Found November 06, 2011 on
Freshman! Freshman! Freshman!
The Redskins are starting three rookies on offense today–two for the first time–and none taken before the third round of April’s NFL Draft. Receiver Leonard Hankerson will get his second consecutive start, after going inactive in the first six weeks. Roy Helu will get a chance to jump start the Redskins running game, and Maurice Hurt will try his hand at left guard.
Hurt is the second seventh-round rookie to play this year (Chris Neild being the first), and one of three that are active for today’s game (Brandyn Thompson). Last year’s seventh-rounder, receiver Terrence Austin has already worked his way into the offense.
On the first play from scrimmage, Helu made the most of his first NFL start and cut it up field for a 16-yard gain. This is the second-longest run of his career, and he was one man away from breaking it the distance.
But it was another rookie, linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, that stole the show on the team’s first defensive stand. ...
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Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said he was pleased with the play of rookie Roy Helu in Helu’s first professional start, but the coach declined to say whether the Nebraska product would start next week against Miami.
Helu had a franchise record 14 catches – most of them on dump-off passes from John Beck -- for 105 yards and carried the ball 10 times for 41 yards in Washington’s...
Washington Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said rookie wide receiver Leonard Hankerson will remain in the starting lineup for a second straight week after recording four catches for 34 yards Sunday.
In the last three weeks, Hankerson has risen quickly. After spending the first five games on the inactive list, he has improved his play in practices and three weeks ago, he suited up for...
The numbers that defined the Washington Redskins' offense last week were ugly. That offensive ineptitude, the kind that reached a contemptible level after three straight losses and more than 65 scoreless minutes of football, brought them to the opening kickoff at FedEx Field on Sunday with the understanding that they ...
With seven receivers in the mix for the Redskins, Mike Shanahan has plenty to choose from. So much in fact that all seven have dressed at one point or another this season, and each has caught a pass.
“There’s a lot of competition at the wide receiver position,” Shanahan said.
An injury to Santana Moss left the door open for several of the younger receivers on the roster, and...
The Redskins began the game with a 16-yard run by Roy Helu, then ran twice more for four yards. On third and six from the Washington 40, Beck threw to Terrence Austin, but the ball was off target, and the Redskins had to punt.
The 49ers took over at their 18 and reached Redskins’ territory by mixing the run and pass. The drive stalled, though, when on third and one, San Francisco...
On this week’s edition of “The Mike Shanahan Coach’s Show,” head coach Mike Shanahan sat down with hosts Larry Michael and Charles Mann to discuss the states of the Redskins.
Among the various topics of conversation, the issue of Redskins legacy came up with the current players. Michael related a story about rookie receiver Leonard Hankerson not knowing who Sonny...
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Roy Helu: He’s the Redskins starting running back for today and in fantasy football that’s all we can really ask for. Against the 49ers Helu was on the field for 65 plays and Ryan Torain was there for 4. Shanahan is a cliche when it comes to running backs, but you can’t just...
If the Redskins had been able to end the half at the 2-minute warning, it would be a much happier feeling in the locker room at halftime
Through the first 28 minutes of the first half, the Redskins have found a rhythm that fans haven’t seen since the first half of the Rams game, over a month ago.
From committing to the run, to improved coverage in the secondary, the Redskins...
After any tough loss–or tough streak–it’s hard for a coach to find the right things to say to inspire. Egos get fragile under pressure, and the character and culture of a team can be lost in moments of frustration.
Following yesterday’s loss, head coach Mike Shanahan lamented the results, but praised the effort of his men, who did not give in to expectations or...