Word on the Street: Mendenhall, Durant, Redskins

Word on the Street: Mendenhall, Durant, Redskins
May 3, 2011, 12:46 pm
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Tuesday, May 3, 2011,8:47 a.m.UPDATED6:46 p.m.By Benjamin Standig
CSNwashington.comRashard Mendenhall questioning 9-11 gets Internet buzzingEarlier this morning I posted onetake from CBSsports.com's Mike Freeman followingtheSteelers running backreacting to the death of Osama bin Ladenand his role in 9-11 by sayingamong other things "we'll never really know what happened.". Plenty of other have chimed in, including the SteelersPresidentArt Rooney, saying he cannot"comprehend" what Mendenhall meant in his various tweets. The Pittsbugh Post-Gazette notes the silence from the other Steeler players has been noticeable. The Associated Press recaps the news story and then more reaction from theDallas Morning News, Baltimore Sun, and Chicago Tribune.Redskins draft gets a BNot sure what draft grades really mean, butDaveRazzano is a former scout with 23-years in the biz, plus a good read for those of studying the draft beforehand. In his interview with the Washington Examiner, Razzano says he loves Ryan Kerrigan's "motor" and that he "plays with effort". Just the kind of player good teams need. More on Kerrigan's type of player:"Theyre lunch-pail guys. They come to work every day and youll get everything they have. Hell be smart. Those are guys who help your organization."
As for the switch to linebacker, Razzano is a touch skeptical(like some of us), but believes the consistent effort will be there.Also props to the Nebraska trio as Razzano calls DeJon Gomes "one of my sleepers" and says Niles Paul "could have early impact if hestays healthy." Oh, and as for John Beck, here's a snippet of Razzano's take:"You probably want someone better in the long run but you can win with him. Hes better than Rex Grossman by a long shot. Grossman is erratic as hell. If Beck gets dialed in and hes smart, he can handle that offense.Hankerson talks draft with The JunkiesWith Santana Moss no lock to return, the Redskins are lacking a number one receiver, though they just picked one up in the NFL draft. Well, that is if rookie Leonard Hankerson's belief that he was the player receiver in the draft becomes a reality.On with the Sports Junkies (1067.7, The Fan) Tuesday morning, the third round pickfrom Miami was very clear on where he believes he stands among the crop of incoming receivers."Me as a player, I know im better than each one of those guys that was drafted before me, said Hankerson, the eighth wide receiver drafted this year. Hey, its over with now. Im a Washington Redskin. I cant do anything about it. Only thing that matters is what I do after the draft, so Im looking forward to getting on the field with my new teammates, getting to meet my coaches and just having fun with them and proving it to everyone.That's the spirit and what else would you expect from the player that holds the single-season record for receiving yards at a boisterous and boastful football factory like the U. But wait, two receivers - A.J. Green and Julio Jones - were picked among the top six in the entire draft and the Atlanta Falcons traded a zillion picks for the right to claim Jones. So, Leonard, once more...are you better than those guys???Of course, I wouldn't say anything differently, said the 22-year old father of two. Of course I think that. I feel Im the best receiver in the draft, I feel like I can make plays,I can do everything the other players do. I feel like I can block, run routes, go up and get the ball. I make plays. I broke every single season record this year. I feel like I can do it all.As for the overall Redskins draft, the Junkies were joined by Grant Paulsen, who like Eric Bickel is intrigued about some of the late round picks. Worth noting that of the four seventh-round picks, three played significantly for BCS programs and the fourth was a baller for everyone's favorite outside the box squad Boise State. Paulsen is also high on second-round selection Jarvis Jenkins as a run-stuffing 3-4 end.Crawford needed to leave Hawks to spread wingsConsidering he was playing behind Joe Johnson and Jamal Crawford in Atlanta, it's not surprising that as a rookie Jordan Crawford saw limited time. Also why he was fine with the trade to the Wizards that brought Kirk Hinrich to the Hawks.Tuesday, May 3, 2011,8:47 a.m - Morning Riser.Capitals CornerDown 2-0 and it's not time for Caps nation to panic? Nope. Well, that is if youuse history as a guide and recall Washington being on the other side of this equation against Tampa Bay before losing four straight. (Washington Post)Emotionally speaking, the Caps are in a been there, done that place. (Washington Examiner)Lightning goalie Dwayne Roloson is doing his best Jaroslav Halak impression. I'd preferto see a Happy Gilmore one myself.(Globe and Mail)More Osama bin Laden reaction from the sports worldBin Laden's deathbrings back most of us back to where we were on 9-11, including a thenseventh-grader in Capitol Heights named Kevin Durant. The NBA star reflects on the moment the Pentagon was attacked. "It was crazy". (Yahoo)Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall questions 9-11. "Well never know what really happened."(CBSSports.com)Emotional video of national anthem before the start of Monday night's Bulls-Hawks game 1. Have to say, I kind of like the non-stop cheering all the way through. (CSNchicago.com)Redskins RoundupThe Redskins weren't the only team in the NFC East to have a productive draft. All four did (though grading two teams with something in the "C" family doesn't seem that stellar, right?). (Washington Examiner)Yes, we get it. You still think the Redskins need a quarterback. Not believing they do this, butif they go the trade route for a veteran passer, then future picks will likely be moved. In that case, the new tactic of going for volume picks will prove to be an "abberation."(NFL.com)Third-round running back Roy Helu was good value. (Rotoworld)Second round selection and defensive lineman Jarvis Jenkins speaks. (Brooding Burgundy)Ryan Kerrigan's NBA playoff twitter prediction is off to a good start.Breakfast BuffettDefending U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell is searching for the winning formula he used during his celebrated 2010 season. He's got until June to find it if he wants to repeat, this time at Congressional Country Club. (Washington Post)Former Nationals manager Manny Acta is all a twitter about directing the Cleveland Indians to the best record in baseball. (Washington Post)Kevin Durant and the Thunder are back at it tonight, down 1-0 to the non-shimmering Greivis Vasquez and the Memphis Grizzlies. They added much needed help at corner and receiver, but Ravens still have holes to fill. (Baltimore Sun)