OK, whos up for a breakdown of a mid-July NFL power poll?Uh, anybody?Ah, I see a few hands there in the back of the room. I promise Ill keep it quick.Gil Brandt of NFL.com cranked out his initial power poll of 2012 and it immediately gained some credibility with me because he didnt automatically put the Super Bowl champion Giants in the top spot. They werent close to being the best team over 16 games last year. They got hot at the right time and they are worthy champions but that means little now in terms of who the best teams are in 2012.Brandt has the Packers on top, the Patriots second, and the Eagles third with the Giants coming in sixth. You have to go down to 16th to find the Cowboys.After that, keep scrolling down to the 26th spot to find your Washington Redskins. Brandt is bullish on the chances of Robert Griffin III being an impact player, saying that the rookie QB is the real deal. However, Brandt says that the defense is only middle of the pack which is hard to argue with until they start getting more takeaways.If these power ranking really mattered I suppose you could the fact that four of the six teams ranked below Washingtonthe Bucs, Vikings, Rams, and Brownsare all on the Redskins 2012 schedule.What do you think? Is 26th about right for a team with a rookie quarterback coming off of a 5-11 season? Or are Brandts old Cowboys roots showing?
While his job and athletic ability separate him from most commoners, Rob Kelley is just like you and me when it comes to his diet. Well, when it came to his old diet, actually.
Like many, the second-year Redskins running back loves him some crispy fried chicken, buttery, pillow-like biscuits and piping hot french fries. He also can get down with piles of nuggets, double cheesburgers and creamy milkshakes.
But during this offseason, Fat Rob is looking less and less so, and that improvement is largely due to some new eating habits.
"Changed the diet up," Kelley told CSN Redskins Insider JP Finlay this week at the former's youth camp (full video above). "Slowed down on the fast food and processed food and tried to eat more healthy."
When asked what places he's specifically cut out from his rotation, Kelley answered with a laugh. It wasn't a happy laugh, though — it was like one of those laughs people let out when they're feeling major pain but not trying to show it.
"Popeyes. McDonald's," he said. "Not trying to discredit those fast food places, but just, it's not working well for me."
Limiting trips to those establishments can no doubt be a difficult task (it's OK to nod your head in agreement) but it's also working for the 24-year-old. He told Finlay he thinks he's lost about six pounds since OTAs and now checks in at 229 thanks to his workouts and an increased reliance on Whole Foods, vegetables and his grill.
But just because he's shedding pounds doesn't mean he's shedding the moniker that caught on during his rookie campaign. He may be trending closer to Svelte Rob than he is to Fat Rob these days, but No. 20 is going to keep his nickname moving forward anyway.
"It's always accurate," he said.
Virginia and Maryland may be Washington Redskins/ Baltimore Ravens country, but their fans are not buying their jerseys. That is at least for the month of May.
NFLShop.com released their top jersey sales for May 2017 on Thursday morning and the un-retired Marshawn Lynch was the top seller for the nation in the 31-day span. Even if his return does not pay off on the field for the Oakland Raiders, it paid off in terms of sales.
In the same release, NFL Shop revealed the top jersey per state in the same month and it was not a Washington Redskin or Baltimore Raven at the top of the list for Virginia and Maryland. Instead, it was Super Bowl LI MVP Tom Brady.
Brady, a five-time Super Bowl champion, was the top seller in 17 different states, the most of any player.
The latter is not that surprising, but Brady owning Virginia and especially Maryland is.
In terms of the Top 25 overall, there are no Redskins or Ravens making the list. Overall Brady was No. 2, followed by Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott. The first rookie, DeShaun Watson, came in at No. 5.
There may be a multitude of reasons for the Brady-love, aside from the typical bandwagon fans, but it does make one think which jersey are you confident in buying?
Other notable jersey sales:
#6 Derek Carr -- Oakland Raiders quarterback
#11 James Conner -- Pittsburgh Steelers rookie running back
#17 Colin Kaepernick -- San Francisco 49ers (currently unsigned quarterback)
#25 Adrian Peterson -- New Orleans Saints running back