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Hightower Likely to Be the Starter in Washington

Posted: August 27, 2011 by admin54321 in News, Preseason, Trades

Head Coach Mike Shanahan told the media that Hightower is likely to be the starter come Week 1 when the Redskins take on their division rivals, the Giants.

The Redskins acquired Hightower in a trade with the Arizona Cardinals on July 31st. Hightower was set to compete with Ryan Torain for the starting running back job but when Torain broke his hand before preseason, Hightower took advantage of the opportunity and separated himself from any competition. Shanahan hasn’t committed to Hightower just yet, probably to give Torain a chance. It might just be too late for Torain though, as Hightower has been stellar in his three preseason games putting up 170 yards in 25 attempts. Torain will have to put up a jaw-dropping performance to change Shanahan’s mind.

The Hightower trade, in my opinion, was the Redskins’ best acquisition this offseason. Hightower is very talented and when he was traded, he wanted to prove it to his new teammates. I never could picture the running game being too solid for Washington this year with Ryan Torain because he is just too injury-prone, but with Hightower starting, I think Torain will complement him very well. In addition, the Redskins have some rookie running backs that have shown some promise in the preseason too. The Redskins have a lot of problems going into the season, but running back isn’t one of them.

Now for that quarterback competition…

Image from Keith Allison of Flickr under this license.

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Weekend Recap

Posted: July 31, 2011 by admin54321 in General, News, Trades

The moves slowed down over the weekend but here’s what happened:

Major Signings:

DE Ray Edwards signed with the Falcons
WR Roy Williams and DE Vernon Gholston signed with the Bears
RB Willis McGahee signed with the Broncos
S Danieal Manning signed with the Texans
S Dawan Landry signed with the Jaguars
QB Matt Moore signed with the Dolphins
QB Vince Young, TE Donald Lee, and DT Cullen Jenkins signed with the Eagles
WR Mike Sims-Walker and CB Al Harris signed with the Rams
CB Nate Clements signed with the Bengals
QB Peyton Manning agreed to a new contract with the Colts
QB Trent Edwards signed with the Raiders
WR Plaxico Burress signed with the Jets

Major Trades:

The Browns acquired DT Brodrick Bunkley from the Eagles for a 5th round pick
The Redskins acquired RB Tim Hightower from the Cardinals in exchange for DE Jeremy Jarmon and a draft pick

Because of the Matt Moore signing, it is now unlikely that Kyle Orton will be heading to Miami. However, the deal is not completely dead yet because in the NFL, anything can happen.

Thursday Recap

Posted: July 28, 2011 by admin54321 in General, News, Trades

It was another busy day in the NFL as teams continue to cram weeks of work into just days. Here’s what happened:

Major Cuts:

QB Vince Young was cut from the Titans
QB Jake Delhomme was cut from the Browns
T Marc Columbo was cut from the Cowboys
G Brian Waters was cut from the Chiefs
WR Antwan Randle El was cut from the Steelers
DE Phillip Daniels, C Casey Rabach, and RB Chad Simpson were cut from the Redskins

Major Signings:

T Tyson Clabo agreed to terms with the Falcons
WR Brad Smith agreed to terms with the Bills
RB Brandon Jackson agreed to terms with the Browns
CB Jonathan Joseph agreed to terms with the Texans
RB Darren Sproles agreed to terms with the Saints
DE Jason Babin agreed to terms with the Eagles
C Chris Chester agreed to terms with the Redskins

Trades:

Eagles QB Kevin Kolb was traded to the Cardinals for CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a 2nd round pick
Redskins DT Albert Haynesworth was traded to the Patriots for a 6th round pick in 2013
Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco was traded to the Patriots for two late round picks
Saints RB Reggie Bush was traded to the Dolphins for S Jonathan Amaya and a draft pick
Bears TE Greg Olsen was traded to the Panthers for a 3rd round pick

I bet you could have never predicted that Albert Haynesworth and Chad Ochocinco would be teammates on the Patriots this year.

In a shocking trade, the Patriots acquired outspoken WR Chad Ochocinco from the Bengals for two late draft picks. The Patriots also re-signed him to a 3 year deal.

Now normally I would not question Bill Bellichick. He did the same thing with Randy Moss and that situation turned out great so he typically knows what he is doing. However, Ochocinco has a very different personality than Randy Moss. Many of the stunts Ochocinco likes to do (see: bull riding, racing, soccer…) most likely will not fly under Bellichick. I am not so sure that Ochocinco can surpress this. It’s who he is, he can’t turn it off.

The one part that does make sense is the Bengals getting rid of Ochocinco. Head coach Marvin Lewis probably had enough of Ochocinco’s antics and, more importantly, the Bengals now have rookie wide receiver A.J. Green to replace him.

Only time will tell if Ochocinco meshes with the tamed, disciplined Patriots organization but in my opinion, Ochocinco’s tenure with the Patriots will be short lived.

Kevin Kolb Traded to the Cardinals

Posted: July 28, 2011 by admin54321 in News, Trades

As expected for the better part of this week, the Cardinals finally pulled the trigger and acquired QB Kevin Kolb. He did not come cheap though. The Cardinals had to give up a 2nd round pick and CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to the Eagles.

The Cardinals also gave their new quarterback a big contract extension. Kolb signed a 5 year, $63 million contract with $20 million of that guaranteed.

I’ve been waiting for this trade for a long time and I hope it works out for the Cardinals. Kevin Kolb is an unproven quarterback and giving up a starting cornerback and 2nd round pick is a lot for an unproven player. Kolb will finally have a chance to start all 16 games in a season and has the luxary of throwing to Larry Fitzgerald too. I can see him struggling at first, similar to the way Matt Cassel struggled in his first year with Kansas City, but later getting better as he adapts to the team.

The Eagles on the other hand are just getting better and better. They got a high draft pick, a solid corner, and still manage to have a franchise quarterback behind center.

Two teams in the AFC East now look very different on this Thursday Morning.

As expected, the Redskins got rid of DT Albert Haynesworth by sending him to the Patriots for a 5th round pick in 2013. As much news as Albert Haynesworth has made for the Redskins over the last 2 years, I think this is a good move for the Patriots. If anyone is going to keep Haynesworth in check, it is Bellichick. It will be interesting to see how much he is used in the Patriots offense.

In another blockbuster trade, the Dolphins acquired Saints RB Reggie Bush. The Dolphins were looking for a good running back and were in talks with Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw. With Reggie Bush, they fill a big need at the position and have dropped out of the Ahmad Bradshaw race.