Tag:Washington Redskins
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: August 17, 2010 4:49 pm
Edited on: August 17, 2010 5:23 pm

McNabb also interested in an NBA future

Posted by Will Brinson

Remember when Brandon Marshall wanted to be in the NBA? Well, we debunked that prospect to much that he's resorted to becoming a punter as well, in hopes of making some extra cash.

Turns out though, he's not the only NFL'er interested in balling it up in the L. You can go ahead and add Donovan McNabb to the list. McNabb told NBC Washington's Dan Hellie (via the Washington Post' s Dan Steinberg ) that if the NFL gets locked out, he's headed to the Wizards.

"Well, we just drafted John Wall, [have] Gilbert Arenas, they're looking for kind of a power guard that can come in, get a little physical down low," he said. "I can go play with the Wizards if things don't really work out. Drop about 10, 15 basketball pounds...slap some boards a little bit, get up on the rim.

Obviously McNabb is joking a little bit more here than Marshall appeared to be, but it still warrants discussing whether or not he could succeed. For that, we turn to our NBA expert and my good buddy, Matt Moore.
"Oh, that would be great. The one thing you want is a plodding bruiser who's longest part is his mid-section. Should work well. I've got an idea. Let's just shorten Andre Iguodala's arms by four inches and add 25 pounds. Should be about the same." Interesting that Matt referenced Philly there, right? (And quick aside: I really only asked Matt for a quote because it cracks me up that he gets auto-tagged as the Carolina Panthers quarterback. LOL, ammaright?)

Especially since McNabb said "us" when he was talking about the WASHINGTON Wizards. Guh, guess the guy has no loyalty.

Just kidding -- McNabb's a pretty awesome dude. Also, he repeated the mantra that he wants to be with the Redskins for "years." And considering the stark juxtaposition of a guy like Donovan and guy like Brett Favre (not just in how they treat teams, but how teams treat them ), it's refreshing to see someone be entertaining, honest and loyal.

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Posted on: August 16, 2010 11:43 am

Buffalo, San Fran interested in Westbrook too?

Posted by Will Brinson

Brian Westbrook's been quite cautious with his free agency this offseason, which is rather rare for an aging running back with concussion issues. Theoretically, he'd like to jump on the first team that could offer him a good contract and some playing time, before the rest of the 2002 Pro Bowlers (Larry Johnson, Willie Parker) filled those spots.

Turns out, his patience was a smart move: yesterday, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan mentioned Washington's renewed interest in the back , and now it appears that the Buffalo Bills and San Francisco 49ers would also be interested in inking the former Eagle.

That's via Chris Russell of the Reskins Radio Network , who says he talked to Westbrook's brother Byron at Redskins practice on Monday.

According to Byron, his brother has "some new possible opportunity's [sic] in SF and Buff as well as" St. Louis.

Buffalo and San Francisco adding themselves to the mix makes perfect sense: Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch could both miss extended time into the season , while San Fran just lost Glen Coffee to a very early retirement .

And of course, St. Louis would love to have Westbrook in order to compliment Steven Jackson.

So, now that it's clear that his patience has paid off, what should Westbrook do. Personally, I think the Niners provide the best possible fit for Westbrook.

They're a contending team (in a particularly weak division) with less personnel in the backfield -- Frank Gore and new-found bruiser Anthony Dixon are the only competition for carries out by the bay.

In Washington, Westbrook's talents would certainly be utilized and he would get to play with his old buddy Donovan McNabb, but as mentioned, their depth chart is pretty full with LJ, Parker, Clinton Portis, et al. That's not to say Westbrook couldn't be better than those guys or that those guys couldn't be cut, but the path to touches is much more difficult there.

St. Louis would provide touches and good money, but the odds of winning a Super Bowl there this year are roughly 200:1 (at least according to Sportsbook ... and that's being generous, really). The same thing applies for Buffalo, with the caveat that when Jackson and Lynch return, Westbrook could see his carries drop again.

Like every decision for veterans, it may come down to how much Westbrook values winning versus playing time versus money. San Francisco just seems to offer the best combination of the three.

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Posted on: August 15, 2010 6:25 pm
Edited on: August 15, 2010 8:19 pm

Redskins still interested in signing Westbrook

Posted by Will Brinson

On Saturday afternoon, it seemed all but guaranteed that Brian Westbrook would be a member of the St. Louis Rams. However, the Rams refuted the reported Westbrook signing, and the former Eagle remains a free agent.

Now, the Washington Redskins -- one of three teams along with the Rams and the Broncos that were initially interested in Westbrook -- have restated their interest in bringing Westbrook to the nation's capitol.

"Like I told you, I'm not sure what direction he's going," Mike Shanahan said. "But we've been entertaining that option. I'm not sure what direction he's going at this time."

In non-angry words, that means "We're interested, but we're not sure if we can overpay for an additional 2000 Pro Bowl running back."

The 'Skins already have Clinton Portis, Larry Johnson, Willie Parker, Ryan Torain and Keiland Williams on their depth chart. Bringing in Westbrook would be good for them in terms of really boosting the backfield's pass-catching ability, but they'd probably have to admit a mistake on either Parker or Johnson and cut them loose, simply because there aren't enough carries to go around.

Of course, the upshot for Washington looking at Westbrook is that he already has an excellent repoire with starting quarterback Donovan McNabb, and plugging him into Shanahan's offense with an already comfortable situation would be fun to watch.

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Posted on: August 14, 2010 11:31 am

Haynesworth changes tune about 3-4 NT role

Posted by Andy Benoit

Could the 3-4 nose tackle position actually be growing on Albert Haynesworth? The mega-millionaire sounded a lot less disgruntled (or is it “a lot more gruntled”?) after his preseason debut against the Bills Saturday night. A. Haynesworth

Haynesworth, who worked as the second-string nose tackle, talked about the scheme with reporters after the game. "It's different, but I like it,” he said “It's something I've got to get used to, but other than that, it's going to be a good defense.”

It’s possible – though not likely – that the Redskins could use Haynesworth at the defensive end position in 2010. It could depend on how Ma’ake Kemoeatu performs. Kemoeatu is coming of a serious Achilles injury but earned the starting nod Saturday night.

Also worth noting is that, regardless of whether he plays nose tackle or end, Haynesworth will be used as a bull-rusher on a four-man line in obvious passing situations.

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Posted on: August 13, 2010 7:51 pm

Haynesworth not starting tonight

Posted by Andy Benoit

No surprise here -- the Washington Redskins defense just took the field without Albert Haynesworth. The perpetually-disgruntled defensive lineman will come off the bench against the Bills tonight. Thus, the Redskins home crowd will have a chance to unleash a cascade of boos.

It was uplifting to see that Ma'ake Kemoeatu was Washington's starting nose tackle. The veteran is coming off a very messy Achilles injury. If Kemoeatu plays well this preseason, Haynesworth could wind up at defensive end (his preferred spot in this 3-4 scheme).

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Posted on: August 13, 2010 6:37 pm
Edited on: August 13, 2010 6:39 pm

Reasons to watch tonight's preseason action

Posted by Andy Benoit

Usually, the best part of a preseason game is simply seeing two teams in NFL uniforms on the same field. Tonight, there are three games, each with a unique reason to watch (maybe). Here’s what’s on the NFL’s Friday night docket (with a reason to watch listed below): K. Kolb (US Presswire)
Bills @ Redskins

McNabb’s debut in Washington. He’ll probably play two or three series. But we’ll get a quick glimpse at his on-field chemistry with Washington’s very mediocre receiving corps.

Also, bonus: what will Albert Haynesworth do in this game?

Chiefs @ Falcons

Tony Gonzalez faces his former team…for a few minutes, anyway.

Jaguars @ Eagles

Last year, this matchup gave us the Michael Vick return. This year, we get the Kevin Kolb debut. Sort of. Kolb has started games before – regular season games, in fact. But this is a tad different. For the first time, he’ll be taking the field as The Man in Philly. It’s a bigger deal that he’s doing so at home, where the Eagles fans will overreact to his every move. Will Kolb give in to the temptation to try and do too much? Will he be poised? How he plays shouldn’t matter (it’s the first preseason game, after all). But, given that Kolb’s performance will set the tone for Philly’s talk radio world and blogosphere the next few weeks, his performance tonight does matter.

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Posted on: August 11, 2010 4:35 pm
Edited on: August 11, 2010 4:36 pm

Jerry Jones: Eagles more consistent sans McNabb

Posted by Will Brinson

The NFC East (which we previewed with "Survivor" contestant Jimmy Johnson recently ) doesn't exactly need more drama: the Donovan McNabb trade, the Cowboys being the Cowboys, Albert Haynesworth, etc.

Just in case though ... Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones was willing to throw a little gas on the fire during an interview with the Philadelphia Daily News .

"McNabb helped create those big swings in our games over the last 10 years," Jones said. "When he played well, it was like throwing the knockout punch. When he didn’t, you were able to throw the knockout punch."

That's not necessarily an insult -- even McNabb couldn't really disagree with that statement. However, he might not be as thrilled with Jerry implying that things might be better with the new quarterback.

"I don’t see that now (with Kolb). I think Kolb and the way they’re going about it now, you won’t have those big swings one way or the other. I think every game with them is going to be a battle. Because of Kolb and because the makeup of the rest of their team is solid. And their coach, there is not a better coach in the NFL than Andy (Reid)."

No "except Wade Phillips"? I kid, I kid. No one's trying to say Wade is better than Reid, even Jerry.

But the Kolb v. McNabb argument is one that will rage all season long with whichever side is winning in the standings leading the debate. The Cowboys were previously just innocent bystanders, but you can bet that McNabb is painting even bigger mental bullseye on them after hearing their owner's comments.

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