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Amazing New RG3 Toon From PikeToon

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Man PikeToon does it again with a glorious new RG3 Graphic.

I don’t know about you buy when I day dream about RG3inDC, this is pretty much what it looks like in my head.

Come on April … HAIL!

You can follow PikeToon on Twitter @piketoon or check his work out at http://www.PikeToon.com.

Heads up to our buddy Brent over at BurgundyBlog.com for the find

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Love is in the Air as RG3 Puts on a Show at Pro Day

Ah, Spring time. The flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping, love is in the air. It’s the time of year where new romances begin to bloom, it’s beautiful.

Think you have somehow stumbled across the wrong blog? Don’t worry you haven’t.

I’m talking about yesterdays Baylor Pro Day. If the NFL Combine is supposed to bee speed dating, yesterday was like the actual first date.

In case you happened to have missed it the beginnings of a great love affair were solidified yesterday as pretty much anyone who is anyone in the Washington Redskins organization spent the day in Waco Texas lusting after their Heisman winning QB of the future.

Listen no one in Ashburn is going to tell you that the Redskins want Robert Griffin III. When they traded up for the second overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft Bruce Allen said they had “fallen in love with two players”.

They very well may think a lot of Stanford Quarterback Andrew Luck, but I can promise you they only have eyes for one, and he goes by RG3.

For the better part of an hour yesterday afternoon Griffin flew around Baylor’s practice bubble (which is incredibly nicer than the new one at Redskins Park) like some sort of mythical super human. While the Redskins brass and fans all gawked like a bunch of middle school boys in front of a Victoria’s Secret.

I will admit Griffin put on a show. The guy has absolutely explosive speed and an impressive arm. Time and time again he rolled out and hit receivers in stride, it was beautiful. The cherry on the cake was the last play in which Griffin caught a 45 yard TD pass from Kendell Wright just because he can.

Now it is worth noting that pro days like this are scripted, and definitely worth noting that there are no defenders in pro day workouts. But I have to be honest watching that type of explosive speed roll out and throw It is going to extremely difficult to defend this kid.

Griffin has a burst that is unlike anything I have seen from the Quarter Back position before, and Mike Shanahan absolutely loves it. It is no secret that Shanahan’s offense is based on the QB boot and play action and with Griffin defenders are never going to really know if he is going to run or throw.

Every so often ESPN would show Shanahan, Allen and Snyder standing on the sidelines watching – grinning from ear to ear, salivating at the prospect of this kid running things in DC and he is more than capable.

Griffin showed a lot more yesterday than just his ability to run and throw. Between every throw he was talking up his receivers, coaching them on the field, and displaying the leadership the Redskins have missed in the huddle for a long time.

On a stage that was pretty big and all eyes looking on him, Griffin looked like he didn’t have a care in the world. He looked like a 22 year old kid playing a game and he is good at it. Wearing a tee shirt that said “No Pressure, No Diamonds” while warming up, you can tell that the lights are not going to be too bright for this guy. He loves the pressure, and his attitude is infectious.

Watching Griffin interact with his teammates it is pretty clear that they think the world of him. His value transcends X’s and O’s to the point where no one will ever be able to take him off the field for a guy like John Beck.

The thing that impressed me the most from yesterday is this: even though he has all the tools speed, accuracy, strength, touch, it is never just about him. During his press conference he spoke of how success on the field was team success, and that he could promise that it would always be about team and never just about him. For a team that has seen its share of me first guys fail. It is refreshing to see a guy like Griffin “get it”.

When asked about playing for the Redskins you can almost tell Griffin already believes that he is one. He even went as far as to say “no I didn’t grow up a Cowboys fan so there won’t be any awkwardness there” and honestly if he hadn’t said anything else, that was enough for me.

New Redskins in Uniform on Madden

 

OK I admit it, I am a Madden nerd. Every year I find myself waiting at midnight so excited to give EA Sports my hard-earned money for the newest Madden. I also admit that as soon as the Redskins announced roster moves like adding RG3 and Pierre Garcon, I had to update my copy of Madden to see how the new guys play.

I took a few pics of the new guys so you could see them all in uniform for the first time anywhere. OK maybe seeing the guys in Madden doesn’t count but it sure is fun. Sorry the pics are kinda crappy but since I have no clue how to rip screen shots right from the PS3 this is the best I can do.

You can check out the first video footage that I have seen on the internet of RG3 throwing a 17 yard TD to Pierre Garcon, and check out the pics of the guys in Redskins gear below.

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Redskins Add Meriweather

On Tuesday afternoon the Washington Redskins signed Free Agent Safety Brandon Meriweather. For fans and co-members of the blogosphere, the reaction has been a lot like Meriweather’s career – inconsistent.

Sure the guy went to back-to-back Pro Bowls, but he also has built a reputation for being reckless, a coverage liability (at times) and uninspired. Not to mention the checkered past while at Miami including a shooting incident (in which no charges were filed against Meriweather because he carried his gun legally) and an infamous brawl that found Meriweather stomping an opponent (much like Albert Haynesworth) causing him to get suspended for the remainder of the season. Not to mention he only started 4 games last season with Chicago.

Truth is, the guy is definitely going to be a project, but he may be just the type of project for a guy like Raheem Morris. He fits the mold of what Allen and Shanahan have been doing here in DC for the last two years.

In Meriweather, the Redskins are getting a young player entering his prime (he just turned 28) with unreached potential. He has been voted to two Pro Bowls, proving the talent is there, the questions is can Haslett and Morris bring it out?

We are past the point of using veteran players to patch this 3-4 defense and make it respectable. Now it’s about finding the right young talent that can flourish in this system.

Meriweather’s speed is one of the biggest reasons I believe Shanahan is willing to take a gamble on him.

Mike has made it perfectly clear that he lusts after guys with speed in his secondary. With a 4.45 forty time, Meriweather possesses the ability to cover a lot of ground quickly, taking away the big pass play.

I’m not going to sit here and blow smoke pretending this guy is a perfect fit or that he will come in here and be an instant All Pro. This is a low-risk move on a guy who possesses the talent to be a Pro Bowl Safety in the NFL. With a young passionate safety coach like Morris, there is a great chance this Meriweather can achieve his untapped potential.

Just like last year, bringing in guys like Stephen Bowen and Barry Cofield, the Redskins are bringing in guys who are more role players than superstars. Bruce Allen and Mike Shanahan are building a TEAM, not a collection of fancy names. At the very least I am willing to give this one a chance.

Updated Free Agency Tracker:

Players Added

QB Robert Griffin III – Trade with St Louis for 2nd overall pick in the draft

WR Pierre Garcon – FA Indianapolis

WR/KR Josh Morgan – FA San Francisco

FS Brandon Merriweather – FA Chicago

CB Cedric Griffin Minnesota

Players Re-Signed

DE Adam Carriker

Players Lost

FB Mike Sellers

FS OJ Atogwe

SS Laron Landry

WR Donte’ Stallworth

Players on the Hot Seat

WR Santana Moss

WR Jabar Gaffney

RT Jamal Brown

WR Brandon Banks

WR Anthony Armstrong

Targets

ILB London Fletcher – FA Washington

FB Owen Schmitt – FA Philadelphia

God Bless You Josh Wilson

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Nothing like a little peer pressure. Keep it up guys we need London back in the worst way.

Redskins Free Agency Round Up Day 1 – Free Agency Tracker

The 2012 NFL off-season has been anything, but boring for Washington Redskins fan. Really though, what do you expect from the team crowned “Off-season Champs” year after year?

Unless you have been living under a rock or abducted by aliens you knew that the Redskins agreed to trade with the St. Louis Rams late Friday night, giving them the second overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. The pick is sure to bring the Redskins their first franchise QB in nearly three decades with Robert Griffin III.

Though the deal was agreed upon and confirmed over the weekend, it was not made official until the start of the league year today at 4pm.

Locking down the QB of the future gave the Redskins the ability to spend the early part of Tuesday’s Free Agency opening concentrating on giving RG3 the weapons he needs to succeed.

Bruce Allen wasted no time on Tuesday afternoon signing Free Agent WR Pierre Garcon within the first 30 minutes to a 5 year deal worth just over 40 million dollars. It’s important to note that Garcon’s salary for 2012 is only 5.6 million (helping the team deal with the wonderful NFL Cap-Gate fines).

Moments later word broke that San Francisco WR Josh Morgan had agreed to a deal as well.

Rumors late Tuesday night point to former Denver WR Eddie Royal agreeing to terms with the team, reuniting the versatile WR/KR with his former Head Coach.

The Redskins also brought back one of their own locking up DE Adam Carriker to a long term deal.

The flurry of WR signings does a few things for this team, and while on the surface the upgrades appear minor – I have to believe that these moves are nothing if not methodical.

While we have from now until September to argue whether these moves will work out, there is no denying that Allen has made good on his promise to infuse this offense with youth.

All three receivers are younger than 26 years old, and just like last year’s Free Agency class, they are hungry players entering the prime of their careers.

You have to believe that these moves also spell the end of the road for guys like Santana Moss, Jabar Gaffney and Donte’ Stallworth in D.C.

While it is hard to see favorites like Moss on the way out, it is refreshing to see the Redskins getting younger at every position – not only through the draft, but through free agency as well.

For the first time since arriving in D.C. Mike Shanahan appears to be putting together an offensive unit that has his fingerprints all over it.

Free Agency Tracker:

Players Added

QB Robert Griffin III – Trade with St Louis for 2nd overall pick in the draft

WR Pierre Garcon – FA Indianapolis

WR/KR Josh Morgan – FA San Francisco

FS Brandon Merriweather – FA Chicago

Players Re-Signed

DE Adam Carriker

Players Lost

FB Mike Sellers

FS OJ Atogwe

Players on the Hot Seat

WR Santana Moss

WR Jabar Gaffeny

WR Donte’ Stallworth

SS Laron Landry

RT Jamal Brown

WR Brandon Banks

WR Anthony Armstrong

Targets

ILB London Fletcher – FA Washington

WR/KR Eddie Royal – FA Denver

RT Eric Winston – FA Houston

CB Aaron Ross – FA New York Giants

Bruce Allen to NFL “Come at Me Bro!”

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Today reports surfaced that the NFL was fining the Redskins 36 million dollars for front loading contracts in the uncapped year.

Ate problem with that is there was ya know, no salary cap or rules against reworking deals to get under the cap.

I for one was pumped when the team fixed the ten years of “cap hell” they had suffered under Vinny Cerratto. So I was especially ticked off to hear that the Redskins went from nearly 40 million in cap today to next to nothing.

Then Bruce Allen did his best Clint Eastwood impression with his official quote on the situation:

“The Washington Redskins have received no written documentation from the NFL concerning adjustments to the team salary cap in 2012 as reported in various media outlets. Every contract entered into by the club during the applicable periods complied with the 2010 and 2011 collective bargaining agreements and, in fact, were approved by the NFL commissioner’s office. We look forward to free agency, the draft and the coming football season.”

If no one has told you this today Bruce, I freaking love you!

Even if it looks like this whole cluster of fines sticks it’s nice to know this front office has the stones to stand up for itself against Pappa Goodell.

RG3 Should Cause a Chain Reaction in Redskins Off-Season Plans

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Rejoice Redskins Nation, it is a good time to be a fan of the burgundy and gold. Friday night’s announcement that the Redskins had acquired the 2nd pick overall in the 2012 draft to bring Robert Griffin III to DC brings something this team has not had since Lawrence Taylor ended Joe Theisman’s career – hope for a franchise quarterback.

Everyone and their brother has debated whether this was or wasn’t a good move (heck we even did just yesterday). So let’s get past the whole should they or shouldn’t they and look at what this does to the Redskins off-season plans.

Whether you love or hate the move, there is no denying that it sent a shockwave through this organization (and pretty much the entire NFL). For a team that needs a lot on offense this set the table for tomorrow’s start of Free Agency.

Step one has to be giving the kid some weapons and the Redskins are targeting the most dangerous one in this year’s free agent class.

Since the season ended Mike and Kyle have both been on record stating they need a big time playmaker on offense, specifically at wide receiver. All reports point to the fact that a big receiver like Vincent Jackson will be the Redskins top target. To be honest at this point I would be absolutely shocked if they did not get him.

Let’s look at what we know.

Mike Shanahan is absolutely in love with Jackson. After coaching against him twice a year while in Denver he is more than aware of what Jackson can do on the field. Two years ago when Jackson was seeking trade from San Diego after being franchised, it was Mike Shanahan on the phone with AJ Smith trying to bring him to DC.

The Redskins were willing to pay a heavy price for that trade, believed to be at least a second round pick at the time. The typically tight lipped Shanahan even admitted to being involved in the trade talks once the deadline had passed without a deal.

Outside of the Shanahan infatuation Jackson has some family ties already on the roster.

During his college career at the University of Northern Colorado, Jackson was teammates and roommates with Redskins safety Reed Doughty. You have to believe the brass in Ashburn have had Doughty make one or two recruiting phone calls, perhaps they spoke of the arrival of RG3. The point being Jackson should and most likely already does have a good idea of what to expect in DC. The inside track could lead to a quick close on this deal.

In years past when you hear the Redskins were in love with a big time play maker you knew that they were going to throw money at said player until they agreed to come. The results were disastrous. Time and time again the team trotted out big names so consumed with counting their newly acquired fortunes that playing the game became secondary.

Thankfully those days are over.

Bringing in an explosive playmaker like RG3 takes Washington from being a team to go collect a paycheck to playing for a team that can be absolutely dynamic and that is extremely attractive to Free Agents.

Don’t get me wrong I still expect the team to pay a pretty hefty price, I would guess it should be somewhere in the range of 5 years 55 million. But the truth is having one of the most exciting players to come out of college football in over a decade locked up should go a long way in convincing guys like Jackson that DC is not just a place to get paid, but a place to win.

Can Mychal Kendricks Be the Next London Fletcher

Let’s face it boys and girls, London Fletcher is not getting any younger. While I wish I could sit back here and say with confidence that he will continue playing at his current level for the next three years (assuming the Redskins actually resign the guy), the truth is that is not realistic. Even in a perfect world where the Redskins do bring their captain back, the reality of the NFL is that the clock is ticking.

Now is the time for the Redskins to begin to groom a replacement that will make transitioning to a life without London a little easier.

Resident SOW Draft Guru Justin Partlow breaks down Cal linebacker Mychal Kendricks and asks if he can be the guy to lead this defense.

While undersized and sometimes overlooked, Mychal Kendricks is still seen as one of the better ILB prospects in the 2012 draft class. With a knack for making tackles and finding the football, Kendricks has proven to be a true leader for the Cal Defense. The question though for many will be can he stack up against the big time OL in the NFL? That question will be answered throughout this profile as I really like Kendricks and think for the Washington 3-4 D he’s a very good fit.

Strengths: 3 things really stick out for me while watching Kendricks. Those are his tackling ability, blitzing skill and his coverage.  When I watched a few cut ups of film on him I really was taken aback by his tackling ability. While he’s not a big guy who’s not going to wow anyone with his frame, he is a form tackler who can pack a good punch to his opponent. Unlike a guy like Burfict who tries to intimidate his opponents on the field and then use poor tackling to get by, Kendricks instead uses his play on the field to make sure O coordinators will game plan for him.

Another thing that was impressive was watching Kendricks blitz the QB. It almost reminded me a bit of watching London Fletcher here in the 3-4 D.  He just sits backs and waits while everyone else takes off first and then will fly into the backfield and get after the QB or RB. It was impressive because this one cut up from draftbreakdown.com showed a great blitz by Kendricks on Andrew Luck.

Check out that clip from about the: 36 second mark and watch him sit behind and wait then take off and get Luck for the sack. That was impressive and the times I watched him blitz on film, he did the exact same thing. In our 3-4 D we need guys like that who can get after the QB but also play calm and get after the QB. It’s one thing to be a guy who can blitz, but it’s another thing to be an effective blitzer.

Finally let’s get to his coverage. It’s almost a bit underrated because at times it really doesn’t stick out on film, as he’s just a LB. When watching the film though, he really does a good job on covering guys who are obviously bigger than him. He needs work on his technique, but also think of it this way; really what players coming out are perfectly sound on technique? With a year of seasoning per se and the ability to sit under one of the top ILB’s in football in London Fletcher, Kendricks really could have the chance to shine and be a starting ILB.

Weaknesses: Really there are two weaknesses that I see from Kendricks that really stick out. There are others that are more minor but for the sake of this profile I’ll stick to the major ones. Kendricks will have problems with his height as well as his ability to almost overrun the play at times.

First off let’s talk about his height. Look I hate to do it, because players shouldn’t always be judged on height/weight/speed if you always do that then you need to sign up be an Oakland Raiders scout or front office guy (I kid I kid). What the truth is though that Kendricks is a smaller guy, so he will have difficulties at times matching up against big time TE’s who are 6’4 or 6’5. It’s not something that should be the end all be all with him in terms of deciding to draft him or not, but at the same time it’s something that scouts will mark negatively and will be the reason why he’s going in the 4th round range instead of the 2nd round. Kendricks though uses his size to his advantage, which is a positive to watch at the same time. What Kendricks needs to do is continue to use his height as an advantage, but at the same time it wouldn’t surprise me if teams did take him off the field on 3rd downs or obvious passing downs.

Also the other negative that shows up on film, is that while Kendricks for the most part does play the run and pass well, he has a tendency on running plays to overrun and end up letting big gains occur. A couple of times on the film I watched, I saw him just barely overrun the play, but by him overrunning the play another 5-10 yards were gained on the play. This is more of a technique and reading of the play flaw with Kendricks that can be taught, but also like I said you need to give him time to develop and learn.

So where does Kendricks fit? I love the idea of Kendricks in Washington as a 4th round pick. Bring him in, let him sit and learn and come in on certain downs and get his feet wet and then let him take over when London Fletcher retires. Kendricks has potential to be a starter and because of his size will fall on draft day, but look for Kendricks to become a starting caliber guy whether it be for Washington or another 3-4 team that I expect him to go to.

Big thank you to draftbreakdown.com for the YouTube cut up used in the draft profile.

Justin Partlow is the resident Draft guru at SonofWashington.com. For more great Redskins and NFL related info hit up Justin on Twitter @JTPartlow21.

SOWTV Fred Smoot Joins CNN to Talk Bountygate

Love him or hate him Fred Smoot always tells it like he sees it.