Washington Redskins Training Camp: Ugly Weather, Ugly Practice

Richmond, Va., – 19,450 people got a chance to witness a WWE-like brawl on the final day of the Washington Redskins and Houston Texans joint practices under rainy conditions. Within a five minute period, three brawls broke out between the two Redskins practice field. Redskins head coach, Jay Gruden, and Texans head coach, Bill O’Brien, decided it was best for both teams to stop practicing with each other for the remainder of practice.

“Both Coach O’Brien and myself tried to make it clear that it wasn’t acceptable behavior,” Gruden said. “We missed an opportunity to get better today against a good team.”

“It’s intense out there,” O’Brien said. “It’s too bad, but that’s what happen with two competitive teams.”
This is not the first time that the Texans have been in a situation like this. Last year while practicing with the Denver Broncos, scuffles were reported between both teams.

“One thing for sure is that we got each other’s back,” Redskins Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan said. “Nothing good comes out of those fights. Someone could get hurt, but I don’t think no one did thankfully.”

19,450 people attended today’s practice, which has been the largest turnout this year so far.

The Redskins will enjoy a day off tomorrow and will resume practice on Monday.

Redskins Training Camp: Ryan Kerrigan

Redskins Linebacker, Ryan Kerrigan, Signing a Fan's Football
Redskins Linebacker, Ryan Kerrigan, Signing a Fan’s Football

Richmond, Va., – In only four seasons with the Washington Redskins, Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan views himself as one of the elder statesman on the team. Going into his fifth year with the team, the former Pro Bowler is coming off of a career year compiling 64 tackles, 13.5 sacks (career-high), and 5 forced fumbles (career-high) while playing every game for the team last season.

Last week, he was rewarded for his play with a five-year, $57.5 million contract extension until 2020 with $24.28 million guaranteed making Kerrigan the third-highest paid linebacker in the NFL behind Chiefs Justin Houston (six years, $101 million) and Packers Clay Matthews (five years, $66 million). He’s not feeling any extra pressure on his shoulders to live to his new contract as he just wants to play football and show that he’s worth it.

“I just want to reward the Redskins for placing a lot of faith in me,” Kerrigan said. “I want to give back to them by playing well.”

Kerrigan has improved each season while being in the NFL and that shows in his sack totals from year-to-year (7.5 in 2011, 8.5 in 2012, 8.5 in 2013, and 13.5 in 2014). While he has been racking up impressive individual stats, he knows it is about the team first and he looks forward to working with the other guys on the team.
“It’s my job to help the other guys along,” Kerrigan said. “It’s a role that I have enjoyed.”

Every team in the NFL that plays the Redskins this season will have to know when Number 91 is at all times. However, with all of the new weapons on defense (Junior Galette, Stephen Paea, Ricky Jean-Francois, and Terrance Knighton), it will be harder for opposing offenses to put all of their focus on Kerrigan when so many other players are capable of bringing down the quarterback.

Houston Texans Comes to RVA

The Houston Texans will be in town practicing with the Washington Redskins starting today until Saturday. The Texans will also be bringing HBO with them as they were selected to participate in this year’s season of Hard Knocks.

The joint practice will provide an opportunity for both teams to practice with fresh faces that they don’t typically see everyday. The Redskins offensive line will be tested as they will line up against J.J. Watt, one of the most feared pass rushers in the NFL. Watt finished the 2014 season with 20.5 sacks, second behind Justin Houston of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Texans running back, Arian Foster will not be making the trip as he recently suffered a groin injury that will force him to miss the rest of training camp and the preseason. Foster rushed for over 1,200 yards and eight touchdowns earning his fourth selection to the Pro Bowl for the Texans.

The PowerTrip Is Back Tomorrow!

After a two-week hiatus, Darnell will be back for another episode of The PowerTrip will back tomorrow at 7:00pm! Chad Ryan and Mark Phillips from the Redskins Capital Connection Podcast will be guests on the show. We will be talking about the Redskins upcoming season, where they stand in the NFC East, and other topics as well. Darnell will also be talking UFC, Ronda Rousey, and many other topics coming up tomorrow on The PowerTrip.

Redskins Training Camp: Rookie Focus, Evan Spencer

By Darnell Myrick

Richmond, VA., – We are five days into the Washington Redskins Training Camp here in Richmond and players have been going at it for an opportunity to wear the iconic burgundy and gold during the upcoming regular season.

While much of the focus has been on QB Robert Griffin III, LB Ryan Kerrigan, and many other notable Redskin players, rookie wide receiver, Evan Spencer, has been making strides at training camp. The 6’2 receiver was the 187th pick in this year’s NFL draft in the 6th round.

A native of Vernon Hills, Illinois, Spencer was a four year football player at Ohio State University. He played on the 2015 Ohio State Buckeyes team that won the National Championship team. His father, Tim Spencer, played for the San Diego Chargers from 1985-1990 and is the current running backs coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Since being with the Redskins, he has spent his time looking up to teammates, Pierre Garcon and Andre Roberts, because to figure out what he needs to do on a daily basis to become a better player.

“They are pros,” Spencer said. “They come to work, they take of their bodies and when they leave they continue to take care of themselves. For me, its guys like that that I look up to.”

When asked about what he feels the need to improve on, he wants to become a more technical wide receiver.

“Being a rookie, you have to be able to absorb as much as you can and be able to be fast,” Spencer said. “I’m just going to focus on getting in my playbook and being technical with everything I do like snapping down on my routes, getting out of my routes, finding the ball, and catching it.”

In his spare time, he is an avid golfer. Spencer says that he started playing golf when he was much younger, but a year or two after he started playing football.

“Typically, I’ll be somewhere between the high 70’s to mid-80’s,” Spencer said. “I shot a 77 before and that was the best ever shot. Everything I hit was going right towards the hole and I was feeling myself a little bit, but it was fun.”

His Ohio State Buckeyes open their season on Labor Day when they travel to Blacksburg, Virginia to face the Virginia Tech Hokies, who defeated the Buckeyes last year in Columbus. Spencer gave the Buckeyes his vote of confidence as he hopes the Buckeyes get even with the Hokies.

The team is off today, but they will back suited up and ready to go on Wednesday.

Day 2 Redskins Training Camp: All In On Defense

Richmond, Va. — On day 2 of the Washington Redskins Training Camp, the Redskins added a major upgrade to their defense by signing former New Orleans Saints linebacker, Junior Galette just a week after being cut by the Saints. Galette met with the Redskins yesterday and brought him in for a physical and was quickly able to sign him to a one-year contract for the veteran’s minimum.

Galette has had his share off-the-field issues that likely led to his untimely exile from New Orleans. Galette was charged with domestic violence earlier this year, but the charge has been dropped. A video from 2013 has appeared that shows a man striking a woman with a belt in Miami Beach. Some believe it is Galette, but he has denied being in the video. A suspension could be awaiting Galette as the NFL are currently investigating his off-the-field issues.

“I’m thankful to be here,” Galette said. “I’m grateful to have this opportunity. I just want to move forward and not worry about the past but what’s ahead of me

The 27-year-old linebacker was a team captain with the Saints and had 10 sacks last season.