Sunday, July 29, 2012

Training Camp Day 3: Hitting!

Finally the pads come on. Here's a camp report from CSNWashington's Chick Hernandez:
Your Morning Links/ Reports From Training Camp:
It's a little late but here's a new Skinscast episode prepping you for camp. Skinscast
John Keim is the man, doing two camp reports one on the team. Redskins Confidential
And another with focus mostly on RGIII. Redskins Confidential
Rich Tandler makes a point about why Pierre Garcon is a good WR. Real Redskins
The insiders at HTTR have been saying for awhile that Raheem Morris isn't one and done in DC. HTTR247
Mike Jones looks at some of the linebackers in his camp report. The Insider
Rich Campbell also throws an excellent review of yesterday's camp with interviews mixed in. Redskins Watch
Want to watch more Redskins videos from camp? Redskins Blog has them although be warned that most of it is of the team stretching or running drills. RedskinsBlog
Also Brian Tinsman throws some News and Notes about yesterday's practice.
What's going on with our rivals in Philly? Well Jimmy has a report from Eagles' training camp. BloggingtheBeast

Thoughts and Observations:
- One thing that I'll be looking at if/when I get down to camp and in the pre-season games is how RGIII looks when he runs to his left and throws. There have been some reports from camp about some inaccuracy there. Probably not a big deal but something to keep an eye on.

- Kory Lichtensteiger and Tim Hightower had the days off to not over work their knees. This is especially good for Hightower who is running more and has been seen limping at times at practice. Mike Shanahan has already indicated that he's not 100% but the goal is to have him there by the start of the season.

- Filling in for Lichtensteiger was rookie Josh Leribeus. Multiple reports sound like he had a good day, not perfect but good and that's a better sign for this 3rd rounder than the last 3rd round OL drafted by the Redskins (Chad Rinehart). Rinehart struggled mightily if memory serves correct in camp. Also some reports have stated that Adam Gettis is looking good but still has a way to go. My early guess is that Gettis and OT Compton will go to the practice squad this season.

- I haven't heard much about OT Willie Smith so far this camp. I don't know if that's a good sign or a bad sign. Same with Bucs FA James Lee. Two players to watch where they play in the pre-season games and how they are doing. Could both be on the bubble to not make the team?

- Brandon Banks is getting some praise in multiple reports but not as a KR/PR. Banks had a good day yesterday at WR making multiple plays and finding ways to get open. I still have concerns about what he can do for the 'Skins being such a small target. That said, with the addition of RGIII I doubt many things the Redskins do this year will be conventional by NFL standards. If the 'Skins use more college formations and schemes like the option and the pistol formation, could Banks be a better weapon for the team because he is so freaking fast in the open field when healthy? We'll have to keep an eye on his knees as well. Last year they kept becoming inflamed and made Banks pretty ineffective.

- Kirk Cousins struggled yesterday and fans need to not worry about it. Cousins is a rookie and I highly doubt he'll see the field when the regular season starts up. Matter of fact, I'd bet he'll be holding a clipboard all season long. He's a totally different QB than either Griffin or Grossman and he'll really need to master the offense before he can effectively run it. This is why I was laughing my ass off at Mel Kiper Jr. and many in the media who tried to start a controversy because the Redskins drafted two QBs in this year's draft.

- DL looking better than OL but again not worried or upset about it. Although I am hearing that Tyler Polumbus has been struggling.....

- Brian Orakpo has come into this season hoping to become one of the elite pass rushing DE/LBs in the league. So far it looks like he's on the right path. Yesterday he and Ryan Kerrigan flipped sides (something they did not do in 2011) and Orakpo dominated the back field. This is smart if the Redskins decide to move Orakpo around like Dallas does with OLB DeMarcus Ware. It makes offenses have to pay attention to him constantly by sliding blocking schemes towards him (ie. FB/HB will try and chip him or a TE will be put to dbl team him or the guard will slide to protect the inside while the OT will protect the edge). One mistake in coverage could lead to a sack.

- Sunday the Redskins are off, so I'll come up with something to write about. I have plenty of material to get to that I haven't covered yet in the off season including looking at the schedule and a photo essay about the HOF in Canton.

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