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The preseason is over, and Mike Shanahan must eventually name a starting quarterback. Will it be John Beck or Rex Grossman? Do we even have enough information to make an informed decision on Beck?
Looking for an unknown to watch for the Redskins this year? Keep an eye on DeJon Gomes, a rookie safety who has been a quick study in every stage of his career.
When the post-lockout preseason finally began, it was assumed Washington Redskins running back Ryan Torain would be the starter for head coach Mike Shanahan. But a funny thing happened in August. Torain injured himself (again), and newly acquired Tim Hightower performed extremely well in game action, meaning it is highly likely the Arizona Cardinals' cast-off will be the opening day starter for the Redskins. Via Joseph White of the AP:
"He's done a good job," coach Mike Shanahan said Saturday. "I'm not going to say he's our starter, but if you were betting in Vegas you'd probably bet in that direction."
Hightower was originally obtained to serve as a back-up and compliment to Torain, but his play in the preseason has been excellent, both running the ball and picking up the rush. Hightower has 170 yards on 25 carries (a gaudy 6.8 ypc), scoring two touchdowns in three preseason contests.
Ryan Torain returned to practice for the Washington Redskins for the first time since suffering a wrist injury early in training camp. Torain has yet to play in a single game this preseason, but is expected to suit up when the Redskins conclude their preseason against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday.
Via the team's official Twitter:
Meantime at RB, Ryan Torain returned to practice on Saturday and is expected to play in preseason finale on Thursday night vs. T.B.less than a minute ago via TweetDeck Favorite Retweet ReplyRedskins.com
It remains to be seen if Torain will get first-team reps. In his absence, Tim Hightower has been impressive in making his case to be the Redskins' number one running back.
It looks like the Washington Redskins may be without backup safety Kareem Moore for the start of the 2011 NFL season. Moore has been sidelined with an injury all through training camp, and coach Mike Shanahan hinted on Saturday that he could begin the season on the Physically Unable to Perform List, which would mean he would miss six weeks.
"I really don't know with Kareem, because he's getting better. But I want to get him to that certain level where he can play in a game," Shanahan said. "He's such a competitor that he wants to practice, he wants to go in. But until he's close to one hundred percent, I don't want to put him in that situation or we'll go back to what happened last year, too."
Last year, Moore was the starting free safety, bu rushed back from a training camp knee injury and was very ineffective. The Redskins signed OJ Atogwe from St. Louis to replace him in the starting lineup.
Tim Hightower was unwanted by his former team, but he's been everything the Redskins have hoped for thus far after they acquired him from Arizona.
It seems likely that Malcom Kelly's career with the Redskins is coming to an end. Which is sad, but in all the wrong ways.
The Rex Grossman-John Beck battle may continue up to kickoff of the regular season, but it may not matter if the guys behind them keep doing their job. Plus, Stephen Strasburg is on the rehab trail, and is looking leaner and meaner.
John Beck and Rex Grossman have each benefited from the quarterback competition this year. So why not introduce some competition to some other positions on the Redskins' roster?
Monday at Washington Redskins training camp was a confusing one, as head coach Mike Shanahan and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan seemed to contradict each other when both were asked about which quarterback would start against the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday. Neither revealed whether the starter would be Rex Grossman or John Beck, but there was still confusion.
Via SB Nation D.C.'s own Daniel Shiferaw:
K.Shanahan on QB situation:"Yeah I do [know who will start].But I'm not going to let you know. I'll wait for someone else to tell you." hmmmless than a minute ago via TweetDeck Favorite Retweet ReplyDaniel Shiferaw
M.Shanahan on QB situation:"Im not even sure right now. We havent even talked about it. We haven't. Couldnt tell ya.We havent made decision"less than a minute ago via TweetDeck Favorite Retweet ReplyDaniel Shiferaw
Sounds like Kyle may have accidentally spilled some beans. When asked about the contradiction, Mike Shanahan said he wouldn't decide until gametime. For what it's worth (probably nothing), Grossman is listed as the No. 1 guy on the official depth chart distributed by the team.
Brandon Banks has been out of Training Camp for a little while, and will reportedly miss Friday's preseason game against the Colts. But any fear that this was a serious injury that would keep Banks out of action for an extended period of times can be put to rest. He tweeted this morning that he is doing alright and that he will be returning pretty soon.
He then tweeted.
So there you have it.Banks' injury apparently isn't anything to worry about. From the horse's mouth himself.
With all the injuries the Redskins have suffered during training camp, they have been forced to continually shuffle their roster to bring in healthy bodies. According to the Washington Post, the Redskins have claimed linebacker Thaddeus Gibson off waivers from the San Fransisco 49ers, and added kicker Clint Stitser.
Gibson in in his second year out of Ohio St., and played parts of last season for the Steelers and the 49ers. He got into two games and made just three tackles. To find room for him on the roster, the Redskins cut another linebacker, Obi Ezeh. Chicago and Pittsburgh also put in claims for Gibson, but he was awarded to Washington. It probably says good things about him that a team like Pittsburgh would want to bring him back into the fold.
Stitser spent his rookie year in Incineration last year, connecting on 7-8 field goal attempts. He will see some immediate playing time on Friday because Graham Gano has left camp to be with his wife during the birth of their first child. When Gano returns, Stitser is expected to provide a little competition, though I have to think that it is Gano's job to lose.
ASHBURN,Va - Wednesday morning saw the Redskins making their final preparations for their second preseason opponent, the Indianapolis Colts.
But after practice, the story was about who won't be playing in the game.
Mike Shanahan confirmed that a number of players will not play in Friday's game. That list includes safety OJ Atogwe (hamstring), Laron Landry (achilles), tight end Chris Cooley (knee), Ryan Torain (hand), Malcolm Kelly (foot), Brandon Banks (knee), and likely middle linebacker London Fletcher (groin) and cornerback Josh Wilson (groin).
As for who will play in the game, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said that he'd like to get John Beck as much time in this game (two quarters) as Rex Grossman had in last week's exhibition against the Steelers. The younger Shanahan also said that he'd like to make sure the two competing quarterbacks have an equal amount of snaps so that the quarterback competition can be fairly judged.
Washington Redskins wide receiver and kick returner Brandon Banks will sit out Friday's preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The speedy return specialist has a swollen left knee from running routes in practice, tweeted Washington Times Redskins reporter Rich Campbell:
"Brandon Banks will not play Fri b/c his problematic left knee swelled after running WR routes. Expect Terrence Austin to return KOs vs Indy "
This development could end up costing the diminutive Banks a spot on the Redskins' opening day roster. Banks was already at a disadvantage after the NFL marginalized kickoff returners by moving kickoffs to the 35-yard-line from the 30-yard-line, making it very easy for kickers to boot the ball through the back of the end zone and reducing a returner's potential impact on a given game.
Since Banks has played very little other than in the return game, the new rule along with this injury could mean his run with the Redskins is over.
ASHBURN,Va - With Tuesday being the team's last practice of training camp and with their second preseason game just three nights away, the Redskins hope to clear up their murky quarterback situation.
John Beck, who was limited last week due to a groin injury, has been practicing at full speed this week in anticipation for his start Friday night against the Indianapolis Colts. He will try to perform as well, if not better than, the man who has been his stiffest competition for the starting quarterback job in Rex Grossman.
Tuesday may have been Beck's strongest practice in all of camp. He worked in 11-on-11's primarily with the first team offense, showing that not only is he getting healthier, but he's also becoming more comfortable with Kyle Shanahan's offense.
Beck had plenty zip on his passes Tuesday, as he was able to complete on a variety of different throws from sideline routes to deep routes to underneath patterns. He seemed to know when and where to get rid of the ball and looked comfortable going through his progressions. His accuracy was also the best it's been all camp, with the majority of passes hitting receivers in stride and between the numbers on their jerseys.
Wednesday will be the team's last practice before the game on Friday. Shanahan confirmed after Tuesday's practice that Beck will indeed get the start over Grossman against the Colts.
Friday's game represents a huge opportunity for Beck to help seize the starting job away from Grossman. And after a week on the sideline due to injury, Beck is now ready to show what he's got.
"I'm just excited to play," he said after practice. "I missed an opportunity [last week]. It would have been good to have that week of practice leading up to the game, and playing the game, but I wasn't able to. So for me this is my first opportunity to go out and play, and I'm excited for it."
ASHBURN, Va - The highlight (or perhaps, lowlight) of the Redskins' morning practice Tuesday was an altercation between defensive backs DeAngelo Hall and Chris Horton.
The two have had communication issues over the past week, with Horton missing some of his defensive assignments on Hall's side of the field. Hall, a Pro Bowler in 2010, grew frustrated each time Horton would not execute on his responsibilities in coverage.
That frustration finally boiled over Tuesday morning when the two had a skirmish that had to be broken up by Laron Landry.
When asked about it after practice, Shanahan downplayed the incident.
"Those things happen in camp" the coach said. "Camps I've been in, all of a sudden someone gets a little excited and all of a sudden there's a little skirmish."
After the two stopped exchanging blows, Shanahan talked to the both of them individually, and then once again when they were both together. Shanahan had the two run 100 yard dashes after practice as punishment.
"As I told [them], all families have some [altercations]. Sometimes it's verbal, sometimes it's physical."
Hall and Horton also downplayed the incident after practice, and will hopefully look to be on the same page moving forward.
Rex Grossman got his chance to shine for the Washington Redskins in their first preseason game. Now, it's John Beck's turn. Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said that Beck will be the team's starter when the Redskins take on the Indianapolis Colts in their second preseason game on Friday.
Beck had a groin injury last week, allowing Grossman the chance to start. Grossman took advantage with a solid performance against the Steelers, completing 19 of 26 passes for 207 yards and one touchdown. However, with Beck back healthy, he will get a chance to show what he can do.
There was speculation about whether the QB battle was a fair fight after Jason Reid's column in the Washington Post suggested the job was Beck's to lose. Shanahan didn't comment on that. He did, however, initially say "you know me better than that," when asked if Beck would start Friday before revealing that he would, according to SB Nation D.C.'s Redskins reporter Daniel Shiferaw.
The Washington Redskins have yet to announce who their starting quarterback will be when they take the field for the first game of the season in a few weeks, and as of right now, the situation is probably as complicated as ever. All Summer we heard about how the coaches loved John Beck, but when he was injured for their first preseason game, Rex Grossman shined. So with Grossman's performance, one could assume that it was his job for the timing. According to Jason Reid, that might not be the case because the Coaching Shanahans simply love John Beck.
They could have pursued an accomplished veteran to challenge Beck despite potential difficulties a newcomer may have experienced in their complex offensive system. They could have named Grossman the starter at the outset of training camp and given Beck, who has only one season in their offense, more time. Instead, they’re all in on Beck. The Redskins have added lower-tier quarterbacks who pose no threat to him. That leaves Grossman as the only obstacle between Beck and Washington’s top spot, and the judges who matter are rooting for Beck.
So there you have it. Unless something happens that forces the Shanahans to reconsider the stance they seem to be fairly entrenched in, John Beck is probably going to be your starter.
Chris Cooley's ongoing knee injury took an ominous turn over the weekend when the Redskins' tight end saw Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion, according to Grant Paulsen of 106.7 The Fan. Andrews is one of the most famous knee specialists in sports, so anytime someone sees him, the natural reaction is to be concerned that his injury is more serious than it appears.
However, in an interview with Paulsen, Cooley said there is no reason to worry.
"To be honest with you, and I mean this," he said. "I would be amazed if I didn't play against the Giants," Cooley said, via phone on Monday afternoon. "We had the wrong plan," Cooley said. "Now I'm confident we have the right plan."
Cooley's knee injury has kept him out often at camp, so the visit was merely to check in on it. The injury originally occurred as residue from offseason arthroscopic knee surgery.
Running back James Davis, a reserve who has fallen behind Ryan Torain, Tim Hightower, Evan Royster and Roy Helu in the chase for playing time at running back and Darrel Young at fullback, did not attend the Redskins' practice on Monday. When asked about it, coach Mike Shanahan said he had no idea where Davis was and his absence was not excused.
So what happened with Davis? According to ESPN 980's Chris Russell, Davis took exception to his lack of playing time and left a coaches meeting after an argument.
Sources tell ESPN-980 that #Redskins RB James Davis left a team meeting/film session last night (unexcused) after getting in to an arguement w/ a coach about lack of playing time/reps. He is still MIA.
Davis barely played last season and didn't get much playing time in the Redskins' preseason game against the Steelers.
ASHBURN,Va - The Redskins held their final open practice of training camp Monday morning, with a decent sized crowd showing their support for the team in practice for the last time this season.
Here are some quick hits from practice:
Tuesday will be the final day of training camp, with the practice being closed to the public.
Players not practicing on Monday: London Fletcher (groin), Ryan Torain (hand), Chris Cooley (knee), Laron Landry (achilles), Oshiomogho Atogwe (hamstring), Malcolm Kelly (foot)
LaRon Landry's Achilles injury has been an ongoing concern for the Washington Redskins during training camp, with Landry being placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list. Landry did not have surgery to repair the injury, which was initially suffered midway through last season, and it was slow to respond over the offseason.
But Monday brought some good news from Landry himself. Landry told reporters that he expects to be activated from the PUP list and will play in the team's preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens on August 25. Via Rich Campbell of the Washington Times:
LaRon Landry says he's coming off the PUP list in time for the Baltimore game next week. #Redskins
That means Landry will miss Friday's game against the Indianapolis Colts, but it is still good news for those worried about his status. He was playing at a Pro Bowl level last season before suffering the injury after nine games.
Washington Redskins quarterback John Beck, who did not play in the team's preseason opener with the Pittsburgh Steelers due to a groin injury, was back on the practice field Sunday afternoon, fully participating in 11 on 11 drills. Via Sky Kerstein of 106.7 the Fan:
#Redskins Beck ran full 11 on 11 today, had no limitations, barring anything unforeseen, should play Fridayless than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet ReplySky Kerstein
I would have to imagine Beck felt some pressure to return to the practice field as soon as possible, given Rex Grossman's strong performance in the 16-7 victory over the Steelers. Grossman was 19 of 26 for 207 yards and a touchdown, and looked extremely comfortable running Kyle Shanahan's offense.
The Redskins have yet to announce which quarterback, Beck or Grossman, would start Friday night's game against the Indianapolis Colts.
Overall, Friday night's 16-7 defeat of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the preseason opener was a rousing success for the Washington Redskins. The offense looked like a well-oiled machine, and the defense looked active and was effective in pressuring the quarterback. The only real negative was the kicking game, as least for one of the potential place kickers. Veteran Shayne Graham, brought in to compete with incumbent Skins kicker Graham Gano, had an awful night, missing two field goals, a chip shot from 29 yards out and also a 49 yard attempt. Well, it appears Shayne kicked himself right out of a job with that performance. Via Adam Caplan of Sirius XM radio:
It didn't help Graham that Gano went out and made three kicks in the second half, from 32, 34 and 45 yards out. Gano also has the much stronger leg, and with these new kickoff rules in the NFL, he is likely to assure the Redskins of touchbacks on virtually every one of his kickoffs this season. Note to NFL: change that kickoff rule, and soon, please.
The Washington Redskins will definitely be playing in their preseason opener without tight end Chris Cooley, who was ruled out by coach Mike Shanahan on Wednesday. Cooley had to leave practice on Wednesday, and afterwards, Shanahan declared him out.
"There is concern," Shanahan said. "The knee is sore, but hopefully it keeps on getting better."
Cooley has been struggling with the knee throughout training camp, but it's not expected to be a huge concern going forward. Of course, you never know with these things. Fred Davis, who has been one of the standouts at camp, will replace Cooley in the starting lineup.
Unsurprisingly, running back Ryan Torain also will not play due to a fractured wrist. Shanahan also said that offensive lineman Artis Hicks will be sidelined for the game after having a mild concussion earlier in the week.
Are you ready for some football? The Redskins and Steelers will play their first preseason game at FedEx Field on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
ASHBURN,Va - In the final practice before Friday's preseason opener against the Steelers, the Redskins ran a relatively light practice, with the team not wearing pads and going over situational drills.
Here are some tidbits from Wednesday morning's practice.
Rex Grossman gives us something to talk about surrounding the Redskins, and it was not even the craziest quote of the week. Plus, Stephen Strasburg throws inside on Little Leaguers and continues his path to a return to the majors.
John Beck continues to struggle with a groin injury at Washington Redskins training camp. The Redskins' quarterback was once again limited in practice on Tuesday, playing in 7-on-7 drills, but sitting out 11-on-11. His reps went to Rex Grossman and Kellen Clements.
"Usually with that area, you don't want to make him go unless he's ready because if you put him in there, we might set him back for a few weeks," coach Mike Shanahan said. "It's getting better. That's a good sign."
Beck, for his part, was put behind Rex Grossman on the Redskins' first depth chart. He admitted to O'Halloran that he was hoping the injury would have healed on Sunday, but it continues to linger.
ASHBURN,Va - Another morning, another Redskins practice. We may be getting to that point in training camp where every day is groundhog day. That is, the team is running very similar practice routines each day.
But before practice even began, the team released its unofficial depth chart for this Friday's preseason opener against the Steelers. There aren't really a ton of surprises, but Rex Grossman will be the first team quarterback and Mike Sellers is the fourth team tight end (not a great sign).
The team is clearly working toward Friday's game, as the offense and defense primarily went over goal line and two minute drills this morning.
Here a couple other nuggets from this morning:
Ryan Kerrigan's learning process continues: The Redskins top draft pick had a very interesting day today. For one, this wasjust his second practice back from his knee injury, and his third practice overall in camp. Secondly, it's clear he's still learning the linebacker position.
In the goal line drills, he worked primarily in coverage, going against tight ends Logan Paulsen, Fred Davis and Mike Sellers. Early on, he was fairly solid, forcing pass breakups on Paulsen in the endzone. Fellow linebacker London Fletcher and linebacker coach Lou Spanos cheered on Kerrigan after each deflection.
"Way to go, Ryan!", Fletcher yelled.
But several plays later, Kerrigan showed why he still has plenty of learning to do. Lining up against Davis and Sellers, he was unable to keep up with them, being out of position for two completions made to his side.
Afterward, once special teams drills began, Kerrigan was pulled aside to the far field by Spanos. The LB coach worked personally with Kerrigan to help teach him the nuances of coverage in various situations. The two of them worked off to the side for about twenty minutes, before they went back to rejoin the team. Kerrigan is expected to be a starter in Week 1, and it's clear the coaching staff wants to catch him up to speed as quickly as possible.
"Good job, Ryan." Spanos said after their session. The two then went to the main field for the resumption of goal line drills.
After practice was over, I asked Kerrigan about the one-on-one session with Spanos.
"Just more coaching" he said. "Being a rookie, and making a position change to outside linebacker, I need all the help and pointers I can get. We do that every day whenever I'm not on a certain special team, [we] go to the side and furthers my knowledge of the position."
Fletcher also chimed in on Kerrigan's learning process.
"He looks comfortable in space. He doesn't look unnatural," said the Redskins defensive captain. "The tough part for him will have to be with the communication, understanding ‘Am I a rusher? Or am I a cover guy?', and then being able to compute that stuff very quickly."
Kerrigan is hoping to get some playing time against the Steelers, and will look forward to finally getting a chance to master the outside linebacker position in game situations.
Kicking battle takes shape: Today saw another step towards deciding who the Redskins field goal kicker could be. Graham Gano and Shayne Graham started kicking field goals of 40 plus yards in distance, with both of them looking pretty sharp. In the end, Gano was 6 of 7 on his attempts and Graham was 5 of 7. Does that mean much? It's hard to tell right now. Nothing matters in this competition until either of them can show they can do it consistently in game situations.
Players who didn't participate in today's practice: O.J. Atogwe (hamstring), Malcolm Kelly (foot), Artis Hicks (mild concussion), Ryan Torain (hand)
The Washington Redskins have sent out a press release to get fans ready and excited for their first preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Friday, and it has an updated version of their depth chart. Now, injuries do play somewhat of a role in this, but the new depth chart does give us somewhat of an idea about how the Redskins will set up their roster for the upcoming season. Here are what seems to be the results of some early position battles.
Rex Grossman is listed as the starter at quarterback, with John Beck as his backup. Now, I know what you're thinking; John Beck has a nagging injury so they won't run him out there as the starter. But as of now, he is not listed with the injury designation, and if he was really injured, he probably wouldn't be on the depth chart at all, right?
Because of injury to Ryan Torain Tim Hightower is listed as the starter at running back, with rookie Roy Helu as his backup.
The Starters on the offensive line are, from LT to RT: Trent Williams, Kory Lichtensteiger, Will Montgomery, Chris Chester, Jammal Brown. No surprises there. The biggest news from this part of the field is that undrafted rookie Willie Smith is listed as the backup at RT.
The starting wide receivers are Santana Moss and Jabar Gaffney, with Anthony Armstrong and rookie Leonard Hankerson listed as the second string.
New additions Steven Bowen and Barry Cofield will start along the defensive line next to Adam Carriker.
The linebackers are Brian Orakpo, London Fletcher, Rocky McIntosh and first round pick Ryan Kerrigan.
DeAngelo Hall and Josh Wilson will start at corner, while Reed Doughty fills in for LaRon Landry next to Oshiomogho Atogwe at the safety position.
Big news everyone, Graham Gano appears to have the early lead over Shayne Graham in the kicker battle!
Now, this is only how the depth chart stacks up for the first preseason game, which I'm sure is a very fluid situation. It will change based on the players perform for the the rest of practice, and how they look in these preseason. We'll keep you posted.
The Washington Redskins received some good news and bad news on the injury front for Monday's practice at training camp. First, the good news: rookie Ryan Kerrigan finally got on the field. The Redskins' linebacker had not practiced since suffering a hyperextended knee injury on July 29, but was finally on the field on Monday.
Rookie outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan practiced fully Monday morning for the first time since hyper-extending his knee on July 29.
Wearing a bulky brace, Kerrigan participated in 11-on-11 drills with the first-team defense.
"I'm sure he's not 100 percent but it was nice to see him back in the swing of things," coach Mike Shanahan said.
The bad news, though, is that free safety O.J. Atogwe missed practice with a hamstring injury. It may not be that serious, but it's yet another nagging injury to add to the ever-growing list.
Washington Redskins quarterback John Beck has been limited during the last few practices of training camp with a groin injury, throwing his availability for Friday's preseason opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers into doubt. But Beck himself said Monday that he doesn't expect the injury to linger until then.
Slowed by a groin injury, quarterback John Beck says he'll be ready to play in Friday's preseason opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
"That's my plan," Beck said after practice Monday morning. "I plan on going. Hopefully each day, it gets better and better, so that I can. But that's my plan."
It's not a huge surprise Beck would say this, of course. Given everything he has done to put himself in a position to be the Redskins' starting quarterback, a groin injury like this isn't going to derail all of that.
In a sad, yet predictable development, Malcolm Kelly is injured again at Washington Redskins training camp. The fourth-year receiver, who has never been able to stay healthy and live up to the promise of being picked in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft, has a foot injury and will likely miss a week of action.
Malcolm Kelly: Sore foot. X-rays were negative. Could be out almost a week. #Redskins
Kelly said doctors have told him he can't do much more than ride a bike and hope the injury heals. It's a tremendous setback for Kelly, who missed all of last season when Mike Shanahan elected to put him on injured reserve with a hamstring injury. Kelly was healthy enough to return, but Shanahan ruled him out in training camp instead of using a roster spot on him. This latest injury therefore could spell the end of Kelly's Redskins career.
One of the participants in the Redskins open quarterback competition, John Beck, was limited on Mondayin practice, according to Grant Paulsen of 106.7 The Fan.
Shanahan: Cooley is making strides. Beck was held out of team drills because you can't control them. #Redskinsless than a minute ago via Twitter for Android Favorite Retweet ReplyGrant Paulsen
Beck suffered a groin injury during the team's Fan Appreciation Day Saturday, running out of bounds on a scramble before feeling some tightness.
With Beck out, Grossman has taken most if not all of the first team snaps in practice, which bodes well for him potentially having the inside track on the starting job.
It is unknown how long Beck will be out, or if he will be able to play in this Friday's preseason opener versus the Steelers.
The Redskins have had a number of players sit out practices with injuries. Which ones are worth worrying about, and which ones are just precautionary? Our Redskins reporter tells you.
ASHBURN,Va - This morning Redskins Park was not only the site of a training camp practice, it was also the home of the team's annual 'Fan Appreciation Day', as thousands of fans made their way to the team's training facility. Fans were treated to the team's band and cheerleading squad before the players came onto the field.
As for the actual practice, it was the first one this training camp that the players were in full shoulder pads rather than shells. That in addition to the fan presence this morning led to a more lively practice that featured as much intensity and physical play as there's been all camp so far.
John Beck tweaked his groin when running out of bounds. He said afterward that it wasn't too serious and he expects to get back on the field next practice.
Here are a couple quick hits from today's practice:
Leonard Hankerson has another solid day: I thought Leonard Hankerson had an underrated but solid day today. Not only in 11-on-11 drills did he perform, but also during the one-on-one drills between receivers and defensive backs. It was really fun watching all the matchups between he and DeAngelo Hall, as they found themselves going up against each other on a number of plays. Hankerson was able to create separation in one-on-one drills against Hall, who attempted to jam Hankerson at the line several times but was unable to do so successfully (without illegally grabbing him). When Hall was in off coverage, Hankerson ran precise routes a few times in front of Hall and was able to go up and make some solid 10 to 15 yard catches. None of them were flashy catches, but they are the type of catches that a good possession receiver, something the team hasn't had in a number of years, is able to do to keep drives alive.
Offensive line depth taking shape: With Jamaal Brown not at practice because he was attending a funeral and with Clint Oldenburg suffering from an illness, newly signed Sean Locklear wound up taking first team reps today. Locklear is an interesting signing, as he is a former starter for the Seahawks and brings plenty of experience to the backup tackle spot. Last summer he was coached by Alex Gibbs, Mike Shanahan's old offensive line coach, so he should be plenty comfotable with the zone blocking scheme. Shanahan spoke about the Locklear signing after practice today.
"He's played tackle in a number of different systems, both in the zone system and the power system," Shanahan said."[He's a ] good athlete. Glad to have him on our football team."
Ryan Kerrigan changes number, still didn't practice: Ryan Kerrigan came out this mornign sporting Vonnie Holliday's old number of 91. Unfortunately for Kerrigan, it didn't change his luck ii relation to his knee injury. The Redskins top draft pick was unable to participate again in team drills in practice, and has now been limited in seven straight practices. With the Redskins rookies already being behind the eight ball due to the lockout, it especially hurts Kerrigan, an expected Week 1 starter, trying to get as many reps as possible to get comfortable with the system. After practice he didn't seem to be all that concerned about how long he'd be out for.
"It's something that's going to take a little bit of time and hopefully it can get through it quick," Kerrigan said. When asked if he would be available to play in next week's preseason opener against the Steelers, he simply said "I hope so".
Shanahan also wasn't very worried about Kerrigan's availability for the game.
"I'm not worried about that but hopefully he will be able to make it,' Shanahan said. "We'll see how the knee is on Monday, [and] see if he practices on Monday"
Our friends over at Hogs Haven just heard from Redskins linebacker Robert Henson himself that coach Mike Shanahan plans to waive the veteran today. When reached for comment on the move, Henson had this to say to HH:
"Coach Shanahan told me that right now I was mostly kind of seen as a special teams contributor and that by releasing me now, I would have the chance to try and go somewhere else with enough time to catch on."
It seems Henson was caught up in the proverbial numbers game, battling with Rocky McIntosh, Lorenzo Alexander, H.B. Blades and Perry Riley for a roster spot and playing time, and unfortunately, it looks like the math just didn't add up for him this year in Washington. Henson, however, seems to hold no ill will toward Shanahan, and looks forward to his next opportunity in the league:
"That's a good question. I was thinking about that. I do believe they mean what they say though. Drew [Rosenhaus] has already heard from six to eight teams. I am pretty sure I am going to have an opportunity to make a team, but we don't know where yet. Coach told me it wasn't a question about whether I could play--he knows I will be playing somewhere this year. I think it was just about an already crowded field of competition and they had to make a decision about maybe not putting me into that competition at this point."
Drew Rosenhaus cracks me up - every client he has always seems to have six to eight teams interested in them. The guy is a piece of work. Anyway, good luck to Henson in his future endeavors, hopefully far away from the NFC East.
ASHBURN,Va - Another day, another practice. This morning's session, which wrapped up a few hours ago, saw the players practice in shells once again.
Practice wasn't as lively this morning as it was yesterday afternoon after all the newly signed free agents were allowed to practice, but there were still some interesting things that came out of this morning's session:
Injuries ruled the day: Malcolm Kelly was out with a foot injury. Chris Cooley was out with a knee injury. Ryan Kerrigan was still limited with a bone bruise in his knee. Laron Landry spoke about his achilles tendon. Today's practice seemed more about the guys who weren't participating than those who were on the field. Injuries are apart of any camp, but this team is having injury issues with some players they believe will be key cogs for them in 2011. The first preseason game is now just a week away, and there may be some key names on that inactive list come next Friday.
The best and worst of Tim Hightower: Newly acquired running back Tim Hightower showed immediately why the Redskins may not miss Ryan Torain much. On the opening play of 11-on-11 drills he was able to take one to the house after bouncing an inside run to the outside. Hightower runs extremely hard, so hard that it makes you wonder if the only reason he's been able to look good in practice is because he's going full speed and everyone else isn't. They are just in shells, after all. But what's clear is that Hightower is someone who runs with good balance and doesn't look like someone who is easily tripped and he doesn't look easy to tackle. That's a major plus for what this team had a year ago.
However one of the knocks on Hightower coming in was that he was a bit of a fumbler, and that reared it's ugly head this morning. I'm not sure I had seen any running back fumble the ball much thus far this training camp, and Hightower still managed to do so after practicing just one day. If Hightower can work on ball security and pass protection, he easily has a place on this roster.
Niles Paul making receiver battle interesting: It's still early. but the Redskins' fifth round pick Niles Paul is consistently getting open in 11-on-11's and is making the tough catches look routine. He's been especially adept at reeling in catches thrown high and behind him. One of the knocks on Paul was his freakishly small arms and hands, which seem to be disproportionate to the rest of his big body. But despite those limitations, Paul has been able to stand out so far as the most impressive rookie wide receiver. If he can keep this up, the coaching staff will have a very difficult decision come cut day.
ASHBURN, Va - One of the more notable absences from practice this morning was that of tight end Chris Cooley. It's been clear ever since camp that he isn't a hundred percent, and has yet to comment on the injury.
When Mike Shanahan was asked after practice this morning, all he said about the injury was "his knee is sore".
Cooley has looked very gimpy in the early going, not being able to get in on every rep he can, with Davis taking the vast majority of first team reps. So could this injury be a lingering issue?
"You're keeping your finger's crossed that it's not [lingering]," Shanahan said. "We thought he needed some rest and hopefully he'll be able to come back, just like normal. But we didn't feel like he could practice today."
Needles to say, Cooley has been the Redskins most dependable offensive weapon for seven seasons, and tied his career high in receiving yards a year ago with 849 on 77 catches.
With the Redskins' first preseason game now a week away and with the season opener just over a month away, Cooley's health could become a big issue going forward.
Ryan Torain's injury is indeed a fractured wrist, according to Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan. Shanahan said Torain had four screws inserted into his third metacarpal bone in his wrist, and estimated that he would be sidelined for 7-10 days.
It's not immediately clear exactly when Torain suffered the injury, but he was pulled from Wednesday's practice and underwent X-Rays on Wednesday night. Evidently, they revealed the bad news.
Torain has been effective when he has been able to take the field, but has struggled with injuries throughout his NFL career. His injury issues were one reason the Redskins dealt for former Arizona Cardinals running back Tim Hightower. Torain's injury will also give rookie running backs Roy Helu and Evan Royster a chance to make their mark in the running back competition.
ASHBURN,Va - What an interesting day today at Redskins Park. Today's events centered around the ratification of the new CBA, which would finally allow newly signed free agents to practice with their teammates.
The most bizarre scene of the day occurred at the beginning of the afternoon session, when it was still unclear whether or not the new players were allowed to sign. Work was still being done to wrap up the new CBA, and until it became official, players could not join the rest of the team. So the team had their free agents all stretch together on a separate field, away from everyone else and waiting for the league to give them the word that they can finally get started. A very strange sight and as Mike Shanahan put it "Hopefully we never will have to [see something like that] ever again".
Eventually free agents were able to participate and there a palpable sense of excitement in the air, as the team and the fans gathered were finally happy to see the full roster get to work.
Here are some things that stood out about the afternoon session:
Rex Grossman finally gets his chance: All offseason we've heard about how John Beck had the inside track to the starting quarterback job. But when Rex Grossman got his chance, you kind of got the feeling that Beck was already playing second fiddle. Grossman took the vast majority of first team snaps today and, frankly, looked much sharper than Beck did. That's not to say he was playing lights out, as he had his customary throws (ie: to the other team) that we've been used to seeing in years past. But for the most part it was clear he was more comfortable with the system, had more accuracy and zip on the ball than what Beck has shown thus far. With Beck expected to get first team reps tomorrow, it's his move now.
Starting defensive line takes shape: Two of the three new starting defensive lineman were free agent acquisitions, meaning today was the first time we finally got to see them in action. The line of Carriker, Cofield and Bowen are miles ahead of the starting three from a year ago. For one, Barry Cofield showed that he is strong enough to be an anchor at nose tackle when he needs to be, but is still athletic enough to penetrate the backfield and make a play when that's whats called for as well. Stephen Bowen looked solid, showing his pass rush versatility as well as his ability to get off of blocks to make a play in the run game. A year ago you would say the best starting defensive lineman was probably Adam Carriker (who's still a solid player). Now he may be their least talented, which may be a good thing for the Redskins.
Injuries, Injuries, Injuries: Mike Shanahan updated the status of several dinged up Redskins after practice. First, he confirmed that Ryan Torain did indeed fracture his left wrist, and had to get four screws in place to help it heal. Shanahan said he expects Torain to be back in seven to ten days.
Malcolm Kelly, who has been a perennial injury concern, was limited in practice because of what he said was a sore foot. With this being a make or break year for Kelly, he can't afford to be out for a long period of time. And lastly, Shanahan confirmed that Chris Cooley has been dealing with some knee issues and has been limited. It doesn't appear to be a serious issue or else Cooley would have been held out of practice. Still, it's something that could be worth monitoring if things don't get better.
Ryan Torain's wrist injury suffered on Wednesday at Redskins training camp could end up being a costly one. Mike Jones of the Washington Post reports that there is a chance Torain could be sidelined for two weeks, depending on whether X-Rays reveal a broken bone.
Ryan Torain, the Redskins' first-string running back, injured his left wrist Wednesday and could miss as much as two weeks of training camp, according to a team official.
Torain is seeing a hand specialist Wednesday night, and even if the wrist is broken, he could return in two weeks, the team official told Jones. Still, it's a potentially-unfortunate setback for a player who has struggled escaping the injury bug.
Torain would not discuss his injury at training camp, which is his custom. EEarlier, Mike Shanahan said he wasn't sure how serious Torain's injury was and that he would only find out after the X-Rays were conducted on Wednesday night.
ASHBURN,Va - On Wednesday morning, the Redskins wrapped up what they hope to be the last morning session where their new acquisitions can't practice, meaning starting tomorrow, we'll get a much better view on what the team will look like in 2011.
This morning once again saw sparse crowds, though the on and off pouring of rain couldn't have helped entice fans want to come out. But bad weather and fan turnouts aside, here are a couple of quick things that stood out from this morning's practice:
John Beck's last day getting all the reps: With the CBA expected to be completed tonight, all free agent signings will be able to practice tomorrow, meaning Rex Grossman will be back in the fold and enter in what should be a fierce quarterback competition. John Beck knows this, and made sure to take advantage of every single rep he could while Grossman was out.
""It was good these last five days to get the majority of the reps, that's what I wanted," Beck said. "I wanted to be able to come out and get the reps, get the experience, make some mistake here or there, chuck the ball down the field and see what we got, and that happened."
Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said there will be "without a doubt" an open quarterback competition starting tomorrow. Beck understands with less reps to go around, he'll have to value the reps he does take a little bit more.
"I've been taking every rep as serious as I can, trying to make the most of every single rep I've had. Will [the quarterback competition] limit the reps? Definitely."
Beck has had some issues with arm strength, as some of his passes have seemed to wobble a bit, particularly on deep passes. But he seems to be becoming more comfortable with the system, going through his progressions much quicker and getting the ball out quicker than he was in the early days of camp.
In the last portion of practice, Mike Shanahan had the offense and defense go at it in a game-like situation, with Shanahan calling out down and distances each play, hoping the offense would score a touchdown to end practice. On the last play of the drive, Beck hit Fred Davis on a solid pass over the middle for a practice-ending touchdown. It could be his last throw as the first string quarterback, for all we know.
But now that Beck is going to go back to splitting reps, he's going to go back to abiding by his old motto.
"Don't count your reps, makes your reps count." Beck said. "I'm still going to be the exact same way [going forward]."
Jabar Gaffney making his case: By no means is Jabar Gaffney a number one receiver. In fact, he may not even be a number two on a good team. But his veteran presence is quite clear when you see him line up at receiver, especially compared to some of the other Redskins receivers (sans Santana Moss). Anthony Armstrong is certainly a younger option, and showed what e could do a year ago, but I think Gaffney has a chance to take his job in the early going. Gaffney has shown to be more consistent in each practice so far, which I think makes him a direct threat to Armstrong's job security as the number two receiver. There's still plenty of time to go, but everyone's having trouble trying to figure out which receivers are going to make the final roster at this point.
Chris Cooley not getting as many reps as you would think: I'm not sure if this is going to be a big deal down the road, but the most popular Redskin remaining the roster, tight end Chris Cooley, hasn't gotten as many reps in practice as Fred Davis has.
Does that many anything yet? I'm not sure, but it's clear that Davis will probably be used a lot more this year than in 2010. Davis came into camp pretty slender, changing his diet and looking more like a big wide receiver than a tight end. Kyle Shanahan addressed his depth at tight end after practice.
"We know our guys," he said. "We know which guys we've got to give more to and we know when we've got to take more off. We've got a better understanding of the players"
When asked about Cooley in particular, he didn't offer up much. "Cooley's good," he said. "He's been doing real well."
We'll have to see about that once the games start.
ASHBURN, Va - Redskins starting running back Ryan Torain appeared to injure his left hand this morning in practice. He went down on a running play and was looked at by the training staff for several minutes. After the trainers wrapped his hand, Torain sat out the duration of the session.
Torain has been known to be an injury prone running back, and his inability to stay healthy has cost him a chance to become an upper echelon running back in the NFL.
He finished last season with 742 rushing yards to go along with 4 rushing touchdowns in 10 games. He missed four games due to injury.
After practice, Mike Shanahan briefly commented on Torain's injury, admitting he didn't know how severe the injury was.
"Yeah, he dinged his hand," Shanahan said. "I'm not really sure until they have some X-Rays on it exactly where he stands."
The Redskins acquired Tim Hightower over the weekend in a trade as an insurance policy just in case Torain goes down. Hightower is expected to practice tomorrow, so it will be interesting to see how many reps he gets.
Move over Shane Matthews and Danny Wuerffel, because you might have competition for the worst Redskins quarterback competition ever. Plus, what happened to the fans? Are they still locked out?
Rex Grossman has officially re-signed with the Washington Redskins, announcing the news to local media late Tuesday afternoon. Coach Mike Shanahan had said Grossman would be in camp by the end of the day, and he now is there with a new contract. Grossman announced that it was a one-year contract, because he wanted to play the season and try free agency again next year.
Grossman's return was all but assumed, but it hadn't yet gotten done before Tuesday, which made some people wonder. Grossman took over as the team's starting quarterback late last season after Donovan McNabb was benched, and did a decent job, considering the circumstances. It looks like he'll be a backup again, though, with John Beck picking up most of the first-team reps early in training camp.
ASHBURN, Va - Another morning practice in the books here at Redskins Park, with another physical (by Mike Shanahan's standards) session wrapping up an hour ago. It was yet another open practice that didn't draw very well, with fans having plenty of room to view their team up close and personal.
After practice Mike Shanahan announced that newly re-signed corner Phillip Buchanon has been suspended for the first four games of the regular season. Shanahan declined to give the reasons why he Buchanon was suspended.
But getting back to the on field action, here are some notes and observations from this morning's practice:
Jarvis Jenkins is looking the part, playing the part: The more you look at Jarvis Jenkins, the more you realize what the Redskins saw in him to select the former Clemson Tiger in the second round of the draft. Not only does he have the size (6-foot-3, 320-pounds), he plays with a tremendous of amount of burst and strength. He's expected to be a defensive end in this 3-4, and I wouldn't be surprised if he got plenty of playing time as a rotational player as the season goes on. Jenkins was dominating in 11-on-11's and when going against offensive lineman in drills. It's pretty clear that he has the physical skillset to succeed, but the key will be for Jenkins to get comfortable with the scheme as quickly as possible.
"I got to study a little bit more, but I think I'm getting the players very fast," Jenkins said.
Shanahan seems to have caught on to what Jenkins has done so far, and praised him after practice.
"I like him," Shanahan said. "He's quite impressive. He's 320 pounds. He's played the run. He's played the pass. You can tell he has a big upside. You can tell he likes to work. All the things you look for in a guy, I believe he has."
DeAngelo Hall gets knicked up: DeAngelo Hall came up to engage Evan Royster on a run to his side, and then hurt his wrist after bending it too far back. Hall was immediately looked at by the trainers, laying down away from the other players. After a few minutes of loosening it up, he was back on the practice field. It looked scary for a brief moment, but Hall looks to be just fine.
"He never said anything to me," Shanahan said. "I don't think anything should be too bad, or else he would have said something."
Beck keeps getting better: Is he playing like an All-Pro? No, but John Beck is looking better each day. He has plenty of things left to work on, but he's showing to be a bit more consistent than he was in the past few days. His main issue right now is accuracy, but not because he's completely missing guys.
Beck still has to work on being able to hit guys in the right spots depending on where they are on the field. Running backs coming out in the flat are having to completely stop and turn around to make a grab. Receivers who are running seam routes have to reach a little too far behind them to make a catch. Being able to hit his skill position players in stride is something he has to work on in the next few days.
The Washington Redskins still have not re-signed quarterback Rex Grossman, despite many public statements indicating his return is a mere formality. However, it appears that there has been some movement on this on Tuesday. In a press conference following Tuesday's morning practice, coach Mike Shanahan indicated that there is a "good chance" that Grossman will sign a new deal Tuesday night.
Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said after today's practice that quarterback Rex Grossman would be arriving at camp on Tuesday night, when he's expected to resign with the team.
Assuming the deal does get done, Grossman will compete with John Beck for the starting quarterback job. He will be a bit behind, but can probably make it up with his familiarity with the offense.
Notice anything different about Redskins training camp this year? The team may not be very good, but at least the focus will be on actual football things instead of other drama.
ASHBURN, Va - Another hot and humid day here at Redskins Park, where the team resumed practice after getting the day off yesterday. This morning's practice was a bit more lively than Friday's and Saturday's, probably because the team wore shells for the first time, which led to more physical play.
Here are some of the things that stood out to me during this morning's session:
John Beck was better, but still not great: Beck didn't have the greatest day on Saturday, overthrowing several receivers on bootlegs, with his balls coming out quite wobbly. But today, I thought he had a better practice. He had plenty of zip on the passes he threw on intermediate routes, and on the longer throws he was able to use great touch to hit receivers in stride going down the sidelines.
There was still some struggles, though. He was accurate for the most part, but sometimes he got the ball out late, forcing receivers to wait on the ball and be led right into a defensive back ready to take their heads off. Secondly, during 7-on-7's Beck threw back to back interceptions to DeAngelo Hall, who jumped routes on Fred Davis and Leonard Hankerson. Overall, a decent day for Beck, who is looking to be more comfortable with the system each passing day.
Rookie receivers showing some spark: Leonard Hankerson and Niles Paul had impressive mornings, showing flashes of the ability the team hopes will make their receiving corps much better than last year's. Firstly, their frames alone stand out among the rest of the receivers, not only from a height perspective, but from a bulk perspective too.
Hankerson had several impressive catches in the morning session, with his most impressive being a one handed grab on a pass that was well behind him, being able to reel it in without breaking stride. Paul was able to make some nice catches on intermediate crossing routes over the middle. What was also impressive about Paul is his blocking ability. He seems to relish the chance to make key blocks on running plays, and that'll easily earn him points with the coaching staff if he can continue excel there in addition to his special teams work.
Receiver coach Keenan McCardell talked after practice about the rookie receivers development, Hankerson in particular:
"[What stands out is] his length, his hands, his ability to catch the ball." McCardell said. "He's a good route runner and that's why I want him to understand 'You're a good route runner, show it'...Once [the rookies] get the system, they can let their natural talent show. In a couple days, everybody's going to be flying."
Another free agent spectator is on the sidelines: The past few days have seen a bizarre trend of newly signed free agents unable to practice, but still being able to watch along the sidelines. You can now add Jamaal Brown to that list of players. Brown re-signed with the team yesterday for a reported five year, $27.5 million dollars with a little over $8 million of it being guaranteed. After practice he seemed to be excited about coming back to play for Mike Shanahan.
"I just believe in Coach Shanahan" Brown said. "He's putting the chemistry together to make a Super Bowl run and I just want to be apart of it."
Health was a concern for Brown last year, so I asked him how he's feeling now that he's had an entire offseason to further heal his hip.
"I'm feeling good health wise," he said. "I'm taking care of myself during the offseason, seeing trainers back in Oklahoma keeping my hip right, so I just look forward to get back to playing."
ASHBURN,Va - This morning's practice wrapped up a few hours ago, and we're awaiting coming back out into the summer heat for the afternoon walkthrough. But before we do, here's a few notes about this morning's practice, which was open to the public:
Ryan Kerrigan sat out practice: The Redskins top draft pick sat out practice for the second straight day, after getting a bone bruise on his right leg during yesterday's morning practice. Mike Shanahan didn't seem concerned about how much Kerrigan could miss while being out.
"You'd like him to be out there and [get] in football shape," he said, "and hopefully it won't be long before he can be back and practice. But [he's] got a bone bruise. When you got a bone bruise, you've got to wait until it heals. Is it going to be one or two days, or five days? I don't know."
Mike Sellers lined up exclusively at tight end: One of the developments we noticed yesterday is that Sellers was lining up at tight end on most downs, and we weren't sure if this was a temporary thing. But it appears that Sellers is trying his luck at tight end so he can better his chances of making the final roster.
"He does a great job at special teams," Shanahan said after practice. "[And] he did a very good job last year at the fullback position. [We'd like] to give guys like [Darrel Young] some repetition, also Keiland Williams who can play both the fullback position and the tailback position, we're going to get him some reps there. Mike gets a chance to master a position he hasn't run in practice many times throughout his career."
The young linebacker corps at work: Even with Kerrigan out, it's pretty clear the Redskins want to see what they have in the younger linebackers on the squad. Last year's fourth round draft pick Perry Riley as well as Robert Henson were getting heavy reps at inside 'backer, setting the stage for what could be a fierce competition. Should Riley win the job, the Redskins will walk into Week 1 with three of their four starting linebackers age 25 or younger. Not bad for a team that wants to get younger.
Kelly impressing so far: I might jinx it for him, but so far Malcolm Kelly has looked pretty sharp in practice. The former 2nd rounder is flashing the ability the former regime thought they were getting when they drafted him back in 2008.
What's most impressive with Kelly is his hands. He seems to make one handed catches look incredibly easy, being able to reel them in as if he has glue on his gloves. Pair that with the fact that he can use his long frame to his advantage and the Redskins might finally have the red zone threat they were looking for. The issue, as it always has been for him, is being able to stay healthy.
ASHBURN, Va - With the fans coming out to see the team for the first time since last season, the Redskins began their second day of practice this morning here at Redskins Park.
One of the most intriguing stories about this training camp (besides not having any drama) is the fact that the fanbase doesn't seem to have a central figure to rally around anymore.
Enter John Beck.
Fans were as boisterous as they usually are, but weren't treated to a great performance from the quarterback this morning. Beck had an up and down practice, being able to complete throws accurately underneath and on intermediate routes, but was not able to hit on deep passes. By my count, he missed at least three deep shots, a few to rookie Aldrick Robinson, and another to second year man Anthony Armstrong. Fans were quick to voice their displeasure, particularly on the deep misses. But again, can't put too much into these OTA-like practices so far.
ASHBURN, Va - Mike Shanahan met with the media Friday evening for the first time since the end of the draft to talk about training camp, as well as the team's offseason moves. One of the more hot button issues was of course the Donovan McNabb trade. Here's the transcript of the McNabb portions:
On the decision to trade McNabb: "We gave Donovan the option to talk to any football team he wanted to, to make sure he went to the football team that best suited him. We knew we were going in that direction after being with him throughout the year. We hope it turns out well for Donovan."
On when the decision was made: "I can't tell you exactly when it was, but when we did make the decision, I talked to Fletcher [Smith] and told him that we were going to go in a different direction. "
On what went wrong: "I'm not going to go through all the details, but there was a lot that went into that decision [to trade for him]. We had Jason Campbell and we did trade him away for a fourth round draft choice. We looked at Donovan and even though we gave up a second and a fourth, I thought if he did fit within our system and did the right things that he could be a top notch player for us. At the end of the day, it just didn't work out quite the way we wanted to. We would have had to make the commitment for three or four years, and I was not wanting to do that [after] the year that I spent [with him]. But that doesn't mean that Donovan still can't play at a high level. I think the world of him, and he really handled himself in a class manner. But in the best interest of this organization and evaluating everything I thought it was better to move on."
On how ugly the situation became towards the end with Donovan's agent: "I thought Donovan handled himself in a class matter. I'm not sure the agent did. I talked to him about that so that'll stay between us."
On if he regrets the trade: "You can regret a lot of things in football. But for the reasons that I just mentioned, that when we did make the decision we were hoping that he would fit our system. I told Donovan when he first came in here, I said ‘These are the reasons that I think Philly did not sign you and they were going go with Kolb, and this is what you are going to have to do to stay on our football team for a number of years, and if you do that I think you have a chance to go to the Pro Bowl and do the things you've been doing throughout your career.'"
On with the personality conflicts he had with McNabb: "There was never a personality conflict with Donovan McNabb. Donovan McNabb is a class guy. I have never seen one confrontation with Donovan with any coach in our building ever. [No situations where] anybody was ever raising their voice, anybody ever yelling at each other, nothing like that. You hear all these rumors, all this speculation, I can't say anything about that. All I'm saying is that at the end of the day, we made a decision not to re-sign Donovan. Now we go on, and I still think Donovan has a great future ahead of him. If he decides to do the little things he needs to do to get to the next level, then he'll be there. But I'm not going into detail with what those things are, and I'm sure Andy Reid wouldn't either . "
ASHBURN, Va. - Talking for the first time this offseason, Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan addressed the media at Redskins Park regarding a wide range of issues.
The most talked about issue? The quarterback situation, of course.
Shanahan seemed certain that last year's backup turned starter Rex Grossman would definitely be back in the fold in 2011. Grossman appears to be the only competition standing in the way of contender John Beck.
"Yeah, I do expect him [to return]", Shanahan said. "I know they have to go through contract stuff, and we're trying to get him. I want to get him in here, and these guys to compete, and play the best one."
And like the majority of quaterback competitions, it will take some time to sort itself out, Shanahan says.
"The competition is going to take a while, " Shanahan urged ."Especially since we haven't been able to evaluate them throughout OTAs. Even if we do sign Rex [today], he still can't practice till a week from now."
Until next week comes, Beck will be getting the vast majority of the first teams reps prior to Grossman's expected arrival in camp.
Once Grossman comes in the quarterback competition, which is expected to be the top storyline this training camp, will begin in earnest.
The Washington Redskins begin training camp on Thursday. What are the biggest storylines to watch? We provide four of them here.
The Albert Haynesworth saga is not over. The disgruntled Washington Redskins defensive tackle, who is likely to be traded or released, will nevertheless be in attendance at the first day of Washington Redskins training camp, according to ESPN's Andrew Brandt.
While Donovan McNabb will not be reporting to the Redskins tomorrow, Albert Haynesworth will be. Agent confirms.
Haynesworth is still under contract, and normally, an NFL player under contract reporting to his respective training camp is not news. But given Haynesworth's problems with the Redskins, as well as his well-chronicled boycott of offseason activities in 2010, it was an open question. Haynesworth added fuel to the fire earlier Monday when he declined comment on whether he was showing up when asked by 106.7 The Fan's Grant Paulsen.
Will Haynesworth be asked to pass a conditioning test again? Will the Redskins send him home? Will he actually play for the team this season? We will likely find out tomorrow.
ASHBURN, Va. Trent Williams addressed the media today at Redskins Park for the first time this offseason regarding a number of issues. Here's the transcript:
On his offseason: "I feel like I had a really productive offseason. I got some real godo work in, with a few guys around the league. I feel like I'm in a lot better shape"
On why he didn't come to player-organized workouts: "It was a personal issue, miscommunication.It wasn't too big a deal."
On where he worked out: "I was mainly in Houston. I worked out a little bit in LA."
On the miscommunication: "I wasn't informed. They had the wrong email address for me.I was notified late, I was half way around the world so it's tough to just get on a plane. I don't have a private jet. "
On the email miscommunication: "They worked off email [lists] and they had everybody's email, and they had the wrong one for me."
On if they have his email now: "I don't even have email"
On if he felt like he missed anything by not going to practices: "I don't feel like I missed anything. The non-padded workouts are mostly for skill guys, in 7 on 7's they can get the most work. For lineman, if you're not really getting any contact, then it's really not that big of a deal."
On his 2010: "I watched my [2010 season] 10 or 15 times since I left Redskins Park. I was up and down, wasn't consistent and I could [have] a lot better technique. I did okay versus some of the top rushers but it wasn't up to my standard and what I hold myself to."
On his expectations for 2011: "I'm striving to be better than last year. I made a lot of rookie mistakes, can't blame it on being a rookie no more. If I'm not playing Pro Bowl-like football it will be a let down for me and my team"
Star Washington Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo addressed the media on Tuesday and was not shy at all about sharing his feelings on Albert Haynesworth, Donovan McNabb and other issues facing the franchise.
"It wears you down.. Last year and the years previous we talked to much about individuals that had problems with the organization."
Here's how the linebacker feels about the possibility of playing another season with Big Al, drama aside:
"I would love to play with Albert. We did great things our first year. He's a phenomenal athlete when he's on field & ready to go."
In my opinion, the quote of the day came when Orakpo aptly summed up what was missing from the Redskins' team culture:
"We need to stop talking as a great team and start doing some action out here and start preparing as a great team."
Good on Orakpo for speaking up. Here's hoping for some action now.
UPDATE: The Redskins have clarified and said Friday, not Saturday, is the first official practice, but it is closed to the public.
The full Washington Redskins 2011 training camp schedule has been released to the public, and now, we know what it will mean for the players. Training camp will officially begin on Thursday, but the first open practice won't be until Saturday morning. As it turns out, that also will be the first practice with pads all week.
Mike Jones of the Washington Post reports that the first three days of training camp will not feature full practices. Here is the schedule:
#Redskins timeline: Wednesday is report day, Thursday is physicals; Friday is conditioning work and first official practice is Saturday.
This is hardly a surprise, but now it is official. Players began using the facilities as early as Tuesday, though not everyone was present. Wednesday is the day that everyone needs to report, so it will be interesting to see whether Donovan McNabb and Albert Haynesworth show up.
The complete Washington Redskins 2011 training camp schedule has just been released, and the first open practice will take place on Saturday, July 30 at 8:30 a.m. From the sounds of it, this means the first two days of training camp will likely be pads-free, though that is not confirmed yet.
All in all, there will be 11 open practices. Fan appreciation day is currently scheduled for Saturday, August 6. Gates will open at 10 a.m., festivities will begin at 10:30 a.m. and practice will begin at noon. Here are the 11 open practice dates, all of which begin at 8:30 a.m. except for the August 6 one.
All dates are subject to change, and all practices thereafter are closed.
It now appears that Washington Redskins training camp will begin on Thursday after all. After initially suggesting that training camps could not begin until Friday, NFL Network's Matt Pomeroy has returned to his original timeline of 10 teams starting Wednesday, 10 Thursday, 10 Friday and two Saturday.
Once again, the reason for the discrepancy in dates is that each team must start 15 days before their first preseason game. The Redskins open their 2011 preseason schedule on August 12, so they will begin camp on Thursday. Players can begin reporting to the facilities on Tuesday.
Here is the full list of 2011 NFL training camp dates.
Thursday: 49ers, Bengals, Buccaneers, Chiefs, Dolphins, Falcons, Lions, Redskins, Saints, and Steelers
Friday: Bears, Bills, Browns, Colts, Giants, Packers, Panthers, Rams, Titans, and Vikings
Sunday: Jets and Texans
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While the start date for Washington Redskins training camp is still a bit unclear, we do know when the Redskins' preseason schedule begins. Football fans can circle August 12 as the date when they can see the Redskins on the field again. In 18 days, the Redskins will begin their preseason against the Pittsburgh Steelers at 7:30 p.m. at FedEx Field.
That will be one of four preseason games the Redskins will play. Here is the full preseason schedule.
Friday, August 12 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (7:30 p.m.)
Friday, August 19 at Indianapolis Colts (7 p.m.)
Thursday, August 25 at Baltimore Ravens (8 p.m., ESPN)
Thursday, September 1 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7:30 p.m.)
The first game of the regular season will be on September 11 at FedEx Field against the New York Giants at 4:15 p.m., in a game scheduled for the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks.
For more on the Redskins, visit Hogs Haven.
Just when it looked like we could circle the start date of the Washington Redskins' training camp, it looks like we can't. While previous reports suggested it would begin Thursday with players reporting Wednesday, new information indicates it will not begin before Friday. Via NFL Network's Matt Pomeroy:
Based on new info, now looks like the earliest Training Camps will be allowed to open is Friday, July 29.
It's still not clear why training camp openings would be pushed back until Friday, but that's the latest as of right now. Of course, this is subject to change, since everything about this arrangement is subject to change.
Several different timelines have emerged for the start of training camps. Saturday was a day suggested over the weekend, but was refuted on Monday. Now, it looks like it may be Saturday after all, or maybe it's another day. We'll keep you posted with the latest information.
For more on the Redskins, visit Hogs Haven.
Washington Redskins training camp will hold its first real practice on Thursday, July 28, but players will be allowed to report to the facilities one day earlier on Wednesday, according to a report by Mike Jones of the Washington Post. Wednesday will be the official check-in day, Jones reports, and pads-free practices will begin Thursday.
A previous report suggested NFL training camps would begin 15 days before each teams' first preseason game. Since the Redskins' first preseason game is on August 12, it would follow that their training camp would begin on Thursday. According to Jones' modified schedule, the Redskins would report to camp on Wednesday, go through pads-free practices on Thursday and Friday and hold their first practice with pads on Saturday.
It's still unclear when NFL free agency will begin, but regardless, teams will begin training camp with incomplete rosters that will become complete over the free agency period.
For more on the Redskins, visit Hogs Haven.
It looks like Washington Redskins training camp will actually begin on Thursday, July 28, at least as of right now. FOX Sports' Jay Glazer is reporting that the players are expected to sign a new CBA Monday to end the NFL lockout. Under that timeline, 10 teams would open camp Wednesday, 10 Thursday, 10 Friday and the remaining two on Saturday.
The reason for the discrepancy is that each will open exactly 15 days before their preseason opener. The Redskins are scheduled to begin their preseason on August 12, so therefore, they would be one of the teams that opens on Thursday.
Previous reports suggested Redskins training camp would begin on Saturday, but under Glazer's timeline, the Redskins would be opening Thursday. The other teams to open Thursday would be the Pittsburgh Steelers, Miami Dolphins, Atlanta Falcons, Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Kansas City Chiefs, San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints.
For more on the Redskins, visit Hogs Haven.
With the news that the NFL players are expected to end the NFL lockout and approve a new collective bargaining agreement on Monday, we can start to get an idea of when Washington Redskins training camp begins. Training camps cannot begin until seven days after a new agreement is reached, according to CBS Sports' Mike Freeman. According to that timeline, the Redskins' training camp will begin on Monday, August 1.
That would at least be the official start date of training camp, though it is not the first time players can return to their team facilities. That will happen on Wendesday, assuming the new deal passes.
The Redskins will once again be holding training camp out in Ashburn, Va. An official schedule, with dates of open and closed practices, is not out yet. It also remains unclear how the projected start of NFL free agency on Saturday, July 30 will affect training camp.
For more on the Redskins, visit Hogs Haven.
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