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.
DETROIT - Looking at quarterback Kirk Cousins' stat line from Sunday's game against the Lions, and the Redskins passer certainly had a good day. Completing nearly 77 percent of his passes and going over 300 yards, Cousins moved the Washington offense efficiently for much of the game.
Yet, receivers DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon combined for 55 total yards. Jackson, arguably the best vertical threat in the NFL, had a long catch of 12 yards. Yep, 12 yards.
Cousins' longest pass for the game went to Vernon Davis for 27 yards. In fact, Davis and Jamison Crowder combined for 13 catches and nearly 200 yards, though much of their work was done in underneath spots. With a depleted secondary, the Lions defense largely played deep zone, keeping the best options to move the ball short, and Cousins proved quite capable of completing passes, going 30 of 39 for the game.
But after a tough loss - especially after it seemed the Redskins and Cousins would pull off an extraordinary win - some might question if the 'Skins offense became too reliant on shallow drag and crossing routes and did not look down field enough.
Garcon, however, refuted that.
"I guess that's just how the game flowed because we always try to go deep but you know things are called but we don't have time or they play a different coverage," Garçon said. "We can't really control it."
The deep ball does not always equal a win for the Redskins either. Cousins' longest pass this season (57 yards) came in a Week 2 loss to Dallas and in a win over Baltimore the QB's longest pass was also 27 yards, same as in Detroit.
Moving the ball is moving the ball - and Cousins does it well. After a four-game win streak snapped by a dispiriting loss in Detroit, Redskins fans should expect plenty of fans about the long ball.
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By Jason Dobkin (@jasondobkin)
Washington Redskins tight end Vernon Davis was featured Sunday in a 60 Minutes story about a financial adviser who convinced dozens of NFL players in 2008 to invest in a company that ended up quickly failing.
Jeff Rubin, a financial adviser registered at the time by the NFL Players Association, convinced the players to invest in a new entertainment and gambling development in Alabama called Country Crossing. The draw was electronic Bingo, which Rubin said would make the players a ton of money. Davis made an initial investment of half a million dollars in the venture.
He told 60 Minutes' Armen Keteyian how easy it was to buy in to the picture Rubin painted.
"It was beautiful," Davis said. "It was a painting I’d never seen before. It was fantastic."
The only problem with the whole thing was that electronic Bingo would turn out to be illegal in Alabama, unbeknownst to the players. Two weeks after Country Crossing opened, it was raided by police, and it eventually tanked, losing the players a total of $43 million.
Rubin owned 4 percent of Country Crossing, and 60 Minutes got a hold of documents showing he funneled 10 percent of the money he got from the NFL players into his personal corporation.
Davis said the whole situation was a "nightmare," but he doesn't blame Rubin for his losses.
"I take most of the blame, and I think as athletes and players in this union, in the NFL, I think we should take the blame because we can change it," Davis said. "We just gotta wake up."
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