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Redskins Seeking Next Alfred Morris

Posted by Chris Herting on February 20, 2013 – 4:19 pm


With the start of the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine today in Indianapolis, Redskins fans can officially shift their focus to the long road to the NFL Draft.

The Scouting Combine was originally designed to provide teams with medical information on the players they might one day invest thousands of dollars in. Now, the Redskins will join the other 31 teams in attendance to mentally and physically poke and prod each of the 333 invitees in what has truly become the world’s most public job interview.

Wall-to-wall coverage of the Combine begins on the NFL Network Saturday morning at 9 a.m., and runs through next Wednesday evening. You can catch every 40-yard dash, 225-pound bench press, and three-cone drill in real time. You can watch as some NFL dreams take root, while others are stomped out.

Helping you and I understand the results and gauge the importance of the Combine is Redskins Director of Player Personnel Scott Campbell, who is now entering his 13th season with the Washington Redskins.

As was highlighted in yesterday’s post, Campbell and his staff deserve huge credit for the scouting work that went into last year’s landmark draft. However, there is much more to be said by the soft-spoken director of college scouting, as he prepares for one of the biggest days of his NFL calendar.

Check out the rest of his interview below:
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Helu, Fiancee Build Marriage On Faith

Posted by Andrew Walker on May 17, 2012 – 10:10 am


It was a common interest in faith that made Redskins’ running back Roy Helu Jr. and his fiancee, Danielle, know they were right for each other.

And the couple will soon be taking that faith straight to the altar.

The Redskins’ Brian Tinsman reported about Helu Jr.’s engagement April 17. At the time Helu Jr. talked about the rapid development of his relationship with Danielle and how he was even enjoying taking part in wedding planning.

Since that time, Helu Jr. — a former star running back at the University of Nebraska — and Danielle — a national championship-winning former volleyball player at Nebraska — have also been the focus of an April 30 feature piece in the Omaha World-Herald.

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Hometown Kid Hightower Is Back

Posted by Andrew Walker on May 15, 2012 – 9:32 am

Tim Hightower certainly hasn’t forgotten where he’s came from.

The University of Richmond alum proudly wore his alma mater’s hat Monday morning as he signed his contract, signfying his official return with his hometown Washington Redskins.

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New Jerseys Mean Old Name For Helu Jr.

Posted by Andrew Walker on May 10, 2012 – 2:35 pm

Roy Helu Jr. is named after his father, but fans watching the Redskins running back last season wouldn’t necessarily have known that.

Uniform rules at the time did not allow Helu Jr. to have just that — his last name with “Jr.” after it — on his uniform nameplate.

But those rules are all but history now. And Helu Jr. couldn’t be happier.

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Shoeless Roy Helu Attends Film Study

Posted by Brian Tinsman on April 30, 2012 – 5:10 pm

According to Major League Baseball lore, White Sox outfielder Joseph Jefferson Jackson earned his nickname of “Shoeless” Joe Jackson for batting barefooted during a bout of blisters on his feet.

He was one of the greatest players of the early 20th century, but unfortunately his socks weren’t the dirtiest thing about him.

The connection to the Redskins comes through Roy Helu Jr.’s similar discomfort with wearing shoes.  When he walks in to the facilities in the morning, he usually sports socks and sandals.  After practice, he cuts the tape off, removes his cleats, and goes shoeless around Redskins Park for the rest of the day.

A recent newcomer to Twitter (@RoyHeluJr29), Helu tweeted a typical picture of himself in film study this afternoon: shoes off, feet up, and an ice cold…Gatorade in hand: Read more »

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Alfred Morris Is A Classic Shanahan Back

Posted by Brian Tinsman on April 28, 2012 – 5:42 pm

Starting with Terrell Davis in Denver, Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan has earned his reputation as Running Backs Whisperer, taking obscure picks and developing them into electrifying playmakers.

That’s precisely what he’ll try to do with Florida Atlantic back Alfred Morris, who comes to the NFC East out of the Sun Belt Conference.  He comes to the Redskins as an Evan Royster type who isn’t the best at any one thing, but is a well-rounded serviceable back.

This was his review and attributes, courtesy of his draft Combine page:

Morris runs low and can get to the hole with a decent burst. He is a natural runner between the tackles who can feel and avoid pressure or wait for his seam to develop.

He is deceptively agile in short areas to avoid clean hits on him through the initial three yards of a play, and he plays much faster when tasked with finding daylight in a short area. He is capable of blocking in pass protection at the next level if his willingness matches his ability.

As every running back under coach Bobby Turner will tell you, “if you can’t pass protect, you’ll never see the field.”  Morris seems to possess that ability, and he’ll have to show it at the pro level if he expects to be the next Davis.  Scouts compare him to a runner in the mold of BenJarvus Green-Ellis.

I think the Redskins would take that kind of production.

Here’s a highlight video from his Pro Day at FAU: Read more »

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Roy Helu Engaged To Be Wed, Very Soon

Posted by Brian Tinsman on April 17, 2012 – 4:32 pm

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Smiles abounded at yesterday’s workouts, but perhaps none brighter than running back Roy Helu’s.

Helu started the offseason injured, and in a long-distance relationship with his girlfriend, Danielle.  After rehabbing his legs back to full health, he returned to Nebraska to spend quality time with his beloved–for really, the first time ever.

“I’ve been dating her since July, and we’ve been friends for a year and a half, so I knew her for about eight months before we dated,” he told me.  “Before that, she was overseas playing volleyball in Germany, so it was a long-distance relationship then.

“Then, it was a long-distance relationship because I was here and she was in the Midwest.”

The two put in some serious effort to stay in touch, even when Helu was worn down physically by a long rookie season.  Helu may not have known that she was the one when he left, but it didn’t take him to long to figure it out.

“After I left Washington this offseason, it was the first time that I had seen her consistently in our relationship,” he said.

And it went well?

“It went very well,” he added with a smile.

Helu said that although the timing of the proposal seems accelerated, he sought a lot of advice and wisdom before popping the question.  Now that she said yes, it’s a scramble to plan a nice wedding before training camp.

“The big day is before the summer, I’ll say that–it’s coming up very soon,” he said with a laugh.  “It will end up being a month-and-a-half engagement.”

While Helu may be busy preparing for the 2012 season from early in the morning until noon, the real work begins when he goes home to help with the arrangements.

“She’s doing a lot of the research right now, but I love to partner with her in the plans,” he explained.  “I have plenty of time to help because we aren’t game-planning.  There’s a lot of rest time right now.”

Asked if his groomsmen party would be the 53-man roster, Helu shied away from commitment.

“Most likely not the entire 53-man roster,” he said with a grin.  “I don’t wanna hurt any feelings, but there’s definitely going to be some Redskins there.”

Congratulations, to Roy and Danielle, and may a short engagement lead to a very long, happy marriage.

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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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Family Prepares Royster For Lead Role

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 26, 2011 – 3:25 pm

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In his first NFL start, running back Evan Royster showed gritty determination against one of the league’s better rushing defenses.  He gained the most yardage of a running back against the Vikings since Stephen Jackson in 2006, and he gained the most by a Redskins rookie back since 1993.

According to a chat I had with him on Thursday, his training in physicality has been a long time coming, as the youngest of four brothers.  Some of his best holiday memories were of getting presents, and then trying to keep them away from his brothers.

“My favorite gift growing up, was the Sega Dreamcast,” he remembered fondly.  “I was so excited to get it!  I had wanted it forever, it was my gift, and I didn’t get to play it for a couple days because my brothers took over.

“As the youngest, I was spoiled, yes, but I took the punishment for it.  I was given gifts, but it didn’t mean they were always mine.”

But those days are behind him, as Christmas is now a peaceful time with family.  Yesterday was actually the first Christmas that Royster got to spend with family since 2005, when he was a senior in high school. Read more »

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Larry Brown Visits Larry Brown, Circa 1972

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 21, 2011 – 9:59 am

When the Redskins ownership and front office collaborated to create the “Hail to the Redskins Walk” at Redskins Park and FedExField, the outcome was a mural to our marvelous history.

Some of the greatest Redskins players and coaches were immortalized in two dimensions, for everyone to see.

Some of the coolest people that have paid a visit to the wall, are those people depicted on the wall.  That’s what happened when former Redskins running back Larry Brown paid a visit to the wall yesterday:

Brown was a great running back for the Redskins over his eight-year career in Washington, winning the 1972 MVP Award and going to four Pro Bowls.  Over his career, he amassed 8,360 yards from scrimmage, 55 touchdowns, and led the NFL in rushing in 1970.

The “Hail to the Redskins Walk” is a deserved tribute to great players, and it’s only right that they should partake.

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