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Redskins say no to Vick

Redskins say no to Vick

After considering the possibility of signing Michael Vick, the Redskins quickly decided against making that move.

The news, coming from John Keim at the Washington Examiner, isn't surprising. In fact, I would say that it wasn't exactly man bites dog news, but that would be a bad pun of questionable taste.

Other than the fact that there really isn't a place for Vick, the primary reasons for rejecting him are location, location, location.

The location of Washington, D. C., the political correctness capitol of the world, would make Redskins games a magnet for protests. They're in enough trouble among the PC crowd for the team name. Adding a convicted dog killer to the mix would make it toxic.

The other two location factors in play have to do with the location of Newport News, Vick's home town. First, the further away Vick is from the old crowd, the atmosphere that helped make him think it was a good idea to spend his NFL offseasons playing the dual role of owner and henchman for a dog fighting ring, the better. And on top of that, the headquarters for PETA is in Norfolk, just a few hours by car from the entrance to Redskins Park. This would virtually assure a 24/7 circus in Ashburn.

There was one other nugget in Keim's piece that I did not realize. Vick and Jason Campbell share the same agent. It would not be a good situation for Joel Segal to have two quarterbacks on the last year of their deals competing for playing time on the same team. It shouldn't matter, but it does.

 

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NFL Draft 2017: First round talent, but injuries explain Fabian Moreau's third round selection by Redskins

NFL Draft 2017: First round talent, but injuries explain Fabian Moreau's third round selection by Redskins

On the field, Fabian Moreau makes plays from his cornerback slot that translate to the NFL game. Staying on the field has been a different matter though. 

In five seasons at UCLA, Moreau dealt with his fair share of adversity. He took a medical redshirt year in 2015, suffering a Lisfranc injury three games into the year. More devestating to his draft status, however, was an injury suffered during his Pro Day in late March. Moreau tore his pectoral muscle while lifting weights.

For many, that injury caused his slip from a possible fringe first rounder to Washington's prize with the 81st pick. It's possible Moreau will be back from injury by the time training camp opens, but it seems likely he begins the summer sessions in Richmond on the PUP list. 

At the combine, Moreau ran a 4.35 40-yard dash. Serious speed, and it instantly makes the 6-foot, 206 lbs., Moreau the fastest corner on the Redskins.

In his senior season, Moreau grabbed two interceptions, forced a fumble and made 31 tackles. Not scared to get physical and play press coverage, Moreau's mindset should mesh well with Josh Norman and Bashaud Breeland as he looks to force his way to playing time. 

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Redskins take UCLA cornerback Moreau in the third round

Redskins take UCLA cornerback Moreau in the third round

After taking Alabama DL Jonathan Allen in the first round and Crimson Tide linebacker Ryan Anderson in the second, the Redskins drafted UCLA corner back Fabian Moreau in the third.

Moreau may have been drafted earlier but he suffered a torn pectoral lifting weights during his pro day. Although medical evaluations have said he should be ready to participate in training camp, he lasted until the 81st pick.

Moreau has good size at 6-0, 206 and he is a plus athlete. At the combine he ran a 4.35 in the 40-yard dash. In 2016 he led the Bruins with six pass breakups and also two interceptions. He is also considered to be a good run defender.

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