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Redskins players remember National Signing Day with stories from Denny's, prom dates and family

Redskins players remember National Signing Day with stories from Denny's, prom dates and family

As the college football world obsesses over high school seniors sending faxes on National Signing Day, some of the Redskins players remembered their declaring moment. Below are texts from a number of Redskins players about their signing day. For some, it was a big deal. For others, it wasn't. If there is any lesson in this, remember, some current NFL players were not highly recruited, so don't go freaking out if an 18-year-old picks the wrong hat.

  • Mason Foster - University of Washington - "I remember waking up super early and sending it in before they could change their minds."
  • Martrell Spaight - University of Arkansas - "I remember the significant feeling of accomplishment and I remember my parents crying, just knowing their sacrifices are paying off in me going in the right direction."
  • Will Blackmon - Boston College - "My recruiting was wild, but I decided to end it, probably around December. I didn't have the big reveal with the hat or anything."
  • Will Compton - University of Nebraska - "Announcing on a Nebraska radio station and the celebratory song being 'Straight Outta Compton'."
  • A.J. Francis - University of Maryland - "I remember I wore a red sport coat, and I remember that when I sent the paper through the fax machine I knew I did everything I needed to in my life up to that point to be successful. I also remember being salty my teammate Cam Johnson had TV stations come see him sign to UVA and nobody cared I signed at UMD (lol)." 
  • Nick Sundberg - University of California - "I didn't get recruited in high school so I honestly didn't even know when signing day was."
  • Trent Murphy - Stanford University - "I committed to Coach Harbaugh. I just remember being pretty excited to go with my parents to signing day and put on that Cardinal S. Was a no brainer for me."
  • Tress Way - University of Oklahoma - "I was just thankful Oklahoma wanted me to play for them so I had my family there with me. Oh yes, I asked the hottest girl in school to go to prom with me in front of the whole school after I signed and she said yes (haha)."
  • Dustin Hopkins - Florida State University - "I remember being so honored to be in such select company not only within our school, but across the country. Our school allowed all the players committing that day to come to the gym and take pictures with our families, our coaches, and together for the media. Directly after pictures, I remember sneaking off with my folks to a Denny's across the street from school for a celebratory long lunch!"
  • Nate Sudfeld - Indiana University - "Nothing too special for me that day, just had a little ceremony in our basketball gym. It was pretty cool to have classmates, coaches, and teachers there who somewhat felt like they had a hand in my development (which they did) and then I could tell moving forward how they all were living vicariously through me!"

And one for good luck from a former Redskins player.

  • Fred Smoot - Mississippi State University - "It's nerve wracking and exciting at the same time. You are happy because it's one step closer but you are also afraid about if you made the right decision. It's an emotional roller coaster."

Smoot is generally the coolest dude in the room, so if the emotions of signing day even got to him, imagine what the high school kids are feeling now. The coverage is unprecedented. So remember college football fans, before you send that @ tweet, take a deep breath. 

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Need to Know: The most overrated Redskins events of 2017

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Need to Know: The most overrated Redskins events of 2017

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, February 23, 19 days before NFL free agency starts.

I’m out this week so I’ll be re-posting some of the best and most popular articles of the past few months. Some may have slightly dated information but the major points in the posts still stand. Thanks for reading, as always.

The overrated Redskin moments of 2017

Originally published 12/30/17

Sometimes in the NFL, something happens that grabs headlines and appears to be a momentous event that has ripple effects that will last all season and perhaps beyond. Other times something that is greeted with a yawn by fans and the media turns out to be something with lasting impact. Yesterday we looked at three events that were underrated at the time they happened. Here, in no particular order, are three overrated events from 2017.

Beating the Raiders—At the time, the Raiders were 2-0 and they still had the status of being one of the favorites to get to the Super Bowl. The Redskins whipped them 27-10 and the prevailing view was that the Redskins were on their way to a special year. But that loss started a four-game losing streak for the Raiders. They are currently riding a three-game skid and at 6-9 they are contenders for a top-10 draft pick, not for the Super Bowl. The win became less impressive for the Redskins as the year went on.

Signing Terrelle Pryor—There was plenty of excitement when the Redskins signed the Browns wide receiver, who had 1,000 receiving yards catching passes from a sub-mediocre group of quarterbacks in Cleveland. Imagine what he could do with a quality QB and a good offense around him. The hype grew when a fan captured him making this catch in training camp:

But the production was not there. In nine games before going on injured reserve with an ankle injury, Pryor caught 20 passes for 240 yards and a touchdown.

Su’a Cravens departure—There was a lot of concern about issues both on and off the field when Cravens abruptly let it be known to teammates that he intended to retire just after the Redskins finalized their 53-man roster on September 2. All offseason Cravens’ name had been written at the top of the depth chart at strong safety in Sharpie. When he walked away and was put on the Exempt/Left Squad list (and eventually on the Reserve/Left Squad list, ending his season), there was plenty of speculation about whether the organization botched the situation and, of more immediate importance, what would happen at safety without Cravens. We’re still not sure about what happened but Montae Nicholson and Deshazor Everett did a respectable job at safety.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerNBCS and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.

Timeline  

Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 6
—NFL Draft (4/26) 62
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 198

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Need to Know: The most underrated Redskins events of 2017

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Need to Know: The most underrated Redskins events of 2017

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, February 22, 20 days before NFL free agency starts.

I’m out this week so I’ll be re-posting some of the best and most popular articles of the past few months. Some may have slightly dated information but the major points in the posts still stand. Thanks for reading, as always.

The underrated Redskin moments of 2017

Originally published 12/29/17

Sometimes in the NFL, something happens that grabs headlines and appears to be a momentous event that has ripple effects that will last all season and perhaps beyond. Other times something that is greeted with a yawn by fans and the media turns out to be something with lasting impact. Here, in no particular order, are three underrated events from 2017. Tomorrow we’ll look at three events that were overrated at the time they happened.  

Beating the Rams in Week 2—Nobody got particularly excited when the Redskins went to the LA Memorial Coliseum and beat a Rams team that had gone 4-12 in 2016. Sure, there was a belief that they were in good hands with Sean McVay but nobody saw them as anything better than a middle of the pack team. The win looks much more impressive now as the 11-4 Rams have locked up their division with a playoff game in their future.

Drafting safety Montae Nicholson—He was a fourth-round pick who had a shoulder injury and appeared to be a reach. But once he got on the field, the reasons the Redskins drafted him became apparent. His range and hard hitting had an immediate impact on the game. Nicholson had problems staying on the field and he will finish the year on IR, so his impact this year was diminished. Regardless, he has a good chance of being part of the solution to a position with which the Redskins have had issues for years.

Ty Nsekhe’s injury—Against the Raiders in Week 3, Shawn Lauvao’s facemask had an issue and he had to leave the game for a play. In came Nsekhe without an opportunity to warm up. He suffered a core muscle injury and had to undergo surgery. His absence didn’t seem like a big deal at the time, but Trent Williams suffered a knee injury the next week and other offensive linemen were sidelined with injuries over the next several weeks. Nsekhe was inactive until the Week 10 game against the Vikings and he didn’t start a game until the Thanksgiving game against the Giants. He sure would have been useful to have in the lineup instead of T.J. Clemmings or Tyler Catalina.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerNBCS and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.

Timeline  

Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 7
—NFL Draft (4/26) 63
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 199