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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!
KDawg

Gameday Thread: Redskins @ Patriots

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10 hours ago, Koolblue13 said:

Who's 89? He looked good. I was working but trying to watch. 

 

Cam Sims. UDFA from Alabama.

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1 hour ago, SkinsGuy said:

 

Yet we have folks here ready to declare the Redskins' season will be an 0-16 disaster due to this loss last night. :ols:

 

Like you said, gotta love preseason.

Maybe not 0-16 but how about....

 

7-9

8-7-1

9-7

4-12

3-13

 

Their record for the last 5 years. Ah, but wait...this year will be different. Hope you're right.

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7 minutes ago, dyst said:

Maybe not 0-16 but how about....

 

7-9

8-7-1

9-7

4-12

3-13

 

Their record for the last 5 years. Ah, but wait...this year will be different. Hope you're right.

 

How about it's too early to make any solid prognostications?

 

Especially from a game where no starters played.

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Just now, SkinsGuy said:

 

How about it's too early to make any solid prognostications?

 

Especially from a game where no starters played.

I hope they show us something this year, something different than what they have for the past 27 years. Personally, based on their recent history (if you call 27 years recent), it would be foolish to be optimistic for this team. They just haven't shown us any reason to be. It's on them to prove us wrong. One of these years they will. Hopefully year 28 is that year.

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8 hours ago, shakinaiken said:

Can we bring back Nate Sudfeld? Hogan looked incompetent. Like really bad. I'll take John Beck as well

All-in-all the season would be pretty much blown if we have to rely on any 3rd stringer. If Hogan does not show any improvement from here on out, his time in D.C. will be done.

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This offense seems incapable of opening any holes for the running game. I know pre-season disclaimers apply but I didn't see any change from the last few seasons, every single run play seems to go right into a brick wall of defenders.

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2 minutes ago, Supreme Wu said:

This offense seems incapable of opening any holes for the running game. I know pre-season disclaimers apply but I didn't see any change from the last few seasons, every single run play seems to go right into a brick wall of defenders.

 

The Redskins had 120 yards rushing last night behind a make-shift o-line (no starters played).

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15 minutes ago, SkinsGuy said:

 

How about it's too early to make any solid prognostications?

 

Especially from a game where no starters played.

 

Based on our injury history, those guys starting the game will be starting game 15 for us this year.. LOL.

 

Just kidding. I sure hope not..

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Watched the 1st half. Nothing that would reflect on the regular season stood out to me. Really injuries were the biggest concerns. 

 

- McCoy looked like he had his timing down.

- Mo Harris looks solid and dependable. Does he get himself open or are defenses just not worried about him?

- Stroman looked like a competent returner. Looks every bit of 5'11 and 180 though. Not sure he sticks to the 53 as our 6th cb.

- Guice looked explosive. Very small sample size. Sucks he hyper extended the same left knee he had injury issues at LSU last year

 

Craig Hoffman on the junkies:

 

- Geron Christian needs a lot of work and is not where a 3rd rounder should be in terms of being ready. Needs to bulk up.

- Danny Johnson (cb) is playing his way onto the 53.

- Shaun Dion Hamilton looked like the 2nd rounder he was projected to be. Very smart player. Could be a very solid ILB for years to come.

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11 hours ago, Vanguard said:

 

It's passion.  Real Redskins fans don't take any kind of loss well.

 

 

Real Redskins fans remember when Gibbs went 0-4 almost every preseason 

56 minutes ago, Supreme Wu said:

This offense seems incapable of opening any holes for the running game. I know pre-season disclaimers apply but I didn't see any change from the last few seasons, every single run play seems to go right into a brick wall of defenders.

 

120 yards rushing when the Redskins played their 2nd string against NE’s starting front 7 for two quarters is an inabiiity to run?

 

I really wonder what some of you watch. 

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Anyone who cares about the result of a freaking preseason game is...well...I can't say for risk of getting banned but you can figure it out.

 

 

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13 hours ago, Koolblue13 said:

:ols: people getting upset by a second half loss during the first preseason game :ols:

 

You guys are awesome :ols:

 

Why anyone would get worked up over mediocrity in the preseason when there is a long long season of mediocrity before us is beyond me.

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Just now, Lombardi's_kid_brother said:

 

Why anyone would get worked up over mediocrity in the preseason when there is a long long season of mediocrity before us is beyond me.

It took me years to learn to pace myself. I've got weeks to go before I get disappointed. 

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13 hours ago, Malapropismic Depository said:

Good or bad, not worried about Settle.

 

I would be happy if they never drafted guys from VT. It turns the board into a bunch of deranged Little League dads.

 

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2 hours ago, dyst said:

I hope they show us something this year, something different than what they have for the past 27 years. Personally, based on their recent history (if you call 27 years recent), it would be foolish to be optimistic for this team. They just haven't shown us any reason to be. It's on them to prove us wrong. One of these years they will. Hopefully year 28 is that year.

 

They have invested heavily (pun intended) in the trenches. Last year we would have seen this begin paying off were it not for an extremely rare spate of injuries. I don't think we'll see nearly so many guys out this year.

 

The addition of Guice will help us present a more balanced offensive game plan which should in turn improve our red zone efficiency.

 

I find these developments encouraging.

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