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On The Field For A Few More Notes

Posted by Matt Terl on June 3, 2009 – 3:50 pm

Middle linebacker London Fletcher was back for a hot, muggy day of practice that felt a lot more like mid-August than early June. Stupid global warming. Anyhow, having Fletcher in for his first offseason work completed a linebacking corps that some on the sidelines of practice referred to as “the most athletic we’ve had in years.”

And, yes, if you look closely at the picture of the linebackers group above, you’ll see that 98 in with all those 50-whatever numbers. Rookie Brian Orakpo continues to practice with the ‘backers, despite being drafted as an end. I know this is causing tremendous consternation among fans online, but Orakpo himself seems pretty unfazed. Read more »

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On The Field For OTAs – Justin Tryon Coming Along

Posted by Matt Terl on June 3, 2009 – 2:56 pm

It was during yesterday’s session, actually, that second-year cornerback Justin Tryon caught my attention. He got position on the receiver, broke on the pass, and nearly intercepted it in the process of breaking it up. Fred Smoot responded by screaming, “Catch that! You did all that work, now CATCH the ball,” and Tryon nodded and jogged back to the huddle.

Still, I figured, good play, and I mentioned it to Tryon when I saw him much later in the afternoon. He shook his head, said, “Nah. What sticks out for me is the coverage I blew a little later in practice. I’m learning, trying not to make the same mistakes every day, had that good one earlier, but ….”

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Wednesday, June 3: People Who Are Not Albert Haynesworth

Posted by Matt Terl on June 3, 2009 – 10:36 am

One last bit of anecdotal observation from Monday night’s trip to Six Flags: people, even die-hard Redskins fans, do not yet recognize big-ticket free agent signee Albert Haynesworth. This was driven home over the course of two separate but similar incidents.

First, the autograph mob surrounding Mike Williams, pictured above. Mike Williams, as has been thoroughly documented, is an enormous man. At this point, his return and rapid weight loss may very well be the most-told tale of this Redskins offseason, narrowly outshining the signing of Haynesworth (more important, but lacks the same human-interest element) and the endless quarterback rumors (more salacious, but ultimately did not amount to much).

And the point of that well-told story is that Mike Williams has worked his way all the way down to huge from massive. Numerically, here’s how it shakes out: Williams stands 6-7 and is down to a reported 385 pounds. Haynesworth is 6-6, 350. Those 35 pounds may not sound like much, but you know it when you see it.

So I was a little perplexed by the number of people on the fringes of this signing who were saying things like, “That Haynesworth is even bigger than I thought,” and, “I can’t believe Albert Haynesworth can move as fast as they say when he’s that big.”

I didn’t think much more of it at the time. The folks in attendance knew there were Redskins in the park; they saw a notably large, unfamiliar-looking dude, and they decided it was Haynesworth. Fair enough.
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