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Training Camp 2009

  1. Good news for Mason-ites?

    Aug 30, 2009, 5:34 PM EST

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    The first round of cuts generally are insignificant. I’m not exactly sure why the NFL has teams trim about 6% of the roster on one day and then the remaining 34% necessary to get to the limit four days later. The release of Alfred Fincher, however, was a mild surprise and it lines up some…

  2. Who can be on the Practice Squad?

    Aug 30, 2009, 4:59 AM EST

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    During the live blog last night we got to discussing the practice squad and who could be on it and who couldn’t. I found my PDF of the NFL collective bargaining agreement and found the rules on page 171. Here are the eligibility requirements for players to be on the Practice Squad:

  3. Tryon as Plan B

    Aug 12, 2009, 5:21 AM EST

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    After I posted about Justin Tryon yesterday, I thought a bit more about what Darrell Green said about him. In particular, this part jumped out at me: “. . . he’s a starter in 2009, 2010 or whenever the opportunity comes.” What jumped out at me was the mention of 2010. Carlos Rogers will be…

  4. Justin Tryon, Nickelback?

    Aug 11, 2009, 4:15 PM EST

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    About a week or so before training camp started, I dashed off the following few paragraphs about Washington Redskins cornerback Justin Tryon. I didn’t publish it immediately because I’d just posted a bunch of articles and it got buried. Here it is, below the fold:

  5. Warpath Confidential: QB articles X 2

    Aug 10, 2009, 6:04 PM EST

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    One of the cool things about being associated with a site like WarpathConfidential.com is that when you want to write an article on a subject but you’re kind of stuck on a slant, there’s always one over there that captures the essence of the subject. So instead of me coming up with something lame (no…

  6. Clunking offense in scrimmage no surprise

    Aug 9, 2009, 1:05 PM EST

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    First, I have to say that I was wrong. My predictions of the fan appreciation day scrimmage turning into another overcrowded disaster did not come to pass. They were able to secure additional parking and there were more of Loudon Count’s finest on duty to direct traffic so that things went much more smoothly. The…

  7. Tandler on ESPN 980 08.05.09

    Aug 9, 2009, 11:35 AM EST

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    Better late than never and, since the main topic of discussion is the problems along the offensive line, still topical. Here is my weekly spot with Big Al at ESPN 950 in Richmond. Tandler on Sports Phone 08.05.09

  8. Jim Zorn’s quotes, RT's comments 08.07.09

    Aug 7, 2009, 8:47 PM EST

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    Here is what Jim Zorn said to the media today followed by what I have to say about what he said. On Fan Appreciation Day: “It’s a big deal for us. The tradition here is the fans love the Washington Redskins. They come into our home basically, and we are inviting everyone in. We hope…

  9. More roster changes but not on OL

    Aug 5, 2009, 11:44 AM EST

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    In a move that was not at all surprising, the Washington Redskins today waived-injured wide receiver Roydell Williams. A broken finger that required surgery would have sidelined Williams until September and the Redskins were unable to wait for a marginal veteran prospect to heal. The replacement veteran is former Seahawk D. J. Hackett, who finally…

  10. Weekly spot on ESPN 950 Richmond

    Aug 5, 2009, 8:00 AM EST

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    I’ll be doing my weekly radio spot with Big Al, the dean of Richmond talk radio (not just sports talk, any and all talk radio) this morning at 8:40. If you are in Richmond, tune in at 950 on your AM dial. Anywhere else in the world you can check it out at ESPN950am.com.

  11. Skins Whack a Vaka

    Aug 4, 2009, 4:13 PM EST

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    The Redskins announced that they have waived defensive tackle Vaka Manupuna. The 27-year-old has had a couple of stints with the Redskins in camp and one with the Jets without ever appearing in an NFL regular-season game. Unfortunately for Manupuna, he won’t be able to return to his former employer. He played with the Utah…

  12. Has Thomas supplanted Randle El?

    Aug 4, 2009, 5:07 AM EST

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    Less than a week into camp it appears that a starting job for the Washington Redskins has changed hands. Per Jason Reid at the WaPo, Devin Thomas has the inside track to start at wide receiver opposite Santana Moss. Thomas had his shot this track from the get-go. When the offense lined up for its…

  13. Collins safe; Daniel, Brennan will battle for spot

    Aug 2, 2009, 4:07 PM EST

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    Sometimes you have to read between the lines to get the answers you’re looking for. During the offseason, there has been speculation that the Washington Redskins might choose to keep both Colt Brennan and Colt Daniel and release the 38-year-old Todd Collins. The thinking was that Collins is not the long-term answer at quarterback so…

  14. Tandler on ESPN 950 Richmond 07.30.09

    Aug 2, 2009, 10:19 AM EST

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    I’m new at this podcasting thing, but here you go with my radio appearance from last Thursday. I did it from the radio studio at Redskins Park while Big Al, the dean of Richmond sport talk, was at the Richmond studios. It’s about 20 minutes long, a camp preview. Tandler on ESPN 950 07.30.09

  15. O-line showing signs of trouble

    Aug 1, 2009, 4:50 PM EST

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    The Washington Redskins offensive line is off to a slow start. According to John Pappas at WarpathConfidential.com, the Redskins O-line has lived down to expectations so far in training camp. The defensive front is looking like the ’85 Bears unit in practice. That wouldn’t be so disturbing, says Pappas, but the likes of Chris Wilson…

  16. At WarpathConfidential.com–Weighty issues at WR

    Jul 30, 2009, 2:23 PM EST

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    One receiver is putting on weight, the other gave up his favorite foods in an effort to lose some. Read my new article at Warpath Confidential.

  17. Will Orakpo become a holdout?

    Jul 29, 2009, 9:57 AM EST

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    With less than 24 hours remaining until the first practice the Washington Redskins have yet to sign their top draft pick, Brian Orakpo. There has been no public negotiating which generally is a good sign. Michael Crabtree, the Texas Tech receiver taken at No. 10 is demanding top-three money, and that’s not sitting well with…

  18. 53: Defensive backs

    Jul 28, 2009, 8:00 PM EST

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    Between now and the start of training camp I’ll be making my predictions about who will be on the final 53-man roster for the Washington Redskins–who’s there, who’s in, who’s on the bubble, and who’s out. The predicted roster will be revised and updated as preseason events warrant. Today, in the last of the series,…

  19. Less than 48 hours

    Jul 28, 2009, 11:00 AM EST

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    Training camp starts for the Redskins at 8:30 on Thursday. I’m going to be doing a live blog from the field to give you a feel for what’s going on. However, the CoverItLive application has only partial functionality from the Blackberry and one of the major limitations is that reader comments can’t go through. There…

  20. 53: Tight ends

    Jul 27, 2009, 8:00 PM EST

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    Between now and the start of training camp I’ll be making my predictions about who will be on the final 53-man roster for the Washington Redskins–who’s there, who’s in, who’s on the bubble, and who’s out. The predicted roster will be revised and updated as preseason events warrant. Today, the tight ends: Like with the…

  21. 53: Offensive line

    Jul 27, 2009, 3:30 PM EST

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    Between now and the start of training camp I’ll be making my predictions about who will be on the final 53-man roster for the Washington Redskins–who’s there, who’s in, who’s on the bubble, and who’s out. The predicted roster will be revised and updated as preseason events warrant. Today, the offensive line: Who’s here Now:…

  22. Potential camp phenom: Keith Eloi

    Jul 27, 2009, 5:00 AM EST

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    I touched on one aspect of being a phenom in my article defining the term but I buried it and it needs some more attention. A player can only be a phenom once. By definition, once a player has moved through the initial buzz and excitement period he no longer is anonymous. Everyone knows which…

  23. Camp cranks up on Thursday

    Jul 26, 2009, 3:37 PM EST

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    We’re just about there. The beginning of the end of the longest offseason in sports comes on Thursday as the Redskins open up training camp. The pads will be popping at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Virginia. Eight practices will be open to the public: Thurs., July 30, 8:30 a.m. Fri., July 31, 8:30 a.m. Sat.,…

  24. 53: The Specialists

    Jul 26, 2009, 5:19 AM EST

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    Between now and the start of training camp I’ll be making my predictions about who will be on the final 53-man roster for the Washington Redskins–who’s there, who’s in, who’s on the bubble, and who’s out. The predicted roster will be revised and updated as preseason events warrant. Today, the specialists: This isn’t worth a…

  25. 53: Defensive Line

    Jul 23, 2009, 1:11 PM EST

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    Between now and the start of training camp I’ll be making my predictions about who will be on the final 53-man roster for the Washington Redskins–who’s there, who’s in, who’s on the bubble, and who’s out. The predicted roster will be revised and updated as preseason events warrant. Today, the defensive line: Who’s here Now:…

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