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A good test is often the best way to gauge just how far along a football team is. In the case of the Washington Redskins, there is still much work to be done after their second preseason game against the Chicago Bears. I don’t much care for scoreboards in the preseason, but for the record the Redskins lost 33-31.
That score is somewhat deceiving as the Redskins made a game of it in the fourth quarter behind Kirk Cousins catching fire against the Bears back-ups. Up to that point the two glaring weaknesses that have me afraid this year shined their ugly faces, the offensive line and the secondary. The o-line is dinged up a bit and has some backups playing but you could just tell they were over-matched against the Bears defense. Words can’t even describe how the Redskins secondary looked at times in the game, let’s just say Raheem Morris’s job is far from complete when it comes to strengthening the unit.
Robert Griffin III had a somewhat bumpy game fumbling deep in Bears territory on a play he was under serious pressure on (not directly his fault), he finished 5-8 for 49 Yards and 3 rushes for 17 yards.
Rookie Alfred Morris looked REALLY good early on but somewhat leveled out once protection slacked up some, he finished with 10 carries for 34 yards but also blew a blitz pickup read that lead to the RGIII sack/fumble.
Brandon Banks returned a punt 91 yards for a touchdown, but I still think his chances of making the team are slim, especially since Aldrick Robinson had the night he did, he finished with 6 catches for 104 yards and a touchdown. Mike Shanahan has already been clear that Banks will have to be able to produce at BOTH positions and that receiver competition is pretty tight right now, Robinson may have made the team with his showing against the Bears. Dezmon Briscoe also looked good catching 3 balls for 51 yards and a touchdown, I believe Briscoe could be the red-zone receiver we desperately need.
Brian Orakpo injured his left shoulder (same one he hurt last year) and Brandon Meriweather injured his left knee in the first quarter. Both will undergo MRI’s tomorrow but Homer McFanboy tweeted this after the game in reference to Orakpo.
Brian Orakpo wants
#Redskins fans to know he’s okay. He said it was scary at first and he’s getting an MRI tomorrow, but he should be fine.
— Homer McFanboy (@HomerMcFanboy) August 19, 2012
There is a quarterback controversy in DC, but it will never be one that involves Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins and Rex Grossman are battling for the number two spot in the lineup and Rex better watch himself as Cousins was 18-23 for 264 yards and 3 touchdowns in the second half of the Bears game. Rex didn’t take a snap in the game.
Ryan Kerrigan, Jarvis Jenkins, Perry Riley and Delvin Johnson each had a sack.
The main thing to take from all this is that it’s only preseason and these game don’t count. The love of having these games is the ability to be able to try new things/players out while not really giving the game-plan away to anyone. Of course, the injuries are the downside of preseason and the reason I believe they play to many exhibition games.
Heading into the second preseason game tonight against the Chicago Bears, the Washington Redskins will look to give rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III a few more snaps (30-35). The following list consists of five things I will be looking for tonight as I sit-down and watch the game.
So as we head into preseason week 2 for the Redskins tonight, here is the weekend version of the ‘Daily Slop’, a collection of Redskins news from around the web…as seen daily over on Hogs Haven.
Redskins thoughts: Three things I learned | WashingtonExaminer.com
Aldrick Robinson is anxious for another chance to return punts. He attempted to return two last summer, but he had never done it in college and fumbled both his opportunities vs. Pittsburgh in the preseason. But Robinson worked a lot on catching punts while on the practice squad last season. He said he catches 10 punts a day now in practice (they rotate the returners). “Last preseason was kind of tough,” he said. “But I’ve learned how to catch the ball. I’m better at catching it and feel more comfortable. I’m way better than I was.”
Elfin: Redskins Tradition Began Thirty Years Ago, And No One Expected Them To Win Either ” CBS DC
Thirty years ago this month, the Washington Redskins had a very young team that surprised the world and went on an unsuspected Super Bowl run, while enduring the player strike.
RG3 Report: Aug. 17 | WashingtonExaminer.com
They liked what they saw. They know they need to see more. Not that Robert Griffin III’s teammates doubt what he can ultimately do, but they also know there’s a long ways to go. Griffin was poised and relaxed in the pocket in his preseason opener vs. Buffalo. However, quarterbacks succeed in the NFL based on their ability to handle duress as much as anything. “It’s hard to stay poised as a rookie when things aren’t going well,” backup QB Rex Grossman said. “He had a couple open guys, made the right throws on time [vs. Buffalo]. Looked good. I thought he looked great. I thought he handled every situation given to him.”
Redskins selling RGIII-Andrew Luck rivalry T-shirt – DC Sports Bog – The Washington Post
A Redskins T-shirt trumpeting a preseason matchup is not at all over the top.
The Redskins Blog | ‘Hey Hey Hey!…’ That’s Chris Baker!
Though it’s always great to see childhood photos of the Washington Redskins players, I’d say there’s very few guys on the team who have a picture of them posing in “Fat Albert” pajamas. But that’s exactly what Baker, the Redskins defensive lineman, posted last night.
Fred Davis is biding his time and waiting for the ball to come his way – The Insider – The Washington Post
Last year’s best offensive playmaker isn’t worried about opportunities during preseason
Redskins RB Alfred Morris eager for heavy workload vs. Bears – The Insider – The Washington Post
Redskins rookie RB Alfred Morris figures to see significant action Saturday against the Bears, and possibly could start.
Anthony Armstrong wants to make it difficult for Redskins to cut him – The Insider – The Washington Post
With a few slots up for grabs, he hopes to bounce back from injury and a poor 2011 against the Bears Saturday
Redskins kickers Graham Gano, Neil Rackers hoping for their shot vs. Chicago Bears – The Insider – The Washington Post
The Redskins’ place kickers hope Saturday’s preseason game in Chicago gives them their first in-game opportunity to compete for the starting job.
Hall Looking For A Team-Win In Chicago
“We have a lot of things we need to work on individually, collectively as a group, and were going to try and work on those things,” Hall said this week. “We started out good in Buffalo, so we’re going to try to, at the end of the day, leave it up to our young guys to try to get a win out in Chicago.”
How Reliable is Fred Davis as a Run Blocker? – Hogs Haven
Fred Davis looks set to be the top tight end on the Redskins depth chart, but can his run blocking ability stand up to the task of a number one tight end?
Darrell Green’s Son, WR Jared Green, Impressing at Panthers’ Camp – Hogs Haven
Updates on Redskins’ great Darrell Green’s son, WR Jared Green, who is wowing Panthers brass in camp.
RG3′s locker shrine stars Spidey, Hulk, Baylor Bear – NFL.com
Washington Redskins rookie QB Robert Griffin III allowed the media to peek inside his locker for the first time ever this week. Knowing what we know, we shouldn’t be surprised by what they found.
Need to Know: RG3 vs. the Bears zone pressure – Rich Tandler’s Real Redskins
Here is what you need to know on this Saturday as the Redskins take on the Bears and one week away from the Redskins vs. Andrew Luck and the Colts at FedEx Field. Game day need to know Here is your need to know about the game itself: —Chat right here starts at 7:00. Kickoff is at 8:00 —The game will be telecast exclusively in HD on Comcast SportsNet. The live telecast in available only in the Redskins market. Check…
Will Cousins win the backup QB role?
Will Cousins win the backup QB role?
Offseason has Wilson comfortable with defense
A year ago, Josh Wilson had to learn the defense on the fly after arriving as a free agent during training camp. After OTA’s and minicamp, he fills much more prepared this season.
Transcript: Mike Shanahan 08.17.12 – Rich Tandler’s Real Redskins
Mike Shanahan addressed the media on Thursday, here is a transcript of that session from Redskins PR: On the plan for how much starters will play against Chicago: “Pretty much what we talked about last week. We’ll let them go about anywhere from 30-35 plays, usually it’s about a half.” On who will start at running back: “I’m not going to go through all the substitutions, but the guys that are getting most of the carries will be…Alfred [Morris] will…
Redskins-Bears: Washington faces a tougher defense this week – Hard Hits – The Washington Post
Washington faces a team with established veteran talent Saturday
Robert Griffin III has a go-to guy in Pierre Garcon, hopes to get other Redskins receivers involved – The Washington Post
Robert Griffin III established instant chemistry with Pierre Garcon last week against the Bills. Now he must turn to his other wideouts against the Bears.
2nd pre-season game means more than a sample size of snaps you’ll see the starters take. The starters will go about a half this game, so for all you fans crying about RG3 only playing 14 snaps last week…you’ll see more!8 Things I’m looking For: 1.
The Redskins’ sixth-round rookie running back faces an enormous opportunity Saturday night.
The Redskins held their final full practice before Saturday’s preseason game against Chicago.
Redskins take on the Bears and here are the numbers to watch for.
Need to Know: RG3 will go 30-35 plays – Rich Tandler’s Real Redskins
Here is what you need to know on this Friday, two weeks before the final cut to 53. Game chat starts tomorrow at 7 I will not be in Chicago on Saturday night but I just got a new 55-inch LED TV so I’ll have a good view of Comcast SportsNet’s exclusive HD telecast of the game. The chat will get going at about 7 p.m. Kickoff is at 8:00 and we’ll roll until the game is over. RG3 and…
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How much of an adjustment was it to fill in for London Fletcher as the quarterback of the defense? “Obviously it’s a huge adjustment because I’ve got to know all of the plays and know how to call it depending on how the offense comes out,” he said. “But it’s good. I just wanted to make sure I could hear everything they were saying to me and get used to hearing that. Especially with the crowd noise and everything, it’s a little bit harder because I’m not used to it. So I just wanted to make sure I got the call clearly so I could relay it to everyone so no one is panicking.”
Redskins 2nd Preseason Game: What I’ll Be Watching | Fanspeak Washington Redskins Blog
Again it’s not surprising that the most important part of the game I will be looking at is the play of Robert Griffin. I was impressed with his first career action versus Buffalo last week and look for him to continue against a solid Bears starting defense even without Brian Urlacher.
Revisiting the Receiver Position Battle: | Fanspeak Washington Redskins Blog
As we head towards the 2nd preseason game I thought it would be a good time to take a deeper look at where the wide receiver position battle stand. Though there will obviously be an order for this group, the focus is on who is making the roster. That means I won’t be focusing on Pierre Garcon, Santana Moss, Leonard Hankerson and Josh Morgan, since they have their roster spots locked up. Also, I’m not going to really address any of the “camp bodies” at the position. Instead I’m focused on the guys who I think have a real chance to make it, and first up is the wide receiver battle.
Redskins Practice Report: July 27 | WashingtonExaminer.com
1. Redskins right tackle Jammal Brown will undergo an MRI Tuesday in New York. He wanted to wait until he could be seen by his doctor and this was the earliest it could happen. 2. The Redskins claimed receiver Dezmon Briscoe off waivers from Tampa Bay. The Bucs released him in part because he failed their conditioning test.
RG3 Report | WashingtonExaminer.com
On a bootleg to the left side, Robert Griffin III tucked the ball and started running. He dashed out of bounds before linebacker Lorenzo Alexander would have hit him (had it been a real game). Alexander’s pursuit on the play was solid: he took the proper angle, leaving Griffin no place to go but out of bounds.
Redskins RB Royster getting noticed | WashingtonExaminer.com
Evan Royster is one of three runners competing for the starting job, along with Tim Hightower and Roy Helu. With Hightower practicing but coming back from a torn ACL, Royster took snaps with the first team ahead of the others.
Washington Redskins Training Camp Day 2 Afternoon: Shanahan, Garçon, Helu, Alexander And Moss ” CBS DC
The coach said Brown wants to see his own doctor and will get an MRI on Tuesday, then they’ll know more. With Brown unable to practice, Tyler Polumbus has been taking the first team reps at right tackle. Listen here to what Mike Shanahan, Pierre Garcon, Roy Helu, Lorenzo Alexander & Santana Moss had to say following practice today.
Chris Cooley says everyone loves RGIII – DC Sports Bog – The Washington Post
“Everyone’s relationship with Griff has been great,” Cooley said. “He has an ability to be a leader. It’s just such an intangible ability. Some guys are born with it, and he has that characteristic. I’m not that kind of person. For me to do what he’s doing would be so forced, but for me to watch him has been a lot of fun.
RGIII’s HTTR cleats – DC Sports Bog – The Washington Post
Redskins quarterback started training camp with the initials for ‘Hail to the Redskins’ on his kicks.
The Redskins Blog | Rookie Spotlight: Kirk Cousins
“It went well,” Cousins said Friday after the team’s morning walk-through session in the Redskins’ Indoor Training Facility. “Definitely a lot of learning taking place, mistakes being made as a rookie which is to be expected, but a dream come true to be a part of an NFL training camp, a very exciting opportunity — just gotta get used to that heat going forward.”
Backup Kirk Cousins has starter’s mentality – The Insider – The Washington Post
Fourth-round draft pick in competition with Rex Grossman to back up Robert Griffin III
Pierre Garcon, Tim Hightower aim to spark team offensively – The Insider – The Washington Post
Newcomer and RB who was injured last season want to make an impact in 2012.
Ryan Kerrigan wants to make strides in second season – The Insider – The Washington Post
Kerrigan wants to make strides
Shanahan: Running Back Competition Open
Going into 2012, Shanahan added rookie Alfred Morris to the mix and declared an open competition for the starting spot. “Sometimes you get a running back that can carry the load by himself,” Shanahan said. “Most of the time you kind of have two or three guys, but we’ll just have to wait and see as the preseason goes on who wins the playing time.”
Williams, Teammates Have Griffin III’s Back
Given the cost of acquiring Griffin III, the Redskins must protect their investment. Redskins 2010 first-round pick, left tackle Trent Williams will be entrusted with protecting Griffin III’s blindside. For what it’s worth, Williams is prepared to protect the dynamic athlete lining up under center. “I like him,” Williams said, matter-of-factly. “I think he’s everything he’s hyped up to be.”
Redskins camp report: RG3′s development will determine how fast this team rises – NFL – CBSSports.com News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy
Besides the Griffin trade, the Redskins made a splash by jumping on receivers Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan right away in free agency, and made some middling moves, bringing back injured RB Tim Hightower, taking chances onTanard Jackson and Brandon Meriweather at safety. The roster remains riddled with questions at some key spots.
Meriweather a big Redskins question mark – NFC East Blog – ESPN
When Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan was considering signing safety Brandon Meriweather this spring, he called Patriots coach Bill Belichick to ask if he thought it was a good idea. Belichick cut Meriweather just before the start of the 2011 season, and Meriweather wasn’t productive last year with the Bears, so Shanahan wanted to know if something was up — and more importantly, whether the guy could still play. Belichick told Shanahan he thought Meriweather could still play and would fit well as the strong safety in the kind of defense Shanahan likes to run.
I get a lot of questions about the Washington Redskins’ running back situation — who’s the starter, how much of a role will Roy Helu have, could Evan Royster handle the load, etc. I know most of them are fantasy-related, but that’s okay. I don’t judge. I’m a fantasy sports junkie myself.
We look at some common pass protection schemes in the west coast offense; the 2 Jet, 3 Jet and Fox 2. All will be used by the Redskins this season to help block for Robert Griffin the third and keep him standing upright.
Redskins training camp: Robert Griffin III ushers in new era – NFL.com
Trouble? Discord? These things no longer define Washington Redskins training camp. Jeff Darlington says it’s a new day with fresh-faced quarterback Robert Griffin III at the helm.
The Hogs Haven podcast makes its triumphant return to the airwaves after a month off. With the Redskins starting training camp this week, we discuss all the battles and story lines to come from camp.
Moss wants to tap the brakes on RG3-mania
Santana Moss understands all of the RG3 hype, but he doesn’t really want to participate in it.
Five Non-Starters To Watch In Preseason – Hogs Haven
Hogs Haven takes a look at five veterans non-starters for the Redskins to keep an eye on at this week’s training camp.
A trio of punt returner candidates
Three different players tried their hands at fielding punts at Thursday’s practice.
Brown’s ‘little’ injury could be a big problem for the Redskins – Rich Tandler’s Real Redskins
Even though Jammal Brown looked healthy during OTA’s and minicamp, it was not shocking when Mike Shanahan announced that he would be on the physically unable to perform list to start training camp. Shanahan said that the team’s starting right tackle’s hip “felt a little bit tight” after running some conditioning sprints on Wednesday and that the hip was “a little bit sore” on Thursday morning.
New practice schedule favors early risers – Rich Tandler’s Real Redskins
By Tarik El-Bashir CSNwashington.com In his first two seasons as the Redskins’ coach, Mike Shanahan held training camp practices in the morning and walkthroughs in the afternoon. This summer, however, Shanahan has flipped that familiar schedule. “I haven’t worked it this way before,” he said this week. “But with the new rules [in the collective bargaining agreement], we are getting a good lift in the morning from 7:30 to and 8 to 8:30 with the rookies and the vets.
Redskins’ Evan Royster expecting more from himself in second season – Washington Times
When Evan Royster looks at film of his second professional start, the Washington Redskins running back doesn’t see the 28 yards he gained on a toss to the left against the Philadelphia Eagles last January.
Jeff Bostic, former Washington Redskins center and original member of the famed “Hogs” offensive line, has joined the concussion lawsuits against the NFL, according to court documents reviewed by The Washington Times.
It was just one play, a single snap in a Washington Redskins camp full of them, but for Santana Moss it was oh so symbolic. On a throw to the left flat Thursday morning, just a few minutes into the first workout, Robert Griffin III led Moss a bit too far, and Santana was forced to make a tumbling catch, an effort that sent his visor flying.
Rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III generated excitement among the veterans at the opening of Redskins camp on Thursday.
So with training camp beginning this week, we thought it was a good idea to kick off the first round table of the year with opinions on player position battles. Which position battles do you guys think will be the most competitive and the best to keep on eye on this year? Who do you see winning those battles?
Point-Counterpoint: Debating the Redskins Pass Catchers | Fanspeak Washington Redskins Blog
Training camp starts this week and we have already looked at both the offensive and defensive lines. Now it is time to look at a more exciting position, the receivers. Recent seasons have seen solid play for the tight end position, but not as much from the wideouts. Shanahan and Allen saw a need in the off season at wide receiver and added both Pierre Garcon (still need to figure out how to get that squiggly thing) and Josh Morgan. The last time the Skins spent big money on the position was when Gibbs and Cerrato brought in Antwan Randle-El and Brandon Lloyd. All must hope this situation has a better ending, but will it?
Orakpo diversifying his pass-rushing repertoire – Washington Times
ROLB Brian Orakpo is looking to add some inside pass rushing moves to his arsenal.
Holden & Danny: Brian Westbrook Says Mike Vick Was The Root Of The Eagles Issues ” CBS DC
Former Philadelphia Eagles running back Brian Westbrook joined Holden & Danny to give his thoughts on various story lines from around the league, including why he thinks his former team struggled last season.