via i42.tinypic.comMurphy's Law can best describe my first TC visit to Richmond. When I go somewhere new to do something, I try to schedule an extra day, first day for learning the ropes, remaining for using what I learned day one. Unfortunately, I could only observe Tuesday's afternoon practice as the morning walk thru was rained out and Wednesday the team travels to Nashville. Monday had an afternoon visit with my knee Doc so that was out.
Having some physical limitations, I figured out I could strap my old aluminum chair to one of my crutches. Worked great so with small backpack on, I hobbled across the street from the handicap parking lot (which was nice), eased myself the couple hundred yards to the field where I was directed by a very sweet lady into the reserved area at the end of the close goal line corner. VIP's just to the right so I thought, OK, must be a good spot. I did stop on the way to buy jerseys and Redskins 2013 Yearbook. The Yearbook turned out to be a mixed blessing.
Practice did start out good. During warmups and stretches, team came to almost the 10 yard line then turned with their backs to us. The funniest thing then happened. I was with many older ladies in wheel chairs and a couple WWII Vets. When the team did their toe touches the ladies as if a chorus, began what would be a series of catcalls and whistles. "Yea Baby", one ole lady shouted. That brought a roar of laughter from nearly every one in the crowd who could hear, even some players. I think tho, this must be a daily TC occurance.
After warmups, the best action I would see was probably passing drills by all 4 QB's and Wideouts. The best were the endzone corner passes in front of us. Almost every ball thrown was right on the money. Kirk Cousins and Robert Griffin III did not dissapoint. Nice touch passes to the flag, bullets to the post. Even saw two great one handed grabs by Briscoe and Morgan I believe it was. I was snapping photos rapid fire hoping for at least one good one. On downloading, I noticed many numbers covered so I used the shoe color, socks and under drawers to I.D. them. No two were alike.
What stood out was how Dezmon Briscoe used his size very well and was consistant with his grabs including a stunning one hander that should not of been caught. Skye Dawson was very athletic and Santana Moss is still a fan favorite and is still very, very good. Here is where the Yearbook comes into play. What is Niles Paul's number asks one older lady, that I knew. Then another, what is that new guys name? On and on. I was greatful when I knew the numbers but admit I had to look up many of the newer players for the ladies and this kept me busy. One young girl could not hear and was signing to her sister. I looked at her and asked, who is your favorite player? She tried to sound out his name, but I already new by the number 10 on her jersey. So, I found Robert Griffin's page and handed her the book and you would of thought I'd given her a diamond ring. She read every word before handing back the book and signed Thank You with the help of her interpreter friend. A very nice group to be with but we would soon learn we were in a very, bad spot.
As soon as the 7 on 7's and 11 on 11's started, the 2nd stringers lined up behind the starters and due to being so dang wide, we could see very little. But here is what we did see and some other observations from the day.
1.Barry Cofield seemed to reach 10 feet into the air when he blocked Kirk Cousins pass the first time. Wow! Had no problem seeing that.
2.From behind, Tom Compton and Logan Paulsen looked like brothers with their long hair matching. Speaking of Paulsen, on one play as soon as the ball was snapped, someone cracked in on him driving him into the side of ole Silverback. Logan was very visibly upset with himself, pumping his fists into his sides like he was scolding himself. Orakpo? I couldn't see.
3. Chris Chester looks exactly like you'd want to see a guard look. Wide but solid, top to bottom. Love this guy.
4. Josh LeRibeus was in uniform but with right knee brace. When his group trotted to the next area, Josh could only walk and it was very slow, walking with his head looking to the ground. I could only imagine what he was thinking. I didn't think he looked terribly overweight. Though Adam Gettis will get a lot of play time against the Titans, I still think Josh can work this out. Coach remarked in the Yearbook he wanted Josh to fight for the starting position this year and you could tell by many remarks the book was finished only recently.
5.At times early on in practice, Cousins seemed to get more applause and acknowledgement than Robert, when they would end up close to the crowd. No controvery here though cuz when Robert connected, the applause was resounding.
6. Tony Pashos looked like a mountain of a man, but it's easy to see why it is hard for a 6'-8" OT to consistently block his man. Just so much easier to make their way around them. Only long and strong arms would make such tall men good pass blockers it seemed.
7. Everything I was able to see Kirk Cousins do was right on the money. I saw and know Rich Tandler said he wasn't as sharp Tuesday but all I saw gave me confidence in him.
8. I could not believe how Robert Griffin was moving around. I was both happy and dismayed. I wish he were doing less but, I'm not the coach. At least they held him out of the scrimmaging.
9. I did notice that on the kick return team, they had Chris Nield there right in the middle and it looked like that is exactly where he should be. No one is going through him to the ball carrier.
I wish I had more info to share but my view was poor and I was too sore to move again. I will advise that if you go, simply walk up onto the hill around the 50 yard line and you will have an excellent view. So much closer and better than at a real game.
I have a great toe-tapping photo of Briscoe catching a pass just before going out of bounds, but can't figure out this URL thing and how to get "My" photo in. Could sure use some advice. Read the Helps but sure didn't help me. HaHa.