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Training Camp: That’s A Wrap

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 16, 2011 – 12:54 pm

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Today was the final day of training camp for players and coaches.  Without question, the weather this morning was the best of training camp, with the temperature in the mid-70’s and a brisk breeze.

Here’s some quality footage of the quarterbacks refining their footwork in the pocket:

This is one of my favorite drills.  It’s difficult to see what exactly is going on here, but basically there are three baskets in the net that are each coded with a color.  The quarterbacks have to move around and wait for receivers to “come open,” all while a coach with Gumby-arms pesters you around the pocket.  Once you receive the cue to throw, you have to step up and throw with accuracy into the basket.

Not so simple after all.

Next, is a peek at the receivers working on their routes with coach Keenan McCardell:

I really like the intensity with which rookie Isaac Anderson (No. 80) approaches these drills.  He’s undrafted and you can tell he really intends to make an impression:

Other observations:

  • During punting drills, Sav Rocca hit a few coffin-corner pooch punts, but also boomed a few from one 20-yard line to another.  The hang-time on his last punt was somewhere in the neighborhood of 5.2 seconds.  That’s awesome.
  • One of the nicest passes of the morning was a pass from John Beck to a blanketed-Santana Moss down the sideline.  The pass was just out of reach of the defenders and hit Moss in stride.
  • During 7-on-7 drills, Roy Helu showed his stop-on-a-dime ability, catching a pass on a run out of the backfield, stopping his stride to the sideline, and spinning backwards up field.  I’m not saying that his defender wouldn’t have had help in a game situation, but I like Helu’s moves with one man to beat.

The planned schedule for the rest of the week is fairly standard for the regular season.  There will be a walk-through this afternoon, followed by a normal, regular season practice tomorrow.  Players will fly to Indianapolis on Thursday and prepare for their game on Friday.

As the Redskins wrap up their 2011 Training Camp, I too wrap up my rookie camp.  I appreciate you bearing with me as I tried to cover about a dozen things at once.  I appreciate you bearing with me as I posted video that would make the Blair Witch Project videographers laugh.  I appreciate (most of) you for smirking at my coverage of special teams.

Most of all, I appreciate all of your feedback and I hope it keeps coming.

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6 Responses to “Training Camp: That’s A Wrap”

  1. By Lavar56 on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    Nice job Brian. Thanks for keeping us up to speed with the things going on around Redskins Park.

  2. By OP on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    Great job Brian! I loved reading your posts.

  3. By Andy on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    Wait, what? Training camp is over?

  4. By Brian Tinsman on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    Yes, indeed. Training camp can only run for so long, and it ends before the second round of preseason games or big roster cuts begin. Basically, it’s the end of fan participation, and media will be more limited. It’s not that different, but it more closely resembles the regular season schedule. Hope that helps!

  5. By david on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    how has Beck looked the last couple practices? supposedly he was rusty his first day back.

    it’s hard for me to use the words “impressive” and “Grossman” in the same sentence, but what was truly impressive about Grossman is he knew who would be open and where before the play developed. this was apparent on numerous plays, but none moreso than the touchdown pass to Moss. Grossman had trouble handling the low snap, but he already knew exactly where the open spot would be on the field, so as soon as he got control of the snap he stood up and threw — didn’t have to scan the field or anything.

    hard to imagine Beck being at the same high-level of understanding this offense … but i hope i hope i hope.

  6. By Melvin (His Father) on Aug 17, 2011 | Reply

    Brian, Thanks for noticing Isaac.

    Hopefully, coaches will notice and he give him opportunity to showcase his 4.3 speed, great blocking, crisp routes, toughness.

    I know he is a free agent, but he needs the opportunities of the drafted recievers who keep dropping balls or not producing.

    Isaac, can not only play on the NFL level, he can excell and add value to the Redskins.

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