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Balmer not the only 2008 first-round flame out - Real Redskins
Balmer was the 29th overall selection in the 2008 draft but flamed out in San Francisco in two years, spent last year in Seattle and this year’s training camp in Carolina.

Redskins notes: Injury report, K. Shanahan on Beck | John Keim | NFL | Washington Examiner
"I know he's smart enough to read the defenses. I think just give him some time and allow him to develop and I expect him to get better each week."

"Definitely – there were a couple of times during the game where I thought Jabar was open and he [Beck] didn’t [see him]," Kyle Shanahan said.

Three to Focus on - Redskins @ Dolphins |
Brian Orakpo vs. Cameron Wake.

A Dolphins beat writer remembers John Beck - DC Sports Bog 
Want to feel better about the Redskins starting quarterback? Don’t read the Miami Herald this week.

Evan Royster on Penn State and Joe Paterno 
The Redskins rookie running back, who played for Paterno, reacts to the scandal on Twitter.

The Redskins Blog | Beck Takes Talents Back To South Beach
"He came in at a tough spot," Dolphins linebacker Jason Taylor said of Beck.  "He was thrown to the wolves, kinda, in that season.  Kind of thrown out there and said, ‘Go make something happen.  You are our second round pick and everyone wants to see what you have and let’s go do it.’  I think he was put in an unfair position and not really given all of the tools to succeed, and that started from the top down."

The Redskins Blog | A Redskins Fan From Out Of This World
Astronaut from DC talks about meeting Joe Gibbs.

Cook brothers prepare to do battle when Redskins, Dolphins play Sunday - The Insider - The Washington Post
Erik Cook is a reserve center for the Redskins, and his older brother, Ryan, is a reserve offensive lineman for the Dolphins.

Three Redskins unable to practice - The Insider - The Washington Post
Oshiomogho Atogwe and starting right tackle Jammal Brown for a second straight day of practice. Trent Williams and Laron Landry were a full go.

Tashard Choice eager to debut for Redskins vs. Dolphins - The Insider - The Washington Post
"I’m eager to show people how to make a blessing out of bad breaks. It’s going to be fun. These eight games, it’s about to be fun. I can’t wait. … Absolutely. I’m rolling. I’m rolling this week."

Nobody wants to play for Tom Coughlin - Shutdown Corner - NFL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
The Sporting News surveyed 111 players around the NFL and asked them a series of questions at the NFL's midpoint of the season. One of those questions was, "Which coach would you least like to play for?"

Jerry Jones built Cowboys Stadium on Fred Jackson’s old house - Shutdown Corner - NFL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
If Fred Jackson's(notes) looking for some extra motivation for this weekend's game against the Dallas Cowboys, he can always remember the fact that Jerry Jones tore down his childhood home.

Peterson hasn’t bought anything since signing $100 million deal - Shutdown Corner - NFL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
"I actually haven't purchased anything yet.. I gotta look out for my family … so I have to be smart about it."

Albert Haynesworth is saying the exact same stuff as last time - Shutdown Corner - NFL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
"Match the optimistic Haynesworth quote" game to find out! Look at each quote and guess whether Big Al said it during his introductory words in Washington, New England or Tampa.

Joe Paterno was almost the Pittsburgh Steelers head coach - Shutdown Corner - NFL Blog - Yahoo! Sports

Gaah! Michael Strahan's Fingers Will Haunt Your Dreams
It's no secret that Michael Strahan (and plenty of other pro football players) suffer from mangled hand syndrome; it's just a surprise to see the mangled hand so prominently displayed in a grocery store advertisement for Vaseline.

Godawful for Griffin (III)
So we've had Suck for Luck, and now Mail it in for Matt. I think it's time we discussed being Godawful for Griffin. Lay a turd for the Third. And so on.

Redskins refuse to go quietly | Craig Stouffer | NFL | Washington Examiner

Haynesworth says he was destined to be with Bucs |
"This is where I should have been like three years ago, but all good things come to somebody that waits," Haynesworth said after going through his first practice with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday.