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Thompson must turn potential into ability in a hurry

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Thompson must turn potential into ability in a hurry

Cornerback Brandyn Thompson showed some great athletic ability and playmaking instincts during training camp and in preseason games as a seventh-round pick out of Boise State last year. He was good enough to make the 53-man roster to start the season but he bounced up and down between the practice squad (5 games), the inactive list (2), and the roster all year long.He ended up playing just four snaps on defense so he remains something of an unknown quantity in 2012.During this offseason the team made some moves to bolster the cornerback position. They signed veterans Leigh Torrence and Cedric Griffin and drafted Richard Crawford in the seventh round. They did not resign Byron Westbrook, who played 127 snaps at corner or Phillip Buchanon, who played sparingly in between coming off of the suspended list and going on to injured reserve.So where might Thompson fit in? DeAngelo Hall and Josh Wilson are the starters. Griffin is likely to get first shot at the nickel back position and with all of the three wide receiver sets an NFL defense faces these days that is essentially a starting job. Kevin Barnes held the nickel job down last year and he struggled at times. He is not a lock to be on the final roster.But Thompson isnt either. They probably will keep five cornerbacks so that leaves Thompson in a battle with Barnes, Torrence, and Crawford for for two jobs. Thompson will have to turn his potential into actual ability in a hurry. He will need to make the most out of the offseason program, something he did not have the benefit of last year.He was on the roster for one more game than the maximum allowable for him to be eligible for the practice squad so its the 53-man roster or bust for Thompson in 2012.

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Inclement weather forces Redskins-Bucs game to be rescheduled

Inclement weather forces Redskins-Bucs game to be rescheduled

The Redskins and Buccaneers are going to wrap up their preseason earlier than the other 30 teams in the NFL, thanks to some inclement weather that's heading toward Tampa Bay.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the matchup between the two NFC squads has been bumped up a day to try and avoid what looks like a lot of precipitation and winds in Florida, courtesy of Tropical Depression Nine

Washington sent out this tweet in response to the news:

"It has become apparent that the most severe weather associated with Tropical Depression Nine will likely make landfall on Thursday," said Buccaneers Chief Operating Officer Brian Ford, according to the Bucs' website. "This decision was made by both teams in conjunction with the National Football League and local authorities in an effort to ensure the safety of our fans, players and stadium staff."

Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. Get ready for some Hump Day Football.

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Dustin Hopkins shows no mercy, mashes a home run off helpless kid

Dustin Hopkins shows no mercy, mashes a home run off helpless kid

Earlier this month at training camp, Nick Sundberg complimented Dustin Hopkins' "huge vert" and admired his "great hand-eye coordination" in an effort to publicize that the Redskins kicker is as athletic as they come. Unfortunately, it appears that Sundberg forgot at least one key skill in Hopkins' repertoire: The ability to hit mammoth taters off of helpless little kids.

Check out this gem of a video that the 25-year-old tweeted out on Monday night:

That poor whippersnapper served that pitch up on a platter along with a note that said, "Please annihilate me." Hopkins obliged. That ball is probably still going.

Next time, the youngsters should skip over baseball and propose a game of hide and seek instead. And the pitcher should spearhead that proposal. 

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This Redskins rookie and his girlfriend have the best pregame ritual

This Redskins rookie and his girlfriend have the best pregame ritual

Forget JoJo and Jordan from The Bachelorette. Don't aspire to be Kanye West and Kim Kardashian. And, as tremendous as they were, stop obsessing over Jim and Pam from The Office.

The couple that you should want to emulate, the pairing that is perfect, and the duo that is absolutely, certifiably #GOALS, is Redskins rookie T.J. Thorpe and his girlfriend Kayla Cason. And they have the footage to prove why they're everything you and your significant other should strive to be.

The now viral video, which was filmed on Friday before Washington's 21-16 victory against the Bills, captures a pregame ritual that Thorpe and Cason have participated in since their college days, according to Redskins.com. Prepare to swoon:

"For me it’s something that’s just regular, since I care about her," Thorpe told Jake Kring-Schreifels of the team's website. “For it to do what it did, I was like, 'We can’t be the only people in the world with a handshake.'"

Judging by that moment, despite what he hopes to be a long future at wideout in the NFL, in Cason, Thorpe may have already made his best catch. 

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