Albert Haynesworth to the Patriots!! Woohoo Good luck England…wait don’t they play a 3-4?
Brandon Stokley not signing with the Redskins
Casey Rabach/Phillip Daniels/Maake Kemoetau/Chad Simpson/Andre Brown/Sam Paulesu-Released
Draft picks Leonard Hankerson and Evan Royster-Signed
Albert Haynesworth to the Patriots!! Woohoo Good luck England…wait don’t they play a 3-4?
Thus far, the Redskins have made a number of intriguing moves. Here is the break down.
Santana Moss #89 WR Height: 5’10” Weight: 209 lbs Age: 32- Resigned for 3 year contract/$15M deal $5M signing bonus with $6M guaranteed.
Barry Cofield (Former Giants DT) Height: 6’3” Weight: 305lbs Age: 27 -Expected to play NT- 6 year contract (Source told The Associated Press per ESPN- $36M w/ $12.5M guaranteed)
Donte’ Stallworth (Former Ravens WR) Height: 6’0” Weight: 220 Age:30- 1 year contract
Jaremy Jarmon (DE) to the Broncos for vet Jabar Gaffney (WR) Height: 6’2” Weight: 200 Age: 30- 4 year contract for 10M w/$3M guaranteed
Brandon Stokley (Former Seahawk WR) Height: 6’0” Weight: 192 Age: 35- 1 yr deal
Josh Wilson- (Former Ravens CB) Height: 5’9” Weight: 192 lbs Age: 26- 3 year contract/$13.5M w/$6M guaranteed- Should start and work successfully with DeAngelo Hall
John Beck (QB) Height: 6’2” Weight: 215lbs Age: 29- 3 year contract/$3.35M
Ben Chappell (Former Indiana QB) Height: 6’2” Weight: 224
Kellen Clemens (Former Jets QB) Height: 6’2” Weight: 220 Age: 28- 1 year contract
One Step Closer to Adam Carriker
Football has been one of the most frustrating and difficult things for everyone involved these past several months. It has been especially hard for coaches who have not been able to keep track of the training that their players have done on their own. After finally coming to terms on a CBA that has brought labor peace to the league for the next ten years, I think it is safe to say that everyone is ready for some football.
After interviewing the Washington Redskins’ Adam Carriker (DE/#94) I learned a lot about how he feels about himself and his past; and how he has prepared himself for Redskins football.
We talked about Carriker’s transition from one team to another. “It has gone well,” the lineman said about coming from the St. Louis Rams to the Redskins. “The coaches knew me pretty well before I got here. The scheme is a great fit for me. The players on the team are great teammates and it’s awesome to finally have some great fans again.”
I asked him about why he believes Washington is a better fit for him and his answer addressed both the change and obstacles he has encountered. “I think I have been given a much better opportunity to succeed in DC. I played nose guard in St. Louis, which is not my body type. I was able to do it just fine, but defensive end fits me well. I think I fit in great with the Redskins.” Carriker said.
He also shared how he feels about Shanahan’s coaching style. “I think Coach Shanahan gets it. I know a lot of coaches who want to keep their team fresh and are too easy. I also know coaches who beat their team up too much. He keeps us fresh while pushing us right to the edge. To me, he just gets it. These are some of the best teammates I’ve had.”
During the lockout, players were expected to stay in shape the best way they could. With their facilities and coaches unavailable to them, they had to dig deep for the motivation and the time to complete their workouts individually. When I asked Adam about his work ethic and his self-conditioning, he confidently responded, “I work out as hard or harder that anybody I know. Getting ready for the season physically has not been an issue. I love to run, lift and work out. Mentally, I’ve got the playbook down.”
As you can see our Washington Redskins have not wasted any time. Witnessing them finally come out and play should be interesting after this long road of independent work.
Carriker closed by saying that he would like to start a foundation in the near future. He added that he loves being involved with the community and interacting with fans. In fact, he joined Twitter specifically to connect with them but he is still trying figure out how it works! Make sure to follow him @AdamCarriker
Former Redskins Player Brian Mitchell at Top Golf for the KnR event beating everyone at the rage one his knees. #HTTR
Brian Mitchell,Lorenzo Alexander,Brandon Banks, Anthony Armstrong and Kevin all out at the Pre-Forth of July Party. Thank you to all our men and women who serve and protect our country. #HTTR
The Success and Views of Lake Lewis and Sports Journey Network
By Jen Rodriguez
Sport fans over the past two years have become more and more aware of the sports news and broadcasting company by the name of Sports Journey. Lake Lewis, CEO/President of Sports Journey, has brought many new and interesting views to football and other sports.
An array of ideas of the ideal CBA negation has been presented. However, Lake Lewis, as a business owner and friend of many of the players in the NFL league, tells us his view on this present football situation. Lake Lewis, CEO/President of Sports Journey, has brought many new and interesting views to football throughout New Jersey/New York, California, Washington DC Metropolitan Area, Pennsylvania, and Florida sports.
Lewis, who has covered a variety of sports and has befriended and has worked with many of the players and affiliates of the NFL, truly sees the affects of the game of football. “The CBA dispute is going to hurt the quality of play on the field, as far as the players work outs go, most of them are attending local gyms and seeking professional trainers” Lewis said. He also tells us how he knows some players have organized some sort of workout together like Miami Dolphin’s Chad Henne and Jake Long. Although these workouts are crucial and ideal for the time being, players are not training to their full potential because they are very cautious of injuries and do not want to get hurt during the “no football” time. Lewis also stated, “Even though these athletes are training, I do not believe they will be in game day shape or mentally prepared; the quality of play will suffer.” As a friend and broadcaster of some the young players that he hosts on the show like the Washington Redskins Clint Oldenburg and Selvish Capers he tell shares how they are at a disadvantage, “This is their opportunity to prove to coaches what they are here for and to make a name for themselves,” Lewis said. He also commented on how many have this misconception that all these NFL players have millions of dollars, which is true to most of the veteran players, but they are not all veterans, “Most of the younger players are running out of money. Some didn’t even make the NFL minimum.”
As a sports affiliated business owner and friend to many professional athletes, Lake Lewis shares his thoughts over the controversy on how NFL officials have claimed that the owners have already set aside enough money to cover them incase the 2011 season is cancelled. “As a business owner one has bigger expenses, and we have to embrace the lockout in a financial matter. However, I do believe the players deserve a little more than what has been purposed,” Lake said. He also discussed the three problems. First is money and how the 9.3 billion revenue and the problems on dividing it. “I don’t believe it should be 50/50, that’s just not how it works, however, 55%-45% owners or 60%-40% owners just from the 9 million sounds fair.” Secondly, “All 32 NFL owners clearly know the structure, but it’s the Dan Snyders and Jerry Jones of the business that modify the situation.” Thirdly, “When you have a CBA situation everyone wants to pile on stuff that they want done. Go back and look at the things that worked and the things that did not and that will bring you a successful CBA,” Lake Lewis added.
In the football world, the topics discussed seem limited due to the NFL and NFLPA not being able to come up with a compromise with the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. News, to some insiders, reporters, and fans, may seem repetitive because of this. However, CEO/President of Sports Journey Network, Lake Lewis, has been able to discuss in these issues with the NFL league as well as expand to other sport matters. When Lake was asked whether his business was affected by the CBA situation, he had a clear response: “Our business actually benefits from this. We still are able to bring in respected and educated players to inform the public. Although it may seem one sided at times because the coaches are not involved one still gets and insiders idea of what is really happening.” Lewis also assured that Sports Journey Network has provided a unique variety of inside sports of under all circumstances since 2005. “When you’re prepared there is no reason why you shouldn’t have any other sport news or concerns to cover.” His show offers the true perspectives of many athletes, which he is able to achieve by establishing a professional friendship with these players, something that many admire.
Sports Journey Network with Lake Lewis has grown and expanded a great deal since 2005. Lake’s goal for the future of the company is to bring more content. Starting in May fans will be able to listen and watch replays of the shows 24/7. Their most important target is to get better in all aspects. Lewis plans on doing this by becoming more technically sound, continue to have the leading edge on sports, and bringing in more sports figures to the show. Lake Lewis has presented the sports world with a new way to learn about your favorite teams and the latest news about them. Make sure visit http://www.sportsjourney.com/ and check them out via Twitter: @SportsJourney and @LakeLewis. Tune in!
A First Hand Insight with the New Washington Redskin Reggie Jones
By: Jen Rodriguez
Football in the past few weeks has been anything but easy for anyone involved with the NFL/NFLPA and the fans. Although it is hard to focus on anything else other than the current status of the negotiation between the NFL and the NFLPA, which still stands without a Collective Bargaining Agreement, there are still many other things in the football world to focus on.
At the end of last season, Redskins signed Reggie Jones off of the New Orleans Saints’ practice squad. After asking him his stance about signing with the Redskins and then being approached with the CBA issues, Jones seemed optimistic about his stay with Washington and the changes to the greatest game of all, football. “As a young player in this league the lockout is tough, because normally I’d be able to be around the vets, working out, and watching film with the guys. However, since we’re locked out I’m unable to do that. On the other hand I understand what the players stance represents, and I’m supportive,” Jones said. The lock out has kept players from coach interaction and guiding during the off- season.
Last year coach Mike Shanahan’s first off-season conditioning program began on March 14th. Where he had the players on a lifting and sprinting program. There were also mini camps being held shortly after the draft. Due to the lock out, the Redskins as a team are already two days behind from last pre-season. Jones claims, “Not having offseason workouts as a team isn’t ideal, but life doesn’t always go as you plan. One thing about me is I work hard regardless of who is around me. I’m very self-motivated and know how to push myself. Not having organized workouts doesn’t hurt me physically. It only hurts me in regards of wanting to be around the guys, and building that bond.” The lock out has not only affected players on their physical workouts but also the chemistry of the team. For new players like Reggie Jones, it is hard for players to get to know each other and really build a strong link with one another. Reggie even says, “Being new to this team and city I have a lot to learn.”
Jones has many big plans for the upcoming season and is determined to make the most out of what he has to offer. After making the transition from being a New Orleans Saint to a Washington Redskin he admits to missing his teammates but knows he’s at a good place and acknowledges he’s being received with open arms. Jones feels that “…Coming to the Redskins is a great opportunity for my career. I’ve learned so much from New Orleans during our Super Bowl run, and our playoff run last season that I plan on bringing to Washington.” Jones is very positive and is determined to bring out the best in the Redskins. He also says, “I envision myself starting at cornerback this upcoming season and making a difference. I plan on working as hard as needed in order to make that happen.” Reggie’s attitude is something that is valued within the Redskin community. We need players like him who bring positive vibes to the table, which will help the Redskins get back to their winning tradition.
Reggie Jones is not only ready to make changes on the field but also in the metropolitan area. “I’m new to the area and don’t know much about the area, but looking forward to reaching out to fans and members of the community. I enjoy helping others, and would definitely be interested in making school appearances to talk and inspire children, Boys and Girls clubs to give time to the children, and many other opportunities that I learn about in the area.” Jones has a genuine approach to make a difference in the new community he has joined as a Redskin.
When Jones was asked about his new twitter account he had a lot to say, “I just started my twitter about a month ago. People have been telling me to get it for a while now. I’m glad I have an account now though. “It’s been a great way to connect with the fans and allow them to get to know me as a person not just as a professional athlete. My profession is what I do, but who I am is unique, and I want people to find that out…so hit me up on the twitter ya’ll.” Make sure to follow him on twitter: @Regjones29
With Reggie Jones signing, his athletic abilities and positive attitude towards the game and team is something that will stand out within the Washington Redskins organization. We wish him the best of luck and hope that he can get back on the field with his teammates and coaching staff soon.
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