The Redskins finished the NFL draft on Saturday by making seven picks in the final four rounds. Mike Shanahan said that he was pleased with the draft, which yielded the team a total of six offensive players and four on the defensive side of the ball.The pick that raised the most eyebrows on Saturday was that of Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins, who was taken in the fourth round with the Redskins first pick of the day. With Griffin already on board, the selection of another quarterback was seen as odd, especially for a team with many areas in need of shoring up.Cousins was viewed by many as someone who could eventually compete for a starting job if he was drafted into the right situation. That clearly is not the case in Washington after the team drafted Griffin, who Shanahan has repeatedly referred to as the teams franchise quarterback.Shanahan said that he told Cousins, I couldnt pass you up.Sure he knows hes going to be a backup, Shanahan said. But hes only one play away or two plays away from being the starter.Soon after the selection of Cousins, the Redskins released John Beck, who started three games at quarterback last year. Shanahan explained that the wanted to give Beck as much time as possible to find a new team.With the selections of Griffin and Cousins, the Redskins became the first team since 1988 to draft two quarterbacks in the first four rounds of the draft. Quarterback has been a problem area for the team for years and it is not surprising that multiple players would be picked there.While the quarterbacks got most of the attention, the Redskins also invested heavily in the offensive line in the draft. After taking SMU guard Josh LeRibeus in the third round on Friday night, they followed up with Iowa guard Adam Gettis in the fifth round and South Dakota tackle Tom Compton in the sixth. This is the second time since the draft went to seven rounds that the Redskins have taken three offensive linemen. Shanahan and the Redskins took three two years ago.The rash of injuries in the offensive line last year made adding depth to the unit a priority, said Shanahan. It also appeared that flexibility was important at the position. Shanahan said that both Gettis and LeRibeus could play either guard or center and that Compton could play either tackle spotThe Redskins brought in several veteran defensive backs in free agency to try to shore up that area and now two rookies will be in the mix. Their two seventh-round picks were defensive backs as they selected Richard Crawford of SMU 213th overall and then tabbed Jordan Bernstine of Iowa with their last pick, 219th overall.Shanahan said that Crawford will play cornerback and Bernstine will play safety.Besides the quarterbacks, the only offensive skill player taken was running back Alfred Morris of Florida Atlantic.He can cut on a dime and he has the ability to make people miss, said Shanahan.The coach said that Morris will play tailback, although he has the size to be able to play fullback as well.Linebacker Keenan Robinson played on the outside at Texas but he said that defensive coordinator Jim Haslett gold him that he will play inside backer for the Redskins.We liked his speed, said Shanahan.
Redskins safety Su'a Cravens might have thought an interception in Friday's practice would earn him good will for his rookie skit later that night. Boy, was he wrong.
In a delightful tale relayed by ESPN's John Keim, Cravens was literally pelted with paper balls and booed off the stage as he attempted to perform "Confessions" by Usher.
“Everyone likes Usher. I’m thinking this is easy money,” Cravens said.
“The first two acts in front of me, they sung. Everyone let them go. I’m like, ‘OK, it’s going to be a smooth transition.’ Soon as I start it’s like, ‘Booooo!’… I started and I’m getting paper balls, boos and, ‘Stone him!’”
Stone him? What is this, ancient Greece?
When asked what happened, Cravens pointed the finger at linebacker Will Compton. “Will had it out for me,” he told Keim. “He told everyone to boo me before I even started.”
Defensive end Ricky Jean-Francois didn't deny Compton was behind it.
“All you see is paper balls flying across from everywhere. [Cravens is] trying to get it off. He wanted to use his music and he had strobe lights," Jean-Francois said.
"Even people that did get a song off, all you saw is flying paper balls left and right. [Compton] was setting him up for failure. We wanted him to go up there to see how it feels.”
Is this sour grapes by veterans who don't appreciate a rookie showing off at camp?
Or do people genuinely not like Usher anymore? Yeah, nah. Usher is the best.
Chris Baker always seems to be the guy photobombing his teammates. This time, they exacted revenge.
As Baker sat down with Redskins Insider J.P. Finlay, a parade of Redskins clowned in the background. The best was Niles Paul, who battered Swaggy with what look like foam bats used in ball security drills.
Is Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo fat? That's the question of the day on the NFL Internet.
It all started with this photo of the 36-year-old jogging onto the field at the start of training camp.
At first glance, yes, Romo does look quite porcine. The 6-foot-2 veteran has been listed at 230 pounds, significantly slimmer than this image would suggest.
Could missing the second half of last season with a fractured collar bone have kept him from staying in shape? Twitter, of course, had jokes.
Tony Romo done ate Tony Romo pic.twitter.com/T7oti51llp— Vlad (@slightwork352) July 30, 2016
Tony Romo better at finishing his 4th quarter pounder than 4th quarters.— B. Miller (@BlaiseInKC) July 30, 2016
Blue 42 .. Blue 42.. Pizza Hut! Hut! pic.twitter.com/dNEwd7cG7T— Jenn Sterger (@jennifersterger) July 30, 2016
Laughs aside, it's hard to determine from a single image whether someone has gained weight. Any number of factors can make a person look fat. Angle, lighting, the way clothes hang, etc.
In this case, it seems some confluence of those forces created a misleading shot. Here's another from that same moment.
For all of you freaking out... here you go. Much better angle here pic.twitter.com/MmHzpsMPV9— Marcus Mosher (@Marcus_Mosher) July 30, 2016
Yeah, not so fat here.
Cowboys alum Michael Irvin also insisted that he'd seen Romo recently and he looked "fine."
Just talked to @michaelirvin88 about the Tony Romo "fat" pic. Michael: "I just had lunch with him last Tuesday. Tony looks fine."— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) July 30, 2016
The verdict of our investigation: unflattering photo, nothing to see here. Let's all go back to picking at Eddie Lacy, shall we?