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The Young Guy (HB Blades) makes some plays

September 25, 2007

HB Blades was forced into his first significant action on Sunday against the Giants when starting weakside linebacker Rocky McIntosh left the game with a shoulder injury. The game was tied in teh 4th quarter when HB was called upon.

It seems from the initial reactions that HB played well in his short time in the game, although Washington did give up the winning touchdown while he was in the game.

The Washington Post has some quotes from teammates and some reaction to Blades’ debut in such a crucial part of the game Sunday:

McIntosh went to the sideline late in the game after experiencing pain in both shoulders. Rookie linebacker H.B. Blades replaced him in crucial situations, which wasn’t good news for Washington.

A hard-working rookie, Blades is supposed to be relegated to special teams. The fact that Blades was in the game with the outcome undecided — well, that’s not what the Redskins expected.

“You could say that, but I saw the young guy come in there and make plays,” starting strong-side linebacker Marcus Washington said. “The young guy didn’t expect to be in that position, and it’s tough when you don’t know if you’re going to play and you get in there. But you can’t stop when guys go down. You just have to keep going on, and that’s what we had to do.”

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NFL Week 3 Wrap-Up

September 25, 2007

What’s this? A timely round up of the weekend of NFL action on this blog?? It can’t be! It is, enjoy:

Dallas Cowboys 34
Chicago Bears 10

Ruben Brown started the game but left in the 4th quarter with an ankle injury and did not return. When Brown left there was only around 10 minutes left and Chicago was down 17 points, so he may have been held out just as a precaution. We’ll update his status as the week goes on.

Lousaka Polite was inactive for the game, unless you include divulging secrets about the opposing team’s offense as being active. I do count that as active.

New York Giants 24
Washington Redskins 17

HB Blades saw his regular action on special teams, picking up an assist, but also got some action with the game on the line in the 4th quarter, making a solo tackle on a first down. Unfortunately the next play went for the game winning touchdown. HB fininshed with one solo tackle and one assist.

Carolina Panthers 27
Atlanta Falcons 20

Nick Goings held onto his kick returning duties for one more wee, but only returned the opening kickoff for 20 yards. He also added a solo tackle on kick coverage later in the game.

Cleveland Browns 24
Oakland Raiders 26

Darnell Dinkins picked up a solo tackle on kick coverage, his only real action of the day.

Arizona Cardinals 23
Baltimore Ravens 26

Larry Fitzgerald had 5 catches for 85 yards, but had a very costly fumble in the 3rd quarter. Everyone is saying that Leinart is still the starter in Arizona, but I’m not sure Fitz should be wishing for that. In the first half Leinart was able to get one ball to Fitz for 13 yards, in the second half Warner got him 4 balls for 72 yards.

Gerald Hayes added 11 tackles (9 solo) and continued his solid play inside for the Cardinals.

Miami Dolphins 28
New York Jets 21

Darrelle Revis got his 3rd start of his NFL career, which I guess is less newsworthy everyday because he’ll probably be starting in New York for a long time, and had 8 tackles (7 solo). That puts him at an average of 7 tackles (6 solo) per game, which would keep him over 100 tackles on the year. With as much as the Jets defense is on the field, he has an excellent shot at that mark.

Indianapolis Colts 30
Houston Texans 24

Clint Session played again on special teams, but only added an offsides penalty on a kick off.

San Francisco 16
Pittsburgh 37

Shawntae Spencer had 2 solo tackles and a pass defensed in his nickel back role.

Andy Lee was again busy against the Steelers, with 5 punts for a pretty amazing 57 yard average. That included 2 punts inside the 20, so he was definitely booming some of those punts, with a long of 66 on the day.

Minnesota Vikings 10
Kansas City Chiefs 13

Kris Wilson got his 3rd NFL start at fullback and had 3 catches for 13 yards. They did throw deep to him twice but were incomplete both times. It’s nice to see them trying to get him mismatches down the field, because we all know that Kris can be a deep threat at times.

NFL Week 1 Wrap-Up

September 11, 2007

Each week here at PITP we will be recapping all of the games that Panther Alumns took part in. Let’s get moving on week one after the jump

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HB Blades getting some love in Miami

September 8, 2007

hb bladesThe Palm Beach Post has a piece on HB Blades this morning, because the Dolphins play Washington tomorrow in their season opener. Blades is a South Florida native, coming out of Plantation High.

Oddly enough the article starts out with a kind of backhanded compliment from Coach Wannstedt:

“It’s funny. His dad is taller and faster, but you could see his dad’s instincts in him,” Wannstedt said.

The article goes on to talk about his father Bennie Blades and HB making his college choice with a purpose: to make a name for himself on his own, not in his father’s shadow at the University of Miami. There is a lot of talk about his relationship with his father and his uncles, growing up with his grandparents…for a kid who grew up with a father who was making Pro Bowls, you’d think HB would have had a great childhood. That isn’t the case, and to this day he doesn’t speak much to his father:

H.B., who will make his off-season home in Washington, said he doesn’t speak to his father often.

“I tell people all the time he’s learned from all the mistakes we’ve made over the years,” said Bennie Blades, now a dean of students at the Academy of Coral Springs, a private school for at-risk children.

Though H.B.’s relationship with Bennie and Brian was strained, he had a strong bond with uncle Al Blades, his mentor who was seven years older. Al Blades sat next to H.B. in 2003 when he signed a letter of intent to play at Pitt.

HB will be playing special teams tomorrow for Washington and will be the backup at all three linebacker positions. Playing behind London Fletcher, you can’t expect to see him much but he’s lucky to be learning under a very good middle linebacker. In a couple of seasons it’s easy to think that HB will be starting somewhere on that Washington defense.

Senior Bowl Practice Update, Palko and Blades

January 25, 2007

Tyler Senior Bowl

Checking around the internets to get some notes on yesetrday’s Senior Bowl Practices…

Tyler Palko

From DraftBoardInsider.com, who had Tyler in a group of players being downgraded after practice Wednesday:

2 QBs/2 WRs

Tyler Palko threw the first ball with any zip to David Clowney in the corner of the end zone, followed by another strike to Brandon Myles who made a nice catch on a skinny post. Palko also struggled with accuracy.

Tony Hunt did a nice job reeling in a ball thrown over his head by Tyler Palko, who then sailed another ball out of bounds.

1-on-1 WR/DB

Aaron Rouse picked off a Tyler Palko throw intended for Aundrae Allison. Tanard Jackson looked good throughout practice, had a nice play to break up a Palko pass.

9-on-11 (no WRs)

More fumbled snaps, this time from Tyler Palko with Brian Leonard at tailback.

Other notables

In the red zone drills, Eric Weddle had a nice INT on a Tyler Palko pass.

GridironNation.com doesn’t go into as much detail, but seems to have the same feeling after Tyler’s Practice:

Struggling early out of the gate is Pitt QB Tyler Palko who has the athleticism but is having a hard time with mechanics and ability to hit targets.

HB Blades

It’s a little harder to find practice reports mentioning Blades. Apparently he left practice for a pretty large amount of time Wednesday with an arm or shoulder injury, but did return to practice later on.

Scout does have this from Thursday’s morning practice though:

Again- is able to stay on his feet and get to the play but really shows limited speed to the flanks. Beaten on several occasions to the sidelines on running plays.