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Add another duty to Colt McCoy's resume: Emergency long snapper

Add another duty to Colt McCoy's resume: Emergency long snapper

One of the most decorated athletes in Texas football history, Colt McCoy has a very impressive resume.

While he currently is the backup to Redskins starting quarterback Kirk Cousins, looking around the NFL, it's obvious McCoy could start for other teams in the league.

It's understandable if McCoy wants to get on the field, but playing behind the durable Cousins provides few opportunities.

On Friday, Washington coach Jay Gruden revealed a new way McCoy might get some game action, but nobody expected it to be at long snapper. 

"He's pretty good actually," Gruden said of McCoy's long-snapping ability.

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The Redskins land in this long-snapping quandary due to a back injury to veteran snapper Nick Sundberg. He tweaked his back lifting weights earlier this week, and on Friday, the 'Skins brought in a pair of long snappers to work out in case Sundberg can't go on Sunday night.

But the question arose – what if Sundberg is able to play but reinjures his back during the game? Who would go in then?

That's when Gruden revealed the surprising news about McCoy. The coach explained that the backup quarterback was the best of the players that attempted the long snap.

"He's the best one we got," Gruden said. "Fingers crossed."

The specialists spoke highly of McCoy in the role.

"He's killing it," kicker Dustin Hopkins said Friday.

"I hate to give credit to a Longhorn, but the dude is pretty good," punter – and Oklahoma grad – Tress Way said of the famed University of Texas QB.

Way explained that McCoy is just a natural athlete. No matter what sport he tries his hand, including the ping pong tables in the locker room, McCoy can compete. 

It's important for fans to remember that the likelihood of McCoy having to fire off a long snap is pretty remote. The team will thoroughly check to see if Sundberg can go Sunday night, and if he can't, it's very likely the team would then sign a new long snapper for the Packers game. 

It could happen, but the chances are slim. If it does happen, and McCoy is the team's long snapper, Gruden joked "we'd probably go for it on a lot of fourth downs."

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Josh Norman wants to play 'early Santa,' will give away Redskins tickets

Josh Norman wants to play 'early Santa,' will give away Redskins tickets

Josh Norman caused quite a stir with his comments Sunday about the atmosphere at FedEx Field, and the Redskins cornerback made it clear he plans to do his part in making sure the stadium is packed for Sunday's game against the Texans. 

Norman told reporters Thursday he's going to be giving away "40 or 50" free tickets for the Houston game, online and perhaps even in person.

"Yes, I will be giving out free tickets," he said. "I'll be doing it on my socials as well, I think I'll probably post tonight or something about it."

"Who knows, you may see me coming out and being an early Santa somewhere in the mall or something, just handing out tickets."

And if you are one of the lucky fans who gets a ticket from "Santa Norman," he has specific instructions on how you should behave at Sunday's game:

"Whoever get(s) them, we want them loud and just obnoxious. Just really obnoxious."

Norman joins several Redskins players who have promised to give away tickets to the Texans game.

It may be November, but the Christmas spirit is alive and well at Redskins Park. 

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A Madden ratings performance adjustor explains what goes into the job that everyone's jealous of

A Madden ratings performance adjustor explains what goes into the job that everyone's jealous of

Even on a field filled with NFL players, experienced coaches and a few celebrities, Clint Oldenburg stood out. 

It wasn’t because of his stature or that he used to play pro football, either.

It was due to his jacket.

A jacket, which led to a photo, which led to a tweet, which led to unexpected Internet fame, all thanks to the four words written on Oldenburg’s back: “Madden Ratings Performance Adjustor.”

Oldenburg was spending Week 9 at FedEx Field, sent by EA Sports to get more information on Adrian Peterson at that afternoon’s Redskins-Falcons game. The future Hall of Famer is in the middle of a comeback season, so Oldenburg was charged with checking in on him.

4.5 million Twitter impressions later, Oldenburg now knows that countless people are supremely jealous of his weekend vocation.

"I wasn’t really engaging on my cell phone during the game, and then when I was catching my cab to the airport after the game I looked at it and said, ‘Holy crap,’” he said in a recent phone interview.

"I was in shock as to what was happening.”

A fifth-round pick of the Patriots in 2007, Oldenburg also had brief stints with the Jets and a few others, including the Redskins. These days, he spends Monday-Friday working to make Madden’s gameplay better.

But he’s also a part of the Ratings Adjustor team, a small group of evaluators who travel to stadiums, observe players and submit their notes to a fellow employee. That primary analyst takes their notes into account and then has the final say on every player’s precious overall rating, which can fluctuate with each Madden update. 

Now, you may find the idea of sending someone to the site of a matchup to do this gig a bit preposterous. But according to Oldenburg, being there in-person does make a major difference.

"The benefits of the sideline really are for pregame,” he explained. “Just seeing how guys are working in pregame, getting a close-up view of their actual athletic skills, their footwork.”

Oldenburg also likes the “better perspective” he gets once the action kicks off. For example, while focusing on Peterson during the Burgundy and Gold’s loss to Atlanta, he felt like No. 26 missed some cutback lanes, something Oldenburg always finds himself paying attention to thanks to his days battling along the line.

Much like the thousands of social media users who shared various reactions about his job, players take an interest in him as well.

While in Landover, kicker Dustin Hopkins found Oldenburg on the sideline and passed along a request: That day, the team was planning on kicking off short as opposed to through the end zone, so Hopkins wanted to make sure his kick power wouldn't be decreased. 

"They wanna come talk about what we’re doing,” Oldenburg said about the athletes he’s tasked with grading. "Information like that is always valuable."

After his playing career wrapped up, Oldenburg jumped into an internship working on the video game that he loved growing up. “Everything took off” after that 10-week program, and he’s been enjoying it ever since.

"I always had to scratch and claw for everything I got,” he said near the end of the call. "I wanted to find a career that I knew I’d be happy doing.”

In the end, he landed in a career that makes him happy. And as one viral tweet showed, plenty of others would be happy in his role too. 

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