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Redskins Social Media Weekly Spotlight

Posted by Chris Herting on March 4, 2013 – 5:56 pm


Welcome to your weekly Redskins Social Media Spotlight, where we highlight the trendy topics and social media campaigns going on this week in Redskins Nation. Check it out and make suggestions below.

Last week’s Social Media Weekly Spotlight dived into the Combine, including some of the responses that Redskins players had in regards to the results, as well as WR Pierre Garçon’s plea to LB London Fletcher to play one more year. We still do not know the answer to the latter (hopefully, we’ll have more information by the end of this week).

In fact, at this point in the decision process, all we have to fall back on is the interview with Redskins.com that the saavy vet had following the season. While some may be inclined to sit back and wonder what if, trying to envision the future with or without the middle linebacker, we will not. You may ask, why? Well, because life must go on for the time being.

So without further ado, we bring you another installment of your weekly Redskins Social Media Spotlight, consisting of Niles Paul’s Harlem Shake, Joshua Morgan’s inspiring picture, Chris Baker’s plea for 10k Twitter followers, and more!

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Morgan’s D.C. Return: ‘It Was All A Dream’

Posted by Chris Herting on January 24, 2013 – 9:47 am

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Growing up just two blocks from RFK Stadium in a tough Southeast, Washington, DC neighborhood, wide receiver Joshua Morgan was able to endure a lot of uncertainty and escape a childhood riddled with temptation and tragedy.

One thing that motivated him athletically from Day 1 was a passion and love for the Washington Redskins.

Since infancy, Morgan had little choice but to root for his hometown Redskins. He was born into a family of avid Redskins fans and raised on Redskins football.

So when he received a phone call from an Ashburn, Va. area code in the early moments of free agency 2012, there was no doubt in his mind that he wanted to play football for the team he spent his childhood dreaming about.

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Kiper: Hankerson Primed For Breakout

Posted by Andrew Walker on May 21, 2012 – 9:32 am

The offeseason additions of wide receivers Pierre Garçon and Josh Morgan could pay big dividends for Redskins’ receiver Leonard Hankerson.

With Garçon, Morgan and Hankerson among a talented nucleus of receivers that also includes Anthony Armstrong, Santana Moss, Terrence Austin and others, some experts — like ESPN’s Mel Kiper — think Hankerson could be primed for a breakout season as a serious deep threat in 2012.

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College Football Hall Honors Art Monk

Posted by Andrew Walker on May 15, 2012 – 2:32 pm


Art Monk, the Redskins’ legendary receiver and three-time Super Bowl champion, on Tuesday was named one of 14 players chosen to enter the National Football Foundation’s Football Bowl Subdivision Hall of Fame.

Monk was a standout receiver at Syracuse University from 1976 to 1979 until being drafted by the Redskins in the first round of the 1980 NFL Draft.

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Gaffney Gets A New Serenity Prayer Tattoo

Posted by Brian Tinsman on April 3, 2012 – 4:49 pm

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Anyone who has ever gotten a tattoo knows that maximum contact sports like football don’t mix well with fresh ink.  It takes several weeks for the skin to heal, or risk damaging the design.

Good thing Gaffney has two weeks before the team officially re-assembles at Redskins Park for the start of offseason training.  Gaffney will look to build on an impressive first season in Washington, in which he was the team’s leader in receptions, yardage, and receiving touchdowns.

He will also look to find a renewed sense of serenity in his life, a reminder of which will be forever printed on the right side of his torso.  Have a look (via @JabarGaffney): Read more »

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In The Name Of Grandma, Call Him Joshua

Posted by Brian Tinsman on March 19, 2012 – 5:04 pm

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Last season in training camp, we learned that O.J. Atogwe wanted to be “Oshiomogho Isaac” and H.B. Blades would rather be “Horatio Benedict.”  This year, in the opening hours of free agency, the Redskins added another player that really doesn’t prefer the nickname game.

Meet Josh Morgan–or should I say Joshua.  He may not really care, but his grandma reportedly does.

“I really don’t care man, it’s Josh, Joshua, it really doesn’t matter.  I really don’t care,” he said with a broad smile.  “But my grandma named me Joshua after the guy in the Bible, and she really likes that name.”

It turns out that Grandma Morgan is a D.C. resident and lifelong Redskins fan.  She may not be well-versed in Twitter and Face-space, but she knows how to Google her grandson.

“See, when I played out in San Francisco, she didn’t always get to see my games, because they were on the West Coast,” he explained.  “But she would always read about the games later to see how I did.  And when she did, she wanted to read ‘Joshua.’

“She’s old-school.  She named me Joshua, and that’s what she wants to read.” Read more »

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Bowen Welcomes Offensive Upgrades

Posted by Brian Tinsman on March 15, 2012 – 2:27 pm

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Redskins defensive end Stephen Bowen made the unfortunate mistake of venturing outside during free agency.  He’s a brave man.

As you well know, outside of your house is where reporters are.  When something happens to your team, those reporters turn to you for comment.  Ready, set, sound byte!

But Bowen played the comment game well on Tuesday night, when asked for his thoughts on Pierre Garçon becoming the newest member of the Redskins.

Insert praise, give yourself an out if the report is wrong, and welcome him to town with open arms (via CSN Washington): Read more »

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Garçon Calls Redskins ‘A Fresh New Start’

Posted by Brian Tinsman on March 14, 2012 – 5:39 pm

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Going into yesterday afternoon, Pierre Garçon was his own man, testing the waters of free agency for the first time in his young career.   He wasn’t waiting for Peyton Manning to pick a team.  He wasn’t waiting for any particular team to call.

He just embraced the insanity of free agency and waited for the first call.

“At 4 o’clock, phones just started ringing, and my first call was from Kyle [Shanahan],” he related in his first interview with the Redskins.  “He called me up and told me how much he wanted me, and I was like, ‘I wanna be in Washington.'”

He’s taking his talents to the Potomac.  Or the Chesapeake.  He’s coming to Washington, folks.

Garçon instantly fits into the starting lineup, and brings fresh legs to a well-seasoned position on the team.  Santana Moss will be 33 at the start of the season, and Jabar Gaffney will turn 32 during the season.  Garçon fits the mold of a productive in-between for the vets and last season’s rookies.

“It’s gonna be a great new feeling, it’s gonna be a fresh new start,” he said today.  “We got a lot of great receivers around us, and we’re gonna make things happen.

Part of what Garçon ‘makes happen’ is his ability to create yards after the catch.  Even though he opens himself up to great contact and blindside hits, Garçon is unafraid to cut back to the inside for extra yardage, and finds seams running across the field.

He rumbled for 366 extra yards after the catch last year, more than one-third of his total yardage.  And when he needs to fall down after a catch, he usually makes it worth it:

Garçon is also a dedicated individual off the field, both in the community and his family’s native Haiti.  The island was struck with a major earthquake more than two years, and is still recovering from the disaster.  Even though his family was largely unaffected, he’s been back as recently as 2010 to help aid in the recovery efforts. Read more »

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Redskins Find Another Division-III Diamond

Posted by Brian Tinsman on March 14, 2012 – 4:17 pm

With today’s announcement of the Redskins signing wide receiver Pierre Garçon, the Redskins have guaranteed the preservation of a Division-III streak on the roster.

Garçon attended D-3 powerhouse Mount Union in the Ohio Athletic Conference.  There are 2,300 students at Mount Union, of the equivalent of about one spectator section at FedExField.

During his time there, he led the Purple Raiders in receiving, en route to two consecutive National Championships, falling just short of another.

You probably heard about it.

In his three seasons at Mount Union, Garçon caught 202 passes for 3,363 yards and 47 touchdowns.  And at least once a year, he lined up against conference rival–and London Fletcher’s alma mater–John Carroll University.

If the Redskins are able to re-sign Fletcher–as they have repeatedly expressed interest in doing–then there will be two D-3 conference-mates on the Redskins for the first time in a long time.

Possibly ‘ever.’  Probably ‘ever.’

In his time on the football field, Garçon has played with a Hall of Fame quarterback, but it’s not No. 18 from the Colts.  During his time in Alliance, Ohio, he played with world-class quarterback Greg Micheli.  According to a Mike Lopresti of the USA Today: Read more »

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Josh Morgan: ‘Redskins Are In My Blood’

Posted by Brian Tinsman on March 14, 2012 – 3:36 pm

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When Josh Morgan’s phone rang on Tuesday afternoon, he didn’t necessarily know who was on the other end of the phone.

But he recognized the northern Virginia area code.

The Washington, D.C. native said that he couldn’t believe the Redskins were calling him.  His hometown team.  His family’s team.  And now the team on the front of his jersey.

“It hasn’t even hit me yet, it was surreal,” said that soft-spoken receiver after signing his contract on Wednesday afternoon.  “This was a dream come true.  Not even in my wildest dreams did I picture I’d be coming home.”

Morgan says that he grew up literally in the shadow of RFK Stadium, only two blocks away.  He grew up on his father’s stories of Doug Williams throwing to Art Monk, and the brilliant return abilities of Brian Mitchell.  His godfather passed along a love for Darrell Green, who had already played two seasons in the NFL before Morgan was born.

Morgan went to H.D. Woodson for high school, where he starred in basketball and football.  He spent his college years at Virginia Tech, leading the Hokies with 1,817 yards and 16 touchdowns, and making quality contributions on special teams.

And after college, he went about as far away from the DMV as possible, ending up in San Francisco for four years.

“It doesn’t get much further away than that,” he said.  “I guess there’s San Diego or Seattle, but they’re the same distance.”

So after agreeing to terms with the Redskins, Morgan jumped on a plane and landed at Dulles.  When he turned his phone back on, he said he had 230 text messages, and about 190 of them were from family members living in D.C.

Can they expect tickets from Morgan?

“Naw, naw man, not at all,” he said with a laugh.  “I’m not spending all of my new contract on tickets.  They all have jobs and they went to games before me.  They can find a way to come see me too.”

Smart man.  Watch his first interview as a member of the Redskins with Redskins Nation’s Larry Michael, below: Read more »

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