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Redskins vs. Ravens – Fourth Quarter Reactions

Posted by Matt Terl on August 21, 2010 – 10:23 pm

I’ll be perfectly honest: I don’t have much on that fourth quarter. No one really impressed me, no one really disappointed, the only further injury was what looked like a facial cut for Chris Wilson. Last year’s result was 23-0; this year it’s 23-3. Which is, technically, an improvement. Anyhow, the fourth quarter really didn’t make much of an impact on me either way, so here’s some video from happier times — i.e., pregame — of Chris Cooley managing his own introductory special effects. Hopefully that’ll tide you over while I head down to the locker room for some preseason doom n’ gloom.

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Redskins vs. Ravens – Third Quarter Reactions

Posted by Matt Terl on August 21, 2010 – 9:41 pm

And Albert Haynesworth makes his debut, despite only practicing once this entire week. It would be nice to be able to tell you that the big tackle’s presence immediately elevated the play of the defense and smothered Baltimore’s second-team, but that’s not really the way it played out. The Ravens did go three-and-out on their first possession, but drove 94 yards on their second possession, with at least one third down conversion going straight through Haynesworth’s spot.

So that was awesome.

The even awesomer story, meanwhile, continued to be injuries. Donovan McNabb came out of the tunnel with his ankle iced; first-round pick Trent Williams reportedly has an elbow contusion. And the backup offensive line seemed to want Rex Grossman to join the list, giving the Ravens multiple clear runs at the QB culminating in a fumble just before the end of the quarter.

Oh, and Stephen Strasburg left the Nationals game with an apparent injury as well. Heckuva a night for D.C. sports, and it’s just preseason. Read more »

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Redskins vs. Ravens – Second Quarter Reactions

Posted by Matt Terl on August 21, 2010 – 8:58 pm

I’m leading with the picture of a celebratory Anthony Armstrong because he’s the feel-good story of the first half. He finishes the half with 3 catches for 75 yards, but two of those came on the furious — and ultimately fruitless — one minute drill to end the half. Armstrong has had a strong offseason and training camp, and his success seems to be translating to the preseason games.

Not everyone else has been so successful. Devin Thomas had an up-and-down quarter, mostly down. Brandon Banks hasn’t had the opportunity to electrify like he did last week, with fair catches, downed balls, and one successful Ravens fake punt. (Banks did not make the tackle on the punt, but any time you’re counting on the 5-foot-7, 155 pound Banks to make a tackle, something’s probably gone wrong.

Larry Johnson‘s disappointing preseason debut continued, adding 2 carries for 4 yards to his first-quarter 6 carries for 0 yards. He also had trouble blocking, which is going to cause some bruises for Donovan McNabb, and has just generally not had the type of game that everyone who saw him in training camp expected.

But nothing — NOTHING — creates a sense of grim dread during the preseason like an injury. Kareem Moore — also having an impressive offseason — spent a disconcerting amount of time on the turf after the Ravens fake punt return and limped slowly off looking miserable. Report is a knee injury, return questionable, but it didn’t look good. Mike Sellers also spent time on the ground and walked off gingerly.

Everything else is potentially manageable, but those injuries could be brutal. Read more »

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Redskins v. Ravens – First Quarter Reactions

Posted by Matt Terl on August 21, 2010 – 7:50 pm

There were quite a few good things during that quarter:

  • Donovan McNabb and Chris Cooley are already developing into a reliable connection, two completed passes for 33 yards.
  • Anthony Armstrong continues his impressive offseason, with a 45 yard catch that set up the Redskins field goal — the quarter’s only scoring.
  • By scoring that field goal, the Redskins immediately scored times more points than they did in their last preseason game against the Ravens.
  • The defense again looked aggressive and impressive, with even Carlos Rogers and DeAngelo Hall making important tackles and — obviously — no points allowed.

But there was one major negative: Larry Johnson has not looked nearly as impressive as he has in practice. The speed has looked less notable against gametime competition, he doesn’t appear to be decisive spotting and hitting the hole, and he bobbled what should’ve been a fairly straightforward catch on a nice desperation toss by McNabb. Clinton Portis looked stronger carrying the ball, but it became clear during this quarter just why the team was so overt about their interest in noted pass-catcher Brian Westbrook.

The running back depth chart gets a little more interesting after that, and not necessarily in the way you’d like. Read more »

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Brandon Banks Already Has A Fan Club

Posted by Matt Terl on August 21, 2010 – 3:13 pm

Keiland Williams scored two touchdowns in the first preseason game. He also rushed for 51 yards, caught a pass, and generally made his case to be considered for the final running back spot. At yesterday’s Welcome Home Luncheon, he was relatively anonymous, another player signing a few autographs and chatting with the folks at his table.

Brandon Banks scored one touchdown, on a 77 yard punt return. Outside of that, he had three other returns for 19 yards and a fumble, and no other statistics of note. But Banks stands a diminutive 5-foot-7(-ish), has charisma to burn, demonstrated some incredible speed on the touchdown, and finished the play by doing the John Wall dance. So at the Welcome Home Luncheon, he encountered this:
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