If special teams standout and backup linebacker Lorenzo Alexander looks faster, well, thats because he is.Alexander, who is transitioning from outside linebacker to the inside, said he shed 20-25 pounds in the offseason so he can keep up better in coverage.I did it because I wanted to be able to run with guys like tight ends Fred Davis and Niles Paul and receivers, I had to be lighter, said Alexander, who is listed at 244 pounds. You lose 25 pounds, probably 40-50 over the last two years, and Im still as strong, so Im keeping that explosion while moving less weight. So of course Im going to be faster.In addition to seeing an increase in his foot speed, Alexander said his body is taking less of a beating from carrying around the excess weight.At the same time, he added, his new weight hasnt hampered him on special teams, where he lines up on each unit with the exception of the field block team. He joked that he dieted his way off that unit.Its not like back in the say when we played Dallas or the Giant and you faced big 330 pound guys trying to hit the wedge, Alexander said, referring to kickoffs. Im just as strong, so I dont think it will be an issue at all.Alexander lost the weight with the help of a dietician and will power.Being disciplined, that was 90 percent of it, he continued. Ive always trained hard but I wasnt really disciplined as far as pushing back from the potatoes and the fried foods. I cut all that stuff out.He does, however, allow himself a cheat meal from time to time.Im an IHOP guy, Alexander said. I love pancakes. I can just go crazy, so I normally have a stack of pancakes, and Im in there just going to work on them.
After days of speculation if Bryan Stork would actually end up in Washington, the former Patriots center clarified his next move via Twitter.
Redskins GM Scot McCloughan traded for Stork earlier this week after it became apparent New England intended to release the 2014 draft pick out of Florida State. It was unclear, however, if Stork would accept the trade to the 'Skins as he mulled retirement options.
Stork has dealt with a number of concussions in his two-year NFL career. After playing in a Super Bowl as a rookie, his 2015 season was limited by head injuries.
Coming to the Redskins, Stork may have an opportunity to compete for playing time. Kory Lichtensteiger is installed as the starting center, but he struggled in the third preseason game against the Bills and was lost for much of the 2015 season to injury.
McCloughan has openly said he wants big, tough guys up front on the offensive line. Stork - at 6-foot-4 and 310 lbs. - with a documented nasty streak definitely fits that bill.
Whether or not Stork pushes Lichtensteiger for the starting spot - or even competes for the No. 2 center job with Spencer Long - the price for Stork is tough to argue. McCloughan gave up just a conditional seventh round pick to acquire the former New England starter.
The Redskins have started the process of trimming their roster to 75 players by the Tuesday deadline. The team announced that 10 players have been waived.
- T Al Bond
- T Cody Booth
- LB Shiro Davis
- LB Ejiro Ederaine
- CB Jeremy Harris
- LB Willie Jefferson
- WR Valdez Showers
- WR Dez Stewart
- WR Jarvis Turner
- RB Kelsey Young
The only surprise on the list is Jefferson, who was thought to have a chance at an outside linebacker spot. But apparently the coaches are going to let Houston Bates and Lynden Trail compete for that spot.
The Redskins had 88 players counting against the 90 player limit. So with the 10 players cut today they are a 78, leaving three moves to make before 4 p.m. on Tuesday.
The Redskins received "good news" after linebacker Ryan Kerrigan underwent an MRI Saturday to further diagnose a groin injury he suffered in Friday night's preseason victory over the Buffalo Bills, according to multiple reports.
Was told It was good news for Ryan Kerrigan on his MRI. Uncertain if he'll have to miss practice time. That is still to be determined.— John Keim (@john_keim) August 27, 2016
Kerrigan was injured in the first quarter on Friday and he was held out for the remainder of the contest. CSN Insider JP Finlay said the injury was thought to be "minor" after the game.
The injury, regardless of the timetable for his return, exposes a larger issue about the lack of depth in Washington's linebacking corps. Finlay expands on that here.