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  1. Official 2018 Redskins Training Camp/Preseason Thread

    I've been rolled up. No amount of training can prevent a knee injury from that and it is often how OL get hurt. Roullier had a broken hand though - again there is no training to prevent that. Just a few inaccuracies with your statement: Although TW went on IR in December he missed two games in October and was limited in others. Scherff missed those same two games and only played half of the one before it. I looked at the snap counts for OL. I wanted to see how much our projected starting OL played last year as a percentage. To be especially fair I counted Long's and Roullier's snaps together (i.e. consider them each half of the starting C). Here is the result: LT (Williams): 61% LG (Lauvao): 63% C (Long/Roullier): 83% -- (Long: 38%, Roullier: 45%) RG (Scherff): 86% RT (Moses): 95% Starters combined: 75% Starters from week 1: 66%
  2. That's a delta of 1.1 YPC. I don't think it's very realistic, but certainly the potential is there.
  3. 100% on Lauvao. Roullier has "it" - the spatial awareness and drive to go after people. He knows what he needs to do. I just think he's still a rookie who played half a season. I think he will be good. I'm going to have to look at Morgan more. Thanks - another reason to watch old Redskins games.
  4. I'm curious to know who you think isn't a good run blocker and why you believe that. I grant you Lauvao but have seen good run blocks by the other guys I expect to start (TW, Roullier, The Scherff, Moses). Personally I have spent time watching TW, Roullier and The Scherff. All look good in the run game. I'm not sure about Moses though. Thoughts? I was interested to know why what I saw doesn't line up with statistics for last season so I ran a few stats. I looked at which OL unit started (or played the majority of the game) and YPC. There were basically two OLs last year - the "real" one and the "other" one. The real one had TW, Lauvao, Long or Roullier, The Scherff and Moses as starters and as guys who played >90% of snaps in a game. There were 8 games with the real OL: Philly (twice), Rams, Raiders, KC, SF, Vikings and Saints. The "other" OL included Moses (he started all 16), Roullier, Nsekhe, Catalina, Clemmings, Bergstrom and Kujo as starters. They played Dallas (twice), Seattle, Giants (twice), Chargers, Cardinals and Denver. Looking only at YPC, which is a decent way to thumbnail OL effectiveness (unless you have a great RB), our overall team YPC was 3.6 which put us tied for 29th with the Bungles. If you look at the "real" OL, they averaged 4.1 YPC - good enough to lift the team from 29th to 14-19th. Looking at the "other" OL they had 3.0 YPC which would put them dead last in the NFL (lowest was 3.4). Of course this doesn't prove they are better than you give them credit for, but it does help answer my question about why they look better than they performed last year - the starters (well, 4 of them) played decently in the run game while the 2nd string and PS guys didn't.
  5. Another HUGE point is that regardless of the RB, there will be improvement in the run game this year unless we have the same number of OL injuries as last year. The starting OL last year was, at one point, a combination of PS guys and FA we signed because they were idle. Compare that to TW, Roullier, The Scherff and Moses (plus whoever ultimately takes LG from Lauvao) and it's night and day. Losing Guice sucks. No doubt about it. But the difference in OL between last year and this year should mean that his understudies do pretty well.
  6. Renelle Cannon seems like a lot of fun. It's great to see her getting the players going! Is she a fixture at camp? PS - I cracked up when the little girl was making faces behind her - classic!
  7. Official 2018 Redskins Training Camp/Preseason Thread

    That's exactly how I saw it too.
  8. MANZIEL UPDATE: CFL CAREER SO FAR Signed to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats prior to 2018 season Played in 2 preseason games for Ti-Cats First preseason series versus Toronto Argonauts: After sitting on the bench for six games, traded to the Montreal Alouettes So far, has played in 2 games for Montreal Game 1 (against his old team) was a total disaster: The second game versus the Ottawa Red Blacks was a big improvement (no INTs): The Alouettes are dead last in the East division with a 1-7 record. There are still 10 more games for them to play. They have been cellar-dwellers 2 of the last 3 seasons. So far with Manziel at QB they are 0-2. Can Johnny save them? The next game is on Saturday at the Edmondton Eskimos. This is kind of fun to follow.
  9. Official 2018 Redskins Training Camp/Preseason Thread

    Reactions to Swearinger's Pryor acts? I am torn. Part of me loves how he got under Terrelle's skin and made him flinch. Part of me thinks it's a bit stupid and immature - let your play do the talking.
  10. Official 2018 Redskins Training Camp/Preseason Thread

    A veteran with a big opinion... and a former Cowboy
  11. Official 2018 Redskins Training Camp/Preseason Thread

    What struck me about the Jets fan dialogue was how bleak their prospects seem. It reminded me of ES in the Zorn era. With the Skins putting together a better roster than in past years (and seemingly improving each year for several years) I feel like those days are behind us. When I read that Jets board it looks like a mix of doom and unrealistic hope. Here on ES we have that, but it's cut with tempered optimism backed up with a fair amount of fact and a sprinkling of juju.
  12. Official 2018 Redskins Training Camp/Preseason Thread

    Thanks! That was interesting.
  13. 2018 Season Injury News

    Kujo played 8 games for the Skins last season, starting in 6. I looked at both Arie and Lauvao play from last year. Arie was much better. I mean, HS to college better. Are any of them cursed? Do any of those teams have owners shorter that 5'6"?
  14. Here's a stay-positive song from The Boss Skinhead, Laurel Aitken