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UPDATE: Redskins Mock Draft Tracker

Posted by Chris Herting on March 12, 2013 – 12:10 pm


The Redskins made a splash yesterday re-signing six of their pending free agents and, arguably, some of the team’s key core players to help build off of last year’s NFC East Championship. The team also announced the signing of veteran free agent offensive tackle Tony Pashos (former Cleveland Brown) in addition to announcing that they had released CB DeAngelo Hall.

According to coach Mike Shanahan, yesterday’s roster moves helped the team get back under the salary cap and in position to meet the league-mandated cap requirements prior to the start of free agency today at 4pm. But despite the moves, it doesn’t appear that the team will have enough wiggle room to be a major player in free agency.

It’s possible that front office has something up their sleeves but the most likely scenario is that the team will turn their attention to the draft to help fill certain needs.

Keep in mind that a lot can happen between now and April and, yet again, consensus among the mock drafts below seems to be that the Redskins will lean toward drafting secondary.

Thought remains that this year’s draft class is secondary-laden and that there should be some intriguing prospects at number fifty-one, including some that may peak your interest as draft weekend approaches. So let’s go ahead and take a look at our updated Mock Draft Tracker and a few players that some of the experts think the Redskins should pursue.

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Training Camp Video: Defensive Backs

Posted by Andrew Walker on August 13, 2012 – 4:33 pm

The Washington Redskins’ defensive backs opened up practice Monday with a different drill than usual.

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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

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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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Torrence Brings A Ring Back To Redskins

Posted by Brian Tinsman on April 10, 2012 – 4:53 pm

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Welcome back to Washington, Leigh Torrence.

After a three-year hiatus from the Burgundy and Gold, Torrence is back in Washington for his second stint with the team. While he once played for Joe Gibbs and Jim Zorn in the 4-3 scheme, he will now have to adjust to Mike Shanahan’s 3-4, and Jim Haslett’s emphasis on creating turnovers.

As a career-backup (one start, in 2007), Torrence has two career interceptions and one return for a touchdown.  In 25 games for the Redskins from 2006-08,  he compiled 42 tackles, one sack and two passes defensed.

At age 30, he isn’t the young, developing player that he was when he left.  But he still has the ability to play defense and special teams, with the worldliness factor that can help mold his younger teammates. Read more »

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Second Quarter Synthesis

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 2, 2011 – 2:44 pm

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The second quarter began with another strong defensive effort by the Redskins, forcing a fourth punt of the day.  Linebacker Rocky McIntosh brought pressure on third down, blitzing from the blind side after dropping back in coverage.  Although his efforts didn’t lead to his second sack on the season, it was enough to force the errant pass.

The Redskins secondary has benefited from Rams receivers beating themselves with a lot of drops.  Free agent acquisition Mike Sims-Walker has been targeted four times in the first half in big spots, and has yet to come down with any of them.  The boo-birds have come out for the frustrated fans, and the Redskins fans in attendance are starting to out-cheer the home crowd.

As the half wound down, pressure finally started to hit home for the Redskins defense.  Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan recorded the team’s first sack, with a fumble, and big man Barry Cofield grabbed the recovery.  Remember that Ryan Kerrigan tied the NCAA record with 14 career forced fumbles at Purdue, and with his second on the season, it appears that that skill has translated to the pros.  This was his third turnover of the season, in just his fourth career game.

Wow.  Just wow.

Redskins fans had their first glimpse of cult hero running back Ryan Torain, who had a modest seven yard burst on his first carry.  Casting modesty aside, he rumbled 20 yards for a second Redskins touchdown.  This is his first touchdown in 17 quarters of Redskins football, making the plunge for the first time since Jacksonville in Week 16 last year.

Add the All-Torain vehicle back to the three-car running garage in Washington.  From the looks of it, the Redskins now have a sports car with Roy Helu, a bulldozer with Tim Hightower, and an off-road vehicle with Torain.

And a truck on the defensive line.

As far as the Redskins special teams penalties are concerned, they are the appropriate calls by the officials, because within the letter of the law, they qualify as unnecessary roughness.  Yes, Perry Riley and Niles Paul need to make a better effort to lower a shoulder and avoid contact to the helmet.  But I would suspect that Rams returner Austin Pettis will learn to wave for a fair catch, or he won’t be back out on the field in the second half.

After the tremendous hits that he took in the first half, he may not be back anyway.

This is the Redskins first, first-half shutout since last year’s season opener against the Dallas Cowboys.  This is total-team domination, but the Redskins need to keep it going in the second half.  The loudest noise made by the 12th Ram today, was the boos showered on the Rams coming off the field.

Redskins up at the half, 14-0.

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Redskins Getting The Edge By NFL Experts

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 1, 2011 – 5:25 pm

The Redskins-Rams clash tomorrow at 1 p.m., and the parade of NFL media predictions have already begun.  Here’s what the talking heads are saying about the matchup:

NFL Network/NFL.com:

“Rex Grossman vs. St. Louis’ secondary” was listed as one of the Five ‘Eye in the Sky’ matchups for Week 4:

Torrey Smith reminded everyone why he was projected to be a first-round pick last April (picked in the second by the Ravens) against the Rams, grabbing his first five balls for 152 yards and three touchdowns.

This week, we’ll see how serious the Rams’ secondary issues are against the Redskins.

Washington’s offense still revolves around the running game, but QB Rex Grossman is still averaging career-highs in passing yards per game (282), yards per attempt (7.4) and completion percentage (59.6) through three games this season. While Santana Moss and Anthony Armstrong commonly run intermediate routes to move the chains, they both have the deep speed to burn the Rams.

St. Louis had played the pass relatively well until Week 3 — giving up an average of 185.5 passing yards per game in the first two weeks — but the 385 yards the Rams allowed versus the Ravens exposed some weaknesses. Their safeties didn’t rotate well and their corners lost in man-to-man situations.

But let’s see how this matchup unfolds before passing any judgment.


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