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Rich Tandler
Midlothian, VA
Making sense of the Washington Redskins since 1966
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RICHMOND—Here is what you need to know on this Friday, August 2, six days before the Redskins open their preseason against the Titans. Don’t worry about Meriweather--yet The Redskins have had seven days of training camp practices and Brandon Meriweather has participated in very few of them. Although the starting strong safety often dresses in pads, he usually can be found in an area off to the side called the drill field, working out with other walking wounded such as... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2013 at Rich Tandler's Real Redskins
RICHMOND—Was Nick Barnett brought in to be London Fletcher’s successor? First, let’s establish that we don’t know for sure if Fletcher is going to go anywhere next year. He has not addressed the issue of retirement and he probably won’t do so until after the season is over. But Fletcher will be 39 by the time next season starts. The two-year contract he signed with the Redskins in 2012 expires after this season. At some point he will hang it... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2013 at Rich Tandler's Real Redskins
RICHMOND—Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, August 1, seven days before the Redskins open their preseason against the Titans. Redskins short handed but have enough to get by According to the NFL, the Redskins have 90 players on their roster. But truth be told they are working with fewer than that. The dropped from officially having 90 to having 89 yesterday when the put running back Tristan Davis on the Exempt/Left Squad list. Davis went to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2013 at Rich Tandler's Real Redskins
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RICHMOND—We’re in Day 6 of training camp and after a while the regular practice reports, while they are fun to do, all start to sound alike. So I thought I’d do something different today—focus on one player. It would have to be someone who would do enough during practice to fill up a whole post. I had to come up with a player who almost everyone would want to read about, one with sufficient interest to get people to read... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2013 at Rich Tandler's Real Redskins
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RICHMOND--You know, those of us in the media might be guilty of fawning over Robert Griffin III sometimes. But then you see a picture like this, Griffin getting a kiss from 99-year-old Georgia Poole of Prince George County in Virginia and you relize that maybe you can't say too many good things about the guy. Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2013 at Rich Tandler's Real Redskins
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RICHMOND--Some might think that Pierre Garçon has it made. He signed a $42 million free agent contract with the Redskins a year ago. His value to the team was pretty clearly established last year when they went 9-1 with him in the lineup and 1-5 without him. But Garçon apparently believes that he still has some work to do and at times he’s taking advantage of whatever opportunity he has to get it done. The morning walkthrough is not the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2013 at Rich Tandler's Real Redskins
RICHMOND—Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, July 31, eight days before the Redskins open their preseason against the Titans. Kerrigan seeks to improve consistency Ryan Kerrigan was asked yesterday what he wants to work on and improve this season. The third-year linebacker wants to develop more pass-rushing moves to bring some steadiness to his game “I need to be more consistent in my pass rushing. I’m working on developing more countermoves,” he said. “If something’s not... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2013 at Rich Tandler's Real Redskins
RICHMOND—The Redskins got Day 5 of their 2013 training camp under their belts today under mostly sunny skies and humidity and temperatures that are starting to feel more like the norms in late July here. —The highlight play of the day came early. Santana Moss made a one handed catch of a Robert Griffin III pass but it was better than that. Moss reached around E. J. Biggers, who had pretty good coverage on him, and snatched the pass. He... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2013 at Rich Tandler's Real Redskins
Ryan Kerrigan made it out into the streets of Richmond on Sunday to to talk to people about, well, Ryan Kerrigan. The results were amusing, especially the last one, starting at about the 2:50 mark. Your browser does not support iframes. Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2013 at Rich Tandler's Real Redskins
As an NFL backup player, Bryan Kehl knows that the more he can do, the better his chances of making the team are. The self-described “special teams demon” is a “Jack” inside linebacker by trade but he also keeps an eye on the other positions. That paid off on Saturday when about 20 minutes before the afternoon practice started, the coaches informed Kehl that they were going to give London Fletcher the day off so Kehl would need to play... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2013 at Rich Tandler's Real Redskins
RICHMOND—Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, July 30, nine days before the Redskins open their preseason against the Titans. Is Stallworth running out of time? Donte Stallworth was a late free agent arrival for the Redskins this year. He came to minicamp in mid-June to try out for the team. He did well enough to get a roster spot. But things have not gone well for him here in training camp. He suffered a pulled hamstring... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2013 at Rich Tandler's Real Redskins
RICHMOND—It’s getting hotter here every day but that’s the way it’s supposed to be. Here is your practice report for Monday afternoon. —Jarvis Jenkins is in limbo. He’s the starter at left defensive end but he won’t be on the roster for the first four games. So he is spending some time with the second team, yielding first-team reps to Kedric Golston and Chris Baker so that they can get ready to play in the opener. —Robert Griffin III is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2013 at Rich Tandler's Real Redskins
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If the NFL had an All-Pro team for players who were on pace to have good years before having their seasons ended prematurely, Fred Davis would be a two-time member. In 2011, the Redskins’ tight end was on pace to catch 79 passes for 1064 yards before a drug-related suspension ended his season after 12 games. Last year he was just starting to get into the swing of the Redskins’ new offense and through six games he was on pace... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2013 at Rich Tandler's Real Redskins
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RICHMOND—Here is what you need to know on this Monday, July 29, 10 days before the Redskins open their preseason against the Titans. Make or break for Hank, Robinson? The Redskins drafted three wide receivers in 2011. One of them, fifth-round pick Niles Paul, has been converted to tight end. This could be the year we find out what the Redskins get out of the other two. Mike Shanahan didn’t come out and say that this is a make or... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2013 at Rich Tandler's Real Redskins
RICHMOND--Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, July 28, 11 days before the Redskins open their preseason against the Titans. That was the week that was —The Redskins did host linebacker Joe Mays last night at the Bon Secours Training Center in Richmond. For the time being it appears that he is out of the Redskins’ price range. The salary cap penalty is still biting them. The continued good health of both London Fletcher and Perry Riley... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2013 at Rich Tandler's Real Redskins
RICHMOND—Here is today’s practice report for Day 3 of Redskins training camp. —The Redskins practiced in shoulder pads for the first time. Mike Shanahan said after practice that the team was going to wear the newly mandated knee and thigh pads during practice twice before the first preseason game. —Santana Moss seems to be having fun and is pretty much catching everything thrown in his direction. He may have lost a half a step, maybe more like a quarter of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2013 at Rich Tandler's Real Redskins
REDSKINS--With the Redskins having suffered a few blows to their defensive front seven via injuries and suspension, some are wondering if they will look for help via a trade or on the free agent market. That seems to be unlikely. The left defensive end spot has received a double dose of bad news. Adam Carriker, who started there all of 2011, had a third surgery on his injured quad on Thursday and his availability this season is very much in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2013 at Rich Tandler's Real Redskins
RICHMOND—A day late on Friday’s practice report so I have to make sure it’s worth the wait. —I’m skeptical of Jordan Reed’s ability to contribute right away—I think that he plays a complex position and missing minicamp will make it tough—but he sure passes the “coming off the bus” test. He’s tall, lean and he moves around with the smooth confidence of an elite athlete. The Redskins’ third-round pick is a long way from being elite but he looks like... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2013 at Rich Tandler's Real Redskins
RICHMOND—Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, July 27, 12 days before the Redskins open their preseason against the Titans. Rak talks about coming back ‘You’ve got to be relentless, man’ Brian Orakpo missed most of last season after he suffered an torn left pectoral muscle in the second game of the season. The linebacker tore the same muscle (in a different area) in the 2011 season finale. But although many observers think about those injuries when... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2013 at Rich Tandler's Real Redskins
RICHMOND--The NFL is all about what you have done lately. It is also a league where if you’re not getting better, you’re getting worse. The status quo is not acceptable. Alfred Morris knows all about that this year. In 2012 he rushed for 1613 yards, breaking the team record for a single season and becoming just the fourth rookie in NFL history to rush for more than 1600 yards. Morris believes that he is up to the challenge of being... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2013 at Rich Tandler's Real Redskins
RICHMOND—Here is what you need to know on this Friday, July 26, 13 days before the Redskins open their preseason against the Titans. Meaningless? Maybe not When defensive back coach Raheem Morris called for the first-team secondary to line up in this morning’s walk through, two of the players were rookies. Second-round pick David Amerson was lined up at cornerback opposite DeAngelo Hall and sixth-rounder Bacarri Rambo was the strong safety. Brandon Meriweather was at strong safety. To be sure,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2013 at Rich Tandler's Real Redskins
RICHMOND—Here are a few observations on the Redskins’ first full training camp practice on July 25, 2013. —Per the CBA rules, the Redskins were not in full pads today; those are not permitted until the fourth day of training camp. Some of the players wore shells (light shoulder pads) but for most it was helmets and shorts. —Robert Griffin III ran onto the field at a pretty fast clip and, of course, the crowd cheered. —While the players are stretching,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2013 at Rich Tandler's Real Redskins
Robert Griffin III believes that he can’t do much more towards getting back on the football field besides actually getting on the field. He has passed all of the medial tests. “In my mind, I have nothing left to prove” when it comes to the fitness of his knee, Griffin said at a press conference on the eve of the opening of Redskins’ training camp. At this point, he believes that he just has to get out there and play... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2013 at Rich Tandler's Real Redskins
RICHMOND—Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, July 25, 14 days before the Redskins open their preseason against the Titans. So it begins The Redskins road to defending their NFC East title starts today. Actually, the team had to hit the road before starting on that road. The players and coaches have made their way down to Richmond Virginia, where they will be in the first year of an eight-year agreement to hold training camp in the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2013 at Rich Tandler's Real Redskins
Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, July 24, one day before the Redskins start training camp. The risk-reward balance So it appears that we won’t see Robert Griffin III in the games that don’t count so that the Redskins can be assured that he can play in the games that do count. Is this the right move? Some say that it is. The preseason games don’t count so why in the world would Mike Shanahan want... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2013 at Rich Tandler's Real Redskins