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Leftovers From Today

Posted by Matt Terl on August 4, 2009 – 7:14 pm

Just some last notes, links, pictures and what-not from today. Click to enlarge the pictures.

That’s head coach Jim Zorn and running back Clinton Portis, hanging out talking before practice. I have no idea what they were discussing, but it went on for some time. Also, it looked perfectly normal and cordial. I put this up just because I don’t think we hear nearly enough about the times that Zorn and CP just kinda shoot the breeze. Read more »

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Redskins Mania Lottery Ticket Launches, People Win Stuff, Dance

Posted by Matt Terl on August 4, 2009 – 6:14 pm

The Redskins Mania Virginia Lottery scratch-off launched at training camp today, to much rejoicing among people who like scratch-off tickets. By about 3:00 today, there had already been two $1,000 winners in the region, and ten winners of $50 or more at the kiosk at training camp alone.

Purchase of a ticket at training camp gives you not only the chance to win money or some very cool prizes, but you also get a schedule magnet, a bottle of water, and a drink coozie. If you get a losing ticket, you can also immediately submit it for the second chance prize on the spot, no mailing required. Oh, and you get the chance to do a victory dance if you win a prize, as these happy fans demonstrated today.


The victory dances, by all accounts, are quite the hit. Regina Howard was working the training camp booth for the lottery, and just being asked about the dancers made her smile. “We had a guy that didn’t win but he did a victory dance with us anyway,” she told me. We had him do a ‘victory dance for the kids’ because for Virginia Lottery, all of the money goes to Virginia public schools. That was pretty cool.”

Tickets will be on sale at the remainder of the training camp practices that are open to the fans; that schedule is posted after the jump.

Many thanks to the folks at the Virginia Lottery and Redskins.com TV for the video. Read more »

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Afternoon Practice – Not Kicking The Ball

Posted by Matt Terl on August 4, 2009 – 4:32 pm

When people hear that there’s a special teams practice, I think the general assumption is that this involves special teamers such as kickers doing special-teams-y things like kicking. Mostly, this is not the case. Today, for example, the afternoon practice was a special teams practice in which almost no kicking was done. The kicker would line up with ten guys spread out around him, they’d all run up to the ball, and he’d not kick it.

Incumbent Shaun Suisham would go through the motions of kicking, but challenger Dave Rayner would just run up, faintly swing his leg at the ball, and that would be that. This went on several times, so after practice instead of asking guys about the kicking — which hadn’t happened — I asked Rayner about the not-kicking.

“Well,” he said, mildly confused, “that was just a get-off drill, so the guys know how to run up. Because [Suisham and I] have different approaches.” Read more »

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Uh Oh, Maybe.

Posted by Matt Terl on August 4, 2009 – 2:08 pm

I’m not a big believer in jinxes, hexes, bad luck, or anything like that. But a dig through the SI.com archives of the magazine to next week’s issue seems to reveal this:

Yes, f’reals. No articles yet (update: see below), but I’m told this is the national cover, so … if you’re a believer in the SI cover jinx, it may be time to start burning some sage or something.

A cautious congratulations to Jason Campbell, though: not counting the incidental appearance of the Redskins defense on the Johnny Unitas memorial cover, Campbell is the first Redskins player featured on the SI cover since Stephen Davis in 2001.

UPDATE: Mister Irrelevant has the press release, as does Dan Steinberg.

UPDATE 2: An excerpt from the article, after the jump. Read more »

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Morning Practice – Orakpo "Gonna Be A Great One"

Posted by Matt Terl on August 4, 2009 – 1:22 pm

A long hot practice today, in full pads, and it looks like the largely injury-free run the Redskins were experiencing has come to an end. By the end of practice, Mike Williams, Casey Rabach, Stephon Heyer, and Randy Thomas were all either sitting out or drastically limited. (That’s 3/5ths of the starting offensive line, for those of you keeping score at home, along with a presumptive backup.)

Anthony Montgomery, Carlos Rogers, and J.D. Skolnitsky were also still out from yesterday, and Roydell Williams doesn’t look to be coming back any time soon after having a plate inserted into his fractured pinky.

Of the four offensive linemen, only Heyer seemed to be potentially serious, with Coach Jim Zorn telling the media after practice that “we’re going to get that looked at, but everybody else- it’s all muscular.”

Oh, and Albert Haynesworth was back at practice, and he still appears to be completely dominating. As, for that matter, does rookie Brian Orakpo.

Orakpo matched up against Chris Samuels in some spirited 1-on-1 drills; Orakpo beat him cleanly with an inside move once, and seemed to overpower him the other time. Samuels disputed that after practice. “He got by me one time,” Samuels said. “He is fast. He doesn’t look like a rookie out there.”

Fellow offensive lineman — and sudden candidate to start at right tackle — Jeremy Bridges offered a similar, even more effusive analysis of Orakpo. “He’s got an outrageous hunger for the game,” he told me, “and he’s gonna be a great one. Watch number 98, man, he’s gonna be great. He works very hard, and he’s very humble. I speak highly of him. You don’t get no mouth out of him: he’s a rookie, he knows his place, and he gives 190% out on the field.” Read more »

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Tuesday, August 4: Technical Difficulties

Posted by Matt Terl on August 4, 2009 – 7:33 am

Apparently redskins.com and this blog have slowing and/or freezing some computers. We’re aware of the problem and are working to solve it; redskins.com should already be fixed by the time you read this, and I deeply hope we have the blog sorted out soon as well. Thanks for your patience…. Read more »

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