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The Washington Redskins had a very solid draft last April

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Redskins Talk,The Draft Report by admin on Monday 16 January 2012 at 10:30 pm

The Redskins finally decided to make some picks in a NFL Draft instead of trading them all away for veterans and they found some nice players for the future. Here is a look at how the rookie class did in 2011:

23-year old OLB Ryan Kerrigan was the Redskins’ first round pick last April. Kerrigan played in all 16 games for the Redskins last year and he had 63 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 4 tackles for a loss, 4 forced fumbles, 4 passes defensed and a interception that he returned for a TD. Kerrigan is going to be a beast on the Redskins’ D for a long, long time.

23-year old DE Jarvis Jenkins was a 2nd round pick last April. He was a beast in the pre-season before suffering a torn ACL and spending his rookie season on I.R. The Redskins hope he can stay healthy next season as he has a huge upside.

22-year old WR Leonard Hankerson was a 3rd round pick for the Redskins. He played in 4 games for the Redskins last year and he caught 13 passes for 163 yards (12.5 avg). His season was cut short due to injury, but the Redskins like what they saw out of him in 2011.

23-year old RB Roy Helu was picked in the 4th round by the Redskins. He played in 15 games for the Redskins last year and he carried the ball 151 times for 640 yards (4.2 ypc) with 2 TD runs. Helu also caught 49 passes for 379 yards (7.7 avg) with 1 TD grab. He looks like another steal for head coach Mike Shanahan, as he likes looking for RBs late in the draft.

22-year old safety Dejon Gomes was a 5th round pick by the Skins. He played in 15 games as a rookie for the Redskins last year and he had 35 tackles and 2 passes defensed. Gomes could be a starter down the road for the Redskins.

22-year old WR Niles Paul was also a 5th round pick by the Skins. He played in 13 games for the Redskins in 2011 in which he caught 2 passes for 25 yards (12.5 avg) and carried the ball 1 time for 7 yards. Paul also returned 1 kickoff for 15 yards and 1 punt for 0 yards.

24-year old RB Evan Royster was picked in the 6th round by the Skins. He played in 6 games for the Redskins last year and he carried the ball 56 times for 328 yards (5.9 ypc). Royster also caught 10 passes for 76 yards (7.6 avg). He will likely battle it out with Roy Helu for the starting RB job in training camp.

23-year old WR Aldrick Robinson was picked in the sixth round by the Redskins. He didn’t play in any games in 2011.

22-year old CB Brandyn Thompson was picked in the 7th round. He played in 6 games for the Redskins last year and he had 2 tackles.

24-year old OG Maurice Hurt was picked in the 7th round by the Redskins. He played in 8 games (all starts) for the Redskins last year as he was a major steal for the Skins so late in the draft.

24-year old LB Markus White was picked in the 7th round by the Skins. He played in 2 games but didn’t make any tackles.

24-year old NT Chris Neild was a 7th round pick too. He played in all 16 games for the Redskins last year and he had 10 tackles and 2 sacks. He was a nice find so late in the draft.

GRADE FOR 2011: B+

GRADE FOR THE FUTURE: A+

The Washington Redskins need to start over at QB in 2012

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Redskins Talk,Needs to Step Up by admin on Friday 6 January 2012 at 3:49 pm

The Washington Redskins need to clear the deck and bring in some new QBs for the 2012 season.  31-year old Rex Grossman was 5-8 (38.5%) as the Redskins’ starting QB in 2011.  He played in 13 games (all starts) for the Redskins last year and he completed 265 of 458 passes (57.9%) for 3,151 yards with 16 TD passes and 20 INTs (72.4 QB Rating).  He also carried the ball 20 times for 11 yards (0.6 ypc) with 1 TD run last year.  Grossman has now played in 54 games (47 starts) so far in his NFL career and he has completed 863 of 1,562 passes (55.2%) for 10,232 yards with 56 TD passes and 60 INTs (71.4 QB Rating).  He also has carried the ball 81 times for 106 yards (1.3 ypc) with 4 TD runs in his NFL career so far.  Grossman is now 25-22 (53.2%) as a starting QB during the regular season in his NFL career.  I can see the Redskins bringing Grossman back as a backup in 2012, but they need a new starting QB.

30-year old John Beck was a bust for the Redskins as they were 0-3 in his starts.  Beck played in 4 games (3 starts) for the Redskins last year and he completed 80 of 132 passes (60.6%) for 858 yards with 2 TD passes and 4 INTs (72.1 QB Rating).  He also carried the ball 10 times for 43 yards (4.3 ypc) with 2 TD runs last year.  Beck has now played in 9 games (7 starts) so far in his NFL career and he has completed 140 of 239 passes (58.6%) for 1,417 yards with 3 TD passes and 7 INTs (67.6 QB Rating).  He has also carried the ball 19 times for 55 yards (2.9 ypc) with 3 TD runs in his NFL career.  Beck is now 0-7 as a starting QB in his NFL career.

Philadelphia Eagles 34, Washington Redskins 10

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Game Recaps,General Redskins Talk by admin on Tuesday 3 January 2012 at 1:38 pm

The Redskins were in this game until the 4th quarter, when the Eagles scored the last 21 points of this game to pull away.  Rex Grossman wasn’t at his best in this game as he completed 22 of 45 passes for 256 yards with 1 TD pass and 1 INT.  Evan Royster had another huge game with 113 yards on 20 carries (5.7 ypc) and he also caught 5 passes for 52 yards (10.4 avg).  FB Darrell Young got some work in with 1 carry for 12 yards and 3 grabs for 32 yards (10.7 avg) in this game.  Roy Helu only rushed for 5 yards on 4 carries (1.3 ypc) and he also caught 2 passes for 48 yards (24.0 avg) with 1 TD grab.  WRs Santana Moss (3 rec, 45 yards) and Jabar Gaffney (4 rec, 28 yards) led the way in the passing game.  The Redskins finished up with 130 yards rushing on 25 carries (5.2 ypc) and they also completed 22 of 45 passes (48.9%) for 247 yards as they had possession of the ball for 30:41.

The defense was good for three quarters in this game before they blew a gasket.  Safety Reed Doughty (6 tackles) and OLB Brian Orakpo (3 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 tackle for a loss and 1 QB hit) led the way for the Redskins on D in this game.  LB Perry Riley (3 tackles, 2 passes defensed and 1 fumble recovery), safety O.J. Atogwe (3 tackles, 1 pass defensed and 1 interception) and CB DeAngelo Hall (3 tackles, 2 passes defensed and 1 interception) also pitched in for the Redskins on D in this game.  The Eagles finished up with 75 yards rushing on 19 carries (3.9 ypc) and they also completed 24 of 39 passes (61.5%) for 315 yards.  The Redskins finished the 2011 season with a 5-11 record.

Washington Redskins (5-10) vs. Philadelphia Eagles (7-8)

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Redskins Talk,This Week's Matchup Report by admin on Wednesday 28 December 2011 at 7:12 pm

The Redskins and Eagles are playing for pride and little more this weekend.  So the team that wants this game more will probably win.  The Redskins have lost three of their last four games as they are limping to the finish line of the 2012 season.  The Eagles have won three games in a row by a combined score of 91-34!  The Eagles won the earlier meeting between these teams, 20-13 in Washington.  Here is a look at the matchups in this game:

When the Redskins have the ball:  The Redskins are likely going to try to run the ball a lot in this game with Evan Royster and Roy Helu against an Eagles’ D that is giving up 111.4 yards rushing per game and 4.3 yards per carry so far this year.  Rex Grossman is going to have to be careful with the football in this game as the Eagles intercepted him four times in the first meeting.  I don’t think he will be careful though as I see him trying to attack the Eagles’ secondary down the field to WRs Jabar Gaffney, Santana Moss and Donte’ Stallworth.

When the Eagles have the ball:  Lesean McCoy might miss this game with an ankle injury.  Even if he does play, he will share carries in the backfield with Ronnie Brown.  The Redskins are going to have to contain Michael Vick in the pocket, or he’s likely to do damage both running the ball and throwing it down the field.  TE Brent Celek and WRs Desean Jackson, Jason Avant and Jeremy Maclin give the Redskins a lot of players to worry about when the Eagles drop back to throw.

PREDICTION:  EAGLES 27, REDSKINS 17

The Washington Redskins waive Ryan Torain

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Redskins Talk,Leaving Town by admin on Wednesday 28 December 2011 at 12:03 am

The Washington Redskins waive 25-year old RB Ryan Torain.  Torain played in 8 games for the Redskins this year and he carried the ball 59 times for 200 yards (3.4 ypc) with 1 TD run.  He also caught 6 passes for 23 yards (3.8 avg) this year.  Torain played in 18 games in his two years with the Redskins and he carried the ball 223 times for 942 yards (4.2 ypc) with 5 TD runs.  He also caught 24 passes for 148 yards (6.2 ypc) with 2 TD grabs.  The emergence of rookie RBs Roy Helu and Evan Royster have made Ryan Torain expendable.

Washington Redskins (5-10) vs. Minnesota Vikings (3-12)

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Game Recaps,General Redskins Talk by admin on Monday 26 December 2011 at 7:48 pm

The Redskins just couldn’t keep up with the Vikings in this game.  Rex Grossman had a solid game as he completed 26 of 41 passes for 284 yards with 2 TD passes and 1 INT.  Evan Royster led the way on the ground for the Redskins in this game with 19 carries for 132 yards (6.9 ypc) and he also caught 2 passes for 15 yards (7.5 avg) in this game.  WRs Jabar Gaffney (6 rec, 77 yards, TD), Donte Stallworth (5 rec, 59 yards, TD) and Santana Moss (4 rec, 46 yards) led the way for the Redskins in the passing game.  The Redskins finished up with 141 yards rushing on 24 carries (5.9 ypc) and they also completed 26 of 41 passes (63.4%) for 256 yards as they had possession of the ball for 30:26.

The defense was not good against the Vikings last weekend.  LB London Fletcher (17 tackles, 1 tackle for a loss, 1/2 a sack and 1 QB hit) and safety Reed Doughty (10 tackles) led the way for the Redskins on D in this game.  The Vikings finished up with 241 yards rushing on 38 carries (6.3 ypc) and they also completed 12 of 18 passes (66.7%) for 148 yards in this game.  The Redskins are now 5-10 on the year.

Washington Redskins (5-9) vs. Minnesota Vikings (2-12)

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Redskins Talk,This Week's Matchup Report by admin on Saturday 24 December 2011 at 6:41 am

The Redskins have won two of their last four games, as they have been playing solid football lately.  The Vikings on the other hand, have lost six games in a row and they have looked terrible doing it.  Here is a look at the matchups in this game:

When the Redskins have the ball:  The Redskins are going to keep Roy Helu’s workload down in this game as he is banged up right now.  Look for Evan Royster and Ryan Torain to also be involved in the running game against the Vikings tomorrow.  The Redskins must find a way to keep DE Jared Allen (17.5 sacks) and his buddies out of the backfield.  That will be easier said than done.  If Grossman has time to throw the ball, he’s going to make a lot of plays down the field to Santana Moss, Jabar Gaffney and Donte Stallworth.  Opposing QBs have a 110.8 Rating against the Vikings, so Grossman should have a pretty solid game tomorrow.

When the Vikings have the ball:  The Redskins are going to key on stopping Adrian Peterson.  They are also going to come after rookie Christian Ponder, who has been really sloppy at times so far this year.  Percy Harvin is the Vikings’ top playmaker, so the Redskins are also going to key on him.  None of the rest of the offensive skilled players scare the Redskins’ D at all.

PREDICTION:  REDSKINS 27, VIKINGS 16

Washington Redskins 23, New York Giants 10

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Game Recaps,General Redskins Talk by admin on Monday 19 December 2011 at 2:55 am

The Redskins took it to the Giants as they jumped them early in the game and never looked back.  Rex Grossman was so-so for the Redskins today as he completed 15 of 24 passes for 185 yards with 1 TD pass and 2 INTs.  Roy Helu led the way on the ground for the Redskins today with 53 yards rushing on 23 carries (2.3 ypc).  He also caught 3 passes for 16 yards (5.3 avg) in this game.  Evan Royster (10 carries for 36 yards) and Darrel Young (4 carries for 14 yards with a TD run, also helped out for the Redskins on the ground in this game.  WRs Jabar Gaffney (6 rec, 85 yards) and Santana Moss (2 rec, 40 yards, TD) led the way in the passing game for the Redskins.  The Redskins rushed for 123 yards on 40 carries (3.1 ypc) and they also completed 15 of 24 passes (62.5%) for 177 yards as they had possession of the ball for 35:00.

The defense was outstanding for the Redskins today.  LB London Fletcher (12 tackles, 1 tackle for a loss and 1 pass defensed), LB Perry Riley (8 tackles, 1 tackle for a loss) and safety Reed Doughty (7 tackles) led the way for the Redskins on D in this game.  CB DeAngelo Hall (6 tackles, 2 passes defensed and 1 interception), safety O.J. Atogwe (6 tackles, 2 passes defensed and 1 interception) and CB Josh Wilson (4 tackles, 3 passes defensed and 1 interception) also played well for the Redskins in this game.  The Giants finished up with 91 yards rushing on 18 carries (5.1 ypc) and they also completed 23 of 40 passes (57.5%) for 233 yards in this game.  The Redskins are now 5-9 on the season and they swept the New York Giants.

Washington Redskins (4-9) vs. New York Giants (7-6)

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Redskins Talk,This Week's Matchup Report by admin on Saturday 17 December 2011 at 2:36 pm

The Redskins have lost 8 of their last nine games, but they are likely still confident coming into this game.  That is because they thumped the Giants 28-14 in the season opener in Washington.  The Giants broke a four game losing streak last weekend in a huge win over the Cowboys in Dallas.  Here is a look at the matchups in this game:

When the Redskins have the ball:  The Redskins are going to keep playing like they have all year.  They are going to feed the rock to Roy Helu and throw the ball deep.  Helu has been hot lately and he should have little problem finding running room against a Giants’ D that is allowing 127.9 yards rushing per game and 4.7 yards per carry.  If Rex Grossman has time to throw the ball, and that is iffy, he will have success throwing the ball down the field as the Giants’ secondary is banged up right now.  WRs Santana Moss, Jabar Gaffney and Donte Stallworth are going to be the guys that Grossman is looking for as they all played well last weekend against the Patriots.

When the Giants have the ball:  The Giants are a pass first team.  The Redskins are going to have to get after Eli Manning, because if he has time to throw the ball, they are in deep trouble.  The Giants’ receivers are a huge mis-match for the Redskins’ secondary right now.  WRs Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks, Mario Manningham and TE Jake Ballard are all playmakers for the Giants.  The front seven will be responsible for stopping RBs Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw, and that won’t be easy either.

PREDICTION:  GIANTS 30, REDSKINS 27

The Washington Redskins lose safety LaRon Landry for the rest of the year

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Redskins Talk,Injury Reports,Needs to Step Up by admin on Thursday 15 December 2011 at 8:05 pm

The Redskins have placed 27-year old starting safety LaRon Landry on the Injured Reserve List, ending his season due to groin and Achilles injuries.  He played in 8 games for the Redskins this year and he had 48 tackles, 2 tackles for a loss, 1.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery and 1 pass defensed.  The Redskins are going to replace Landry in the starting lineup with 22-year old rookie corner DeJon Gomes.  Gomes has played in 12 games for the Redskins so far this year and he has 24 tackles and 1 pass defensed.