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Daily Slop: Barry Cofield Says Redskins Goal Is A Top 10 Defense; RG3 is 'Ready to go' for First Game


Redskins practice report: Aug. 6 |
Chris Chester’s sprained left ankle likely will keep him out of the Buffalo game Thursday. That means the starting offensive line in the preseason opener is this: left tackle Trent Williams, left guard Maurice Hurt, center Will Montgomery, right guard Adam Gettis and right tackle Tyler Polumbus.

Washington Redskins Training Camp Day 10 Afternoon: Shanahan, RG3, J. Wilson " CBS DC
Josh Wilson intercepted a Robert Griffin III pass and went running down the sidelines when Trent Williams hit Wilson a tad too hard and Wilson went hard to the ground. Redskins Head Coach Mike Shanahan brought the team together right afterwards to talk to them for a minute or so.

Redskins training camp: Observations from Monday’s practice - The Insider - The Washington Post
Now we may get to see more of Adam Gettis, the Redskins’ fifth-round pick out of Iowa. Until now, Gettis has worked with the second team, but he stepped in with the first team when Chester went down. Gettis has actually showed improvement in one-on-one drills. He told me that he’s beginning to become more comfortable in the system and more sure of his technique: remembering to keep his hands inside and get good foot placement

Monday Training Camp Practice Notes
One of the standout performers for the first time in camp was wide receiver Joshua Morgan, who has battled through injury to get back on the practice field. Morgan came up big late in practice, splitting double coverage with a leaping reception near the sidelines to move the chains. Morgan said after practice that he was feeling healthy for the first time in nearly a year, and classified himself as about 95 percent health heading into Thursday's game.

Practice report (8/6): These guys need to play a game - Rich Tandler's Real Redskins
On the day, Griffin was 10 for 20 with the one interception. His targets: Complete: Moss 4, Hankerson, Cooley 3, Garçon, Helu Incomplete: Cooley, Hankerson, Moss 3, batted down 2, Garçon 3 (1 intercepted)

Redskins practice report (8/6) - Washington Times
One storyline of the preseason that’s lurking in the bushes right now: DL Jarvis Jenkins has hardly demonstrated the power that made him so impressive last summer before he tore the ACL in his right knee. We’re 10 practices in to camp, and I still haven’t seen him produce a moment that reminds me of last summer.

RGIII Report: Aug. 6 |
Griffin was more off today than he had been in previous practices. But I liked one play in which he slid right and instead of running he kept his eyes downfield and hit Leonard Hankerson in the right flat. He later slid to his left and hit Garcon. And he did hit Moss on a deep out later in the practice. But overall it wasn’t the best. (He even had one play in which he went to throw from a clogged pocket and the ball slipped out). …DeAngelo Hall would have drilled Griffin on a blitz in which the rookie ran a keeper to the left side. As he returned to the sidelines, Hall said a couple times, "How’s he gonna break a tackle with his eyes closed?… He had his eyes closed."

Top 5 Players On the Offensive Line That I'll Be Watching Thursday: | Fanspeak Washington Redskins Blog
Yesterday I looked at the top 5 Offensive players that I'll be watching when the Redskins open up their preseason Thursday night. Now I decided to focus on non-offensive linemen in that post since I felt the line deserved their own post. That fear feeling was further reinforced when starting RG Chris Chester went down with a mild ankle sprain in yesterday's practice.

Redskins notes |
Tight end Chris Cooley wanted to show the coaches he could stay healthy. He also likes reminding them of his versatility. To that end, he hasn’t missed a practice and he’ll line up at fullback in the preseason opener vs. Buffalo. Cooley played fullback last season when Darrel Young was injured (Mike Sellers was healthy at the time).

LaVar & Dukes: Barry Cofield Says Redskins Goal Is A Top 10 Defense, Make RGIII’s Life Easy " CBS DC
"He shouldn’t have to carry the burden of the whole franchise by himself," Cofield told 106.7 The Fan’s LaVar Arrington and Chad Dukes on Monday. Cofield added successful rookie quarterbacks have a solid defense backing them up. As such, Jim Haslett’s squad is aiming to be among to top five of 10 defenses in the NFL this season. Anything else would be disappointing.

Washington Redskins: Exclusive Interview With Raheem Morris " CBS DC
If you ask DeAngelo Hall, Brandon Meriweather, Tanard Jackson and others, Raheem Morris is the only man who can coach the self-anointed band of misfits that make up the Washington Redskins secondary.

The Redskins preseason broadcast schedule - DC Sports Bog - The Washington Post
Details on the whos and whens and wheres of Washington’s preseason games on television.

Anthony Armstrong goes for the Riddler look | ProFootballTalk
Redskins receiver Anthony Armstrong has a separated shoulder. As a result, he's practicing with a yellow jersey that has no number. So Armstrong got creative, applying a question mark. Upside down.

The Redskins Blog | Rookie Spotlight: Richard Crawford
"I want to do whatever I can to help us with a championship this year," Crawford said. "That’s my mindset. Coach Shanahan, when we talked about it before he drafted me, I told him that’s what I’m here to do."

Washington Redskins receiver Leonard Hankerson having a strong training camp - The Insider - The Washington Post
WR has continued to impress while Josh Morgan deals with hamstring injury.

Redskins DB Brandon Meriweather joins the Fix to talk about camp, comparisons to the Patriots camp, and his thoughts on RG3

Robinson Embracing Playmaker Role
While some of the additions and veterans at wide receiver have stolen the headlines this offseason, second-year Redskin Aldrick Robinson is quietly finding his own niche at receiver during training camp. Robinson (5-10, 181) was selected by Washington out of Southern Methodist University in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Redskins’ coaches spoke favorably of the speedy receiver last offseason, but two muffed punts against the Colts in the preseason destroyed his chances of making the final 53-man roster.

No big surprises on Redskins first depth chart
The Redskins released their first depth chart on Monday and there were few surprises.

Fantasy fix: RG3 and the Redskins' O-line - NFC East Blog - ESPN
No, it is not Fantasy Week, but (a) wasn't that fun? and (b) this particular fantasy topic touches on a reality topic of some significant concern to....

Williams Carving Role In Crowded Secondary
"Hopefully I fit into the mix," Williams said. "In the system there’s not really a strong and free safety; you’re really asked to do both quite a bit and the rotations that we have over the course of the game allow you to be able to do both." Williams joins forces with two other former Terrapins in the Redskins’ secondary, as both Josh Wilson and Kevin Barnes also grew up near Washington and attended Maryland.

Dan Snyder on RGIII, his defense, and the NFC East - DC Sports Bog - The Washington Post
During a lengthy conversation with SiriusXM NFL Radio, the Redskins owner expresses optimism about his football team.

Need to know: The starting RB is . . . - Rich Tandler's Real Redskins
Eyebrows were raised among Redskins fans and, especially, in the world of fantasy football when the team issued its first depth chart and Evan Royster was listed as the second-team running back ahead of fellow second-year back Roy Helu Jr.

RG3 is 'ready to go' for first game
Robert Griffin III says that he is anxious for his first NFL preseason game on Thursday but not nervous about it.

NFL Videos: Garcon talks about changes
Washington Redskins wide receiver, Pierre Garcon, discusses changing teams, and gives "Inside Training Camp Live" a scouting report on his new team.

Even RG3 subjected to a learning curve - Washington Times
There have been plays during training camp when it appears quarterback Robert Griffin III might have hit the snooze button on his internal alarm clock.

Aug. 5, 1975: Redskins Acquire Colossal DT Butz | Redskin Historian
On Aug. 5, 1975, Redskins coach George Allen made one of the most audacious trades ever in the NFL. Allen gave the St. Louis Cardinals two 1st-round picks and a 2nd-rounder for 3rd-year defensive tackle Dave Butz, who’d missed the 1974 season due to a knee injury. One NFL general manager called it a "terrible deal" for the Redskins. It turned out to be a great move.

Lichtensteiger's confidence in knee a bit shaken, but he's targeting Sept. 9 return - Washington Times

First-string left guard Kory Lichtensteiger says his surgically repaired knee is feeling better.

Redskins’ training camp: with a year of experience, Markus White is ready to impress - The Washington Post
"I’m a lot more confident going into this game. I actually can’t wait for it," White said. "Last year, it might have been the opposite where I’m like, ‘Oh man, give me a couple more days before we got this game,’ because there’s a lot to take in at once. Now, it’s kind of like I’m ready."

HomerMcFanboy " helu on marriage, running back committees
Fantasy football owners despise Mike Shanahan’s approach to the running back position because it’s virtually impossible to guess who is going to be the primary back. As someone involved in the situation, what are your thoughts on the subject? "That’s the way it should be," Helu said. "Absolutely. You earn what you get. And if someone else is playing better, that means the team will play better. If someone else is not playing up to par, competition breeds greatness. That’s what they really believe in here, and it goes from the head coach down to every position. It keeps you hungry and makes you have to show up every single day."