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Practice Specificity Coming Into Focus Before Baltimore

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 22, 2011 – 6:34 pm

Thursday’s upcoming preseason game is against Beltway rival, the Baltimore Ravens.  More importantly for that, it’s the third preseason game, which in most years is considered a dress rehearsal for the regular season.

Whether that’s the plan for the Redskins remains to be seen,  but coaches were ramping up the intensity and specificity of today’s workouts.  Here are a few observations from today:

  • Players wore practice shells today after going without any pads yesterday.
  • Bruce Boudreau was in attendance, and was actually looking quite svelte.  It must be his summer beach look.
  • Early morning tarps from yesterday’s rain gave way to a gorgeous afternoon for football.

Here’s a look at the wide receivers working on avoiding jams at the line of scrimmage:

This then gave way to working with the quarterbacks on slant patterns:

This receiver corps looks dramatically better than the start of training camp, and have really improved their timing with the quarterbacks.  There should be some good football ahead for this group.

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6 Responses to “Practice Specificity Coming Into Focus Before Baltimore”

  1. By nasirjones on Aug 22, 2011 | Reply

    Has Torain been ruled out for the game? Thanks.

  2. By Brian Tinsman on Aug 22, 2011 | Reply

    Shanahan said in his press conference that he “can’t be sure” if Torain is out for Thursday. So officially no, but he’s still limited in practice. You’re welcome 🙂

  3. By Chad on Aug 22, 2011 | Reply

    why does the media insist on calling it a rivalry? there is no such thing. even the players will tell you that. it cant be a rivalry because for one they are in seperate divisions, and two they dont play each other enough in the regular season to mean anything. it means nothing but another practice game before the season starts. the media loves to try and run with these headlines and some make zero sense, such as this one being called the beltway battle, or beltway rivalry, come one man…get real. the ravens and redskins have great fans that follow each team to the end., no way shape or form or even a glimmer of hope that this is a rivalry. nope.

  4. By Brian Tinsman on Aug 22, 2011 | Reply

    I debated putting it in quotes, but I think it’s a fair point to leave it as is. It’s a geographic rivalry, so it understandably piques interest in the region. Is it DC-Dallas? No. Is it Baltimore-Pitt? No. Is it a fun perspective on a game that doesn’t count for anything? Yes. It doesn’t have to be nasty to be a rivalry, and I’d like to think that they Redskins have some sort of “rivalry” with all 31 other teams. But that’s just my two copper Lincolns.

  5. By chad on Aug 23, 2011 | Reply

    Thanks for the reply, it wasnt so much of a complaint then it was a generic question of why? i been to the game before at ravens stadium (30 mins away compared to 2 1/2 hrs for fedex) and it feels nothing like a rivary. i guess we have different opinions of “rivary”. i thank you for your explaination and not ignoring the question, for that i salute you!

  6. By Brian Tinsman on Aug 23, 2011 | Reply


    Salute appreciated! Preseason games don’t do much to stoke a rivalry anyway, so I understand completely where you’re coming from.

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