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First Quarter Observations

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 12, 2011 – 8:20 pm

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Fresh faces shined brightly in the first quarter, as the Steelers and Redskins remain gridlocked at 0-0.

It’s like rush hour traffic on the beltway.

Tim Hightower showed his big-play ability both in the run and passing game.  Already, he has seven touches for 42 yards.  Hightower imposed his will on the field just like he has in practice everyday in Ashburn.  It’s not a matter of whether “he’s that good” or “the defense is that bad.”  He is that good, and he showed it out there in the first quarter.  He attributes a lot of his game to the example set by Edgerrin James in Arizona, and he runs a lot like him: flow to the numbers and then cut it up field.

Not bad for the fourth-worst back in the league, right?

Speaking of running backs, Evan Royster got his first snaps as a third-down back and picked up the first down.  He, also, looked a lot like he has in practice.  He darts through the line and looks for a hole at the next level.  He has a chance to be very productive if he runs like this against Pittsburgh’s line.

Darrel Young looks good blocking, good as a receiver, and great on special teams.  The block that sprung Brandon Banks on the punt return was a crushing block of Young on the Steelers Niles Brinkley.

I can’t wait until Niles Brinkley covers Niles Paul.

Stephen Bowen registered a big sack on defense after he just mauled his way into the backfield.  The defensive line looks good and moves well for big boys.

The offense is clicking and the defense bends but doesn’t break.  This is a fast and fluid start on both sides of the ball


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9 Responses to “First Quarter Observations”

  1. By nasirjones on Aug 12, 2011 | Reply

    Hightower was beast. And notice two hands on ball above.

  2. By dutchnblue on Aug 12, 2011 | Reply

    “Not bad for the fourth-worst back in the league, right?”. Good one lol.

  3. By jimmy jam on Aug 12, 2011 | Reply

    trent williams looked really good. i didnt see who it was against but pitts starters were in and he blocked one guy WITH ONE ARM while helping pick up another rusher with the other arm and didnt budge an inch. BOSS!!

  4. By nasirjones on Aug 13, 2011 | Reply

    Brian, did you notice how often hightower was the first one downfield to help the receivers up? He seems like he goes all out every play. He also looks like he bulked up since last year. I like it.

  5. By Brian Tinsman on Aug 13, 2011 | Reply

    @nasirjones-
    He’s a high-tempo, high-energy guy, and he and Torain are the two biggest tailbacks on the team. Best case scenario is that he can carry the offense on drives like he did last night. Worst case scenario is that he teaches the younger backs how to play with intensity and professionalism. I really don’t see a downside that equation.

  6. By david on Aug 13, 2011 | Reply

    “Not bad for the fourth-worst back in the league, right?”

    oh, come on Brian, not honest of you to twist my comments about Hightower so you could make a cheap point. as i plainly said in my comments, Hightower was 8th in yards-per-carry last year. so he’s expected and predicted to have good yards-per-carry. the point was that his fumbles last year — just 1 or 2 extra per 100 carries compared to other running backs — were enough to make him 4th worst in the league in the comprehensive statistic win-probability-added/game. in other words, over the long-haul, his fumbles hurt more than his yards-per-carry helped.

    of course it’s fine and fun for you to quibble with other fans on here. but even if you’re just trying to be entertaining, don’t misrepresent our comments so you can take a cheap shot.

  7. By Brian Tinsman on Aug 13, 2011 | Reply

    David-
    Don’t be defensive, it wasn’t intended to be a cheap shot–my apologies if it read that way. I carefully read everything you said, and I asked you to watch the game on the field. He ran the same way last night that he has for the last week in practice. Stats will help you understand what you see on the field, but it’s not a replacement for the real deal.

    Rather than defending your numbers, tell me what you saw on the field? I don’t have the only perspective, so tell me what you saw?

  8. By david on Aug 13, 2011 | Reply

    he looks like an explosive, exciting, top-10 running back. i think he’s always looked like this, no?

  9. By Brian Tinsman on Aug 13, 2011 | Reply

    David-
    Seems like a good start :-) nothing less, and for now nothing more. We’ll see

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