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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):

Undrafted defensive back Davonte Shannon had the play of the day on defense, climbing the ladder on a John Beck pass to Niles Paul.  If he misses the ball, he gives up the completion, but he had safety help in the area.  Instead, he times it perfectly and had a chance for a big return.

Running back Evan Royster has impressed me during camp, and I’m interested to see how he does in game-action.  Today during 7-on-7, he ran the ball out of the backfield and was cutting for the sidelines with one man to beat: London Fletcher.  With a slick cut back to the inside, he juked right past the middle linebacker.  Good for the offense, not defense.

Kevin Barnes has continued his success from last season and looks good in coverage.  Free agent pick-up Josh Wilson hasn’t had a chance to compete for the seconder cornerback job yet, but will need to play lights out to beat Barnes.

Practice was supposed to end with a Grossman-led drive from the offense’s 25-yard line to the endzone.  Grossman managed to march the team down to about the 10-yard line, but could not punch it in on three tries.  The pass to tight end Fred Davis on third down was defended perfectly by safety Anderson Russell.

Enter the Clemens-led offense in the same situation.  On a roll-out play from the pocket, Clemens hit Sellers for a 25-yard gain, but the drive stalled shortly thereafter.  The man formerly known as HB Blades (now Horatio Blades) broke up a pass intended for Terrence Austin third down.

The redzone defense looked stout on both drives, and they got to jog off the field happy.


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3 Responses to “Redskins Defense Closes Out Practice Strong”

  1. By Blighter on Aug 5, 2011 | Reply

    on that roll-out to Sellers- what position was he lined up at?

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

    He’s taken pretty much all snaps split out at tight end. Sometimes they motion him off the line, but I think they’re serious about this switch to tight end. We’ll see…

  3. By Jim Briggs on Aug 8, 2011 | Reply

    But the thing to remember is that our defense ( which I think is greatly improved) is looking good against our offense. Unfortunately we haven’t improved our pass blocking and I don’t think any of our backs are better than Portis, and we didn’t impress on the ground last year.

    Unfortunately I think Beck and Grossman’s biggest needs are endorsements but a lot of health insurance, because they are going to be running for their lives.

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