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Kirk Cousins’ resiliency a reason why Redskins had chance late against Falcons

ATLANTA — Kirk Cousins was the last player sprinting after Robert Alford, though he was losing the race by about 10 yards.

Alford picked off a pass Cousins intended for Ryan Grant and returned it 59 yards for a touchdown, giving the Atlanta Falcons a 25-19 overtime victory over the …

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Source:: Washington Times

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Redskins fall to Falcons after Kirk Cousins throws interception in overtime

ATLANTA — With his intended receiver sprawled on the field, it was difficult to tell if Kirk Cousins’ last pass was on target.

After Washington Redskins wide receiver Ryan Grant slipped, Atlanta Falcons cornerback Robert Alford made the easy interception and returned the ball 59 yards for a touchdown, lifting …

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Source:: Washington Times

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Redskins resiliency, determination bodes well for the future

Redskins’ rookie wideout Jamison Crowder of Duke led the team in receiving yards and receptions as Washington pulled out a last-minute win over the Eagles 23-20. Read more … 

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With Griffin ailing, Redskins’ Gruden says it’s Kirk Cousins’ team now

Kirk Cousins.

Kirk Cousins.

Kirk Cousins is getting another shot.

Redskins head coach Jay Gruden on Monday said that Cousins, the fourth-year Michigan State product, will be the team’s starting quarterback for the 2015 season, beginning Week 1 against the Miami Dolphins Sept. 13 at FedExField.

“I think all three quarterbacks should be commeded for their efforts, their willingness to get better,” Gruden told reporters after Monday’s practice at Redskins Park. “But when it’s all said and done after all the film that we’ve gone through, all the offseason activity, all the training camp footage, we feel that at this time, Kirk Cousins gives us the best chance to win and that’s where we’re going. … It’s Kirk’s team.” … Read more.

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Redskins cut ECU’s Smith after failing to protect RG3

Willie Smith.

Willie Smith.

Former ECU offensive lineman Willie Smith has been cut by the Washington Redskins as the Skins work to get its roster down to 53. Smith perhaps sealed his fate when he failed to project Robert Griffin III during a preseason game against the Lions.

Griffin was hit numerous times in the backfield during the game and suffered a concussion that threatens to bench the QB for part of the season.

The Redskins starting tackle Trent Williams has been nursing a hurt foot and Coach Jay Gruden had expressed confidence that Smith could fill in adequately for Williams. Of course that was before the Lions game debacle.

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ECU’s Smith, Duke’s Cofield in camp with Redskins

williesmith+takobycofieldWillie Smith and Takoby Cofield grew up less than an hour from each other in eastern North Carolina. Now they’re on the same NFL team.

The two offensive linemen are vying for spots with the Washington Redskins.

Smith, who played college football at ECU, grew up Kenly and attended North Johnston High School. He’s played in the NFL since 2011 having spent time with the Raiders and Chargers in between two stints with the Redskins.

Cofield, a Duke product, laced up his spikes at Tarboro High School. He was signed as an undrafted free agent in May.

Click to see a video story on the two.

Source: WITN

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Order your copy of “Hail to the Redskins” book for a discount

hailredskinsbookA new book titled “Hail to the Redskins: Gibbs, the Diesel, the Hogs and the Glory Days of D.C.’s Football Dynasty” comes out in September but you can pre-order your copy for more than 50 percent off the regular price.

During the 1980s and early 1990s, North Carolina residents watched the Redskins each Sunday as NC-native Joe Gibbs led them to four championship games.

It’s called “a rollicking chronicle that takes fans behind the scenes of the legendary Super Bowl-champion Washington Redskins teams of the Joe Gibbs’ era and offers a revealing portrait of the NFL during the 1980s and early 1990s.”

Based on more than 75 original interviews, here is the inside story of the glory days of the famed Washington Redskins teams of the Joe Gibbs’ era—one of the most remarkable and unique runs in NFL history. From 1981 to 1992, Gibbs coached the franchise to three Super Bowl victories, making the team the toast of the nation’s capital, both among the political elite and the city’s majority African-American population.

Veteran sportswriter Adam Lazarus charts the team’s rise from mediocrity (the franchise had never won a Super Bowl and Gibbs’s first year as head coach started with a five-game losing streak that almost cost him his job) to its stretch of four championship games in ten years. What makes the run of sustained success all the more remarkable is that, unlike Joe Montana’s 49ers or Tom Brady’s Patriots, each of Gibbs’s Super Bowl victories featured a different quarterback—a testament to the genius of the team’s head coach, who proved himself one of the most adaptable and creative minds in NFL history.

Hail to the Redskins features an epic cast of characters: hard-drinking halfback John Riggins; the dominant, blue-collar offensive linemen known as “the Hogs” who became a cultural phenomenon; quarterbacks Doug Williams, the first African-American QB to win a Super Bowl, and Joe Theismann, a model-handsome pitchman whose leg was brutally broken by Lawrence Taylor on Monday Night Football; gregarious defensive end Dexter Manley, who would be banned from the league for cocaine abuse; and others including Darrell Green, Art Monk, Mark Rypien, owner Jack Kent Cooke, and more.

Building on Lazarus’s interviews with key inside sources, including Redskin players, personalities, and journalists, Hail to the Redskins paints a colorful picture of one of the most compelling teams in football history. Order your copy by linking below or on the ad on the right side of the page.

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Redskins, Kerrigan Reach Contract Extension

Ryan Kerrigan.

Ryan Kerrigan.

Ryan Kerrigan has been the definition of consistency for the Washington Redskins’ defense since he was taken 16th overall in the 2011 NFL Draft.

On Wednesday, Kerrigan was rewarded for his efforts, as the team announced it had reached a multi-year contract extension with the Purdue product, who is coming off a career year in 2014.

Terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.

“To get to a moment like this where you get a chance to play out the rest of your NFL career with the team that drafted you, the team that you love, the city that you love, it hasn’t really hit me yet, but it’s an awesome feeling,” Kerrigan said. “Now it’s my job to go reward the Redskins for the faith they put in me by playing well this year, and for the rest of my career.”

Kerrigan in 2014 turned in one of the best performances by a pass rusher in team history, posting a career-best 13.5 sacks, tying Ken Harvey (1994) and Dexter Manley (1984) for the fourth-most sacks by a member of the Redskins since sacks became official in 1982.

Kerrigan also had five forced fumbles in 2014, tying for the league lead and becoming the first member of the Redskins to finish atop league rankings in that category since LaVar Arrington’s NFL-best six forced fumbles in 2003.

Kerrigan – a Pro Bowl selection in 2012 – enters the 2015 season with 38 sacks, already ranking sixth in team history in that category. With six more sacks, Kerrigan would move into sole possession of third place, passing Orakpo (40), Harvey (41.5) and Monte Coleman (43.5). Manley (91) and Charles Mann (82) top the list.

The Muncie, Ind., native – who was an All-American defensive end at Purdue before being transitioned to an outside linebacker in Washington – said he’s appreciative of the Redskins for allowing him to continue his career where it started.

“I think more than anything it’s awesome, the vote of confidence that the Redskins have put in me,” Kerrigan said. “Being drafted a couple of years back, defensive end who is becoming an outside linebacker, you’re never sure how things are going to turn out for you.”

He said he can’t wait to show the passionate Redskins fanbase exactly what this opportunity means to him starting Week 1, when the team takes on the Miami Dolphins in their 2015 season opener at FedExField.

“We want to win, and I know that’s a simple thing to say, but it is,” Kerrigan said. “I know the fans know how it was back in 2012 when we won the division, and that’s got to be first and foremost our goal for this year and for the years to come is to get back to the top of the division and then make sure that the game we’re playing in December, that they’re counting something towards the standings and that we’re a viable contender in the NFC.”

Kerrigan and the Redskins kick off 2015 training camp at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond, Va., on Thursday.

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Ridiculous: Judge orders cancellation of Redskins trademark registration

Redskins Name Football

A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the cancellation of the Washington Redskins’ trademark registration, ruling that the team name may be disparaging to Native Americans. …read more

Source:: WRAL

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Undrafted: Duke’s Cofield signed by Redskins; ECU’s Carden by Bears

Takoby Cofield.

Takoby Cofield.

Now that the NFL draft is over, those who went undrafted are being made offers from teams as undrafted free agents. Several in North Carolina have already been signed including East Carolina quarterback Shane Carden (Bears) and Duke’s offensive tackle Takoby Cofield (Redskins).

Meanwhile, NC State was shut out of NFL Draft for the first time since 1996 but Wolfpacker Tyson Chandler, a 6-6 340-pound offensive tackle, signed with the Lions.

ECU’s Carden might be in a decent situation joining a team that went just 5-11 and whose fans booed the starting quarterback, veteraan Jay Cutler.

Carden has the best numbers of any East Carolina quarterback in history with nearly 12,000 passing yards, 86 touchdowns and more than 1000 completions.

Pirate teammate Lamar Ivey, a physical safety, was signed by the Seattle Seahawks.

As for the 6-4, 310-pound Cofield, a Tarboro native, Dane Brugler of CBS Sports said this before the draft, “Although guard Laken Tomlinson receives most of the attention on Duke’s offensive line, Cofield started 42 straight games at left tackle and has produced NFL worthy film of his own. He was a steady edge blocker for the Blue Devils, using adequate size, athleticism and constant hustle to get the job done. Cofield needs to introduce discipline to his play style to limit his lunges and improve his anchor to better sink in his stance to survive at the next level. Although he has wrinkles to iron out and his lack of range of physical tools aren’t ideal, Cofield shows promise and has enough talent to grow into a reserve swing tackle in the NFL – worth late round consideration.”

Cofield was a third-team All-ACC selection. His teammate quarterback Anthony Boone was signed by Detroit while Duke receiver Issac Blakeney was signed by the 49ers. Duke defensive end Jordan DeWalt-Ondigo, who was considered a possible draftee, signed with the Eagles.

The two UNC Tar Heel signed so far are cornerback Tim Scott, who was signed by the Cowboys, and tight end Jack Tabb, who was signed by the Saints. Scott impressed scouts with a 4.55 40-yard dash at UNC’s Pro Day prior to the draft but it wasn’t enough to get drafted.