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Redskins sign DL Taylor, 2 others to futures contracts

Redskins sign DL Taylor, 2 others to futures contracts

The Redskins announced that they have signed LB Khairi Fortt, LB Pete Robertson, and DL Phil Taylor to reserve/futures contracts. The big name on that list, both literally and figuratively, is Taylor.

Taylor, who is listed at 6-3, 337, was a first-round pick of the Browns back in 2011, the 21st overall selection out of Baylor. Due to injuries and ineffectiveness he never lived up to his draft position. In four seasons in Cleveland he played in 44 of a possible 64 games, starting 42. He posted seven sacks and 69 tackles.

The Browns released him prior to the start of the 2015 season. He was out of football that year and signed with the Broncos in February of 2016. His career in Denver was very short lived as he suffered a knee injury early in training camp and was released with an injury settlement. Taylor did not play in 2016.

Right now, the Redskins are looking at Taylor, who turns 29 in April, as a player who will compete for a roster spot and provide some depth if he makes it. Taylor's injury problems have mostly dealt with his knees and that is something that will be monitored closely. His presence will not affect any plans to acquire top-line talent for the defensive line in free agency or in the draft.

But sometimes things work out differently. Around this time a year ago the Redskins signed Ziggy Hood, another former first-round pick, to a reserve/futures contract. The plan was for him was similar to the one for Taylor, to compete for a roster spot and provide depth. But after the release of Stephen Paea and an injury to Kedric Golston, Hood ended up starting 14 games.

The Redskins hope to acquire enough top-line talent to make sure that if Taylor does end up making the team he will be in a supporting role, not a featured role.

Fortt was a fourth-round pick of the Saints in 2014 but his NFL resume shows just three games played for the Jaguars that year. Robertson, from Texas Tech was not selected in last year’s draft. He signed with the Seahawks but he did not play in 2016.

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Washington Football Team posts video of old name and logo being stripped from facilities

Washington Football Team posts video of old name and logo being stripped from facilities

The Washington Football Team continues to give fans a glimpse into the historic name change and rebrand that will take place over the course of the next season.

The team’s official Twitter account shared a time-lapse video on Thursday that showed various murals and imagery with the old name and logo beings stripped from the team’s facilities.

Phrases like ‘Hail to the Redskins,’ ‘HTTR’ and ‘Fight for Old D.C.’ were removed from in the video as well as the old logo and an overhead view of FedEx Field.

The team captioned the video “Taking everything down and starting fresh.” 

This video is one step in a long rebranding process that the team began a few weeks ago. On July 23, Washington announced it would use the name ‘Washington Football Team’ for the 2020 season and replaced its name and logos on social media that same day.

In addition to a new name and logos, the team released uniforms, including a helmet design that took Twitter by storm.

In the coming months, Washington will continue this transition to rid its facilities of the former name and logo and welcome in a new era in its history. 

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Josh Norman takes the high road when asked to reflect on his time with Washington

Josh Norman takes the high road when asked to reflect on his time with Washington

Josh Norman wasn't the most beloved player in Washington during his tenure with the organization, but he certainly was one of the more interesting.

Media members never knew when a routine interview at the corner's locker would turn into a passionate rant or some bizarre metaphor. That sort of unpredictability basically made every one of his pressers a must-attend event.

So, when Norman's time with the Burgundy and Gold came up during his Thursday Zoom call with reporters in Buffalo, it felt like a place where the now-Bills defender could really sound off. But instead, Norman kept things pretty simple in his answer.

"I don’t stick on what went wrong," he said. "I look at the positives. When everybody is trying to look at the negatives, they’re just harking on that and they think they know who you are just because of that. At the end of the day, I take a lot of bullets and I don’t come out and shoot them back. What for? It’s not needed."

If Norman wanted to lash out at his former coaching staff for how they used him or grumble about how he was essentially benched for the end of the 2019 campaign, it would've been somewhat understandable. He certainly deserves from blame for his less-than-sterling tenure with Washington, but others were culpable as well.

To his credit, however, he chose to mostly focus on his new employer.

"It feels so fresh," Norman said about the vibe with the Bills.

He did find a way to close out that particular part of the call with one unique quote, though. 

"What we’re trying to bring here is something truly special," he said. "I’m just gonna sprinkle a little bit of my pixie dust on it."

Well, for the sake of Bills fans, let's hope that pixie dust is different than whatever he was sprinkling in D.C. these last few years. The recipe for that pixie dust should probably be thrown away, honestly.

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