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Kirk Cousins, Pierre Garcon unveil custom cleats for 'My Cause, My Cleats' campaign

Kirk Cousins, Pierre Garcon unveil custom cleats for 'My Cause, My Cleats' campaign

The NFL has taken a big public relations hit this year with their archaic approach to individual expression from their players.

The league office doles out fines on a weekly basis for illegal celebrations and game apparel violations.

Vernon Davis was docked over $12,000 for celebrating a Week 8 touchdown against the Eagles by shooting the football as if it were a basketball. Wide Receiver DeSean Jackson was fined over $6,000 for wearing cleats with images of caution tape during the team's Week 4 win over the Browns. 

But with Week 13 approaching, more than 500 players will take part in "My Cause, My Cleats" campaign, in which players promote and raise money for the charity or cause of their choice through wearing cleats with the charity's design on it.

When the Redskins take the field against the Cardinals on Sunday, two of the team's most high-profile players will be donning cleats in honor of two worthy causes. 

Wide receiver Pierre Garcon, who spent some time earlier this season providing hurricane relief to his native country of Haiti, unveiled his special cleats, which honors the "Pierre Garcon helping Hands Foundation."

Quarterback Kirk Cousins is also participating in the campaign and is supporting IJM, the Washington, D.C. based organization that works toward ending worldwide violence and oppression. Cousins donated the sales of his "You Like That" T-shirts to IJM last season and remains a active supporter of the charity.

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Player expression is a good thing, and while the NFL still struggles to understand why it is important, this is a step in the right direction, even if the campaign directly benefits the league's image.

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Amari Cooper calls Week 2 score against Redskins the 'easiest TD I've ever had'

Amari Cooper calls Week 2 score against Redskins the 'easiest TD I've ever had'

The Redskins defense performed poorly against the Cowboys, but the plan wasn't to give up the easiest touchdown of Amari Cooper's career. 

Still, according to Cooper, that's what happened.

Early in the third quarter of Washington's 31-21 loss to Dallas last Sunday, Cooper grabbed a 10-yard touchdown pass from QB Dak Prescott. The play capped off a nine-play, 75-yard drive for Dallas, and while the catch didn't look hard and Cooper only needed to make one man miss before he scored, it didn't seem quite as easy as the former Alabama star described it either. 

"Boy, that was the the easiest touchdown I've ever had," Cooper said. "I had space. [Defender] wasn't over there."

"I'll take it."

Cooper's comments came from a Cowboys produced video on Twitter with players and coaches mic'd up. You can watch the full video below; Cooper's comments come at about the 3:10 mark.

Whether it was Cooper's easiest score ever or not is debatable, but it does underline an issue for the Redskins secondary through two games: blown coverages. 

The players and coaches have talked about communication issues to open the season, and fans tend to focus on deep pass plays as the prime examples in those situations. 

On Cooper's TD, it seems miscommunication struck the Redskins secondary yet again. 

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Cole Holcomb and Mitchell Trubisky were college roommates. On Monday, they'll be NFL opponents

Cole Holcomb and Mitchell Trubisky were college roommates. On Monday, they'll be NFL opponents

Stopping Mitchell Trubisky on Monday night will be very key for the Redskins in Week 3. Luckily for them, they've got one defender who knows the Bears quarterback quite well.

Rookie linebacker Cole Holcomb, who seized a starting job in the season opener and who's been a major contributor so far, was college roommates with Trubisky at North Carolina for two years. In an interview with the Redskins Talk podcast, Holcomb explained what he learned about the signal caller during that time.

"He's a competitor," Holcomb told JP Finlay. "He hates losing. He's one of those perfectionist people. Maybe if we can rattle him up a little bit, get him nervous back there, we'll be able to make some things happen with him."

Holcomb caught the attention of Redskins coaches early in training camp thanks to his devoted studying habits, so it sounds like he's a perfectionist, too. Even so, the two have made room in their schedules to chirp at one another.

"Yeah, we've been texting all week," Holcomb said. "We've got a group chat with a bunch of the teammates. They're all like, 'Oh, it's Mitch vs. Cole this week. It's Mitch vs. Cole this week. What's going to happen?'"

Hopefully for Washington, what's going to happen is that the Burgundy and Gold will "rattle" Chicago's starter like Holcomb wants to. Through two contests, the Redskins have the second-to-worst pressure rate of any defense in the NFL.

If they can fix that starting Monday, that bodes well for them notching their first win of 2019. If not, on the other hand, then the heat will be turned up even more (if that's even possible) on Holcomb's boss, Greg Manusky, and Manusky's entire unit.

Perhaps Holcomb can have a mid-game reunion with Trubisky in the Bears' backfield and help that cause. Pregame, though, they'll likely catch up, and in that catch-up, Holcomb will probably refer to Trubisky as "Mitch."

But according to Holcomb, shortening his friend's name doesn't work everywhere. It turns out Holcomb picked up something about his ex-roommate's mom as well back at UNC.

"I call him Mitch when it's just me and him," he said. "I don't say it around his mom, though. You say it around his mom, you might get punched."

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