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Redskins @ Jaguars – Fourth Quarter Thoughts

Posted by Matt Terl on September 3, 2009 – 10:56 pm

I’m really not sure what to make of the end of this game, and — by extension — the preseason as a whole. The final score tonight was a 24-17 loss, although it never felt nearly that close and it never seemed to really matter much. The key to the evening was supposed to be a clarifying of the final roster, and that didn’t really materialize either. Read more »

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Redskins @ Jaguars – Follow Us On Twitter During The Game

Posted by Matt Terl on September 3, 2009 – 9:44 pm

Follow me (@redskinsblog), Gary Fitzgerald (@redskinsdotcom), and now, Larry Weisman (@LarryWeisman) on Twitter during the final preseason game against the Jaguars. If you don’t want to follow on Twitter, you can see most of it on the Twackle module thingy after the jump. Read more »

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Redskins @ Jaguars – Third Quarter Notes

Posted by Matt Terl on September 3, 2009 – 9:43 pm

You have to think it doesn’t look good for Chase Daniel after that third. Maybe — as with Jason Campbell earlier in the preseason — the coaches saw something in his performance that transcended his statistics (3-for-8 for 19 yards), but I’m skeptical of that. I don’t have a lot to base this on, but my suspicion is that Daniel was going to need to legitimately impress to earn the job, not just show a bit of potential.

Yes, some of his struggles were against the first team. And yes, his offensive line did him few favors. But given his situation, I’m just not sure that those excuses mean a whole lot. We will see, but at this point I’m dubious.

Other guys…. Read more »

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Redskins @ Jaguars – Second Quarter Notes

Posted by Matt Terl on September 3, 2009 – 8:46 pm

I don’t think anyone would call Reed Doughty a bubble guy or say that he’s battling for a roster spot or anything. There was that brief period when the starting strong safety job was nominally up for grabs, but once the coaches confirmed that Chris Horton would be holding onto that spot, he’s pretty much been a guy with nothing to gain or lose over the course of the preseason.

Which makes it all the more impressive just how well he’s been playing, including two impressive hits on the quarterback (one sack) this quarter. He’s told me in the past that his neck injury last year was affecting his performance as early as training camp, and that certainly seems accurate based on tonight’s performance.

Other guys of note…. Read more »

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Redskins @ Jaguars – First Quarter Notes

Posted by Matt Terl on September 3, 2009 – 8:13 pm

Anthony Alridge
has been a popular choice for “surprise guy to make the squad.” The consensus has largely been that he could provide the change-of-pace Darren-Sproles-esque speed out of the backfield that the team has lacked so far. The concerns have been lack of experience in the preseason, and — in training camp before that — difficulty holding onto the ball.

And in this quarter, he showed both of those things, and in the process demonstrated why these decisions over the next few days are going to be tough. The negatives were obvious: a questionable-at-best decision to come out of the end zone from five yards deep followed by a failure to secure the ball after the hit, all of which culminated in a Jacksonville touchdown.

Then, on the ensuing kickoff, Alridge took the ball back 29 yards and looked like a threat to break away. Do you focus on the disastrous first play, or the promise of the second try?

Either way, the best thing about that quarter was how quickly it ended.

Meanwhile, in some of the other possible longshot or position battles: Read more »

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Thursday, September 3: Links For Gameday

Posted by Matt Terl on September 3, 2009 – 8:55 am

Well, it’s starting out as another gray and humid day here in Jacksonville, although the promised thunderstorms appear to have either passed through or are still holding off. A few things going on around the Redskins-related internets…

• Rich Tandler at Real Redskins takes a level-headed look at the first of the two Washington Post articles about the Redskins ticket office.

Tandler: But, hey, good bit of investigation there, WaPo, for uncovering that broker deal. Oh, wait, you didn’t uncover it? The Redskins themselves did? And they stopped it? And the disciplined the employees involved? All by themselves?

• Chris Chase at Shutdown Corner — not usually one to stand up for the Redskins front office — reaches a similar conclusion, albeit in an even more sarcastic manner. Chase also has some pointed comments about the second story in the Post series on his Twitter feed: “Feel especially bad for the embezzler who signed contract paid for by his illegal money and now can’t pay. It’s a tragic tale of stupidity.”

• Meanwhile the Post’s regular Redskins coverage rolls merrily on. Dan Steinberg at D.C. Sports Bog helpfully transcribes Vinny Cerrato’s appearance on The Sports Fix on ESPN980 yesterday, which offers up the following nuggets as you predict the final 53-man roster: a fifth RB is likely (with the five including fullback Mike Sellers, I presume); six WRs are unlikely; adding offensive linemen cut from another team is unlikely; there’s likely to be at least one surprise. Read more »

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