There have been a few posts in this space during the past few months that have questioned whether or not Santana Moss would be on the Redskins 2012 roster. Barring a drastic change in the situation you will not see any more such articles.In 2011, Moss had his worst season since 2002, when he was a returner and reserve receiver for the Jets. And then the Redskins added Pierre Garon and Josh Morgan as free agents and have been talking up a bigger role for second-year receiver Leonard Hankerson. It appeared that Moss, a Redskin since 2005, and his 2.65 million salary could be gone.Moss didnt have to read tea leaves to see that his job was in danger. Mike Shanahan recounted a conversation he had with Moss earlier in the offseason. We talked to him very frankly and said, Hey, youve got to come in in the best shape as you get older. Sometimes your skills will go down a little bit unless youre in great shape.So Moss got in great shape. He lost 15 pounds. With Hankerson and Morgan sidelined with injuries during most of OTAs and minicamp, Moss took full advantage and developed good chemistry with Robert Griffin III.Hes been impressive, said Shanahan.Where he will fit in when September rolls around remains to be seen. In discussing who will play as the slot receiver, Kyle Shanahan said he sees Moss as one of the premier guys in the NFL at that position.But he also said that Morgan and Hankerson are very capable of playing the slot. So, do Mike and Kyle give the majority of the action to Morgan, the expensive free agent, Hankerson, the potential future star, or Moss, who is 33 and is unlikely to be around when Robert Griffin III starts to hit his stride? The answer seems evident.But if the Redskins run 1100 offensive plays this year thee will be some 2800 snaps at wide receiver to be distributed among the group, possibly more if they run more three- and four-receiver sets. Moss likely will be able to grab a good number of this snaps. From the looks of things now, he should be able to make the most of them.
Redskins training camp hasn't even officially started yet and there's already been some unecessary roughness down in Richmond.
No flags have been thrown, but plenty of other things likely were, thanks to a stretch of nasty weather that ripped through the area on Tuesday night (despite the damage, Scot McCloughan probably appreciated the storm's motor and physicality).
Here are some tweets and photos explaining the situation:
Wind and lightning wrecked Redskins' practice goalposts this week. No FGs today. New goalposts for camp later this week are probable.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 27, 2016
Repairs are underway. pic.twitter.com/0sDs3ls5vU— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) July 27, 2016
The NFL does tinker with the kicking game quite often these days and may even be considering adjusting the goalposts, but that second picture is a bit extreme. Luckily, it appears things are being handled quickly.
Speaking of kicking, has anyone seen Dustin Hopkins and made sure he knows those particular goalposts are bent only because of the storm and not because of a rule change? The poor guy may be filling out an application to T.J. Maxx after seeing those things.
Nigel Bradham, who signed with the Eagles this March after four years in Buffalo, turned himself into Miami police on Monday following a bizarre incident that occurred this past Thursday.
According to a report, the 26-year-old linebacker allegedly punched an employee at the Hilton Bentley hotel last week because he was upset at the worker for taking too long to bring an umbrella he had paid for. NBC 10 in Philadelphia also says that the employee had his head "smashed" with a glass bottle during the altercation.
The victim suffered a broken nose due to the punch and lacerations as a result of being hit with the bottle. He later identified Bradham in photographs on Friday.
The expected starter has reportedly been charged with aggravated assault (which is a second-degree felony) and has a court date set for Aug. 2.
"We are aware of the recent incident involving Nigel Bradham in Miami," the Eagles said in a statement. "We have been in contact with Nigel and the proper authorities. Due to the ongoing legal process, we will have no further comment at this time."
Philadelphia will host its first veterans practice on Thursday, and Bradham is expected to attend.
With conflicting rumors swirling around the Redskins interest in free agent Greg Hardy, ESPN's Adam Schefter said that Washington's pursuit of veteran sack master Dwight Freeney was more "realisitic."
"That would be a name more on the radar, more realistic than Greg Hardy," Schefter said of Freeney on ESPN980 on Wednesday morning (click here for full audio).
While 36-year-old Freeney is nearly a decade older than 27-year-old Hardy, the former Colts and Cardinals edge rusher had a much more productive 2015 season than Hardy did in Dallas.
Freeney logged eight sacks as a situational pass rusher last year in Arizona, where as Hardy recorded six sacks and seemed to be a constant disruption for the Cowboys.
Hardy's off-field troubles also must be pointed out, while Freeney has always been a defensive leader on a host of playoff teams.
Schefter went on to say that he believes something will happen with Freeney soon, either in Washington or elsewhere in the NFL.
Any move to bring in another edge rusher only makes sense for the Redskins now that Junio Galette is lost for the season due to an Achilles injury.