Trent Williams and Richard Sherman Settle Their Beef

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. Tabs Duke Ihenacho as the Man Behind The League's Best Cleats

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  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.

DeSean Jackson Home Team Premieres Tonight On BET

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.

2015 Redskins Mock Draft

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. 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 β€œBusta” 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 New Alternate Unis

The Wizards Have New Alternate Unis

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.


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DeSean Jackson On The Cover of ESPN The Magazine

DeSean Jackson On The Cover of ESPN The Magazine

When ESPN the Magazine releases its "Comeback Issue" on July 7th, it will feature the newest Redskins receiver DeSean Jackson will be on the cover.

ESPN the Magazine is referring to Jackson's comeback from being released unceremoniously by the Eagles just days after gang related rumors surfaced.: "From rumors to released to redeemed (by a new $24 million deal) in 6 days." 

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