By Michael Huberman
Normally practice squad moves dont garner much attention, but on Tuesday the Redskins made a patriotic addition to their squad. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Redskins have added Navy grad and former New England Patriots fullback Eric Kettani to their practice squad.
Kettani played at Navy from 2005-2008, where he rushed for more than 2,000 yards. Kettani was then signed by the Patriots as an undrafted free agent after the 2009 NFL Draft. After being placed on the militaryreserve list, Kettani was added to the Patriots practice squad last year. However soon after joining the practice squad, Kettani was called to active duty in the Navy and reported to the USS Klakring in Jacksonville, Florida.
After a lengthy appeal process, Kettani was finally cleared in April to pursue a football career on a permanent basis. While he made the initial Patriots practice squad, he was released last week in favor of fullback James Develin.
With Chris Cooleys release and Darrel Young as the only fullback on the Redskins active roster, the team looks to be bringing in the 25-year-old Kettani to the mix. It seems fitting that today on 911, the Redskins have added a real patriot.
Josh Norman is a man of many talents — at least on the football field, and in the friendliest possible way, he was reminded of that this weekend during a charity basketball game.
Opposite of the defensive nightmare Norman can be for receivers, the New York Knicks' Kyle O’Quinn had a little fun with the Redskins cornerback and the 10-inch height difference they share during the during Bam Bam’s Spring Jam at the Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Virginia.
O'Quinn got the ball and went up for a particularly easy dunk as Norman jumped and tried to swat the ball away but his effort was futile.
While this was all in good fun, Norman should probably stick to football.
Former Virginia Tech defenseive back and current Seattle Seahawk Kam Chancellor's foundation is behind the charity game, which also included Redskins' Lynden Trail, Marshawn Lynch, Michael Bennett and Antoine Bethea.
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On Memorial Day, people all over the United States stop to reflect on the freedoms provided for by the military. Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is no different.
"So grateful for living in this country and understanding that that came at a price and I just want to say thank you," Cousins said.
Speaking after an OTA session last week with military members in attendance, Cousins explained that he appreciates the added sense of history and obligation that comes from living in and around D.C.
"It’s a good reminder why it’s such a benefit to play here in Washington. It just feels like it’s that much more real with Andrews Air Force Base here and so many soldiers here. There’s something special about playing for the city of Washington, D.C. and driving 30 minutes into the city and going by the White House and the Pentagon and the monuments."
The Redskins hosted military members from multiple branches at their OTAs, and afterward, Cousins and a number of other players signed autographs.
"You say ‘Man, I want to give these soldiers, these fans something to cheer about and make them excited and bring this city together.' Hopefully winning football games can do that. What a great thing. That’s the vision we’re chasing," the Redskins passer said. "Hopefully we can get it done this season."
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