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  1. 7 points
    Alrighty fellow ESers, I'll be doing the ES coverage up in the press box at FedEx for the next two preseason games with my main man @Spaceman Spiff taking awesome pics of the action as usual! As I did last year, I'll be focusing on players (or in this case entire positions) that have intrigued us all offseason. I'll go through what I saw in the previous games and, as we journey through the preseason, who improved or regressed along the way. And what has intrigued us all more than the Dline this offseason? So, first, a quick primer as to how I've approached this. I've uploaded a bunch of videos I took of the Dline's snaps to twitter since that seems to be the easiest method to embed stuff here. The videos I took are essentially snaps that I thought either had a clear win or a clear loss by any single Dlineman or more. I judged wins/losses more off of the initial movement generated, or ground given up, from the player so as to keep it as basic as possible and avoid schematic context. The snaps that occurred where neither a win nor a loss necessarily occurred (player did nothing impactful either way) were omitted in this count. However, that only happened on a few occasions, the majority of snaps held some intrigue for us. At the end of this, I'm going to compile the number of wins and losses for each player, and then I'll continue to do this throughout the next two preseason games. Click on the videos to see the line of text detailing said wins/losses. Shall we begin? (Apologies for the small text size of the chart, wanted it to fit properly in a mobile format, as well) Player Wins Losses Snaps Accounted For* 63 Brandon Banks 1 1 2 69 AJ Francis 7 1 8 72 Anthony Lanier 8 1 11 73 Ondre Pipkins 1 1 2 78 Joey Mbu 0 8 11 90 Ziggy Hood 0 3 6 92 Stacy McGee 5 2 7 95 Jonathan Allen 2 0 5 97 Terrell McClain 2 0 2 98 Matt Ioannidis 3 1 4 99 Phil Taylor 5 0 5 *Total snaps accounted for is just a tally of snaps where a win/loss occurred on the Dline, and not a total snap count. That being said, the number somewhat reflects total snap counts since the majority of snaps had a win/loss occur. So what did I learn from this? Let's go down the list. -Brandon Banks didn't play many snaps, only coming in towards the end of the game (along with Pipkins). So his competition was weak, as well. He had 1 (slight) win and 1 loss, while the 2 snaps accounted for were pretty much all that he did. -AJ Francis had a great game, tallying 7 wins to only 1 loss. He played early on and often, but mostly after the Ravens' first-stringers came off the field. That was out of 11 snaps accounted for, so only 3 of those snaps were ones where he wasn't impactful either way (again, that doesn't include other snaps where no Dlineman won or loss, but it shouldn't be much more than that). -Anthony Lanier also had an excellent game, tallying 8 wins and only 1 loss. His 1 loss came after a snap in which you could see he was clearly tired after the whistle, so it was almost expected. He played a lot, but like Francis came in after the 1st stringers for the Ravens went off the field. That was out of 11 snaps accounted for, so 3 of those snaps were ones that were neither negative nor positive along with those unaccounted for. -Ondre Pipkins, as mentioned above, came into the game late with Banks and didn't have many snaps overall. Like Banks, he had 1 win and 1 loss, though his win was certainly a better one. - Joey Mbu didn't perform well at all. It's surprising considering he opened up TC as the guy getting the most reps with the first team at NT and had a decent amount of buzz surrounding him all offseason. But you can totally see why he lost ground to both Taylor and Francis. He ended up with 8 losses and a whopping 0 wins out of the 11 snaps accounted for. He played a significant chunk of the game, but like Lanier and Francis it was mostly against the Ravens 2nd and 3rd teams. - Ziggy Hood also had a poor game. 3 losses to 0 wins on 6 snaps accounted for. He played mostly against the first team of the Ravens. With Hood, there was a decent amount of snaps he played more than what was accounted for, but that only means he did nothing impactful (negative or positive) in any of them including the other 3 that were. Let's see how it goes the rest of the preseason, but overall he had more plays than not that neither were positive nor negative, and he had 3 clear losses. - Stacy McGee had a solid outing, winning 5 snaps and losing on 2 out of the 7 snaps accounted for. He got a decent amount of time in against the first team, as well. His wins weren't necessarily big time ones, but he was a net positive overall - Jonathan Allen was an interesting case. The consensus opinion was that he had a good game, and I agree with that to a degree, but his plays mostly came against the 2nd team of the Ravens. He got a decent amount of snaps against their first team, but those neither ended up as wins or losses. Either way, he had 2 wins and 0 losses overall on the 5 snaps I accounted for (so you can see he had a bunch of plays where he was more inconsequential than not). Not too shabby for his first outing as a pro, either way, and he got himself one of the better "wins" of the night with a sack. He shows great awareness for a rookie, as well, which is why he's always around the ball. - Terrell McClain had a solid outing. Which was a surprise because after the game it seemed like most were down on him. He didn't play against the first team of the Ravens, but he finished with 2 wins and 0 losses on the 2 snaps I accounted for with him in. One of his wins was one of the better ones of the entire night. - Matt Ioaniddis had a good outing, with 3 wins and 1 loss on the 4 snaps I accounted for with him in. He got a significant amount of reps against the first team Ravens as well as their 2nd team, and the good news is that 2 of his wins came against their first team. - Finally, Phil Taylor came in with a solid performance. He mostly played against the first team of the Ravens and finished with 5 wins and 0 losses in the 5 snaps he was accounted for. 4 wins against their first team. We might just have a Nose Tackle ladies and gentlemen. In summary, Hood and Mbu were the only two who clearly had bad games. Not enough for either Banks or Pipkins to go off on. The rest played really well, with Lanier and Francis having the two best individual performance (granted, against 2nd and 3rd stringers). I'm genuinely excited about the prospects of this Dline moving forward. Can't wait to continue focusing on them the next couple of weeks and finding out where they all go from here!
  2. 5 points
    Richmond Today is Fan Apprecaition day, a good day to collect autographs and selfies with the players and coaches, At 7:00 fans started arriving for a 11:30 am opening. At 1:15 Jay Gruden will have a press conference and practice will be at 1:30. You can follow me on twitter @haphaszard. The media room is starting to fill up now so things should be starting soon. A very large crowd here today Something new in the Media room, free pepsi products as well as chips. Pepsi the new Redskins Partner. Jay Gruden's presser: Jay discussed the NFL eliminating the cut to 75. He is all for it, since last year they had to cut to 75 before the 4th preseason game and with guys hurt they barely had enough to play the 4th game. Cornerback Fabian Moreau and Safety Montae Nicholson He thinks they are getting closer its on the trainer and the doctor when they are cleared for full contact, No updates on Jordan Reed, but he thinks Rob Kelley is good to go today. Gruden is unsure if Jordan's injury will go into the season, but the doctors and trainers and Jordan he will be ready for the season. Preston Smith twisted his ankle, He is in a boot. Probably a week or two. Jamison Crowder is getting close, Junior Galette has been doing very well Had a sack fumble that would have won the game for the defense. Is it possible for a coach to work an 8 hour day? Gruden: Yeah I think you could if you want to coach for a year, For some reason I am unable to download video's to this article, so I will load the tweets with the videos. 20170805_135800.mp4
  3. 3 points
    Richmond -- Its a nice cool morning here in Richmond, 65 degrees at 7am, clear and sunny The doors open for the fans at 9:30am. There were already several fans waiting when I arrived at 7:30. One gentleman I spoke with said he had driven an hour and a half to get here, he was first in line. A walk thru is scheduled for 10:35 and practice starts at 3pm, 2pm will have NFL Officials discussing changes to the rules. At 2:45 Jay Gruden will have his daily presser. Crowd waiting to get into training camp The fans are now going thru security and into the Bon Secours training camp. Not as big a crowd as yesterday but it was lined up around the block, with people still coming from the parking areas. Walk thru is completed, Brandon Scherff walked by me coming off the field, I had to look up to see the top of his shoulders, I didn't realize how big he was. Morgan Moses is even bigger. We are not allowed to take pictures during walk-thru's and also during practice other than warmups and drills. We also can not discuss formations etc, but there were some interesting things to see, hopefully it translates to some great plays during the season. It really seems odd to me since the media is tied, but fans can post pics and videos during practices. Su'a Cravens at the podium. He is happy to be back at safety, it aids his skill set, allows him to play the open field, to make decisions on balls in the air, ultimately to be a play-maker. When asked if he did any special conditioning for safety, he stated that he conditioned hard during the off-season, his biggest thing was to change his diet. On the difference between Joe Berry and Greg Manusky he said that they both were great defenses but with Manusky, we are going to be a bit more aggressive. On 3rd and short we are going to send more pressure, before we would sit in a cover 2 or 3. He feels that the college and pro games are different in a lot of ways but they are starting to get similar when it comes to the passing game. Its all match-ups. He feels the tweener role is exactly what is needed in the NFL, and guys like him are what the NFL is looking for. He said Swearinger reminds him of Dion Bailey who he played with at USC always loud, always communicating. You could rely on him to get an energy boost. Playing linebacker last year helped him to learn every ones responsibility, knowing run fits and where everyone is going to be. On getting off the the field on 3rd down, he feels this is why they are getting more aggressive on defense. They are not going to sit back and allow the offense to take their shot. NFL Official Presser Josh Norman's Bow and Arrow celebration is illegal. Concidered a weapon. Group celebrations and using the ball as a prop is now legal, other props are illegal. Lambeau Leap is now legal. No hurdling O linemen at all. Ball on the 25 yard on touchback is extended for this year. Attention to Low hits on the QB, no longer allowed to wrap QB below the waist. Can grab a leg or swipe arm to bring him down, but if you wrap and shoulder gets to the leg it is a foul Gruden's Presser Gruden was asked about roughing the passer penalties and how to keep them from instinctively grabbing the QB. Basically he said its difficult, but if your down low and crawling to the QB then you have to swipe his leg and pull it. Does game week change teams plans for practice? No we are still in training camp and we will handle today and tomorrow as training camp. How long will starters play on Thursday? We will see how we get thru the next two practices and see where we are. Does injuries around the league play a role in determining how many reps starters get? You have to get them ready, No substitute for playing in some preseason games, it is a risk involved in Football. Areas he has told Chris Thompson to improve and if Thompson has done so. I have seen him get better. Chris is a pro, when you talk about Chris your talking about taking care of your body in the offseason, getting stronger and continue to work at your craft. Which he has Gruden was asked about Josh Norman's work ethic and what he brings to the defense. Josh is finding his niche as a leader and his work ethic is rubbing off on everybody. On the steadying presence of Ryan Kerrigan. Not a lot of people talk about Ryan anymore, he is just always there a mainstay and very productive player. Excellent player against the run, hard to run on his side, and his pass rush is still pretty darn effective. Asked about our secondary against the receivers in NFCE, Gruden said we are going to need the pass rush going effectively. How they mesh together is going to be how our defense plays. A question on Robert Davis brought this response. Robert has done some good things, not just catching the ball but blocking. I'm impressed with him, a good physical receiver who can block, Robert has proven he can do that. What kind of camp has Bashaud Breeland having? He is doing good... He is a competitive guy, he gets in trouble sometimes he is so overly competitive, but for the most part I like what he is doing. Asked about Trent Williams hosting the O line for workouts and chemistry of the line, Gruden answered, They have great chemistry. Its getting better and better. Practice Notes: Practice started with stretching excercises, once those were complete, Field #1 was devoted to Special Teams practice. Field #2 wind sprints. Breeland took one kick off hit a rather large hole and was gone. Blackmon also took a Kickoff and made a good run. Field #1 Running Backs drilling taking the ball and running, or faking having the ball then slipping out for a catch. Quaterbacks practicing catching bad snaps, ball to their left, right high and really low. Running Backs do drill where they block, slip the block and cross for a catch. Field #2 Defensive Backs doing interception Drills. At the far end of the field it looks like the WR's are practicing (wait for it) fades....... 11 on 11 First Team Nice run by Chris Thompson for about 20 yards. Hard to tell if he would have gotten 20 or not since they are not tackling but never the less it was a nice fast run. Cousins to Pryor on what looked like a broken play for a touchdown in the left corner, it wasn't a fade route though. 2nd Team 11 on 11 Pass McCoy to Derek Carrier for a first down. Matt Jones stopped in the backfield for a loss of about 5 yards TD pass McCoy to Robert Davis, from the 25. One more TD for 2nd team, they were looking very good against the 2nd D. First Team one min 40 sec on 50 yard line Cousins long run to around the 25 yard line on a broken play. Pass to Vernon Davis to the 20. 2 seconds left after Cousins spiked the ball. Field Goal 2nd Team 1min 40 Sec ball on 50. Some players blocked my view but somehow they got to the 23 before I could move. TD pass McCoy to Robert Davis. Extra Point Good. This ends the practice session for today.
  4. 3 points
    It was the mid 1990's. In the then WWF (now WWE) Razor Ramon aka Scott Hall and Diesel aka Kevin Nash had their contracts coming up for renewal. In those days, wrestling contracts weren't guaranteed. Guys were basically paid on a per show appearance. The bigger the show, like a WrestleMania, the bigger the payday. However, if you didn't land a match on that card you didn't get paid. As Scott Hall's contract was coming up he negotiated with the Number 2 wrestling company at the time, WCW. WCW was owned by Ted Turner whose goal was to displace Vince McManon's WWF at the top of the mountain. Turner had Eric Bischoff running WCW. Bischoff new he needed bigger named talent to make WCW look & grow bigger. Long story short, he started recruiting WWF wrestlers as their contracts were expiring & he started with Hall. Who then talked to his buddy Nash, telling him not only were the days he worked guaranteed but so was the money. The story goes they neither wanted to leave McManon but there was no way McManon could give them guaranteed money as it'd set a precedent to have to give guaranteed money contracts to his other big name talent. Until then guaranteed money was unheard of in pro wrestling. Hall & Nash essentially changed the business. Even though WCW is defunct, McManon now has his talent on guaranteed contracts. Cool story bro but what's this got to do with football? Well, if you're a casual fan, you most likely took the Bruce Allen statement at face value. However once you drill down a little bit into it you'll see its roughly $300,000 difference between their offer and Kirk playing on the tag the next two years. In his radio interview on 106.7 (Part 1 & Part 2) the next day Kirk commented that if you look around the League the Front Office contracts and the Coaching staff contracts are fully guaranteed and he'd like to see the players contracts fully guaranteed. Currently, playing on the Tag gives him that fully guaranteed contract. For a year. So with the Rules of the Tag, he can play on it for a total of three years for three separate guaranteed one year deals. IF Kirk can manage to accomplish a multi year fully guaranteed contract he'll change the business. Just like Hall & Nash did 20ish years ago.
  5. 2 points
    Landover, MD - Greetings to all my fellow ES'ers and ES'ettes! It's your neighborhood friendly TSO up here in the Press Box at FedEx Field along with the greatest photographer in the universe (verified fact, he has a plaque stating such), my man @Spaceman Spiff. We're here to provide you the best Redskins' coverage you'll find on the planet and, perhaps, in the universe - though I must admit Planet X5567 from the Controria Quadrant does a pretty good job of it themselves. Sorry for that, news of an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie in the making clearly has me overly geeked out. Anywho, does this feel like just another preseason game to you? Not if you're as hardcore as we folk here on ES are. We had talk of Jay's "soft" approach to Training Camp, of which arguably cost us big time last year when the team came out and laid a massive goose egg against the Steelers during the season opener, all week where some felt last week's game against the Ravens was another indication of such an approach. Jay himself, to his credit, admitted during his presser on Wednesday: Also, this: Not to mention the anxiousness that exists within the fanbase to see our Defense show signs of real, identifiable legitimacy - if it exists at all - where every gaffe is honed in on and nitpicked to death. I'll also be continuing my intense focus on the Dline that started with last week's game here. Then there are the players we haven't seen yet due to injuries. Of course, that starts first and foremost with none other than Josh Docston. We've seen such a minimal amount of live snaps from our 2016 1st rounder it's cut a deep gash in our fan souls. He's a game time decision so we'll find out soon enough if we'll be given some much needed healing. Preston Smith should be playing today along with Jamison Crowder, who will both look to get their first snaps of the preseason. And don't forget some of the young'ns who finally started practicing this week which leads me to the final proof of this game's heightened meaning... The still strong and remaining excitement regarding the potential of this year's draft picks. Whether it's our early picks in Allen and Anderson (another game time decision) or the later round guys like Sprinkle, Harvey-Clemons and Holsey... every player has buzz surrounding them. And as alluded to above, our mid-round guys in Fabian Moreau and Montae Nicholson should finally be getting some snaps for us to dig into. So, yeah, suffice to say I'm certainly excited. Preseason or not, I can't wait to see what goes down! Stay tuned for more tweets, notes, player interviews and general coverage all throughout the day, pre-game and post-game! As usual when I do this, I'll be focusing in on the trenches (well, mostly) since everyone will be following the ball. Got the binoculars ready to go. 1st Quarter Notes -Shawn Lauvao driven back on first snap for offense. No gain for Rob Kelley. - Moreau, first snap in the NFL, causes fumble on punt return! - Ty Nsekhe gives up pressure to Matthews on following snap, 4th offensive snap of the game. - Oline holding up well outside of those two gaffes. - McGee, Hood and McClain starting on the Line, nice pressure first snap from all of them. - Nothing much from any of the DLinemen the next two snaps. Allen and Ioannidis were in the nickel defense on 3rd down. - McGee, Hood and McClain again on following play after penalty. McGee with a nice run stop. Gets off his man, makes tackle. - Next play, Hood pushed back, allowing 5 yard gain from RB. - Allen over pursues, leaves gap on run play following a few quick plays from Rodgers. - Ioannidis follows with a good run stop. - Ioannidis with a good pass rush on following 3rd down. Rodgers does Rodgers' things and runs for a first. - Terrell McClain with a good rush on 2nd and 6. - Hood and McClain are the linemen in near the goal line. Do a nice job on 1st and goal after penalty to allow Foster to get the run stop. - Zach Brown played that well on the TD, just a good throw and good catch by Rodgers and Bennett. - Nsekhe and Sherff struggle on pass off, Sherff gives up pressure on second snap of ensuing offensive drive. - Fabian Moreau again doing a great job on the punt, first guy there and finishes the tackle. - McGee, Hood and McClain your starting linemen. - Sack was mostly Preston Smith, but McGee does a good job getting immediate push. - Allen and Ioannidis in. Allen with great awareness on screen. Sniffs it out immediately and gets in on tackle. Ioannidis did well to get immediate pressure on QB, but he was essentially allowed a free release since it was a screen. - Not much of a rush on following 3rd down from Allen or Ioannidis. - Offense back out. Moses is in. - Just no movement from Lauvao on run play, Moses pulling inside also nothing. - Following 3rd and 1, Moses and Sherff do nice job getting some push to allow Kelley to get the first. 2nd Quarter Notes - Oline doing well first two plays of 2nd quarter. - 1st down after penalty by Packers on 3rd down, Lauvao pulling but finds no one. Kelley still got a couple yards. - Ensuing 3rd down, Oline all do a good job in pass protection. - Lauvao pulls again on 4th down, not finding anyone. Surprised they didn't get the first, though. Seemed like it was enough. - Ioannidis, Francis and Hood in now at Dline. - Francis pushed back on the first play, run picks up a chunk. - McGee and McClain in the nickel. Nothing much from either. - Same on the next play near the goal line. - I'm dying right now, some Packer's media in front of me all excited, fist bumping after every TD. Probably some fan bloggers, it's annoying though. - Offense back out. - Oline does a great job on 2nd down. As clean a pocket as all night. - Again, on 3rd down, nice job. Kirk with a dime. Finally. - Lauvao on following play with zero push, but Trent gets it. Kelley with decent gain. - Thus far, the Oline really looks exactly the same as last year. Good at pass protection, but just no push in the running game. Frustrating. - Lanier and Taylor out on the DLine now. Both do a good job on first down run. Pick up of 4 not their fault. - Following play, Phil Taylor destroys his guy and gets into the QBs face quickly, great pass rush. - Following play on 3rd down, both are stymied and don't generate any rush. - Following play, Lanier with a decent rush, but took a while to get off his guy. - Play after the next, 3rd down, Phil Taylor with a great rush, beats his guy immediately, and finishes with the sack. He just looks the part. - Offense back out. - Following big play to Vernon down the sideline, Lauvao gives up pressure. - Following 1st down pass to Doctson, Lauvao gives up another pressure. - 1st and Goal, no push upfront on run play. Thompson loses two yards. - 2nd and Goal, do a good job in pass protection. - 4th and Goal, good pass pro, TD. Half Time Analysis Welp, another frustrating preseason outing so far, but thankfully the first team offense scored their first TD of the preseason at the very end. My major takeaways regarding the lines are: 1) The Oline seems to be exactly the same as last year. Strong in pass pro and unable to get any push in the run game. They're still too high, too often, and Lauvao is a liability. 2) As for the Dline, it was also a bit disappointing in comparison to last week when they played much better, but they weren't necessarily a negative. Phil Taylor looks great. Everyone else was just... meh. As for the game, it was nice to see Fabian Moreau out there making plays on Special Teams. He looks the part, and even the bomb he gave up wasn't necessarily bad coverage on his end. Seeing Spaight get that big hit in the backfield was sweet. Montae Nicholson looked good, as well. Breeland struggled against Nelson, which is becoming a pattern for him at this point. The TD Zach Brown gave up was simply a great throw and catch from Rodgers to Bennett, and otherwise he looked good out there along with Foster. Compton actually had a nice play blowing up an OLineman. Kirk was on and off, as was the entire first team offense. Not sure what is going on with them, but they've always got one or two guys failing. It was great to see Doctson out there towards the end, and he should've had a TD, but the moment he came free Kirk looked the other way, panicking in the red zone. But, yeah, can't help but get excited by Doctson. Alrighty, let's see what happens the following half. Hopefully we get to see better overall play from the second teamers. 3rd Quarter Notes - Lanier and Mbu the Dlinemen - 2nd down, Lanier with a great pass rush, generates the hold! - 3rd down, Mbu with a great pass rush, spinning his way to a sack. He had a terrible game last week, so this is good to see. - Your 2nd Team Oline: Nsekhe, Kalis, Roullier, Catalina, and Painter. - They do a good job on first down run to the left. Perine gains 4. - 2nd down run, Catalina doesn't get the push you'd like, but everyone else does a good job. - 3rd down, they do a decent job in pass rush. Nsekhe and Catalina pushed back a little bit, but maintain. - Middle of the line does a great job getting push on ensuing run. - Ensuing throw, Catalina gives up a pressure. - 3rd down, Painter lost on the outside, but McCoy gets it off quick. - Lanier, Francis and Taylor out at Dline now. - 3rd down, Lanier with a nice pass rush. - These guys in front of me are actually flipping out about the way the Packers are playing right now. What the!? - 1st down, Roullier, I believe, falls down and gives up a pressure. May not have been him, happened fast. - 2nd down, they do a good job run blocking except Catalina who ends up on the floor. - 3rd down, good job all around. Big run by Perine to the outside. - Following play, Catalina gets no push, everyone else does but only slightly so. No gain from Perine. - 3rd down, Kalis loses his one on one, but McCoy throws quick to Paul for a TD. - Francis and Mbu are your Dlinemen. - Mbu looks really good today... beat his man right away, but run was away from him. - Aaaand then he follows it up with good penetration, playing a role in the near sack fumble. - Offense back on. Bootleg, but Roullier doesn't seem to find his target, who almost gets McCoy. - Next play, great double team from Painter and Catalina, good push in general from the rest. Perine for a nice gain. - Next play, most get push, Roullier does a great job getting to the second level. - Following play, good pass pro from the entire Line. - Few plays later, last play of the 3rd quarter, Line does another great job in pass pro. 4th Quarter Notes - Mbu, Francis and Lanier are your Dlinemen. - 2nd down, all three get pushed back slightly. Not very good, but only a gain of 3 for the rush. - 3rd down and short, again all three get pushed back. - Following 2nd down, Francis with a good run stop. Maintains leverage, sheds, makes tackle on run to the outside right. - Same OLine out, but Sudfeld and Matt Jones in. - 2nd down, good push from all except Roullier, who gets pushed back slightly. - Mbu and Banks are your Dlinemen. - 2nd down, Banks beats his man for a nice rush, but QB gets it off quickly. - 3rd down, no pass rush from either. - Not much from either of them the next few snaps, as well. TD Green Bay. - 3rd string Oline in now. Not much to note here. - Lanier, Pipkins and Banks in on the Dline. - Few plays into the drive, Lanier beats his man soundly but running back too far outside of him to affect play. - 3rd down with about 2:40 on the clock, zero rush from the Dline. - Offense back out. Kuandjio just got beat badly, Sudfeld hit hard but gets the ball out and Davis makes a great play on it. - Play after the roughing penalty, Kling just did a crap job on the speed rush. Sudfeld sacked. - 2nd and 17, good pass pro from all involved. - Good pass pro again on the following 3rd down. Entire Exclusive ES Photo Gallery by @Spaceman Spiff found here: Player interviews found here: Highlights from ES Exclusive Interviews: Pre-Game Tweets
  6. 2 points
    ES Coverage: Redskins @ Ravens 08/10/17 DEFEAT Ravens 23 - 3 Redskins Welcome my friends to another season of Washington Redskins Football (queue applause)! I can think of no better person to kick off this season than me, JimmiJo. Along for the launch is my partner; Spaceman Spiff. In our time together we have inadvertently glanced at more NFL locker room manhood than is acceptable in polite company. All that aside, we will do our best to bring you the sights and sounds of tonight's action. Story line for me is how the offense will look with new 1st and 2nd receivers, running backs, and tight end. Is this offense plug-and-play enough to swap out arguably the two most important pieces and keep on going? We will start to see tonight. And then there's the defense. How will a Greg Manusky defense perform? Likely we won't see anything like a defensive game plan. All eyes will be looking to see good execution in a bland scheme. Let me take this first preseason game and get this out of the way: - I believe this to be Kirk Cousins. Blame it on irreconcilable differences. From afar it appears Cousins never got over what he thought a pauper-offer his first year of free agency. Can Washington throw enough money at him, or be willing to do this dance again to kick keep him? Hard to see but I am wrong all the time. Just ask my ex-wife. - The question will then become whether you keep Jay Gruden to develop the next guy? Survey says; depends on how the season plays out. Gonna be fun to watch. Season record; a very generous 9-7 trying to eek into the playoffs. Most of you are smarter than me so I will look to see what you say. In the meantime it is time for some free food. Stand by... Kickoff The teams are taking the field ahead of the National Anthem and then kickoff. Here's to good running, passing, scoring, tackling, and no injuries. Talk to you at halftime. Follow in-game on Twitter @Skinscast. Half Wow that was bad. The Washington Redskins appear unprepared and uninspired. I hope the coaches see something good on tape to look at, cause from here in the press box I am not sure there was much. Not that the Ravens were much better. But they did enough to keep the chains moving. Their own difficulties limited points, but did not prevent them. The game's highlight was the Ravens' 59-yard field goal to end the half. Baltimore 13 - 0 Washington JimmiJo There really isn’t much to say about the game. At least, not for the Washington Redskins. They came out flat, and got worse as it went. In fairness the starters only played six plays. But to be precise, the Redskins offense accomplished very little between the two drives. Kirk Cousins went 1-2 for 5-yards over the span. Anything he thought he was going to do was thwarted by the pressure from Baltimore. After Cousins, the offensive highlight belonged to Vernon Davis, who pulled in a 31-yard grab later in the night. Washington started poorly, and the second-teamers were every bit as bad. But for a single drive to start the fourth quarter that resulted in 3-points; there was very little of note. Unless you count the inability to sustain drives, ill-timed turnovers and big-plays surrendered. The worst part is that no questions were answered. We don’t know if the offense will function with the new receiving corps. At least, as it did with the old. We don’t know if the defense is an improved with the new coordinator. We don’t know if the run-game is any better. Ditto play-calling. We do know what we saw was not particularly good. In the old days a coach like Joe Gibbs would use a performance like this to bludgeon and then inspire the team to respond. Then again, it is only the preseason. Many a rotten-egg game 1 of the preseason has turned into a more respectable affair later on. That said – there just isn’t much talk about or takeaway from this one. Your reporters had a terrific time however. Click here for the ES photos from this game. Click here to download a copy of this game's Game Book.
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    Richmond -- Overcast rainy day here in Richmond, sprinkling right now. 75 degrees at 8am. Today's schedule is a walkthru at 10:45 am, Jay Gruden Presser at 2:45 and practice at 3pm. This is subject to change with the possibility of thunderstorms this afternoon. (and me forgetting to bring my poncho) If the weather does as forcast with heavy rain and lightning the Redskins will conduct practice at an off-site location and it will be closed to media. It is just sprinkling right now so I suspect that the walk thru will be here at the Bon Secours facility. This will be a short day for me I will be leaving before practice begins. One thing I noticed yesterday and forgot to mention was how low to the ground Junior Galette gets in his 4 point stance, his nose is almost hitting the ground. I'm not sure if this is why he gets such a fast jump at the snap but it was an odd stance to look at. Walkthru's: Yesterday Trent Williams suffered a bruise on his stomach and did not go the full practice, today at walkthru's he was there for a short period, then was replaced by Ty Nsekhe so the left side of the line was Lauvao at guard and Nsekhe at tackle. Not sure if his bruise was still bothering him or Nsekhe was getting some reps. Walk thru's must be really boring for linemen, they more or less just stand there after the snap. The receivers are walking thru their routes, and no passes get thrown. They do hand off to the running backs but its all in slow motion. It is really difficult to determine what type of of play it is because both the O and D line are standing up and you can't see what is going on behind the lines. A new record for Breeland, he was kicked out of walkthru's for fighting, actually not a real fight but he jammed Pryor really hard and it lead to some loud words and Gruden removed him from practice. I think this was the first time that has ever happened in a walkthru. Jamison Crowder's presser Asked how he was feeling Crowder says he is doing better, its day to day, it is frustrating not to go out and compete. He doesn't feel like he is behind, since they did a lot on OTA's. What he learned from recovering from his hamstring injury last year was just getting back healthy, just to try to be back and be ready for week 1. He did not feel any lingering effects from his injury after he returned. He is doing nothing different this year training for a move outside. Just daily workouts, weight room, field work, to prepare to be a better receiver He says as of now he is still the return guy and he hopes he can continue to do returns. The receivers have had a good camp so far. Doctson has made a lot of catches, Pryor made a lot of catches, Ryan Grant and pretty much everyone across the board has made plays. He was asked about the intensity level in one on ones between receivers and defensive backs, he stated that is just how it is in camp and it is what you want, the competition. You want to make each other better. He does not see his role changing in the red zone this year, he is going to be in the slot if I'm healthy and can go, with the addition of Pryor, and Docston and Quick they have height and with Jordan Reed it will help us out tremendously in the red zone He mentioned that Pryor with his size and speed for his size and his route running, he has really great routes, like a small guy. I look forward to playing alongside him. This is the end of my coverage for today, I need to get back to Northern VA to watch my grandson's football practice. I'll report on that tomorrow
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