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Potential Camp Phenom: Robert Henson

Potential Camp Phenom: Robert Henson

A camp phenom, as discussed in an earlier post, is a player who creates a buzz in training camp. He is generally a rookie who was drafted late in the second day or not at all. Or perhaps it is a guy who has bounced around a few training camps looking for a chance.

Whoever he is, he starts to get noticed. At first he is completely anonymous. At some point in the first few days of training camp he makes a great catch or a loud hit. Then the head coach, and his unit's coordinator and position coach start to mention him by name. The reporters, always looking for a fresh angle, run stories on this newfound talent. Fans at training camp make sure to spot the phenom and trace his every move. Then the preseason comes around and the phenom makes some plays. Sure, they're mostly against future truck drivers but that's irrelevant in the life span of the phenom. Half to three quarters of the fan base is convinced that he is a future star.

Sometimes, as with Larry Brown, the phenom justifies they hype and goes on to a long and successful NFL career. More often than not, through, the flaws in the phenom's game that caused him to go undrafted or to have difficulty latching on to a team catch up with him and he wind up getting cut. His legion of supporters swear that the decision will come back to haunt the team for years to come.

Over the next few day's we'll look at some of the candidates to be this year's Marcus Mason (sorry, you only can be a phenom for one preseason) or Justin Skaggs. And please note that I'm not predicting that any of these players will end up being released like Mason, Skaggs, and Babe Laufenberg did at the end of their respective phenomenal summers.

Robert Henson may have been drafted a shade too high to be considered phenom material but out of this year's second-day selections he has the best shot. The former TCU linebacker has the speed to make spectacular plays. Henson has been learning all three linebacker spots so he will have plenty of opportunity to show his stuff.

On top of all of that, the guy is a pretty good football player. He was a starter on a TCU defense that was ranked in the top 10 nationally. He's a special teams demon, always a good attribute for a phenom.

The more I look at him the more I wonder why he lasted until the fifth round. I think that by the middle of August many others will be wondering the same thing.

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Report: Redskins sign CB Tharold Simon to futures contract

Report: Redskins sign CB Tharold Simon to futures contract

Looking to add depth to their secondary, the Redskins reportedly signed former Seahawks and Cardinals cornerback Tharold Simon on Monday, according to ESPN’s Field Yates.

Arizona claimed Simon off waivers after the Seahawks released him following the first week of the regular season. He played in nine games for the Cardinals and was inactive for his final two with the team, which then released him in December.

A fifth-round pick for the Seahawks in 2013, Simon was signed to a future/reserve contract, allowing him to compete for a roster spot during training camp and offseason workouts.

He is the 11th player to sign a futures contract with the Redskins.

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Report: Redskins to interview former Raiders defensive coordinator

Report: Redskins to interview former Raiders defensive coordinator

The Redskins have set up another interview with a candidate to fill their vacant defensive coordinator position.

According to the Washington Post, Jason Tarver, the defensive coordinator of the Raiders from 2012-2014, will meet with the organization. The date of the interview is not known.

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Before joining the Raiders, Tarver coached in college for five years before the 49ers hired him as a quality control coach. He worked his way up to become the outside linebackers coach, a position he held from 2005-2010. Scot McCloughan was the GM of the 49ers while Tarver was coaching there.

After a year as a defensive coordinator in the college ranks at Stanford, Tarver was hired as the Raiders’ defensive coordinator. He was a defensive assistant for the 2015 49ers and he was out of football last season.

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The Redskins have announced interviews with former Browns head coach Mike Pettine and ex-Jaguars coach Gus Bradley. It was reported earlier today that they also will meet with Rob Ryan, most recently the Bills’ defensive coordinator.

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