If you hear Chuck Brown cranking from the Green Lot this morning, you'll know who to thank. You're welcome in advanced.
Pierre Garcon gives exactly zero fucks. I know it, you know it and everyone around the league knows it.
Garcon the type of player that'll muscle a player off the line of scrimmage, catch the ball, spin it, then get up and tell you about when its over. And now his indiscriminate shit talk, usually reserved for defensive backs, is being aimed at the best defensive player in the league.
On HBO's season premiere of Hard Knock, you get a close look inside the highly publicized brawl between the Redskins and visiting Texans. Before the fight ensues, Garcon (unwisely, but that is just me) jumps into the face of reigning Defensive MVP JJ Watt, calling him Fuckboy several times.
Later on the sideline, Watt and linebacker JJ Cushing talk about Garcon, almost in disbelief, that he would step to a defensive lineman. Who does that?
88. That's who. Never change, Pierre. Keep doing you.
Backup QB: Kirk Cousins v. Colt McCoy
Normally the backup QB race wouldn't be an important contest. But when RGIII is the starter, anything can happen. Every year since entering the league, RGIII has missed time due to por performance, injury or both. There is no telling how long he will stay healthy or how long his leash is if he play doesn't improve. If Griffin misses time for any reason, the winner of the camp battle will be taking snaps.
Projected winner: Cousin. He turns the ball over a bit much for my liking, but proved he can move the offense with more consistency that McCoy. If he cuts down on the mental mistakes, the backup job is his to lose.
Third RB: Chris Thompson v. Silas Redd v. Trey Williams
Alfred Morris and Matt Jones (and even Darrel Young) will see the lion's share of touches out of the backfield, but all have a similar powerful, single- cut downhill quality to their game. The Redskins have been looking for a scat-back that can be a home run threat for years, and have have found it this year. Thompson and Redd both had chances last year to impress last year, but neither left a lasting impressing. That has opened the door for UDFA Trey Williams, who is diminutive, but explosive.
Projected winner: Thompson gets one more crack at holding down this job. Redd isn't as explosive as the other two and doesn't really have a special trait. Trey Williams' speed and elusiveness are intriguing, but I think Thompson will show enough in year three that he is finally ready to be a steady contributor and edge out the rookie.
Slot Receiver: Andre Roberts v. Jamison Crowder
Andre Roberts didn't give what the Redskins what they wanted out of a slot receiver in 2014. Some of that was on him. He dropped too many passes. The bad QB play also didn't do him any favors. But in honesty, Andre Roberts isn't a slot receiver typically. He was brought in to start on the outside, but was forced to the slot when DeSean Jackson became available. Rookie Jamison Crowder is a better fit in the slot. He is quicker than fast and runs exacto-knife sharp routes. He can help him maneuver his way though interior defenses and come out unscathed.
Projected winner: Both. Let me explain. While I do think Roberts will start at slot receiver, I don't think the Redskins to try and force a square peg into a round hole, so to speak. I believe that improved WR depth will allow the Redskins to spell Garcon more often and slide Roberts to the outside, his natural position. In these instances (or when they want to go four wide), Crowder will assume the slot.
Left OLB: Trent Murphy v. Preston Smith
The Redskins have drafted OLBs in back to back years which will provide quality depth. Who will get the start? Trent Murphy had a decent rookie season showing his ability to pass rush when needed, but be very stout against the run. Murphy put on some mass this offseason to withstand the rigors of a full NFL season. Preston Smith is a talented prospect that the Redskins seem to be enamored with. He has great size and incredible length and motor. Both players are viewed a promising chess pieces in this up-and-coming defense.
Projected winner: Murphy. Both guys are going to get their fair share of snaps. I could see Murphy playing alot on obvious running situations because of his ability to be tough at the point of attack and slide inside as a three technique. Smith could be a situation player as he becomes accustomed to the NFL.
Strong Safety: Duke Ihenacho v. Jeron Johnson
Jeron Johnson was presumed the starter when McCloughin brought him in from Seattle. But then the forgotten entity that is Duke Ihenacho emerged as the starter during OTAs. Johnson seemingly has the untapped upside that the secondary is in need of, but Ihenacho has the starting experience. I expect both to get their fair share of defensive snaps, but who starts?
Projected winner: Johnson. Both pay the same position, but I could see scenarios when they're used in totally different ways. Johnson will likely be an every down player and I could see him moving to free safety on some passing downs (depending on what we see from Dashon Goldson). Ihenacho is capable, but I view him as more of a nickel linebacker, much like how the Cardinals use 2013 first round strong safety Deone Buchannon.
#2 & #3 Corners: Bashaud Breeland v. DeAngelo Hall v. David Amerson
Chris Culliver is locked in to the starter's role and will shadow the Dez Bryants and Odell Beckham Jrs and the Jordan Matthews of the division. The Redskins lined up in nickel packages over 70% of all defensive snaps last year. I don't expect that to change now or anytime soon, so were going to see alot of slot cornerback play. DeAngelo Hall is one of the most accomplished corners of his era, but a double torn Achilles tendon will take its toll on the aging veteran. The question is how much? Breeland was a standout in his absence but was one ofthe most flagged corners in the NFL last season. If he can manage to be less grabby, he will emerge as a really great player. David Amerson has become the forgotten man after rating as one of the least effective corners in 2014 after a very solid rookie year in 2013. Figuring out who the real David Amerson is will be huge this August.
Projected winners: Hall & Breeland (if Hall proves healthy). Hall still enough left in his tank to be hold down a spot on the corner (he is also the veteran leader of the defense, which cannot be understated). However, I expect Breeland to be the full-time 2. He will likely be outside opposite Culliver in the rare occasion when the Redskins aren't in nickel. When they are, he will slide into the slot and Hall will take over outside. Breeland has shown he has the tools to be a real shut down corner, but he is making a name for his physicality and ability against the run. Slot corner needs stout against the run since they're near the box so often (especially against teams like Philly who will try and spread the Redskins out and run). If anything were to happen to Hall, I think Amerson would move in his spot and Breeland would remain in the slot.
Who is in. Who is out. Here is who I think will make the 90 man roster when training camp is over and the 90 is whittled down to 53.
Bold Denotes Starter
Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins & Colt McCoy
Robert Griffin will the starter through camp and barring a total collapse, through the beginning of the season (the minutiae of every single dropback RGIII takes in August will be poured over, so there will be no shortage of analysis of his progress). Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy will compete for the backup role, but with the lack of stability & confidence in the starter, this battle could be as important as any.
RUNNING BACKS (4)
Alfred Morris, Darrell Young, Matt Jones & Chris Thompson
No matter where you stand on the whole elite or not elite debate, Alfred Morris has been one of the most dependable back in the NFL since 2012. However, his production has declined each season since a monster rookie year. An emphasis on reinvigorating the running game this year could help Morris return to his previous form, but don't be surprised to see rookie Matt Jones eat into Morris' carries. Morris has been steady and durable, but fumbles a bit much for my liking and isn't a factor in the passing game. The staff loves what Jones can bring in the new power running scheme & in pass protection. The Redskins should give the talented Chris Thompson one more crack to be the third down scat-back they've been looking for. I think he comes along in year three and edge out Trey Williams and Silas Redd. Darrel Young is one of the most versatile FBs in the NFL and I don't expect that to change in 2015. With so many weapons at the Redskins disposal, it would behoove the offensive staff not to forget about DY.
WIDE RECEIVERS (6)
Pierre Garcon, DeSean Jackson, Andre Roberts, Jamison Crowder, Ryan Grant & Evan Spencer
Pierre Garcon is a year removed from leading the NFL in catches (113 in 2014), while DeSean Jackson finally gave the Redskins a true vertical threat leading the NFL in yards per catch (20.9 YPC). If the quarterback play improves, these two could become one of the better tandems in the league. Andre Roberts dropped way too many passes last year and contributed little in the return game, but is too talented to write off after one bad season (bad QB play didn't do him any favors). I wouldn't be surprised to see Roberts get more snaps at his natural spot on the outside, making room for rookie Jamison Crowder and second year Ryan Grant to play in the slot. Crowder has ideal herky- jerk quicks and fearlessness for that spot (which will also help him as the primary punt returner), while Grant is a superior route runner making both players well suited for the slot. Evan Spencers' contributions will likely be on special teams for 2015, where he was a standout at Ohio State.
TIGHT END (3)
Jordan Reed, Niles Paul & Devin Mahina
If he stays healthy and Redskins QBs can deliver him the ball on time, Jordan Reed will finally will go from potential star to a legitimate one. After years of struggling with the transition from WR, Niles Paul had a breakout season in 2014, proving that he can be a bonafide starting tight end in the NFL. The combination of Reed and Paul on the field at the same time will create matchup problems for days. Devin Mahina gets the nod over Logan Paulsen because of his ability in the passing game. He is 6'6 and has a ridiculous catch radius, which could be effective down near the goal line. He needs to develop as a blocker, but its not Paulsen is a great blocker on the edge anyways.
OFFENSIVE LINE (9)
Trent Williams, Shawn Lauvao, Kory Lichtensteiger, Spencer Long, Brandon Scherff, Arie Kouandjio, Morgan Moses, Tom Compton & Josh LeRibeus
The Redskins hope that perennial Pro Bowler Trent Williams and rookie Brandon Scherff are the bookend tackles for the foreseeable future. LG Spencer Long will take over for the departed veteran Chris Chester. He and RG Shawn Lauvao have the size and strength Gruden wants and both should benefit from a philosophy switch from a zone blocking scheme to Bill Callahan's power blocking scheme. Kory Lichtensteiger had a good season in 2014 and will start again in 2015, but doesn't have the typical size the coaches are searching for. Josh LeRibeus has been a disappointment for the majority of the past three years, but could be the biggest beneficiary of Callahan's arrival. He has showed well in OTAs as the backup center. He also has an inch, 20 pounds and is four years younger than Lichtensteiger. Wouldn't shock me to see him unseat the incumbent starter before long. Arie Kouandijo, Morgan Moses and Tom Compton will be the primary reserves.
DEFENSIVE LINE (6)
Jason Hatcher, Stephen Paea, Terrence Knighton, Chris Baker, Ricky Jean-Francois & Frank Kearse
Defensive line is undeniably the most improved unit on the Redskins. They have guys that can make plays up front and they're deep there. Terence 'Potroast' Knighton gives the line the A-gap run-stuffing NT they haven't had since since switching to the 3-4 alignment. His presence also will allow Jason Hatcher and fellow newbie Stephen Paea to do what DEs should do best; get upfield and be disruptive in the offense's backfield. Chris Baker and Jean-Francois were starters in 2014 for the Redskins and Colts respectively, but now will see time situationally in rotation, keeping the line fresher as games, and the season, wears along.
Ryan Kerrigan, Perry Riley, Keenan Robinson, Trent Murphy, Preston Smith, Will Compton, Adam Hayward, Trevardo Williams & Martrell Spaight
Defensive line may be the most improved, but the Redskins linebackers are the best unit on the team (they are also the youngest with the 27-year old Perry Riley as it's oldest member). The LBs are oozing with talent and potential, and that starts with Ryan Kerrigan. His 13.5 sacks last year was good enough for 7th in the NFL. He ranked 4th in pass rush productivity and should benefit from improved DL play. Second year Trent Murphy and rookie second rounder Preston Smith will likely split time at the other OLB spot. The defensive staff love what both players can bring as a pass rusher; size, length and brute strength. Neither player is particularly fast off the edge, but should be stout against the run and versatile enough to move around the front seven creating matchup headaches.
In my opinion, Keenan Robinson is the best overall player on the Redskins and could be a future All-Pro. In his first year as a starter, he showed the potential that had been untapped due to injury. He ranked 10th in the NFL in tackling efficiency last season and is only getting his feet wet. He is unreasonably fast and physical and the point of attack. While he could improve in coverage, he is speedy and smart enough to keep up with most backs and tight ends. And while I believe the Redskins could do better than Riley, he is a downhill thumper, rushes the quarterback well and is a good compliment to Robinson. They will be the heart and soul of the defense this year. Will Compton is a favorite of the coaching staff and it wouldn't be a huge upset if he wrestled the starting gig from Riley at some point. Rookie Martrell Spaight and veteran Adam Hayward will make the roster on special teams play. Hayward in particular was a bright spot on that dreary unit last year until he broke his leg and Spaight was drafted because of his teams play at Arkansas. Both will contribute in places other than defense. Trevardo Williams is a long term project but gets selected over Jackson Jeffcoat. The coaches like his speed off the edge. He got most of the reps when Kerrigan was sidelined during OTAs.
Chris Culliver, Bashaud Breeland, DeAngelo Hall, David Amerson & Tevin Mitchell
After several seasons of moving parts at the position, the cornerback spot seems to have been solidified. Thanks in part to Chris Culliver's addition, which sneakily could be one of the most impactful free agent signings leaguewide. He graded 10th among corners in yards per snap in 2014 and is now hitting the prime of his career. Barring a sophomore slump from standout Bashaud Breeland, the Redskins could have the makings of a very good cornerback duo. Behind those two are question makes. Hall is the veteran leader of the secondary and the defense. If he can rebound from two blown Achilles injuries, does he still have enough left in the tank to be productive? David Amerson, a second rounder in 2013, rated as one of the worst CBs in football last year after a promising rookie campaign. Will the real David Amerson please stand up? Rookie Tevin Mitchell is experienced in the slot, but must show he is ready for NFL competition.
Jeron Johnson, Dashon Goldson, Duke Ihenacho, Kyshoen Jarrett & Trenton Robinson
One of the most highly anticipated battles of camp will be at strong safety between Jeron Johnson and Duke Ihenacho. Johnson was brought in from Seattle to presumably be the starter (and I believe he will eventually win it), but Ihenacho got most of the first team reps in OTAs, plus has the experience edge. Either way, I expect both to play plenty on defense depending on situational packages. Dashon Goldson was traded for and will start at free safety. Some believe that Tampa Bay used him incorrectly and he can return to All-Pro form. Some believe he was never that good, merely a product of San Francisco's dominate defense. I believe Goldson, as just a stopgap, is somewhere right in the middle and will be serviceable, if nothing else. Kyshoen Jarrett and Trenton Robinson will beat out Phillip Thomas because of their special teams play.
Nick Sundburg, Tress Way & Kai Forbath
The Redskins found a real gem in Tress Way last August. He emerged as one of the best punters in the NFL. Kai Forbath may not have the strongest leg, but he is automatic from inside 40 yards, which is good news with these new fangled 32-yard extra points.
We all remember the open-hand smush Trent Williams delivered to Richard Sherman after the Seahawks beat the Redskins in the 2012 NFC Wild Card round. Its the GIF that never gets old.
Anyone familiar with Sherman's signature brand of on and off the field bravado, mixed with the frustration of losing a playoff game, can understand why Williams felt the need to throw the punch in that moment. But it appears that he and Sherman have officially ended any sort of beef that still may have been lingering after Silverback tweeted out a picture of the two of them at a Nike event this past weekend.
Lets find a new villain to hate, Redskins fans. I don't know about you, but Chip Kelly makes me feel a certain way. I'd love to see Jay Gruden give him a backhand at midfield after an Eagles' game.
Duke Ihenacho is currently in the midst of a battle with Jeron Johnson for the Redskins starting strong safety gig that will likely last throughout training camp. But that is not the only reason the 26-year old defensive back is garnering headlines this summer.
Ihenacho, who missed most of last season with a foot injury, has been proving through OTAs that his spat game may be the STRONGEST in the league. Custom tape jobs have been made to resemble classic Chuck Taylors, house slippers and now Nike flip flops
Word of Ihenacho's impressive tape has since caught the attention of the sneaker-enthusiast heavyweight website NiceKicks.com. Their Gridirion Kicks Spotlight interview & feature titled Meet The Man Behind The Leagues Most Interesting Cleats, debuted on their site yesterday afternoon. Check it out here.
FWIW, I still think the best Redskins shoe game is still, and always will be, Deion Sanders highstepping in the Jordan 11 cleats with the burgundy patent leather. I see you, Primetime.
You'd think Redskins wide out DeSean Jackson would shy away from cameras clocking his moves this off-season.
Back in May, much ado was made of nothing when the star receiver missed voluntary OTAs, only to be snapped by the NBA Instagram feed at the Cavaliers v. Hawks playoff game. Well, his private life is about to get a lot less private as his reality TV show is set to debut tonight.
The docu-series titled DeSean Jackson Home Team will focus not only on Jackson's personal life, but the core group of women in his life; including his "momager" Gayle, his sister and assistant A'Dreea, his publicist and his new girlfriend, Kayla.
Catch the series premiere of DeSean Jackson Home Team tonight at 8:30 PM on BET.
HAPPY DRAFT DAY! For the first time since 2011, the Redskins will have a selection during the NFL Draft's opening round. And after a very promising free agency period that drew acclaim from around football circles, first year general manager Scot McCloughin will continue to overhaul the Redskin roster through the draft.
During his pre-draft press conference Monday, McCloughin alluded that he wanted to acquire more picks, under the right circumstances, by trading down. So, when I put my GM hat on for this mock, I did exactly what McCloughin wants to/should do; trade back as many times as possible to get as many picks as possible. In my mock, I traded back four times and netted 12 picks total, plus a fifth rounder for next year. Make this happen for real tonight, GMSM.
Cleveland Browns get:
Round 1 - Pick 5
Washington Redskins get:
Round 1 - Pick 12
Round 2 - Pick 11
Round 3 - Pick 13
Round 1 - Pick 12 (from Cleveland): OLB Randy Gregory, Nebraska
This pick could draw from criticism as Randy Gregory, while talented, comes with some character issues. A failed drug test at the combine back in February didn't help improve his reputation. But at 12, the Redskins would be foolish to pass on this kind of talent.
Gregory would be an ideal fit as an edge rusher in Washington. The former Cornhusker has a dominant first step yet under-rated brute power to move and shed blockers in his way. Greg Cosell from SI's MMQB podcast said Randy Gregory has similar traits to future Hall of Famer Jason Taylor. If Gregory can sniff what Taylor did in his career, this would be a slam dunk of a pick.
Minnesota Vikings get:
Round 2 - Pick 6
Washington Redskins get:
Round 2 - Pick 13
Round 4 - Pick 11
Round 2 - Pick 11 (from Cleveland): OT D.J. Humphries, Florida
Right tackle has been an issue for the Redskins since Jon Jansen was cut in 2009. Tyler Polumbus won't be/shouldn't be back in 2015, Morgan Moses isn't ready to start and is coming off a season ending foot injury and Tom Compton is likely better suited as a back up. Drafting D.J. Humphries would finally solidify that spot.
At 6'5 307 lbs., Humphries has the type of size that McCloughlin looks for from his linemen. NFL.com described the former Gator as a player with a "Nasty play demeanor with legitimate toughness to his game. Plays through and past the whistle. Stays cranky." He would be a day 1 starter and would provide bookends that the Redskins desperately need.
Round 2 - Pick 13 (from Minnesota): CB/S Quinten Rollins, Miami (OH)
Quinten Rollins is my personal favorite prospect in the draft. He was a four-year basketball player for Miami (OH) before using his remaining semester of eligibility to play a season of college football. All he did was intercepted seven passes and be named the MAC Defensive Player of the Year.
Rollins dominated Senior Bowl practices, impressing scouts on hand as both a cornerback and a free safety. His seamless transition from the hardwood to the gridiron is due to his outstanding athleticism and natural instincts. Those traits would make him an ideal fit as a free safety, another spot where the Skins have been looking for answers for some time now. Dashon Goldson's prescene means Rollins can have somewhat of a 'redshirt' year to become acclimated to the new position.
Philadelphia Eagles get:
Round 3 - Pick 13
Washington Redskins get:
Round 3 - Pick 20
Round 5 - Pick 9
Round 3 - Pick 5: RB Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska
Another Nebraska product, another home run (hopefully). Ameer Abdullah is exactly what the Redskins wanted when they drafted Chris Thompson from Florida State in 2013; a speedy change-of-pace back that can spell Alfred Morris, play on third downs and can score from any place at anytime.
Despite his smaller stature, Abdullah is a pinball on the football field. He has incredible balance and plays behind his pads, breaking far more tackles than a guy his size should. He also showed superhuman durability, racking up 993 touches in his career (813 carries, 107 kick/punt returns 73 catches) while shattering most of Nebraska's yardage records.
Round 3 - Pick 20 (from Philadelphia): WR Rashad Greene, Florida State
The Redskins need at receiver isn't as pressing at first glance, but if you look a little deeper, it would behoove the team to start reloading sooner than later. Pierre Garcon's production took a major hit and is due over $18 million over the next two seasons. Plus he turns 30 before the beginning of the 2016 season. Andre Roberts had a disappointing 2014 and really isn't a good fit in the slot or as a return man. And with three receivers from last year's roster now gone (Leonard Hankerson, Sanatana Moss, Aldrick Robinson) the Redskins have to restock.
Rashad Greene is another record-setter, becoming the Seminoles' all-time leader in receptions last year. His silky-smooth route running and effortless stride makes him a dangerous intermediate receiving threat. Greene should be the type of guy that makes a killing in the middle of the field as a slot receiver.
Seattle Seahawks get: Round 4 Pick 6
Washington Redskins get:
Round 4 - Pick 13
Round 7 - Pick 31
Future Round 5 Pick
Round 4 - Pick 11 (from Minnesota): CB Senquez Golson, Ole Miss
Golson could be the steal of the draft for the Redskins if available. Many teams will shy away cause of his size and their fear is justified. 5'9 176 lbs. is tiny for a cornerback. But Golson is a baller witha nose for the football.
The Ole Miss product turned down a lucrative baseball contract to play college baseball and became one of the more explosive players in the SEC. Golson had nine interceptions and 16 pass breakups in 2014, en route to being named unanimously a first team All-American, He is fast, physical, fluid and uber competitive. He may be overmatched with the taller receivers, but he would be an ideal slot corner with the ability to stay in the hip pocket of quicker guys or blitzing off the edge. While the futures of DeAngelo Hall and Tracy Porter in doubt, Golson would be a nice addition for future seasons.
Round 4 - Pick 13 (from Seattle): DT Gabe Wright, Auburn
Gabe Wright reminds me of a poor man's Stephen Paea. He has room for growth as a run-stuffer, but his lightning quick burst and quick hands makes him a perfect fit as a three-technique in the 3-4. With Paea, Jason Hatcher and Ricky Jean-Francois on the roster at defensive end, Wright could be a better-than-average rotational player. With Hatcher's inability to stay on the field, Wright has the potential to start in his abscene.
Round 5 - Pick 5: G Mark Glowinski, West Virginia
You didn't think I'd do a mock without including someone from my alma-mater on the list, did you? Even if Mark Glowinski weren't my second favorite Mountaineer behind Kevin White, this would still be a good pickup for the Redskins.
Shawn Lauvao has been a bust, and an expensive one at that, at left guard. Chris Chester is no longer a NFL starter and still may get cut before the season. The team has hopes for 2014 third rounder Spencer Long, but in my opinion, how good could he possibly be if he couldn't beat out Lauvao and Chester for playing time? Don't even get me start on Josh LeRibeus.
Glowinski is a former tackle that can play anywhere on the line except left tackle. He has an immensely-strong upper body with surprisingly nimble feet. He pulls with ease and has the range to get to the second level, which will come in handy in Bill Callahan's new running scheme.
Round 5 - Pick 9 (from Philadelphia): WR Stefon Diggs, Maryland
Go re-read what I said about Rashad Greene. It goes double for this Maryland native. He could also give the Redskins the return man they've needed since Brian Mitchell. Yeah...its been that long.
Round 6 - Pick 6: TE Rory “Busta” Anderson, South Carolina
Boom or bust pick here with Rory Anderson, but what a boom it'll be if he can overcome several shortcomings. Injuries to hamstring and bicep has kept him off the field for the Gamecocks. He underwent surgery to repair a torn bicep in 2014. That and an occasional case of the dropsies has hurt his draft stock.
That being said, Anderson could reward a late-round gamble by the Redskins, or any team for that matter. He has all the natural receiving ability of a wide receiver with the size and blocking ability of a tight end. He has what seems to be an unlimited catch radius, using his 6'6 frame to snag any ball near him. If healthy, Anderson would be an excellent movable chess piece in an offensive scheme that could create nightmares for defenses.
Round 7 - Pick 5: OLB J.R. Tavai, Southern Cal
Spent only one year as a full-time starter for USC due to an assortment of injuries and is considered a tweener by most scouts. Still, J.R. Tavai is a tough-nosed player with a motor that just doesn't quit. His athleticism, or lack there of, will probably limit his chances or developing into a starter as a pro, but he has the football IQ and knack for being around the ball that coaches rave about. I think he would have the chance to stick on the practice squad or back of the roster player and contribute on special teams.
Round 7 - Pick 31 (from Seattle): CB Dexter McDonald, Kansas
The Redskins had him in for a pre-draft visit a few weeks ago, and if you watch his highlight tape, you'll see what of why that is. Unheralded by most draft boards, Dexter McDonald is a long and physical cornerback that NFL teams look for. He doesn't have ideal long-range speed to cover down the field and his technique will need some work, but he is great in jam coverage when asked to get his hands on a receiver. Could be a fit in cover-2 base scheme.
The Wizards have introduced alternate jerseys for the first time since switching back to Red, White & Blue before the 2011-12 season. They're infinitely better than the Bronze, Black & White monstrosities that the team retired back in 2009.
The team hasn't yet announced which dates, or how often, they will wear these Navy Blue alternates next year, but did announce that they will go on sale October 1st through the team store.
One of the few occasions when it is okay for a grown man to cry like an hungry infant is when watching the 1989 cinematic classic Field of Dreams. Any guy that ever played a game of catch with their old man as a kid probably blubbered uncontrollably through this movie (that includes me).Read More