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Joey Galloway's Training Camp Ensemble

Posted by Matt Terl on August 11, 2010 – 2:48 pm

Let me get the football nuts-n-bolts disclaimer for this one out of the way up top: Joey Galloway has been having a better camp than anyone could’ve reasonably expected when he was signed this offseason. He’s still got a remarkable portion of his speed, seems to be catching the ball well, and is currently sitting on top of the depth chart.

Now that all of that is out of the way, let’s move to our latest installment of Training Camp Fashion Theater.

Galloway has been wearing the above ensemble (with some minor variations) for pretty much all of the offseason work. The cut off three-quarter pants, the headpiece, the blue-piped shoes, and — for a while — a long shirt. It’s something that his teammates have taken note of, and all of them have a different way of describing — and explaining — Galloway’s unique look. Read more »

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The Early Word On Friday's Game

Posted by Matt Terl on August 11, 2010 – 12:45 pm

Usually when the first preseason game rolls around, I find myself thinking something like, Good heavens, football is FINALLY here! (Although “Good heavens” isn’t exactly right, I’m sure you get the idea.) That actually hasn’t happened so much as we head in to Friday’s preseason opener against the Buffalo Bills. This one seems to have crept up pretty quickly, actually. But that doesn’t mean I’m any less ready to finally see some football (or football-ish product) against another team.

And it’s not just fans and bloggers who feel that way. Donovan McNabb, for one, is ready. “I think all of us are,” the quarterback told the media today. “I think when you go through the same regimen of OTAs and minicamps and then come out here at training camp and see the same faces, I think you look forward to getting out on the field and seeing new colors, new individuals, a new scheme. Just so you can run your offense and see what happens.”

Friday night, that finally happens … for most of the team. McNabb, for sure — word is that he’ll go for something like 18 plays — but there have been a few early scratches announced.
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A Redskins-centric Overview Of Madden NFL 11

Posted by Matt Terl on August 11, 2010 – 8:20 am

Madden NFL 11, the latest iteration in EA Sports’ ultra-mega-bestselling football videogame series, was released yesterday to general enthusiasm and acclaim. This happens every year, and is reaching the point where it’s hardly worthy of note. Like every year, the game features a number of changes to the gameplay and interface, from major (no turbo button!) to minor (the throwing animations have been changed!). And, also like every year, some of them are successful and others are not.

I’m not going to cover those changes in detail here. Digital Trends has a roundup of the major reviews, and you can skim through them to get a sense of if the addition of Gameflow to the playcalling helps speed the game (definitely) or make it more realistic (not so much) or whatever.

A few Redskins players ducked out at lunchtime yesterday to pick up copies of the game, and I’ll hopefully have reviews from them sometime later. (Kareem Moore, who claims to be the Madden champ of the locker room, came away from his first Madden 11 experience with two comments: 1) “They took away the turbo button!” and 2) play-by-play announcer Gus Johnson “sounds like the guy from rasslin'”.)

So I’ll leave the general reviewing to the videogame-writing pros and football-playing pros. But I did want to point out a few Redskins-specific things that jumped out at me during my first few games of Madden 11. Read more »

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Two More Practice Notes From Anthony Armstrong

Posted by Matt Terl on August 11, 2010 – 7:08 am

The ever-loquacious Anthony Armstrong had a couple of additional observations from yesterday’s practice that seemed worth passing along.

First, on what he thought was the highlight of the morning practice: Read more »

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