Redskins vs. Giants: Washington rookie Ryan Kerrigan breaks the game open

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

17, 1999 at Arizona. Kerrigan not only broke a tie Sunday, but his score gave the Redskins an emotional advantage they refused to cede the rest of the game. The Giants managed only 102 yards of offense in the second half and never scored. To come out, to finally have a lead against this football team they’re a different team playing from behind, said linebacker London Fletcher, who had experienced six straight losses to the Giants. It felt good to play with a lead. Defensive players know just how delicately momentum weighed in the balance. If Manning had completed the pass, only cornerback DeAngelo Hall would have been between Nicks and the end zone. He has great awareness for a big guy, linebacker Brian Orakpo said of Kerrigan. He made a great play, got to score a touchdown, and thats all she wrote. For Kerrigan, the play offered quick validation for his spot in the defense and in the NFL.

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He produced a similar highlight-tape turnover against the Steelers, returning a Ben Roethlisberger pass 22 yards for a score. Listed at 6 feet 4 and 260 pounds, Kerrigan is a big man who had to learn to become a cover guy. 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.

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Drafted by Washington 16thoverall and converted to a linebacker asked to blitz out of a two-point stance, Kerrigan made a relatively smooth transition and last season reached his first Pro Bowl after recording 8.5 sacks. Although he has returned to his roots in a sense, this new role in the special pass-rushing package presents new challenges for Kerrigan. Both as a defensive end and linebacker, Kerrigan generally rushed off the edge, and only occasionally dips inside to throw off opponent as he works to get into the backfield. The new role has required Kerrigan to diversify his pass-rushing techniques and mind-set. Its just making sure youre collapsing the pocket, whether youre getting a good rush or not, just making sure youre staying in your rush lane so if one of the ends, or [Stephen] Bowen or Barry [Cofield], or whoever the other tackle is, is having a good rush so the quarterback doesnt have anywhere to step up into. Kerrigan added: You use your hands just as much, especially inside. But if you dont get to the quarterback, you more want to get off the block and get your hands up because the passes are usually coming in the guard and center area.

Ryan Kerrigan could save Redskins’ defense

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. But considering that Washingtons performance on defense could be dismal at times in 2012, they need any big play they can get on defense. But I digress. Kerrigan kept up with his recent tradition of turning interception returns into touchdowns during the 2013 NFL preseason.

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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.

Ryan Kerrigan gets back to work

Most players hate it, because you’re coming back from vacation and re-entering the world of conditioning and hard work smack dab in the middle of summer. But it’s great for fans who get to come watch some top-notch football free of charge while enjoying a day in the sun, and it also offers up some fun moments. You get some good old-fashioned rookie hazing, as we saw with Ross Rasner in Denver earlier this week, and those rare, cherished moments in which you’re reminded that these superstars are just like us. For example: Ice creeeaaam! The ice cream man is coming ! The guys at WashingtonRedskins.com also decided to have some fun when Mike Shanahan gave the players a day off on Sunday. Ryan Kerrigan might have led the ‘Skins in sacks last season, but the 24-year-old is still rising and clearly isn’t the most recognizable man on the roster just yet. So Kerrigan hit the streets of Richmond, Va., where the Redskins are holding camp for the first time, and posed as a reporter. In the process, his ego took a bit of a shot from one local kid before a rather serendipitous moment with a friendly blonde caused sparks to fly. Here’s video of Kerrigan on the street, courtesy of the team’s website: That would be a sick “how I met your mother” story. Kudos to Kerrigan for his acting/reporting chops. The dude has plenty of big years ahead of him on the field, but it looks like he might have a future holding a mic, too. However, he could have quite a lot of competition on the roster, because we continue to discover that this team is loaded up with funny, outgoing and downright cool guys.

Those who would like the sack totals to be higher miss the point. Kerrigan could launch himself after the quarterback on every play and possibly get more sacks. But what jumps out when you watch him is that he makes good decisions. 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.

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Louis Rams safety Rodney McLeod (23) and safety T.J. McDonald (25) during the first half at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Chris Humphreys, USA TODAY Sports Tennessee Titans cornerback Coty Sensabaugh (24) breaks up a pass in the end zone intended for Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas (83) during the first half at LP Field. Don McPeak, USA TODAY Sports Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew (32) finds a hole in the Philadelphia Eagles defense during the first quarter of their game at EverBank Field. Phil Sears, USA TODAY Sports New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) scrambles in his own end zone out of bounds against the New York Giants during the second quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. Brad Penner, USA TODAY Sports New York Giants tackle David Diehl (in hat) celebrates with running back David Wilson (22) after a touchdown in the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. USA TODAY Sports Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Brian Leonard (30) is stopped at the one yard line by Miami Dolphins inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (59) in the first quarter at Sun Life Stadium. Robert Mayer, USA TODAY Sports Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman (5) runs up the middle during the second quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. Steve Mitchell, USA TODAY Sports Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson (13) catches a pass in front of Washington Redskins safety Jordan Pugh (32) at FedEx Field. Evan Habeeb, USA TODAY Sports Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon (88) catches a touchdown in front of Buffalo Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore (24) at FedEx Field. Evan Habeeb, USA TODAY Sports Chicago Bears inside linebacker Jon Bostic (57) and outside linebacker James Anderson (50) and free safety Chris Conte (47) combine to tackle Oakland Raiders tight end Mychal Rivera (81) during the first quarter at O.co Coliseum. Kelley L Cox, USA TODAY Sports Chicago Bears running back Michael Bush (29) escapes the tackle attempts by Oakland Raiders cornerback Brandian Ross (29) and defensive back Charles Woodson (24) to score a ten yard touchdown run during the first quarter at O.co Coliseum. Kelley L Cox, USA TODAY Sports Green Bay Packers’ Jarrett Boykin fumbles the ball as he is hit by Seattle Seahawks’ Earl Thomas. Dan Powers, USA TODAY Sports Green Bay Packers’ Clay Matthews sacks Seattle Seahawks’ Russell Wilson during the first quarter. Dan Powers, USA TODAY Sports Detroit Lions strong safety Glover Quin (27) forces fumble of New England Patriots defensive back Kanorris Davis (44) during the first quarter at Ford Field. Mike Carter, USA TODAY Sports New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) looks to pass in the first quarter of a preseason game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Andrew Weber, USA TODAY Sports Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly (59) forces a fumble from Baltimore Ravens running back Bernard Pierce (30) in the second quarter at M&T Bank Stadium. Evan Habeeb, USA TODAY Sports Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith (89) is tackled by Baltimore Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb (21) at M&T Bank Stadium. Evan Habeeb, USA TODAY Sports Washington Redskins wide receiver Leonard Hankerson (85) makes a touchdown reception as Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback William Gay (22) defends during the first half at FedEX Field. Brad Mills, USA TODAY Sports Washington Redskins cornerback E.J. Biggers (30) attempts to intercept a pass in tended for Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery (89) in the second quarter at FedEx Field. Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) throws pass during the first half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Jim O’Connor, USA TODAY Sports New York Giants running back Andre Brown (35) runs with the ball against the Indianapolis Colts during the first quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. Brad Penner, USA TODAY Sports Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Tobais Palmer (83) is tackled by New York Jets linebacker Ricky Sapp (55) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Debby Wong, USA TODAY Sports Seattle Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner (54) celebrates a play by Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Brandon Mebane (92) against the Denver Broncos during the second quarter at CenturyLink Field. Joe Nicholson, USA TODAY Sports St. Louis Rams defensive end Robert Quinn (94) sacks Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) during the first half at the Edward Jones Dome. Scott Rovak, USA TODAY Sports Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller (26) and fullback Charles go here Clay (42) and guard Richie Incognito (68) celebrate Miller’s touchdown against the Houston Texans during the first half at Reliant Stadium. Jerome Miron, USA TODAY Sports Houston Texans tight end Owen Daniels (81) celebrates a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins during the first half at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports ORG XMIT: USATSI-133170 Jerome Miron, USA TODAY Sports Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker James Harrison (92) rushes in the first quarter of a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at Paul Brown Stadium. Andrew Weber, USA TODAY Sports Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) runs the ball against Arizona Cardinals during the first half at University of Phoenix Stadium. Gary A. Vasquez, USA TODAY Sports Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) calls an audible against the Seattle Seahawks during the second quarter at CenturyLink Field. Joe Nicholson, USA TODAY Sports Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy (27) carries the ball as St. Louis Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins (21) defends during the first half at the Edward Jones Dome. Jeff Curry, USA TODAY Sports New York Jets running back Chris Ivory (33) runs with the ball against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Debby Wong, USA TODAY Sports Arizona Cardinals running back Rashard Mendenhall (28) runs the ball against Dallas Cowboys during the first half at University of Phoenix Stadium. Gary A. Vasquez, USA TODAY Sports New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) congratulates wide receiver Danny Amendola (80) after catching a touchdown during the first quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Gillette Stadium. Greg M. Cooper, USA TODAY Sports New Orleans Saints wide receiver Nick Toon (88) catches a pass over Oakland Raiders cornerback Tracy Porter (31) during the first quarter of a preseason game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Derick E.

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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. If the Washington Redskins are to defeat the New York Giants, they must make Eli Mannings day as miserable as they possibly can. The Redskins secondary will be diced up like pineapple if pressure is not applied to Eli Manning. Therefore the key to the Redskins winning will not be in the hands of Trent Williams, but will be in the hands of Ryan Kerrigan.

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Brian Orakpo’s return could transform Redskins’ defense

Washington Redskins outside linebacker Brian Orakpo (98) stretches before afternoon practice at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center, Richmond, Va., Tuesday, July 30, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Orakpo is a baaadd man this summer. He is fully recovered from the torn left pectoral muscle that cost him all of last season. In returning to a defense that badly missed him last year, he is consumed by the challenge of playing better than he ever has a goal that, if achieved, would earn him millions as a free agent next offseason. The first day I stepped out on the field, I did not want to lose a step, Orakpo said after a recent practice. I did not want to get my feet wet. I just wanted to pick up where I left off, and I feel like I have been doing so. To understand what Orakpo s return means to the Redskins, go back to Sept. 17 in St.

Brian Orakpo: I felt great being back out there

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Yet Orakpo gets all kinds of publicity. As a Skins fan I have to say Orakpo is highly overrated. Hes barely done anything for us. When he went down last year Rob Jackson filled in his spot and is a lot cheaper. Unless Orakpo really shows drastic improvement this year, seeing him walk is preferable to seeing him sign a lucrative contract. skinsfanwill says: Aug 9, 2013 4:36 PM Im the biggest Skins fan in the world and I think this guy is Waaaaaaaay overrated. He has no impact on the game other than preventing Kerrigan from getting double-teamed. essentialsausage says: Aug 9, 2013 4:46 PM Ill always know him as the guy who was a complete jerk to the Geico caveman, and a cheater at scrabble. tgillespie74 says: Aug 9, 2013 4:48 PM Youre both crazy!

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He says those 14 games on the sideline made him a smarter player. Orakpo said on NFL Network that he believes he was able to learn a lot by watching, rather than playing, and he thinks that will help him now that hes healthy and ready to play again. Just watching, missing so many games, and having a different perspective of the game, I was able to actually learn what offenses are really doing instead of just running plays, instead of just getting after quarterbacks, Orakpo said. I could kind of sit down and go over what is going to happen beforehand. That is something I picked up a lot. The first day in OTAs that I was able to participate in, I am out there flying around, calling stuff out; it is starting to become natural for me now instead of just going out there being athletic and rushing the passer. Orakpo has previously said that he likes his chances of being Defensive Player of the Year this season , and he stood by that when http://www.defytraffic.com/authentic+london+fletcher+jersey.html asked on Wednesday. Absolutely, Orakpo said. You always have to set high goals for yourself. If you dont strive for the best, theres no point in playing this game. In addition to being a smarter player, Orakpo sounds like hes a more confident player.

Brian Orakpo says a season on the sideline made him smarter

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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. I take pride in getting it done on both sides and helping my teammates. Carriker, defensive end Stephen Bowen and nose tackle Barry Cofield have praised Orakpo for the hard work he does in taking on multiple blockers. Orakpos effort often has resulted in freeing them to make plays. The games highest-paid outside linebackers help their teammates as well accumulate impressive statistics. In April, Green Bay outside linebacker Clay Matthews signed a $66 million extension that included a $20.5 million signing bonus.

For Brian Orakpo, it’s not all about sacks — and yet it is

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.

But the team elected to hold him out of a second consecutive preseason game. Meriweather played on the scout-team defense last week, recording two interceptions and a handful of pass breakups. He hopes to be recovered in time for the start of the season. Wilson, who had surgery to repair a torn labrum this past offseason, practiced on the scout-team defense last week, but also has worked as the starting right cornerback. He was held out of Mondays game as a precaution as well. Rookie David Amerson will start in place of Wilson.

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In his first game since having surgery last fall, Orakpo bullied his way through one of the leagues best offensive lines and gobbled up Titans quarterback Jake Locker. Locker, whos known for his mobility, couldnt deflect Orakpos rush. His partner in crime and the front half of Kerrakpo (Ryan Kerrigan) also recorded a quarterback take down. Everything went exactly according to plan. The Redskins defense continues to be designed around the idea of Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan as edge pass-rushers, which means its set up for those guys to pile up sacks.

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“Me and Griff worked extremely hard to not let our fans and this team down, because we know how much they rely on both of us. “If we come back at full strength like I know we both will, we’re going to be a team to be reckoned with.” RGIII: Says he’ll be ready for camp ‘without a doubt’ A share of Comeback Player of the Year honors is not the only individual goal Orakpo is chasing. “Defensive Player of the Year is a goal of mine,” Orakpo said. “I worked extremely hard this offseason and Defensive Player of the Year is very obtainable.” Griffin said all that hard work is showing for the linebacker who counts 28.5 sacks during his first three healthy seasons. “Rak’s been great,” Griffin said. “It was tough to see him there on the sideline the whole year.

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We went through it last year. I feel good about Kedric [Golston] playing. Chris Baker has moved to end, playing a lot of end. You know, he played nose [tackle] for us last year. Hes done a nice job. Hes athletic. Phillip Merling has done a nice job for us. So we feel that weve got enough depth that if something happens, well be in good shape.” Redskins Brian Orakpo not concerned about thigh injury “Im good. Im real good.

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And should neither Griffin nor Cousins be ready, there’s always Rex Grossman , who threw for 171 yards and a touchdown against Buffalo. The Bills aren’t so fortunate. With first-round pick EJ Manuel nursing a left knee injury, Kevin Kolb started and left the game with concussion-like symptoms in the first quarter. The only quarterback left was undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel , who completed 10 of 17 passes for 63 yards and looked, well, like an undrafted rookie. Forget Plan B. Time for Plan C. Or D. Or E. “It is a concern,” Marrone said. “I’m not going to sit here and say everything’s fine and dandy.” What we learned from the Bills’ visit to Washington: 1.

Redskins’ Robert Griffin III, Mike Shanahan continue rehab debate

San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (24) leaps towards the end zone prior to scoring a touchdown in the first quarter against the Arizona Cardinals during a preseason game at University of Phoenix Stadium.

All-told in final two prep seasons, rushed for 2,161 yards and 32 touchdowns and threw for 3,357 yards and 41 scores with just nine picks… One of nation’s top high school sprinters, received 2007 Gatorade Texas Boys Track & Field Athlete of Year award after setting state records in both 110-(13.55 seconds with personal best of 13.3) and 300-(35.33 seconds) meter hurdles… 300 hurdles time one-hundredth of second off national prep record… Also posted 46.9 400 meter PR… Coached by Jack Welch at District 16-4A school.

Robert Griffin III: ‘There is no conflict’ with Mike Shanahan

4.4% Total votes: 1,091 Spending the offseason rehabbing his injury means that he hasn’t been given the opportunity to develop more chemistry with his receivers and work on things that could make him better mechanically. Secondly, there’s the issue of rust. The preseason isn’t to be taken too seriously, but it does serve a purpose. It gives the players a chance to adjust to game speed after months away from the game. Regardless of how hard you practice, there’s always a difference between practice speed and game speed. By getting thrown into the fire in Week 1,RGIII will lose out on that acclimation period, which may lead to a few disappointing weeks before he gets things going. The third concern with Griffin’s injury is the most obvious: The chance for re-injury. This isn’t to say that Griffin is going to re-tear the ACL. But his running ability and style is always going to make him vulnerable to injury. Spending a draft pick on Griffin means you had better stay glued to the injury reports and have a reliable backup option in case Griffin is forced to miss a game here and there. With Kirk Cousins going 26-of-37 for 329 yards and two touchdowns in his only start for the ‘Skins last season, Washington won’t hesitate to sit RGIII if he isn’t 100 percent. Even with all of these drawbacks to Griffin, the upside is undeniably tempting, though.

Enlarge (Globalpost/GlobalPost) American football star Robert Griffin III received a rare request Saturday by the top envoy from the land where he was born: be a bridge between Japan and the United States. “There are a lot of your fans in Japan, especially in Okinawa,” Kenichiro Sasae, Japanese ambassador to the United States, told the Okinawa-born quarterback of the Washington Redskins in their meeting beside the field of the team’s home stadium. “I hope you would successfully deliver a powerful performance and I want you to play a role of bridge between Japan and the United States,” Sasae said, presenting Griffin with a bottle of Okinawa’s awamori spirits and an earthenware jar. “I’ll try to come out there” to see people in Japan soon, Griffin said. Griffin, 23, who was named the U.S. National Football League’s offensive rookie of the year in 2012, lived in the southern Japan prefecture until he was 3 years old, according to the Japanese Embassy in Washington. ==Kyodo Copyright 2013 Kyodo News International. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/130824/nfl-phenomenon-griffin-asked-be-bridge-between-japan-u

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San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (24) leaps towards the end zone prior to scoring a touchdown in the first quarter against the Arizona Cardinals during a preseason game at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Louis Rams safety Rodney McLeod (23) and safety T.J. McDonald (25) during the first half at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Chris Humphreys, USA TODAY Sports Tennessee Titans cornerback Coty Sensabaugh (24) breaks up a pass in the end zone intended for Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas (83) during the first half at LP Field. Don McPeak, USA TODAY Sports Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew (32) finds a hole in the Philadelphia Eagles defense during the first quarter of their game at EverBank Field. Phil Sears, USA TODAY Sports New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) scrambles in his own end zone out of bounds against the New York Giants during the second quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. Brad Penner, USA TODAY Sports New York Giants tackle David Diehl (in hat) celebrates with running back David Wilson (22) after a touchdown in the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. USA TODAY Sports Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Brian Leonard (30) is stopped at the one yard line by Miami Dolphins inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (59) in the first quarter at Sun Life Stadium. Robert Mayer, USA TODAY Sports Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman (5) runs up the middle during the second quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. Steve Mitchell, USA TODAY Sports Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson (13) catches a pass in front of Washington Redskins safety Jordan Pugh (32) at FedEx Field. Evan Habeeb, USA TODAY Sports Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon (88) catches a touchdown in front of Buffalo Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore (24) at FedEx Field. Evan Habeeb, USA TODAY Sports Chicago Bears inside linebacker Jon Bostic (57) and outside linebacker James Anderson (50) and free safety Chris Conte (47) combine to tackle Oakland Raiders tight end Mychal Rivera (81) during the first quarter at O.co Coliseum. Kelley L Cox, USA TODAY Sports Chicago Bears running back Michael Bush (29) escapes the tackle attempts by Oakland Raiders cornerback Brandian Ross (29) and defensive back Charles Woodson (24) to score a ten yard touchdown run during the first quarter at O.co Coliseum. Kelley L Cox, USA TODAY Sports Green Bay Packers’ Jarrett Boykin fumbles the ball as he is hit by Seattle Seahawks’ Earl Thomas. Dan Powers, USA TODAY Sports Green Bay Packers’ Clay Matthews sacks Seattle Seahawks’ Russell Wilson during the first quarter. Dan Powers, USA TODAY Sports Detroit Lions strong safety Glover Quin (27) forces fumble of New England Patriots defensive back Kanorris Davis (44) during the first quarter at Ford Field. Mike Carter, USA TODAY Sports New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) looks to pass in the first quarter of a preseason game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Andrew Weber, USA TODAY Sports Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly (59) forces a fumble from Baltimore Ravens running back Bernard Pierce (30) in the second quarter at M&T Bank Stadium. Evan Habeeb, USA TODAY Sports Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith (89) is tackled by Baltimore Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb (21) at M&T Bank Stadium. Evan Habeeb, USA TODAY Sports Washington Redskins wide receiver Leonard Hankerson (85) makes a touchdown reception as Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback William Gay (22) defends during the first half at FedEX Field. Brad Mills, USA TODAY Sports Washington Redskins cornerback E.J. Biggers (30) attempts to intercept a pass in tended for Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery (89) in the second quarter at FedEx Field. Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) throws pass during the first half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Jim O’Connor, USA TODAY Sports New York Giants running back Andre Brown (35) runs with the ball against the Indianapolis Colts during the first quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. Brad Penner, USA TODAY Sports Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Tobais Palmer (83) is tackled by New York Jets linebacker Ricky Sapp (55) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Debby Wong, USA TODAY Sports Seattle Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner (54) celebrates a play by Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Brandon Mebane (92) against the Denver Broncos during the second quarter at CenturyLink Field. Joe Nicholson, USA TODAY Sports St. Louis Rams defensive end Robert Quinn (94) sacks Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) during the first half at the Edward Jones Dome. Scott Rovak, USA TODAY Sports Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller (26) and fullback Charles Clay (42) and guard Richie Incognito (68) celebrate Miller’s touchdown against the Houston Texans during the first half at Reliant Stadium. Jerome Miron, USA TODAY Sports Houston Texans tight end Owen Daniels (81) celebrates a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins during the first half at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports ORG XMIT: USATSI-133170 Jerome Miron, USA TODAY Sports Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker James Harrison (92) rushes in the first quarter of a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at Paul Brown Stadium. Andrew Weber, USA TODAY Sports Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) runs the ball against Arizona Cardinals during the first half at University of Phoenix Stadium. Gary A. Vasquez, USA TODAY Sports Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) calls an audible against the Seattle Seahawks during the second quarter at CenturyLink Field. Joe Nicholson, USA TODAY Sports Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy (27) carries the ball as St. Louis Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins (21) defends during the first half at the Edward Jones Dome. Jeff Curry, USA TODAY Sports New York Jets running back Chris Ivory (33) runs with the ball against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Debby Wong, USA TODAY Sports Arizona Cardinals running back Rashard Mendenhall (28) runs the ball against Dallas Cowboys during the first half at University of Phoenix Stadium. Gary A. Vasquez, USA TODAY Sports New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) congratulates wide receiver Danny Amendola (80) after catching a touchdown during the first quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Gillette Stadium. Greg M. Cooper, USA TODAY Sports New Orleans Saints wide receiver Nick Toon (88) catches a pass over Oakland Raiders cornerback Tracy Porter (31) during the first quarter of a preseason game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Derick E. Hingle, USA TODAY Sports Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder (7) is sacked by Buffalo Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes (55) during the first quarter at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Kevin Hoffman, USA TODAY Sports New England Patriots tight end Zach Sudfeld (44) celebrates a two point conversion with wide receiver Josh Boyce (82) during the first quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Gillette Stadium. Stew Milne, USA TODAY Sports Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) scrambles under pressure from San Francisco 49ers linebacker Michael Wilhoite (57) in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. John Rieger, USA TODAY Sports Buffalo Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore (24) breaks up a pass to Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jarius Wright (17) during the first half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Timothy T.

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Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Neiko Thorpe (38) upends Pittsburgh Steelers running back Baron Batch (20) during the third quarter at Heinz Field. Charles LeClaire, USA TODAY Sport Denver Broncos running back Montee Ball (38) runs the ball during the first half against the St. Louis Rams at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Chris Humphreys, USA TODAY Sports Denver Broncos running back Montee Ball (38) is tackled by St. Louis Rams safety Rodney McLeod (23) and safety T.J. McDonald (25) during the first half at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Chris Humphreys, USA TODAY Sports Tennessee Titans cornerback Coty Sensabaugh (24) breaks up a pass in the end zone intended for Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas (83) during the first half at LP Field. Don McPeak, USA TODAY Sports Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew (32) finds a hole in the Philadelphia Eagles defense during the first quarter of their game at EverBank Field. Phil Sears, USA TODAY Sports New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) scrambles in his own end zone out of bounds against the New York Giants during the second quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. Brad Penner, USA TODAY Sports New York Giants tackle David Diehl (in hat) celebrates with running back David Wilson (22) after a touchdown in the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. USA TODAY Sports Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Brian Leonard (30) is stopped at the one yard line by Miami Dolphins inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (59) in the first quarter at Sun Life Stadium. Robert Mayer, USA TODAY Sports Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman (5) runs up the middle during the second quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. Steve Mitchell, USA TODAY Sports Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson (13) catches a pass in front of Washington Redskins safety Jordan Pugh (32) at FedEx Field. Evan Habeeb, USA TODAY Sports Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon (88) catches a touchdown in front of Buffalo Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore (24) at FedEx Field. Evan Habeeb, USA TODAY Sports Chicago Bears inside linebacker Jon Bostic (57) and outside linebacker James Anderson (50) and free safety Chris Conte (47) combine to tackle Oakland Raiders tight end Mychal Rivera (81) during the first quarter at O.co Coliseum. Kelley L Cox, USA TODAY Sports Chicago Bears running back Michael Bush (29) escapes the tackle attempts by Oakland Raiders cornerback Brandian Ross (29) and defensive back Charles Woodson (24) to score a ten yard touchdown run during the first quarter at O.co Coliseum. Kelley L Cox, USA TODAY Sports Green Bay Packers’ Jarrett Boykin fumbles the ball as he is hit by Seattle Seahawks’ Earl Thomas. Dan Powers, USA TODAY Sports Green Bay Packers’ Clay Matthews sacks Seattle Seahawks’ Russell Wilson during the first quarter. 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Biggers (30) attempts to intercept a pass in tended for Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery (89) in the second quarter at FedEx Field. Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) throws pass during the first half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Jim O’Connor, USA TODAY Sports New York Giants running back Andre Brown (35) runs with the ball against the Indianapolis Colts during the first quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. Brad Penner, USA TODAY Sports Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Tobais Palmer (83) is tackled by New York Jets linebacker Ricky Sapp (55) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Debby Wong, USA TODAY Sports Seattle Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner (54) celebrates a play by Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Brandon Mebane (92) against the Denver Broncos during the second quarter at CenturyLink Field. Joe Nicholson, USA TODAY Sports St. Louis Rams defensive end Robert Quinn (94) sacks Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) during the first half at the Edward Jones Dome. Scott Rovak, USA TODAY Sports Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller (26) and fullback Charles Clay (42) and guard Richie Incognito (68) celebrate Miller’s touchdown against the Houston Texans during the first half at Reliant Stadium. Jerome Miron, USA TODAY Sports Houston Texans tight end Owen Daniels (81) celebrates a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins during the first half at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports ORG XMIT: USATSI-133170 Jerome Miron, USA TODAY Sports Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker James Harrison (92) rushes in the first quarter of a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at Paul Brown Stadium. 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NFL 2013: Cam Newton and Robert Griffin III in the ‘steroid era’ of quarterbacks

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Of course you’ll believe that — the two haven’t been on the same page when it comes to communicating with the media. But Shanahan knows what he’s doing when it comes to quarterbacks. He cited the way he and John Elway battled constantly when he was coaching the Denver Broncos as an example of how the quarterback-coach relationship works. “Me and John Elway use to have knockdown, drag-out fights all the time,” Shanahan said. “That is a part of being a competitor and that is another reason you have great relationships with your quarterbacks. That’s part of the process. You want that strong mindset, but at the same time, when I look back at my experience dealing with all these injuries, I think I have got a good feel what a guy can do and what a guy can’t do and what it takes to get him ready for his first game. That is what I hope to do.” Sometimes it’s easy to rip the would-be rift between Griffin and Shanahan.

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To try to compare [the Baltimore Ravens’] Joe Flacco’s numbers against [the New England Patriots’] Tom Brady’s, you can’t do it. Joe Flacco is a home-run hitter; Tom Brady is a singles and doubles guy. They play in two entirely different systems. So to start comparing numbers, you can’t do that. And you know, people will never understand that because, you know, we have the QBR (quarterback rating) and whatever else more… they rate them by. So it’s unfair, and it’s unfair to the players because the public and everybody else, the media, gravitate to the numbers always.” One who has put up serious numbers over the years — and won a lot of games in the process — is Aaron Rodgers, whose Green Bay Packers are in preseason action against the Seattle Seahawks Friday, Aug. 23, on CBS. Since taking over for Brett Favre in 2008, the 29-year-old Californian has thrown for 21,332 yards, 170 touchdowns and only 45 interceptions with a 65.9 completion percentage and won NFL MVP honors in 2011.

Washington Redskins: Injury Updates for Cousins, Cofield and Hankerson

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Their starters did well and their backups sealed their second win of the preseason. Unfortunately, a few Redskins did leave the game with a few injuries, most notably Kirk Cousins . The talented backup hurt his foot when running out of bounds early on in the game against the Steelers but fortunately, he seems to be just fine. According to Mark Maske of The Washington Post , an MRI revealed that the second-year quarterback suffered a mild foot sprain, but that wont keep him from being available for opening day. He will probably sit out the final two preseason games, but its not like he has more to prove to the coaches anyways. Rex Grossman and Pat White will likely split reps in this Saturdays preseason game against the Buffalo Bills , continuing their battle for the third quarterback spot. Rob Carr/Getty Images Cofield has been a huge part of Washington defense for the past few seasons. In other injury news, starting nose tackle Barry Cofield is also just fine. Although he was held out of the rest of the game after getting hurt, it was probably more for precautionary reasons than anything. In a post-game press conference , Cofield explained how he had a similar injury in middle school and still played great.Cofield went on to say, Obviously the main goal, the most important game is Philly, and Id be surprised if I wasnt out there for that one. Thats something the Redskins are certainly hoping for, especially considering how vital Cofield has been to their adjustment from a base 4-3 defense to a 3-4 set. The next important player that Washington can breathe easy about is Leonard Hankerson . The third-year receiver has progressed slowly over the past two seasons, but it looks like hes ready for a huge year. In the past two weeks, Hankerson has recorded two pretty impressive, athletic touchdown catches and has simply looked great. In this last game against the Steelers, Hankerson injured his knee soon after bringing in a highlight-reel one-handed touchdown catch. The former Miami Hurricane told Rich Tandler of CSNWashington.com that he would have been good to go back in if it was a regular-season game.

Redskins Adjust To Expanded Facility

They were being thrown by Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon inside the schools gym in Northwest on Tuesday, and the 14-year-old Belt made his move. He was wearing an old Rough Riders uniform, one that hadnt been replaced in nearly six years. And when Garcon finally threw him a new uniform, Belt didnt pause to examine the number. He ripped the tattered jersey off his shoulders and hurried to put on his new threads. I came here because I wanted to play football because thats what I like to do, Belt said. Were definitely going to make it look nice on the field. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post) – With Christopher Young, left, and Terell Dickens following behind him, Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon enters the gym to pass out jerseys to players on the Theodore Roosevelt football team. Video The Washington Posts First and 17 series will follow Woodbridge defensive end DaShawn Hand, the top-rated football recruit in the country according to Rivals.com, as he decides where he will go to college.

Redskins’ Cousins has sprained foot

Kirk Cousins , the team’s backup quarterback, suffered a sprain to the middle of his right foot in Monday’s preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers . Cousins was tackled by Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons as he tried to get out of bounds. 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 .

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Cousins was hurt when he was tackled from behind by linebacker Lawrence Timmons at the end of a 7-yard scramble in the second quarter of Monday nights 24-13 win. Cousins grabbed his ankle, got up and limped toward the huddle, then plopped down on the turf as if taking a seat to have a rest, unable to continue. X-rays taken after the game were negative, but the Redskins were wary because of a similar injury suffered by rookie safety Phillip Thomas in the first preseason game against the Tennessee Titans. Thomas was initially thought to have a basic sprain, but an MRI revealed a torn ligament that will keep him out for the entire season. For the time being, the Redskins are left with two healthy quarterbacks: veteran Rex Grossman and comeback-hopeful Pat White. Grossman was expected to be the savvy been-through-it-all tutor for Griffin and Cousins for a second straight year, but he had a reminder Monday night for all those who only see him only as a bench-warmer: I feel like I can still play. I want to step up to the plate and execute and play well, said Grossman, who went 10 for 16 for 133 yards with one touchdown and an interception caused by a poor route run by a rookie tight end. Ive played a lot. This is my 11th year.

Schram: Scrap the bigoted name and symbol of the Redskins

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“Chief Wahoo is a racist stereotype and logo,” Bernice Powell Jackson, executive director of the United Church of Christ Commission for Racial Justice, wrote in 2000. “The bug-eyed, bucktoothed, grinning red figure honors no one. It destroys the self-esteem of Native American children. …” This year, Cleveland Indians president Mark Shapiro said, “Chief Wahoo isn’t going anywhere.” But Wahoo has vanished when it has suited the Indians’ ka-ching purposes. When the team moved its training facility from Florida to Arizona, where there is a sizable American Indian population, Chief Wahoo’s image no longer adorned its new training park. The offensive cartoon also must vanish from Indians’ caps and sleeves. Now let’s return to Washington’s far more difficult dilemma. Often, teams in this bind have chosen change that conveys continuity.

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The before-and-after look of the back of the Redskins main facility in Redskins Park. (ZAC BOYER|The Free Lance-Star) BY ZAC BOYER ASHBURN When its time to eat, Brian Orakpo feels out of place wearing flip-flops downstairs to the teams cafeteria. Weve got a gourmet chef now, Orakpo said Wednesday. All were missing is the host when we first get down there. But its great. Its great to have this food here, man. The Redskins spent $30 million on a renovation to Redskins Park, which was part of the deal the team cut with local and state government last year to move training camp to Richmond.

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St. John’s changed its mascot from the Redmen to the Red Storm, Marquette is now the Golden Eagles instead of the Warriors and Stanford switched from the Indians to the Cardinal. Synder, however, has been adamant that the name should not change, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said he supports the team’s stance. General Manager Bruce Allen said in March that the team isn’t considering a new name. Following the symposium at the museum, the team posted a series of articles on its official website that spotlighted some of the U.S.

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Redskins beat Steelers in injury-filled second preseason game

Cousins was injured during a tackle by Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons while scrambling for 7 yards in the second quarter of the Redskins’ 24-13 victory Monday. DECISION TIME: Eagles pick starting quarterback The second-year backup from Michigan State has taken the bulk of first-team repetitions in training camp while Robert Griffin III recovers from reconstructive knee surgery. Cousins is expected back within the next two weeks, but he could miss the remaining two preseason games as a precautionary measure. A healthy return within that two-week period would mean Cousins would be ready for the Sept. 9 opener against the Philadelphia Eagles. That would be especially important if Griffin is not cleared to start by then.

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London Fletcher tallied an unsportsmanlike penalty after dragging Steelers tight end David Paulson to the ground after the play was whistled dead. Safety DeJon Gomes logged two penalties, one being an unavoidable helmet-to-helmet hit on a defenseless receiver, where Gomes really had no chance to make any other play. The second was an inexcusable late hit on Emmanuel Sanders, who was clearly out of bounds. – It’s time to put the quarterback battle to bed. Washington fans put a ton of stock in Pat White’s performance against the Titans, but Grossman clearly outperformed him tonight. White has shown that he’s capable of sticking on an NFL roster somewhere but it isn’t going to be with the Redskins.

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Watching Houdini again made my night!!!! He is everything to our franchise. Ben you are by far the most fun to watch QB in the NFL!!!!! Dwyer. I feel for you kid. Having to see you pound the rock way into the 3rd quarter???? Tomlin your starting week 1 RB shouldnt be playing that late in the game, Im now convinced you clearly do not value him at all.

Redskins take down Steelers

Kirk Cousins started under center again for the recovering Robert Griffin III, and the Redskins backup left early in the second quarter with a foot injury. Washington’s Ryan Kerrigan returned a Ben Roethlisberger interception for a score and Rex Grossman completed 10-of-16 passes for 133 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Roethlisberger threw for 66 yards on 5-of-6 passes, while Jonathan Dwyer gained 68 yards on 14 carries for a Pittsburgh offense that saw rookie running back Le’Veon Bell exit with a foot injury. Kerrigan picked off Roethlisberger from his left end position on Pittsburgh’s second possession of the game and rumbled 22 yards the other way for a score. Shaun Suisham’s 28-yard field goal got the Steelers on the board early in the second, but another turnover, this time a Dwyer fumble, led to Grossman throwing a 10-yard touchdown strike over the middle to Hankerson, who only used one hand to haul in the pass for a 14-3 Redskins lead. Suisham and Kai Forbath traded field goals just before the break, and the first points in the second half came early in the fourth quarter when Pittsburgh rookie Landry Jones found Jamie McCoy for a 10-yard TD.

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Kerrigan also added two tackles and a sack for a nice nightas work. The Skins scored again in the second quarter, with Hankerson hauling in a 10-yard touchdown pass from Rex Grossman. Kai Forbath added a 38-yard field goal as time expired on the half to give the Skins a 17-6 lead. Pittsburgh capped an eight play, 76 yard drive early in the fourth quarter with a Derek Moye 10-yard TD catch from Landry Jones, but the Skins answered with 3:21 remaining as Roy Helu, Jr. busted up the middle for a 30-yard touchdown run a his only carry of theAnight aAthat completed a seven play, 74 yard drive of their own. Grossman went 10-for-16 for 133 yards, with one touchdown and one interception in relief of Cousins. Pat White finished things up and went 3-for-6 for 22 yards and a pick.

Ryan Kerrigan Seeks Consistent Success

Some of the lower sack numbers come from the game plan. Some of the games, I am in coverage more often than the pass rush, Kerrigan said. What I need to do is figure out which attack move is and is not working during that game. I just try to do my job. Make sure my guy doesnt do that much. Defensive coordinator Jim Hasletts 3-4 defense requires linebackers to be versatile in pass rush and coverage situations, an added element that Kerrigan did not experience until the NFL. While Kerrigan was terrorizing quarterbacks in the Big Ten, he did so primarily out of the defensive end position with one or both hands in the dirt. While coverage is still becoming second nature, he said he feels more confident in his assignments each game. Im still getting there as far as learning. Im still not where I need to be, but believe me, I am getting there, he said. This defense asks you to be versatile enough to cover tight ends or receivers, and thats something I work on every day. In each of his first two NFL seasons, Ryan Kerrigan has an interception in coverage that he returned for a touchdown.

Redskins vs. Giants: Washington rookie Ryan Kerrigan breaks the game open

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Im kind of lighter, and quicker than a lot of the guys they face, so its a nice change of a pace and a chance for me to put my hand in the dirt again. Blitzing out of a three-point stance is nothing new for Kerrigan, who played as a defensive end in a 4-3 front while at Purdue. Drafted by Washington 16thoverall and converted to a linebacker asked to blitz out of a two-point stance, Kerrigan made a relatively smooth transition and last season reached his first Pro Bowl after recording 8.5 sacks. Although he has returned to his roots in a sense, this new role in the special pass-rushing package presents new challenges for Kerrigan. Both as a defensive end and linebacker, Kerrigan generally rushed off the edge, and only occasionally dips inside to throw off opponent as he works to get into the backfield. The new role has required Kerrigan to diversify his pass-rushing techniques and mind-set. Its just making sure youre collapsing the pocket, whether youre getting a good rush or not, just making sure youre staying in your rush lane so if one of the ends, or [Stephen] Bowen or Barry [Cofield], or whoever the other tackle is, is having a good rush so the quarterback doesnt have anywhere to step up into. Kerrigan added: You use your hands just as much, especially inside. But if you dont get to the quarterback, you want to get off the block and get your hands up because the passes are usually coming in the guard and center area.

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Not on my side. Or the other side, said Pierre-Paul. (Credit, Patrick McDermott/Getty Images) But the question of the hour is this: How will these disrespectful comments affect Washington this Sunday? The answer has two possibilities: 1) The comments will mean nothing to the Redskins, or 2) This bulletin board material will light a fire under the burgundy and gold. Some say that theres no such thing as bulletin board material; that if an NFL player needs to be inspired by words to perform at his best, then his best isnt good enough to begin with. 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 official website the field. Unequivocally option number two will describe how the Redskins will respond to Pierres words.

Washington Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan gets closer to his fans

The Redskins picked me to come in here and make plays for the defense. That’s my goal here, and that’s what I’m trying to do. Kerrigan is still adjusting to playing in coverage, and his unfamiliarity showed at times. But the Redskins 3-4 scheme is intended to wreak havoc, disrupt quarterbacks and force game-changing plays. Kerrigan still may be learning the basics, but he picked up on the broader concepts pretty quickly. I thought I did okay, he said of his debut. Did some things well, did some things not so well.

Ryan Kerrigan gauging clash with Jimmy Graham

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. You just look on film from last year to this year, and last year Im just shaking my head, like, What was I doing, Kerrigan said.

Ryan Kerrigan takes on new role in certain pass-rushing packages

Watt and Northwestern’s Vince Browne. The Purdue senior is college football’s best-kept secret. Kerrigan earns All-America honors from SI.com Kerrigan’s success results from his stamina. He often plays up to 90 snaps per game — an outrageous number for a defensive lineman — and wears out tackles with his relentless pursuit of the ball-carrier. His ability to ward off fatigue was evident earlier this summer. “Our first 12, 13 practices, it was triple-digits heat wise,” said Purdue coach Danny Hope. “A lot of guys lost weight, lost strength and wore down.

On Second Thought, I Know Ryan Kerrigan

Richmond Times-Dispatch Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan said its no big deal that fans didnt recognize him: We have helmets on. Turn captions on Occasionally, a player does something so seemingly out of character it is impossible to ignore. Ryan Kerrigan took such action Sunday in Richmond. On his one day off from practice, Kerrigan went to the heart of Carytown and did something potentially humbling. Working for the Redskins.com website, Kerrigan, microphone in hand, conducted man-on-the-street interviews. And the questions he asked were: Anyone on defense you want to see? Answer from a young fan: London Fletcher. Hes a heck of a player, Kerrigan said. Do you have a favorite outside linebacker, a favorite outside left linebacker [Kerrigans position]? Answer: No, not really. To a young woman, Kerrigan asked: Are there any players youre looking forward to watching?

Redskins lock up future generation of fans in Richmond

Were only an hour away from [Richmond], so its obviously much more convenient,” Brian Freeman, a Williamsburg-based fan, told the Washington Post . “We wouldn’t go if it was up there.” The economic part that may be getting overlooked however is the addition, and retaining, of the younger and future fan-base. I grew up in the Washington D.C. area, but with a father who is from New York and is a Giants fan. Because of the fact that I had more exposure to the Giants, than the local Redskins, I naturally became an adult Giants fan. (Thank God for my dad, because if it was up to my mom, I would be a Cowboys fan for all the wrong reasons.) The point I’m making is that kids typically take up the same teams as their parents, and the more exposure they have to that team, the more loyal they become.

Redskins’ Clinton Portis sues NFL over concussions

Brian Skinnell is a writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter and add him to your network on Google . He’s Just Jealous Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports When the Redskins traded with the Philadelphia Eagles for McNabb, many believed that Mike Shanahan had finally found his quarterback for the future. Unfortunately, McNabb turned out be a total bust and then blamed the Redskins’ lack of success on Mike Shanahan’s inability to make an offense made specifically to his playing style. Then comes Robert Griffin III. The Redskins created an offense that played to his strengths and Griffin was able to make a much bigger impact on the team than McNabb could. Heck, RG3 not getting benched in favor of Rex Grossman was enough to make him more of a success in D.C. than McNabb. Responding Will Only Make The Situation Worse Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports In grade school, teachers always said that the best way to get rid of a bully is to ignore a bully.

Washington Redskins release WR Devery Henderson

Offensive and defensive players alike, we saw many guys step up when their numbers were called. The games hero, Pat White , was the brightest star on the field last week. He led the teams game-winning drive and looked right at home in the pocket, which was something not many expected. I mean, come onhe hasnt played a down of football since 2009. Did anyone really bet on White to come in and play like that? Regardless, its a good thing he did, because it gave the Redskins a jumpstart to their season and creates a nice little competition behind Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins . White will be put to the test this week against a stern Steelers defense, but given the strength of Washingtons running game, the Redskins should be okay. Frederick Breedon/Getty Images Speaking of their runners strength, both Roy Helu and Evan Royster are coming off of strong performances, and are certainly making some noise in the Redskins crowded backfield. They will be challenged for playing time this week by rookie runners Chris Thompson and Jawan Jamison , but they will still get their chances to carry the ball and make an impression on the coaches. Helu is someone whos been hampered with injuries during his entire time in the NFL , but this could be the season we finally see him get going. Royster is another guy who hasnt had a chance to really get his NFL career started yet, but if he maintains this level of play, it wont be long before he does. Another guy who exceeded expectations last week was Leonard Hankerson . The third-year receiver has been pegged by many to be a star in 2013, and he is certainly looking the part. He caught four passes for 38 yards and a touchdown last week, showing his toughness by scoring on a catch across the middle of the red zone in traffic.

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I’d be dizzy. I’d take a play off and then go back in.” Portis is not the first Redskins player to sue the league. In 2011, the Washington Business Journal reported that three retired Washington Redskins players sued the NFL over the issue of brain injuries. The players, Harry Jacobs , Jerome Barkum and Tommy Mason , claimed the league should have known that repeated head impacts and concussions put the players at risk of developing degenerative brain diseases later in life. Mark May and Art Monk have also sued the league.

Redskins 2013 Season Game-by-Game Predictions

Sign up now! Washington Redskins release WR Devery Henderson Travel Deals Louis Bien, SBNation Posted: Wednesday, August 14, 2013, 12:44 PM Devery Henderson has been released by the Washington Redskins , the team announced Wednesday via Twitter . Henderson joined the Redskins in the offseason, after the Saints allowed the wideout to leave via free agency. Now Henderson is once again looking for a new team. Hogs Haven predicts 53-man roster An in-depth look at how the Redskins’ tightly-contested position battles will shake out.

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Im real good. 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.

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Side note: Prisco just posted his 2013 predictions and has the Redskins going 3rd in the NFC East at 9-7. At least that one is in the ballpark of reality. Enough of that though. I have the Redskins going 11-5 and hadthis as my reasoning : With RGIII coming back from major knee surgery and the Redskins facing all first-place opponents in the NFC East, common logic one would think it’d be hard for the Redskins to repeat their 10-win season. However, here are some key points: Of the Redskins’ 22 starters from last season, 21 are returning. The lone player that left per the Redskins’ decision was free safety Madieu Williams , who could not get the job done.