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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Griffin III Practices

Posted by Andrew Walker on October 10, 2012 – 1:32 pm

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Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III today participated in his first practice since he was taken out of Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons with an injury.

Griffin III, according to head coach Mike Shanahan, suffered a concussion late in the third quarter after receiving a hard hit as he ran with the ball near the sidelines in the Redskins’ 24-17 loss.

Under the NFL’s new concussion policy, Griffin III was tested by team trainers and independent team doctors and ruled ineligible to return, forcing backup quarterback Kirk Cousins to finish the game.

Given the nature of his injury, it was yet unclear if he would be active for Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings.

“[Monday], he has basically rest and testing,” Shanahan told the media on Monday.  “[Tuesday], if he passes the test, he’ll get a chance to get some cardio work – get a little workout in on the treadmill.

“If there are no symptoms – like headaches, dizziness, nausea, things along those lines – then he would be able to practice on Wednesday as long as there is no contact. Then, monitor that throughout the week, make sure no headaches come back or dizziness or things along those lines.”

Here’s some video of Griffin III participating in his first practice since Sunday’s game:

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Video Montage From Wednesday’s Practice

Posted by Andrew Walker on August 15, 2012 – 3:50 pm

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With training camp now behind them, the Washington Redskins on Wednesday officially got into more of a regular-season practice schedule.

The team had a 45-minute walk-through practice outside at their Ashburn, Va. facility Wednesday before practicing for a solid couple hours.

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A Positive Torain Looking For ‘Great Vibe’

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 7, 2011 – 7:50 pm

Running back Ryan Torain was one of the few bright spots on the Redskins offense last year, putting together three 100-yard games.  This season–outside of St. Louis (19 rushes for 135 yards)–Torain has had only 21 carries for 33 yards.

With such limited opportunities, the key to Torain’s focus has been his impermeable positivity–something that he’s trying to spread to the rest of his teammates.

“We’ve gotta stay positive, and we’ve gotta stay focused,” he said.  “I need to make plays when I get my opportunities, and I’ve gotta be an uplift.  Excited our teammates and make them want to do the same thing.  I’ve got to definitely give off a great vibe.”

Torain’s duties at running back? Run hard, pass protect, catch the ball out of the backfield, protect the football, and give off a great vibe.

Check out his full audio, below: Read more »

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The Last Practice For Some Redskins

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 30, 2011 – 3:30 pm

Given today’s official roster cuts, it was difficult to determine who was missing from practice due to injury and who was permanently excused from practice.  The team also did not need to make cuts official until after practice today, so some players suited up in the Burgundy and Gold for the last time.

Head coach Mike Shanahan is expected to clarify the situation shortly.

Here are some scenes from practice.  Now that the players are removed from the heat and two-a-day’s of training camp, players are starting to look crisp going into the last preseason game.  This is the last open practice before Thursday’s matchup against the Bucaneers.

Here is footage of the the receivers practicing routes below: Read more »

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Redskins Practice With Two Birthday Boys

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 23, 2011 – 12:08 pm

On this day, separated by 46 years, the Redskins celebrate the birth of two quarterbacks, both of whom were at practice today.

Current Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman was out on the field warming up, while former Redskins great Sonny Jurgensen sat in a golf cart on the sidelines.  Grossman is 31 years old today, and Jurgensen is 77 years young.  Congratulations to both men, and it couldn’t be a nicer day.  Here are some other observations:

  • Players were not wearing practice shells today, so it won’t be a hard-hitting practice.
  • Linebacker Edgar Jones was back out on the field today, as he recovers from the concussion that he sustained in Indianapolis.  He was relegated to work on the stationary bike, where he joined LaRon Landry, Brandon Banks, Malcolm Kelly, Kareem Moore, and Adam Carriker.
  • The coaches were pumping in crowd noise through speakers, in anticipation of this week’s away game.  Baltimore has a notoriously loud environment, and the artificial volume was dialed up from last week’s practice before the Colts game.  Clearly the noise didn’t hurt the first team offense last week, but M&T Bank Stadium will be a new test.

Here’s a quick view of the defensive line going through drills against the stretch play:
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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:

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The Capital’s Bruce Boudreau Pays A Visit To Practice

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 22, 2011 – 4:18 pm

The Redskins practice had an extra set of coaching eyes today, as Bruce Boudreau, head coach of the Washington Capitals, stopped by.

Boudreau was the guest and companion of head coach Mike Shanahan on the sidelines during practice.  He was accompanied by his son, Brady, who helped special teams coordinator Danny Smith with the Jugs machine during special teams drills.

“We just talked more about [Colorado Avalanche player] Joe Sakic and stuff, so it was pretty light,” Boudreau said of his conversation with Shanahan.  “Y’know, he was in Denver, and he was there when they had good [Avalanche] teams.

“I’m sure that most head coaches are well-versed in quite a few sports,” he continued.  “It was pretty cool meeting him.”

In the National Hockey League, teams may have a maximum of 23 players on the roster at any given time.  While the NFL regular season roster is only a little more than twice that, there are currently almost four times as many players in the Redskins camp.

Boudreau sounded relieved that he never had to handle that many players at one time. Read more »

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Sunday’s Practice Brings Positive Injury News

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 22, 2011 – 9:51 am

Head coach Mike Shanahan delivered positive news about on Sunday about injuries following the game.  Of particular interest is starting strong safety LaRon Landry who has yet to see the practice field this preseason.

“Y’know, he was doing real well,” Shanahan said.  “I think the Achilles healed, but he tweaked his hamstring working out in Indy. Y’know those hamstrings are always day-by-day, so we’re gonna just have to wait and see.”

Yesterday also marked the first day that safety Oshiomogho Atogwe practiced with his teammates since Fan Appreciation Day.  Inside linebacker London Fletcher and cornerback Josh Wilson were also back after missing practice at the end of last week.

“It’s good to have [Oshiomogho Atogwe] back,” Shanahan said.  “It’s good to get those guys practicing.  [Fletcher] practiced today fully. I’m not saying he was full speed, but he did all the reps and looked good.”

Getting so many players healthy on the defensive side of the ball should give the Redskins a better idea of what they have going into the last two preseason games.

Check out the full video of the press conference below (don’t mind the thunder):

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‘Good’ Isn’t ‘Good Enough’ For Leonard Hankerson

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 21, 2011 – 3:35 pm

On Friday night, Leonard Hankerson was the Redskins top receiver, with four targets and three receptions for 46 yards.  He had a 25-yard catch and run over the middle for a first down.  He moved the chains again with an 18-yard reception over the middle.

But no congratulations for this rookie; the only play that Hankerson wanted to reflect on after the game was the one that got away.

“I felt good actually playing out there, but I still gotta focus,” he said after the game.  “I still had that one drop that I wish I could go back and catch it, but it’s over now, man.”

Hankerson has talent to spare, but he said that his concentration is to blame for his drops this preseason. Read more »

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Focus On Defensive Turnovers Gaining Traction

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 17, 2011 – 4:49 pm

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Today is the first day of practice in the regular season format, which, starting Sunday, will have limited availability to the media.  Here’s some thoughts on the final practice that’s fully open to the media:

  • Redskins players broke the huddle before practice by yelling, “Hard work!”
  • In preparation of the game in the raucous RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Redskins coaches had large speakers out on the field to pipe in fan noise.  The cheering was used during 11-on-11 and would run from the time the players broke the huddle until the snap of the football, to simulate lining up in a hostile environment.
  • Brian Orakpo had a nice one-handed catch during the daily linebacker interception drills.  The first time I saw the drill this year, both he and Ryan Kerrigan had difficulty identifying the ball in the air.  Both looked much more comfortable in coverage now.
  • As a matter of fact, Kerrigan split out in coverage on a tight end in 11-on-11 drills and and picked off a pass from Matt Gutierrez that would have led to a big return.  This wasn’t a cheap pick–he jumped about two feet off the ground to pull this one down.
  • Cornerbacks Kevin Barnes and DeAngelo Hall were also dialed in on coverage and picked off a pass each.  Hall caught his near the goal line and prevented a score.  Barnes caught his out in the flat and would have taken it to the house.
  • In 1-on-1 battles, offensive guard Chris Chester matched up well against defensive end Barry Cofield, trading back and forth in dominance.

Check out some footage of the linebackers working on their coverage skills:

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