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Posted on: August 22, 2010 10:08 am
Edited on: August 22, 2010 10:19 am
 

Hot Routes 8.22.10: Injuries and rookie hazing

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

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-In Baltimore’s win against the Redskins, Terrell Suggs – coming off, by his standards, an unimpressive year – had a good showing . He credits an offseason diet in which he came to training camp considerably lighter.

-Of course, Suggs’ explosion could also be credited to the fact that Redskins rookie LT Trent Williams, who was burned much of the night by Suggs, sustained an elbow contusion . He said the injury would not keep him out long.

-Seahawks RB Leon Washington, who suffered a season-ending injury last year while playing for the Jets, made his Seattle debut an impressive one, rushed for an 11-yard TD (overall, he carried the ball four times for 19 yards). Afterward, Washington declared that he felt healthy.

-Last night, we told you Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman was done for the preseason after fracturing the tip of his thumb. Freeman is just relieved it’s not a more serious injury . His backup, Josh Johnson, went 6 for 10 for 133 yards and a TD. Third-stringer Rudy Carpenter also performed well, completing 8 of 11 attempts for 79 yards and the game-winning score.

-According to Florida Times-Union columnist Gene Frenette, the Dolphins exposed the Jaguars defense during Miami’s one-point win Saturday night. Miami and QB Chad Henne scored on four-straight possessions against Jacksonville’s No. 1 defense.

-In case you figured the injuries to A.J. Feeley’s thumb and elbow would catapult rookie Sam Bradford into the starting QB slot, you might have to rethink that theory . After the game, Feeley said he expects to be back for the team’s next preseason game. The X-rays on his thumb and elbow were negative.

-Neither Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw nor S Antrel Rolle started New York’s game Saturday night, because both were late to team meetings. “I've been around long enough to understand there are consequences, so I took it like a man,” Rolle said.

-And while we’re on the Giants, let’s talk for a second about RB Brandon Jacobs and his stiff neck that kept him from playing. According to Tom Coughlin, the injury came out of nowhere. Apparently, Jacobs hurt himself by doing shrugs while working out.

-If Ben Roethlisberger had his choice, he would have played the entire Steelers-Jets game. Alas, he was just happy to be back on the field.

-Speaking of Pittsburgh, Ed Bouchette of the Post-Gazette thinks the battle for the center spot is finished. Give the job to dominant rookie Maurkice Pouncey now, Bouchette writes.

-Brian Urlacher said the calf injury he sustained on the first series of the Bears game was not a big deal .

-The art of the rookie hazing is not dead in Tennessee. On Saturday, the Titans splashed all of safety Robert Johnson’s non-uniform clothes into the cold tub . Johnson’s cell phone was spared, but not his $160 pair of Jordan’s. The hazing was totally unexpected for Johnson, he said.

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Posted on: August 19, 2010 9:10 am
 

Hot Routes 8.19.10: No Favre news here

Posted by Andy Benoit

Chargers left tackle Marcus McNeill met with GM A.J. Smith Wednesday. McNeill requested the meeting, but according to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union Tribune, little progress was made.

Wide receive Brandon Jones signed a five-year, $16.5 million contract with the 49ers last offseason but was released Wednesday. Jones hurt his shoulder in ’09 and fell to the bottom of the depth chart. Speculation is the current coaching staff was never taken with Jones.


Cowboys left guard Kyle Kosier sprained his knee Wednesday and will miss 4-6 weeks. Journeyman Montrae Holland will fill in. Kosier is Dallas’s prime source of mobility inside.

Chargers rookie nose tackle Cam Thomas is impressing some people early on. He seems to have good perspective, too.

The Jets are trying to trade third-string quarterback Kellen Clemens.

Finally! Some good news for the Ravens and their cornerback situation. Fabian Washington, back from last year’s ACL injury, will play against the Redskins Saturday.

With Brent Grimes having a groin injury, the Falcons cornerback competition could be opening up.

Redskins rookie left tackle and No. 4 overall pick, Trent Williams, faces a reckless driving charge from an incident in June.


In either a marketing ploy or a sadly confused effort to beat the summer heat, the Arizona Cardinals will wear black jerseys in their next preseason home game (vs. Redskins). (Perhaps with Kurt Warner retired, the Cardinals are already mourning their 2010 season.)

We knew the Browns were extremely high on strong, athletic outside linebacker Marcus Benard, but is the 2009 undrafted free agent really in line for a starting job?

Maybe the NFL is right when it says fans can’t stand preseason games. Looks like a game featuring two marquee teams, the Chargers and Cowboys, could be blacked out.

Because it’s late in training camp for most teams, there’s probably four or five worthless stories out there about coaches cancelling practice and sending their players to the movies instead. To save you from the temptation of wasting two minutes of your life reading one of these stories, we won’t even provide a link.

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Posted on: July 30, 2010 1:46 pm
 

Eric Berry tweets that 'the deals done'

First-rounders are signing all over the place, and many of them via Twitter. The 49ers spent the good part of the last hour tweeting about their various draft picks who have signed (Mike Iupati is at the facility right now to sign his five-year deal and they actually posted a picture of Anthony Davis literally inking his contract).

Eric Berry, the Kansas City Chiefs first round draft pick, actually announced his deal via his personal Twitter account , stating that he was "Bout to head to st. Joe!!!" because "Aka the deals done!"

Certainly we'll hear more information about official nature of the deal from the Chiefs soon, as well as the details. For now, though, good news for Kansas City fans.

That also means we now have three top-10 picks (Rolando McClain with the Raiders) and two top-5 picks (Trent Williams with the Redskins and Berry) inked to deals.

Needless to say, it's been a busy day for rookies in the NFL, and it's only about halfway done.

-- Will Brinson

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Posted on: July 30, 2010 9:18 am
 

Redskins sign 1st-rounder Trent Williams

Trent Williams, the No. 4 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, signed with the Redskins early Friday morning, according to a release from the team.

The deal reportedly is a six-year, $60 million max deal with $36.75 million in guaranteed money.

Williams is the highest drafted individual to sign with his team thus far, and the only top five pick to ink. That's a chunk of guaranteed cheddar, even for a blue-chip offensive line prospect, so it's reasonable to expect that you'll see Sam Bradford get up near (or above) that $50 million mark when he does sign with the Rams.

Of course, one important aspect of getting Williams signed early is that Washington expects him to start at left tackle and protect Donovan McNabb's blind side for the duration of the season; getting him into camp for the maximum amount of exposure to team activities was crucial for the Redskins.

Plus, now we all get to turn our attention back to Albert Haynesworth ... who just failed his second straight day of conditioning tests.

-- Will Brinson

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Posted on: June 21, 2010 12:59 pm
 

Jammal Brown Trade Could Shift NFC East

There are rumors that the Cowboys showed interest in Jammal Brown. The two-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle, of course, wound up in Washington. This could ultimately prove to be a power-shifter in the NFC East.

The Redskins did not have a quarterback who could consistently threaten a defense through the air in 2009. Obviously, the chaos with Sherm Lewis replacing Jim Zorn as the play-caller didn’t help. But whoever was calling plays couldn’t trust the mechanical, indecisive Jason Campbell.

When new head coach Mike Shanahan, along with GM Bruce Allen, solved this problem by trading for Donovan McNabb in the spring, critics tipped their caps, paused, then said, “Wait, your offensive line still stinks.” Indeed, there was no replacement for injured/retired Chris Samuels at left tackle, and Stephon Heyer’s fleckless technique and poor lower-body strength made for a hopeless situation on the right side.

In response, Shanahan and Allen signed Vikings veteran Artis Hicks and drafted athletic but raw tackle Trent Williams fourth overall. Then, over the weekend, they traded for Brown. The former Saint not only infuses power and nastiness into the right tackle spot, he also relegates Hicks to a more-fitting utility backup role. Depth has been a problem with the Redskins’ front five for years.

Brown’s arrival also aids the rest of the front. Washington’s interior line – guards Derrick Dockery and Mike Williams, and center Casey Rabach – are cogs who play to the level of those around them. In other words, good tackle play makes for good guard play in Washington.

The only concern is that all of these linemen are road-grading blockers; how will they perform in Shanahan’s agility-based zone scheme? In the very least, with McNabb on board and an adequate front five, Washington will now be competitive in passing situations. A decent offense factored with what has been a rock-solid Redskin defense translates to a fourth playoff contender in the NFC East this year.

Posted on: June 19, 2010 4:36 pm
 

Analyzing the Jammal Brown to the Redskins trade

The Saints have traded left tackle Jammal Brown to the Redskins. Brown was unhappy with his restricted free agent offer in New Orleans and wanted a long-term deal. The Saints were realizing that they’d just won a Super Bowl without the powerful two-time Pro Bowler (Brown missed virtually all of 2009 with a hip and hernia injury).

What’s fascinating is that the Redskins spent the No. 4 overall pick in the draft on Trent Williams. So do they plan to use Brown on the right side? Brown has the skill set to be a dominant right tackle, but you wonder how receptive he’d be to the switch given that he’s looking to make premium left tackle money.

FOX Sport’s Jay Glazer reports that in exchange for Brown, the Saints are receiving a conditional draft pick. Brown’s immediate replacement will be Jermon Bushrod, though second-round rookie Charles Brown will certainly get a close look at some point.

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: June 17, 2010 3:34 pm
 

Super Agent Eugene Parker Loses Big Money

Imagine being fired just months before you’re set to receive a six-figure commission. According to Comcast SportsNet’s Kelli Johnson, that’s the position Eugene Parker finds himself in. The renowned agent (client include Deion Sanders, Emmitt Smith, Michael Crabtree and others) was fired by Redskins left tackle and No. 4 overall pick Trent Williams Thursday. 

The NFLPA requires that Williams wait four days before hiring a new agent. Whoever he hires will have to immediately get started on the rookie’s contract negotiations.

--Andy Benoit

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