The “who,” “what,” “when,” “where,” and “how” are apparently on the back-burner for Redskins’ quarterback Robert Griffin III.
But it’s the “why?” that has the rookie quarterback curious.
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Redskins fans, you could help place a wide receiver’s daughter’s photo on the cover of a magazine.
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Terrence Austin admits that he came to the Washington Redskins as a rookie in 2010 primarily playing football as an athlete first with a lot to learn as a wide receiver.
Since that time, the UCLA product said he’s been become a student of the game in an effort to mold himself into a professional wide receiver.
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During the darkest hours of last offseason’s lockout, Redskins receivers Anthony Armstrong and Brandon Banks livened up the debate with a playful Twitter war of who would be faster in a foot race.
While the race was never consummated (due to concerns of injuries), the merit of each competitor was debated back and forth, 140 characters at a time. Banks is traditionally thought of as the team’s speedster, but special teams coordinator Danny Smith has clocked Armstrong at a sub-4.2 on kickoff coverage.
Whichever man is faster, we may never know–but other Redskins receivers threw their hats in the ring this afternoon, declaring their shot at the title of ‘The Fastest Redskin.’
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The Redskins Charitable Foundation and Redskins players Oshiomogho Atogwe, David Anderson, Terrence Austin, Brandon Banks, DeJon Gomes, Sean Locklear, Darrion Scott, Donte’ Stallworth, Josh Wilson, Dough Worthington, Logan Paulsen and Travon Bellamy went to the Macy’s in downtown D.C. to hand out winter clothes to 300 underserved children from the greater metro area.
This is a big event for the Redskins and Macy’s, but it’s also a hit with the players. This is a rare opportunity for them to interact with their youngest fans, and provide them with something that they really need:
Coat drive @ Macy's in dc today!!!! I love giving back and seeing others smile!!!—
Brandon Banks (@speedybanks16) December 06, 2011
Upon arrival, the players mingled with the kids, and took a liking to the kids’ balloons. They instantly gravitated to the balloon booth and got arrows, swords and all manner of Christmas critters:
And then there was Redskins returner Brandon Banks, who got a reindeer balloon hat before helping kids get a Redskins cap and gloves:
Redskins safety Oshiomogho Atogwe showed off his fashionista chic style, by helping find coats for some of the little girls. If patrolling center field doesn’t work for O.J., I think he has a natural gift for retail: Read more »
Tags: brandon banks, darrion scott, David Anderson, dejon gomes, Donte Stallworth, dough worthington, josh wilson, logan paulsen, oshiomogho atogwe, redskins charitable foundation, sean locklear, Terrence Austin, travon bellamy
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The Redskins have taken the field, the fireworks have been fired, and we’re ready for football in Washington. The Jets won the toss and will defer to the second half, meaning that the Redskins will get first crack at the end zone. Hopefully the Redskins can find their way to the end zone on the opening drive for the second consecutive week.
The Redskins are nearly fully reloaded at wide receiver, getting Niles Paul back:
Hi Haters 👋—
Niles Paul (@Niles_Paul) December 03, 2011
David Anderson also got the nod over Terrence Austin this week. These two continue to switch weekly out of the slot.
It’s game time. Hail to the Redskins.
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This was a strange first half of football, with the Redskins firmly controlling this game, for better and for worse. Here are the two teams, by the numbers:
Redskins: 36 total plays, 14 first downs, 233 total yards, touchdown, 45 yards in penalties. Time of possession, 19:42.
Seahawks: 25 total plays, 7 first downs, 120 yards, touchdown, 21 yards in penalties. Time of possession, 10:18.
The Redskins have played well so far–better than most expected–but they should actually have a lead going into halftime. Unfortunately, through penalties and a blocked field goal, the Redskins dominant performance has been stymied by themselves, thus far.
For the Redskins, whatever boiled over before the game needs to be moved to the back burner in the second half. There has been more aggression during the play and more smack talk after the whistle than the two Redskins-Cowboys match-ups combined. These two teams haven’t even played each other since 2008, and not many players remain from the 2005 and 2007 playoff games.
I understand that the Redskins have Josh Wilson’s back, but did I miss something? Wilson seems to be only player who hasn’t lost his cool. If things don’t settle down in the second half, the officials are going to become a factor, and nobody wants that.
With that being said, the Redskins have laid the groundwork for the rest of the game, with a good first half. The defense is playing well, only giving up the touchdown on a short field. The offense is playing well, having established the passing game against the wind, and getting Roy Helu involved early on the ground. Through time of possession and momentum, the Redskins have also silenced the fabled 12th Man, keeping the crowd mostly out of the game.
In honor of the strange first half, let’s take a look at two strange plays that actually worked out in the Redskins’ favor:
1. Although Rex Grossman will be criticized for his illegal forward pass in the first quarter–which amounted to him throwing, receiving, and throwing the ball again–he actually did his team a favor with his gaffe. Had he taken the tackle for a loss from the charging Seahawks lineman, the down and distance would have been approximately second-and-15. Because he decided to throw the ball, he was penalized five yards and given a replay of down, amounting to a first-and-15. A mistake? Yes. But a good mistake for the Redskins, in that situation.
2. Kicker Graham Gano is responsible for plus-eight points for the Redskins today, kicking the PAT on the first quarter touchdown, as well as making the saving tackle on the ensuing kickoff. Whatever blocking scheme the Seahawks employed worked to perfection, opening up a hole big enough for a Panzer to drive through. Fearlessly standing in between Seahawks returner Leon Washington and paydirt, was Redskins No. 4, who channeled his best Sav Rocca for a tackle. It didn’t quite work, but he did stifle Washington long enough to allow Terrence Austin and Lorenzo Alexander to come in and clean it up.
It’s all knotted up at the halfway point in Seattle: Redskins 7, Seahawks 7.
Tags: 2011 season, graham gano, halftime, josh wilson, Lorenzo Alexander, rex grossman, roy helu, sav rocca, Seattle Seahawks, Terrence Austin, washington redskins
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Yesterday, receiver Leonard Hankerson had his breakout, welcome-to-the-NFL game, with a team-leading 106 yards through the air. Despite leaving the game with an apparent leg injury at the end of the game, he assured media in the locker room that he was fine.
At this afternoon’s press conference, Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan revealed that Hankerson’s season was over due to a torn labrum, and his subsequent placement on injured reserve.
More specifically, Shanahan explained:
It’s [subluxated], which means it goes out and then pops back in,” he said. ”If it’s dislocated, it just stays out and they move it back in. It did pop back in, but, usually when it pops back in, there’s a labrum tear in that area. The specialist will look at it and we’ll find out.”
He’s not a doctor, he just plays one on Redskins TV.
Time to do an injury rain dance, my friends. Has anyone broken a Redskins mirror? Opened an umbrella inside at Redskins Park? Spilled salt from a Redskins shaker? Angered a black cat named Sonny? Walked under a Burgundy ladder? If so, this is your cue to seek forgiveness.
And go Feng Shui your Redskins fancave. Read more »
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Under the new NFL collective bargaining agreement, teams are able to dress 46 players for gameday, instead of 45 plus a backup quarterback. Under these rules, teams like the Redskins elected not to carry that third quarterback option, and instead chose to keep another position player.
This decision almost backfired yesterday.
John Beck was named the starting quarterback early in the week, but by the weekend, his backup Rex Grossman had pneumonia and a 103-degree fever.
Surprisingly, Grossman was still a possibility if needed.
“[Grossman] was ready to go at it if John went down,” head coach Mike Shanahan said after the game. ”We brought him out for pre-game. You could see that he was having a tough time so we kept him in here watching it on TV in case we needed him.”
With no other bona fide quarterbacks on the roster, multiple players auditioned under center before the game.
“We had a couple of guys take hand-offs,” Shanahan explained. ”We had two or three guys that could do that. It really didn’t matter.”
“Terrence Austin would probably have been the one.” Read more »
Tags: 2011 season, adam carriker, backup quarterback, john beck, pneumonia, rex grossman, Terrence Austin, washington redskins
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Despite a bright-sunny day today, the Panthers rained on the John Beck parade as the Redskins fell short in Charlotte.
Like last week, the injury bug took it’s toll once again, with Tim Hightower, Santana Moss and London Fletcher all leaving the game with injuries. But unlike last week, the story of the day wasn’t turnovers or lost opportunities.
This game didn’t boil down to a particular turning point, as the Redskins never led in the game. As I’ve been saying all year, this team wins as a team and loses as a team, and today, they just didn’t have enough, as a team.
On offense: The running game was red-hot for the first two quarters, but stalled with the absence of Hightower. Rookie receiver Niles Paul recorded his first two receptions of his career, both on acrobatic catches in the fourth quarter. Moss, a Washington quarterback’s best friend, was lost in the first quarter to a hand injury, and did not return. John Beck recorded the highest quarterback rating (80.8) since the first game of the season (110.5, Grossman), but a late interception deflated the comeback. Read more »
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