The Quarterback Club will announce its Redskins Player of the Year award tonight. I got a ballot and several days ago, I asked for your suggestions as to how I should cast my ballot. Thanks to everyone who wrote and commented on message boards; there were some very compassionate and reasonable arguments made for all of the nominees.
The ballot asked you to rank the four nominees for the award from 1 through four. Here’s is how I rated them and why:
4. Antonio Pierce--He got the most passionate arguments from all of you and while he’s a great story he simply hasn’t had the impact on the field that the other three have had. If it was “Redskin of the Year”, he might get my top vote, but in judging him with the word “Player” in the award I didn’t think it was right to take his story into account.
3. Shawn Springs--He’s been all over the place making the big plays and has not been burned very often. You can’t ask a cornerback to do much more than that.
2. Fred Smoot--I pretty much flipped a coin between Springs and Smoot for #2 and #3. You can ditto what I said about Springs and apply it to Smoot.
1. Cornelius Griffin--The defense starts on the line and the line starts with Griffin. Without him doing what he did, Pierce, Springs, and Smoot would not have been able to play as well as they have. He’s been the proverbial wrecking crew in the middle there and that’s been the key to the stellar performance of the defense this year.
The Redskins reported to Richmond, Va. on Wednesday to begin 2017 training camp.
While walkthroughs and practices don't begin until Thursday, the team had closed conditioning on Wednesday, followed by an introductory press conference from Jay Gruden.
After the press conference ended, the players weren't exactly itching to get back to their accommodations.
Josh Norman and Will Blackmon stayed behind to partake in one of Josh Norman's favorite non-football activities: Futbol.
With Josh Norman back on the field, the soccer ball is not far behind.
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Norman, as you may remember, is a huge soccer fan, and is close friends with French international star Paul Pogba.
Perhaps Pogba will make a stop in Richmond while his Manchester United side is in America on their summer tour. Not that Norman needs much help, though.
RICHMOND—In his press conference to start training camp, Redskins coach Jay Gruden confirmed two players who will start training camp on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list but he was not ready to announce the full list.
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Earlier it was reported that safety DeAngelo Hall and outside linebacker Houston Bates would begin camp on PUP. Both suffered from torn ACLs last season.
Gruden said that there will be “probably a couple more” players on the list when it is announced before practice starts on Thursday.
There was some good injury news. Gruden said that third-round pick CB Fabian Moreau, who did not participate in the offseason program after he suffered a torn pectoral muscle prior to the draft, will start camp on the active list.
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“I think he’ll be limited,” said Gruden. “He can do some individual stuff and walkthroughs . . . He’ll be limited as far as contact.”
This is good news for Moreau. If he was deemed unable to participate he would fall further behind and his prospects for being able to contribute when the season starts would be dim.
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