Monday, July 1, 2019

Jimmy Moreland excited to be a Redskin

Jimmy Moreland concentrates at Camp   photo by Doug Aylestock / CCS
ASHBURN, Va.- Jimmy Moreland, the consensus 1st team All American cornerback out of James Madison University admits he was worried when it got into the seventh round of the NFL Draft and his name hadn't been called.

"It felt like a weight lifted off my shoulders." Moreland said, "I didn't think I was gonna get a call that late, after the Redskins called it just felt like an accomplishment lifted up, I've been through a lot, I'm just glad I'm here now."

Moreland, from Royal Palm Beach, Florida has gotten used to this area, after starting four seasons for the Dukes. Last year as a Red Shirt senior Moreland

"You know [I went to school] two hours from here. When I got here, most people already knew who I was. A couple of people knew where I was from – Belle Glade, Florida." Moreland said.

Jimmy Moreland breaks up a pass in one on one drills                                             Photo by Doug Aylestock  /  CCS

Moreland is JMU's first NFL Draft selection since 2013 when former offensive lineman Earl Watford was taken in the fourth round by the Arizona Cardinals. He's also the second JMU cornerback to ever be taken in the Draft, joining 2010 sixth-round selection Scotty McGee.

To date, 10 former JMU stars are currently on active NFL rosters, including six from the 2016 national-championship team.

One of those 10 is team mate Andrew Ankrah, a linebacker listed on the roster as a first year veteran, who recently signed a 3 year deal with the team has been helping his fellow team mate out.

"After I got up here, Andrew called me immediately. Asked me if I need anything, and he helps me learn the ropes on and off the field." Moreland said.

Jimmy Moreland speaks with Moe Murphy

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Moses leads by example, excited about this season

Ashburn Va. - On a hot and humid Virginia day Morgan Moses starts his sixth season with the Washington Redskins.
Morgan Moses is excited about the upcoming season and believes in preparation        Doug Aylestock / CCS
"I feel good, another year, year six," Moses said. " I feel good about where we are headed, the pieces that we have, the pieces that we added, its just about getting us  all on one accord and getting us ready."

Moses spoke about the first three games, and the level of competition the team will be facing both at home and away, and that training camp is the place to prepare.

Morgan Moses shares his knowledge with rookie Dwayne Haskins at mini camp         Moe Murphy / CCS
The Richmond native and former UVA Cavalier stood out as the leader of the offensive line with Trent Williams absent with a possible hold out in the future.

"I know Trent, one thing I know about Trent he's working hard. I've trained with him in Houston plenty of times. I know that guy wakes up training and goes to sleep training."Moses said.

Morgan Moses is a true leader for this years Washington Redskins                   Doug Aylestock / CCS

Morgan Moses speaks with the media. Video Below


Thursday, June 13, 2019

Redskins Mini Camp Photo Gallery 6/4/19

ASHBURN, Va. -  The Washington Redskins held their first day of Veteran / Rookie Mini Camp at the Inova Sports Performance Center at Redskins Park in Ashburn, VA. Moe Murphy of Clarke County Sports was on hand to capture footage at the practice.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Redskins OTA Day One (Photo Gallery)

ASHBURN, Va.- Clarke County Sports photographer Doug Aylestock was on hand at the Inova Sports Performance Center at Redskins Park on Monday to capture the teams OTA.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Foster reportedly tears ACL in first day of OTA's

ASHBURN, Va.- The Washington Redskins defense took a big hit when 1st year Redskin Reuben Foster went down mid way through yesterday's non contact practice at the Inova Sports Performance Center at Redskins Park.

Reuben Foster & Montez Sweat speak with Defensive Coordinator Greg Manusky  Photo by Doug Aylestock / CCS

"Yeah, he’s going to get his MRI, and CT stuff and all the other tests he has to do. We don’t have any information right now," Redskins coach Jay Gruden said after practice. "Just ran through a gap and stepped on [Tyler] Catalina’s foot and landed funny on his left leg so we’re going to get that checked out. We’ll hope for the best right now until we get the results. But, very concerning for sure. I’ll just have to wait and see before I get too emotional about it." 

Several media sources are reporting Foster has torn his ACL and may also have additional artery damage near his left knee including the NFL's Networks Ian Rapoport tweeted on Monday.
Foster, a third year NFL veteran was signed by the Redskins after the San Francisco 49'ers released the Alabama linebacker amid possible domestic violence charges that have since been dropped.

Several former Tide team mates were looking forward to Foster joining the Burgundy and Gold and were hoping to put all the negativity behind them.

"I didn’t [see his injury]. It is disappointing, but we cannot really say anything until his MRI, just waiting on that right now," Jon Allen said. "Personally, I think everything happens for a reason. God has his plan, you do not always know what he is going to do, but you got to have faith and like I said, we do not even know what happened yet, so we will have to wait for the MRI. He is definitely in my prayers and trust me, I know Rueben, he’ll be fine."

Clarke County Sports will post any official updates from the team on the status of Reuben Foster's injury and projected recovery.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Another season begins

ASHBURN, Va.- The Washington Redskins held their annual Rookie / Free Agent camp this past weekend at the Inova Sports Performance Center at Redskins Park.

All of the 2019 draft selections along with several college free agents and invited 1st year veterans were present.

First round selections Dwayne Haskins and Montez Sweat garnered much of the attention, both standing out in their performances.

Dwayne Haskins runs the Redskins offense  Photo by Doug Aylestock / CCS
When asked about Haskins running the offense, Redskins coach Jay Gruden replied, "It’s been positive. It's been a good experience so far to get to know him, get some plays and watch him learn and then watch him take it to the field. Yesterday, he had a great day. Today the defense played a little better, but it’s just a matter of progression right now and installation. We’re at the very bare minimum right now, but I’m very impressed with his skillset for sure. He can really spin it."

Sweat was equally impressive to the coaching staff.  "I have no doubt that he’s going to play a lot," Gruden said. "The skillset that he has is quite evident. You see his length and then you watch him run after practice and he’s faster than anybody we have probably right now.

Montez Sweat's blazing speed has people talking                       Photo by Doug Aylestock / CCS
The following day the Redskins signed five of the college free agents to contracts. Details of the contracts were not provided.

The following players were signed: Jonathan Bonner, 6'4 295 pound defensive end from Notre Dame, Jerald Foster, 6'3 210 pound guard from Nebraska, Deion Harris, 6'3 197 pound defensive back from North Dakota, Austin Maloata, 6'2 283 pound defensive lineman from Austin Peay, and Craig Reynolds, 5'11 215 pound running back from Kutztown.
Craig Reynolds was signed to a contract after the workouts                             Photo by Doug Aylestock / CCS
Austin Maloata signed to help shore defensive line                          Photo by Doug Aylestock / CCS
The next OTA will be held Monday, May 20. Check back at Clarke County Sports for more Redskins Coverage also check our Facebook page and twitter feed.

Redskins Rookie Camp Photo Gallery by Doug Aylestock

ASHBURN, Va.- Clarke County Sports senior photographer Doug Aylestock was on hand to capture the 2019 Redskins Rookie and free agent tryout camp.

Photo's by Doug Aylestock / CCS

Enjoy the Show !

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Redskins select Haskins and Sweat in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft

ASHBURN, Va.-  The Washington Redskins utilized two first round picks to grab a highly sought after quarterback and a pass rushing specialist in this years 2019 NFL Draft held last Thursday through Saturday in Nashville.

Ohio State Quarterback Dwayne Haskins was the Redskins 1st pick and the 15th overall pick in the first round.

Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins  Courtesy OSU AD
The selection of Haskins marks the third time in the last five years that the Redskins have selected an offensive player in the first round, joining the selections of G Brandon Scherff (2015) and WR Josh Doctson (2016). It marks the team’s first time making three offensive first-round selection in that length of time since the 2000-02 drafts, when the team selected T Chris Samuels (2000), WR Rod Gardner (2001) and QB Patrick Ramsey (2002).

“We’re excited to have him,” head coach Jay Gruden said following the first night of the draft. “Great kid, great player and very smart. I had a chance to talk to him at the Combine. We flew him in here, had a long talk with him, went to dinner with him and spent a lot of time with him. We feel really good about where he is as a player and where he’s going.”

Haskins, who had a record-setting season for the Buckeyes in 2018 with 50 touchdown passes and 4,831 yards passing.  A Heisman Trophy finalist, Haskins is the fourth Ohio State quarterback drafted since 2000, and the first since Cardale

Jones was chosen in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft by Buffalo. Recent Ohio State quarterbacks drafted also include Troy Smith (5th round by Baltimore in 2007) and Craig Krenzel (5th by Chicago in 2004).

"Expectations are to work as hard as I can, do all I can and be a part of this position [group] and this franchise,” Haskins said. “I'm looking forward to contributing in any way possible and just get down and work. I'm just excited to be a part of something special and be a part of a team again. I am looking forward to calling the Redskins my home. Things will come and I'm just going to do everything I can to be ready."

Mississippi St LB Montez Sweat    Photo Courtesy MSU Athletics
The Redskins had the luxury of two first round draft picks and used their second pick to draft Linebacker Montez Sweat from Mississippi State with the 26th overall pick.

Sweat is the 11th defensive player selected by the Redskins in the first round since 1999, joining CB Champ Bailey (1999), LB LaVar Arrington (2000), S Sean Taylor (2004), CB Carlos Rogers (2005), S LaRon Landry (2007), DE/LB Brian Orakpo (2009), LB Ryan Kerrigan (2011), DL Jonathan Allen (2017), and DT Daron Payne (2018). Nine of the 10 defensive players selected by the Redskins in the first round in that time frame have earned at least one Pro Bowl selection during their career.

Redskins Head Coach Jay Gruden was pleased with the pick.  "I think when you watched him as a player throughout his college career and then you watched him at the Senior Bowl and Combine. The measurables are second to none as far as an edge rusher, outside linebacker-type player. If you’re 6-foot-6, run a 4.41 forty and you have the production he had at Mississippi State and you performed like he did at the Senior Bowl, it just is a perfect fit for us. Losing Preston like I said and to go alongside with Ryan Anderson, Ryan Kerrigan, obviously Cassanova McKinzy. I think it’s a perfect fit for us.”

For his career, Sweat recorded 101 tackles (29.5 for loss) and 22 sacks over 26 games.

"My emotions were going everywhere, Sweat said. " It was low-key a series of some doubts like, 'Why am I dropping so far? 'What's going on?' I was just wondering what's going on and then the Redskins called me and they changed my whole persona, everything, the way I was feeling. Now they definitely have a winner in me."

Check back for more Redskins Draft coverage.....