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Pro Bowl inexplicably survives


Pro Bowl inexplicably survives

The NFL is keeping the Pro Bowl, the league and players association announced on Wednesday.

And its partly your fault, because you watch it.

In its announcement, the NFL said 12.5 million people watched the Pro Bowl last season. Why?

The NFLs statement acknowledged how awful the game has been.

We have had many discussions with the players in recent years about the Pro Bowl, and they recognize that the quality of the game has not been up to NFL standards, said Ray Anderson, the NFLs executive vice president of football operations.

If Albert Haynesworth pulled his lying-on-the-field routine in a Pro Bowl, no one would even notice.

The basic problem with the Pro Bowl is the same problem with the other professional all-star games that stink no defense (plus, add the NFLers caution against injury). Might as well ditch the NBA and NHL all-star games, too. Baseballs all-star game was the first and remains the only one worth your time.

In his statement, Anderson also said: The players have made it clear through the NFL Players Association that they would like the opportunity to continue to play the Pro Bowl in Hawaii. In other words, they would like to continue to have a trip to Hawaii.

Pick Pro Bowl rosters. Give the players a free trip to Hawaii. Just dont play the game.

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Redskins' Josh Doctson not sure when he will return, won't rush Achilles injury

Redskins' Josh Doctson not sure when he will return, won't rush Achilles injury

RICHMOND - After starting training camp on the PUP list, Redskins rookie WR Josh Doctson does not know when he will return to the field, but knows he won't rush back from his Achilles injury. Doctson spoke following the Redskins afternoon practice, and voiced an odd mix of reasons to be optimistic and worried for Washington fans. 

First the positive:

"Today was my first day rehabbing it," Doctson said. "Definitely further along than I what thought I was going to be. That's definitely a good sign to get back faster."

Then the worrisome:

"I got to wait till morning and see how it feels," Doctson said. "You never know in the morning."


The TCU wideout could not provide a timeline for his return, and balked at the chance to provide a percentage to describe his health. What Doctson was clear on, however, was he will not rush back from the injury despite his desire to be practicing.

"Everybody wants to play football," he said. "You can’t rush it. I rushed it in OTAs and did what I did. I'm just going to be patient this time and make sure I’m 100 percent before I touch the field again."

Redskins coach Jay Gruden echoed Doctson's comments, saying that the team doesn't want the rookie on the field until he is 100 percent. And, while training camp is certainly important, if Doctson is to miss time, better in July than in September. 

Scot McCloughan drafted the 6-foot-3, 195 lbs. Doctson for his explosive atheltic ability, so it makes sense that the organization in no way wants to risk serious injury. Gruden talked about the siginifcance an Achilles injury could bring, especially for an athlete like Doctson, as reason for extreme caution.

For his part, the rookie is keeping a level head despite his frustrations at not practicing.

"I'm blessed to be here, regardless of the situation. I made it."


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Redskins' RT Moses is taking nothing for granted

Redskins' RT Moses is taking nothing for granted

RICHMOND—A year ago Morgan Moses came to training camp here with many questions about his future. He had missed the entire offseason program after suffering a Lisfranc injury the previous season. The team had just drafted Brandon Scherff with the fifth overall pick and he was put in at right tackle. Trent Williams had the left side locked down. It looked like he might wait a while for his turn.

But things have a way of changing quickly in the NFL. A week into camp the Redskins switched things up, moving Scherff to right guard and inserting Moses into the starting job in Scherff’s former job. Moses started all 17 games and earned high marks for his performance.

This year he comes to camp atop the depth chart and with all of the first-team reps during OTAs and minicamp under his belt. That is helping him feel more comfortable in his role.

“Being able to get the OTAs in that I didn't get the year before just helped me transition,” Moses said today. “I'm still learning, I'm still a young player but you can only take one day at a time.”

Although Moses doesn’t appear to have any serious challengers for his starting job he said that he is taking nothing for granted.

“You can never get complacent,” he said. “That's the thing about the NFL. You see faces one day and they're gone the next day. You still fight for your position.”

Assuming Moses does hold on to his job, the next thing he will be fighting for is a new contract. He will be eligible to get a contract extension after the regular season ends. The Redskins have shown a pattern of locking up their best young players before they hit free agency and Moses certainly will be a candidate if he plays well.

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Stephen A. Smith and ESPN's 'First Take' are coming to Redskins camp

Stephen A. Smith and ESPN's 'First Take' are coming to Redskins camp

Because of Richmond's weather, the Redskins aren't going to want any additional heat during training camp. More will be coming their way next week, though.

Stephen A. Smith and ESPN's First Take will be filming live from the Bon Secours training center on Thursday, Aug. 4, according to a report from the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Smith and his fiery takes will be joined in Virginia by his co-host Max Kellerman, as well as former Redskins safety Ryan Clark, starting at 10 a.m. and ending at noon.

Smith, of course, has been a fixture on the program, while Kellerman just recently stepped in for Skip Bayless (if both Smith and Bayless were heading to Richmond, the players might have melted as a result of the scalding conversations the two were known to have). Perhaps Kellerman could solicit some advice from Kirk Cousins on how to succeed in a new job, since the 'Skins quarterback did so well when he was promoted in 2015.

For fans wanting to check out the show themselves, gates will be opening that day at 9:30 in the morning.