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Practices Building Speed: Offensive Notes

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 2, 2011 – 10:37 am

Some Redskins were still shaking off some soreness this morning as the team continues to build up the tempo.

While the team was still doing unit drills, Brian Orakpo was seen on the sidelines getting some extra stretching for his hamstrings.  He looked just fine once 11-on-11 started, so no need to worry.

Here’s some morning notes…

On offense:

The offense didn’t match up yesterday after the increase in tempo, but looked a little better today.  There are so many running backs and receivers in camp, it has to be hard to sync up with anyone right now.  Beck looked better.  Rookie free agent quarterback Marc Verica (UVA) looked to have pretty good touch on his short passes.

There were finally a couple big plays worth mentioning.  Running back Evan Royster looks really good and ripped off a couple big runs.  Head coach Mike Shanahan has said that this guy doesn’t jump off the paper at you, but he runs hard and he follows his blocks.  Not much more that you can ask.

Anthony Armstrong had his drops earlier during drills, but looked good in the 11-on-11 session.  At one point, defended by cornerback Kevin Barnes and safety Oshiomogho Atogwe, Armstrong came down with a Beck bomb for about 45 yards.

Fred Davis had the first drop that I’ve seen out of him all camp.  It was thrown way over his head, but he put both hands on it and probably could have come down with it.  Really good efforts on some other poorly thrown balls, so a good day for him.

Mike Sellers is trying to adjust to the tight end/H-Back position, but it’s not the smoothest of transitions.  His speed doesn’t seem to match up with the rest of the quickness on the the offense, and his hands aren’t his biggest strength.  Hopefully he’ll develop or they move him back to fullback.

Because you asked:

Malcolm Kelly looked better today.  He had one particularly nice catch from Verica on a 15 yard crossing route during 11-on-11.  He didn’t stand out as great today, but he didn’t stand out for the opposite reason either.  Probably his best day so far.

More to come on defense and special teams…

 


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12 Responses to “Practices Building Speed: Offensive Notes”

  1. By Andy on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    I heard Lofa Tatupu is visiting Redskins Park this week. Any truth to that?

  2. By reesespieces on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    Nice that Beck has had a good day in your opinion. An outside source from ESPN will give me the lowdown on what’s really taken place including the negatives. I have faith in Beck but I’m just wondering how many training camps are under your belt? Not a personal attack. Your pretty awesome actually Tinsman. Verica is garbage…have no idea why we brought him in. I’m a Tech fan and he can’t deal w/ any pressure. At ALL. When Grossman signs please release that clown. He has no business taking snaps away from decent QBs.

  3. By Patrick on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    Nice write-up. Any word on how Helu is doing? I really haven’t heard much about him yet.

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

    Hey Reeses Pieces-

    I’m glad you have your outside sources, and it’s good to look at things as a matter of opinion. Here’s what I know about Beck- He has a fast release and he throws well on the run. This is going to help him keep from getting sacked or turning the ball over when he’s flushed out of the pocket. Today, he didn’t make the mistakes that hurt (interceptions, fumbles), he completed a fair number of passes, so he looked pretty good. When he misses on short and intermediate passes, he misses short and the ball is hard to pick. When he misses on a deep pass, he misses long, so the ball is hard to pick. Is he great? No, but I didn’t say he was. He makes mistakes, but he’s solid right now in a vanilla offense versus a vanilla defense. Anyone can look good in these scenarios, so it’s worth noting when they don’t. Otherwise, they’re passing grades, and that’s good enough for the fourth practice. I would caution anyone to draw any conclusions on what they read from any source until much later in camp. Fair enough?

    As far as Verica and Chappell are concerned, no, they’re probably not NFL caliber quarterbacks, but we knew that when they went undrafted. They’re in camp right now because they can play right away and share snaps under center. Offense can’t run without a quarterback and Beck can’t take all the snaps. Are they getting a look now? Definitely, and it could pay dividends beyond strapping on an NFL helmet. But is this a scenario where you’re looking at a reasonable depth chart? Probably not.

    Be skeptical of everything you read Reeses Pieces. Wait for Week 1 of the regular season :-)

  5. By thtfan on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    Word on the street is that hightower is 39 now. Any truth there?

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

    The word on the street is correct. He’s currently sharing 39 with defensive back Dante Barnes. Don’t go out and buy your jersey yet though :-)

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

    Hey Patrick-
    Helu has been pretty good so far. I’ve been most impressed with Royster so far, but Helu has looked good too, especially catching the ball out of the backfield. I’ll have more on him tomorrow.

  8. By Patrick on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    All I’ve heard is that Royster has been impressive so far. That’s great to hear. He’s sort of been dominating all the reports. That’s why I was curious about Helu. He just doesn’t seem to be getting too much attention. I’m glad that Royster is stepping up it just surprised me a little.

  9. By Eric on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    My son and I came to practice yesterday, and he like probably 99% of the attendees at the practice wanted to see #47 Chris Cooley. Cooley is quickly becoming the face of the franchise, evidenced by the plethora of #47 jerseys ,T-shirts, and hats worn yesterday by the fans..The only other jerseys large in number were Santana Moss and Donovan McNabb, but clearly outnumbered by #47. I’ve coached 8 former professional football players in high school (one Redskin), and I know signing autographs out in public ex.(restaurants etc) is a pain in the rear, but at training camp you know that’s a courtesy you should not deny your faithful fans ,but when dozens of Cooley lovers from ages 4 years old and up see him basically avoiding the yellow roped off walkway the players walk back to the locker room lined with autograph seeking fans.He should not avoid them by sneaking around them with a Redskin staff member warding off the Cooley faithful. Kids were running over yelling Chris and he gave a minor wave and looked straight ahead for the remaining 60-70 yard walk to the team house. Remember when you were a kid what a professional athlete’s autograph or handshake meant to you.

  10. By Redskin-Wahoo-Fan on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    “Verica is garbage…have no idea why we brought him in. I’m a Tech fan and he can’t deal w/ any pressure. At ALL. When Grossman signs please release that clown. He has no business taking snaps away from decent QBs”

    Wouldn’t expect anything less from a Hokie fan. Classy post.

  11. By Eric on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    My son and I came to practice yesterday, and he like probably 99% of the attendees at the practice wanted to see #47 Chris Cooley. Cooley is quickly becoming the face of the franchise, evidenced by the plethora of #47 jerseys ,T-shirts, and hats worn yesterday by the fans..After practice Chris avoided Redskin and Cooley faithful autograph seekers by semi-sneaking around them and denying autographs, as a Redskin staff member warded off the disappointed fans.Please don’t forget how much it means to these kids to have their favorite Redskins autograph.

  12. By Eric on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    Chris Cooley disappointed his Cooley faithful by avoiding his fans after practice, going around the player yellow roped off walkway and refusing to sign autographs. I’m referring to the disappointed younger fans/kids not adults.This is training camp not a restaurant or movie theatre.

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