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Redskins Are Back To The Gridiron

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 29, 2011 – 2:39 pm

Hurricane Irene is a distant memory at Redskins Park today, as players and coaches prepare for the final preseason test on Thursday against Tampa Bay.

Given that the roster currently sits at 87 (plus two on P.U.P.), some familiar faces will depart to get the roster down to 80 tomorrow.  The big cuts happen after the fourth preseason game, when the roster must downsize to 53, plus an eight-man practice squad.

These will be a stressful week for some players, but there should be some really hard-nosed football in there too, as players attempt to set themselves apart.

Here are some scenes from this morning’s practice.

Receivers were coached up by offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan for most of the time that the media was available.  Wide receivers coach Keenan McCardell sounded pleased with the performance of some of the younger guys on the squad:

The running backs were getting critiqued by coach Bobby Turner on the back field.  The unit was working on following lead blocks and catching the ball out of the backfield:

Both Darrel Young and Mike Sellers looked good running at fullback, and drew praise from Turner.

Here are some participation notes from practice:

  • Chris Cooley was back out on the field with the team, with no pads or helmet.  He told the media in the locker room that he was “100 percent certain” that he would play in Week 1.
  • Brandon Banks was back out at practice in pads and a helmet, running with offense and special teams.
  • Malcolm Kelly was still wearing black sweatpants, but stretched with the team today.
  • LaRon Landry and Kareem Moore remain on P.U.P.

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5 Responses to “Redskins Are Back To The Gridiron”

  1. By Danny Ambrose on Aug 29, 2011 | Reply

    You Get Cut Today!

  2. By Danny Hillstrom on Aug 29, 2011 | Reply

    I have been a Redskin fan all my life and I’m 54 years old. I have never been more excited about a new season coming than I am this year. We have the “IT” required for a playoff year. You can feel the excitement in the players this year, especially the receivers. I think we’re going to surprise some teams this year. Let’s go out and shock the giants with the first game. GO REDSKINS!!!

  3. By RotGut on Aug 30, 2011 | Reply

    @ Danny, I’m with you. Been a Skins fan through it all, good and bad for 40 years. This tram does have the same kind of feel to it as it did when JB took over. No one thought they would do anything. Perennial bottom feeders and we shocked the world. Not ready to hand us the Lombardi this year, but I bet dollars to doughnuts that we have a hand in determining who makes it there. Dallas, Philly, Giants, you better duck and cover, the Skins are back and coming to wreck your house! HTTR!!!!

  4. By RotGut on Aug 30, 2011 | Reply

    Damn auto-correct…that’s team and JG!!!

  5. By eztripp on Aug 30, 2011 | Reply

    I think we are worlds better than last year, but unfortunately we aren’t there yet.

    While I feel our starters ( with Beck) can compete with almost any team, our problem and the cure is still a year or two of good drafting and wise pick ups away from having the depth to compete in the NFL

    Losing Jarmin has hurt us tremendously this year and we are just as weak every where except at tight end and actually wide receiver and running back. And at wide receiver we aren’t strong, but all of our average talent with the exception of Moss is interchangeable. So while it isn’t a strength, it isn’t a noticeable weakness either.

    We have no idea what we are going to have at safety, we haven’t seen our starters yet. Our corners aren’t as good as last year and without strong safeties are quite possibly a liability. Hall will hurt us with his gambling if his miscues can’t be hidden by good safety work.

    The D and O lines are one injury away from being as bad as last year and we need a lot more power from the Oline for the red zone. The zone blocking works in the open field but as you get into the red zone the lack of physical strength becomes apparent. Teams pin their ears back and over run the line both in the pass game and running. You can’t replace power when the field has been narrowed.

    I still have my doubts about Gano, he has looked great in preseason but the kicks mean nothing now, he doesn’t have good track record.

    All negativity aside, we are on the right track and I think next years draft and pick ups will build out OLine fill in a few slots on D and give us a future QB > Give that team a year to work together and we are going to be ready to assault the East and the rest of the NFL.

    Now we just have to be able to keep Coach there until the team is winning and he can turn it over to Kyle, because without a winning team, Kyle will not inherit it from his father and it would be nice to have a coach for decades instead of a year or two.

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