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      And we are back!
       
      Hello boys and girls, welcome to another year of Washington Redskins football, home-team style.
       
      My name is JimmiJo and I am joined by my shuttered compatriot, Spaceman Spiff. Together we bring you the sights and sounds of Redskins preseason football. Tonight represents the first home installment for Washington. I will be looking for fan enthusiasm, tho it is difficult to gauge interest-level from the preseason. These are the games that the season ticket holders give to their siblings and coworkers.
       
      Tonight may be different as we expect Alex Smith to play. The pundits keep telling me he is Kirk Cousins only better. That will be awesome if so. 
       
      We are quickly filling the list with season-ending injuries, with Washington losing three projected contributors in the first week of preseason. This wince-producing stat is made worse when we consider the projected contributions of Derrius Guice, now lost for the year.
       
      All he was brought here to do was resurrect the Redskins' rushing game. 
       
      This for me is the biggest area of concern for me. The running game has got to get better for this team to have any reason success this year.
       
      Stand by for Inactives...
       
      An hour later I remember they don't do inactives in the preseason. Hey, it's preseason for us too!
       
      Not much to report. Very sparse crowd so far. But given it is a work-night and rush hour is just wrapping up on the beltway I am not surprised we are not overflowing with people yet.
       
      The Redskins appear to be wearing burgundy tops and mustard bottoms, for those keeping score at home. The Jets meanwhile, are sporting white tops and green bottoms.
       
      So far just the kickers and long snappers are warming up from both teams. 
       
      The hot, sunny day is giving way to a warm, breezy evening. Should be fairly pleasant viewing conditions for those coming out.
       
      Kickoff

      It is about that time. Follow along in-game on Twitter @Skinscast
       
      Half
       
      Alex Smith looked sharp, going 4-6 for 48-yards and a 91 passer-rating. 
       
      But that's not the story of this game.
       
      The story is the injuries that continue to mount to running backs. Samaje Perine had an impressive 30-yard run. Then limped off to be evaluated for an ankle sprain. Next was Byron Marshall.  A lower leg injury they say.
       
      The Redskins are suffering the worst run of injuries this early maybe ever. 
       
      JimmiJo
       
      I am not sure how much we learned tonight. I take that back.
       
      Kevin Hogan, whom I had taken to calling ‘Nogan,’ somehow produced a lovely comeback victory with no time to spare. Way to send them home happy.
       
      Beyond the excitement at the end I am not sure we learned much.
       
      Alex Smith is exactly who we thought he was. Smith went 4-for-6 for 48-yards and a passer rating of 91. There was some excitement on his first call from scrimmage, when Smith play actioned the handoff and kept the ball on a bootleg, he turned to setup to hit Paul Richardson and instead received a face-full of Jets’ linebacker Jordan Jenkins. Smith completed the pass to Richardson and Jenkins was handed a 15- roughing call.
       
      The offense are exactly who we thought they are. Feckless in the redzone; unable to produce anything but field goals. Even when the stars did align, with Colt McCoy connecting Cam Sims, area spectacular touchdown catch; cruel fate intervened with a chickenscratch procedure call.
       
      The injuries are exactly what we feared they could be. Why is it every running back who goes for 30-yards on a single play comes up limping? Samaje Perine ran for 30-yards on his one carry on the night.
       
      The next time he was seen was on the way to the locker room to have an ankle looked at.
       
      Then there was Byron Marshall. He barely got into the game before coming out with a leg injury.
       
      After the first few drives Washington did very little offensively until they had to at the very end.
       
      And as little as this preseason game meant, it was nice to see the valiant stop at the goal line. It was even nicer to see Mr. Hogan lead the team down the field and to victory.
       
      Oh yea, we learned one more thing - Dustin Hopkins can kick field goals.
       
      Hail!

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I'm so glad I bought this guys jersey.

I'd say it's adjusting to the ball, but he does all of those things so well, its really hard to say...

One thing thats not on the poll is that the guy is clutch. I'd like to see how many 3rd downs he's come up with this year. He carried us in the seattle game on some crucial drives, and the MNF game goes without saying. I haven't seen him drop a pass this year (thank christ i was out of town for the first giants game) but he has routinely come up with big catches. He has a knack for the moment.

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It's all of those things..he does them well..but what stands out to me is his ability to adjust to the ball when its in the air and make a play on it.

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To think...this is only his first season in a Redskin uni...imagine how good he's gonna be next year. We probably need another decent #2. But i dont think 1600 yards is out of the question.

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Personally, I think his ability to adjust to the ball in the air is his greatest ability. With that, he puts himself in a much better position to catch a ball then normal.

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His route running is on point. That should be an option. Running precise routes gives him the ability to do all these options. It's also probably the thing he most prides himself on. I read some interview back in the day where he practiced his route running as a kid.

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I have been really suprised by his YAC. He seems to break tackles and juke players out of their socks. I thought he would be more of a pure speed threat, a la Peerless Price. But he has been much more than that.

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i picked abilty to change direction, but that's only because i firmly believe that his route running ability is about as good as you can ask, i mean, it's that good because of his speed and ability to change direction, but he has all the keys.

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Speed. It's his speed that creates his runs after the catch and his speed that lets him changes directions so quickly. Hands come second. He hasn't droppped many passes this season. He's also very good at catching the ball around the sidelines and dragging those million dollar feet.

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I'm w/ Shiraz (and the ppl who agreed) ... tho I don't know if a 17-year old should have that name ;)

I love the way he comes back to the ball ... he runs the routes well, but he does a great job of getting himself in a position to make the grab without needing to muscle out the DB (which may or may not be a problem) ...

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His route running is on point. That should be an option. Running precise routes gives him the ability to do all these options. It's also probably the thing he most prides himself on. I read some interview back in the day where he practiced his route running as a kid.

His ability to separate from the defender while running his route is a major plus. :cool:

Personally, I think his ability to adjust to the ball in the air is his greatest ability. With that, he puts himself in a much better position to catch a ball then normal.

His ability to change direction in mid-air is amazing :cool:

I have been really suprised by his YAC. He seems to break tackles and juke players out of their socks. I thought he would be more of a pure speed threat, a la Peerless Price. But he has been much more than that.

He runs the WR screen very well. He scored six against the gnats last Saturday on that play.

I like the way JG is moving him around now. He goes in motion a lot more;

so the safety will not be able to double him as they did when he stayed split out to one side. This gives him a lot more one on ones :cool:

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It was a tough decision, but I went with his "ability to change direction on the fly"

I've never seen someone do it as well as him, he is just the quickest, most agile guy on the team, maybe in the NFL.

He reminds me of Allen Iverson, because he is so small, yet he can still dominate.

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