Ryan Kerrigan gauging clash with Jimmy Graham

Ryan Kerrigan Seeks Consistent Success

They were the only tight ends with double-digit touchdown receptions or 1,000 receiving yards last season. Their size and athleticism creates nightmare matchups for defense, but Kerrigan (6-4, 260) is determined to improve on last years game against Gronkowski , in which the Patriots star had a season-high 160-receiving yards and two touchdowns on six receptions. You want to be physical at the line because he is a taller guy, Kerrigan said of Graham . You dont want to let him off the line because once he does, he gets out in the open, and when the ball is up in the air, nine times out of 10 hes going to come down with it. The Saints of course, try to counter any physicality against Graham by where they position him on the field. Hes usually inside but they split him out a lot because, a receiving threat like that with his height, you want him down the middle of the field exposing matchups, Kerrigan said. Hes probably faster than a lot of linebackers, bigger than a lot of DBs, definitely a guy that they try to exploit. Overall, Kerrigan is more confident about his coverage ability this season because of his familiarity with his responsibilities. Last year was his first season transitioning from defensive end, so coverage concepts took some getting used to.

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Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. Join the Nation’s Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Ryan Kerrigan’s Lambeau Leap turns into FedEx fizzle (VIDEO) 5:42 p.m. EDT October 7, 2012 The lead-up to the flop. (Photo: NFL.com) SHARECONNECT 9 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE What happens when a player wants to do the Lambeau Leap when he’s not at Lambeau Field? Ryan Kerrigan of the Washington Redskins found out Sunday at FedEx Field when he tried to jump into the stands after returning an interception for a touchdown, only to realize the wall at the stadium came up to his waist. It would have been like trying to do a flying chest-bump with a five-year-old.

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Rookie Ryan Kerrigan, a No. 16 pick out of Purdue, is learning a new position with the help of his new teammates on the Redskins.

16 pick out of Purdue, is learning a new position (TRACY A WOODWARD/THE WASHINGTON) The Washington Redskins drafted Ryan Kerrigan 16th overall with the expectation that he could make the transition from defensive end to outside linebacker and pair with Brian Orakpo to form a dominant pass-rushing tandem. So when Kerrigan and Orakpo met for the first time Tuesday the first day of a three-day informal minicamp organized by the players the rookie wasted little time picking the third-year veterans brain. Like Kerrigan (6 feet 4, 267 pounds), the 6-foot-4, 260-pound Orakpo was a standout defensive end for his college, the University of Texas. As a rookie in 2009, he made a fairly seamless transition to linebacker. In two seasons, Orakpo has tallied 19.5 sacks (11 as a rookie, 8.5 last season) and back-to-back Pro Bowl selections, despite the necessity of significantly changing his technique and approach. Kerrigan, who in four seasons at Purdue University had 33 sacks , hopes to make a similar impact in his rookie season.

Redskins’ Ryan Kerrigan seeks to produce sacks on a consistent basis

He doesnt have to reinvent himself at a different position like Orakpo was forced to in Year 2. All Kerrigan has to do is build on a strong foundation. Enlarge Photo This season marks the second for Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan in defensive … more> I just want to be more consistent. I think last year I did some good things, but I also had some games where I kind of didnt really do much at all, Kerrigan said. I want to be more consistent, play each game at a high level and be a productive member of the team. Kerrigan was a productive starter in his rookie year with 63 tackles and 71/2 sacks. Middle linebacker London Fletcher went to the Pro Bowl, but Kerrigan showed flashes of the kind of player he can become. Those flashes arent enough.

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(Show re-airs at 11:30 p.m/7:30 a.m. daily) Tue., Jul. 30, 2013 5:30PM – 6:00PM EDT Training Camp Press Conference: Shanahan Training camp press conference with Head Coach Mike Shanahan, LIVE from Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond, VA. Wed., Jul. 31, 2013 10:00AM – 11:20AM EDT Walk-Through – Open to the Public The practices sessions are open to the public free of charge. The gates will open at 9AM and close at 6PM.Practice dates are subject to change without notice. For the latest training camp information, please continue to visit http://www.redskins.com/trainingcamp . Wed., Jul. 31, 2013 11:30AM – 12:00PM EDT Training Camp Press Conference Redskins players take the podium at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond, VA.

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“Got a few new Twitter followers out of it,” Kerrigan said in a phone interview Friday. “And my friends have definitely told me every time they’ve seen it on the Top 10 plays, so that’s exciting.” [+] Enlarge AP Photo/Cliff Owen Ryan Kerrigan said that he feels he can be a focal point in the Redskins’ 3-4 defensive scheme. Kerrigan said he’d dreamed, of course, about scoring an NFL touchdown. But since he never found the end zone as a collegiate defensive end at Purdue, it seemed inconceivable that he’d do it in his first game. For a guy making the sometimes difficult transition from end to linebacker with only a month’s worth of NFL practices before the regular season began, it was a thrilling moment. It didn’t mean he’d solved anything, though. The Redskins’ 3-4 defense is suited to take immediate advantage of Kerrigan’s raw skills as a pass-rusher, and playing outside linebacker opposite Brian Orakpo puts Kerrigan in position to pile up sacks and big plays. But there’s more to the position than that, as Kerrigan saw when he hit the film room.

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How are you? Im doing well. Instinctively, DEmidio went in for a hug. Kerrigan wrapped him up, snugger than Eli Manning. I appreciate that, the player said as the two shared a few minutes. DEmidio walked away for a few minutes and returned with a 70-page, self-published book he had written, titled My Life Ryan DEmidio. Read this book to your family, he said, handing it to Kerrigan. Itll make you cry. I dont want to cry, Kerrigan said. Not to worry, he was told, its a good cry: the story of a baby who almost didnt make it, who survived a 15-car pileup in his mothers womb, an incubator, thousands of tubes and needles thrust into his body and, as a young boy, bullying in school. Oh, and the awkwardness of adolescence.

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Shut out by opponents in three consecutive outings, Washington Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan finally ended his sackless streak last Sunday and increased his season total to 41/2through eight games. It came while snuffing out a would-be wide receiver pass, rather than on Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. But a sacks a sack, and Kerrigan hopes that the second half of the season brings better results than the first. Six games into his new role as leading pass-rusher for the Redskins, Kerrigan still is working to produce on a consistent basis. Kerrigan, the 16th overall pick of the 2011 draft, was supposed to team with Brian Orakpo to give the Redskins an imposing 1-2 pass-rushing punch. But when Orakpo was lost for the season with a torn pectoral muscle in Week 2, Kerrigan was thrust into a leading role . After recording 11/2 sacks in the first two games without Orakpo, Kerrigan hit a rough patch. He went three straight games (109 pass plays) without recording a sack or quarterback pressure. His struggles reflect those of an entire unit.

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This rhetoric sounds OK, but logically, it is flawed. Players dont always perform at their peak, and sometimes are unfocused on gameday. This is why playoff competition is the NFLs best product, as every player is at his optimal level of focus and the play shows on the field. Unequivocally option number two will describe how the Redskins will respond to Pierres words. Expect a fire to be lit under the Redskins, in particular look for left tackle Trent Williams to have his very best game as a professional. Make no mistake about it; Trent Williams, who is performing at a probowl level this season, will be inspired to play because of Pierres comments, and subsequently will be bringing his A game to New York this week. If Trent Williams can dominate Jason Pierre-Paul, that will be significant in helping Robert Griffin lead the burgundy and gold to a curly W. However the battle between Pierre-Paul and Trent Williams, may take a backseat to another key matchup on the line that will have a bigger impact on the game.


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Only one problem: On the touchdown, Garcon tore a toe ligament on his right foot. He missed six of the teams next eight games. Washington was 3-6 at its bye week. It appeared the team was headed toward a third straight losing record in as many seasons under Shanahan. Then it all changed. Garcon managed to deal with the pain and returned to the lineup after the bye. The Redskins wouldnt lose again in the regular season.

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I think the organization does a good job of letting us know what we can and cant do.” The NFL announced the suspension of defensive end Jarvis Jenkins Friday after testing positive for PEDs earlier this year.He will not play in the first four regular-season games but will be allowed to participate in training camp. So far in 2013, without a regular-season snap having occurred, the statistic-tracking online site Spotrac.com lists 12 NFL players who have already been suspended by the NFLresulting in more than 50 games and more than $2 million in lost or forfeited salary. And the regular season has yet to begin. More alarming news than the trend of PEDs in the league, and specific to the Redskins organization, is the high number of suspensions so far this year, more than in recent years and mostly all drugs related. Counting defensive end Jenkins and linebacker Jackson, six other Redskins have been suspended by the league for either PED use or substance abuseeight Redskins players in 22 months, according to the Associated Press. In 2012, both cornerback Cedric Griffin and tackle Jordan Black received four-game suspensions by the NFL for testing positive for PED use. In August 2012, safety Tanard Jackson was suspended without pay for at least a year for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. This was Jackson’s third drug suspension since being drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2007. He will be eligible to apply for reinstatement August 31, 2013. In December 2011, both left tackle Trent Williams and tight end Fred Davis received four-game suspensions for violating the NFL substance abuse policy. Earlier that year in August, cornerback Phillip Buchanon received a four-game suspension for something Coach Shanahan said was issued “a while back” by the NFL, according to ESPN.com .The league’s drug-testing programs were not in operation during the 2011 lockout.

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Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports While Adam Carriker has proven hes a good player, he will have missed close to 30 games in the last two years by the time this season is over. His expected replacement, Jarvis Jenkins , was suspended for the first four games for PEDs, leaving a hole at defensive end for the first month of the season. But after that, when Jenkins returns, he will have a chance to prove why he is a worthy replacement at the position for the long term. Carriker will be making $4.7 million in 2014, and unless he restructures his deal, Washington may relieve him of his services if Jenkins does in fact surpass him on the depth chart. Being a team that should be conserving as much money as they can and spending it in the right areas, they may not see paying Carriker almost five million to sit on the bench (that is, if Jenkins beats him out) as worth it. At that point, they could just restructure his contract for the remaining two years to keep him in the defensive line rotation at a reduced price with incentives, which would be a good move overall. DeAngelo Hall, CB DeAngelo Hall needs to be a stingy defender in 2013. Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports DeAngelo Hall is the most obvious of all these guys. He originally was cut by the team a few months ago but was brought back on a significantly reduced, one-year deal. While he is the starter as of now, rookie corner David Amerson may prove that Hall is just not needed anymore. Hall didnt have a terrible year statistically in 2012, but he was a big reason for too many big plays by the opposition. Although he has a better supporting cast this year, he will be 30 by the time the season ends, and his age is starting to show. If Amerson keeps impressing and Hall remains inconsistent, Washington may decide to let him walk after this season, although this time it will be for good. This will be one of the most fun roster battles to watch in Washington this season. Josh Morgan, WR Josh Morgan needs to drastically cut down on the drops. Patrick McDermott/Getty Images Allow me to immediately clarify: Josh Morgan will not be cut any time soon by Washington. He is a great blocker and can make plays when called upon, but his biggest issue is his consistency. He drops the ball way too much and will also be seeing much more competition this year. While Pierre Garcon is the obvious top receiver, Morgan might be pushed down the depth chart if youngsters like Leonard Hankerson and Aldrick Robinson can perform at a high level. Morgan landed a big contract with the Redskins in free agency a couple of years ago and will be making close to $4 million in 2013. For a guy who dropped more than half of the passes thrown his way last season, Morgan definitely has to step his game up and earn his salary. Consistency will be key for Morgan in 2013.

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So, what are they, really? Are they a mediocre team that just got hot at the end of the year? Was their poor first half the result of a long injury list that starts relatively clean this year? Or did their rookie quarterback evolve in an offense that is now good enough to win at the rate at which it concluded last season? One of the ways to prove youre not just a one-hit wonder is you do it again the next year, tight end Logan Paulsen said. I think we have this season to prove what we really are and what we think we are, but it will take a full year to show that. Paulsen believes that requires mastery of details, something coaches can emphasize during this training camp because of the teams continuity. Players will focus on such finer points as knowing proper alignments, splits and snap counts. Weve all been here for a while, so its just kind of cleaning everything up and having that super comfort level where you can play fast and be free and execute the offense at a really high level, Paulsen said.

Updated: July 26, 2013 at 07:18 p.m. 0 Likes | 0 Comments Second-year Washington Redskins linebacker Keenan Robinson tore his pectoral muscle at Thursday’s practice and is out for the season , according to a source. It’s an especially tough break for the former University of Texas star, who also tore a pectoral muscle last season. This time, he injured the other pec. Robinson appeared in 11 games as a rookie in 2012, posting 11 tackles. Follow Ian Rapoport on Twitter @RapSheet . Headlines

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As the teams moved closer, they naturally had ways of getting into the city and partying it up. After all, many former Redskins players have called them a party team, rather than caring about football. For instance, the Redskins were known for going out after losses and living the rock star life, rather than being upset with themselves for losing the game as players do in other cities. Richmond isnt much further away from the city, in fact its about the same distance Frostburg State University is from the District, so does this mean change for the Redskins? Or the same old team weve seen in the past? One thing for sure is, the team isnt nearly as close, so while they can still make the drive, they arent as inclined to.

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Even though there were no restrictions on the amount of money teams could spend, the league office warned its clubs to continue to abide by the limits that had been in place. After the lockout, the league punished four teams for violating that directive the Redskins, Cowboys, Saints and Raiders. Of that group, the Redskins were hit hardest, losing $18 million of salary-cap space in the 2012 and 2013 seasons. This is the second year of the penalty, and the Redskins have approximately $105 million to spend on players, while the rest of the league gets $123 million. The Cowboys received a two-year, $5 million-a-year penalty. That money was distributed to other clubs, with the exception of the Saints and Raiders, who were deemed minor offenders. Earlier this spring, Redskins general manager Bruce Allen lost his appeal of the penalties, which he called a travesty of fairness. Allens objection, in part, is that the NFL office must approve all contracts before they are executed, and signed off on the contracts for which the Redskins later were penalized. The NFL Players Association agreed not to challenge the penalties, in part because the penalty money was given to other teams, keeping the amount of money the players received the same.

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The experience of working with Olivadotti is one of several factors that have contributed to a surprisingly high comfort level for Rambo as he’s run with the first-team defense here in the early days of training camp. [+] Enlarge AP Photo/Ron Sachs Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said he’s taken notice of rookie safety Baccari Rambo’s comfort level within the team’s defensive scheme. “Once I got drafted and got here during the rookie minicamp, I looked over the playobook and saw there were a lot of the same things, just different terms,” Rambo said. “It helps me play a whole lot faster.” Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said of Rambo, “you can see he’s really relaxed back there,” and that’s part of the reason he’s getting this early chance with the first team. But Shanahan also offered high praise for his other rookie safety, fourth-rounder Phillip Thomas . He’s obviously a long way from deciding whether either of these guys can start at free safety for him once the regular season starts, but the team’s need at the position is such that the rookies are definitely in the mix. “I think we’ve got a chance to get better in the secondary,” Shanahan said after Saturday morning’s walkthrough. “We’ve got some good young guys with a lot of talent, and now it’s how quick they learn it. But I like what I’ve seen.” Safety is one of the positions Shanahan always says is impossible to evaluate until the pads go on and the preseason games start. So it’ll be a while before any final evaluations get made.

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Mike Jones and Mark Maske of the Washington Post Aare reporting that Mays is going to visit with the Redskins this week, hoping to get the job of backing upALondon Fletcher and Perry Riley. The Redskins were counting on Keenan Robinson to take another step forward entering his second NFL season, but his torn pectoral means hell be out for the entire 2013 NFL season, and the Redskins need some cover. The Chargers are in the same position, although they might be slightly deeper when it comes to their backup.AJonas Mouton, who hasnt played much since entering the league in 2011, was supposed to be the backup toADonald Butler and Manti Teo, giving him a very significant role in their defense. But Mouton tore his ACL this week, meaning hell be out for the entire season. This leaves them with D.J. Smith to backup Butler and Teo, but hes also coming off a season-ending injury he sustained last season, and there really isnt much beyond him for the Chargers to use for backup. Mays could come in extremely handy for the Chargers after playing for the Broncos for the past three seasons, and is quite accustomed to the offenses in the AFC West. However, the Chargers are probably going to have to wait until the Redskins have a first go at the player this week. Only if Washington dont sign Mays will the Chargers have a shot at getting Mays. They might take a chance at one of their other players, but its more likely theyd prefer someone with a little bit more of NFL experience.

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Preseason questions: Orakpo spent the offseason talking about how eager he is get back to wreaking havoc. Now he has to prove hes an elite playmaker in his contract year. Jackson, with his game-changing plays last year, exposed Orakpos lack of them. Consider Jackson had four interceptions, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in 14 starts. Orakpo, on the other hand, has no interceptions and six forced fumbles in 49 career games.

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1 with Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau, about the big wave surfer and lifeguard. It wraps up Nov. 5 with Tonya and Nancy, a look back at the Jan. 6, 1994, incident in which Kerrigan was clubbed on the knee after practice for the U.S. championships in a plot masterminded by Hardings ex-husband. The film includes new interviews with Harding and people more… close to Kerrigan. ESPN Films Vice President Connor Schell said Wednesday that theyre still trying to persuade Kerrigan to do an interview. She has mostly shunned the spotlight to focus on raising her family. Several people close to her have done interviews, he told the Television Critics Association summer meeting.

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Defensive end Adam Carriker is expected to miss four to five months after right quadriceps tendon surgery Thursday, coach Mike Shanahan said. That probably will cost him the season. For now, hes on the active/physically-unable-to-perform list with guard/tackle Maurice Hurt (right knee). Cornerback Josh Wilson (left labrum/pectoral) was cleared to practice midday Thursday after he demonstrated his strength in the weight room, Shanahan said. The Redskins waived second-year free safety Jordan Bernstine because he still was not recovered from the severe right knee ligaments injury he suffered last season in Week 1, Shanahan said. Washington signed free agent safety Jose Gumbs and cornerback Ryan Mouton to replace Bernstine and waived safety Devin Holland on the roster. Outside linebacker Brian Orakpo (left pectoral) and tight end Fred Davis (left Achilles tendon) will fully participate in practices, Shanahan said. Strong safety Brandon Meriweather (ACL, right knee) partially participated in team drills. Its precautionary as he works back into practice for the first time since suffering the injury last Nov.

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The 6 PM and 9 PM concerts, directed by David Ruttura, include performances from Steven Booth (Dogfight, Glory Days), Todd Buonopane (Grease), Lisa Brescia (Mamma Mia!, Wicked), Meghann Fahy (Next to Normal, The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown), Emma Hunton (Next to Normal national tour, Spring Awakening), Dee Roscioli (Wicked), Kate Shindle (Legally Blonde, Wonderland), Young, Catherine Porter (Next to Normal) and singer-songwriter Jesse Ruben (The Ones that Matter), among others. Jordan and Katie Thompson (Giant) perform at the 6 PM concert, and Zach Altman (Gotham Chamber Opera) performs at the 9 PM concert. Kerrigan and Lowdermilk’s musicals include The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown, Tales from the Bad Years and Republic. The songwriting duo was featured in Playbill.com’s Contemporary Musical Theatre Songwriters You Should Know . 42nd Street. For more information and tickets, visit NYMF.org .

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“Ryan Kerrigan was one of the strongest people I’ve ever met,” Russell said, “so when that’s the standard with the Big Ten, Purdue defensive linemen and defensive ends, we definitely and myself personally have a long way to go.” Kerrigan led the country in tackles for loss (26) in 2010, finished third in sacks (12.5) and tied for second in forced fumbles (5). Russell observed firsthand the relentless motor that drove the Boilers’ star. When one pass-rush move didn’t work, Kerrigan would simply move to the next and the next until the whistle blew. “Pass-rushing a lot of the time is a mentality, going 110 percent, outworking somebody all the time, every play,” Russell said. “[Defensive line coach Rubin Carter] always says, ‘If you’re not going to make the play, they will.’ So just always having that mentality that youre going to get there is a big thing. “Your get-off and your motor is the engine that runs the train.” Russell is taking well to the new staff, the faster practice pace and the new defensive scheme under Hudson. He has worked extensively with Carter, a former longtime NFL assistant, on using his hands more effectively to fend off offensive linemen. Hudson, who last season had a front-row seat for one of the nation’s best defensive lines as a Florida State defensive assistant, shapes his system around Russell and the other down linemen.

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Lancashire’s total of 563 is their highest against Glamorgan and it was the first time they had scored more than 500 at Old Trafford since they amassed 537 against Yorkshire in 2005. McCullum ended with 5 for 191 from his 47.4 overs on his Glamorgan debut, but it seemed at lunch that this was to be a match remembered for its batting centurions. But Kerrigan has already proved that he can take the architecture of a cricket match and shape it to a form of his own devising. In mid-afternoon he threatened to do it again and it required the steely-eyed obduracy of Rees to resist him. All the same, his subtleties and variations made him look like a bowler who is ready to wear the three lions on his cap. “I think Simon’s an international player of the future without a shadow of a doubt,” Lancashire coach Peter Moores said.

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1 Comment AP Swimmings world governing body approved mixed-gender relay events Thursday. They will be in place for a major international meet for the first time at the 2014 short-course world championships, according to reports. That would presumably mean relays with two men and two women per country could be on the program at the following world championships in 2015 in Kazan, Russia. FINA has said mixed relays could be added to the Olympics at some point, but that step has not been taken yet. Weve already seen mixed relays at World Cup events, the Youth Olympics and, famously, at the Duel in the Pool meet between the U.S.

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Sports is on a mission to prove he’ll continue to progress in Year 2, while ending comparisons to Michael Vick and silencing critics forever. Need to Know: 8 Redskins starts to be free agents – Rich Tandler’s Real Redskins Lots of contracts up in 2014 The most talked about Redskin who is going into his contract year is Brian Orakpo . The five-year deal he signed after he was the 13th overall pick in the 2009 draft will run out after this season. Although there has been a little buzz about an extension this summer, for many reasons it seems…

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radio station and aired the possibility that it’s time to take another look at the name. “[If] Native Americans feel like Redskins or the Chiefs or [another] name is offensive to them, then who are we to say to them ‘No, it’s not’?” Monk said, adding that a name change should be “seriously considered.” “It deserves and warrants conversation because somebody is saying, ‘Hey, this offends me,'” Green added. [Related: RG3 inspires Marcus Lattimore’s ‘miracle’ ] The two team legends were talking to radio station WTOP when the topic arose. But both acknowledged that changing the team name would be difficult and expensive. Team owner Dan Snyder has vowed never to change the name , even in the face of a message from 10 members of Congress urging him to do so. In response to Congress, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell wrote a letter defending the name as “a unifying force that stands for strength, courage, pride and respect.” Monk played on three Super Bowl-winning teams for the Redskins; Green played on two. Monk set an NFL record with 106 catches in a season, while Green is one of the finest cornerbacks in NFL history.

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Green, known as the NFL’s fastest man for much of his career, played 20 seasons in D.C. Monk, at the time he retired, caught more passes than anyone in league history. In 2008, they went into the Hall of Fame together. And now they say they’ve got a problem with the team’s racist nickname. “[If] Native Americans feel like Redskins or the Chiefs or [another] name is offensive to them, then who are we to say to them ‘No, it’s not’?” Monk says. […] “It deserves and warrants conversation because somebody is saying, ‘Hey, this offends me,'” Green says. Monk went on to say the franchise should “seriously consider” changing its nickname. He added that he doesn’t know if that change will ever happen. Photo: Associated Press Related Lying-ass shitbag vulgarian Dan Snyder’s latest thoughts on potentially changing his football team’s racist name: “We’ll never Read

More >> Updated: Tuesday, July 23 2013 4:33 PM EDT2013-07-23 20:33:41 GMT RICHMOND, VAThe Washington Redskins training camp is just two days away, and with large crowds expected, some are putting the brakes on driving and opting to bike instead. To help make it even easier More >> RICHMOND, VAThe Washington Redskins training camp is just two days away, and with large crowds expected, some are putting the brakes on driving and opting to bike instead. To help make it even easier More >> Updated: Tuesday, July 23 2013 4:33 PM EDT2013-07-23 20:33:15 GMT In the next few weeks, Chesterfield County is expected to launch an educational campaign on the proposed 2 percent meals tax.Voters will decide with a referendum during the November election and already More >> Chesterfield County is expected to launch an educational campaign on the proposed 2 percent meals tax. More >> RICHMOND, VAThe Washington Redskins training camp is just two days away, and with large crowds expected, some are putting the brakes on driving and opting to bike instead. To help make it even easier for people to pedal to practice, a local group is stepping in and offering a free bike valet service. Richmond 2015 will provide free valet bike parking beginning Thursday from 7 a.m. until one hour after the training camp ends. The group, which is the same group that’s organizing the World Cycling Championships in the Richmond, says bike valets will park, watch and retrieve the bicycles. “Richmond 2015 is all about encouraging people to get on bikes, healthy outdoor lifestyles, making Richmond region a more bikable region for everyone,” said Monica Smith-Callahan with Richmond 2015.

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The two rookies were known in college for intercepting passes, so they fit well into a Redskins 3-4 defense that is designed to force turnovers. Thomas, a unanimous first team All-American, led the FBS last season with eight interceptions. He has superb ball skills and instincts that compensate for less-than-elite athleticism and speed. Rambo played free safety during spring practices, so his opportunity to earn playing time is tremendous for sixth-round rookie. Preseason questions: Shanahan often says he cant fully evaluate running backs and safeties until preseason games because of the tackling element. That makes for appointment viewing next month because this position features the most intense roster competition. Shanahan kept an extra safety last season, and this summer there are at least six who could deserve to make the team. Meriweather was never fully healthy after the second preseason game last year. He must prove his knee injury hasnt affected the athleticism that makes him so versatile.

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A sort of hybrid fullback/power back, Hillis and Brian Leonard may wind up competing for one roster spot. Speedster Michael Smith and rookie Mike James are also in the mix for backup duties behind Doug Martin. Bills dump free-agent bust DE Mark Anderson Bills released DE Mark Anderson. The move comes as a small surprise. Anderson signed a four-year, $19.5 million contract that included $8 million guaranteed last offseason.

Chris Cooley retires, joins Washington Redskins radio broadcast team

Report: RG3 feels ready to return

Image: Robert Griffin III (Mark J. Rebilas, USA Today Sports)

When his rookie contract ended, Garcon became the here. Redskins first free-agent signing of 2012. With the size of his contract, it became obvious the Redskins had high hopes for Garcon. He signed a five-year, $42.5 million contract with $20.5 million guaranteed. It all started to pay off in the season opener, as Garcon gave rookie QB Robert Griffin III his first touchdown on an 88-yard touchdown reception. However, a nagging toe injury and a tear in his right foots plantar plate started to wear away at Garcon. He ended up only playing in 10 of the Redskins 16 games, ending with 633 yards and four touchdowns.

Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III Needs to ‘Get Down or Get Out’ in 2013

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I feel pretty fortunate. Cooley will not replace Sam Huff on the teams radio broadcasts but instead will provide analysis during games. Huff, an NFL Hall of Famer who joined fellow analyst Sonny Jurgensen on the teams radio broadcasts in 1981, retired this offseason after 38 years. The team plans to use a two-man booth this season with Jurgensen teaming with play-by-play man Larry Michael although sideline reporter Doc Walker also will have an open mic, allowing him to add regular analysis. The hiring was announced by Red Zebra Broadcasting, the company owned by Redskins owner Daniel Snyder that operates ESPN 980 (WTEM, 980 AM), the teams flagship station in Washington. Cooley was signed to a multiyear deal, according to a written announcement. To add a talent and fan favorite like Chris to our team will add excitement to our broadcast and a level of unpredictability for our listeners, Chuck Sapienza, the executive producer of the Redskins Radio Network, said in the announcement. Cooley signed his contract Tuesday. The written announcement said Cooley will serve as an in-game contributor to the radio broadcasts, providing analysis in a Cooleys Corner segment that will be heard every quarter. Chris has shown he has a true knowledge of the intricacies of the game and I look forward to having him share those with our listeners along the Redskins Radio Network, Rick Carmean, the chief executive of Red Zebra, said in the announcement. Cooley will also appear on Internet and television shows, including Redskins Coach Mike Shanahans show on WRC (Channel 4), as part of the deal, according to the announcement.

Past time for a Redskins name change

The Redskins organization is not known for being progressive. It was the last team to integrate and only did so in 1962, after the federal government forced them to. From the perspective of the organization, it is possible to see economically why the Redskins do not want to go through a name change. What I dont understand is how fans can support this derogatory name. This week there were riots in Washington over the race issues in the Zimmerman case, but most Washington fans do not seem to mind the use of an ethnic slur.

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With the implementation of a zone read offensive scheme, defenses had to focus on running back Alfred Morris, who finished second in the NFL with 1,613 rushing yards, while not ignoring the threat of RG3 and his rushing abilities. As a quarterback, he accounted for nearly one-third of the team’s rushing yards, according to ESPN.com . With so much offseason attention focused on RG3’s return and whether he can rebound from total reconstructive knee surgery, the bigger picture is whether the star quarterback can protect himself in running situations. He would be best served to make improvements in his sliding technique, throwing the ball out of bounds when receivers aren’t open and not forcing himself to carry the burden of the entire offense on his shoulders. With the addition of NFL draft picks tight end Jordan Reed, running backs Chris Thompson and Jawan Jamisonalong with the return ofinjured offensive veterans Fred Davis and Pierre Garcon Griffin has multiple additions to the team on offense who can take some of the pressure off of him.

Redskins consultant and famed sports orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews, who performed the surgery on Griffins knee Jan. 9, will reportedly examine Griffin’s knee on Wednesday and will have the final call on when the QB returns to the field. Griffin, who suffered damaged to his right knee during the Redskins 24-14 loss to the Seahawks on Jan. 6 during a wild-card matchup, is coming off a dazzling rookie season during which he threw for 3,200 yards with 20 touchdowns and five interceptions. He also ran for 815 yards and seven touchdowns and was named Offensive Rookie of the Year. Griffin initially injured that knee in the first quarter of the wild-card loss to the Seahawks. Griffin rolled out to his right, planted his right leg and threw an incomplete pass but then crumpled in pain.

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The former player, linebacker Barrett Green, says he was targeted by the Redskins during a game on Dec. 5, 2004, resulting in a career-ending knee injury. Green was playing for the New York Authentic Ryan Kerrigan Jersey Giants at the time. He played for New York and for the Detroit Lions between 2000 and 2005. He filed a lawsuit earlier this year against the Redskins, Williams and the player who hit him, Robert Royal. The team said in a response filed Friday in federal court in Greenbelt, Md., that Green’s claims are “utterly baseless.” But, even if they were true, his lawsuit is pre-empted by an NFL collective bargaining agreement and was filed too late, lawyers for the team wrote. The team argues that an NFL collective bargaining agreement in place at the time required Green to exhaust grievance and arbitration procedures before filing a lawsuit, which he did not do. The team also says the statute of limitations for all Green’s claims is three years from the time of his injury.

Redskins need more than Pierre Garcon at wide receiver

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EDT July 14, 2013 Washington Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo (98) walks to a drill with teammates during minicamp at Redskins Park on June 12, 2013 in Ashburn, Va. (Photo: Evan Habeeb, USA TODAY Sports) Story Highlights Redskins generated only 32 last season with Orakpo on injured reserve Linebackers are expected to be the strength of Jim Haslett’s defense Defense is becoming comfortable as it enters its fourth season under Haslett SHARECONNECT 7 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE While Robert Griffin III’s knee injury is the injury that dominates discussion among Washington Redskins fans for how the 2012 season ended and what the team’s chances are for this season, other ailments cost Washington big last season, too. Most notable was the absence of two-time Pro Bowl linebacker Brian Orakpo. Among the 12 teams that made the playoffs, no club gave up more points a game (24.3) than the Redskins. A big part of the problem was a timid pass rush that generated 32 sacks. Opposing quarterbacks felt so comfortable, they attempted a whopping 636 passes against the Redskins. No other team faced more. But Orakpo, who went down in a Week 2 loss to the St.


The third year is a big one for receivers. Their first season was tough because of the lockout and inability to learn the offense until camp and then, for Hankerson, because of a season-ending injury. Hankerson is much further along than Robinson and it showed last year when he caught 38 passes during the regular season. Hankerson is better after the catch when he gets the ball in stride. Though his route-running was solid (especially when he plants and cuts out of his break, creating a little separation) his ability to make quick moves after the catch needs work. He doesnt have much burst after he tries to set up defenders after the catch (like Garcon has). Hankerson worked well against zone coverage. Like all the wideouts he at times benefitted from a scheme that features deception and gets defenders out of position. Ultimately, Hankerson does not scare a defense, but he can be an effective No.

Josh Morgan says his healed ankle will lead to more yards after the catch in 2013. (Sarah Conrad/Reuters)

Did newlywed Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III send an incriminating text on the day of his wedding? Hooters waitress and a Virginia Commonwealth University student Meredith Barber has offered up photo proof to bustedcoverage.com that Griffin allegedly sent her a series of racy messages, including some on the day he said “I do.” “Come on bae,” the QB reportedly wrote to Barber before sending a shirtless image of himself with his head cut off, along with a smiley icon. PHOTOS: CELEBRITY CHEATING SCANDALS http://www.bustedcoverage.com Merdith Barber a student at VCU who posted screengrabs of texts she says came from Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III on his wedding day. When Barber didn’t respond to his advances, he allegedly wrote, “Well ok I give up I guess. See you in a few weeks kid.” The texts were dated in the screen shot for July 6 in the early hours of RG III’s wedding day to longtime girlfriend Rebecca Liddicoat. A Twitter trail was detected by someone named Brandon K., who emailed Busted Coverage with the tip-off. Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images NFL player Robert Griffin III and now wife Rebecca Liddicoat in February in New Orleans, Louisiana. Griffin’s groomsman William Mallow’s Twitter timeline allegedly showed activity with Barber on it, leading the source to dig back to Barber’s feed, where a tweet from the blond said,”I could show Becky this though.” Posted along with the statement was the screen shot from her cellphone of the alleged wedding day messages. Mallow reportedly wrote into the site, denying the reports. “We both know that Meredith is looking for attention/money.

Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III sends racy texts to Hooters waitress on his wedding day: report

Dallas is expected to keep just two quarterbacks on the active roster, Tony Romo and Kyle Orton. Pass-rusher DeMarcus Ware says there is ‘no big difference in switching to defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin’s 4-3 scheme, writes Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News. Bill Parcells says outsiders who criticize Jerry Jones have a distorted view of how the Cowboys’ owner and general manager operates , writes Machota. Says Parcells: “I think Jerry is a good businessman and a good listener. What you have to do is make sense to him. Youve got to make sense to him. If he thinks youre making sense, hell alter his opinion. I enjoyed him. I like him. I like him a lot. New York Giants In a recent radio appearance on Sirius XM, Receiver Victor Cruz said he felt he deserved a better contract than the extension he received from the Giants last week.

Robert Griffin III Week One Return Could Equal Record Ratings for MNF

Robert Griffin III

The NFL is clearly banking on this MNF game to be the return of RG3, and I dont blame them at all. This is really just brilliant scheduling, and an opportunity for all parties involved to make some serious dough. ESPN/ABC are going to make out like bandits if Griffin can make it back, because this game has the potential to draw a record audience. Ratings are always huge in week one, as fans are just clamoring for some football. The MNF opener is a big deal any year, and this year it will be multiplied with the return of one the games brightest stars. There are two different MNF ratings records: the highest-rated game was in 1985 when the Miami Dolphins defeated the then undefeated Chicago Bears on December 2, 1985, which drew a 29.6 rating. That was when MNF was on ABC, and there were a lot less channels.

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“Just the assured, confident love that they expressed for each other was so admirable, just so real, so authentic. It was all good.” A collective aw would be appropriate at this time. PHOTOS: Celebrity Weddings As if that wasn’t enough love to fill your Monday with warm and fuzzy feelings, NBA player Kevin Durant popped the question to a lucky lady! E! News confirms that the Oklahoma City Thunder star recently proposed to his girlfriend, Monica Wright, who just so happens to be a guard for the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx.

Touchdown for love: Wedding bells ring for Washington Redskins star quarterback Robert Griffin III as he marries girlfriend

Hes black, he does his thing, but hes not really down with the cause. Hes not one of us. Hes kind of black, but hes not really like the kind of guy you really want to hang out with. Parker said he wants to know more about Griffin s personal life before he can accept Griffin as authentically black. I want to find about him, Parker said. I dont know because I keep hearing these things. We all know he has a white fiancee. Then there was all this talk about hes a Republican, which theres no information at all.

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Matt Barkley, Brittany Langdon, Robert Griffin III, Rebecca Liddicoat

If your fantasy draft is in late August or early September, this affords you the chance to wait out training camp and the preseason and see how healthy Griffin’s knee looks. Not that you’d see him run like crazy in the preseason even if he was 100 percent, because the Redskins wouldn’t want to give anything away. But watching him in August, if we get the chance to, will afford us all the opportunity to evaluate his fluidity, his rustiness and perhaps his speed. If he comes out of the preseason looking and feeling good, you take a flier on the talent and assume he’ll provide big value with his arm, his legs or both. You’re not going to know what the Redskins’ offense has planned or how much Griffin is going to run until we get into the season and see it in real games. So you draft the great player hoping for great things. But if your draft occurs before you have sufficient evidence on which to base your opinion about Griffin’s health, you probably have to wait.

Robert Griffin III, Matt Barkley get married on the same weekend

Robert Griffin III sported a white tux at his wedding this weekend. (Via William Mallow, @Williermo77)

Busted Coverage has all of the details; check them out . We will give you the synopsis and a skepticism rating, from shes a greedy asshole, to even if this happened, theres no proof. The evidence: She sent Busted Coverage a screencap of a text, purportedly from RgIII, the morning of his wedding. He appears to want to hook up with her in this text. We have no idea its actually from RGIII. Verdict: There is zero reason to believe RGIII sent it. It has a picture of someone that could be RGIII attached. That means nothing.

So, There’s A (Probably Untrue) Rumor That RGIII Was Texting This Hooters Waitress On The Morning Of His Wedding…

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The Baylor University grad likely said it best on his official Facebook Saturday: The easiest way to say It……BIG DAY! Griffin married the lovely Rebecca Liddicoat in a sports star studded Denver, Colorado ceremony that was liberally documented on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Wedding bells: AP Offensive Rookie of the Year Robert Griffin III married college sweetheart Rebecca Liddicoat in a Denver, Colorado ceremony Saturday Wedding tweets: Attendees cooed as the lovebirds had their first dance. ‘The easiest way to say It……BIG DAY!’ tweeted the quarterback Earlier reports , fueled by the discovery of a Bed, Bath, and Beyond wedding registry in the couple’s name, said the football star would be saying I Do in Virginia, near his team’s city of Washington, DC. Though the wedding date proved to be right, the location was wrong. Congratulations To My Brother @RGIII On Tying The Knott It Was Truly An Honor To Be One Of Your Best Man I Love You Bro Congratulations To My Brother @RGIII On Tying The Knott It Was Truly An Honor To Be One Of Your Best Man I Love You Bro NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) July 6, 2013 The wedding actually took place in Colorado, Liddicoat’s home state. Social media accounts of football stars and fans lit up yesterday with photos of the wedding and congratulations to the quarterback. Proud: Redskins coach Mike Shanahan, left, chats with the star’s former coach Art Briles of Baylor University NFL Rookie of the Year – Heisman Trophy Winner – most importantly Baylor QB.

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The marriage between the two was very much anticipated and enjoyed by family and friends. aThe best of America, thatas how I felt,a said boxing promoter and talk show host Rock Newman, a friend of the Griffin family. aI just saw people, all ages, all ethnicities, all colors a white, black, Hispanic, Asian a really just enjoying each other. And I marveled at it. I just was filled with a sense of pride and optimism a optimism, man a because we live in [a] fractured world. And that sense of any kind of division was not there.a aIt was definitely more emotional than I was expecting,a said William Mallow, a friend since junior high who was in the wedding party. aYou could tell how much passion there is between them.

Robert Griffin III Married His Longtime Girlfriend Rebecca Liddicoat

Robert Griffin III Wedding Day

Now that their performances are in the books, however, all four of them are facing the same tough question: What do you do for an encore? We’ve explored how Luck’s second season might be different — now, let’s go under the hood with Mr. Griffin and see what might change in 2013. The Comeback Kid The effect that Robert Griffin had on the Washington Redskins in his rookie season can be summed up with one question: How many rookies in NFL history have had an entire offense tailored to their specific attributes? Because, make no mistake, what Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan put on the field in 2012 didn’t resemble anything we’d ever seen from the storied Washington franchise, and it didn’t really look much like anything else we’d seen in pro football …

Washington Redskin, Griffin III marries his long time girlfriend

And yet, there are many similarities between the two. They’re, um, quarterbacks. They’re in the NFC East. And they, uh, got married last weekend. In not-so-shocking news, RG3’s ceremony got a lot more attention. Dan Steinberg has, not surprisingly, full coverage over at the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog and lists the slew of guests who attended Griffin’s marriage to Rebecca Liddicoat. The wedding, held in Denver (Liddicoat’s home town) went down at the Denver Four Seasons, with a pastor from Griffin’s home town of Copperas Cove, Texas, handling the ceremony and a six- or seven-hour (!) reception for guests. It featured the likes of Daniel Snyder and his wife, GM Bruce Allen, Mike Shanahan, Kyle Shanahan and a number of different Redskins coaches. As you might imagine, many players attended the ceremony as well. Kirk Cousins, Rex Grossman, Santana Moss, Pierre Garcon, Joshua Morgan, Alfred Morris, Eric Kettani, Chris Chester, Tyler Polumbus, Kory Lichtensteiger, DeAngelo Hall, London Fletcher, Stephen Bowen and Richard Crawford were some of the ones mentioned by Steinberg.

Robert Griffin III injury update: Redskins medical staff ‘astonished’ at recovery

WTEM 980-AM in Washington reported over the weekend that the teams medical people are astonished at how he completely smashes every test they give him. MORE: Skins want fans’ input amid nickname flap | Training camp preview The tweets sent by Chris Russell, the stations Redskins reporter, on Saturday afternoon painted a encouraging yet cautious picture of Griffins rehab from reconstructive surgery on his right knee. Griffin has continually said he plans to be ready for the start of camp, which opens next Wednesday in Richmond, Va. Somebody very involved on the medical side, said the exact time/location to clear/not clear RG3 hasn’t been planned yet. #Redskins Chris Russell (@Russellmania980) July 13, 2013 Same person did allow that every test they give him, every path they set – he completely smashes it. They are astonished so far. #Redskins Chris Russell (@Russellmania980) July 13, 2013 Griffin was married July 6 and went on his honeymoon, promising he would continue rehab while there; he last was heard from on his Facebook and Twitter accounts, in an eye-brow raising music video (the now-infamous Pop Rocks and Tootsie Pops) that briefly went viral. The Redskins also have not commented on the stations report. Before camp, he is expected to undergo a thorough evaluation of his readiness from the team medical staff, led by Dr. James Andrews, who repaired Griffins knee in January.