Daily Slop: Mike Shanahan Likes Spirited, Poised Competition; Ryan Kerrigan Expects big Second-Year Jump

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Redskins training camp observations: Aug. 4 practice - The Insider - The Washington Post
Mike and Kyle Shanahan continue to throw different situationas at Robert Griffin III, who made three standout plays at practice.

Saturday practice report: Briscoe shows good form - Rich Tandler's Real Redskins

Finally saw WR Dez Briscoe, who was claimed off of waiver last Saturday, flash some of his ability. He didn’t do anything spectacular but I liked the way he grabbed the ball out of the air and snatched it in to his body. Briscoe is 6-3 and he uses his height well.

Redskins practice report: Aug. 4 | WashingtonExaminer.com
The play of the day belonged to backup quarterback Rex Grossman, who ran a bootleg to the right and threw back deep down the left side to a wide-open tight end Logan Paulsen. Linebacker Markus White misread the play and left him alone. Give credit to receiver Brandon Banks who sprinted downfield and blocked corner Brandyn Thompson, opening the last few yards for a touchdown.

Quick hits: Ryan Kerrigan sits because of heat-related illness - The Insider - The Washington Post
Redskins second-year linebacker Ryan Kerrigan sits out Saturday’s workout with a heat-related illness, the second practice in three days he’s missed.

RGIII Report: Aug. 4 | WashingtonExaminer.com
One of Robert Griffin III‘s biggest impacts will be on the Redskins’ red zone offense. That continues to be obvious watching practices and how the Redskins use him in this area. He’ll be able to beat teams with his legs as much as his arm. Just look at what Cam Newton did for Carolina last year.

Top 5 Players On Offense (outside of the Offensive Line) That I'll be Watching On Thursday: | Fanspeak Washington Redskins Blog
In the first preseason game the starters will play maybe 20 plays tops (some may see a few more), so little overall can be gained from their performance (unless it greatly exceeds or falls short of expectations). Instead I'm going to focus on offensive players who are fighting for jobs and/or returning from injury. So don't expect to see Robert Griffin on this list, because despite how exciting it may be to finally see him on the field, it will do little to show how ready he is for the NFL.

HomerMcFanboy " stephen bowen plans to dominate in 2012

I try not to think about it much, but before you came to town, you played for the Dallas Cowboys. Do those losses sting a little more than other ones because that’s your former team? "Yeah they do," he said. "Those guys over there, I played with them for a long time, but once we got on the field, it’s competitive. I wanted to win so bad. It has been eating me up all year. I’m definitely looking forward to Thanksgiving."

The Redskins Blog | Rookie Spotlight: Tom Compton

"Regardless of if guys go down or not, you always have the mindset that you’re just one or two plays away from stepping in," Compton said this week after a morning walk-through practice at Redskins Park. "So you have to be preparing so well to be in the position that, whether guys go down or not, you focus on what you’re doing to make yourself the best you can be."

Redskins’ Fred Davis starts the most important season of his career - The Insider - The Washington Post

Tight end must show he can regain form on the field and avoid another drug suspension.

Tony Moll on joining Redskins: ‘I think it’s a good fit’ - The Insider - The Washington Post

Newly signed offensive lineman Tony Moll was in uniform and on the practice field Saturday with the Washington Redskins, although he’s prohibited from participating in full-contact drills for a few more days under a provision in the collective bargaining agreement.

Kicking battle between Graham Gano, Neil Rackers continues - The Insider - The Washington Post

Rackers made all six of his kicks during the day's field goal drill, while Gano had one miss in his six tries.

Redskins get chippy at training camp - The Insider - The Washington Post

Midway through Saturday's session, two scuffles broke out within minutes of each other.

Shanahan Likes Spirited, Poised Competition

"You like to see the spirit. You like to see the energy, but at the same time there’s a fine line," he explained to the media afterward. "It’s a good lesson when something like that happens to talk to both guys and just say, ‘Hey, you can’t fight on the football field.’"

Kerrigan expects big second-year jump - NFC East Blog - ESPN

There was nothing wrong with Ryan Kerrigan's first NFL season. The Redskins' first-round draft pick in 2011, Kerrigan finished his rookie year with 7.5 sacks, four tackles for a loss, four forced fumbles and an interception. The young man is a playmaker, and the Redskins knew that, which is why they drafted him. Though he'd been a 4-3 end in college and was playing 3-4 outside linebacker for them, they figured he could be a disruptive force in backfields right away, and he was.

Rick Snider: Redskins' Paul quick to accept a switch to tight end | WashingtonExaminer.com
Changing positions is like changing religions. Added faith is required.

RG3 & teammates impressed with fans

Robert Griffin III and his teammates were happy to see thousands of fans turn out to see them at Fan Appreciation Day.

Polumbus handling move to first team in stride

Tyler Polumbus returned to Ashburn last week expecting to challenge for a backup job on the Redskins’ offensive line. Nine days into training camp, though, Polumbus has taken every snap with the first team because of the uncertainty surrounding Jammal Brown, and appears to be the frontrunner to start at right tackle when the team opens the preseason Thursday in Buffalo.

Need to know: Multiple battles at WR - Rich Tandler's Real Redskins

Virginia governor Bob McDonnell was at Redskins Park for fan appreciation day and he said that the City of Richmond is working to settle on a site where the Redskins will hold training camp starting in 2013. He said that Redskins officials are set to visit Richmond soon as part of completing the site selection process. Per CBS6 in Richmond, four sites are under consideration: --Sports Backers Stadium near the Boulevard --City Stadium --Virginia Union University --A site behind the Science Museum

Rookie campaign a laughing matter for Redskins’ Josh LeRibeus - Washington Times

The laughs are good-natured and friendly and disarming if you don’t know what happens on the field. Something changes between the lines for LeRibeus, the third-round pick whose weight once ballooned to 380 pounds after he became a well-known customer at Dallas-area Tex-Mex joints. "On the field, he was mean and he would take you out," said Jim Ledford, LeRibeus‘ football coach at Berkner High School in Richardson, Texas, "and would love standing over and laughing at you after dominating you."

Redskins' Keenan Robinson adjusting to NFL, new position - Washington Times

Robinson’s goal for his rookie season is simple: impress the coaches and do whatever is needed to help the team. With an always unpredictable season, he wants the coaches to know that he’s ready for anything. "I’m going to be a big part on special teams," Robinson said. "After that, I’m going to try to show the coach every day in practice that I can be on the field and I can be relied upon to make plays in crucial [situations]. People get hurt, people get injured. … I’m just going to do what the coaches ask me to do and help the team in any way I can."

Redskins owner Daniel Snyder: 'We feel good about the future' - Washington Times

Redskins owner Daniel Snyder finally has his franchise quarterback in Robert Griffin III, and he’s feeling quite good about it. "It’s obviously exciting for everybody, and it’s a big deal," Snyder said at Redskins Fan Appreciation Day at team headquarters Saturday afternoon. "We’re thrilled with him as a person and what he stands for as a Redskin. It’s exciting for all Redskins Nation."

Heath Shuler on Redskins drafting RGIII: ‘I was so excited’ - The Insider - The Washington Post

Making his first visit to Redskins Park since 1996, for Redskins QB Heath Shuler praises the team’s first-round pick.

Redskins’ Niles Paul makes adjustment to tight end - The Washington Post

It had not been the best of days for Niles Paul. The door for NFL franchises to sign free agents was open only a few hours on March 13 before the Washington Redskins, Paul’s team, signed two reputable players at wide receiver, Paul’s position. The Redskins signed Pierre Garcon and then Josh Morgan, and roughly 20 minutes after he heard about the Morgan addition, Paul’s cellphone rang. He had the incoming number saved as "Redskins Park."

NFL Videos: Cardinals vs. Saints highlights
Watch highlights from Sunday's Hall of Fame Game as the New Orleans Saints defeated the Arizona Cardinals 17-10 in Canton, Ohio.

Family was the common theme among 2012 Hall of Fame enshrines | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports

From the blog Shutdown Corner: One of the most emotional aspects of any Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement speech happens when a former NFL great receives his ticket to immortality and thanks those who were most important to his development along the way --

A word or two about the passing of Eagles coach Andy Reid’s son… and how we go on - NFL.com

Yesterday, there was an unspeakable tragedy at Lehigh University where the Eagles practice. Garrett Reid, the son of Eagles coach Andy Reid, died in his dorm room at age 29.

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