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Fox: Redskins team report 9-6-04


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Gregg Williams promised to generate pass-rush pressure. If the preseason is any indication, opponents should expect the Redskins to blitz every passing down. At times, the team has rushed two linebackers and dropped defensive tackles or ends into pass coverage. Other times, CBs Shawn Springs and Fred Smoot have blitzed on the same play and linebackers have dropped into coverage.

DT Joe Salave'a (6-3, 295) gets a good charge off the ball and can push the pocket. He has the size to plug holes and stop the run, and he might be healed enough from injuries the past few years to make an impact.

The secondary remains under scrutiny. It's not clear Smoot can be the No. 1 shutdown

corner, and Springs, 29, must show he can still cover elite receivers and stay healthy.

FS Sean Taylor should be an exceptional player but has much to learn, and SS Matt Bowen must prove effective in pass coverage.

Joe Gibbs was right to bring in

QB Mark Brunell, though Brunell has shown little of his past accuracy, consistency or mobility. Patrick Ramsey has struggled to adjust to a new offense and coaches and isn't ready to start.

SCOUTING REPORT: DT Cornelius Griffin has been active, aggressive and effective. He takes on blockers well and gets a good push up the middle to collapse the pocket. Griffin has worked hard to maintain the proper base; when he doesn't, he gets pushed aside, leaving runners big holes the linebackers can't close.

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