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Redskins Work Hard, Rivals Hit The Beach

Posted by Stephen Czarda on August 16, 2013 – 8:00 am

(AP Image)

(AP Image)

While not quite as physically demanding as the first two weeks of training camp, the Redskins still grinded out seven practice sessions this week. The last three gave Richmond a sneak peak at how the team operates practices on a weekly basis during the regular season.

Since suffering a torn ACL and LCL against the Seahawks in January, Robert Griffin III’s used every possible outlet to let all know that he’s determined to not only come back during the first week of the season, but that he’s setting his personal standards bar higher in Year Two.

Wednesday’s debut in 11-on-11 drills was a symbol of his progress. To think that a star quarterback who gained 815 rushing yards in his rookie season is only a little over seven months removed from serious surgery that, for some, takes upwards of 12 months to fully recover from speaks volumes to his work ethic and pride to be one of the best ever.

The same can’t be said about our division rival Dallas Cowboys, though. Instead of punching the clock at another training camp practice, the Cowboys decided to take their festivities elsewhere.

Per The Star-Telegram, Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett gave the players the day off from football to instead get their tans on after the quarterbacks took turns attempting to hit a bottle off the crossbar from 35 yards away.

Seriously I’m not making this up.

Coach Jason Garrett put a challenge out after the walk-through – he broke everyone up into six groups, assigned them a quarterback, and if the quarterback could hit the crossbar with a throw from 35 yards, it was a day off for everybody. Every quarterback missed, even trick-shooter Alex Tanney, although Nick Stephens came very close twice. Then Garrett took his second throw, and apparently hit the money bar.

So six different Cowboys couldn’t hit a target from 35 yards away, but the coach did?

Actually he didn’t either.

Apparently, because even though the throw appeared to miss, the team got the day off. “Why is it disputed?” Garrett said with a laugh in his daily press conference.

I’ll leave the best responses to this little you.

So while the Washington Redskins relentlessly continue preparations for another grueling season, their archrivals have decided that breaking down their plays is best when carved in sand.

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