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Chris Cooley's Celebration For Anthony Armstrong

Posted by Matt Terl on August 16, 2010 – 5:36 pm

I wrote the other day about Chris Cooley spiking the ball on Anthony Armstrong‘s behalf, but the story kind of lacked a certain something without, you know, any actual video of that happening. That problem, thanks to the kind folks over at the Redskins Broadcast Network, has been solved. Enjoy.

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James Dearth On Long Snapping And The Media

Posted by Matt Terl on August 16, 2010 – 4:19 pm

James Dearth was mobbed by the media for the second straight day today, a relatively rare occurrence for the long snapper. And, given that long snappers pretty much only get attention when something’s gone horribly wrong, one that he’d prefer to avoid in the future. “I hardly ever get talked to,” Dearth said, “but that’s good.”

For right now, though, Dearth is a hot topic — if I were given to puns, I might say that there’s no dearth of interest in Dearth (although my initial inclination was to make an Eagles of Dearth Metal joke). He’s a late-offseason addition to compete with a young guy who’s trying to replace a longtime Redskins player, and that’s going to draw crowds. Dearth, meanwhile, is a guy who spent his own nine-year career with one team and is just trying to figure out the basics here. “I gotta get acquainted with some things,” Dearth said today. “I gotta get used to some of the calls that we make and the timing and the way things are going.”

“But wait,” you say. “You’re a longsnapper! Don’t you just turn yourself upside down and chuck the ball between your legs?”

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A Good Day For The Defense

Posted by Matt Terl on August 16, 2010 – 1:57 pm

Today was an interception-tastic practice for the Redskins. Seemed sometimes like every other pass was being intercepted, dropped, or overthrown. Let me be perfectly clear: these days happen, and I don’t think it’s cause for any particular concern, but … man, it was rough to watch at points. And, of course, the defensive backs will happily tell you that this is just how it’s gonna be.

“This year,” Byron Westbrook — who had one interception off John Beck — said after practice, “we’re focusing on finishing interceptions, making sure we’re catching the ball.”

DeAngelo Hall was standing next to Carlos Rogers watching the second team defense work when a tipped ball landed in Rogers’s hands; the two promptly burst off the sidelines and attempted to run back an interception they made without even being on the field. “When it’s your day, it’s your day,” Hall said. “Los ended up catching it on the tip drill and we ended up trying to get downfield with it.”

Kareem Moore had at least one interception that I saw — his seven millionth of training camp, seems like — but that wasn’t what he was focused on afterward. “I dropped TWO today,” he said. “I’m just trying to work on my ball skills, trying to make sure it goes well in the game.”

And Moore even had a bit of a message for the Redskins QBs. “It was a rough day for them out there, man,” Moore said. “You know, with how we get down, every day gonna be a rough day for them. “

Backup quarterback Richard Bartel was one of those QBs, and I asked him about his rough day.
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Malcolm Kelly's Frustration Grows

Posted by Matt Terl on August 16, 2010 – 12:57 pm

Another week of practice starts up, and Malcolm Kelly‘s status remains the same: doing sidework, running ladders, riding the stationary bike, catching balls from the JUGS machine … but not practicing. Not getting on the field with his teammates or building rapport with the new quarterbacks.

And you know what tomorrow’s going to bring, according to head coach Mike Shanahan? More of the same, pretty much. “He won’t be back tomorrow after looking at him today,” Shanahan said after practice. “I really don’t know about those hamstrings, one day they feel better than the other and then there is more tightness. He’s going about 50% right now. I just don’t know at this time.” And, the coach added, that makes his chances for appearing in Saturday’s game against the Ravens “pretty slim.”

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Weekend Recap

Posted by Matt Terl on August 16, 2010 – 8:16 am

It’s been brought to my attention that not everyone spends their weekends reading the sports internet, even weekends that follow preseason football games. So here’s a quick recap of what you might’ve missed on this here blog if you shut down your computer at the end of a regular Friday workday.

  • LaRon Landry wears a polo shirt to lift weights. (This was from earlier Friday, but I got a kick out of it and felt like including it in the recap.)
  • The kind folks at ExtremeSkins had a Buffalo Bills fan make a new headdress for Chief Zee.
  • There were four quarters of professional preseason football: 1, 2, 3, and 4.
  • Brandon Banks did the John Wall dance after scoring a touchdown on a punt return; I asked Wall to review Banks’s work.
  • In his postgame comments, DeAngelo Hall managed to sum up the inherently confusing nature of a preseason win.
  • Fred Davis scored an improbable touchdown on a tough throw by Rex Grossman and explained the play to me. (I also asked Grossman about this play yesterday. His description: “I went to my first, second, and third read, and didn’t like anything, and kinda went to throw it away when I saw Fred at the last second on the sidelines with a little bit of a step. So I gave him a shot at it, tried to throw him a ball that only he could get, or nobody, and, he got it.”)
  • Anthony Armstrong scored his first professional touchdown, but needed a little help from Chris Cooley when it came to the celebration.
  • And a training camp battle finally started up, as the team signed a veteran long snapper.

Now you’re up to speed, and I’m heading out to the first practice of the second week of the preseason. Read more »

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