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Camp preview: LB's are the team's strength


Camp preview: LB's are the team's strength

The Redskins start training camp on Thursday. Were going around the team to let you know what were looking for when practice gets underway. Yesterday we looked at the offense (line, backsreceivers). We start the defense today with the line and linebackers.Anticipated starters:LDE Adam Carriker
NT Barry Cofield
RDE Stephen Bowen
ROLB Brian Orakpo
LOLB Ryan Kerrigan
MLB London Fletcher
JLB Perry RileyCarriker might get challenged for his starting job (see Jarvis Jenkins below) but otherwise this group is set in stone. The linebacking corps is the strength of the team and that group is set up for success by the workmanlike guys up front. This will be their second full season playing as a unit (Riley played for half of the year) and should only get better. Their task during training camp will be to stay healthy and fine tune.Key reserves:DE Jarvis Jenkins
NT Chris Neild
OLB Rob Jackson
LB Lorenzo AlexanderJenkins has the talent to start but the versatility he showed in camp last year before he got injured may make him more valuable in a reserve role. He can rotate to give Bowen and Carriker a rest and play nose tackle on passing downs to provide some rush up the middle. Alexander can play inside or outside linebacker but even if he doesnt play a snap on defense his role on special teams makes him one of the teams key players.On the bubble:DE Kedric Golston, Kentwan Balmer, Darrion Scott, Doug Worthington
NT Chris Baker
LB Markus White, Chris Wilson, Keenan Robinson, Jonathan Goff, Bryan Kehl,The DEs listed are fighting for one or two spots. It seems like the coaches would like to see Balmer succeed as they are impressed with his size (6-5, 315) and the ability that made him a first-round pick of the 49ers. Robinson is not really on the bubble but he is unlikely to see many defensive snaps as he trains to be Fletchers eventual replacement. While it seems that Neild is safe, Baker could sneak up and steal his spot.Three things to watch:Will Riley take the next step? Riley did a lot of learning on the job last year, mixing some big plays with some obvious errors. If he can keep making the good plays while drastically reducing the mistakes the defense will be that much better.Can Cofield master the position? He came into camp last year right after signing as a free agent with little time to learn his new position. At about 310 lb., Cofield is quite a bit lighter than the typical 3-4 nose tackle but he managed the position last year by using leverage and quickness. With the offseason program behind him and a full training camp to work on his techniques he might be able to go from being adequate at the position to being pretty good.How long can London keep on keeping on? In a way, thats a dumb question as Fletcher shows no signs of slowing down. But all football players hit the wall at some point; its not a question of if, its a question of when. Chances are that he will play virtually every snap this year and lead the team in tackles again. But at some point . . .What do you want us to watch? Who do you think is on the bubble? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter with the hashtag RedskinsTalk.

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A tribute to a fallen hero: CSNMA's top ten Vines of all time

A tribute to a fallen hero: CSNMA's top ten Vines of all time

There are 14,400 six-second increments in every day, which means a single six-second increment is usually not all that important. That all changed in January 2013, however, when Vine launched and turned any six second window into a place of endless possibilities. 

Sadly, on Thursday, Twitter announced that it was going to discontinue Vine, and the app was going to fade away in the near future. Vine's website will be kept online, but that shouldn't be taken as any sort of good news; once the app goes away, so, too, does the chance to create new material.

As our form of tribute to what's become a social media staple, here are the 10 best Vines CSNMA has captured in the past few years. Feel free to play this song as you begin watching to truly enhance the somber mood. 

10) If every state had an official Vine, like they do flags and mottos and birds, this would be Pennsylvania's state Vine:

9) When you have a goal, you have to give 110 percent to accomplish that goal. You have to fight for it, sacrifice for it and do anything to complete it. It should be all that you think about, from the second you wake up in the morning to the moment you close your eyes at night.

But, if you get tired after a few seconds, it's OK to move on:

8) Most bosses would terminate you the instant you gave them a purple nurple. Jay Gruden isn't most bosses.

7) Vine became really relevant about four years ago and lived a bright and intense life, but it looks like it's going to disappear far too soon.

Sounds a lot like this former Redskins quarterback:

6) Stephen A. Smith would disagree with the inclusion of this Vine:

5) When the Running Man phenomenon swept the nation a few months ago, a lot of people did the dance really well. Then you have these two:

4) Is it too late to get Alex Ovechkin on the presidential ticket? 

3) It takes a special person to essentially turn Bryce Harper into a muscular medal rack:

2) It should be a law that anyone who wants to play hockey must first view this Vine before deciding whether to actually pursue the sport:

1) CSNMA's Vine account has roughly 65 million views. This clip, which is the living embodiment of the phrase, "Right place, right time," has 45 million of those views. Kirk Cousins is to CSNMA's Vine views what Justin Bieber is to YouTube's video views:

Farewell, old friend.


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No promise on playing, but Jordan Reed, Josh Norman traveling to London with Redskins

No promise on playing, but Jordan Reed, Josh Norman traveling to London with Redskins

LONDON - Working their way through the NFL concussion protocol, the Redskins announced Thursday that tight end Jordan Reed and cornerback Josh Norman will travel with the team to London.

Cleared to practice and cleared to play are two different things, but it's certainly a good sign that Reed and Norman can fly over the Atlantic with the team.

Arguably the team's best two players, Reed hasn't played since sustaining a concussion in the win against Baltimore, though the tight end finished that game. Norman also suffered a concussion, but it came last week against the Lions.

It's interesting that Reed's concussion forced him to miss two games, where Norman might be able to play this week without missing any games. Keep in mind Reed's extensive concussions history could be a factor. 

On the season, Reed has 33 catches for 316 yards and two touchdowns, all numbers that led the team when he was injured. Norman has one interception and one forced fumble on the season.

Both players would be big help for Washington, especially Norman. The Bengals prominently feature A.J. Green, perhaps the best receiver in the NFL. Jay Gruden made clear he'd like Norman to cover Green, and with Thursday's news, perhaps the $75 million man will do just that.

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