This next preseason game could give us a early preview of what your 2008 Washington Redskins might look like. Check out that Events Tag!! Jason La Canfora who writes for the Washington Post as well as being the Insider gives us..well insight.
Let's converse about injuries first shall we? The only starter that seems to be hurt is Right Guard Randy Thomas with a knee strain. Coach Zorn says it's minor and there are no concerns for the regular season. Coach CptChaosSidekick says sit that man for the rest of the preseason! Randy Thomas is a salty vet who doesn't need any PT in the preseason and the last thing the Redskins need is an O-linemen to go down, especially in the preseason. Let the coaches get a look at some backup guards.
Injuries our more prevalent to our backups which makes sense because the have been playing more. Although rookie WR Devin Thomas got on the field last week he and fellow rookie WR Malcolm Kelly still aren't ready for a full games worth of work. What's troublesome is that whenever they do get to 100% they will be far behind on the mental side of the game. Kelly might get on the field this game and is scheduled to return to practice mid-week. All world S LaRon Landry hasn't practiced since the first week of camp and might also get on the field as well. Landry's inability to get on the field worries me some. The defense has somewhat of a new scheme and he is only one year removed from his rookie season. I'd like to see more from him. Football isn't badminton, it's a collision sport and there will be bumps & bruseis. How many of these to our players would really keep them out of a regular season game is another question.
Players who've shown me something:
DE Eramus James has been pushing hard form knee surgery and the former 1st round pick has a big chip on his shoulder. Expect him top play against the Jags during our last preseason game. RB Marcus Mason is on many teams radar and is causing the Redskins front office to do number crunching that would allow for four RB's on the roster. I like his style, like his moves. P Durant Brooks continues to kick the hell out of the pigskin. P Derrick Frost will get all the reps this week, in what could be his last attempt to make the team. Our rookies on defense. DE Rob Jackson has shown he can get to the QB, Safties Kareem Morre & Chris Horton are hitters and Justin Tryon has the look of something special, hell anyone that could keep up with Fred Smoot vocally is special. CB Matterral Richardson (someone get that man a knickname!) had a pick-six in the HOF game and has made plays.The Redskins Defense. We've played more games and allowed fewer points then most teams in the NFL and that's a great sign, preseason our not. Lets get that turnover ratio!
Clinton Portis will be making an appearance this week so keep your eyes on that and fingers crossed that he's not in this weeks game to long. My feeling is that Coach Zorn just wants to see how he preforms at game speed in his WCO