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Redskins Ramp Up The Intensity On Day Three

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 1, 2011 – 10:40 am

The Redskins have taken the field in practice shells (the “Diet” version of football pads) and shorts.  During 11-on-11, there was light contact, but more bumps and hugs than anything physical.

One notable difference is that drills and 11-on-11 is no longer jog pace, and players are getting a lot closer to game speed.  Receivers looked better in their routes (especially rookie Niles Paul, who has had a great practice), and we’ve seen some terrific 360-degree catches from Paul and Leonard Hankerson.

The cult storyline behind Hankerson in the draft is that he had monster hands.  His college coach called him Godzilla.  And there is no doubt: seeing him out on the field, he has noticeably huge gloved-hands.  But as a observation, I would say that he doesn’t have the “softest hands,” where the receiver is able to catch the ball and it seems to stick.  When the ball hits Hankerson’s hands, it makes a notable “thunk” noise, but his hands are so big that he secures it most of the time.

One of the knocks on Hankerson at The U was his drops, which could be an issue in the pros.  His hands are certainly big enough, but are they soft enough to become that dominant No. 1 receiver?

Also of note in the 11-on-11 drills is that Beck handles the pressure of a blitz well, and is very active in the pocket.  He started out very well, syncing with Hankerson and Paul on a couple big receptions.

Momentum swung back to the defense in the way of two DeAngelo Hall interceptions in about two minutes.  Both times, he read Beck well and was wide open after the pick.  These two plays drew the biggest roars from the crowd.

Check out the pictures below from the drill work this morning.

Morning stretches from the offense (Anthony Armstrong close):

Wide receivers running sprints and doing drills:

Free agents additions Santana Moss and Donte Stallworth shadow the receivers on the sidelines.  Moss occasionally acted as ball-boy, and Stallworth enjoyed sunflower seeds.  These two look to be building chemistry, which will come in handy later:

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11 Responses to “Redskins Ramp Up The Intensity On Day Three”

  1. By Daryl on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    Good tidbits. I would recommend getting a better quality camera though. If this is the official team blog it needs to have excellent quality pictures.

  2. By Brian Tinsman on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    Yes sir, in the process of upgrading. I’m using a relic from the early 2000s 🙂

  3. By brennsdad on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    Its funny hoe Stallworth and Moss are listed at 6’0″ but Stallworth looks 2 inches taller here.

  4. By Aron on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    Has there been a Malcomb Kelly sighting yet!?!?!?! He’s got the size, speed, and talent to be HUGE… but will he!?!?! I haven’t heard anything yet…

  5. By Brian Tinsman on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    Yes there has! And he looks big and fast, but his hands have been inconsistent so far. He’ll make a good play, and then miss an average play. He’ll make a great one-handed catch, and then miss one that hits him in the numbers. I’ll try to catch up with him in the next day or so…

  6. By Patrick on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    I’m excited to see how the younger receivers can perform. I can’t wait for the first preseason game. I want to see all the new guys on the field.

  7. By Chris on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    Brain – Thanks for this info. I know it’s VERY early, but how does it look like Malcolm Kelly is stacking up against the younger receivers? He should be further along than them having a year in the system… but we’re all wondering if he’s even going to make the final roster. After the first few days, how’s it looking?

  8. By Brian Tinsman on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    You got it Chris-

    You’re correct that it is VERY early, so I’ll answer just from what I’ve seen in the first three days.

    It doesn’t look like Kelly is stacking up favorably against anyone at this point. There are 11 receivers on the ever-changing roster, and he’ll have to be more than average to stay. Niles Paul and Hankerson both looked really good today, and Gaffney has looked good over the first few days. I would put Kelly on about par with Banks at this point (without the skills in the return game) and slightly ahead of Terrence Austin who doesn’t look comfortable either.

    I would say that perhaps the most noticeable problem with Kelly is his body language. When he drops a pass, he drops his shoulders too. You know he cares when he doesn’t get something, but his confidence has to be down. That’s what I’m seeing!

  9. By Chris on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    Thank you! Keep us updated on the the receiver situation please.

  10. By Redskinrey on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    Ware is Lorenzo Alexander playing at right now ?

  11. By Redskinrey on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply


    Santana Moss is is listed at 5 10

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