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CSN to present exclusive Redskins playoff coverage this week

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CSN to present exclusive Redskins playoff coverage this week

#REDSKINSTALK INTERACTIVE PLAYOFF SPECIAL TO AIR LIVE TONIGHT AT 9 P.M. 

1-HOUR SPORTSTALK LIVE EDITIONS TO FEATURE REDSKINS GUESTS EACH WEEKNIGHT, INCLUDING TRIO OF SUPER BOWL-WINNING QUARTERBACKS 

GEICO FOOTBALL CENTRAL, REDSKINS NATION AND GEICO SPORTSNET CENTRAL TO PROVIDE COMPREHENSIVE DAILY NEWS AND ANALYSIS 

REDSKINS KICKOFF, REDSKINS POSTGAME LIVE AND #REDSKINSTALK TO DELIVER 3.5 HOURS OF LIVE GAMEDAY NEWS, ANALYSIS AND COMMENTARY 

EXPANDED REDSKINS CONTENT TO BE FEATURED ON CSNMIDATLANTIC.COM 

BETHESDA, Md. – Jan. 4, 2016 – CSN Mid-Atlantic will present the region’s most comprehensive multiplatform coverage of the Washington Redskins this week leading up to and surrounding the NFC East champion’s Wild Card playoff game against the Green Bay Packers at FedEx Field on Sunday, Jan. 10, at 4:40 p.m. CSN’s extensive coverage, which kicks off today, will include a one-hour interactive #RedskinsTalk special tonight; expanded nightly editions of SportsTalk Live with Brian Mitchell; more than two hours of daily news, analysis and entertainment programming; at least 3.5 hours of live, exclusive gameday coverage; and expanded content across its digital media platforms, which are led byCSNmidatlantic.com

LIVE PLAYOFF SPECIAL 

CSN will present a special edition of #RedskinsTalk tonight at 9 p.m. The one-hour program will preview the Redskins-Packers matchup and provide an opportunity for fans to join the conversation. The live program will be hosted by Sebastian Salazar, with former Redskin Shawn Springs and 106.7 the Fan’s J.P. Flaim serving as analysts.

SPORTSTALK LIVE WITH BRIAN MITCHELL

Special one-hour editions of SportsTalk Live with Brian Mitchell will be presented this week to provide expanded Redskins commentary, debate and interviews at 10 p.m. (tonight, Wednesdayand Friday) or 10:30 p.m. (Tuesday and Thursday), with encores at 12 a.m. and 12:30 a.m., respectively, and the next morning. Mitchell and co-host Rob Carlin will be joined nightly by high-profile current and former Redskins.

  • Tonight, SportsTalk Live will be on location at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Va., with scheduled guests, including by head coach Jay Gruden and linebackers Ryan Kerrigan and Will Compton.
  • On Wednesday, all three Redskins Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks, Joe Theismann (Super Bowl XVII), Doug Williams (Super Bowl XXII) and Mark Rypien (Super Bowl XXVI), are scheduled to appear together for an in-depth interview with Mitchell and Carlin. 

DAILY NEWS, ANALYSIS & ENTERTAINMENT

Geico Football Central will continue covering the Redskins and news from around the NFL weekdays at 6 p.m. this week. The program is hosted by Julie Donaldson, who is joined each day by an expert, with the Sports Junkies from 106.7 the Fan on Tuesday. 

Hosted by Larry Michael, the year-round Redskins Nation will continue to supply all-access features and exclusive interviews with players, coaches and front-office personnel from Redskins Park. Redskins Nation will debut new playoff episodes each weekday at 5:30 p.m. and encore each night (11 p.m. or 11:30 p.m.) and the following morning.

CSN’s daily news program, Geico SportsNet Central, will deliver the day’s top Redskins stories, breaking news and features this week at new times following the extended SportsTalk Live andRedskins Nation: 11:30 p.m. tonight, Wednesday and Friday and 12 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. Anchored by Michael Jenkins on weeknights, Geico SportsNet Central will encore each night and the next morning.

LIVE GAMEDAY NEWS, ANALYSIS & COMMENTARY

CSN will deliver at least 3.5 hours of live gameday news, analysis and commentary on Sunday, beginning with 90-minute Redskins Kickoff at 3 p.m. Redskins Postgame Live will present an hour of expert analysis and interviews immediately after the game on CSN Plus, followed by an hour of interactive commentary and debate on #RedskinsTalk.

Hosted by Chick Hernandez, Redskins Kickoff and Redskins Postgame Live will feature Mitchell and Trevor Matich as analysts and reporting from Redskins Insider Tarik El-Bashir. Sunday’sversion of #RedskinsTalk will also be hosted by Salazar, with Springs and Flaim as analysts.

DIGITAL & SOCIAL MEDIA CONTENT

CSN’s digital media properties, highlighted by CSNmidatlantic.com and the CSN Mid-Atlantic mobile app, will feature extensive Redskins playoff content, led by El-Bashir and Rich Tandler. In addition to substantial on-demand video, CSNmidatlantic.com will also continue to live stream Redskins news conferences from Redskins Park. Fans can follow the coverage on Twitter at@CSNRedskins and join the conversation by using #RedskinsTalk.

All dates and times are subject to change. For complete CSN program listings, please visit CSNmidatlantic.com.

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CSN Mid-Atlantic, part of NBC Sports Regional Networks, is the official sports network of the NFL’s Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens, NHL’s Washington Capitals, NBA’s Washington Wizards, MLS’s D.C. United, Atlantic Coast Conference and Colonial Athletic Association. CSN Mid-Atlantic – the leading multiplatform sports media organization serving the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia – delivers more than 500 live events per year, along with Emmy Award-winning news, analysis and entertainment programming, to more than 4.7 million homes. CSN Mid-Atlantic’s digital portfolio, highlighted by CSNmidatlantic.com, is the region’s top online source for written, video and interactive sports content. Follow CSN Mid-Atlantic on Twitter at @CSNMA.

 

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Vernon Davis pulls off memorable proposal in Ocean City

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Vernon Davis pulls off memorable proposal in Ocean City

Vernon Davis has long been a fan favorite in the D.C. area since his University of Maryland days. The 34-year-old is almost always well-dressed and respectful to the media. 

More recently, he has been outspoken about his interest in acting after his football career. A true renaissance man who just so happens to be a force in the National Football League. 

In April, NBC Sports Washington ran into Davis at the Team USA Awards where he was serving as guest speaker. 

He took his smooth nature to a whole new level Tuesday while vacationing in Ocean City, Md. with his girlfriend Kayla. 

Dressed in all white on the beach, Davis proposed in an epic way. 

The best motivation I ever had. #shesmyrock

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Check out the whole video produced below. We won't spoil it for you, but there were skydivers involved. Take a look: 

Davis will suit up for his third season with the Redskins when training camp opens July 26 in Richmond. 

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Redskins 2018 position outlook: Inside linebacker

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Redskins 2018 position outlook: Inside linebacker

Redskins Training camp opens next week, and we have a break here, giving us time to put the depth chart under the microscope.

Between now and the start of camp, we will look at every position, compare the group to the rest of the NFL, see if the position has been upgraded or downgraded from last year, and take out the crystal ball to see what might unfold.

Inside linebackers

Additions: Shaun Dion Hamilton (drafted in the fifth round)

Departures: Will Compton (free agent)

Starters: Zach Brown, Mason Foster

Other roster locks: Josh Harvey-Clemons

On the bubble: Hamilton, Zach Vigil, Martrell Spaight

How the inside linebackers compare

To the rest of the NFL: This is a difficult comparison to make since only about half of the teams use the 3-4 with two inside linebackers and there are many variations when they go out of their base defense. Brown certainly is in the upper tier of players at his position. Foster’s skill set may not be coveted by many teams around the league, but he is a perfect fit in the Redskins’ defense in many ways. The player who could differentiate this group from others around the league is Harvey-Clemons. If he turns into a top-notch nickel LB the inside linebackers will be a great asset. 

To the 2017 Redskins:  This is about health. In 2017, Foster missed 11 games, Brown was hampered by a variety of injuries before sitting out the last three games. Compton was the top backup to both players and he went to injured reserve after just three starts. They did re-sign Vigil, who had spent training camp with the team, and he played pretty well near the end of the season. If the front-line players can stay on the field for most of the season this should be a much better group than the one that was partially responsible for the league’s 32nd-ranked rushing defense. 

2018 Inside linebacker outlook

Biggest upside: The 2017 season was supposed to be a redshirt year for Harvey-Clemons as he transitions from college safety to NFL linebacker. He played a lot in the base defense during the offseason practices and that indicates that they are considering him for a bigger role beyond just playing nickel. You have to wonder how his size (6-4, 230) will affect his ability to get off of blocks. 

Most to prove: Spaight was a fifth-round pick in 2015 and he has yet to establish a regular role in the defense. It was telling that when they needed someone to start in the latter part of last year they brought back and started Vigil and mostly kept Spaight is going into the last year of his contract, but it would not be surprising to see Vigil beat him out for the last roster spot.  

Rookie watch: The Redskins traded up in the sixth round to get Hamilton. It wasn’t a blockbuster deal but the fact that they thought enough of him to move up says something. Gruden has said that he thinks Hamilton could be a starter at some point. He was one of the leaders on a strong Alabama defense before injuries struck. Hamilton is not going to start this year barring multiple injuries, but he should develop a role as the season goes on and be ready to compete in 2019.

Bottom line: The Redskins have not invested much in terms of free agent dollars or draft capital in the inside linebacker position in recent seasons. That changed somewhat this offseason as they made sure to spend to retain Brown and Foster. Neither commanded a huge contract but they did make a commitment and that is important. Last year Brown gave the defense a sideline-to-sideline dimension it hasn’t had in quite some time and retaining him was critical. Inside linebacker may not be a major strength for the defense this year but it should be able to get the job done. 

2018 Redskins position outlook series