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Schmitt hits the trail, Hamilton back

Schmitt hits the trail, Hamilton back

Fullback Pete Schmitt, just resigned by the Redskins on Monday, has decided to pack it in.

He talked to Jim Zorn after practice and said simply that pro football wasn't for him.

Schmitt's "retirement" (Corey Masisak at the Times in wondering if he will change his mind and then orchestrate a trade) put the Redskins back to square one when it comes to the fullback position. They have established starter Mike Sellers and Nehemiah Broughton, a 2005 draft pick still looking to make a mark. They may try to sign another fullback after Saturday's game.

Apparently not having a fulllback's number in their Outlook Contacts (does anyone use a Rolodex anymore?), the Redskins filled Schmitt's roster spot with a player whose position appears to be pretty well set—safety.

Justin Hamilton was signed on May 31 and, after failing to impress during OTA's, released a couple of weeks later. He's now back, signed on Thursday morning.

It may be too little, too late for Hamilton, a former sixth-round pick of the Cleveland Browns. Rookie safeties Chris Horton and Kareem Moore have impressed in practice and, in Horton's case, during last Sunday's preseason game. Veteran Vernon Fox provides experienced backup to starters Reed Doughty and LaRon Landry. There may not be much opportunity for Hamilton to have a shot at making it.

But that really doesn't matter to Hamilton, who is hanging on to his football life. In 2007, he did not play and he's already been cut once this year.

He is familiar enough with the defense to get a chance to play some on Saturday night against the Bills. And a chance to play is a chance to get on film. And that chance gives him a chance of being seen by other teams who may be looking for a safety. And that gives him a chance of getting a phone call to come in for a tryout when a safety somewhere around the league goes down to injury.

Chances are, he won't make it. But he still has a chance.

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What can the Redskins learn from the Eagles run to the Super Bowl?


What can the Redskins learn from the Eagles run to the Super Bowl?

For Redskins fans, it's probably a tough pill to swallow that the Eagles are in the Super Bowl. Making matters worse, Philadelphia got to the championship game without their star quarterback Carson Wentz.

Beyond the feelings that fandom incites, which are real and severe, what does the Eagles' breakthrough season mean for Washington? Let's take a look. 

Perhaps the most incredible part of the Eagles' success is that wunderkind QB Wentz is not at the helm. The second-year player was an MVP candidate all season but got injured late in the year. Nick Foles, the Philly backup, took over and played well in both Eagles' playoff wins. 

Does that mean much, if anything, for the Redskins? 

Some will argue it means Washington should not look to invest top dollar in QB Kirk Cousins. Foles is not considered a top-flight quarterback and still was able to maneuver his squad to the Super Bowl.

Whether or not that argument makes sense, Redskins fans should prepare to hear a lot of it over the next two weeks. 

There is also a theory that the Redskins should eschew spending at QB in favor of spending on defense. 

That may very well be the right move, but don't look to the Eagles to support the theory. 

Philadelphia spent $47 million on the defensive side of the ball in 2017. On offense, they spent $56 million.

What is definitely true?

The Eagles played terrific football in the postseason, and catapulted through the NFC by playing the underdog role.

Redskins fans might hate it, but the Eagles absolutely earned their Super Bowl appearance. 

That doesn't mean Redskins fans have to like it. 

Philadelphia has never won a Super Bowl. 

Now, standing in the way of their first Lombardi Trophy: Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. 

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When is Super Bowl 2018? Date, time, location, odds, TV channel, halftime performer

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When is Super Bowl 2018? Date, time, location, odds, TV channel, halftime performer

Super Bowl LII (52) will feature the New England Patriots/ Jacksonville Jaguars (AFC Champion) against the Minnesota Vikings/ Philadelphia Eagles (NFC Champion) at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota on February 4, 2018.

If they go on to advance, the Vikings would become the first team to ever ‘host’ the Super Bowl in their home stadium. They are the third to play the game in their home state. Minnesota will be looking for their first Super Bowl title in five tries, the most appearances by any team without a championship.

Philadelphia is looking for their first title ever as well, and doing it with a back-up quarterback Nick Foles. They have been the underdog in every game this postseason; it would be no different in the Super Bowl.

New England is looking for their third Super Bowl over the past four years and their sixth championship since 2001. However, their path in the AFC Playoffs is arguably the easiest in their history. A win by the Patriots would tie the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most in NFL history with six.

The new kids one the block, the Jaguars are one win away from their first Super Bowl appearance in what is already the best year ever for the franchise. If Jacksonville were to pull it off, they would be the tenth team in NFL history to win in their first Super Bowl appearance.

Super Bowl LII Information:

When is Super Bowl 52?

6:15 pm ET, February 4, 2018

Who is playing in Super Bowl 52?

New England Patriots/ Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Minnesota Vikings/ Philadelphia Eagles

Where is Super Bowl 52?

U.S. Bank Stadium, Minnesota

How can I watch Super Bowl 52 on TV?


Where can I stream Super Bowl 52?

The Super Bowl can be streamed for free on and on the NBC Sports app.

Online with no cable TV: fubtoTV (Try for free)

Who are the announcers for Super Bowl 52?

Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya, Heather Cox

Who is performing the Super Bowl 52 halftime show?

Justin Timberlake is the Pepsi Super Bowl halftime performer. It is his third Super Bowl performance, previously performing in Super Bowl XXV and more famously in XXVIII with Janet Jackson.

What are the odds for Super Bowl 52?

New England Patriots: 6/5
Minnesota Vikings: 7/4
Philadelphia Eagles: 7/1
Jacksonville Jaguars: 8/1