NFC East Top 20: No. 19 Brian Orakpo

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Orakpo No. 19 — Brian Orakpo , Washington Redskins LB (Last year’s rank: 14) There were players who dropped off of last year’s list due to poor 2012 performance and injury issues, and clearly, this ranking indicates that Orakpo nearly met that same fate. But this ranking speaks to the extent to which I believe in Orakpo as a disruptive pass-rushing force when he’s healthy. He is healthy right now, he’s having a strong training camp and claims to have addressed his season-ending pectoral muscle injury more effectively than he did the year before. So I have decided to give him the benefit of the doubt based on the 28.5 sacks he had in his first three NFL seasons and my expectations for what he can do this year if he plays all 16 games. The Redskins defense continues to be designed around the idea of Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan as edge pass-rushers, which means it’s set up for those guys to pile up sacks. Kerrigan is entering his third NFL season, so he’s likely to draw more attention than he did as a rookie in 2011, the last time Orakpo was healthy and playing alongside him for an extended period of time. All of this, plus the fact that it’s the final year of Orakpo’s contract, lead me to believe that big things are in store for a player who’s shown the ability to be a top pass-rusher when he’s been healthy. If he’d been healthy last year, I believe he’d rank higher on this list.

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Orakpo is particularly strong against the run, and in our scheme, we rely heavily on stopping the run first, Orakpo said. Thats what Haz wants us to do. Once we do that, then we get after it (rush the passer). Im not rushing as much as some of those other guys (3-4 outside linebackers). And you have a lot of one-dimensional guys out there. All they do is get after it. Man, I take pride in everything I do in my craft.

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“I’m a little ahead of schedule because I went down to Texas to start rehabbing earlier than Griff. But I’m very confident Griff will be back Week 1, ready to go. You can see out here how well he’s moving and throwing the ball. “He looks great. And his return Week 1 is going to pay tribute to a successful season for us.” PHOTOS: OTAs around the NFL St. Louis Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins (21) defends against wide receiver Chris Givens (13) during organized team activities at ContinuityX Training Center. Jeff Curry, USA TODAY Sports Cincinnati Bengals offensive lineman Andrew Whitworth, who is rehabbing from offseason knee surgery, drags a heavy chain as he backpeddles during OTAs. Michael Keating, AP Houston Texans nose tackle David Hunter (72) runs through a drill during OTAs. David J. Phillip, AP Oakland Raiders quarterbacks Terrelle Pryor (6) and Matt Flynn (15) throw passes at organized team activities at the Raiders practice facility. 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“He can make some of the other players better, where you’re able to pressure the quarterback, get sacks on the quarterback. And also from a gameplan standpoint, the offensive coordinators have to account for him, so he’s going to help other guys play better football.” The injured Orakpo missed out on the Redskins’ season-ending seven-game winning streak and first NFC East title since 1999, and it was like doing plenty to help plan the party, but then missing out on all the fun. BELLER: Can RGIII be a fantasy difference-maker? “I always say it was tough, it was also a joy to watch,” Orakpo said. “I wanted to be part of that run, but at the same time it was enjoyable to watch our team, to watch the Redskins finally doing well after so many down years. I was a fan watching them myself. “But we want to be there year in and year out. We don’t want to be one of those one-hit wonders and go back to being the bottom of the barrel.

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Thomas Boswell The Redskins havent maintained a cohesive roster for more than 20 years, but that is changing. Complete coverage Thats becoming clear. Good in his first two seasons, Kerrigan is ready to take the leap to great. The outside linebacker is strong, smart and focused on helping the Washington Redskins become a perennial winner again. Together with Orakpo, Kerrigan forms an edge-rushing tandem expected to accomplish a lot this season.

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It was pretty disheartening. But I’ll be all right. One guy who wasn’t denied? Chris Canty . Chris Canty has medical clearance to wear his non-conforming face mask. (USATSI) Canty, now with the Ravens, has the NFL equivalent of a doctor’s note to wear a grill-style face mask. I invented it, Canty told the Baltimore Sun recently .

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Brian Orakpo and Stephen Bowen sack the Rams Sam Bradford in 2011. After 11, 8.5 and 9 sacks his first three seasons, Orakpo got hurt in Week 2 last season, and hopes to tally up the sacks this year without compromising the rest of his game.

Just stuff, you get nicked up in camp, so just precaution. Youve got to be smart, Orakpo said. Im not sure what the staff wants, but well figure it out. Its a day-to-day process with this. I had a knee to the quad, so once it calms down, well see where were at. Orakpo suffered the injury while trying to defend a running play in Thursdays practice. Guard Adam Gettis inadvertently kneed the linebacker in the right quad. Orakpo watched Fridays practice, and spent much of it riding the stationary bike at the edge of the field. He jogged off the field following the final huddle break and to the locker room. Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said that Orakpo hasnt yet been ruled out for Mondays preseason game against Pittsburgh.

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(USATSI) If you’re a fan of the futuristic-looking face masks above, we have some bad news for you: The NFL has banned them because they’re an oppressive regime that saps originality out of every facet of the game. In corporate speak, that sounds like this: The gear is a prohibited non-standard customized face mask.” This development makes Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo very sad because, well, he’s big on originality. I don’t know, Orakpo said via the Washington Post . It’s kind of tough. Obviously it’s different. And it does have a sort of look appeal to it. But it’s also for protection as well. We’re supposed to be all about protection and we get denied for something that benefits us. It’s something that’s kind of disheartening.

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Ryan Kerrigan: The Best Defensive Playmaker You’ve Never Heard Of

Ryan Kerrigan’s increasing impact for the Redskins is no fluke

J. Watt, is also that type of player. Watt has turned into a disruptive force that opposing offenses must account for, evidenced by his NFL-leading 20.5 sacks. As a result, Watt was named 2012 NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Washington Redskins left outside linebackerRyan Kerrigan(above)doesnt garner the same attention that Reed and Watt have. However, he has quietly turned into a solid defensive force for Washington. Selected in the first round by the Redskins in 2011, Kerrigan has already recorded 16 sacks. He also has two career interceptions, returning them both for touchdowns. Yes, its only a two-year sample size.

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Fortunately for Kerrigan and the Redskins, hes a quick study. From the moment the teams No. 1 draft choice in 2011 arrived at Redskins Park, Kerrigan has been known for three things: work ethic, intelligence and inquisitiveness. Former Redskins linebacker Lorenzo Alexander once told me that Kerrigan asks more astute questions in a day than some players come up with in a season. Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett expects Kerrigan to contribute good ideas to whatever topic is being discussed. Kerrigan is always thinking about what comes next. Combined with his interest in film study, Kerrigan is an outstanding student who has learned well from his teachers. Ive had a lot of good people around me, Kerrigan said the other day. Lorenzo was a big help.

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“He certainly wasn’t a cheerleader type,” said Hope, “but when Ryan needed to get their attention, he spoke up. The rest of the time he led by example.” Purdue’s promising start didn’t last, as the defense surrendered 37 points per contest during an 0-6 finish. It was a return to normalcy for the Boilermakers, who have gone just 13-23 (8-16 Big Ten) since Kerrigan’s sophomore season. That record has relegated Kerrigan to a spectator during bowl season, but that doesn’t mean he’ll be resting this December. He plans to watch game film, increase his lifting regimen and complete cardio exercises to better position himself for the NFL combine in the spring. He’s looking to improve his draft stock, though many analysts already have him projected as a mid-to-late first round pick. “I’ll work on my flexibility a lot, especially in my hips,” Kerrigan said. “I’ll also work on incorporating more pass rush moves into my repertoire.” He’ll also work on making a name for himself, something that was increasingly difficult at Purdue. Kerrigan’s anonymity stems from his team’s sustained mediocrity, and despite his staggering statistics he was omitted from consideration for the Bronco Nagurski Trophy, the Chuck Bednarik Award and even the Rotary Lombardi Award.

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(John McDonnell/Washington Post) RICHMOND Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett always says a defense can never have too many pass rushers. Soon after the team drafted Florida States Brandon Jenkins this past offseason, Halsett said he planned to contrive a way to get the rookie on the field with starting outside linebackers Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan at the same time. Haslett unveiled his plan last Thursday night, early in the Redskins first preseason game. The coach dialed up a formation that featured Orakpo at his usual right outside linebacker spot, Jenkins in Kerrigans left outside linebacker spot, and Kerrigan lined up almost in the place of a defensive tackle on the left side of the line, opposite Tennessees right guard. The package yielded the anticipated result. Orakpo came off the edge and caused Titans quarterback Jake Locker to scoot to his right.

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That strong finish helped lead the Redskins to the NFC East title, one of many things well be talking about when Kerrigan visits Pro Football Talk on NBCSN on Tuesday afternoon. Well find out how it feels to have linebacker Brian Orakpo back in the lineup after a torn pectoral muscle wiped out his 2012 campaign and whether Kerrigan thinks the team can be even better this year. Well also continuing our look at some of the storylines for the coming season when we tackle turnover in the playoff ranks. Which 2012 playoff contestants are destined for the dustbin this time and which teams will replace them? Well share our thoughts during the show.

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What would you say to him if you happen to run into him today? Danielle, who didnt give her last name, said she would, Tell him I love him. To which Kerrigan replied, I love you, too. A second later, Danielle recognized the 6-foot-4, 260-pound man with the microphone. And, as they say in show biz, she lost it. Nuptials, however, are not pending. Kerrigan, who will be 25 on Aug. 16, handled himself with aplomb and an understated comedic tone. And, he came in ahead of quarterback Robert Griffin III, everyones heartthrob on the Redskins, as a potential husband. Thats a shocker in itself, Kerrigan said. Well, Griffin did get married this summer, which might have taken him off Danielles list.

Sometimes, instead of overpursuing, he’ll hold back and bat down a pass, or wrestle a running back to the ground. The Redskins’ defensive scheme sometimes asks Kerrigan to play in coverage, which is an area of his game that doesn’t come naturally but has improved since his arrival. Basically, as simple as it sounds, the Redskins want Kerrigan to create chaos in his portion of the field. Even with all of the injuries, there remain quite a few very good players on the Redskins’ front seven. London Fletcher , Perry Riley , Stephen Bowen and Barry Cofield are a few of the guys who have played well this year, and they all benefit from Kerrigan’s play-to-play ability to win his matchups and disrupt the offense.

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Amerson saw playing time in 9 games as a true freshman in college and has steadily progressed into, what many believe, to be a true contender for a starting position in the NFL. Joining him is 511 Richard Crawford and 60 Chase Minnifield. Minnifield joined the Redskins practice squad in 2012 after suffering a season-ending knee injury in 2011 at the University of Virginia which required microfracture surgery. However on the last day of the offseason practices the Kentucky native tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), which rendered him unable to play for the duration of the 2012 season. Since then he has rejoined the team for the 2013 practices, eager to show what he can do.

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A talk show that never ends Tracee Hamilton Everyone has something to say about Robert Griffin IIIs rehab, but were still awaiting the final word. Complete coverage Redskins players say they expect defensive coordinator Jim Haslett to unveil additional pass-rushing packages for the regular season that will keep quarterbacks from being too comfortable in the pocket. There is more than one way to try to fix a pass defense that ranked 30th in the league last season, and getting to the quarterback far more consistently is part of the Redskins formula for improvement in that area. Were gonna be a lot better this year, a lot better, Orakpo said. Were not going to really need to blitz as much. Were gonna keep it if were able to get pressure with four guys, were gonna keep it that way year-long. Weve got a lot of different packages that we havent even [shown]. Were just very, very basic, very vanilla right now. .

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TROUBLE FOR BILLS: Concussion-like symptoms for Kolb “If there are no setbacks, (Andrews) will OK him,” Shanahan said. “But I can’t say that for sure. Dr. Andrews will make that call. (Griffin has) had a good week of preparation in a lot of (first) team situations offense vs. defense. He got a lot of reps this week a majority of the reps.

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There was plenty to see as the offensive and defensive players were running scrimmages on two fields and the troops were given exclusive access to both areas. Pfc. Ryan Steward, also of the 54th QM Co., said the V.I.P. treatment was memorable and much appreciated. “It was fun,” said the Lincolnton, N.C. native. “I met a lot of nice people. The atmosphere here is great, especially for a Redskins fan who is getting a chance to watch a training camp.

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Needless to say, Washingtons depth on defense willhave to somehow come together and form a solid unit for the Redskins to remain competitive in 2013. The ongoing quest to form that solid defensive unitmay have to wait. Thats becauseWashingtons defense received some more bad news: reserve cornerbackRichard Crawford(above left, tackling Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiverDerek Moye)suffered a season-ending torn LCL ligament in hisleft knee during the Redskins third preseason game against the Buffalo Bills . This is a devastating blow, because Crawford was not only the Redskins nickel cornerback, he was also their starting punt returner. Crawfords loss could be looked at as a deathblow to the secondary, or an opportunity for veteran cornerbacksE.J. BiggersandChase Minnifieldto step up and claim that nickel cornerback spot. Crawfords punt returns duties will be harder to replace. Rookie running backChris Thompsonreturned punts against the Bills in Crawfords place. Unless the Redskins add an efficient punt returnerduring the preseason,it appears that Thompson will be responsible for Washingtons punt return duties in 2013.

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So it matters. But based on performance Thompson still needs to prove he belongs. I like Jawan Jamison s running style, but the same applies to him. Royster is an average runner, so hes no lock. Keiland Williams is a good special-teams player, but not much help from scrimmage. Veteran backups.

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Instead, Washington ripped off seven straight wins and made the playoffs for the first time since 2007. There’s so many changes in the playoff teams each year — I think half of them change each year anyway, Allen said during a recent interview ESPN 980 (via the Washington Post ). And in our division, you know, we’re in the SEC of the NFL. This is the big leagues. I think when the Giants last won the Super Bowl, they won it with a 9-7 record. So we have to keep competing in our division, and that’s what our focus is.

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Still, naming Amerson and Rambo opening day starters is just what the Redskins need. The current NFL trend is to start rookies immediately in the hope that they catch on fast. Simply put, it would be best for Washington to throw the rookies in the proverbial deep end of the pool and hope they swim instead of sink. Theres no shame in Amerson and Rambo being picked apart by Kaepernick, Ryan, Rodgers or Manning during the regular season. Those elite quarterbacks have picked apart many defenses in their respective careers. Therefore, its expected that Amerson and Rambo will go through some growing pains as regular season starters. Starting the two would be a far cry from previous Redskins regimes that built their roster via trades and free agent signings that were less-than-stellar transactions. If Amerson and Rambo prove to be capable rookie starters, though, Washington may have half of their starting secondary for the next 10 years. If not, the Redskins might trade them in a few years in exchange for low draft picks.

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Griffin seemed to think last year those Superman socks hes fond of wearing actually made him a man of steel. He took too many chances. After taking on a linebacker and suffering a concussion in Week 5 against Atlanta, Griffin said he needed to play it safer. Unfortunately for Griffin and the Redskins, Griffin didnt listen to his own advice. Instead of running out of bounds on a scramble in Week 14 against Baltimore, Griffin cut back into the middle of the field and gained more yards. He also got clobbered by Ravens defensive lineman Haloti Ngata and suffered his initial knee injury, which became worse in the playoffs. In fact, the hardest hits Griffin absorbed occurred on scrambles. Griffin isnt naive.

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“The Bears have some formidable linebackers…theyve got Lance Briggs. So we hand the ball off to Alfred [Morris] and he goes out there and runs over Lance Briggs. He runs him over, fixes his helmet, and keeps running. I knew for sure that ‘OK, if this guy gets a shot, hes going to be something special.'” And special he was. Morris finished his rookie NFL season second in rushing yards (1,613), second in rushing touchdowns (13) and third in rushing attempts (335).

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The read-option leaves Griffin open to taking hits, and hits lead to injuries, and well, no one wants to see Griffin injured again, especially Mike and Kyle Shanahan. The Redskins have the perfect player to take some heat off of Griffin in the form of running back Alfred Morris . Morris is durable — he carried the ball 335 times last season — and he’s productive. The 24-year-old ran for 1,613 yards last season, second in the league, behind only Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson . The best news for the Redskins comes on the offensive line where all five starters return. Right guard Chris Chester , right tackle Polumbus, left tackle Trent Williams , left guard Lichtensteiger and center Will Montgomery led a unit that helped Washington rank first overall in rushing and fifth overall in total offense. The Redskins receiving corps wasn’t exactly a strength last season, but that could change in 2013. If Pierre Garcon can make it through an entire year unscathed, that would give Griffin another weapon.

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He led the Florida Gators to the 2000 Southeastern Conference Championship. He was a close second in the 2001 Heisman Trophy race, one of the closest in history, just behind Nebraska quarterback Eric Crouch (770-708). In three years at Florida, Grossman threw for 9,164 yards and 77 touchdowns while compiling a 145.77 passer rating. That was impressive enough that the Chicago Bears took him in the first round of the 2003 draft. He was selected No. 22 overall, behind three other quarterbacks — USC’s Carson Palmer (1st), Marshall’s Byron Leftwich (7th), and Cal’s Kyle Boller (19th). But Grossman never took command of the starting job in Chicago, not even in 2006 when he became the first quarterback to start all 16 games for the Bears since Erik Kramer did it in 1995. Even as the 2006 team rode a great defense to the Super Bowl, Grossman threw 20 interceptions to go with his 23 touchdowns and fans were calling for Brian Griese to play.

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Although one would usually assume that a starter should not be risking further injury in a preseason game, the Bills having a new quarterback and new offensive scheme makes it imperative that Johnson be on the field as much as possible. Only time will tell whether Kolb and Johnson can develop chemistry, and the game on Saturday will be the first real test. If nothing else, superior route-runner Johnson seems like the perfect fit for Doug Marrone’s quick-strike passing game, and it should be fun to watch him run wild in it. A related question going forward is whether Johnson can get and consistently stay healthy during the regular season. It has seemed like he has been a permanent fixture in “questionable” status since emerging as the Bills’ best receiver. Perhaps a strong performance against the Redskins would go a long way in catapulting Johnson into the regular season with momentum for Week 1 against the New England Patriots. What Kind of Test Will the Bills’ Defense Get? The Bills’ defense Ryan Kerrigan Away Jersey is also working to get comfortable in a new system, as new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine has installed a pressure-heavy scheme. In limited action, the first-team defense has impressed, handcuffing both the Indianapolis Colts and Minnesota Vikings. The defensive starters getting a final tuneup against a first-team offense is important, however, in no small part because Tom Brady and the Patriots are on tap to start the regular season.

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But Rambo is breaking down too much and his angles are off enough that the combination has equaled trouble for him. Rambo isnt the only one who has struggled with angles, but he is the rookie starting at a spot where he needs to be a sure tackler. During camp Rambo looked like he belonged, and that he was good at correcting his mental mistakes. But one of the areas thats tough to measure is how hell come up versus the run. With LeSean McCoy up in Week 1, the Redskins cant afford a free safety still learning how to master the proper angles. I like that Rambo forced a fumble after one of his misses (a play in which Rob Jackson blew up the tight end and forced the back into a tough spot).

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“It’s just every now and then I would maybe have a little sway. I would notice it. Nobody else would notice it. So I never told the team about that.” It wasn’t until he had a hamstring injury in October that Fletcher told the team about his “balance” issues. It turned out to be problem in his neck that was resolved easily. Fletcher hadn’t been his usual self up until then, and once the problem was treated he had a strong second half and was named second-team All-Pro. “I think players sometimes go running to the training room too much,” Fletcher said. “You get a hangnail, you go run to the Robert Griffin III Jersey trainer. You get a sprained finger, you go running to the trainer, things like that. For me, I’m just of the mentality, if you can go out and play, you don’t need to run to the training room about every little thing that’s going on.

Washington Redskins NT Barry Cofield Optimistic for Return by Week 1

There are going to be injuries in the NFL , no one can doubt that. Fans can just hope that they are not serious. In the case of Redskins starting nose tackle Barry Cofield, it is a pleasure to report that his injury is not serious. Reported as a fractured hand, Cofield expects, baring no further setbacks, to return by Week 1. The goal is to be back for Week 1, said Cofield. I feel optimistic that thats the caseTeammates have a high expectation of me. They count on me to perform and to lead. So thats my goal and I feel confident. To see how lucky the Redskins are to dodge this bullet, Cofields NFL statistics need to be examined. In his seven years in the NFL, five with the New York Giants and two with the Redskins, Cofield has started in all but two games. He has registered 271 tackles, 184 solo tackles, 16 sacks, 25 pass deflections, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. His stats are not amazing beyond belief, but Cofield is as consistent and talented as they come. Until Cofield can play, backup Chris Neild will start in his place . Neild, who missed all of last season and just returned from recovery, has fans worried about his own health. Cofield,is confident in Neild and in his own ability to return by Week 1. Chris just bounced back from his knee injury better than we could have hoped for, Cofield said. Weve got a lot of depthso far, I think weve been pretty solid. The Cofield injury will be nothing to worry about, unless youre one of those people who think the preseason counts. Be ready to watch Cofield continue his dominance in this regular season. Thomas is a Sports Writer writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @tmford88 , Like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

Redskins’ Cousins has sprained foot

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Though X-rays were negative on Cousins, it’s not necessarily good news. The middle of the foot includes the dreaded Lisfranc joint, and sprains to the ligaments there can be lingering injuries that sideline a player for months. The severity of Cousins’ sprain is not yet known. He was on crutches after the game and not putting weight on his foot, according to ESPN radio. Tests will surely be conducted on Tuesday to determine how long he’s expected to be sidelined. Griffin has repeatedly said he expects to be ready come Week 1 after tearing his ACL in January’s playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks . The thought was, if Griffin wasn’t ready to go, that would be fine because Cousins proved during his rookie season he was more than capable of playing in a pinch. Cousins replaced Griffin after the No.

Nor one that honored African-American ancestors (who helped build the Capitol) by naming its team Washington Darkies. Yet every autumn we stand and sing Hail to the Redskins! It began innocently. In Boston, in 1932, a new professional sports team took the name of its National League baseball landlords and began as footballs Boston Braves. Next year, the football Braves moved to the rival Red Soxs Fenway Park and, needing a new name, chose something close: the Boston Redskins. Three years later, the Redskins moved to Washington. Today, we know our culture wont tolerate a name derived from skin color.

Gresh & Zo’s Summer School: Washington Redskins

This is a blessing!! Thanks so much. pic.twitter.com/OQ3qXA0reS Chris Thompson (@ChrisThompson_4) August 20, 2013 The letter discusses Thompsons love for red and yellow Starbursts (red, obviously; but yellow??) but notes that it only sent a regular pack. Oh, come on, Starburst! Youre better than that! If there a Starburst-branded socks, surely my man Chris Thompson can get a pack full of reds.

Washington Redskins: What’s Wrong With Team?

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The end of the Washington Redskins?

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This isnt a problem that showed up this year either. Last year, the Redskins ranked 30th in opponents passing yards by allowing an average of 281.9 yards per game. Their lone NFC East loss from last year was thanks to Victor Cruz who beat the secondary deep within the final minute and won the game for the New York Giants . Last year, the Redskins were missing a key piece to the puzzle in Brandon Meriweather due to injury. This season, even though he hasnt played yet this preseason, Meriweather is expected to be ready for Week 1. In his only game last season, he had an interception against the Philadelphia Eagles before reinjuring himself. This past April, the game plan at the NFL Draft was certainly to upgrade the secondary. They drafted defensive backs David Amerson, Philip Thomas (who was lost for the season with a Lis Franc injury) and Bacarri Rambo. Amerson has shown promise and Rambo has been a little rough around the edges, but has shown potential.

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First up is taking attendance, with year two of the RGIII era set to begin amidst controversy about his readiness for Week 1. Not many other notable free agents were signed, nor did many leave. Questions about the Redskins health, such as defensive stalwarts London Fletcher and Brian Orakpo, are considered. Next up is pop quiz, where the guys consider whether or not RGIII is the best quarterback in the NFC East (a division also featuring Eli Manning, Tony Romo, and Michael Vick). Then its time for fantasy 101, a team ripe with studs and sleepers. Lastly, its time for the final grade, where the Redskins have a surprising Vegas over/under of 8.5. The guys are conflicted on the Skins finishing over, but agree they could miss the post-season. Gresh & Zo’s Summer School: Washington Redskins Gresh & Zo

Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center: A gift that keeps giving?

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What happens is once you start to see results from different things, more and more people will come, and thats exactly what I think youre going to find here. In the beginning youre going to have the athletes, and then more and more people are going to find that treatment more than just an hour can get you a lot further. And really when it comes to obesity and health in general you look at the vitamins, you look at the way people exercise, you look at the length of time people are living now, how much longer they are [living] were a society that is going to be more and more reliant on health [care]. And Bon Secours has created the initial stages of a facility that will be able to accommodate the people of the Richmond area I think in a very, very efficient way. Like Theismann, whose career ended with a broken leg, newly signed Redskins linebacker Nick Barnett knows how devastating injuries can be. Barnett, a 10-year NFL veteran who began his career with the Green Bay Packers and played the last two years for the Buffalo Bills, has struggled with a series of injuries throughout his career.

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Guard Josh LeRibeus (third round): Whatever I can say is not as strong as what line coach Chris Foerster said about him Thursday. Foerster said LeRibeus not being in great shape is very disappointing. Foerster called LeRibeus a work in progress and said hes still catching up to the others when it comes to getting in shape. The tough part is that LeRibeus, who missed much of the spring workouts because of a hamstring injury, had a lot of ground to make up. It will happen at some point, but at this point he has a lot of work to do. Obviously the offseason program, a lot of it is voluntary and if youre not here and working hard But maybe if youre not working as hard as you should and you come back overweight, it just puts you behind. Then he had the injury to add on to that. He still has a big hill to climb to be in a position to be where he was. Foerster liked how LeRibeus played in relief during the Seattle game. He worked some at center last year, but in camp was only at left guard. Quarterback Kirk Cousins (fourth round): Keeps improving. ESPN analyst Jon Gruden said hed trade a first-round pick for him — not sure how many teams would agree with him right now given the small sample size.

Redskins vs. Steelers: Washington opens home preseason schedule Monday

Like Us on Facebook Time:8 p.m. ET TV-Channel:ESPN The Redskins are coming off a tight win against the Tennessee Titans. It might only be the preseason, but there was already some drama in this close game that wrapped up 22-21 in favor of Washington. Pat White, a second year quarterback out of West Virginia, took it to the house with five minutes remaining. He finished the evening with only 31 yards passing, but had five carries for 33 yards and the game-winning nine-yard touchdown. Rex Grossman and Kirk Cousins provided a 1-2 punch at the quarterback position. In case RG3 goes down again, the Redskins should continue their season confidently. Grossman went a decent 10/21 with 119 yards and a touchdown, while Cousins was very efficient, going 6/7 for 52 yards and a touchdown. News in Washington is that RG3 participated in 11 on 11 drills, signaling a return is imminent. Though this may seem like great news, some around the NFL feel the Washington should change their gameplan if they truly intend on keeping RG3 on the field for years to come.

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Heres what to watch when the Steelers have the ball: David Amerson looks to build on a strong first outing. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post) 1. DB building blocks: David Amerson got off to a strong start in his first NFL action, breaking up a pass and chipping in with some strong run defense. Bacarri Rambo had some positives in coverage and in run support, but his whiff on Chris Johnson (which coaches declare wasnt entirely his fault) stood out the most. Amerson said his goal in this second game is to show that he can be consistent and remain disciplined. Rambo, meantime, aims to show that he can learn from his mistakes. He said the biggest thing he has learned so far is that mental fortitude is a huge key to success in the NFL. Rather than dwell on shortcomings, he must develop a short memory, maintain his focus and rebound with impact performances. Rambo likely will log significant snaps once again, and his goal is to carry over the strong practice performances into tonights game. Can he do it?

Mike Shanahan’s Washington Redskins revival bigger than RGIII

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Defensively, we got better the last seven games. “First nine games, we had some chances to win a few more games, and we didn’t take advantage of those opportunities. But I was impressed with our football team, the way we finished, the way we played, and hopefully, we can build on that.” Griffin unquestionably has brought hope back to this once-proud franchise. But amid the hysteria surrounding his rehab, the events of the past three weeks have proven he’s not the only reason for those in the nation’s capital to start trusting in the Redskins again after nearly a decade of losing faith. Just consider the Redskins ‘ other recent headline-generating stories. There’s Kirk Cousins ‘ emergence as a potential starter — for someone, at least — after shining in the preseason. There’s the idea of getting Brian Orakpo locked up long-term. There’s the development of two risk/reward defensive backs drafted in April. There’s the return to health of receiver Pierre Garcon and tight end Fred Davis . Compared to what used to go on around Washington, it all qualifies as a bushel of lollipops and rainbows.

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Virginia Governor expresses interest in building new Redskins stadium Travel Deals Brandon Worley, SBNation Posted: Monday, August 19, 2013, 10:24 AM The Washington Redskins won’t be changing home stadiums any time in the near future, but that hasn’t stopped the team from exploring options for the inevitable move. According to the Times Dispatch , Governor Bob McDonnell of Virginia is hoping his state can become the new home of the NFL franchise. Redskins 2013 Season Game-by-Game Predictions SB Nation’s Hogs Haven predicts the season ahead for the Washington Redskins. McDonnell visited Redskins training camp on Friday and stated his interest in possibly building a new stadium for the Redskins in Virginia. “We’d love that opportunity,” McDonnell said. “If the right group of business and government folks came together to make an offer, it could happen.” Virginia nearly had a deal in place to build a new stadium in Northern Virginia, but taxpayers and other officials balked and the plan fell through. The Redskins ended up at FedExField in Maryland starting in 1997, with the lease not set to expire until 2027. The Redskins were previously at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C., with D.C.

Redskins-Steelers: Offensive storylines to follow

Rookie running backs: Chris Thompson was held out of last weeks game to let a sore knee heal, and Jawan Jamison dressed, but didnt play as Roy Helu Jr., Evan Royster and Keiland Williams got the carries. This week should be different, however. Thompson said he is playing, and he expects to return kicks as well. It may be hard for him to overtake Helu, who seems to lead the competition for the No. 2 back duties. But Thompson has next-level speed that could serve the Redskins well in the return game and in option packages.

Redskins-Steelers: Defensive storylines to follow

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And then theres the name. I am a die-hard Redskins fan and I acknowledge that the name is unquestionably a racial slur but at the same time I, personally, dont want the name to change because (I swear to God this is my rationale) it would be inconvenient for me. Ive grown up rooting for the Redskins, its what I know. I own jerseys and have been to countless training camps with my dad, and cheered, cried, and attended Redskins games the day after my wedding for Gods sake. I dont understand why most Redskins fans who dont want the name changed have to become University of Phoenix-level history professors to convince themselves that the name was actually given to honor a certain group of Native Americans who wore red face paint on leap years.

StubHub Announces Extended Partnership with FedExField, Home of the Washington Redskins

About StubHub StubHub is the world’s largest ticket marketplace, enabling fans to buy and sell tickets to tens of thousands of sports, concert, theater and other live entertainment events. StubHub reinvented the ticket resale market in 2000 and continues to lead it through innovation. The company’s unique online marketplace, dedicated solely to tickets, provides all fans the choice to buy or sell their tickets in a safe, convenient and highly reliable environment. All transactions are processed and delivered by StubHub and backed by the companys FanProtect Guarantee. Company partners include the San Francisco Giants and University of Texas, along with over 60 teams in MLB, NBA, NHL, MLS and NCAA, complemented by companies such as ESPN, AEG, Tickets.com, and Paciolan. StubHub is also the official naming rights partner of StubHub Center, a 125-acre major league sports venue in Southern California, home to MLS LA Galaxy and Chivas USA. About FedExField Located in Landover, Md., FedExField first opened its gates for the Washington Redskins home opener on Sept. 14, 1997. The stadium has one of the largest seating capacities in the NFL with 85,000 seats and is one of just two stadiums with three tiers of luxury suites.

Virginia Governor expresses interest in building new Redskins stadium

Steelers: Washington opens home preseason schedule Monday August 19, 2013 – 08:04 am Updated: August 19, 2013 – 08:24 am Kirk Cousins helped lead the Redskins to a preseason win on Aug. 8. Photo: Associated Press More on this story Still no preseason game action for RG3 The Washington Redskins will play their second preseason game on Monday night, hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers at 8 p.m. For the second straight game, though, fans will get to see Robert Griffin III on the sideline. Head coach Mike Shanahan says quarterback Kirk Cousins will play the first half, and the flow of the game will dictate how much backup quarterbacks Rex Grossman and Pat White play. Earlier in the week, Griffin expressed interest in playing in at least one game before the regular season began , but Shanahan quickly ended any speculation that RG3 might see preseason action. Fans can also expect to see Fred Davis start as tight end, who’s had a strong camp so far, and continues to improve. Davis only played in seven games last season before tearing his Achilles tendon against the New York Giants.

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Washington Redskins’ defense won’t be at full strength to start NFL regular season

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Analyzing Washington Redskins’ Most Glaring Weaknesses Entering the 2013 Season

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The continued problem with drug-related suspensions also took down Rob Jackson and Jarvis Jenkins for the opening four games. With Adam Carriker suffering a setback in his injury recovery, much was expected of Jenkins, while Jackson looked impressive last year with Orakpo out. Whether due to carelessness or something more intentional, their absence puts the team under further pressure to start the season. Returning to protecting Griffin, the performance of the offensive line was an unexpected high point, and they were lucky enough to stay healthy for the majority of the year. Even when Josh LeRibeus came in for Kory Lichtensteiger he looked comfortable in the scheme. This year he’s showed up to camp overweight and as a result looks slower and underprepared. It’s dangerous to expect a repeat performance from this unit.

WALKING WITH ANTHONY & THE WASHINGTON REDSKINS ALUMNI PRESENT: A CHARITY CELEBRITY GOLF TOURNAMENT & DINNER

Anthony Purcell and Micki Purcell, Founders of Walking With Anthony

John Starr, world renowned leader in complex spinal surgery. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the Walking With Anthony & The Washington Redskins Alumni Charity Celebrity Golf Tournament & Dinner will benefit Walking With Anthony, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness of the impact of SCI, raising funds to provide financial assistance for SCI victims, expand rehabilitation centers and supporting research relating to SCI rehabilitation. Walking With Anthony was inspired by Anthony Purcell who was paralyzed after a diving accident in Miami Beach. Determined to beat the odds, Anthony quickly began intense rehabilitation which helped him get stronger, healthier, more independent, and come closer to his goal of being able to walk again. As a result of his experience, Anthony and his mother, Micki Purcell, created Walking With Anthony, a foundation to help give others with SCI the same chance at recovery. In addition to honoring Dr. Starr during the dinner reception, Walking With Anthony will present financial grants to two spinal cord injury patients – Erica Predum and Chris Utz to help with financial assistance so they can get become healthier, stronger and gain independence. Event golfers will also have the opportunity to participate in the Jet Blue Challenge — a Hole in One contest (on four par 3 holes) with a chance to win a Five Day/Four Night Travel Vacation from Jet Blue.

Associated Press Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III (right) hands the ball off to running back Chris Thompson (left) during training camp in Richmond last week. Associated Press Washington Redskins quarterbacks coach Matt LaFleur (left) talks with Rex Grossman (8) at training camp in Richmond on Friday. Turn captions on 1 of 3 Five Redskins players to watch 1. S Reed Doughty – Doughty rising up the depth chart is an annual event in Washington, and he made his move earlier than normal this year when backup Phillip Thomas went down with a season-ending injury. With starter Brandon Meriweather out as he continues to rehab a torn ACL, Doughty will have the spotlight tonight. 2.

Washington Redskins rookie battled dark days

The defensive line wont be at full strength to start the season while end Jarvis Jenkins serves a four-game suspension for violating the leagues policy on performance-enhancing drugs. The loss of hard-hitting rookie safety Phillip Thomas, who suffered a season-ending foot injury in Washingtons preseason opener, weakens a position that was the teams least productive in 2012. And with the apparent lack of depth at inside linebacker, the Redskins are crossing their fingers that 38-year-old London Fletcher can turn back the clock once more. twitter Video The Post’s LaVar Arrington, Mike Wise, Dan Steinberg and Mitch Rubin debate whether they would rather watch a Nationals game or a meaningless Redskins preseason game. More Redskins coverage Rex Grossman hangs on with Redskins Mike Wise The backup quarterback is the ultimate NFL survivor despite not having taken a regular season snap since the end of the 2011 season. Behind the RGIII-Shanahan tension Mark Maske and Mike Jones There is something to the Robert Griffin III-Mike Shanahan spat, but it appears more serious to outsiders than to the Redskins.