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Josh Bidwell plans to make most of opportunity

After sitting out all of last season due to hip surgery, punter Josh Bidwell wasn't sure if there was another team out there that would give him a chance to play. That was out of his hands, he said.

But if Bidwell did get a shot, he knew he'd be ready.

It wasn't the first time the 11th year punter, now in his first year with the Redskins, had been forced to sit out a full season. Bidwell beat testicular cancer his rookie year and eventually forged a solid NFL career. The experience prevented any concerns about whether he could overcome an injury to play again.

The diagnosis and battle with the disease have had a profound impact on Bidwell's life and his career, he said, and the experience of fighting to beat the disease prepared him for any other adversity he might face.

"It was tough," Bidwell said. "My goal my entire life was to set myself up to reach my goals, to reach my dreams, and the NFL was my No. 1 dream. Everything else was kind of playing second fiddle to that. I took care of business in school, took care of business in life and made it to where I felt like I was at the pinnacle of my career so far.

"And to have the coaches sit me down one day, tell me that they cut the other punter [and] I'm the starting punter for the Green Bay Packers my rookie season, to three days later I'm being told I might not live through cancer treatments and cancer might kill me was very difficult."

Bidwell beat the disease and returned to punt the next season. The Packers did not make it easy, he said, bringing competition in to face him every week. But Bidwell won the job again and became one of the league's most consistent punters, averaging 42.8 yards per punt over nine seasons with the Packers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Bidwell has also remained active away from the field, starting the Josh Bidwell Foundation, which aids sports programs in his hometown, as well as the Community Cancer Center of Roseburg, Oregon and the local Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter. Bidwell also speaks at local high schools about early detection education.

"It's certainly something that is my responsibility to bring awareness to the young kids who are most susceptible to this thing," he said.

That he might finally be the solution to a team that has searched for a consistent punter for the better part of a decade isn't lost on him, either. But Bidwell said he is focused not on whom the Redskins have brought in over the past few seasons but instead on being the solution.

Bidwell said he feels healthy following the year off last season and he punted well in the Redskins preseason opener, averaging 42.7 yards per kick and dropping two punts inside the 10-yard line on back-to-back plays, after a penalty erased the first kick.

"Coming back from this injury that I had last year and coming back from cancer my rookie year, those are life examples that I want my kids to see so that they know 'Dad doesn't just tell us we need to be resilient and overcome things, he shows us,'" Bidwell said. "Both have been a challenge in my life and I've responded accordingly."

By Paul Tenorio  |  August 19, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
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Comments

Good for you, Josh Bidwell. And we didn't have to spend a draft pick to get ya either.

Posted by: Kenbeatrizz | August 19, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

FIRST to hope we don't need him that much this year...

Posted by: brownwood26 | August 19, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Redskins running a hip rehab facility now?

Posted by: PlayAction | August 19, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Hello all Redskins Fans,

I am a long time skins fan who lives in NC. There are times when I am forced to listen to the games via Sirius radio broadcast.
IMHO Sam must go!!!! Last week he was missing calls. He missed first string players' names. (I could understand if he missed the 5-6th stringers.) Also, there were times when he and Sonny were in open conflict. Several times I questioned to my self if Sam was drunk??
I would hope Danny would continue the retool in the announcer's booth.

Posted by: GLFLVER3 | August 19, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Hello all Redskins Fans,

I am a long time skins fan who lives in NC. There are times when I am forced to listen to the games via Sirius radio broadcast.
IMHO Sam must go!!!! Last week he was missing calls. He missed first string players' names. (I could understand if he missed the 5-6th stringers.) Also, there were times when he and Sonny were in open conflict. Several times I questioned to my self if Sam was drunk??
I would hope Danny would continue the retool in the announcer's booth.

Posted by: GLFLVER3 | August 19, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Good for you, Josh Bidwell. And we didn't have to spend a draft pick to get ya either.

Posted by: Kenbeatrizz | August 19, 2010 11:08 AM

How about talking to Trent and Fred about how a responsible "adult" should act. After that I sure could use a refresher too.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 19, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

This Banks guy really intrigues me. His punt return skills aside, I wonder if his speed and quickness can be useful as sort of a flanker, wingback a la Darren Sproles or Reggie Bush role.

Basically someone who you could just dump the ball to in space and watch him make people miss on the way up the sidelines.

Of course I'm afraid that since he's only 150 lbs or less, the first time a 250+ linebacker lays a good hit on him, he'd literally break in two!

Posted by: Predator48 | August 19, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

In perhaps the understatement of the year (so far), Bidwell is an upgrade over last year's punters...

Posted by: amaranthpa | August 19, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Speaking of hip injuries, how's Jamaal Brown doing?

Posted by: saltine182 | August 19, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Speaking of hip injuries, how's Jamaal Brown doing?

Posted by: saltine182 | August 19, 2010 11:20 AM

Stop making excuses!

Posted by: dallasinthedmv | August 19, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse


This Banks guy really intrigues me. His punt return skills aside, I wonder if his speed and quickness can be useful as sort of a flanker, wingback a la Darren Sproles or Reggie Bush role.

Posted by: Predator48 | August 19, 2010 11:19 AM

He'll have a hard time getting off the line of scrimmage if he's pressed.

Posted by: hessone | August 19, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

am a long time skins fan who lives in NC. There are times when I am forced to listen to the games via Sirius radio broadcast.
IMHO Sam must go!!!! Last week he was missing calls. He missed first string players' names. (I could understand if he missed the 5-6th stringers.) Also, there were times when he and Sonny were in open conflict. Several times I questioned to my self if Sam was drunk??
I would hope Danny would continue the retool in the announcer's booth.

Posted by: GLFLVER3


Good to have you in the RI hamster cage. Let me say we all have been saying for years how both Sonny and Sam should be updated. Ironically, the man they dumped was the guy most of us really loved, which was Frank Herzog.
Of course the speculation and nomination of potential replacement announcers has been a topic for pre-training camp / summer jibba jabba, so I don't know how far it will go now.

I can tell you most people on here prefer some combination that includes Doc Walker and another former redskin (insert name here) in the booth and Larry Michael mopping floors. Count me in that group.

Posted by: Predator48 | August 19, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Something smells funny in this thread too...can't put my finger on it...

Posted by: PlayAction | August 19, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Speaking of hip injuries, how's Jamaal Brown doing?

Posted by: saltine182 | August 19, 2010 11:20 AM

Stop making excuses!

Posted by: dallasinthedmv | August 19, 2010 11:25 A


How's Dallas' o-line doing?

Posted by: saltine182 | August 19, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse


@GLFLVER3

I'd rather the Redskins dump $nyder's boy, Larry Michael's.

Posted by: hessone | August 19, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Something smells funny in this thread too...can't put my finger on it...

Posted by: PlayAction | August 19, 2010 11:30 AM

...and if you let 'em near your kids it will "feel funny."

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 19, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse


Yeah. Do lots and lots of stories on this kid. America will be hearing his name all night on 9/12. That is, when McNabb isn't fumbling or throwing pick-sixes.

McNabb's last three performances vs. Cowboys

11/8/09:
16/30 1 TD, 2 INTs, 61.4 rating

1/3/10:
20/36 0 TD, 0 INT, 74.2 rating

1/9/10:
19/37 1 TD, 1 INT, 68.5 rating

Book it.

Posted by: dallasinthedmv | August 19, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

He'll have a hard time getting off the line of scrimmage if he's pressed.

Posted by: hessone

Your right Hess, but I'm thinking more like bubble screens, quick screens and reverses, plays that would put some blocking in front and give him room to maneuver. Definitely nothing that sends him toward the middle of the field, tho.
Like I said, I'm just afraid of that first big hit.

Posted by: Predator48 | August 19, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Ah didn't practice again today, says he suffering from headaches.

Posted by: TWISI | August 19, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Not gonna lie I'm alil nervous bout the amount of starters this yr that weren't playing at all last year.

We got the best guys available for cheap cuz they were injured....

Hopefully they come to play n leave the injuries behind...

Posted by: brandon_in_cali | August 19, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

100% agree Predator...I see Herzog on some of the Top 10 series on NFLN and I wonder why that guy got ousted...seems like he's still got it, no obvious signs of slowing down like we saw nationally from Pat Summerall. Looks like another instance where Danny fired the wrong guy...

Posted by: brownwood26 | August 19, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

In perhaps the understatement of the year (so far), Bidwell is an upgrade over last year's punters...

Posted by: amaranthpa | August 19, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

I could make a case that Hunter the Pinter was our MVP...Durant Brooks the si

Posted by: Stu27 | August 19, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

He'll have a hard time getting off the line of scrimmage if he's pressed.

Posted by: hessone

Your right Hess, but I'm thinking more like bubble screens, quick screens and reverses, plays that would put some blocking in front and give him room to maneuver. Definitely nothing that sends him toward the middle of the field, tho.
Like I said, I'm just afraid of that first big hit.

Posted by: Predator48 | August 19, 2010 11:34 AM |

We discussed this the other day. There are ways to keep him from being pressed at the line. Set him in motion, have him come out of the backfield, stack formations, screens, etc. I'm sure the Shanny's can come up with plenty of ways to keep CB's off him at the line.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 19, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

He'll have a hard time getting off the line of scrimmage if he's pressed.

Posted by: hessone

Your right Hess, but I'm thinking more like bubble screens, quick screens and reverses, plays that would put some blocking in front and give him room to maneuver. Definitely nothing that sends him toward the middle of the field, tho.
Like I said, I'm just afraid of that first big hit.

Posted by: Predator48 | August 19, 2010 11:34 AM

Don't worry about him being pressed at the line...he'll run right between their legs.

Posted by: PlayAction | August 19, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Redskins running a hip rehab facility now?

Posted by: PlayAction | August 19, 2010 11:14 AM

It's the NFL, not the Alvin Ailey Dance Troupe. Every team is running a rehab facility.

Posted by: beep-beep | August 19, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

I can tell you most people on here prefer some combination that includes Doc Walker and another former redskin (insert name here) in the booth and Larry Michael mopping floors. Count me in that group.

Posted by: Predator48 | August 19, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse


Love me some Doc.

Dumping Frank Herzog was one of Synders' crony moves, but hey, it's his team so he wants his people in there.

Sam Huff will stay in the booth as long as he wants to or as long as he's alive. Axing Herzog is one thing - no way Snyder has the gall to axe a Redskin great like Huff. He is what the mafia would call a "made man".

He's also best buddies with Sonny J, who is pretty much Godfather to young Danny's "Michael".

Posted by: p1funk | August 19, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

hey dummy in the dmv....

You do kno that mcnabb was an eagle last yr???

You can blame those loses on there defense.....

So basically mcnabbs record, from last year especially, nobody gives a crap, except you and your other idiot friends who only kno how to look at stats and not truely interpert and understand.........

You guys have as many playoff wins the last decade as you have testicles, one......

Posted by: brandon_in_cali | August 19, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse


Redskins running a hip rehab facility now?

Posted by: PlayAction | August 19, 2010 11:14 AM

It's the NFL, not the Alvin Ailey Dance Troupe. Every team is running a rehab facility.

Posted by: beep-beep | August 19, 2010 11:39 AM

Ok...thanks for educating me.

Posted by: PlayAction | August 19, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Something smells funny in this thread too...can't put my finger on it...

Posted by: PlayAction | August 19, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse


Yes.

I'm catching whiffs of manure dropped by a queer cattle.

The only reason I know it is from years ago when I was forced to spend a week in Dallas, and the whole city wreaked of it...

Posted by: p1funk | August 19, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Brown

Kemo

Carriker

A lot of success depends on these dudes ability to recover from there injuries....

So far is the BEAST we appear to be the healthy team

Minus hammy kelly, he's cut if that hammys toast

Posted by: brandon_in_cali | August 19, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

You can blame those loses on there defense.....

Posted by: brandon_in_cali | August 19, 2010 11:41 AM

What? Eagles defense made McNabb throw picks and have low ratings. Stop with the excuses for McNabb.

Posted by: ahwyatt | August 19, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Something smells funny in this thread too...can't put my finger on it...

Posted by: PlayAction | August 19, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Yes.

I'm catching whiffs of manure dropped by a queer cattle.

The only reason I know it is from years ago when I was forced to spend a week in Dallas, and the whole city wreaked of it...

Posted by: p1funk | August 19, 2010 11:43 AM

Thanks pfunk...that's a relief...thought it was just me...I'll grab the febreeze and take care of it.

Posted by: PlayAction | August 19, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: dallasinthedmv

mouth breather

1. Someone stupid who is unaware that their mouth is gaping open, often taking in gallons of air and spewing their own dry, bacteria rotten maw into your clean air in your vicinity. 2. A moron from a low social caste. Picture someone with a sunken forehead, low hairline, and prominent chin.

Posted by: Kenbeatrizz | August 19, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

In addition to being a consistent punter, I hear Josh Bidwell is also a consistent winner on eBay.

Posted by: freakzilla | August 19, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

He'll have a hard time getting off the line of scrimmage if he's pressed.

Posted by: hessone

Your right Hess, but I'm thinking more like bubble screens, quick screens and reverses, plays that would put some blocking in front and give him room to maneuver. Definitely nothing that sends him toward the middle of the field, tho.
Like I said, I'm just afraid of that first big hit.

Posted by: Predator48 | August 19, 2010 11:34 AM
------------------------------------------
I was thinking he would get mushed at the line, too, but I heard Kyle Shanahan say the little guy is so quick that he can just juke out of bump and run, and then burn the corner for over committing. He has the kind of speed and quickness we don't see often. Shanny Junior also added that they have packages to prevent that sort of thing. He specifically mentioned stacking receivers in a bunch formation. In short, I don't think they are worried about a defense trying to play bump and run with their small guys.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | August 19, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

hold on while i vomit all over my computer screen

Posted by: BMACattack | August 19, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

FreakZ,

He's also incredibly polite in greetings and salutations.

Posted by: DikShuttle | August 19, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Last Summer's FAVs

Chase Daniels
Marko Mitchell
E Williams
Antonio Dixon


This Summer's FAVs

Brandon Banks
Trent Williams
Perry Riley
Jamaal Brown
Ryan Torain
Maake Kemoteau


Posted by: MistaMoe | August 19, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Hello all Redskins Fans,

I am a long time skins fan who lives in NC. There are times when I am forced to listen to the games via Sirius radio broadcast.
IMHO Sam must go!!!! Last week he was missing calls. He missed first string players' names. (I could understand if he missed the 5-6th stringers.) Also, there were times when he and Sonny were in open conflict. Several times I questioned to my self if Sam was drunk??
I would hope Danny would continue the retool in the announcer's booth.

Posted by: GLFLVER3 | August 19, 2010 11:17 AM |

Of Course Sam's drunk, at least by the 4th quarter he is. I vividly remember watching a game and the network announcers commenting on Sonny & Sam while there was a camera shot of them both in the booth/box. From the camera angle, I could still see with 100% assuredness, the top few inches of a Jack Daniels bottle (bottle neck and the black label and cap). Of course it's strikingly similar to Evan Williams but that's neither here nor there - there was booze in the booth.

Awesome.

Did anyone here - themselves or their parents - used to turn down the TV and listen to the radio broadcast? Probably less interesting now and harder to do with the delays on HD. Anyway, I remember thinking how cool that was but then as I grew up, knowing that was a common practice.

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | August 19, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

100% agree Predator...I see Herzog on some of the Top 10 series on NFLN and I wonder why that guy got ousted...seems like he's still got it, no obvious signs of slowing down like we saw nationally from Pat Summerall. Looks like another instance where Danny fired the wrong guy...

Posted by: brownwood26

it's a little easier to fire your non-football credentialed play-by-play guy than it is to fire your HOF beloved middle linebacker color guy. Herzog got fired because Snyder's lap dog, Larry Michael, gunned for his job. I will always think of Herzog as the voice of the Redskins. Larry Michael has never called a single game of significance in Redskins history, while Herzog has called most, if not all, of the Skins greatest games. I've come to think of Larry Michael as the Voice of Redskins Mediocrity. Fact is, he's a jinx. If I were Bruce Allen, I'd want to shed Larry Michael's stink ASAP.

Larry Michael's an "okay" color guy, but his main role has been Minister of Propaganda for a failing regime. Watching Redskins Nation on CSN last year made me feel dirty. Larry Michael defended the indefensible and ignored how the organization exploited and abused its fan base. I'll never forget him egging Vinny on to talk about Vinny's "Super Bowl rings" and national championship, as if Vinny was the mastermind behind the SF Niners' and Fighting Irish's success. No way could I see a class guy like Herzog going along with that crap.

Posted by: Kenbeatrizz | August 19, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

I can tell you most people on here prefer some combination that includes Doc Walker and another former redskin (insert name here) in the booth and Larry Michael mopping floors. Count me in that group.

Posted by: Predator48 | August 19, 2010 11:28 AM

Probably Theisman...

Posted by: edvar | August 19, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

In perhaps the understatement of the year (so far), Bidwell is an upgrade over last year's punters...

Posted by: amaranthpa | August 19, 2010 11:19 AM

Uh our punter last year was basically team MVP. He had a good percentage of our rushing and passing TDs, not to mention his phenomenal punts.

Posted by: Keiser | August 19, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Uh our punter last year was basically team MVP. He had a good percentage of our rushing and passing TDs, not to mention his phenomenal punts.

Posted by: Keiser

His punting was only phenomenal if you compared it to the Skins punters that preceded him. Otherwise, he was middlin to below average in most categories (19th inside 20, 31st in average, and 23rd net). I am not looking for a playmaker out of my punter...i am looking for someone that can punt.

Posted by: amaranthpa | August 19, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

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