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Rambo’s Conference Call With The Media

Posted by Chris Herting on April 27, 2013 – 6:08 pm


Safety Bacarri Rambo, the Washington Redskins 6th Round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, joined the local media for a conference call on Saturday afternoon.

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Team Adds Secondary Depth With Rambo

Posted by Chris Herting on April 27, 2013 – 5:21 pm


Thus far in the draft, the Redskins have added strong, physical players with talent that, as head coach Mike Shanahan said, have an opportunity to cause “matchup nightmares” for opponents. In the sixth round, the team continued the trend drafting 6’0” 211 lb safety Bacarri Rambo who played his collegiate ball at the University of Georgia.

Rambo was the second safety and third secondary player that the team has added since pick No. 51 in the second round. The additions of cornerback David Amerson, safety Phillip Thomas, and safety Bacarri Rambo definitely prove that the team set out to address the weaknesses in the secondary that fans have been clamoring about over the past few months.

Some mock drafts had the Redskins selecting Rambo with the 51st overall pick in the draft so we’ll ask the question again, has Shanahan managed to have outdone himself again by finding talented players late in the draft?

Rambo totaled 73 tackles, three interceptions and three forced fumbles on his way to earning All-SEC second-team despite a shortened senior campaign.

According to his NFL.com profile, Rambo’s strength is in his ability to read quarterbacks. He also adds a ferocious hitter to the Redskins mix who likes to makes his presence felt every time he encounters his opponent.

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Jordan Bernstine’s Got Hops

Posted by Andrew Walker on May 16, 2012 – 11:07 am

(via BlackHeartGoldPants.com)

Understatement of the year: Redskins’ rookie safety Jordan Bernstine can jump much, much higher than me — and probably much higher than you, too.

The Iowa product was selected by the Redskins with their final pick (217th overall) in last month’s NFL Draft.

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Meriweather Intrigued By Redskins History

Posted by Brian Tinsman on April 23, 2012 – 11:42 am

The 2011 season was a disappointing campaign for both the Redskins starting safeties and Brandon Meriweather.

The Redskins thought they had a pair of dynamic playmakers in LaRon Landry and Oshiomogho Atogwe, but poor health and performance led to their departure.  Coming off of back-to-back Pro Bowl seasons in New England, Meriweather was cut on the eve of the regular season, before landing in Chicago.

The 2012 season is tailor-made for dual redemption.

Despite adding an army of safeties this offseason, Meriweather has an opportunity to compete for either starting safety position.  It appealed to Brandon that teammate, mentor and close friend Sean Taylor starred for the Redskins.  It appealed to him because he could showcase his talents (Live) on a young defense.

And it turns out that the vibrant, living history of the Redskins was the icing on top. Read more »

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Jackson Brings The Hammer To Secondary

Posted by Brian Tinsman on April 13, 2012 – 3:31 pm

Tanard Jackson signs his new contract at Redskins Park on Friday morning.

After inconsistent play at the back end of the Redskins’ secondary last season, the team made the decision to go in a new direction for 2012.  With the additions of Brandon Meriweather, Madieu Williams and now Tanard Jackson, the Redskins are set to have revamped talent and depth at safety next season.

Jackson, 26, comes to the Redskins after being released by the Buccaneers earlier this week.  In Washington, Jackson has an ardent supporter in defensive backs coach Raheem Morris, who was his head coach in Tampa Bay.  Jackson also becomes the latest of a growing list of Redskins that hail from the DC-Maryland-Virginia area, having grown up in Potomac, Md.

Jackson brings a scary presence to the Redskins’ secondary, and matches the fearsome playmaker that defensive coordinator Jim Haslett is seeking.  Here are a few of his highlight hits in recent seasons: Read more »

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Williams Brings ‘Walter Payton’ Character

Posted by Brian Tinsman on April 11, 2012 – 4:46 pm

via Redskins Nation

With this afternoon’s signing of safety Madieu Williams, the Redskins have added another DMV-native and lifelong Redskins fan, joining Josh Wilson, Joshua Morgan, Will Montgomery, Kevin Barnes, Evan Royster, and Travon Bellamy on the current roster.

He also joins Barnes as another former Maryland Terrapin playing in the Redskins secondary.

But to call Williams a true DMV-native might be a tad hasty.  While he is a graduate of Duval High School in Lanham, Md., his story began in Freetown, Sierra Leone, where he lived until the age of 9.  Shortly after his family emigrated to the United States, tensions in Sierra Leone spilled over into a bloody civil war, causing his family anguish about the extended family left behind.

But through the status and paychecks provided by a career in the NFL, Williams has found a way to give back in a major way (via NBC News): Read more »

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Where The Redskins Stand In Free Agency

Posted by Brian Tinsman on March 16, 2012 – 12:11 pm

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What The Team Accomplished So Far:

In Day One, the team focused primarily on adding offensive weapons at the receiver position.  The Redskins locked up two quality weapons, as Kyle and Mike Shanahan continue to makeover the roster with the pieces they want.

Now the emphasis in the market seems to have shifted to the defensive side of the ball with the signing of Pro Bowl safety Brandon Meriweather.

Whether it’s playing up close to the line as a run enforcer, or playing centerfield against the pass, Meriweather classified himself as a playmaker, and his numbers support it.  He was brought in with the opportunity to rebuild his young career after a disappointing 2011 that saw him cut and used incorrectly by the Chicago Bears.

In Jim Haslett’s defense, he should be given the freedom and opportunity to make the plays that made him a top safety in the NFL in 2009 and ’10. Read more »

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Meriweather ‘Soon To Be Showcased Live’

Posted by Brian Tinsman on March 15, 2012 – 5:03 pm

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As I learned this afternoon at Redskins Park, new safety Brandon Meriweather is not a man of many words.  In fact, he would rather that his actions speak for themselves, as he shared in his first interview as a member of the Washington Redskins.

Asked which safety position he’ll play in Washington, Meriweather replied:

“I dunno yet.  I mean, wherever the coach puts me, that’s where I’m gonna be happy, and just try to fulfill that to the best of my abilities.”

Asked how he would describe his game and how it fits into Washington, Meriweather replied:

“‘Soon to be showcased live.’  I think that’s the best description I could give: ‘soon to be showcased live.'”

In other words, fans will have to wait until the team reconvenes in April and see how he plays, for themselves.  Or where he plays.  Those are big cliff-hangers for now.

But one thing that got a strong reaction out of the young safety, were the prospects of playing for defensive backs coach Raheem Morris.  Morris is known for his passionate and intense coaching style, and Meriweather thinks it’s a good fit.

“I think that might be the best part of it all,” he said.  “I get to actually get a coach that’s similar to me.  As in, has a lot of energy, y’know, requires the best out of everyone.  I think it’s gonna be fun.  I think it’s gonna be a great year.”

Watch Meriweather’s first Redskins interview, and the broadcasting debut of Redskins.comTV’s Jordan Beane: Read more »

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Meriweather Brings New Face To Safeties

Posted by Brian Tinsman on March 15, 2012 – 3:52 pm

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With both of last year’s starting safeties testing the waters of free agency, the Redskins have brought in a new face to the mix, signing former Patriots and Bears safety Brandon Meriweather.

Meriweather fills an area of need on the team, and brings the flexibility to play either strong or free safety.  For his career, he has played in 75 games, with 44 starts, and posted 293 tackles, two sacks, 12 interceptions, 29 passes defended and five forced fumbles.

At the University of Miami, he was a collegiate teammate of former Redskins safety Sean Taylor and linebacker Rocky McIntosh. Read more »

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Free Agency: Who’s Here, Who’s There?

Posted by Brian Tinsman on March 15, 2012 – 11:47 am

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What The Team Accomplished So Far:

The Redskins came into the offseason with a wishlist of needs, part of which they can address in free agency, part of which will be addressed in the draft, and part of which will be addressed through rehab and players getting healthy.

For a passing game that ranked 14th in the NFL last year in yards per game, the Redskins found two receivers in Pierre Garçon and Joshua Morgan that can stretch the field and fight for the extra yard.  It looks like the Redskins will have a fierce training camp battle for receiver again this year, as there are currently 10 receivers on the roster.

I wouldn’t presume that this will be the list of receivers that the team enters camp with, as that’s still four and a-half months away, but the team has displayed an aggressive approach to upgrade the aerial attack.

Here’s what industry expert Peter King tweeted about the moves: Read more »

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