NFC East: Ryan Plackemeier

Friday Beastlines: Rosenhaus a busy man

February, 13, 2009
2/13/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

Cowboys

  • Drew Rosenhaus says Terrell Owens is "fond" of his coaches. He apparently said it with a straight face, too.
  • My former colleague Todd Archer of the Dallas Morning News has always done a great job covering free agency. Here's his take on the Cowboys' free agents.
  • Ray Buck of the Star-Telegram talked to NFL Network draft guru Mike Mayock about the Roy E. Williams trade.
  • The convention and visitors bureaus from Dallas and Arlington will have nice seats at JerryWorld.

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Redskins

Redskins punt Plackemeier

February, 12, 2009
2/12/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

The Washington Redskins released punter Ryan Plackemeier Thursday afternoon. He averaged 41.7 yards per punt after replacing rookie Durant Brooks.

Plackemeier was solid for the Seahawks and I know that special-teams coach Bruce DeHaven hated to see him go. The Redskins are back to square one at the position.

Redskins punter honored

December, 24, 2008
12/24/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

Redskins punter Ryan Plackemeier was named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance in a 10-3 win over the Eagles on Sunday. He punted eight times, and five of those were downed at or inside the 10-yard line. His five punts in the fourth quarter resulted in the Eagles starting drives at their 9, 3, 10, 20 and 9-yard lines. Pretty remarkable numbers for a guy who was released by the Seahawks -- against special teams coach Bruce DeHaven's wishes. Plackemeier has helped clean up a mess the Redskins made by cutting veteran Derrick Frost and going with rookie Durant Brooks.

This is the sixth weekly or monthly honor the Redskins have received this season.

 

Redskins focused on Hawaii?

November, 20, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

If you've attended a Redskins home game over the past couple of months, you're familiar with the club's aggressive "Vote the Redskins Ticket" Pro Bowl campaign. There are yard signs, bumper stickers, pins (worn by Redskins blogger Matt Terl) and life-sized pictures of Hall of Famers Sonny Jurgensen and Sam Huff. In fact, the campaign has worked so well that the Redskins would have 17 starters if voting ended today -- and coaches and players weren't allowed to vote.

Washington may have the worst punt-coverage unit in the NFL, but that hasn't stopped Ryan Plackemeier from vaulting to No. 1 in the polls. And with all the great defensive ends in the NFC, Andre Carter has made his way to No. 2. As of Nov. 18, here's a look at how NFC East players were doing in the fan voting:

Quarterbacks: 2. Eli Manning, Giants 3. Jason Campbell, Redskins 5. Donovan McNabb, Eagles

Running backs: 1. Clinton Portis, Redskins 3. Marion Barber, Cowboys. 5. Brandon Jacobs, Giants

Wide receivers: 1. Santana Moss, Redskins 4. Plaxico Burress, Giants

Fullbacks: 1. Mike Sellers, Redskins 2. Madison Hedgecock, Giants 3. Deon Anderson, Cowboys

Tight ends: 1. Chris Cooley, Redskins 2. Jason Witten, Cowboys 3. Kevin Boss, Giants

Centers: 1. Casey Rabach, Redskins 2. Shaun O'Hara, Giants 5. Andre Gurode, Cowboys

Guards: 1. Pete Kendall, Redskins 2. Randy Thomas, Redskins 3. Chris Snee, Giants 5. Leonard Davis, Cowboys

Tackles: 1. Chris Samuels, Redskins 2. Flozell Adams, Cowboys 3. David Diehl, Giants 4. Kareem McKenzie 5. Stephon Heyer, Redskins

Defensive ends: 1. Justin Tuck, Giants 2. Andre Carter, Redskins

Defensive tackles: 1. Cornelius Griffin, Redskins 2. Kedric Golston, Redskins 5. Fred Robbins, Giants

Outside linebackers: 1. DeMarcus Ware, Cowboys 2. Jason Taylor, Redskins 3. Marcus Washington, Redskins 4. Rocky McIntosh, Redskins

Inside linebackers: 1. London Fletcher, Redskins 3. Antonio Pierce, Giants 5. Zach Thomas, Cowboys

Cornerbacks: 1. Shawn Springs, Redskins 2. Carlos Rogers, Redskins 4. Asante Samuel, Eagles

Strong safety: 1. Chris Horton, Redskins 5. James Butler, Giants

Free safety: 1. LaRon Landry, Redskins 2. Brian Dawkins, Eagles 4. Michael Johnson, Giants 5. Ken Hamlin, Cowboys

Kickers: 1. Shaun Suisham, Redskins 2. John Carney, Giants 4. Nick Folk, Cowboys

Punters: 1. Ryan Plackemeier, Redskins 2. Jeff Feagles, Giants 5. Sav Rocca, Eagles

Kick returners: 1. Rock Cartwright, Redskins 4. Felix Jones, Cowboys 5. DeSean Jackson, Eagles

Special teamers: 1. Khary Campbell, Redskins 2. Chase Blackburn, Giants 4. Keith Davis, Cowboys

Special thanks to Mike Sando for his Pro Bowl spreadsheet.

Redskins sticking with the stretch play

November, 3, 2008
11/03/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

LANDOVER, Md. -- The Redskins have had a lot of success running the ball to the left side, but tonight they've run the stretch to the right side quite a bit. That may have something to do with left tackle Chris Samuels being banged up right now.

The Steelers have done a nice job of maintaining gap control and not allowing Portis to find seams. He's one of the best backs in the league at getting yards after contact -- as evidenced by how defensive end Aaron Smith bounced off him in the backfield.

Ladies and gentlemen: The Redskins are now 0-for-7 on third downs. Wait, make that 0-for-8. Fabulous punting contest going on -- if you don't count Mitch Berger. Oops. Redskins punter Ryan Plackemeier was just blocked by Andre Frazier. First blocked punt of Plackemeier's career.

The scoop on the Redskins' new punter

October, 15, 2008
10/15/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

We interrupt the Cowboys news cycle to inform you that the Redskins had a busy "day off" Tuesday. Struggling rookie punter Durant Brooks was replaced by veteran Ryan Plackemeier and reserve safety Reed Doughty (back) was placed on injured reserve. Former Bears safety Mike Green was signed to provide depth behind starter Chris Horton.

Oh, and former Seahawks All-Pro Shaun Alexander was signed to fill in for the injured Ladell Betts. Alexander had 27 touchdowns in 2005, but his career has been in steady decline since. Head coach Jim Zorn and running backs coach Stump Mitchell worked with Alexander in Seattle, so they felt comfortable bringing him in. Clinton Portis is averaging a league-leading 22 carries per game, and the presence of Alexander won't change that. As NFC West blogger Mike Sando explained to me during a recent conversation, Alexander's not particularly effective as a third-down back because he rarely catches the ball and he's not fond of picking up the blitz.

In some ways, this feels like a favor that Zorn's doing for Alexander. He's no more than a relatively inexpensive insurance policy. Regarding Plackemeier, there are people in Seattle who thought he could have eventually become like Cowboys Pro Bowl punter Mat McBriar. He has a powerful leg, and he did a nice job in 2006-07. He only got six punts in the 2008 preseason in Seattle because he was banged up, and then he had a 30-yard net average on 11 punts in miserable conditions in a season-opening loss to Buffalo. I thought it was the wrong move by the Seahawks at the time.

Not to be the eternal optimist, but I actually think Plackemeier will be a huge upgrade over Brooks. The Redskins held on to him about two weeks too long because they were winning. His lousy effort against the Rams contributed to the loss Sunday.

For more punting analysis, stay tuned to the NFC Beast. I'll give McBriar a call and see what he thinks of Plackemeier. Australian punters are a tight-knit group, led by the godfather of Aussie punting, the retired Darren Bennett.

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