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Shanahan Wraps Up A Busy Day

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 4, 2011 – 9:05 pm

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Thursday marked one of the most eventful days at camp so far, and Shanahan had a lot to discuss with the media after practice.  Here are the highlights:

1. Ryan Torain has a broken hand that required four screws and is out at least a week.

This is not what he wants or needs to seize that starting job.  The only drawback to Torain has always been the injury bug, and he got bitten early this year.

2. Cooley hasn’t been a big part of the offense yet, and is dealing with soreness and fluid in his knee.  He has been intentionally held out so far, and “will be monitored day-to-day.”

This isn’t good, per se, but it has allowed more snaps for tight ends Fred Davis, Mike Sellers, and Logan Paulsen.

3. Reed Doughty, Rocky McIntosh, and Kedric Golston were brought back today, and are part of what Shanahan referred to as a “core group of players,” and “guys that are full-go, give you everything they have.”

He did not elaborate on their roles, but clearly expects each of them to contribute.

4. Wide receiver Malcolm Kelly was held out this afternoon because of a tweaked hamstring/groin.  “He was a little sore today.  The trainers felt like he couldn’t go.”

Hopefully Kelly can shake this injury and get back out on the field.  With 10 other receivers in camp, he needs to stand out in a good way.

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Thursday’s Obligatory Special Teams Report

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 4, 2011 – 8:42 pm

Now that there are two kickers in camp, the kicking battle is on.  At least I think it is.

By my tally, Shayne Graham and Graham Gano kicked a grand total of zero balls towards anything resembling a goal post.

My favorite drill of the day was when special teams lined up for a short field goal, and long snapper Nick Sundberg would snap the ball back to holder John Beck.  The pair of kickers would then not actually kick the ball, but instead kick the air just to the side of it.

Since I have nothing else to go on, I would say that the duo looked dynamite on their air-kicks, and approached each one with professional poise and outstanding follow-through.  Every single imaginary ball split the uprights.

Yes everyone, I realize that these drills were not intended for kicking practice.

No news on Sav Rocca’s visa status, but he has been given his familiar No. 6 to wear.

More on these stories as they develop.


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Redskins Defense Closes Out Practice Strong

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 4, 2011 – 8:14 pm

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It’s a terrible time to judge the efforts of an entire unit, given that players are rotated through on virtually every play.  But because the Redskins have taken to closing out practices with simulated drives, offense vs. defense, it’s a worthy comparison.

This afternoon, the defense looked pretty average during 11-on-11 and 7-on-7 scenarios.  Here are some highlights (and lowlights): Read more »

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A Quarterback Bonanza

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 4, 2011 – 7:41 pm

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Welcome to the Redskins Pick-Three Quarterback Lottery (sorry Ben Chappell and Marc Verica).  When Week 1 rolls around, will the winning numbers be 12, 8, and 1? Or will they be 8, 12, and 1?

It doesn’t look like there will be a combination featuring No. 1 first, but stranger things have happened.

The running story-line for the remainder of camp will be to see who seizes control at the quarterback position.  Beginning with the new old guy, No. 8, Rex Grossman looked like anybody looks on their first day of training camp: rusty.  Tin Man-rusty.

I don’t have any concerns with his ability to grasp the offense.  I don’t hold it against him that he doesn’t know his receivers.  My concern for today was his mechanics.  The knock on Grossman has always been that he turns the ball over, and he was dancing around in the pocket, short-arming the ball, and throwing off his back foot today.  In situations where defensive players are not allowed to touch you, probably shouldn’t look so antsy back there.  So what if it’s a sack in the regular season?  Make the throws now and don’t try to do too much.

No. 12, John Beck has looked good at times during camp, and he has looked a little off in camp.  Today he was a little off.  He’s been battling a little soreness in his shoulder the last couple of days, so maybe his passes weren’t quite so crisp.  Maybe the presence of competition in uniform made him a little over-excited. And maybe it’s still the first week of practice.  I would really like to see him string together a couple of really good practices for his, and everyone else’s sake.

No. 1, Kellen Clemens looked surprisingly fluid in the offense, and made a decent first impression.  For the record, Clemens was brought to Washington with no experience in the Shanahan offense, and is unlikely to be a factor in this “open quarterback competition.”  He appears to put noticeably less zip on the ball than Beck and isn’t as mobile in the pocket.  But he makes all of the throws pretty well and he didn’t make any monumental mistakes on Day 1.

On Day 1 of this quarterback lottery, I would put it as a lackluster 12, 8, 1.

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CBA Issues Cleared, Players Take The Field

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 4, 2011 – 5:46 pm

When players took the field around 4 p.m., the NFLPA had not yet put their John Hancock’s on the CBA.  Because there was no agreed-upon CBA, players contracts were not yet valid, which means they could not quite practice with the team.


Players stretched on their own (away from the team) and strength and conditioning coach Ray Wright kept an eye on the new guys.  He was heard yelling “Be at the ready!  Be ready any minute,” as everyone waited for news to come down from the union.

Here’s the new guys stretching out on the back, back, field:

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Redskins Entrance Has A Homecoming Feel

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 4, 2011 – 5:13 pm

For the first time in training camp, there was a white No. 89 jersey walking out of the facilities down towards the field.  There was a burgundy No. 52 and 37, and a gold No. 8.

For the first time during training camp, free agent additions have been able to wear jerseys, in anticipation of the final ratification of the CBA.

Here are some of the newest members of the Washington Redskins…

Santana Moss: Read more »

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Robert Henson Frustrated and Motivated

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 4, 2011 – 1:01 pm

Every morning during camp, linebacker Robert Henson comes in with his teammates.  He eats with his teammates, he studies with his teammates, and he suits up in his practice gear with his teammates.

But once he gets down to the field, he watches his teammates go practice and get ready for the season, while he is left rehabbing his knee.

Henson, along with safeties LaRon Landry and Kareem Moore, remains on the P.U.P. list after the first week of practice.  While all three are progressing physically, it’s hard to deal with the mental side of being injured.

He started out with a light-hearted comment on Twitter about his forgotten spot on the team:

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Seven Points On The Morning Walk-Through

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 4, 2011 – 10:46 am

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This morning sported the largest crowd so far at training camp, and there was a notable buzz in the air.  Even though fans were only watching a walk-through, there was excitement to see the offense in action and anticipation of the free agent additions this afternoon.

No cameras were allowed (as per usual) and players were not available to the media (highly unusual), but here’s what we found out:

1. Chris Cooley was wearing a polo underneath his practice jersey.  He was, by far, the most stylish player in practice, complete with his canary-yellow cleats. Read more »

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Thursday Morning Reminder

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 4, 2011 – 8:48 am

This morning is open to the public, but is a walk-through (as opposed to the normal morning practice and afternoon walk through).  I will cover as much as I can from both, but it will be a little different from the usual schedule.

Free agents are expected to be able to practice with their teams starting at 4 p.m.  Coincidentally, the Redskins afternoon practice starts at 4 p.m.  Hmmm…

Afternoon practice is open to the public and will start at 4.  Get out of work early today and stop by to watch the first full practice.  Or skip work and go to both practices.

Your boss will understand.

More updates to come.

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Redskins-Cowboys Rivalry Knows No Borders

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 4, 2011 – 8:40 am

When addressing Redskins Nation, I usually consider those primarily in the DMV.  I assume that you know where Redskins Park is.  I assume that you’ve seen a Redskins player in the grocery store at some point.  I assume that you’re American born and raised.

But I guess it’s time to stop assuming.

Through the vast powers of the Interwebs, I met a commenter on the blog who called himself simply “Ian (UK).”

As I found out, Ian Richardson (pictured above on the right) is a 43-year-old fan from England, born and raised.  By his estimation, he’s been a loyal fan of the Redskins since he caught them on the Armed Forces Radio Network late one Sunday night in 1981-82. Read more »

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