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Need to Know: The ups and downs of training camp

Aug 17, 2013, 6:03 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, August 17, two days before the Redskins host the Steelers at FedEx Field.

The best and worst of training camp in Richmond

I put Richmond in my rear view mirror yesterday afternoon as camp broke after 22 days at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins training center. Before turning the focus here to the upcoming preseason games and life in Ashburn (Redskins Park, by the way, is 10 minutes from my house), let’s take a look at the good and bad from training camp in Richmond.

The good

Injuries: The Redskins suffered only two major injuries, the Lisfranc injury that ended Phillip Thomas’ season and Keenan Robinson’s torn pec. It should be said that Shanahan does not run a particularly hard-hitting training camp as players are never tackled to the ground so perhaps it follows that there will be fewer camp injuries. Still, that’s some good fortune that the Redskins will take, thank you very much.

Bacarri Rambo: The Redskins put him in as the starter from the first walkthrough on the first day of camp and he has held onto the job. The sixth-round pick showed excellent instincts and he is on track to start against the Eagles on September 9.

Smooth operation: There was a hiccup here and there and a few rainy days turned the area surrounding the practice fields into a quagmire but overall things went well. The setup was good, traffic was not an issue, and (pardon mentioning something nobody outside of the media cares about) the WiFi worked great. On top of all that the crowds were tremendous.

The bad

Jarvis Jenkins: We got word of his four-game suspension to start the season shortly after the start of camp. It should be something that the Redskins can overcome but it’s not good for the career of the former second-round draft pick.

Brandon Meriweather: He can’t seem to get that knee healthy. Meriweather would go hard for a day or two and then he’d need a couple of days of light duty. The presumed starter at strong safety still has time to get well but it’s getting late.

RG3-Shanahan: Yes, it was overblown but the whole thing did not reflect well on the Redskins, especially including Griffin.

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  1. aprilwalker2013 - Aug 17, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    Liked your opinion on the “good” and the “bad”!! I must agree on the RG3/Shanahan issue.. It didn’t look good on him.. To be lead story on SC other than we won a game is never a good look for us!! HTTR

  2. polofourme - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    IMO the only important regarding the ups and downs of TC was the fact that we got thru TC without any major injuries to any of the starting units. The fact is there are only probably four or five roster spots under competition…the team was basically set before TC occurred..yes as in every season there is a shake out period…but most of the starting teams were known well in advance of TC. We have a three preseason games left to work out the final roster. Injury could still play a role but the team will be very careful exposing its starters to that risk. IMO the best player in camp fighting for a roster spot is Minniefield. IMO he is the best CB we have on the team and he has earned it. His injuries in many cases are career ending…he has fought his way all the back and is on the field performing at a high level. I would put his remarkable recovery equal to that of Griffins. So the up, few injuries, the down, we still have three preseason games to navigate before the regular season.

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - Aug 18, 2013 at 2:40 PM

      You do know we have to work out a practice squad and since there are two suspensions we’ll be able to retain two additional players. The roster is not a simple as you put it so we need these preseason games to work it out.

      • polofourme - Aug 18, 2013 at 4:00 PM

        I would respectfully disagree…yes there is the practice squad and the two temporary..weil one temporary roster spot but Jackson will come back and take that spot, is there any doubt about for T Jackson…it is not clear what the intentions of the league will be..I don’t think there is much of a chance of the league reinstating him and even if they did, WAS would probably ask for some relief from the league while they try and figure out what to do with him…as for the practice squad, that group is very changes all the time and those players are eligible as I recall to be picked up by other I don’t really think those decisions are as critical as you suggest. The 53 man roster is pretty clear at this point save a few positions.and that is who will playing in most cases.,,,I don’t really think there will be any real surprises…but who knows.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Aug 18, 2013 at 4:54 PM

          I’m not sure what you are suggesting if there are no preseason games. Just have TC and practice up to the 1st regular season game? You can’t prepare a team for the season without simulating games. That is like sending our special ops military into a Middle East country without simulating urban warfare or desert training runs for training. Even the elite must simulate before going into real any battle otherwise you come in unprepared and probably leave in a casket. Not unlike military training, in the NFL if you eliminate preseason games then it would make the 1st games of the season sloppy. So the quality of the game is hurt because you have guys coming into a season without even playing one simulated game. Granted people won’t die but I don’t want to pay to go to a game with a bunch of rusty players.

        • polofourme - Aug 18, 2013 at 5:41 PM

          I don’t know where you get anything that I have posted was directed at the number of preseason game the NFL plays…but I will say this, the fans that have to buy the games in their season ticket packages hate them, the players hate them because of the risk of injury in a meaningless game, the players association hates them…its only the owner that like them..I think we could easily do away with all them and instead have teams met in controlled scrimmages as we used to..I remember when we scrimmaged PITTs every year,,7-7..11-11, Os running a set number of plays and then units reversing…taking zone series…but IMO we wont do away with all the games…there has been talk about reducing the number to one or two…and then adding regular season games or just simply playing fewer preseason games. And I am really not onboard about comparing playing a game and preparing to go to war..thats just pure hyperbole…the NFL loves to use terms like, “going to war”,” its do or die” it speaks to the concept they are marketing to make the game seem more important, more like war than it really is…I have been in combat..playing a ftbl game is like eating cake to being in combat..the end results are completely different but I get bothers me but its all about maketing the violence in the game. Finally the first games of the season are all pretty ragged…do you disagree with that…as the season progress the play improves..IMO the preseason adds little to that concern.

  3. rtandler - Aug 18, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    Gotta jump in and disagree here. No preseason games not as crazy as you think. College players don’t have them and there are some dynamite openers. They were originally called exhibitions and played for money. Today they are preseason games and they are played for money. An extra week or two of training camp with a couple of scrimmages against other teams and they’re good to go.

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - Aug 18, 2013 at 7:32 PM

      No way! You won’t have me support a no preseason approach because you again are screwing up the quality of the open games and maybe additional weeks. You have to get some type of preparation in game like situations to at least get the rooks and FAs that make the team ready. Even the starters need some reps otherwise they wouldn’t be in these games. No coach would agree with you college analogy. College football has different issues due to time with college athletes that also still have to find time for study. Also, most big schools start out playing cupcakes schools so you can’t tell me those are real match ups. If NCAA had the ability to work time in for a series of exhibition games then I bet they’d have them. NFL having nothing but time for preparation and that is why preseason exists. The truth is some teams that lose early are screwed of a national title. How many times in the last 20 years have you seen national champions without the 2 best teams? Many! Those dynamic openers in many cases are just poor defense from the lack of preparation. Archives

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