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Posted at 9:40 AM ET, 11/27/2010

Andre Carter, H.B. Blades rise to occasion when called upon

By Jason Reid

With starters Lorenzo Alexander and Rocky McIntosh injured early in last week's game against the Tennessee Titans, reserve linebackers Andre Carter and H.B. Blades played key roles.

Both stepped up in the 19-16 victory in overtime at LP Field, and they could have expanded roles again Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings at FedEx Field.

"H.B. and Andre, they were the players of the game on defense," coordinator Jim Haslett the other day. "H.B had seven tackles in 36 plays. Andre played a little bit longer. Andre played 52 [plays] and had six tackles, a pressure [and] a couple of quarterback hits.

"Both of them did a nice job coming off the bench. I don't know what the situation is going to be this week with the [injuries]. But you feel good as a coach that you have guys that can come off [the bench], and I think guys are starting to feel comfortable with what we are doing."

Preparation is the key. Generally, backups get much fewer practice reps than the starters each week, so they must excel in the film room and in getting "mental" reps. Blades and Carter are always well-prepared, Haslett said.

Alexander (hamstring) is expected to play. McIntosh (knee) likely will be a game-time decision.

"If you don't practice all week, they know what we are going to do," Haslett said. "So they can go in and get one to two reps here and there and go and perform at a high level.

"And I thought that is what they did last week. For as many guys as we got hurt on both sides of the ball, and for our guys on defense to hold a team that was second in the league in scoring to nine points, says a lot about the guys that stepped in and played."

By Jason Reid  | November 27, 2010; 9:40 AM ET
Categories:  Andre Carter, Linebackers  
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Andre Carter, H.B. Blades rise to occasion when called upon
By Jason Reid

What? If they "rose to the occasion" when they weren't called upon, they'd be starters. They only rise for an occasion? They should be starring in XXX flicks.

Posted by: beep-beep | November 27, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

I wish the NFL was like MLB in that you can call a player up to the "majors" when you need him...

The Redkins need the entire Auburn O-line, Alabama's D-line and that kid Julio ? who play receiver for Bama'

Posted by: rickyroge | November 27, 2010 1:40 AM
I know you were joking around here, but it's one of my wishes that the NFL develops a true farm system. The barn stormer leagues would play in smaller markets during the NFL regular season and players could be called up. I wouldn't call it essential for an 18 game season, but it would be nice to have the players there. This whole practice squad thing is stupid in that teams can lose a player anytime another team wants to pick a guy up. It destroys the whole idea of a team investing time and money in a developmental prospect since, if he's developing, he's going to another team. If the league had an exclusive rights farm system I think it would make perfect sense - and it would give the league an opportunity to make money in some of those smaller markets. I would think this would be a concept the union would buy into since the farm players would also become members of the NFLPA, and therefore contribute dues.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | November 27, 2010 10:02 AM

Posted by: RedSkinHead | November 27, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Although I don't think Carter is exceptional at outside linebacker if an opponent has a week to game plan around his lead feet, he did do a solid job when he came in off the bench. I hope Alexander is back quickly. I like H.B. Blades at linebacker. The guy is too small, too slow, etc. but all he does is make plays when he is on the field.

I think Washington needs to rethink their linebacker corps in the offseason. Fletcher and McIntosh are not ideal inside linebackers. I know it is a sore spot because Fletcher is much loved in Redskins country but the guy is getting up there in years and he is not great at coming off blocks - which you would like from a blitzing interior linebacker. Short arms work to your disadvantage when you are doing wet work up the middle. I would like to see the team give Chris Wilson a legitimate shot on the interior. They are going to need to do a little shopping in the offseason as well. The idea is to have four guys in the linebacker corps that can drop back in coverage, blitz or shed blockers when covering the run. I love Fletcher in space. McIntosh, I love a little less. I don't like either of them blitzing up the middle, trying to flow around the nose tackle. The Redskins shouldn't expend draft picks at this position, but they need to come up with some better fits.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | November 27, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

I know you were joking around here, but it's one of my wishes that the NFL develops a true farm system.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | November 27, 2010 10:02 AM

The NFL's farm system in the NCAA.

Posted by: beep-beep | November 27, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

interesting title...jreidsux!!!

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | November 27, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

It's what makes me wonder if Boise State or TCU or Oregon, for that matter, could make hay against the 'Bamas, South Carolin's, Auburns, LSU, Miss. State's, and Florida's.

We say that no matter what the polls say, College Bowl Time will be SEC Time, even if there are some decent teams--and players--out West.

Posted by: MistaMoe | November 27, 2010 7:35 AM | Report abuse

You are severely overrating the SEC this year. Yes, it has been the best conf for the past 5-6 yrs, but if you think it's in doubt whether TCU, Oregon, Boise could hang with FL, SC, Miss St then you do not know so much about college football. Have you watched TCU play? Their defense is as fast and good as anyone's in the nation. Checked out Oregon's offense? Their speed matches anyone's in the country.

Would you care to make a friendly wager on Oregon-Auburn if it happens? I'll take the Ducks straight up.

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | November 27, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

oh, and I still think Boise is one of the best 3 teams in the nation and could beat Oregon or Auburn on any given Saturday.

p.s.s. HELL no to Cam Newton in the 1st round, to say nothing of top 10. the body of work screams red flags - multiple character concerns, 1 year as a starter. he may well pan out but the risk to me is not worth that kind of investment IMO. But he should have a great career in politics when it's all said and done - good lookin, smooth talker, shakes accusations even better than he does linebackers...forget football, this kid was born for the US Senate!!

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | November 27, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

From the Bog regarding Landry's injury. Later it was questioned whether or not it could be season-ending, but Landry hopes to be back Wed. I had no idea it was this serious...

"You can see it right here man. You can answer your question," he said, gesturing to the boot, when I asked about this weekend. "I'll go for a 98 percent chance of not playing and 2 percent chance of being there, just for you to think about it....It's an injury that's been lingering around for a minute. It should be rested. The procedures I'm doing and undergoing just to play, it's not working any more, so the trainers and the coaches came up with the decision to rest me."

Posted by: RomoLongballs | November 27, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

lol...checked the date on the Bog enrty, guess that's old news. News to me though.

Glad Blades is getting some props, have always thought he's a good depth guy. Carter still scares me in space and in coverage, hope 97 comes back soon.

Posted by: RomoLongballs | November 27, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

3 Years ago today...


Posted by: Diesel44 | November 27, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

3 Years ago today...


Posted by: Diesel44 | November 27, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Raise your hand if you remember exactly where you were when you heard he had passed... I had a 102 degree fever at the time, hit me pretty hard.

RIP 21

Posted by: RomoLongballs | November 27, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Still stings thinking about 21, especially for the 'skins as you see LL play strong ST at free in this defense and we wouldn't sitting on fence with this team. Obviously he was more than a ball player but as a 'skins fan there was no greater loss to a team than their best player entering his prime.

Posted by: bangkokben | November 27, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

beeps peeps

Posted by: hessone | November 27, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

carter looks more comfortable at LB, I won't be mad if the Skins use the 10th pick on Cam Newton, they can keep Rabach for another 5 years if Cam is the QB

Posted by: coparker5 | November 27, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Cowboys might get 4 monday nite games if they pick up Cam Newton. Cam, Dez, Miles, Felix - be fun to watch that against Vick and the Eagles

Posted by: coparker5 | November 27, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

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