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The Offensive Line Gets In Some Post-Practice Reps

Posted by Matt Terl on August 18, 2010 – 6:20 pm

A whole bunch of offensive linemen stayed behind today after practice,doing technique work and some individual drills. The group included all five presumed offensive line starters, as well as Chad Rinehart, Edwin Williams, and coaching intern Chris Samuels.

“We do that after every practice,” Derrick Dockery told me, “not just today. We have to, you know, lead this group. If we don’t do our job up front, we’re gonna have a tough season this year. We have to bounce back from the terrible season we had last year, giving up almost 50 sacks. We have to do better this year.”

So one of the ways they thought they might be able to achieve that was by deciding — “collectively, as a group,” Dockery says — to do extra technique work as often as possible.

“At the end of the day,” Casey Rabach said, “it’s always good to end on a little technique.”

Artis Hicks agreed. “It helps out a lot,” he said. “Any extra you can do definitely pays off in the end, and when you’re out there it’s kinda hard to pay attention to a lot of the fundamentals. Things are moving at 100 miles per hour, and you’ve got big guys in front of you. But when practice is over, you can stay out, take an extra few sets, and really kinda work on your craft a little bit.”

Which is good to hear, especially (as Dockery notes) after some of the performances last season. And, really, I figured that was the whole story — after a spirited practice, the offensive line made a point to get some extra work in. Everyone is happy. Hooray.

Then Hicks decided to explain Edwin Williams’s main role in the technique sessions, and that was clearly something that needed to be mentioned as well. Read more »

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A Unique Piece Of Redskins Memorabilia

Posted by Matt Terl on August 18, 2010 – 5:11 pm

This is Staff Sergeant Reginald Lowndes, of the U.S. Marine Corps. He’s right smack in the middle of a four day leave, which he scheduled deliberately to attend Redskins training camp.

He came to camp with three goals:

First, and simplest, to cheer for his favorite team. SSgt Lowndes was born in New York and lived there for the first thirteen years of his life, but, he says, “never watched football” there. “I moved down to Maryland in eighth grade. I was bored, Redskins were playing the Giants, I took the underdog and I’ve been in love ever since.”

Second, to have a chance to meet Mike Sellers. “I was stationed in Okinawa with his sister,” Lowndes explains.

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Reed Doughty Is The New Personal Protector

Posted by Matt Terl on August 18, 2010 – 11:28 am

I’ll be honest: when new long snapper James Dearth mentioned getting used to “the PP” the other day, I was unfamiliar with the term. (Good rule of thumb: if I break into a quote to explain something, as I did in that case, it means that I probably had no idea what the person was talking about while I was transcribing.) Finding out that it stood for “personal protector” really didn’t help all that much, although it certainly paved the way to understanding.

Now, if Dearth had just said, “the guy who does what Rock Cartwright used to do,” that I would’ve gotten instantly. Cartwright would stand behind (but offset from) the long snapper and call out assignments to the line — and that, essentially, is the PP’s role.

This year, that job is being taken over by the versatile Reed Doughty, who describes the position thusly: “The PP is an important spot on a punt protection where you call the front, you tell the snapper where he’s gonna block, you identify the front if there’s an overload-how many guys are coming on it and then, ultimately, you’re like an extra gunner. So, if they don’t pick you up, you get an opportunity to make plays on the ball.”

Which is pretty much why special teams coach Danny Smith tabbed Doughty for the gig.

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