Daily Slop: RGIII Ready To Seize His Moment; Time for Brian Orakpo to Fulfill Rookie-Year Promise

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Redskins practice report: Aug. 7 | WashingtonExaminer.com
Pierre Garcon dropped two passes during a session with the quarterbacks. Yes, that was his reputation in Indianapolis. The Redskins view him differently. "I’m very impressed with how he handled himself," coach Mike Shanahan said. "He has speed and explosion. He’ll block. He’s competitive. He has great hands. He will definitely be a big time receiver for our team. He is everything we’re hoping for."

Redskins training camp: Observations from Aug. 7 - The Insider - The Washington Post
n addition to running back, the decision on placekicker will be based heavily how Graham Gano and Neil Rackers perform in preseason games. Today, Gano went 2-for-2 while Rackers went 1-for-2. Through nearly two weeks of practice, Gano is 18-for-21 and Rackers 17-for-21. How will they do under the lights?

Tuesday Training Camp Practice Notes
Receiver Anthony Armstrong practiced for a second consecutive day in a non-contact gold jersey, showing greater comfort with his sore shoulder. After practice, head coach Mike Shanahan ruled out Armstrong and Hightower, classifying Chester's odds of playing as "a long shot."

Five questions from Redskins camp - NFL - CBSSports.com News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy
All eyes are on Robert Griffin III at Redskins camp, including Pat Kirwan's, as the rookie gets ready to take the reins. And our NFL insider says tempering expectations will be key to Griffin's development.

Redskins practice report (8/7) - Washington Times
OLB Brian Orakpo intercepted QB Rex Grossman over the middle when RB Roy Helu Jr. stopped his route. Orakpo used his body to get inside position on Helu, and he actually caught the pass one-handed.

Redskins training camp: Observations from Aug. 7 - The Insider - The Washington Post
n addition to running back, the decision on placekicker will be based heavily how Graham Gano and Neil Rackers perform in preseason games. Today, Gano went 2-for-2 while Rackers went 1-for-2. Through nearly two weeks of practice, Gano is 18-for-21 and Rackers 17-for-21. How will they do under the lights?

Camp Tour 2012: Ashburn | ProFootballFocus.com
The journey from Flowery Branch to Ashburn is a long one; over 600 miles and because Atlanta practiced until 6:00PM we weren’t on the road until 7. The drive took all night and we eventually found our hotel, close to the Redskins facility, at 5:40AM. Once again walkthroughs were early (and took place in the dome) with padded practice not starting until 3:30PM. By then it was hot, although not stifling by any means, and many fans had arrived to see their team and in particular their new quarterback, a certain Robert Griffin III.

RGIII Report: Aug. 7 | WashingtonExaminer.com
Though Griffin hasn’t always looked sharp it’s way too early to think anything other than this: He’s a rookie. Yes, you’d love to see a guy come in and instantly be on-target all the time. But that’s asking a lot for a rookie quarterback. Keep in mind, too, that when Griffin has held the ball too long more often than not it’s on straight drop-backs from under center (and off fakes). He rarely did this in college. He rarely had to make reads the way he’s asked to do now. There are many parts of the game that are new to him.

Redskins Notes: Aug. 7 | WashingtonExaminer.com
Linebacker Brian Orakpo didn’t enjoy the way last season ended for him, being named an alternate to the Pro Bowl. After two trips his first two years he wants another. "I don’t want to be an alternate, I want to be there every year," Orakpo said. "Winning will help. We win some games and be a team that’s relevant and that will obviously help a lot of guys on this team."

Holden & Danny: Leonard Hankerson Says He’s Not 100% But Will Play Hurt " CBS DC
Redskin’s wide receiver Leonard Hankerson experienced the high and low point of his short career in a single game last season. In a week 10 match up against the Miami Dolphins, Hankerson had a break-out game with career high 8 receptions for 106 yards before suffering a hip injury that ultima...

RGIII would be ‘very okay’ with not getting hit on Thursday - DC Sports Bog - The Washington Post
With the Redskins offensive line problems, Griffin might want to get "very okay" with taking a few hits.

Top 5 Defensive Players that I'll be Watching Thursday: | Fanspeak Washington Redskins Blog
Previously I've looked at the offensive and offensive linemen, today I look at what defenders I'll be watching when the Redskins open up their preseason schedule. Like before the focus isn't primarily on the starters since most will only play a few snaps. Here are my top 5 defensive players to watch this week:

Brian Orakpo eager for Redskins’ season to begin - The Insider - The Washington Post
"I’m a kid in the candy store," says the Redeskins linebacker. He’s excited about the team and praises offensive lineman Trent Williams’s improvement.

The Redskins Blog | Griffin III Ready To Seize His Moment
"Seize the Moment" was written in silver on the black cleats, and it’s something Griffin III hopes to do Thursday in his first official game as a professional, when the Redskins travel to New York to take on the Buffalo Bills in their preseason opener. "You want to make sure you come out every day and get better," Griffin III told reporters after Monday’s practice. "Make sure no matter what happens, whether you have a bad practice or a good practice, that you learn from it and you continue to go out and be better. I think a lot of us made the most of this day today and we feel good about that."

Redskins-Bills: Chris Chester unsure of status for Thursday’s game, Josh Morgan aims to play - The Insider - The Washington Post
Washington Redskins guard Chris Chester and wide receiver Josh Morgan said they don’t know if they will be able to play in Thursday’s preseason opener at Buffalo. Morgan, however said he wants to play if cleared.

The Redskins Blog | TV Alert: ‘Skins-Bills On NBC Nonstop
Kickoff from Ralph Wilson Stadium is set for 7 p.m. Viewers in the D.C. region can find the NBC Nonstop broadcast on the following channels for the following carriers: - 208 (Comcast) - 803 (Cox) - 28 (RCN) - 260 (Verizon FIOS) - 4.2 (Over-the-air receivers)

The Redskins Blog | Inside The Park: Keeping Healthy & Limber
Being a linebacker, I need to have more hip fluidity than I did as a down lineman in college. This hip fluidity allows us LBs make plays in space and to be able to cover receivers better. By stretching after foam rolling, you advance the recovery process significantly.

" Addressing Some Concerns About Robert Griffin III Before He Starts Against The Buffalo Bills
A frequently asked question on just about every major National Football League television program (whenever they can stop talking about what dumb crap the New York Jets are up to for five minutes) is "Will Robert Griffin III perform as well or exceed Cam Newton’s numbers?"

Evan Royster to start at running back for Redskins vs. Buffalo - The Insider - The Washington Post
Evan Royster will get the first crack at the starting job when the team opens the preseason at Buffalo Thursday

Shanahan: Clean Your Slate On Griffin III
But for Thursday, head coach Mike Shanahan just wants to see where Griffin III is in his development as a professional quarterback. "Just prepare yourself," he told Griffin III. "Know the plays that are being called and go out there and just concentrate, play-by-play. "Let the plays happen--don't try to make it happen."

Need to Know: On RG3's 'struggles' - Rich Tandler's Real Redskins
The Redskins seem to be doing everything they can to challenge Griffin. There are no seven on seven passing drills where Griffin could pick out a receiver at a leisurely pace. He rarely lines up against reserve defenders. Almost every snap he takes in practice is against all 11 members of the Redskins’ first-team defense. Receivers are rarely sent out on deep patters so the defenders know they can crowd the line of scrimmage with impunity.

Redskins defense is punished
After London Fletcher was made to run as punishment, the rest of his squad decided to join him.

NFL Videos: RG3 'anxious' to get started
Aditi Kinkhabwala has the latest at Washington Redskins camp including how many snaps Robert Griffin III is expected to take in Thursday's preseason opener.

Redskins center Erik Cook ready to atone for last year’s Buffalo game - The Washington Post
Erik Cook is getting more work on the Redskins’ offensive line, which gave up 10 sacks in one game to the Bills last season.

New OL Moll: 'Of course I want to play'
Redskins guard Tony Moll is just starting practice today but he wants to go out an play against the Bills on Thursday.

Time for Brian Orakpo to fulfill rookie-year promise - Washington Times
There can be a thin line between reasons and excuses, between explanations and rationalizations. But in many respects, either you get something done or you don't, regardless of what else transpires.

Can the offense survive with Polumbus at RT?
Many fans and analysts are concerned that the Redskins might have to start Tyler Polumbus at right tackle. Can the offense function with him in the lineup?

Orakpo backs off his stated desire to diversify pass rush arsenal - Washington Times
Brian Orakpo on Tuesday backed off his previously stated intent to diversify his repertoire of pass-rushing moves.

Redskins aiming to become a top defense this season - The Washington Post
Washington aims for more sacks from the front seven to propel the unit into the top ranks of the NFL.

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