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Daily Slop: Redskins Keep Training Wheels on RG3 This Preseason; Santana Moss Asked for Punt Return Duties


Redskins vs. Colts: Ten observations |
Tight end Niles Paul continues to show what he can do. Really, he and Lorenzo Alexander would be a vicious two-man team because the two of them could combine to play just about every position. Paul reminded everyone that he used to be a solid kick returner at Nebraska, taking the opening kick 42 yards. He might lack the pop of a Brandon Banks, but there’s no reason he couldn’t be an effective returner. And he’s a smart kid so you’d expect him to make good decisions. But he also got downfield a couple times as a gunner. So the Redskins have a gunner who weighs approximately 233 pounds. Not bad. Guys like Alexander and Paul are major assets in a salary cap era. Think of how many guys it would take to replace what they do. Used to say the same about Brian Mitchell.

Film Review | Redskins - Colts: OFFENSE - Washington Times
Thoughts and observations about the Redskins’ offense after re-watching the television broadcast of Washington’s 30-17 preseason win over the Indianapolis Colts:

DALY: Redskins keep training wheels on RG3 this preseason - Washington Times
Thirty-one passes might be enough for Tom Brady to get ready, but are they enough for a QB who’s in his first year in a system, who’s still getting used to dropping back from center? That’s the gamble Shanny is taking. It’s like he’s playing Texas Hold ‘Em with all the cards facing down. Nobody knows how he’ll employ Griffin’s many talents, especially the kid’s ability to run the option. He’s banking on RG3 being the X Factor early on, the Great Unknown.

Quick Thoughts On Saturday's Preseason Game Versus the Colts: | Fanspeak Washington Redskins Blog
It's only been three weeks but you can see some of the development of Griffin from his first preseason game, to this match-up versus the Colts. Griffin looked sharper with his throws, dealt with pressure better, and ran some tougher plays which required Griffin to process more. All of these are really promising signs, and hopefully we'll see a continuation of this during the season.

Redskins RB Morris: I know I’m able to be a starter |
The 107 yards on 14 carries pleased him. The blocks he made left him ecstatic. When it comes to evaluating Alfred Morris’ nights, those blocks might matter more. It represents progress –and something he must do more of if he wants to start under Mike Shanahan. Morris, a good pass protector in college, had been inconsistent in this area since camp opened. In the second preseason game Morris missed a blitz pickup that led to Robert Griffin III’s sack/fumble.

The Redskins Blog | Kerrigan Talks Neil Armstrong’s Legacy
Kerrigan said he’s proud to have at least one thing in common with Armstrong: both are Purdue University alums. "It definitely makes you proud to be a Boilermaker when you know the man on the moon was from Purdue," Kerrigan said Saturday after the Redskins’ 30-17 preseason win over the Indianapolis Colts at FedExField. "His death is sad, but at the same time, we’re still proud to have him as a Boiler alum."

The Redskins Blog | Morgan’s TD Highlights Homecoming Win
"It was just a dream come true – a true blessing," Morgan said. "Just being able to come out here today for my first time playing in FedExField, get a touchdown and to come out with a win like that." Morgan finished his day with two catches for 24 yards, and said he made a nifty little move on his defender just before making the touchdown grab. "We saw the corners playing outside, and I just gave them something tough to make them think I was gonna run an out route," Morgan said while re-enacting his juke move in the locker room. "And Rex threw a great ball."

Santana Moss asked for punt return duties - The Insider - The Washington Post
"It came with me. It got me here. Some people do it just to do it. That’s what got me into the league," Moss said. "I was a punt returner/wide receiver, and mostly a slot receiver in college. If you look at my return skills and things I did punt return wise, that really overshadowed my receiving a lot. When I got here, I became a full-time starter, so I didn’t have to go back there as much. But now that my role has changed, and I’m in the slot a whole lot more, anything to help the team, I’ll do it."

Chris Wilson hopes safety helps his chances - The Insider - The Washington Post
"Looking at the formation, I thought they were going to chip, and as I was rushing, I seen that they didn’t," Wilson said. "I’d been working the whole game to get a sack. That’s what us pass-rushers like to do. He happened to be in the end zone when I got home finally."

RG3 happy with performance against the Colts

Robert Griffin III was pleased with how he played against the Colts but he knows there is much more to be done.

Dezmon Briscoe gets into the end zone again - The Insider - The Washington Post
"It’s very important," Briscoe said. "You know it’s preseason — how this business goes, if you don’t produce, you usually have a tough time making the team."

Alfred Morris, Tim Hightower stay in the Redskins’ running game mix - The Washington Post
Coach Mike Shanahan said the Redskins remain in "wait and see" mode as they try to select a starter. They have to see how Hightower’s knee responds to its most taxing workload since his surgery, and they must see how quickly Royster and Helu recover.

Need to Know: Don't hold your breath - Rich Tandler's Real Redskins
—11:15 Open locker room —1:00 Practice (closed to media after first 30 minutes) —After practice (approx. 3:00) Mike Shanahan news conference —4:00 Roster size must be reduced to 75

Pierre Garcon: 'We have to connect on deep passes' - Rich Tandler's Real Redskins


20 questions in 20 days #14: Can Moss regain his old form?
As we count down to the first game of the Redskins’ season, Tarik El-Bashir and Rich Tandler are going to be looking at some of the big questions facing the team and attempting to look into their crystal balls and answer them.

Godmother makes Josh Morgan's Redskins home debut special - Washington Times
Presence of Sonya Strickland adds even more to D.C. native's first game at FedEx Field.