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Shanahan Pleased With Development Against Ravens

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 26, 2011 – 4:47 pm

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The focus of the preseason usually has less to do with team results, and more to do with personnel development.  Lucky for the Redskins, the starters had the benefit of leaving the game with a lead, and head coach Mike Shanahan gave positive reviews of the personnel development.

On running back Tim Hightower:  “That’s what you’re looking for in a running back, a guy that can make plays.  He showed that in the last three games, to be able to go out there and carry the rock.”

“We felt like he was a three-down back.  You’re never really sure until they get in the game situations, but what I saw on film, I wasn’t really sure how well he could catch the ball if he didn’t see a lot.  But I felt like he had good hands, and he didn’t disappoint me at all.”

On free safety Oshiomogho Atogwe: “It was nice to get him some reps; he hasn’t been able to get any reps in our system.  It’s always nice to get one of our veteran players in a preseason game before the regular season starts.  I wasn’t really sure going into the game if he could play [tonight].  We evaluated him right before the game and he said he wanted to go, so that was a good sign.”

On wide receiver Terrence Austin: “Good.  I thought he played a good game.”

Shanahan gushed a little about offseason additions Atogwe and Hightower, who figure to be a pivotal part of the team going forward.  The fact that he didn’t elaborate on Austin doesn’t mean that he was any less impressed.  Austin did have a good game, for the second week in a row.

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5 Responses to “Shanahan Pleased With Development Against Ravens”

  1. By Carl007 on Aug 26, 2011 | Reply

    I gather Royster is injured. I’d like to see more of Royster and Helu next week, if possible. There are now four RBs, counting Torrain. I don’t see the Skins carrying that many guys at one position.

  2. By nasirjones on Aug 26, 2011 | Reply

    Brian, do you expect Hightower to carry the lions share of the load? Or will it be more of a committee with Torain and Helu?

  3. By RotGut on Aug 26, 2011 | Reply

    Two things I take from the three preseason games we’ve played. Torain better heal in a hurry or he may be shopping for a new team. Banks is in real trouble. Austin has been good as a return man plus he can play WR. Banks doesn’t have both skill sets. I love the electricity he brings, but do you keep him just as a KR/PR when you have a guy that can do that and then some? I doubt it. Unfortunate but I think Banks’ run with the Redskins is coming to pass…

  4. By captmrgn on Aug 26, 2011 | Reply

    Off topic, but I was wondering if the yellow pants were coming back this season. I think Skins Nation loved them but haven’t seen them in preseason.

  5. By david on Aug 26, 2011 | Reply

    I agree with Rotgut about Banks. To add another obstacle for Banks, kickoff returns will be much less frequent with the new rule, making Banks that much less valuable. What a shame, he was electrifying last year.

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