SHORT . . . BUT NOT SO SWEET!
The flier this week is going to be short . . . because I don’t want to revisit the game against the 49ers very much. The Defense played adequately, given the position they were put in by the Offensive ineptitude. They DID give up too much rushing yardage, but they just got worn down. Roy Helu, being our leading receiver as a check valve is something I hope I don’t see again in my lifetime, but he did do his job as well as can be expected.
This week we travel to sunny Miami to face the Dolphins, who are coming off their first win of the year. and will be looking to continue their streak. They have some pieces on offense and just need a Quarterback to pull it together . . . sound like anyone we know? After talking it up to the media this week, hopefully DeAngelo can get a couple of picks to back it up off of journeyman Matt Moore. John Beck will be our starter again this week, but the WR Corps will have a little younger look as Donte Stallworth was released Tuesday morning to clear up a roster spot. Tashard Choice is still nursing an injury, but could be ready by gametime; however, a return against the Cokeboys next week seems more likely.
We all marked this one earlier as a win on the schedule, but as we have found out in that Dark October - - now mercifully over - - there are no sure things with this team, and everything is an adventure. Hopefully this week’s version of that adventure will be a little more exciting than that mess we endured last week.
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IN THE NEWS . . . . .
IN THE NEWS . . . . .
The Redskins have signed defensive lineman Kentwan Balmer, wide receiver David Anderson and cornerback Domonique “D.J.” Johnson, the team announced on Tuesday.
Balmer may be the most recognizable name because he was a 2008 first-round draft pick (29th overall) of the San Francisco 49ers. He played in a 3-4 scheme for the 49ers. The 6-5, 315-pounder played two seasons with the 49ers before being traded to the Seahawks in August 2010 for a sixth-round draft choice. Balmer, who played college football at North Carolina, was waived by the Seahawks on Aug. 24. He had a brief stint with the Panthers in preseason but was released again on Sept. 1. Balmer is a native of Weldon, N.C.
Anderson is a 6-year veteran who has played the majority of his career with the Houston Texans. He was tutored by current Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. Anderson was released by the Texans on July 30. He had a brief stint with the Broncos but was released again. He rejoined the Texans for two games but was released a third time on Oct. 12. Anderson originally joined the Texans as a seventh-round draft pick (251st overall) in 2006. He played college football at Colorado State, leaving the school as the program’s all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards. Anderson is a native of Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Johnson, 6-1 and 191 pounds, has played in 10 career games, all with the New York Giants. He made his NFL debut on Dec. 21, 2009 in a game against the Redskins. Johnson joined the Redskins from the Minnesota Vikings practice squad. He has also had NFL stints with the Broncos and Buccaneers. Johnson played college football at Jackson State from 2007-08. He transferred there from Missouri. He is a native of Texas City, Tex.
Running back Roy Helu and kicker Graham Gano put their name in the Redskins’ record book on Sunday.
Helu caught a single-game record 14 passes in the Redskins’ 19-11 loss to the San Francisco 49ers at FedExField. And Gano kicked a 59-yard field goal, the longest ever in franchise history. Making his first NFL start, Helu proved to be a reliable target for quarterback John Beck. He caught mostly short passes across the middle and screen passes. He finished the game with 105 receiving yards, as well as 10 rushes for 41 yards. The previous record for single-game receptions was 13, reached twice by Hall of Fame wide receiver Art Monk in 1985 and 1990 and by running back Kelvin Bryant in 1986. “Helu has the speed to make some big plays,” head coach Mike Shanahan said. Indeed, seven of Helu’s catches came when the Redskins were in the hurry-up offense late in the second quarter and late in the fourth quarter.
Gano’s 59-yard field goal came on the last play of the second half. His kick sailed high and straight and cleared the crossbar by a few yards. The previous team record was held by Steve Cox, who connected on a 57-yard field goal vs. Seattle on Sept. 28, 1986. Gano became the 14th different player in NFL history to convert a field goal attempt of 59 yards or more.
So much for the theory that Albert Haynesworth would have an All-Pro season with the New England Patriots after being traded by the Washington Redskins. According to Boston Herald report, he isn’t even on the team, released two days after his disappearing act in the team’s loss Sunday to the New York Giants.
After the game, Patriots Coach Bill Belichick said Haynesworth’s absence was “rotation-related,” but the Boston Herald reported that sources told of an animated conversation between Haynesworth and defensive line coach Pepper Johnson after Haynesworth “stood up and attempted a swim move” on a Brandon Jacobs run. He was blocked by David Diehl and, according to the Herald, admitted his error to Belichick. Johnson approached and the conversation grew heated. Haynesworth was not on the field in the second half.
Haynesworth has since been picked up by Tampa Bay.
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