By Brian Tinsman

WASHINGTON — Cleats have been and remain one of the best billboards for players to get their messages out to fans.

On a day when players around the league–especially in the Washington Redskins locker room–will be wearing pink breast cancer awareness cleats, teammate Ricky Jean Francois has another cause on his mind:

Francois is one of two Redskins players (Pierre Garcon) with recent family ties to the island, and he and Garcon joined the team’s head of team communications, Tony Wyllie, on a supplies delivery to the island earlier this week.

The delivery came in the wake of the devastation to the island following Hurricane Matthew, a disaster that wiped out 90 to 100 percent of structures in the southern part of the island.

The cleats are a reminder to fans that while the storm has passed and the emergency donations have been made, the real rebuilding effort hasn’t even yet begun.

These are the second specialty cleats Francois wore this season (a tribute to Chief Zee) and he joins DeSean Jackson’s stand against violence in recent weeks.

He wasn’t the only Redskin making a fashion statement, as cornerback Josh Norman immortalized his bow and arrow celebration that got him an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. He can now remember the play forever with his socks:

Redskins offensive tackle Morgan Moses uses medical balls with the training staff to help get his core muscles warmed up before every game.

But it’s a thing of beauty to hear the workout keep perfect rhythm with the music being played over the loudspeakers:

Here’s some great inside video (via @Redskins) of Kirk Cousins taking pregame snaps, getting his cadence and timing set for a critical Philadelphia Eagles matchup:

Then, of course, there are the wildly popular position group huddles and pump-up videos from the tunnel to the field at FedExField.

First, receivers:

Next, Cousins talking to the offense:

And last but not least, the defensive backs:


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