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On The Fringe Of 53: Christine Michael


Christine Michael began his 2015 with the Cowboys but was cut just more than a week ago. Now, he is transitioning and thankful for another opportunity in the NFL.

"Everything happened for a reason," said running back Christine Michael, who just completed his first week as a member of the Redskins practice squad.

"You've just got to take advantage of it one day at a time and see where it takes me," he said.

The third-year running back remains steadfast in that mentality after recent stints on the active roster with the Seahawks and Cowboys, but he's happy to be with the Redskins as the regular season makes its final push.

Check out these photos of the Redskins' offense preparing for their Week 12 match up against the New York Giants Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015, at Redskins Park in Loudoun County, Va.

"I take it a day at a time and just go with the flow," Michael said. "Whatever His plan is, I just got to walk through it. It didn't work in Dallas, I was grateful for the opportunity, but I'm here now. So I've got to take it a day at a time here. Just work with that I have now."

Michael, a native of Beaumont, Texas, played with the Seahawks for parts of two seasons starting in 2013, limited in his role largely due to Marshawn Lynch and backup Robert Turbin. He was traded to the Cowboys for a conditional pick at the start of September and appeared in five games with Dallas, rushing for 51 yards on 15 carries.

He was cut on Nov. 17 and two days later signed onto the Redskins practice squad. So far, he says, he hasn't missed a beat.

"I've been in the league three years now, so it's pretty much common sense after a while," Michael said of learning the playbook. "Write it down, take good notes and it pretty much sticks with you, its football. It's been going well. Good teammates, good coaches, good coaching staff. I feel like I'm comfortable, they accepted me well, they welcomed me well."

Part of that has been because of the Redskins' personnel.

General manager Scot McCloughan worked with the Seahawks when Michael was drafted in the second round out of Texas A&M, and running backs coach Randy Jordan was also his position coach with the Aggies during Michael's four years in college.

"It's been helpful," Michael said. "[Jordan] takes his time with me and he's the same as he was in college. He treats everybody the same, treats everybody equal, make sure we all get it. Work hard and make sure we're ready to go on Sundays."

And then there is the strange case of Trey Williams. The former Redskins practice squad running back is one of Michael's closest friends, former teammates at Texas A&M, who is now with the Cowboys. The two of them shared that locker room for less than two weeks until Michael was cut and essentially swapped places with his "blood brother."

"I love being with my brother man," Michael said. "It was good to be with him. We just hit it off well. I always got along good. We get along in all phases."

From their days in college, Michael and Williams began collaborating musically in the offseason for fun, something they still enjoy doing when they get time together in Texas. More than anything, they're a support system for each other, especially now that they're living and working in each other's former shoes.

"Not just music, not just football. I talk to him about anything," Michael said. "He needs something, I got him. I need something, he got me."




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