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Defense Doesn’t Duplicate Dominance

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 2, 2011 – 12:26 pm

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The team is doing some contact drills now that they have practice shells on, but there isn’t full-contact or tackling yet.  Therefore it’s hard to define what “tag” or “hug” would constitute a tackle during 11-on-11 play.

So far during camp, the pass defenders have kept the ball out of the receivers hands.  Today, the offense was able to gain a little traction:

What I saw:

I finally saw some cracks in the impenetrable defense.  DeAngelo Hall played well until it appeared that he injured his wrist.  He took to the sidelines to get it treated, but was back in a few plays later, before he appeared to hurt it again.

Linebacker Perry Riley–who Shanahan named as a favorite to replace departed free agent Rocky McIntosh next to London Fletcher–has looked good in coverage.  On one play in particular, he blanketed running back Evan Royster on a good pass out of the backfield.

Cornerback Kevin Barnes has looked comfortable in his second year in the defense.  With free agents Josh Wilson and Philip Buchanon eligible to practice on Thursday, it will be important for Barnes to make his good impression now.  With Hall expected to start, the battle for second cornerback should be a fight to the finish.

Because you asked:

Lorenzo Alexander lined up all over at linebacker.  The looks that I saw him in were primarily middle and dropping back into coverage on a tight end or running back.  Just like Mike Sellers on the other side of the ball, Alexander’s role–while murky–should become more defined as the season approaches.

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8 Responses to “Defense Doesn’t Duplicate Dominance”

  1. By Stephen on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    Hey man, you’re doing a good job covering camp. keep up the good work. With time, you’ll endear yourself to Redskins nation.


  2. By Patrick on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply


  3. By John on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    I miss Matt Terl, he did a better job.

  4. By Stephen on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    Wow dude, keep it to yourself.

    It’s ok to miss matt, but don’t take it out on this new guy…

  5. By brennsdad on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    I agree with Stephen, can’t get too much info on camp, especially while deployed with nothing else to keep me busy… Thanks!

  6. By reesespieces on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Tin man…u r doing a great job over here in blogland. Terl may be gone John, but Tinsman is covering this now so shut it up and give this guy a chance. Nice follow up convo on Beck qb situation. That really does put things into perspective. Beck won’t be a world beater but hey, again it is week 1 of training camp. Again, great insight Tinsman. Looking forward to more great reports.

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

    You got it Reeses Pieces–and I’ll keep it real on the QB carousel. Feel free to tell me what you see once the preseason games start!

    BTW- Headed to DQ for a RP Blizzard, thanks for the thought 🙂

  8. By brennsdad on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    So without Heyer and since Brown can’t play yet, who is taking snaps at RT? If Heyer doesn’t return I wonder who will be the reserve tackle…

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