Even though I am far from a novelist, Jake Russell asked me if I could discuss my experiences of training camp and leading up to week one of the preseason. I told him to get a life but said “sure.” So here it goes.
The Redskins are set at most positions and bolstered several spots such as wide receiver, reserve inside linebacker, and special teams coverage in the offseason. But like every other team in the NFL, not every position is set, leaving battles looming as training camp arrives.
Here are my top five battles to watch during training camp and the team’s four preseason games over the next month and a half.
1. Right tackle Tyler Polumbus/Morgan Moses/Tom Compton
It’s no secret that the Redskins go as Robert Griffin III goes. A season after winning Offensive Rookie of the Year during a rookie campaign that ended with a torn ACL and LCL, Griffin returned to the field in a miraculous amount of time. After his devastating injury in the 2013 Wild Card game against the Seattle Seahawks on January 6, he started the team’s 2013 season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles on September 9. However, hampered by a knee brace all season, Griffin struggled and was benched by head coach Mike Shanahan for the final three games of what turned out to be a 3-13 season. (more…)
Moving from the ACC to the Big Ten has been quite the adjustment for fans of the Maryland Terrapins. Some have acclimated themselves with the move quite well. Some, not so much.
While the Terps consistently perform well in lacrosse, field hockey, soccer, women’s basketball and recently completed the best baseball season in its history, all eyes will be on how the football and men’s basketball teams adapt to the move to a conference with predominantly Midwestern schools.
Over the last 29 days, the University of Maryland has done a good job of getting fans ready for the move from the ACC to the Big Ten, which becomes official tomorrow. Through its Twitter account (@umterps), Maryland has produced some quick-hitting “infoegraphics” to give fans knowledge on their new rivals.
Without further ado, here is the collection of all 13 Big Ten opponent “infoegraphics” put together by the Terps. (more…)
For as long as I can remember, I’ve obtained NFL preview magazines every year to break down rosters, analyze team pickups, look over league-wide predictions, and on top of it all, see how the Redskins stacked up against the rest of the league and the NFC East.
That obsession of buying these magazines continues to this day, with fewer to choose from than in years past but just enough to get me ready for training camp in the doldrums of the sports calendar.
The top paperbound prognosticators remaining are Lindy’s, Athlon and Sporting News.
Let’s take a look at how they predicted the Redskins to finish in the NFC East this season. Spoiler alert: It’s not first. Or second. Or third. (more…)