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Maake Kemoeatu trying to get down to 345 pounds

Redskins nose tackle Maake Kemoeatu said he is "at 90 percent" in his recovery from a torn right Achillies' tendon, but his biggest concern is getting down to his listed playing weight of about 345 pounds. Kemoeatu said he needs to drop 15 to 20 pounds.

"The faster I can get my weight down, the faster I can recover," Kemoeatu said Wednesday at an organized team activity at Redskins Park, adding: "That's where I was playing at my best at Baltimore, playing at that weight. I've played at 380; playing at 340 is a lot different."

Kemoeatu, who suffered the Achillies' injury in August 2009, has started pushing a sled and said he felt confident about being back to full speed by training camp in July. If he's healthy, he could be a key ingredient in the team's conversion to a 3-4 defense, especially considering Albert Haynesworth's reluctance to play nose tackle.

"He is a prototypical nose tackle," Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said of Kemoeatu. "He's working extremely hard. I think next week, he'll
get more reps. The key is getting ready for summer camp. And there's
not a question he's full speed, ready to go."

When the Redskins signed Kemoeatu in March, it amounted to a vote of
confidence in the former Charlotte Panther, who missed the 2009 season with the achilles injury. Kemoeatu said he has used that as motivation to work harder.

"That says a lot for the organization having a lot of faith in me," Kemoeatu. "They signed me while I was still injured, so I feel like I've got something to prove."

Kemoeatu is among the biggest bodies on the roster. Shanahan joked that he
definitely has the biggest head, which requires a Size 13 helmet. The
biggest helmet Shanahan previously noticed was 8 ½.

Aside from his recovery, Kemoeatu's standing on the team is intriguing because of the great, unseen presence at Redskins Park this off-season: Haynesworth, who on Wednesday was reportedly sued for $10 million by a New York exotic dancer who claims he impregnated her but is not providing financial support. Haynesworth, who has been absent from minicamps and OTAs, is frustrated about plans to use him as a nose tackle in Washington's 3-4 defense.

Kemoeatu has a much different attitude. He learned to play the position in Baltimore from 2002 to 2005 under Rex Ryan, the former Ravens' defensive coordinator, and
Tony Siragusa, the former nose tackle. Kemoeatu said Wednesday that he was working to earn the starting role with the Redskins.

"They got me to where I'm having fun playing" tthe position, he said. "I don't have to be the guy getting all the sacks all the time and getting all the tackles. As long as our team is winning, and our goal is to go win that Super Bowl."

By Mark Viera  |  May 27, 2010; 12:10 PM ET
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He needs to be down around 330 ....hopefully that Achillies is fine, because he'll be pushing off alot on that foot. It's a hard thing to comeback from.

Posted by: impervious99 | May 27, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

got beeped:

I think that scampbell has a Jekyll/Hyde thing going and that Frak is actually his “Hyde”…….Hyde hates Jeckyll with a passion and eventually takes over. We have been seeing less and less of scampbell lately and more and more of Frak. Just an outlandish theory though. Don’t put me on your list frak; )

Posted by: dlhaze1 | May 27, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse


How I wish Albert reports and become a team guy. It would have been quite deadly to have
Maake Kemoeatu as Nose Tackle, Adam and Albert as Defensive ends, wow! That would truly define awesomeness! That's over 1000 lbs of beef, I'll bet that against any center guard combination in any game. But who knows what the future brings, 78 days and counting down, we shall soon find out.

Posted by: abxinc | May 27, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

jigga what

Posted by: Bigfoot_has_a_posse | May 27, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

"It would have been quite deadly to have
Maake Kemoeatu as Nose Tackle, Adam and Albert as Defensive ends, wow! That would truly define awesomeness!"

You could also play '46 bear' fronts with three big men--Golston, Kemo, AH--filling the interior guard/center gaps where an upfield rush is their only action.

Posted by: MistaMoe | May 27, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Bean, the officiating is a big reason why so many people don't watch the NBA anymore.

Posted by: RedDMV | May 27, 2010 8:46 AM

I gave up watching the NBA years and years ago ... the officiating was a big reason.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | May 27, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

from this post above:

When the Redskins signed Kemoeatu in March, it amounted to a vote of confidence in the former Charlotte Panther.

I can't wait to see how well he does with the Landover Redskins. Nice fact checking, lol.

Posted by: MajorFacemask | May 27, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Kemoeatu is just another scrap-heap player like Vinny used to sign. Like Mike Williams, for example.

Kemoeatu is overweight and hasn't so much as jogged in 12 months. He's not the answer.

Best case scenario, he steps in and plugs a hole like Mike Williams did last year.

Posted by: diesel_skins_ | May 27, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

all I have to say is that Kemoeatu is the perfect name for a dude this big.

Posted by: moodlymoodlymoo | May 27, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

from this post above:

When the Redskins signed Kemoeatu in March, it amounted to a vote of confidence in the former Charlotte Panther.

I can't wait to see how well he does with the Landover Redskins. Nice fact checking, lol.

Posted by: MajorFacemask | May 27, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

I was thinking the same thing..lol

Posted by: overzealous08 | May 27, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

That's the answer to the age old question, where's the beef? Why, on the Redskins D-line of course. They have more beef than the meat section at Food Lion!

Posted by: monk811 | May 27, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Kemoeatu is just another scrap-heap player like Vinny used to sign. Like Mike Williams, for example.

Kemoeatu is overweight and hasn't so much as jogged in 12 months. He's not the answer.

Best case scenario, he steps in and plugs a hole like Mike Williams did last year.

Posted by: diesel_skins_ | May 27, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Maake is much better than just a "scrap-heap" player.

Posted by: iH8dallas | May 27, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

12:54 UPDATE FROM NEW YORK:

The exotic dancer who yesterday demanded child support from Washington Redskin defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth is now threatening to "reveal all" about Haynesworth's real reason for not attending the off-season conditioning program at Redskins Park.

The dancer reportedly has some revealing photos of Haynesworth's manhood -- which reportedly show Haynesworth's "little tike" at full extension -- and measuring out something slight of 3 and a half inches.

According to our sources, Haynesworth is so embarrassed by his uncommonly small pecker that he refuses to shower with teammates except when he absolutely must do it -- and even then, he only shows them his "fat arse."

Stayed turned here for more updates.

Posted by: Vic1 | May 27, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

The exotic dancer who yesterday demanded child support from Washington Redskin defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth is now threatening to "reveal all" about Haynesworth's real reason for not attending the off-season conditioning program at Redskins Park.

The dancer reportedly has some revealing photos of Haynesworth's manhood -- which reportedly show Haynesworth's "little tike" at full extension -- and measuring out something slight of 3 and a half inches.

According to our sources, Haynesworth is so embarrassed by his uncommonly small pecker that he refuses to shower with teammates except when he absolutely must do it -- and even then, he only shows them his "fat arse."

Stayed turned here for more updates.

Posted by: Vic1 | May 27, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

That's awesome! I hope it's true.

Posted by: iH8dallas | May 27, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Stayed turned here for more updates.

Posted by: Vic1 | May 27, 2010 12:52 PM |

If those are the updates, I'm turning the channel

Posted by: zcezcest1 | May 27, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

There's something surreal about hearing someone compare doing his job while weighing 380 pounds versus doing his job while weighing 340 pounds... Good grief, that's an obscene amount of weight. Sometimes I think about how effed-up this sport we all love so much can be...

Posted by: NateinthePDX | May 27, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Kemoeatu is just another scrap-heap player like Vinny used to sign. Like Mike Williams, for example.

Kemoeatu is overweight and hasn't so much as jogged in 12 months. He's not the answer.

Best case scenario, he steps in and plugs a hole like Mike Williams did last year.

Posted by: diesel_skins_ | May 27, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Maake is much better than just a "scrap-heap" player.

Posted by: iH8dallas | May 27, 2010 12:50 PM
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I agree iH8. This guy was a great signing - the only guy on the roster who has significant playing experience at nose tackle. I agree with one other poster as well that a combination of Maake, Carriker and Haynesworth would be too much for most offensive lines to handle - and that is before you start throwing blitzing linebackers into the mix.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | May 27, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

I agree iH8. This guy was a great signing - the only guy on the roster who has significant playing experience at nose tackle. I agree with one other poster as well that a combination of Maake, Carriker and Haynesworth would be too much for most offensive lines to handle - and that is before you start throwing blitzing linebackers into the mix.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | May 27, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait. Orakpo and Wilson are going to absolutely wreak havoc.

Posted by: iH8dallas | May 27, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Damn, you think Fat Al is that small in the pants? Brings new meaning to the term "Mini Me"! lol

Posted by: monk811 | May 27, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

There's something surreal about hearing someone compare doing his job while weighing 380 pounds versus doing his job while weighing 340 pounds... Good grief, that's an obscene amount of weight. Sometimes I think about how effed-up this sport we all love so much can be...

Posted by: NateinthePDX | May 27, 2010 1:00 PM
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Balance this with the fact that Skins also have a guy that weighs 150 lbs and expect him to play on the same field with monsters like Haynesworth and Kemo. Talk about a bad thing about to happen...

Posted by: RedSkinHead | May 27, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

I agree with one other poster as well that a combination of Maake, Carriker and Haynesworth would be too much for most offensive lines to handle - and that is before you start throwing blitzing linebackers into the mix.
Posted by: RedSkinHead
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Well, the size will certainly be a plus.
Carriker can move laterally, but can AH and Maake move down the line? Can they rush the passer?
I said on here two months ago, that if AH would come in 30 lbs later he would be a stud 3-4 DE.
Hoping AH is working out to lose weight to play DE.
Am I naive hoping AH is working hard?
HTTR

Posted by: RedskinRay1 | May 27, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait. Orakpo and Wilson are going to absolutely wreak havoc.

Posted by: iH8dallas | May 27, 2010 1:03 PM
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If they get three stout guys up front, all of the linebackers are going to be ringing up sacks.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | May 27, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Am I naive hoping AH is working hard?
HTTR

Posted by: RedskinRay1 | May 27, 2010 1:09 PM
------------------------------------------Well, we know he was working the stripper circuit pretty hard...

Posted by: RedSkinHead | May 27, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: NateinthePDX | May 27, 2010 1:00 PM

Posted by: RedSkinHead | May 27, 2010 1:08 PM

it beats sumo, where the largest competitors weigh up to 500 lbs. although interestingly, there are no weight divisions in traditional contests.

maybe Shanahan could stage an impromptu sumo match between Banks and Kemoeatu?

seriously, I agree with iH8dallas that Kemoeatu is more than a "scrap-heap" player... *if* he can successfully rehab the Achilles injury and get rid of some poundage. seems like one of those low risk scenarios with the potential for a decent payoff.

Posted by: moodlymoodlymoo | May 27, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

where is beep-beep when you really need him???

Posted by: moodlymoodlymoo | May 27, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Hard to focus on dieting when the word "eat" is in your name.

Posted by: TheCork | May 27, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Charlotte Panthers? Is this really an NFL blog?

Posted by: right-to-self-defense | May 27, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Jansen was never the same player after his achilles (sp?) Probably shouldn't expect too much from Maake, dude is gonna have to go against 2 blockers every play while pushing off on one good leg

Posted by: coparker5 | May 27, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Kemoetu was an undrafted free agent who played for the Ravens for a few years and was let go. Then he played for Carolina until he ruptured his achilles. Now he's been out of football for a year and still hasn't recovered and the Skins sign him -- without any competition -- to a two year contract with no money guaranteed.

An injured 8-year NFL journeyman who signs a contract with no guaranteed money? That, my friends, is the NFL definition of a scrap-heap player.

But keep drinking the koolaid. I bet you're all still waiting for TJ Duckett to score some goal-line TDs, right?

Posted by: diesel_skins_ | May 27, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Kemoeatu has the name of a guy who's eaten one too many coconuts. Break up the name: "Kemo" "eat" "you". That says it all.

Posted by: getitritegov | May 27, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

"Kemoetu was an undrafted free agent who played for the Ravens for a few years and was let go. Then he played for Carolina until he ruptured his achilles. Now he's been out of football for a year and still hasn't recovered and the Skins sign him -- without any competition -- to a two year contract with no money guaranteed.An injured 8-year NFL journeyman who signs a contract with no guaranteed money? That, my friends, is the NFL definition of a scrap-heap player."Posted by: diesel_skins_

Except that Maake improved every season he was in Baltimore -- in his last year, 2005, he started all 16 and accumulated 30 tackles, 10 assists, and a sack, and Ray Lewis was so annoyed when he decamped for a big contract in Charlotte that he embarrassed the Ravens into using their first round pick on Haloti Ngata. Maake then went to have three solid seasons in Carolina until going down with an injury that caused him to miss last year.

We don't know how well he'll play in Washington, and how much he's lost due to the injury, but your portrayal of a good NFL football player is, well, horse patooey.

Posted by: Samson151 | May 27, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Kemoetu's cousin works with me here in San Diego and he says the guy's been moving around normally and should be fine once camp starts. He may still need to drop a few lbs by then, but the heel shouldn't be an issue.

Posted by: unquiltom | May 28, 2010 1:07 AM | Report abuse

Samson151: "Except that Maake improved every season he was in Baltimore -- in his last year, 2005, he started all 16 and accumulated 30 tackles, 10 assists, and a sack...

We don't know how well he'll play in Washington, and how much he's lost due to the injury, but your portrayal of a good NFL football player is, well, horse patooey."

2005? We're talking about 2005? A guy had a halfway decent season FIVE YEARS AGO? Immediately after, his team let him go as a free agent?

I'm going to teach you a lesson Vinny Cerrato never learned: in the NFL, talented linemen aren't free. The corollary: If you get one for free, he isn't very good.

Kemoeatu fills a need for the Skins and he came cheap. Those are the positives. The negatives? He's overweight, he's got a busted achilles, and at his best he's a journeyman.

Posted by: diesel_skins_ | May 28, 2010 7:45 AM | Report abuse

Cutting back on the 5lbs of Bacon you digest every morning may help you lose those additonal lbs!

Posted by: rlomax67 | May 28, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

I like his attitude - he's a team player and I wish him the best in his recovery and upcoming season. Trying to lose the weight to get done to 345 is tough, but I believe he has the right mind set and support to do that.

As far as AH - who cares? I hope the stupid lard butt ends up in jail - he's headed that way anyway. He's already racked up a wreckless driving charge and has a restraining order filed against him in addition to the law suit - and all that just in this past off season. Yeah, he's a stand up quality guy. Albert Haynesworth is nothing more than a dumb arrogant, gangster that has no personally redeemable qualities. I hope he never reports, get suspended by the NFL and voids his contract due to behavioral issues - the guy is one big fat mistake - a perfect poster child for birth control - in multiple instances.

Posted by: whelms | May 28, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Kemoeatu is just another scrap-heap player like Vinny used to sign. Like Mike Williams, for example.

Kemoeatu is overweight and hasn't so much as jogged in 12 months. He's not the answer.

Best case scenario, he steps in and plugs a hole like Mike Williams did last year.

Posted by: diesel_skins_ | May 27, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Thats what you call depth...nothing wrong with that. He can probably be effective for spot duty but every week would cause him to break down..

Posted by: scottmando | June 2, 2010 7:01 AM | Report abuse

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