Quarterback Dwayne Haskins hands the ball off. (Photo by Jake Russell)

By Jake Russell

The Redskins are back for a new season, rolling out a more youthful, refurbished version of their 2018 selves. Seemingly gone are high expectations, replaced by cautious optimism for a future now rooted in young, untested talent.

As with recent years, the new edition of the 87-year-old franchise was met with little fanfare during its first two days of training camp in Richmond. Perhaps the quiet and lack of lofty projections are just what is needed for the young core to gel.

The team begins its preseason slate in less than two weeks. Here’s a breakdown of their four exhibition games:

Thursday, August 8, 7:30 p.m. — @ Cleveland Browns
Thursday, August 15, 7:30 p.m. — vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Thursday, August 22, 7:30 p.m. — @ Atlanta Falcons
Thursday, August 29, 7:30 p.m. — vs. Baltimore Ravens

In the meantime, enjoy the sights of the first two training camp practices of the 2019 season. (more…)

PHOTOS: Maryland closes difficult 2018 season with 38-3 loss at Penn State

By Jake Russell

The weather in State College, PA was setting up well for the Maryland Terrapins as they closed out their regular season schedule against the 12th-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions.

With sleet pouring down to create a sloppy field at Beaver Stadium, the conditions were ripe for Maryland manage the tempo of the game since they’ve evolved into a primarily ground-based offense.

As recent history has indicated, the Terps proved to be no match against a Penn State team hosting its Senior Day. On Saturday, Maryland was dominated and beaten at its own game, with the Nittany Lions racking up 310 yards on the ground against an outmatched Terrapins defense on the way to a 38-3 blowout loss in Happy Valley. (more…)

Redskins 2018 training camp photos: Days 1 + 2

The Redskins opened up their sixth training camp at Richmond’s Bon Secours Training Center on Thursday with tempered crowds and quiet confidence.

A disappointing 2017 plagued by injuries led to a 7-9 record and marked the fourth time in five seasons the team missed the playoffs. The team rebounded with a solid performance in free agency and the draft. Now that camp has started, the time has come to show whether those moves will pay off or not.

Washington begins its preseason schedule against the New England Patriots on Thursday, August 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Enjoy my photos from the first two days of the Redskins’ 2018 training camp. (more…)