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    Redskins Nation is a half-hour show devoted to giving fans unfiltered access to the day's events at Redskins Park. Hosted by Larry Michael, the show features Redskins players, coaches and sit-down interviews with team officials. (Show re-airs at 11:30 p.m/7:30 a.m. daily)

    • DATE: December 3, 2013
    • TIME:  5:30 PM 
    • LOCATION:  Comcast SportsNet

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  • Thu., Oct. 23, 2014 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM EDT Redskins Nation

    Redskins Nation is a half-hour show devoted to giving fans unfiltered access to the day's events at Redskins Park. Hosted by Larry Michael, the show features Redskins players, coaches and sit-down interviews with team officials. (Show re-airs at 11:30 p.m/7:30 a.m. daily)

    • DATE: December 3, 2013
    • TIME:  5:30 PM 
    • LOCATION:  Comcast SportsNet

  • Fri., Oct. 24, 2014 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM EDT Live Gruden Press Conference Redskins head coach Jay Gruden speaks to media at Redskins Park in Loudoun County, Va. on Friday, October 24, 2014.
  • Fri., Oct. 24, 2014 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM EDT Redskins Nation

    Redskins Nation is a half-hour show devoted to giving fans unfiltered access to the day's events at Redskins Park. Hosted by Larry Michael, the show features Redskins players, coaches and sit-down interviews with team officials. (Show re-airs at 11:30 p.m/7:30 a.m. daily)

    • DATE: December 3, 2013
    • TIME:  5:30 PM 
    • LOCATION:  Comcast SportsNet

  • Mon., Oct. 27, 2014 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM EDT Redskins Nation

    Redskins Nation is a half-hour show devoted to giving fans unfiltered access to the day's events at Redskins Park. Hosted by Larry Michael, the show features Redskins players, coaches and sit-down interviews with team officials. (Show re-airs at 11:30 p.m/7:30 a.m. daily)

    • DATE: December 3, 2013
    • TIME:  5:30 PM 
    • LOCATION:  Comcast SportsNet

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Top Plays Of 2013: Part Two

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on February 18, 2014 – 3:27 pm

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Even throughout a losing season, certain moments made you stand up and shout. Special plays etch themselves into our memories, where they lie dormant until a trigger brings them to the surface. Redskins TV has produced a series looking back at the top plays of 2013. Which will you remember?

Part two features:

-Aldrick Robinson running behind the Bears (and Chris Cooley’s head explodes).

-Brian Orakpo scoring off a Reed Doughty deflection against Chicago.

-Roy Helu Jr. notching a hat trick to defeat Da Bears.

-DeAngelo Hall picking off Peyton Manning twice in Denver.

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Top Plays Of 2013: Part One

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on February 17, 2014 – 2:03 pm

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Even throughout a losing season, certain moments made you stand up and shout. Special plays etch themselves into our memories, where they lie dormant until a trigger brings them to the surface. Redskins TV has produced a series looking back at the top plays of 2013. Which will you remember?

Part one features:

-DeAngelo Hall’s stellar fumble return on a botched backwards pass against Philadelphia.

-Tight end Jordan Reed’s first career touchdown against Green Bay.

-Ryan Kerrigan tormenting Aaron Rodgers.

-David Amerson making his first career interception count at Oakland.

-A pair of plays Roy Helu Jr. used to ruin the Raiders.

-Alfred Morris leaving the Cowboys in his wake.

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VOTE: Who Breaks Out At Denver?

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on October 27, 2013 – 10:00 am

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In all likelihood, we’re looking at a track meet. The Redskins pit the NFL’s No. 4 offense against Denver’s No. 1 unit. The Broncos are ranked 30th in defense, and Washington is 24th.

Last week, Roy Helu Jr. was the hero, coming through in the red zone to punch in three touchdowns. Will an unexpected contributor be the key to the game this week? Or will the Redskins need an all-time performance from Robert Griffin III to win? Will Jordan Reed build upon a record-breaking performance against the Bears?

On defense, E.J. Biggers could come up big at corner or safety, where the Redskins are missing both starters. Who do you think will break out at Denver? Vote below.

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VOTE: Who Was MV(Redskin) vs. Chicago?

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on October 21, 2013 – 9:53 am

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Brian Orakpo said he never had an interception. Never. Not in peewee, not in high school, not at the University of Texas. Against the Bears Sunday, he registered his first pick in style, plucking the ball out of the air and returning it 29 yards for the first touchdown of his life.

Was it enough to earn him Most Valuable Redskin for the week?

Roy Helu Jr. made a strong case of his own, rushing 11 times for 41 yards and three touchdowns, including the final score of a 45-41 shootout.

Jordan Reed set a Redskins rookie record for tight ends with a career-high 134 receiving yards. He registered one touchdown on nine grabs.

Cast your vote at the bottom of the Redskins homepage, and tweet your opinion below.

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Redskins’ Huskers Celebrate 2012 Pro Day

Posted by Brian Tinsman on March 9, 2012 – 3:40 pm

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It’s been a year ago, almost to the day, that three members of the Nebraska Cornhuskers solidified themselves on the Redskins’ Draft boards with their efforts at the school’s Pro Day.  A mere seven weeks later, Roy Helu, DeJon Gomes and Niles Paul were called with successive Redskins picks, quadrupling the Nebraska presence on the team (Adam Carriker).

Yesterday was the 2012 Pro Day in Lincoln, Neb., and although none of the Redskins’ players were in attendance, it was definitely on the minds and fingertips of the two that use Twitter.

Paul tweeted his best wishes to his former Big Red teammates, sending good vibes to the NFL-hopefuls:

And it worked.

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Celebrating Redskins Aerials On Leap Day

Posted by Brian Tinsman on February 29, 2012 – 2:45 pm

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Happy soggy Wednesday to Redskins fans in the DMV, and a very happy Leap Day to everyone around the globe that follows the Gregorian Calendar.  For the record, we have respect for all calendars here at Redskins.com.

In honor of the obscure extra day that’s four years in the making, as well as all of the award shows going on this time of year, I thought we’d take a look back at the 2011 season and honor the top Redskins “leaping” plays of the year.  The plays were voted on by yours truly, and preferential treatment was given to those with commemorative Youtube clips.

With that being said, it’s a pretty good batch of plays: Read more »


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Royster For Week 17 Rookie Of The Week

Posted by Brian Tinsman on January 3, 2012 – 10:38 am

Following another standout performance in the season finale, Redskins running back Evan Royster has been nominated for the NFL Week 17 Rookie of the Week.

On the day, Royster rushed for 113 yards on 20 carries, and tacked on additional 52 yards with five catches.  His highlight reel run of the day occurred early in the second quarter, when he took a handoff up the middle.  Three cuts, four broken tackles and a career-tying 28-yard run later, Royster was finally brought down.

The Redskins have been nominated for the weekly rookie performance award on seven occasions this year, with Royster earning two nominations, running back Roy Helu earning two nominations, and linebacker Ryan Kerrigan earning three.

The three Redskins rookies have yet to bring home the hardware, but you have a chance to change that.  Vote here, now and later, early and often.  Voting will close on Friday morning, and the winner will be announced that afternoon.

Congratulations, Evan and good luck!  Here’s a look at the Week 17 field of competition: Read more »


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Marine, SEALs Lead Team’s Exit Meeting

Posted by Brian Tinsman on January 2, 2012 – 3:05 pm

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Late last week, the Redskins “exit meeting” was scheduled for Monday morning at 10 a.m.  Players were told to meet in the main auditorium/team meeting room at Redskins Park, for the last time as the 2011 Washington Redskins.

But when players arrived, it wasn’t head coach Mike Shanahan that was running the meeting.  It was assistant head coach Bobby Turner, or either of the coordinators, general manager Bruce Allen or even owner Daniel M. Snyder.

Standing on the stage in front of the room, were two Navy Seals and a Marine, waiting to address the team about the importance of teamwork in the offseason.  Who better to discuss preparation than those whose lives depend on it? Read more »


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Philadelphia Eagles In Rear-View Mirror

Posted by Brian Tinsman on January 2, 2012 – 1:35 pm

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Before beginning any coverage of today’s locker room cleaning, I would be remiss not to look back on yesterday’s Eagles game.  Please appreciate that I finally found a rear-view mirror photo of the stadium for this weekly blog post.

Yesterday was supposed to be a feel-good game, sending the team into the offseason on a high note.  It would have been a redemption game over a division opponent that had beaten the Redskins two straight times, including earlier this season.  It would have been a showcase of young talent, and potentially a claim-staking performance for offseason free agents.

A young, depleted Redskins team played with a lot of heart yesterday, but just didn’t get the ‘W.’  On Monday morning, it hurts.  But in a week or more, it will be nothing more than one-of-11 losses this season.

The important thing is the exposure and maturation of the individual players, which will hopefully translate to wins in 2012.

Here are the Redskins superlatives for outstanding play in the season finale against the Eagles: Read more »


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A Fourth Quarter Farewell To 2011

Posted by Brian Tinsman on January 1, 2012 – 4:43 pm

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Looking strictly at the scoreboard of today’s game, there aren’t a whole lot of positives to take away.  ‘Pride games’ are supposed to end in wins–or at least near misses.  Not 24-point deficits.

But to focus exclusively on the score wouldn’t really be the story of this season.  The story of this season was–and has always been–about development.  And the best way to illustrate the development of this team is to look at how a fully healthy Redskins team fared against the Eagles in Week 6, as compared to the team that took the field today.

In Week 6, the offense managed only 245 yards and turned the ball over four times.  The Redskins had a fully-rested, fully-healthy roster take the field that day, with two playmakers at tight end, a dominant left side of the line, and zero rookies in the starting lineup.  With that team, they managed only 13 points at home.

In Week 17, the offense managed 377 yards and turned the ball over once.  The Redskins were eliminated from the playoffs weeks ago, with a patchwork lineup, including three rookies in the starting lineup.  With this team, they managed 10 points on the road.

In Week 6, the defense yielded 422 yards and had two takeaways.  The Redskins defense had a full-rested, fully-healthy roster take the field that day, with two playmaker safeties, two budding young outside linebackers, and a front seven that was leading the NFC in sacks.  With that team, they yielded 20 points at home.

In Week 17, the defense yielded 390 yards and had two takeaways.  The Redskins defense has also taken hits this season, losing both starting safeties, replacing three defenders altogether due to injury and performance.  They didn’t finish out the fourth quarter that they wanted today, but they still managed to keep the Redskins in the game until late.

The progress that the Redskins achieved on both sides of the ball, despite losing important players during the season, is not something that is reflected in the season record (5-11).  Development isn’t a consolation prize, and it isn’t anything that this team or organization wants to hang their hats on.  But when this team regroups in the coming months for OTA’s and mini camps, it’s something that will be reflected in the elevated play of the young guys on the team.  It’s something that will be reflected in various units, which now have great familiarity with one another. And for a team that isn’t going to the playoffs this year, roster development is something that can pay off for years to come.

Today was an unsung hero sort of day, so here are your unsung heroes of the afternoon:

On defense:

The danger of in-game reporting is in drawing conclusions too hastily.  For example, after the 62-yard touchdown pass to DeSean Jackson, Twitter went crazy with conclusions that Oshiomogho Atogwe’s injuries had reduced his ability to make plays, and that he was, thus far, a disappointment as a free agent.

And perhaps up to that moment, these reports were fair.  Until, on the ensuing drive, Atogwe intercepted Michael Vick for the second time this season, down near the goal line.  He then–with the help of cornerback DeAngelo Hall–returned the ball to the 30-yard line.

All of this is not to say that Atogwe has had his ideal season, but he’s played very well in big games.  Atogwe got all three of his interceptions against division opponents this season, with two against the Eagles and the other against the Giants.  The best part of his contributions to the defense, is that he’s done everything that’s been asked, including accepting and excelling in a reserve role.  His last two interceptions have come in games that he didn’t start.

On offense:

Evan Royster and Roy Helu both gave gritty performances today, with Royster rushing for 113 yards on 20 carries, and Helu catching a touchdown pass for 47 yards.

Both rookie backs had back-to-back 100-yard games to their name this season, a rarity in any organization, and a testament to their ability to step up.  Royster had to be taken to the locker room in the second half for rehydration, while Helu battled leg injuries that visibly hobbled him on his touchdown run.  But both stayed focused and active in the game, supporting each other and keying the offense.

Not bad for two rookie backs taken after the fourth round.

This was a tough day for the 2011 Redskins, but with positives that can allow them to march forward into 2012.  Will this team be able to get healthy and capitalize on the development and maturation of the players in the scheme?  Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait nine months to find that out.  But from the 300 level of Lincoln Financial Field, I think the Redskins will find their stride in 2012.

That’s all from Philadelphia on this New Year’s Day, as the Redskins fall to the Eagles, 10-34.  Here’s wishing everyone a happy and healthy new year.


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