011 – 10:48 pm

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The life of an NFL rookie is never easy, and the odds of becoming a starter–much less a star in the league–are usually slim.  But for the 10 rookies and first-year players that made the cuts for the final 53-man-roster, ‘Day One of the NFL Life’ starts tomorrow.

A few young players tweeted their excitement after learning that they had secured a roster spot.

Some made varying pledges of hard work: Read more »

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