March 1, 2021

Washington Redskins Minicamp, Day 2 Practice Observations

For the last time in a while, the Redskins completed offseason practice on a gloomy day in Ashburn, VA. Minicamp was originally suppose to last three days, but it was decided to wrap it up earlier after just two days, joining the trend of calling minicamp. With the upcoming six-week gap before training camp, much of what follows will be the last taste we have of the Redskins for an extended period of time before the season eventually sneaks up on us.

Although many fans might be hesitant to think that the team is improving after much promise over the past decades, Jay Gruden stated that he is starting to see results with the team. Not so much with the on field performance, but Gruden stated that the Redskins are “physically in better condition”. He thinks, as well as the rest of the DMV hopes, that will have a positive counter impact on game day. The head coach singled out Trent Murphy and Jason Hatcher for proactively getting their bodies in better shapes. [Read more…]

Five takeaways from the Washington Redskins Game 14 loss to the New York Giants

Here are the five biggest takeaways from the Washington Redskins’ 24-13 loss to the New York Giants, dropping the Skins to 3-11:

1. Colt McCoy gets injured after not looking 100% to start.

In the beginning of the week it looked as if Colt McCoy would be unable to be ready for this game, but he recovered enough and was named the starter. After nicely marching the team down the field on the opening offensive possession, McCoy aggravated his neck injury when getting pushed forward by the offensive line after being wrapped up by Jason Pierre-Paul.

After settling for a field goal on the drive, McCoy headed to the locker room with the same neck injury. Although he returned to the sidelines before the next offensive possession, he did not return to the game. [Read more…]

Five takeaways from the Washington Redskins Week Two victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars

Here are five big takeaways from the Washington Redskins’ 24-17 home opener win over the Jacksonville Jaguars: [Read more…]

Washington Redskins 2014 Season Preview Part III: Wide Receivers

All this week leading up to the Washington Redskins 2014 season opener against the Houston Texans on Sept. 7, District Sports Page is taking an in-depth look at the players that will make up the 53-man roster to start the season in a position-by-position breakdown.

Monday, Neal Dalal took a look at the Quarterback position.
Tuesday, Eric Hobeck examined the situation at running back.

This is the preview of the wide receiver corps.

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Washington Redskins venture into free agent waters, but not too far

The first day of NFL free agency is in the books, and the Washington Redskins did indeed pick up a couple of useful pieces, but did not make a headline-grabbing splash as they’ve done in years past.

The Redskins used the first day of the signing period to bring back two of their own: LB Perry Riley and WR Santana Moss; and added G Shawn Lauvao, slot WR Andre Roberts and special teams standout LB Adam Hayward.

Lauvao, a 2010 third round pick out of Arizona State, started 11 games for the Cleveland Browns last season and started all 16 in 2011 and 2012. ESPN reported that he signed a four-year, $17 million contract. Lauvao is graded as a good pass blocker but not as strong on run blocking.

Roberts, who spent his first four seasons in Arizona, is a 5’10”, 195-pound slot receiver. He caught 43 balls for 471 yards and two touchdowns in ’13. Roberts signed for four years and $16 million.

Heyward is 6’1″, 240-pounds and has played primarily as a special teamer in seven season in the NFL. He played for current Redskins secondary coach Raheem Morris in Tampa Bay.



Washington Redskins Open Locker Room Audio: Moss, Hall, Garçon & Many More!

ASHBURN, VA–The Washington Redskins held their final open locker room of the season today as they conclude their 2013 season.  There was a lot of optimism in the locker room after their surprising finish, but nobody is quite sure yet on the health of Robert Griffin III following yesterday’s loss.

“You feel like you have something you can build on,”  Redskins free agent linebacker Lorenzo Alexander said.  “You feel good about the group of guys we have here. I think this is probably one of the closest team’s we’ve had from top-to-bottom…hopefully I can be apart of it next year as we move forward.”

Redskins starting guard Kory Lichtensteiger is also a free agent and he hopes to return as well.

“The best case scenario for me is I get a new deal here. At the same time, you’ve got to explore all the options.”

So is Redskins starting tackle Tyler Polumbus.

“I have no idea what the future’s going to hold. I know I want to be back here.”

Redskins starting cornerback DeAngelo Hall, who has a pretty big contract, is also hoping to return.

“Whatever I gotta do to be here, I’m gonna try to get it done.”

Redskins Head Coach Mike Shanahan also addressed the media Monday and gave an update on Robert Griffin III’s knee injury, plus tons more as it’s the final time he’ll speak until the NFL Draft in April.

Listen here to what Santana Moss, DeAngelo Hall, Pierre Garçon, Lorenzo Alexander, Ryan Kerrigan, Tyler Polumbus, Kory Lichtensteiger, Reed Doughty & Kai Forbath had to say during open locker room today.

Santana Moss Open Locker Room Audio

01-07-13 Santana Moss Open Locker Room RAW

DeAngelo Hall Open Locker Room Audio

01-07-13 DeAngelo Hall Open Locker Room RAW

Pierre Garçon Open Locker Room Audio

01-07-13 Pierre Garcon Open Locker Room RAW

Lorenzo Alexander Open Locker Room Audio

01-07-13 Lorenzo Alexander Open Locker Room RAW

Ryan Kerrigan Open Locker Room Audio

01-07-13 Ryan Kerrigan Open Locker Room RAW

Tyler Polumbus Open Locker Room Audio

01-07-13 Tyler Polumbus Open Locker Room RAW

Kory Lichtensteiger Open Locker Room Audio

01-07-13 Kory Lichtensteiger Open Locker Room RAW

Reed Doughty Open Locker Room Audio

01-07-13 Reed Doughty Open Locker Room RAW

Kai Forbath Open Locker Room Audio

01-07-13 Kai Forbath Open Locker Room RAW

Washington Redskins Game 10 Review: Robert Griffin III Posts Record Numbers in Redskins’ 31-6 Win Over Eagles

Led by Robert Griffin III’s record-setting performance, the Washington Redskins (4-6) snuck into third place in the NFC East after routing the Philadelphia Eagles (3-7), 31-6 at FedEx Field Sunday afternoon.

Donning the captain’s “C,” Griffin looked the part, completing 14 of 15 passes, to make his completion percentage – 93 percent – the best ever by a rookie quarterback.  By day’s end, he managed to toss for a career-high four touchdowns and 200 yards, and rushed for another 84 yards over 12 carries.

Griffin’s rookie counterpart, Nick Foles, never had a chance against the Burgundy and Gold, despite throwing for 204 yards in his first career start.  On the third play of the game, Foles lobbed a short pass intended for tight end Brent Celek that wound up in DeAngelo Hall’s hands. Hall carried the ball for 22 yards, bringing the Redskins to Philadelphia’s 9-yard line.  Within the first 45 seconds of the Redskins’ possession, Griffin connected with Darrell Young for the touchdown to take an early 7-0 lead that would go unscathed the duration of the game.

The Eagles’ offense began to fire on more cylinders at the end of the first quarter, but efforts put forth by the newly returned Brandon Meriweather and Hall forced the Eagles to settle for a 41-yard field goal by Alex Henery to put them on the board.

On the Redskins’ next possession, Griffin drove the offense 80 yards on six plays, which culminated in a beautiful 49-yard touchdown pass to Aldrick Robinson to give the Redskins some wiggle room with a 14-3 lead.

Put simply, it didn’t matter.

On the Eagles’ next possession, they managed a loss of one yard over five plays, which included a holding penalty on Jeremy Maclin, an incomplete pass to Clay Harbor and a sack and fumble forced by the Redskins’ Josh Wilson.

With less than a minute left in the half, LeSean McCoy managed a fumble, which Ryan Kerrigan recovered at the Eagles’ 14-yard line. Thirty seconds turned out to be more than enough time for Kai Forbath to center a 25-yard field goal, sending the Redskins to the locker room with a 17-3 lead.

The Eagles managed another field goal in the third quarter to narrow their deficit, but shortly after, the offense seemingly threw in the towel.

Griffin and the Redskins wasted no time taking advantage of holes in the Philly defense, either. Griffin himself scrambled for 23 yards on the next drive and fired a 61-yard pass to Santana Moss, which Moss miraculously nabbed in the end zone despite being tailed by two defenders.

Griffin added salt to the Eagles’ wounds in the fourth quarter after rushing for another 28 yards and tossing to Logan Paulsen for a 17-yard touchdown to give the Redskins an untouchable 31-6 lead.

In addition to Griffin’s stellar performance, the Redskins celebrated the return of both Pierre Garcon and Meriweather. Meriweather, however, left the game in the third quarter with a right knee sprain but stated after the game that he was pulled for precautionary reasons given the score.

The Redskins will look to carry the momentum from Sunday’s win into their matchup Thursday night against the Dallas Cowboys, who hold a 6-0 record against their all-time rivals on Thanksgiving.



Cowboys 18, Redskins 16: The Knockout Punch That Missed

Redskins QB Rex Grossman is stripped on last meaningful play of the game. (Photo by Brian Murphy)

Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett is from Pittsburgh. So was Billy Conn. If you don’t know who Billy “The Pittsburgh Kid” Conn is, you’re not alone. Conn, a light-heavyweight who died in 1993 at the age of 75, is best remembered for being knocked out in a heavyweight title fight by Joe Louis in the summer of 1941. Despite being ahead on all three judges’ scorecards entering the 13th round, Conn continued to fight in his trademark aggressive style. His reward was a savage beating from Louis and a defeat by knockout. The New York Herald Tribune wrote, “Conn wound up on his wounded left side, trying to make Irish legs answer an Irish brain.”

Leaving nationality and the innate folly of cross-sport comparisons aside for a moment, Haslett’s defense found itself in more or less the same position on Monday night. [Read more…]

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