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NFL PREVIEW: WASHINGTON REDSKINS

August 20, 2012
INDIANA SPORTS PAGE



Washington Redskins

by Kelci Baker, EIHSS SPORTS

Last year: 5-11, 4th in NFC East, missed playoffs 

A 5-11 season for Mike Shanahan left the two-time Super Bowl winning coach at 11-21 in Washington. They traded an arm and a leg to St. Louis to receive the second overall choice in this years draft. As planned, that allowed them to draft Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III of Baylor. Their defense went from 31st to 13th in 2011 while seven of last seasons 12 draft picks started at least one game. That was led by Ryan Kerrigan who played all 988 snaps wile getting 7.5 sacks and four forced fumbles.

 Offensive coach Kyle Shanahan has already said that Griffin will be starting quarterback over Rex Grossman. Tight end Fred Davis was suspended the final four games of last year after failing three drug tests. The same goes for left tackle Trent Williams, the draft's overall pick in 2010. Rejoining Williams, center Will Montegomery, right guard Chris Chester and right tackle Jammal Brown up from is left tackle Kory Lichtensteiger who is recovering from a torn right ACL. Darrel Young returns at fullback. Veterans Santana Moss and Anthony Armstrong are supposed to be replaces by free agent signees Pierre Garcon, Josh Morgan and 2011 third-round pick Leonard Hankerson as top receivers. Battling for the position of running back is Roy Helu and Evan Royster who combined for five 100-yard games at the final six weeks of the season. As of early May, Tim Hightower remained unsigned after tearing his ACL.

 Captain and leading tackler London Fletcher has been resigned for the defense. Partnering inside with Fletcher is Perry Riley while Kerrigan and Brian Orakpo are outside linebackers. Orakpo led Washington with nine sacks. At end are Adam Carriker and Stephen Bowen who will be flanking nose tackle Barry Cofield. Jarvis Jenkins who missed his rookie year with a torn right ACL will now get to play a lot upon his return. What we don't know is who will play secondary. Inconsistency last year with cornerback Josh Wilson and DeAngelo Hall isn't too much cause for concern on either of them loosing their jobs. Strong safety LaRon Landry has signed with the New York Jets. Free safety Oshiomogho Atogwe was cut. Those two moves leaves Reed Doughty and DeJon Gomes to battle against free agents Tanard Jackson, Madieu Williams and Brandon Meriweather for spots. 

Graham Gano had to deal with five of his field goals getting blocked and another five that he missed in 2011. Neil Rackers was signed to replace him who was 32 of 38 for the Houston Texans at 35-years-old. Punter Sav Rocca injured his ankle in Week 13. Brandon Banks' return averages each slipped by more than 2 yards from his 2010 rookie season. Special teams coordinator Danny Smith's coverage units were the NFL's best. Raheem Morris has retired from coaching Tampa Bay to run the secondary for the Redskins. Ike Hillard will coach the receivers. A lot of the focus will be on Kyle Shanahan's offense because it needs the most improvement which will prove difficult with a rookie quarterback.

Redskins 2012 Schedule

Week

Date

Opponent

Game Time

1

Sep 9th

at Saints

1:00 p.m.

2

Sep 16th

at Rams

4:05 p.m.

3

Sep 23th

Bengals

1:00 p.m.

4

Sep 30th

at Buccaneers

4:15 p.m.

5

Oct 7th

Falcons

1:00 p.m.

6

Oct 14th

Vikings

4:15 p.m.

7

Oct 22nd

at Giants

1:00 p.m.

8

Oct 28th

at Steelers

1:00 p.m.

9

Nov 4th

Panthers

1:00 p.m.

10

Bye Week

11

Nov 18th

Eagles

1:00 p.m.

12

Nov 22nd

at Cowboys

4:15 p.m.

13

Dec 3rd

Giants

8:30 p.m.

14

Dec 9th

Ravens

1:00 p.m.

15

Dec 16th

at Browns

1:00 p.m.

16

Dec 23rd

at Eagles

1:00 p.m.

17

Dec 30th

Cowboys

1:00 p.m.

2012 ROSTER

NoNamePosStatusHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
97 Alexander, Lorenzo LB ACT 6'1" 244 5/31/1983 6 California
13 Armstrong, Anthony WR ACT 5'11" 179 3/29/1983 3 West Texas A&M
18 Austin, Terrence WR ACT 5'11" 171 8/25/1988 3 UCLA
34 Bailey, Antwon RB ACT 5'7" 195 7/16/1990 0 Syracuse
92 Baker, Chris DE ACT 6'2" 333 10/8/1987 3 Hampton
93 Balmer, Kentwan DE EXE 6'5" 317 10/15/1986 5 North Carolina
16 Banks, Brandon WR ACT 5'7" 153 12/21/1987 3 Kansas State
22 Barnes, Kevin DB ACT 6'1" 190 9/15/1986 4 Maryland
40 Bellamy, Travon DB ACT 5'11" 202 1/11/1988 1 Illinois
48 Bernstine, Jordan CB ACT 5'11" 214 5/31/1989 0 Iowa
60 Black, Jordan T ACT 6'5" 305 1/28/1980 7 Notre Dame
72 Bowen, Stephen DE ACT 6'5" 310 3/28/1984 7 Hofstra
45 Boyce, Dorson FB ACT 6'1" 237 6/25/1988 0 Washington
19 Briscoe, Dezmon WR ACT 6'2" 210 8/31/1989 2 Kansas
77 Brown, Jammal T ACT 6'6" 317 3/30/1981 8 Oklahoma
69 Campbell, Chris T ACT 6'5" 327 9/22/1986 1 Eastern Illinois
94 Carriker, Adam NT ACT 6'6" 305 5/6/1984 6 Nebraska
66 Chester, Chris C ACT 6'3" 309 1/12/1983 7 Oklahoma
96 Cofield, Barry NT ACT 6'4" 318 3/19/1984 7 Northwestern
68 Compton, Tom T ACT 6'5" 308 5/10/1989 0 South Dakota
58 Cook, Erik C ACT 6'6" 308 7/5/1987 2 New Mexico
47 Cooley, Chris TE ACT 6'3" 243 7/11/1982 9 Utah State
12 Cousins, Kirk QB ACT 6'3" 209 8/19/1988 0 Michigan State
39 Crawford, Richard CB ACT 5'11" 188 8/1/1990 0 Southern Methodist
23 Creer, Lennon RB ACT 6'1" 216 10/13/1988 0 Louisiana Tech
3 Crompton, Jonathan QB ACT 6'3" 225 7/25/1987 1 Tennessee
83 Davis, Fred TE ACT 6'4" 247 1/15/1986 5 USC
38 Davis, Tristan RB ACT 5'10" 211 5/5/1986 1 Auburn
37 Doughty, Reed DB ACT 6'1" 206 11/4/1982 7 Northern Colorado
  Favorite, Marlon DT ACT 6'1" 317 6/22/1986 1 LSU
59 Fletcher, London LB ACT 5'10" 248 5/19/1975 15 John Carroll
4 Gano, Graham K ACT 6'2" 196 4/9/1987 3 Florida State
88 Garcon, Pierre WR ACT 6'0" 212 8/8/1986 5 Mount Union
61 Garner, Grant C ACT 6'3" 302 9/5/1988 0 Oklahoma State
73 Gettis, Adam G ACT 6'2" 292 12/9/1988 0 Iowa
64 Golston, Kedric DT ACT 6'4" 318 5/30/1983 7 Georgia
24 Gomes, DeJon DB ACT 6'0" 201 11/17/1989 2 Nebraska
20 Griffin, Cedric DB ACT 6'0" 195 11/11/1982 7 Texas
10 Griffin III, Robert QB ACT 6'2" 217 2/12/1990 0 Baylor
8 Grossman, Rex QB ACT 6'1" 225 8/23/1980 10 Florida
23 Hall, DeAngelo DB ACT 5'10" 193 11/19/1983 9 Virginia Tech
85 Hankerson, Leonard WR ACT 6'2" 211 1/30/1989 2 Miami (Fla.)
17 Hanks, Darius WR RES 6'0" 187 2/23/1989 0 Alabama
29 Helu, Roy RB ACT 5'11" 215 12/7/1988 2 Nebraska
25 Hightower, Tim RB ACT 6'0" 220 5/23/1986 5 Richmond
57 Holt, D.J. LB ACT 6'1" 243 12/1/1988 0 California
79 Hurt, Maurice OG ACT 6'3" 329 9/8/1987 2 Florida
50 Jackson, Rob LB ACT 6'4" 266 11/3/1985 3 Kansas State
34 Jackson, Tanard DB ACT 6'0" 196 7/21/1985 5 Syracuse
99 Jenkins, Jarvis DT ACT 6'4" 315 4/24/1988 2 Clemson
79 Johnson, Delvin DT ACT 6'3" 324 8/21/1989 0 Marshall
25 Jones, David DB ACT 6'0" 197 9/19/1985 5 Wingate
53 Kehl, Bryan LB ACT 6'2" 243 6/16/1984 5 Brigham Young
91 Kerrigan, Ryan LB ACT 6'4" 260 8/16/1988 2 Purdue
14 Kirkland, Sam WR ACT 6'0" 190 11/8/1988 0 Kent State
67 LeRibeus, Josh G ACT 6'2" 315 7/2/1989 0 Southern Methodist
75 Lee, James OG ACT 6'4" 308 8/17/1985 5 South Carolina State
86 Lewis, Lance WR ACT 6'2" 207 11/1/1988 0 East Carolina
45 Lewis, Monte LB ACT 6'3" 241 10/14/1988 0 Jacksonville State
78 Lichtensteiger, Kory OG ACT 6'2" 284 3/22/1985 4 Bowling Green State
62 Martinez, Nick T ACT 6'4" 308 2/16/1989 0 Oklahoma State
58 McNally, Brian LB ACT 6'3" 260 9/5/1989 0 New Hampshire
31 Meriweather, Brandon DB ACT 5'11" 197 1/14/1984 6 Miami (Fla.)
  Minnifield, Chase DB RES 6'0" 185 3/31/1989 0 Virginia
54 Moll, Tony T ACT 6'5" 315 8/23/1983 7 Nevada-Reno
63 Montgomery, Will G ACT 6'3" 304 2/13/1983 6 Virginia Tech
15 Morgan, Josh WR ACT 6'1" 220 6/20/1985 5 Virginia Tech
46 Morris, Alfred RB ACT 5'10" 218 12/12/1988 0 Florida Atlantic
89 Moss, Santana WR ACT 5'10" 189 6/1/1979 12 Miami (Fla.)
95 Neild, Chris NT RES 6'2" 325 12/1/1987 2 West Virginia
98 Orakpo, Brian LB ACT 6'4" 257 7/31/1986 4 Texas
84 Paul, Niles WR ACT 6'1" 233 8/9/1989 2 Nebraska
82 Paulsen, Logan TE ACT 6'5" 261 2/26/1987 3 UCLA
74 Polumbus, Tyler OT ACT 6'8" 305 4/10/1985 5 Colorado
80 Quinn, Richard TE ACT 6'4" 264 9/6/1986 3 North Carolina
1 Rackers, Neil K ACT 6'1" 207 8/16/1976 13 Illinois
87 Reliford, Beau TE ACT 6'6" 269 11/5/1989 0 Florida State
56 Riley, Perry LB ACT 6'0" 238 5/3/1988 3 LSU
11 Robinson, Aldrick WR ACT 5'10" 181 9/24/1988 1 Southern Methodist
52 Robinson, Keenan LB ACT 6'3" 238 7/7/1989 0 Texas
6 Rocca, Sav P ACT 6'5" 263 11/20/1973 6 No College
35 Royster, Evan RB ACT 6'1" 216 11/26/1987 2 Penn State
76 Scott, Darrion DE ACT 6'3" 302 10/25/1981 6 Ohio State
69 Smith, Willie OT ACT 6'6" 310 11/13/1986 2 East Carolina
57 Sundberg, Nick LS ACT 6'0" 251 7/29/1987 3 California
32 Thompson, Brandyn DB ACT 5'10" 185 10/30/1989 2 Boise State
30 Trent, Morgan DB ACT 6'1" 187 12/14/1985 4 Michigan
55 White, Markus LB ACT 6'4" 264 11/25/1987 2 Florida State
41 Williams, Madieu DB ACT 6'1" 209 10/18/1981 9 Maryland
71 Williams, Trent OT ACT 6'5" 328 7/19/1988 3 Oklahoma
51 Wilson, Chris LB ACT 6'4" 243 7/10/1982 4 Northwood
26 Wilson, Josh DB ACT 5'9" 188 3/11/1985 6 Maryland
90 Worthington, Doug DT ACT 6'5" 311 8/10/1987 1 Ohio State
36 Young, Darrel FB ACT 5'11" 251 4/8/1987 3 Villanova


ACT = Active
RES = Injured reserve
NON = Non football related injured reserve
SUS = Suspended
PUP = Physically unable to perform
UDF = Unsigned draft pick
EXE = Exempt

 

For any fan under the age of 25, this season is undoubtedly the most exciting and highly-anticipated season of Washington Redskins football you've ever been a part of.

And for all fans over the age of 25, well, this season is probably just as exciting.

After being forced to watch our beloved Redskins stink it up for more than two decades amongst numerous coaches and quarterbacks, a dictatorship and an embarrassing number of playoff appearances, there is finally something to look forward to.

So maybe Robert Griffin III won't take the Redskins to a Super Bowl in his first season at the helm, but if he doesn't make you feel like it's possible.

And with Mike Shanahan in his third season of a five-year plan, fans have to feel positive about the direction of the team. For the first time in a long time, the Redskins are fresh with youth; strong character is now a priority, and the front office is no longer treating summers like lottery payouts for mediocre talent.

Creating high expectations for the Redskins during the weeks leading up to the preseason is a thing of the past. Or at least it should be. Even if the Redskins finish the 2012 season with a 7-9 record, this year is about progress.

For a team that has gone through the turmoil of Albert Haynesworth, Jeff George and Steve Spurrier, anyone that believes a serious turnaround and playoff football will happen overnight in Washington might as well make a wish in some other fountain.

This season will be about the growth of a franchise that has the potential to be something great over the course of the next few years. A franchise quarterback has finally arrived; offensive playmakers are beginning the climb to their prime, and the defense is becoming a solid unit from the trench back.

Looking forward, 2012 is as important a season the Redskins have had in over 20 years.


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