Initial Thoughts & Observations: Redskins 22, Titans 21
He was 7 of 11 for 58 yards and a 77.1 passer rating. But he was sacked twice, and the Titans went three-and-out on the opening drive. Then they started running. Revamping the offensive line was the top priority for Tennessee this offseason. The Titans signed left guard Andy Levitre and drafted right guard Chance Warmack at No. 10 overall. With coach Mike Munchak wanting a run-first offense out of new coordinator Dowell Loggains, they also signed Greene to a three-year deal.
Kirk Cousins excels for the Redskins in his preseason starting role
But this wasnt just a normal trip to the cineplex to see a mass release rom-com. (Thats next weekend.) Instead, much of the team attended an exclusive advance screening of Lone Survivor, the upcoming Mark Wahlberg movie about four Navy SEALS on an ill-fated mission in Afghanistan. ( See the trailer here .) And there was a bit of extra star power in the theater. In addition to the Redskins brain trust including Daniel Snyder, Bruce Allen and Robert Griffin III the screening at the Bow Tie Movieland at Boulevard Square included appearances by director Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights, Battleship) and actor Taylor Kitsch, whom you know as Tim Riggins. Kitsch, Griffin and Berg. (Arnold Silver) The themes of brotherhood and teamwork coming together to battle a common opponent are very applicable to you guys, Berg told the Redskins, according to a release.
Redskins Offensive MVP Against Titans
On their second series, the Redskins briskly covered 64 yards on seven plays, the final one a three-yard touchdown pass from Cousins to tight end Fred Davis. Cousins was sharp on the drive, completing his four attempts for 35 yards. While calmly cycling through his progressions, he appeared at ease in an offense he fully grasps. It was a good look for Cousins. He thought so as well. The first preseason game is a great measuring stick compared to last years first preseason game, said Cousins, who completed six passes in seven attempts. I can pause and look back and say, Where have I grown from a year ago to now? I can see how much more comfortable I am in calling the play, getting to the line of scrimmage, identifying the coverage, identifying the fronts, getting in and out of the right and wrong plays [and being] able to make quick decisions. Cousinss rapid growth doesnt surprise Mike Shanahan, who drafted Cousins with this sort of thing in mind. Remember, Shanahan said, for him to win [the No.
Kirk Cousins, filling in for fellow second-year man Griffin, was sharp, hitting six of seven throws (to five different targets) for 52 yards and a touchdown to a wide-open Fred Davis, the tight end who missed the final nine games of 2012 with a torn Achilles. Roy Helu, the leading rusher from 2011 as a rookie, ran well, gaining 57 yards on 13 carries while filling in for Morris behind an offensive line that was crisp even with the raw Tom Compton filling in for Pro Bowl pick Williams. Shanahan termed Cousins and Helu, who missed the final 13 games of last year with a foot injury, impressive. That wouldnt have been the adjective to describe the early play last night of third-year receiver Leonard Hankerson and third-string quarterback Rex Grossman, but they improved and combined for the touchdown that tied the game at 14-14 heading into halftime. Backup tight end Logan Paulsen had the catch of the night, a one-handed grab, but Aldrick Robinson and Dezmon Briscoe, who are fighting to hang onto jobs as reserve receivers, each had a bad drop. The second-string offensive line often left Grossman under siege while not opening many holes for third-string back Evan Royster until late in the game. The starting defense, albeit minus Cofield, Hall, Wilson and Meriweather was burned for two long touchdown runs. Pro Bowl outside linebacker Brian Orakpo, who hadnt played since tearing a pec in Week 2 of 2012, and free safety Bacarri Rambo one of three rookie starters in the secondary were the major guilty parties on Chris Johnsons 58-yard scamper. Thats Chris Johnson, one of the best backs in league, sixth-round selection Rambo tried to explain in his defense or should I say, lack of it. Any other safety in the open field with him really doesnt stand a chance either.
The Redskins got a preseason penalty for excessive TD celebration
Sign up now! Redskins tight end Jordan Reed sidelined with a sprained foot Travel Deals Dan Ciarrocchi, SBNation Posted: Sunday, August 11, 2013, 2:25 PM Redskins tight end Jordan Reed is being kept out of action with a sprained foot, according to CSN Washingtons Tarik El-Bashir. More: For more on the Redskins, check out Hogs Haven Reed was sidelined for the team’s preseason opener versus the Tennessee Titans as a precaution, but the third-round pick has not had much activity with the team so far this summer. He was held out of organized team activities due to a thigh injury, and has not seen extensive action during training camp. Fantasy Spin: Reed is an attractive option for dynasty and deep-league owners, but isn’t displaying any type of short-term payoff. The Redskins offense got tight ends open frequently a season ago with their heavy dose of playaction passes freezing linebackers, but Reed doesn’t appear to be in a position to cash-in on those opportunities yet. Because of his inactivity, he is buried behind Fred Davis , Logan Paulsen and Niles Paul on the depth chart. Unless you have the deepest of benches to stash him in dynasty leagues, he’s not worth a second look until he starts making noise in camp.
Registration Deadline Nears for Junior Redskins Cheerleader Program
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RGIII, Redskins attend ‘Lone Survivor’ screening
(Andrew Brownbill / AP) Best 2013 Sports Photos Florida guard Mike Rosario (3) reacts after being fouled by Alabama during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the semifinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament, Saturday, March 16, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (John Bazemore / AP) Best 2013 Sports Photos In this photo taken with a fisheye lens, Boston Bruins’ Nathan Horton, left, celebrates a goal by Andrew Ference against Washington Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth (30) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Saturday, March 16, 2013. The Bruins won 4-1. (Winslow Townson / AP) Best 2013 Sports Photos Utah’s Jason Washburn celebrates after blocking a shot by California in overtime during a Pac-12 men’s tournament NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, March 14, 2013, in Las Vegas. Utah won 79-69. (Julie Jacobson / AP) Best 2013 Sports Photos San Diego Padres shortstop Tyler Stubblefield misses a ground ball hit by Kansas City Royals’ Orlando Calixte for a double in the ninth inning in an exhibition spring training baseball game Friday, March 15, 2013, in Surprise, Ariz. (Gregory Bull / AP) Best 2013 Sports Photos Miami’s Kenny Kadji (35) tries to go over Illinois’ D.J.
Redskins’ Shanahan welcomes extra day to mend
Cousins was a near perfect 6 for 6 for 52 yards and a TD pass to Fred Davis. Cousins also had some real pretty play action completions and avoided the rush quite nicely. Cousins showed poise, command, and leadership, exactly what the Redskins wanted. If last night is any indication, should the need arise for Cousins to play, he will be ready. His near perfect performance deserves a Thumbs Up. QB Pat White: Perhaps the best scenario with White is that he ends the Rex Grossman era in DC. Listen, White is the kind of backup you need in the system the Redskins want to run, one that includes the read option. I certainly dont expect top performances from White like last night, but his grasp of the read option offense should end the Grossman era. Lets face it, without White on the field last night, the chances of a Redskins win was problematic. White created the opportunity by effectively running the offense. White was 5 for 8 for 31 yards passing. It was his legs that put the Redskins in position to win. He ran for 33 yards on 5 carriers which included an 18 yard scamper and a 9 yard TD run that pulled Washington to within 1 point of Tennessee. Whites 18 yard dash drove the Redskins to Brian Orakpo Jersey midfield with just under 6 minutes to go in the game. After rushing 9 yards for the TD, White followed through with a success two point conversion on a pass to Emmanuel Ogbuehi for the win. A stellar night for White, an even more stellar night for those fans that want to see the Grossman era in the past. RB Roy Helu: After missing all of last season after a promising rookie campaign Helu showed last night that he is back to reclaim his mantle as the top backup running back. Helu ran the ball effectively, showing the similar burst that we saw his rookie year. Early in the game, Helu was hitting running lanes a bit early, but slowed down to let the holes develop and put together a nice performance again the Titans starting defense. Lats year, Evan Royster was the main backup to starter Alfred Morris. Royster ran for 62 yards on 14 carries last night, while Helu produced 57 yards on 13 carries against the Titans starters. Folks, Helu just made backup running back a battle to watch in the final three preseason games. Enjoy. THUMBS DOWN: OL Josh LiRibeus: Lets face it, as a third round draft pick, LiRibeus should be way further along than he is now. He was awful last night. LiRibeus committed two penalties and missed blocks, allowing for quarterback pressure. You just don;t expect this for a third round pick now in his second year. Now ready to claim the word bust yet, but we are getting close. WR Aldrick Robinson: Robinson has had a terrific camp and many out there wondered if he could challenge Leonard Hankerson for playing time this season. Well, he has to produce much better than last night. Robinson was targeted 6 times and caught just 2 passes. One of his drops was dead on in the numbers. Just not acceptable for a veteran. Not ready to be completely down on Robinson, but he needs a recovery game next week if he wants to remain in the conversation for regular season playing time. Meanwhile, Hankerson had a pretty good night, grabbing 5 catches for 38 yard. Hankerson spent the extra effort on one catch, grabbing a critical first down. He also added a TD reception. That kind of performance combined with the lack of performance from Robinson is not what Aldrick needed. Rush Defense: Listen, I dont need to go into depth here if you watched, heard, or read about the game last night. The Redskins rush defense was horrible. The defense allowed 126 yards on 25 carries, getting pushed around for an average of 5 yards per carry. They also allowed two rushing TDs, including the 58 yard dash by Titans starting tailback Chris Johnson. Hopefully this is not a sign of a weakness for 2013. In addition, dont forget to VOTE for your Player of the Game in our poll to your right.
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“You can see it was bothering him during the game, both on special teams as well as offense, but he tried to play through it,” Shanahan said. “I thought he did a good job, but we’ve got to make sure that thing heals up, so we’re not going to push him too quickly.” Undrafted rookie linebacker Jeremy Kimbrough separated his right shoulder and could miss “a couple of days” to a “few weeks,” according to Shanahan. Kimbrough was already a longshot to make the team. The Redskins already had scheduled a day off for today, so the team will resume practice Monday. Shanahan has been noncommittal as to when he’ll increase the workout load for quarterback Robert Griffin III, who has been limited to 7-on-7 drills while returning from reconstructive knee surgery.
What to Make of Redskins: Incomplete Picture Painted in Tennessee
The date for his return to full 11-on-11 drills has not been determined, Shanahan said, and that cant sit well with the star quarterback who boldly declared himself ready last week. *** QB Kirk Cousins did nothing to hasten Griffins return. Against the Titans starters, he commanded the offense, threw on time, threw in rhythm and protected the ball. He took easy passes Tennessees coverage gave him, and he took advantage of how play-action opened the defense. He does a great job reading defenses and did a good job spreading them out, Shanahan said. Cousins is a good player who has earned the coaching staffs confidence. Griffin will play if hes healthy, but the Redskins left town feeling even better about their Plan B.
Washington Redskins vs. Philadelphia Eagles: Brian Orakpo Hugely Critical for Regular Season Week 1
Even though it looked like he was tasering himself, that wasnt his intent. Davis told Mike Jones of The Washington Post : I dont even know [what it was]. It was spontaneous. I dont know what I was doing, actually. Ive got to put more thought into it. I cost my team a penalty, so it wasnt a good celebration. For Davis to say he needs to put more thought into his celebration suggests he put any thought into it, which the evidence hardly supports.
Redskins Thumbs Up – Thumbs Down: Preseason Week One
Griffin is the future of this franchise at quarterback and the handling of his knee injury down the stretch last season remains intriguing, as of course does his status for Redskins training camp, preseason and Week 1 of the regular season. Whether that Monday night meeting with the Philadelphia Eagles features RG3 or not, its certain that Washington will enjoy the return of their other budding elite NFL player, outside linebacker Brian Orakpo. His ability to find his 2011 form will be the most critical storyline on the defensive side heading in, after hitting injured reserve following Week 2 last season with a torn triceps. Redskins Week 1 Spread: Redskins 5-point favorites hosting Eagles Redskins Preview and Preseason Effect: Following the Redskins preseason opener against the Tennessee Titans , Washington fans had to feel pretty good about their bookend pass rush. Expecting Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan to hit all cylinders immediately could be a bit much, but picking up a sack each in their limited snaps was nice to see. Its great to have Rak back, you know, and I think Rak being back makes Ryan [Kerrigan] better, makes [Stephen] Bowen better, makes the secondary better, defensive lineman Barry Cofield said, via the team website. We all work together.
Redskins tight end Jordan Reed sidelined with a sprained foot
Registration is available online at http://www.redskins.com/cheerleaders , at FedExField from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 10, or at from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, at Redskins Park in Ashburn. Space is limited. The Junior Redskins Junior Cheerleader program provides girls the opportunity to learn dance and cheer techniques from some of the most prominent women in the industry, said Washington Redskins Cheerleading Director Stephanie Jojokian, adding that the program provides the girls with positive female role models and a national stage to showcase their talents. The program consists of three months of instruction, rehearsals and performances. Each Junior Redskins Cheerleader receives an official 2013 Junior Redskins Cheerleader T-shirt, 2013 routine music CD, an autographed Washington Redskins Cheerleader squad photo and a highlight DVD of their performances. Participants are also extended the opportunity to perform with the Redskins Cheerleaders at parades and community events, as well as at a Washington Redskins halftime show in front of more than 85,000 fans, weather and schedule permitting.