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My own pic of the 40ft Jason Taylor outside Wembley Stadium in 2007

My own pic of the 40ft Jason Taylor outside Wembley Stadium in 2007

It was a bizarre enough experience being faced with a 40ft tall Jason Taylor (see the real people standing under umbrellas) when I went to Wembley last year for the first ever NFL regular season game to be played in England.

To find out that Jason Taylor will now be suiting up in the burgundy and gold of the Washington Redskins is possibly even more bizarre.

This means that somewhere someone is in possession of a giant #99 Dolphins shirt that is now as useful as as a marshmallow knife set.

I had a few thoughts………….

1) Maybe the shirt can be unstitched, layed out flat the Fins can reuse the material to make shirts for the 08 season?

2) Maybe the shirt can be be used as a sail on a boat, I know the GB team are good at yachting Olympic style, but do the NFL want to diversify into boat sponsorship ?

3) Get JT to sign the thing and put it on eBay, but dont tell anyone the size, just sell it with normal size shirts, and then sting the winning bidder at the end with the postage cost !

4) Get Mtv to pimp the shirt and get Xzibit (US version) and Tim Westwood (UK version) to fight over who actually gets to do the business (btw Tim Westwood to all you USA based readers is the white son of a vicar who thinks he is a gangsta and runs a nationally syndicated hip hop radio show). 

5) Cut the shirt up and sell it to Topps who can do a Game-Used NFL Jason Taylor card – only problem is the limited edition bit would be a bit lacking as you would likely have over 1,000,000 swatches of shirt.

I’m sure the NFL blogging world will be buzzing with all the cliches about Dan Snyder buying a team, the second coming of the Over the Hill Gang, and the fact both the Skins and the Fins get good deals, but I bet a whole king-size PayDay that no-one has considered the consequence of a 20 ft tall Jason Taylor shirt !!!!!!!

PS – Get well soon Philip Daniels.

Devin Thomas is NOT a smurf

Devin Thomas is NOT a smurf

Ok – yes the Washington Redskins did reach the playoffs in 2008 . And yes their two smurf like wide receivers Antwan Randle-El and Santana Moss did indeed each score fourth quarter touchdowns in the Wild Card game against the Seahawks.

It was all not enough though as the Skins collapsed after those two scores and in the last 10 mins of the game the team representing the Nation’s capital curled up and died.

My point ? Well if you are a Redskins fan you know that we needed BIGGER wide receivers, ones that are not blue, ones that do not wear white socks on their head, and ones that do not live in mushrooms.

It was announced Friday (18 July) that the Redskins signed rookie WR Devin Thomas, having signed rookie WR Malcolm Kelly earlier in the week.

Today the team also signed rookie sleepyhead TE Fred Davis, meaning the Redskins have signed all 10 draft picks.

If you are a Redskins fan you would have been spending at least the last three seasons screaming for the Burgandy and Gold war room to sign some TALL wideouts, those above 5ft 8 and those with a body frame outside of a pop warner kicker.

For the Skins to trade down and manage to get Thomas, Kelly and Davis in the 2nd round of the 2008 NFL draft was in my opinion a master stroke. Risky yes, but after there were no wideouts drafted in the 1st round it seems like the GM and Coach Zorn managed to gauge the mood to perfection.

So now the Skins have some height, lets have a little look at the rookies …….

Devin Thomas is 6 ft 2 – from Michigan State (where Superbowl winning td catcher Plaxico Burress played college ball)

Malcolm Kelly is 6 ft 3 – from Oklahoma (where he is 2nd all-time in their records with 21 career tds)

Fred Davis is 6 ft 4 – from USC (where he won the John Mackey Award as a senior, the first USC Trojan TE to even become declared the best TE in college football)

Yes it’s too early to say what impact these three have made, as they have not suited up and played a down yet, but adding three weapons all 6 ft 2 and over should signal the evenual death of loyal but smurf-like wideouts Santana Moss and Atuwan Randle-El.

After all this is not the 1980s, the Skins are doing the right thing by getting some height, and I for one look forward to Coach Zorn getting Thomas, Kelly and Davis on to the field, and frightening some d-backs – hopefully burning the likes of Roy Williams (hell I could probably get open against him) and Prat-Man Adam Jones.

2008 NFL season BRING IT ON !

Which 2nd round Redskins rookie do you think will make the biggest impact on the Redskins offense this upcoming season?