DeAngelo Halls learning curve has been a steep one as he adjusts to playing nickel cornerback. Six days into training camp, though, the Redskins veteran said hes finding a comfort zone after spending the first nine seasons of his NFL career playing on the outside.More than anything, though, Hall said hes looking forward to next Thursdays preseason opener in Buffalo so he can cover a receiver not named Santana Moss.Santana has gotten me a couple of times, said Hall with a chuckle. Ive gotten him a couple of times. Im just excited about getting into some real games, going against other guys and seeing how I can mix it up against them.As the nickel corner, Halls list of responsibilities will grow. Not only will be charged with covering the slot receiver, hell also be in position to make more tackles and blitz.But hell still get to utilize his greatest skill: making plays on the ball.I always make this statement: Im probably not a great corner, but I feel like Im a great football player, Hall said. To be a nickel, you have to be a complete football player. You have to tackle, you have to be able to pick off passes, you have to be able to read routes and you have to know what the linebacker does.Hall will be replacing Kevin Barnes, who struggled in slot coverage last season. Cedric Griffin, meantime, is expected to take over for Hall as the outside corner opposite Josh Wilson.For the Redskins to excel in pass defense, theyll need Hall to make a seamless transition to a new position in a revamped secondary the 28-year-old jokingly referred to as full of misfits.In addition to Halls position switch, first-year secondary coach Raheem Morris also will be tasked with integrating two new safeties after the team released Oshiomogho Atogwe and let LaRon Landry walk in free agency. The unit ranked 21st in the league in opposition yards per pass attempt (7.5) last season.Hall said hes also aiming to have a bounce back season individually. After making his third Pro Bowl in 2010, Hall saw his interception total drop from six to three last season.Do I want to make more plays? Yeah, Hall said. The more plays anybody makes, the more games we win. Did I drop plays last year or did I not make plays I should have made? Yeah, I did. I felt like the opportunities were there but I just didnt cash in on them.
BY JEREMY FIALKOW (@JeremyFialkow)
July has been a month filled with heartbreak for the officers that serve and protect the state of Texas, so the last thing the Leander Police Department expected was a gift from an NFL quarterback.
Redskins' backup Colt McCoy, a University of Texas alum, surprised the officers in Leander with a thank you of the highest order: Dunkin' Donuts and coffee.
Along with the police-friendly treats, McCoy left an endearing note to the department, taking time to appreciate what they do for their community, and thanking them for their dedication
BY JEREMY FIALKOW (@JeremyFialkow)
A Dan Snyder headline displaying his charitable heart of burgundy and gold — what planet are we on?
On Wednesday, the world learned the Redskins owner had been outed as the anonymous donor that paid for the funeral of superfan 'Chief Zee.'
News of Zema "Chief Zee" Williams passing away earlier this month proved a crushing blow to both Redskins' fans and current and former members of the organization to which Chief Zee pledged his allegiance.
To recap how beloved the unofficial mascot is, first, longtime Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss left a bouquet of flowers next to Zee's casket, and then Snyder makes all right in the world by covering the funeral services.
The services, by the way, closed the book on the life of Williams in the only way it could: Singing "Hail to the Redskins."
RICHMOND—The Redskins are going to go with the younger players on the roster to fill the void left when outside linebacker Junior Galette went out for the season with a torn Achilles. At least that is the plan for now, according to head coach Jay Gruden.
Gruden tried to make it clear that the team was not down about the loss of Galette except for feeling bad for the player as a person.
We're upset, obviously, more so for him as an individual,” said Gruden. “Just watching him work, getting ready from the previous injury, how hard he was training, the attitude he came into the building with and the excitement that he was going to bring to this football team only to see it cut short with another Achilles, I'm devastated . . . for him.”
But Gruden said that the organization is taking the proverbial “next man up” approach.
“As far as this football team, injuries are part of the game,” he said. “We have to rebound. We have Ryan Kerrigan, we still have Preston Smith, we have Lyndon Trail, we have some young guys, Houston Bates. They're going to have to fill the void that he so-called would have filled for us. We still have some good pass rushers in here who are going to produce.”
What about the possibility of converting Trent Murphy, who moved from outside linebacker to the defensive line this offseason, back to a linebacker?
“That could happen,” said Gruden. “But there's so much nickel pass rush nowadays, the amount of time we're in a true 3-4 alignment is very slim, about 30 percent now. We have guys that can fill that void, we want to keep Trent inside for now to play defensive end in our nickel and our sub packages.”
In other words, they aren’t going to make any major moves until they have a good idea of what they have in house.