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Redskins add Mason and a guard

As they placed Ladell Betts, Chad Rinehart and Eddie Williams on the season-ending injured-reserve list, the Redskins have signed running back Marcus Mason and guard Paul Fanaika from the Philadelphia Eagles' practice squad, according to Redskins blogger Matt Terl.

Fanaika was a seventh-round pick by the Eagles in April out of Arizona State. He's 6-foot-5 and weights 327 pounds.

Mason's return for his fourth stint with the team had been expected since the severity of Betts' injury became known Sunday.

By Cindy Boren  |  November 23, 2009; 4:24 PM ET
 
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Wonder if we have to go with a 52-man roster for the rest of the year.

Posted by: daggar | November 23, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

flast......sigh....this sucks....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 23, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

etrod, sent you an email with a trade thought ... I think your FF team got hit with as many injuries as the Skins team ...

Posted by: zcezcest1 | November 23, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

You don't suppose this has anything to do with the fact that we play Philly next week or anything? Wonder if he was able to sneak their playbook out as well...

Posted by: edvar | November 23, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to see how mason looks getting a few carries. In other news, support Spencer Rhoda, Washington Redskins Representative in his bid to become Director of Fandemonium. The link is here:

http://www.nfl-monster.com/#Candidate-Washington-Redskins

VOTE NOW

Posted by: hskins | November 23, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

The Memphis Commercial Appeal is reporting that Redskins secondary coach Jerry Gray and LSU assistant head coach Larry Porter are finalists for the head coaching job.

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 23, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

zjfr2, Vinny goes by his best available philosophy every round. I'm saying just do it in round one.

Ignoring the best available was the reason why they drafted Landry over Peterson.

I'm tired of explaining this though. I've tried explaining it several times... what's the point? You're obviously set on your line of thinking, I'm set on mine... it's going to be what it's going to be.

Agree to disagree.

Maybe it'll be better to do all of this when they actually have their slot in round one.

Posted by: RedDMV | November 23, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

from a few threads back but had to get back to this, red, you're a moron, the reason they didn't draft AP was cause they had a guy named Portis already on the roster. AAAAAAndddddd at the time he came out most people were concerned about him as an injury risk because he had been hurt every year in college and has an upright running style. Obviously he's turned out to be a great pick for the Vikings but at the time there was no way to know he'd be as good as he's been and when you already have clinton portis and betts who at the time had just had his 1000 yards the last thing you draft is a running back.....that pick had nothing to do with best available versus needs or anything else, they passed on AP cause they had two good backs already...

Posted by: zjfr2 | November 23, 2009 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Sign Ray Brown. I think he's only 46 years old now. He's still better than these scrubs we're going to rotate each week.

Posted by: oh_boy1 | November 23, 2009 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: oh_boy1 | November 23, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Wonder if we have to go with a 52-man roster for the rest of the year.

Posted by: daggar | November 23, 2009 4:32 PM |

I wonder if we have enough cap space to go with a 52 man roster. We may have to renegotiate Portis's contract again to sign Fanaika from the Filly Practice Squid.

Posted by: League-Source | November 23, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

they passed on AP cause they had two good backs already...

Posted by: zjfr2 | November 23, 2009 4:40 PM

Yeah but why did they pass on Brady? He's worked out well for New England -- and don't tell me we had two good QB's at the time.

Posted by: League-Source | November 23, 2009 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Reid very predictable defending zorn. That's his guy. That was a bad call to end the first half. You're 3-6, stop being scared. He doesn't trust JC to take a shot at the end zone? Why? He's let portis throw it in there. I'm really thinking he's the one who can't be trusted and should be questioned for undermining his young players. Until sherm Lewis showed up, you'd think Devin, Fred and Malcolm were incompetent. Now they're playing well. Who's the real fool here? Why does it take rock as the feature back to give Devin a chance at KR? Why isn't Devin returning punts? He said he wants to! El is making a mockery back there. Let the kids compete and see what you have. The addition of sherm has shined a bright light on one of the teams major problems. Head coach.

Posted by: AdamCr | November 23, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

The same reason every one passed on Brady.

Posted by: jandlml | November 23, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

etrod, sent you an email with a trade thought ... I think your FF team got hit with as many injuries as the Skins team ...

Posted by: zcezcest1 | November 23, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse


Can't get to FF stuff at work. I'll check it out when I get home. Thanks for offering this the day AFTER you dismantled me. :)

Posted by: Original_etrod | November 23, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

So did we file a complaint about the cowboys having an ineligible man down field?

Posted by: AnthonyMix | November 23, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Running backs can be had via free agency and in the late rounds?

pick the back who meets this definition of of this season's rushing leaders:

1. Chris Johnson
2. Steven Jackson
3. Adrian Peterson
4. DeAngelo Williams
5. Maurice Jones-Drew

So you're an NFL general manager with old backs and a 'superstar' who's oft injured and doesn't practice.

Do you burn your pick on a potential star running back knowing you can draft for need later?

Yes.

Posted by: MistaMoe | November 23, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

when I thought about it, the game on Sunday looked a lot like what I might have guessed it would be back in the preseason.

Tough hitting, low scoring, defense dominates.

The Skins defense is good, but struggles at the key moment. Skins defense has chances at turnovers, but miss some easy ones. Suisham is erratic. Our weak OL means our offense is inconsistent.

In the last meeting in 2008, the game was similar to this year's game.

On Sunday,the Skins looked a lot like the team I would have expected at this point in the year. Very competitive against a good team, but with flaws on the OL that are the difference between competing and winning.

The team that played on Sunday could have been a playoff contender if they had taken care of business in the first 7 weeks.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | November 23, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Can't see the Skins getting Okung, just doesn't make sense. If the Skins have the 4th pick (which is the earliest I believe the pick), then they would have to trade picks to move up and get him. That means less picks or giving up a pick from the following year. Okung will go #1.

Which means the great Vinny will move everything to get him. F Vinny.

Posted by: Curzon417 | November 23, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Yeah but why did they pass on Brady? He's worked out well for New England -- and don't tell me we had two good QB's at the time.

Posted by: League-Source | November 23, 2009 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Hate to be a Cliff Clavin but they did have 2 good QB's. Brad Johnson was coming off a 4000 yd, Pro bowl season and they had just signed Jeff George, who was coming off an big year for the Vikes.

Posted by: Original_etrod | November 23, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Adam,
I believe you covered "Redskins Insider Today" in one comment. Excellent.
Although you forgot to call anyone an "agenda-laden moron".

Posted by: daggar | November 23, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

beep

Posted by: PortisPocketsStr8 | November 23, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

beep

Posted by: zcezcest1 | November 23, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

"Best available" is such an arbitrary philosophy. It only correlates to how the evaluator is able to judge talent, and it also dovetails into other philosophies, such as positional value.

Example: Vinny Cerrato was quoted as saying teams tend to overvalue offensive linemen in the early rounds. In reality, teams don't overvalue offensive linemen in the early rounds. All that quote means is that VINNY doesn't value offensive linemen in the same light that other franchises do. What they deem as "first round talent", Vinny deems as a reach because he automatically values a WR, corner, or other skill position higher -- relatively speaking. What ends up happening is Devin Thomas, Malcolm Kelly, and Fred Davis end up getting selected early on because Vinny sees them as steals, while the offensive line gets pushed further and further and further down the priority chart, and it results in one lineman getting drafted in the top 3 rounds for the entire decade for this franchise.

Find the positions of need, and ensure that you draft them, even if it seems like a "reach." ONLY if there's a transcendent talent out there should you deviate from that philosophy (or if you're a brilliant judge of talent, which Vinny is not).

Posted by: psps23 | November 23, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

ok, i am back after recovering from losing to the cowgirls. thank God, we just signed mason and this mountain from philly. these two are going to be better than anything we have seen thus far this year!

here is a thought....how about we KEEP mason this time!!!!! if at all possible, unload portis and KEEP MASON!!

also, keep this OL from philly!!i dont care if he has potatoes for feet.....he is 6'5" and 327.....KEEP HIM!!!

im 6'6" and 295...hell, i'll come up and plant myself on the oline for league minimum salary!!

snyder....call me!

Posted by: httr20081 | November 23, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

mason... really... come on... why not bring back andrew crummey to play guard...

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | November 23, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Paul Fanaika played guard at Arizona state, the eagles has him listed as a guard. What's the possibility that these dumba$$ coaches would try to make him a tackle and then wonder why he is struggling, then release him?????????

Posted by: kingpenn1 | November 23, 2009 6:04 PM | Report abuse

So you're an NFL general manager with old backs and a 'superstar' who's oft injured and doesn't practice.

Do you burn your pick on a potential star running back knowing you can draft for need later?

Yes.

Posted by: MistaMoe


That's if the "you" in question is one Vincent Cerrato. When the blocking worked against Denver, two journeymen backs looked outstanding for the Redskins.

Build a powerful line and not only will your running back situation improve, but also your passing game and your time of possession.

Of course you will find yourself forced to pick lower in the draft, so that's a negative.

Posted by: TheCork | November 23, 2009 6:12 PM | Report abuse

REDSKINS FILL FINAL ROSTER SLOTS AND MANY SURPRISES EMERGE

Dateline: Washington, D.C.

As predicted, the Redskins went shopping for bodies to fill roster slots made available by season-ending injuries to now starting former bench players.

"Its been devastating," said Redskin Head Coach in Name Only, Jim Zorn. "Every time I looked away from my play sheet when I was pretending to call the plays another player was on the turf. I can't wait to see the bill for that fancy body cart the Cowboys have."

According to team sources close to the Front Office, the Redskins have added several players including an offensive lineman. Former Ray Brown, 60, who played with the Redskins for centuries was added to fill in a slot vacated by Chad Rhino when he went down with a fractured leg. While some in the organization were stunned that Brown could move without a walker, the big news was when Daniel Snyder himself was signed as a backup quarterback. The surprise wasn't from the signing, but from the fact that there was a jockstrap small enough for him in the locker room. Said one unidentified source, "We found a peanut shell and a rubber band and Danny was ready for the field."

In other additions, Shawn Alexander was brought back as a running back and is expected to play on downs needing half a yard. Former Redskin standout wide receiver Desmond Howard was signed to a league minimum contract and is expected to take the field Sunday to give Jason Campbell another receiver capable of dropping passes. Former Defensive player Dana Stubbefield was added to back up Million Dollar Bench Warmer Albert Haynesworth - Stubbefield, 45, and now weighing 400 pounds is expected to impersonate a dung heap and clog up running plays and to provide an answer to a run defense that gave up more middles than Oreo's. There hasn't been any resolution on how they'll move Stubbie after each play or how long it will take him to get to the sideline before punts.

Stay tuned for more personnel announcements as they come in.

Posted by: laserwizard | November 23, 2009 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Marcus Mason...LITTLE HOYA SAXA!!!

Posted by: iamasofaking | November 23, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

I am so tired of the negativity. Here is a message to the poster named "MyPostIDisAfake": What you wrote was posted in the paper today on page D12. You wrote: "A loss like this is going to set the tone for the rest of the season. We're going to get destroyed for the remaining 6 games."

Hey bud... HOW DO YOU THINK THAT MAKES THE PLAYERS FEEL?? YOU get out there an fight YOUR rear end off for 60 minutes with the injuries and issues they've had to deal with this season!! Dude, you are a NOT a Redskins fan and I'm sorely disappointed with the Washington Post for displaying your negativity (and your ignorance)in their paper for the players to see! I hope they don't think we all feel that way.

After I see stuff like what you wrote, I feel like it's too bad that IGNORANCE ISN'T PAINFUL!!!!!

Hey Washington Post sports editors... POST THIS!!!.... : The CURRENT Washington Redskins team - Defense, Offense AND Special Teams - (backups included)... has more heart than bone-heads like 'MyPostIDisAfake' will ever have in his/her lifetime!!!! He/she is most definitely a Cowgirls fan!!! That comment should have never been published.

Posted by: lillylovestheskins | November 23, 2009 9:47 PM | Report abuse

IMO, The idea of drafting a running back in the first round is absurd. The RB position is the most over-rated in football. There are a million running backs out there who can get the job done IF the offensive line isn't garbage. Sign some guy off the street. Or go with the guys on the roster. Or draft a RB late.

Would I like a new back? Yes. But I'd like a new LT a whole lot more. And a new RT. And a new RG. And a new Center. Then a back.

If we address guard in FA, then maybe I could see a RB in Round 4. No sooner.

Not before the two tackle positions.

Most of the time, JC can't take a five step drop before he's running for his life. Let me repeat that: He can't take a five step drop before he's running for his life.

Now, I'll grant that once in a while we somehow protect a deeper pass play; but that's not certainly not the norm, and generally only after the opponent has figured out they can get good pressure rushing four, dropping 7. Shoot, even THEN JC is running for his life HALF the time. So the result is we can't pass. Which makes running impossible. Which is why our offense is terrible.

My bottom line is that this team has playoff contender talent, except for 3 positions. Both tackles and Right Guard.

With all that being said, I DO understand the desire to see a skill position as a savior. I kind of want that RB from Stanford myself. I saw some of his highlights this weekend and thought "Riggo! Haven't seen you around in a while buddy!" But that's snake-oil. The offseason's mantra has to be:

Fix the O-Line > Win NFC East.

Posted by: brianearman | November 23, 2009 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Never should have let Mason go anyhow, he can pound the rock. Inside, outside,or up the middle, the dude can run the ball.
Vinney should have realized that two years ago and made room for Mason on the roster.

Posted by: rmilton | November 23, 2009 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Um we need three more signings..

one, a kicker. Suisham should be duct taped to a goal post until next Sunday when he gets cut.


two, a pair of nads for Zorn.

3rd and 1, 15 seconds to go on the 20 yards line before the half? Throw it up one time to a tall guy (MARKO MITCHELL). Kick the FG if you miss.

Did anyone look at Marko Mitchell out there? He played a little but the physique looks like a Terrell Owens. He's bigger than most CB's or DB's by 6". And he didn't look too easy to tackle either. WTF??

We're 3-7 and coaching like we're one game away from the playoffs. Play the kid. Play all the kids. Mason too.

Haven't you seen we get better as the guys you picked get put out of the game?

Zorn is a Norv Turner! Sooooooooooft! And soft aint HC material.

Posted by: 20yrskinfan | November 23, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuse

build a real line first, then you can plug in any number of dime-a-dozen RB's and they can get 1500 yds, so many teams use this model and it works.

only the Snyders waste so much guaranteed money on this interchangable and high-wear position. of course only Snyder hires coaches backwards, what a dipsht.

Posted by: greatteamdan | November 23, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse

PUNT zoron NOW!

Posted by: bhoang888 | November 23, 2009 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Leaguesoure, Brady was a fourth rounder, nobody new he be that great, Come-on

Posted by: SkinsFan37years | November 24, 2009 9:07 AM | Report abuse

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