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Redskins OC Shanahan on RGIII and more |
Royster is a very nature zone runner. He wants to be inside. He wants to press everything one gap at a time. He wants to suck people up and get back door cuts a lot faster than Helu does. There is a reason he is the all-time leading rusher at Penn State. If you turned on the tape he doesn’t jump out the screen because he doesn’t have that blazing speed that just jumps off. But, he is a very natural runner. He’s always getting good yards per carry – it happened in college. In the three or four games he played for us he was close to six yards per carry, so it’s continued. Hopefully it shows next year."

Redskins' Banks still loved by coaches |
If there was one thing evident at the press conferences today with the assistant coaches, it was this: Lots of people still love returner/receiver Brandon Banks. Of course, it’s better to be loved at the end of preseason than at the beginning. Four games can change opinions. But heading into the exhibition opener vs. Buffalo, it’s clear that Banks remains popular among the coaches.

Redskins Haslett, Smith highlights |

Jarvis Jenkins: "He is healthy. He has no problem learning. I thought that all throughout OTA’s he struggled from the standpoint of staying on his feet. He was on the ground too much. I thought that at the start of camp he kind of started that way and then maybe last week he came out of it. To me, the last three days he has looked like himself last year. He really sprung off the ball. He is pushing off his leg and he is athletic. When you miss a year it is hard but I think he has worked through that. He has worked hard in the weight room and he has worked hard on the field. The last three days have been outstanding."

HomerMcFanboy " barry cofield predicts big things in 2012

With that type of continuity, Cofield is confident the defense front is capable of great things in ‘12. "I’ve got big aspirations," he said. "I don’t feel like we’re a rebuilding team. I don’t feel like we’re a team that’s a year away. We’re ready to compete this year, and the goal is to win and be a playoff team this year. We want to win every game we play. On defense, we’ve got guys who have spent a year together now. We’ve got veteran guys. We’ve got leaders and we’ve got some really talented players."

With Griffin III, finding ‘what he does best’ - The Insider - The Washington Post
"That’s really what training camp is about every year," offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said Wednesday. "You put a whole playbook in, and you try to find out what your offense does the best, and it always starts with the quarterback. . . . You want to put a bunch of stuff in to see what he is good at. We’ve got an idea from a few weeks of training camp and a few weeks of OTAs, and we’re going to have more of an idea after [he’s] in a live game. At the end of [the preseason], you [ask], ‘Well, what has your offense done best? What can [Griffin] do the best and what makes sense to do against New Orleans [in Week 1]?’

Redskins safeties: Competition is wide open - The Insider - The Washington Post
Through OTAs and training camp, Brandon Meriweather and Madieu Williams have played with the first team, while free agent addition Tanard Jackson and holdovers Reed Doughty and DeJon Gomes have rotated in and out with the second and third teams. Meanwhile, rookie Jordan Bernstine has played primarily on the third team while learning both free and strong safety positions.

Redskins kicker will be decided by game-day pressure - The Insider - The Washington Post
Graham Gano and Neil Rackers are virtually even in training camp. Coaches want to see how they perform in games, special teams coach Danny Smith says.

Redskins’ Jammal Brown could return, but timetable is unclear - The Insider - The Washington Post
But there is no timetable for the right tackle, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan says.

Redskins-Bills: 4 Players To Watch
The Redskins tried to catch lightning in a bottle last year at the safety position, but were too hobbled by injury to find success. This offseason, the front office revamped the position, adding two-time Pro Bowl safety Brandon Meriweather as a key piece to the puzzle.

Redskins Upload: 'Realistic' Expectations?
There have been eleven rookie quarterbacks to lead their teams to the postseason since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970. Most recently, the Cincinnati BengalsAndy Dalton faced fellow rookie quarterback T.J. Yates of the Houston Texans in the AFC Wild Card game last season, which marked the first playoff game of the Super Bowl era to pit two rookie quarterbacks.

RGIII’s debut bigger than Strasburg’s - Hard Hits - The Washington Post
When I was on the set of Post Sports Live, this question was posed: Will Robert Griffin III’s first preseason game hold more significance than the first regular season game pitched by Stephen Strasburg? I find it hard to imagine that about a game that is basically a scrimmage, but after giving it some real thought I think it’s true. Here’s why.

Kyle Shanahan just wants RG3 to have fun
Kyle Shanahan says he wants the rookie to just relax and do what he does best. Watch RG3 and the Redskins take on the Bills exclusively in HD on CSN! Coverage begins at 6:00 p.m.

Josh Wilson reflects on youth as a Skins fan
Josh Wilson and the Redskins go way back as he used to work at the stadium and attend training camp as a fan.

NFL Videos: What to expect from RG3?
How will Robert Griffin III perform in his first preseason action for the Washington Redskins? The "NFL Total Access" crew prognosticates.

Redskins vs. Bills Preseason Game: What I'm Watching | Fanspeak Washington Redskins Blog
The intensity of the starting defense: I would really love for them in the first series against the Bills to come out active. They need to get the season off right with a defensive three and out. Since the only real position battle is at the safety positions, I really want to see the front seven get after it. Let games two and three let us know if Brandon Meriweather and Madeiu Williams can handle the strong and free positions.

Need to Know: What to expect from RG3 - Rich Tandler's Real Redskins
Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, the day the Redskins open their preseason in Buffalo and one month to the day before they open the regular season in the Superdome against the Saints. Come and chat about the game I’ll be live from Ralph Wilson Stadium with the game chat. We’ll get things started at about 6:30 with a 7:00 kickoff. Check back right here at and join in the fun. What to watch for...

Robert Griffin III takes the field for first game behind a battered offensive line - The Washington Post
Three starters on offensive line and fullback Darrel Young probably will miss Thursday’s game against the Bills with injuries.

Redskins at Bills: 5 Questions - Washington Times
Five questions to keep in mind when Washington visits Buffalo in the preseason opener.

All eyes on RG3 as Redskins’ preseason begins - Washington Times
In Robert Griffin III's world, there's a difference between anxiety and nervousness.

Point Counterpoint: Should the Redskins be concerned about injuries? - Rich Tandler's Real Redskins