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Three and Out: Training Camp Week 1

Aug 6, 2005, 1:46 AM EDT

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After a week of dropping a few pounds in the heat and
humidity at Redskins Park—pounds that those of you who know me know were ones I
can well afford to lose—here are my three random observations of Week 1 of
Training Camp 2005.

  1. I don’t know if Lemar Marshall if big enough to make it at middle
    linebacker, but it’s sure easy to root for him to do so. The other day he
    has his jersey and pads off and was talking to a group of reporters and,
    looking from 15 yards away, I thought, “Who is this receiver all these
    guys are talking to?” He not tiny, mind you, but standing there in his
    sweat-soaked Under Armor shirt, he just didn’t have the look that one
    associates with the likes of classic MLB’s like Butkus or Singletary. In
    talking to him, though, he seems to have the mental side of it down.
    Marshall has a quiet, intense personality like those of his new teammate
    David Patten and, going back a little further, Art Monk. Since Gregg
    Williams’ scheme doesn’t place as much importance on the size of the Mike
    man, emphasizing instead smarts and toughness, Marshall’s lack of stature
    and bulk doesn’t preclude success for him. As Marshall said, “It’s not
    about your weight, it’s about your heart.”
  2. Kevin Dyson, the touchdown scorer on the Music City Miracle and the near-TD
    scorer on the last play of the Titans’ Super Bowl loss to the Rams, is
    also easy to root for but he is struggling on the practice field. He’s an
    engaging guy, quick with a smile and always willing to talk. On the field,
    however, he looks like what he is, a guy who hasn’t played much in the
    past two seasons (he missed most of 2003 with an injury and all of 2004
    after getting cut in camp). His movements are not fluid, he seems to be
    out of synch with the quarterbacks and his hands haven’t impressed. The
    good thing for Dyson is that his primary competition for the last roster
    spot at receiver is Darnerien McCants, who has had a severe case of the
    dropsies himself. The bad news for both of those players is that the
    performance of those two has opened the door for receivers like Jimmy
    Farris and Jamin Elliott to move up there and steal that last spot.
  3. Patrick Ramsey has been unimpressive. Not great, not terrible, just
    unimpressive. Don’t project that assessment beyond the first week of camp,
    it’s just for right now. It is based mostly on the longer throws, which
    are supposed to be both Ramsey’s strength as a quarterback and the new
    focus of the offense this year. Bombs tend to rely less on “chemistry”
    between the QB and his receiver than do shorter routes when the
    quarterback has to throw the ball before the pass catcher cuts. Ramsey
    seems to do fine on the deeper passes in pitch and catch stuff, where
    there is no defender on the receiver. The ball has a nice trajectory and
    the receiver doesn’t have to break his stride to run under the ball. When
    a defender gets involved, however, it’s a different story. The receiver
    has to adjust, the defender is able to make a play, or, most frequently,
    the ball is overthrown beyond the reach of anyone. It’s not like this
    happens all the time, but enough so that it’s disturbing. Nothing to
    portend doom and gloom here, mind you. It’s just something to look for
    when the start playing against guys in different-colored uniforms.


  1. Anonymous - Aug 8, 2005 at 7:23 AM

    Wow, three negative observations.
    I’m a tad depressed.
    Did you notice anything positive?

  2. Joe - Aug 10, 2005 at 5:19 PM

    On the topic of LBs, what happened to Barrow?

    I remember they gave him permission to seek a trade, but that’s the last I heard. He’s not listed on the roster. There’s also no transaction listed that would indicate that he’s been released. Anyone know the scoop?

  3. oneampoet - Aug 10, 2005 at 6:29 PM

    I thought they cut barrow

  4. Joe - Aug 10, 2005 at 7:27 PM

    You’re right — I missed this story last week. I don’t know why it wasn’t reported on

    Redskins release LB Mike Barrow and S Andre Lott
    July 30, 2005

    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Veteran linebacker Mike Barrow was waived Saturday by the Washington Redskins, and safety Andre Lott was let go after agreeing to an injury settlement with the team.

  5. Anonymous - Aug 10, 2005 at 7:33 PM

    Yes, he was released. Now the middle linebacker spot is going to go to either Lemar Marshall, Warrick Holdman, Clifton Smith, or rookie Robert McCune. Holdman, supposedly, is a good player. By the way, is anyone else as annoyed by Dan Snyder about this Ebay thing as I am? Why is Snyder the ONLY owner in the NFL who is doing this? Does he love to be disliked, even by many of his own fans? He’s like the unpopular kid in grade school whose grown up to be rich and powerful, and now he’s going to throw his weight around to make up for it. The worst thing about Snyder is that he’s young.

  6. Joe - Aug 10, 2005 at 9:58 PM

    Ok, three posts in one day makes me an official redskinsblog degenerate. So be it…

    Robert Kraft started this practice with the Pats a few years ago. There was a big story on 60 minutes about it. I’m suprised washtimes didn’t mention that.

    As the article says, the effort is meant to catch the big time scalpers who resell big blocks of tickets. There are several good reasons not to allow large blocks of seats to be resold.

    First, scalpers who sell tickets above face value drive up the price of the tickets. This keeps them out of the hands of the “average fan.” Now, it’s debatable how many average fans can currently afford season tickets, but regardless, driving it up higher doesn’t help.

    Second, big blocks of tickets that are sold on ebay are getting bought up by the fans of opposing teams. Have you ever been to a home game when the Eagles come to town? The stadium is flooded with people who drive south from Philly with their scapled tickets and turn the place into a war zone. They all get drunk, curse loudly, and start fights in the stands. It’s not a place to bring your kids. Remember the pepper spray incident a few years ago? Not a coinicidence that it happened when we were playing Philly.

    The result, hopefully, is that scalpers will lose their ticket rights or just turn them in because they can’t make a profit. That means fans like me who have been on the waiting list for a decade might get finally get off the list.

    Unfortunately, the policy will also snare a few loyal fans who can’t make it to an occasional game and decide to sell their tickets. Hopefully the Redskins will deal with that on a case by case basis.

    Most of us remember the home field advantage we had at RFK. To turn FedEx into that kind of environment, we need to keep the loyal Skins fans in and the opposing fans out. Snyder and Gibbs know that. Also, don’t forget who the team president is. Most likely this decision came from the desk of Joe Gibbs. He sets the direction of the franchise now.

  7. alan - Aug 13, 2005 at 5:28 AM

    Not sure I understand this blog, or do I. If you want ideas for a story, where do they start. Seems the “reporter” wants a feed. Like a hog at a trough a wait for inspiration. There is money at the bottom. As a fan, I want more! You are not very respectful to me. Your pay web site is obnoxious. A blog is a free trade of ideas. You have no new ideas. I’ll be spaced if I’ll pay for them.

  8. Rich Tandler - Aug 13, 2005 at 11:58 AM

    Alan, you are free to pay or not pay. At least half of the article posted at are free and there is a free message board to exchange ideas there as well.

  9. Anonymous - Aug 15, 2006 at 4:16 AM

    The only way that you can hate on Washington’s endzone dance is if you have never in your life scored a touchdown…

    And you said it ‘preaseason’ like that made it any easier..?!? Archives

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