The Redskins players have been getting together over the last two days for practices at another undisclosed location somewhere in the DMV. I can’t be there, but here are some notes and highlights from the intrepid folks who were.
• A picture of Leonard Hankerson and Brandon Banks, via 106.7 The Fan’s Sky Kerstein:
• John Beck arranged to have these workouts filmed, per Mike Jones of the Washington Post: And not only did he have them taped, he got a riser to ensure a better view. “We’ll see how this works,” Beck said, according to Jones. “Yesterday you could see individual stuff well enough, but 11-on-11 was tough. This should help. It’s better than nothing.” According to 106.7 The Fan’s Grant Paulsen, there will be a film-study session tonight at Chris Cooley‘s house.
• Rookie wide receiver Aldrick Robinson impressed, according to the Associated Press:
First, Robinson outfoxed safety Chris Horton to haul in a long touchdown, slowing down as the ball hung in the air in order to make the safety think he was breaking off the route.
Shortly thereafter. the 5-foot-9, 180-pounder displayed excellent hands as he held onto a pass from John Beck while covered tightly by cornerback Kevin Barnes.
“I was impressed,” Beck said. “He made some really good catches.”
• Malcolm Kelly is now a wily veteran. Here’s John Keim of the Washington Examiner: “Kelly was the experienced receiver of the bunch and would remind players when and how to make their breaks.” Keim has plenty of other good notes, including Kelly admitting how much he has to prove.
• Trent Williams wasn’t there. This became something of a five-minute drama among the media as today’s camp closed when at least one player was critical of the folks who weren’t there.; Rich Campbell of the Washington Times spoke to Williams about his absence.
“I’m down here [in Houston] working out on my own,” Williams said by phone Wednesday afternoon. “I’m working just like they’re working.”
Williams said he didn’t learn of this week’s workouts until receiver Malcolm Kelly called him on Monday, the day before they began. Players organizing the workouts have spread the word about them through email. “I think they send out emails,” Williams said, “and I didn’t get an email.”
• Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan will make a formidable duo. Back to Keim for this one: “We’re not going full speed, but you can see some athleticism in the kid,” Orakpo told Keim. “Everyone learns at a different rate and it’s very challenging on rookies. Very few rookies really shine their first year, especially when you’re moving to a new position. But he seems like a hard-working kid and we’ll see what he’s got.”
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I know nothing about USA’s Covert Affairs beyond what’s revealed by a quick Google search: it’s a spy comedy-drama-relationship show (like Alias!) with Piper Perabo (who is kinda like Jennifer Garner) and some other people, including Christopher Gorham (who was in eight episodes of Felicity, which was created by J.J. Abrams, who also created Alias). Also, Gorham’s character is blind.
That’s really all I know, and none of it explains this quick Redskins shout-out from last week’s second season premiere.
So we’ve got this reference in a contemporary spy show and this (much longer) reference from a spy show that aired in 1969. If anyone knows of Redskins-related content in spy shows airing in the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, or early 2000s, please let me know. I like themes.
Hat tip to @TMM75 on Twitter, who actually noticed this.
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As long as these pictures of the diminishing FedExField strike me as oddly hypnotic, I’ll keep posting them. I’ll also bring more concrete details as I hear them. (I mean specific details, not details about the concrete, although in honor of that inadvertant pun I’ll begin today’s photos with a whole lot of concrete on the back of a truck.)
(Click photos to enlarge.)
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