John Keim is reporting that RG3 holds the ball too long. I’m going to do some remedial NFL math on that one:
Very shaky OL
Three of the best pass rushing teams in the league reside in your division
QB holds the ball too long
More good notes from Keim on the rest of the team here. Actually, a number of the Redskins reporters are doing a great job. Practice reports from the Washington Times’ Rich Campbell here, and from Real Redskins’ Rich Tandler here.
In case you haven’t heard, the Skins are looking to run the Pistol formation this year. The idea of the Pistol has been swirling in my head for about a week now, and I don’t think I like it for the Skins. I watched some tape of the Panthers last year, who tinkered a little with the Pistol formation. From the very limited number of looks I got at their version, it looked impressive.
But there’s a difference (a big difference, in my opinion) between the Panthers running the Pistol and the Redskins running the Pistol. Cam Newton is 6’5, 245, and is built like a house. The Panthers have one of the best RB tandems in the NFL in 5’9 215 DeAngelo Williams and 5’10 235 Jonathan Stewart. They also added 5’9 245 bowling ball Mike Tolbert this offseason. That is an absolutely nasty power running attack. I don’t think the Redskins have appropriate personnel to pull it off. I like Roy Helu and Evan Royster, but they are a far cry from Williams and Stewart, and Griffin is far from the bruising runner that Cam Newton is. If RG3 is going to take some shots, I’d prefer they be of the “trying to make something out of nothing on a scramble” variety. I wouldn’t be exposing him to hits on purpose.
More after the jump…
From Giants camp, 2nd year LB Jacquian Williams is impressing. He’s also the player in the NFC East that I have the most trouble with, spelling-wise, so he has that going for him as well. Giants camp has been difficult to keep up with, from my perspective. See the links above for the Redskins’ beat writers, in which they give detailed round-ups of what they’re seeing at camp? Plenty of that stuff for the Skins, Eagles, and Cowboys, but I haven’t found anyone doing that regularly at Giants camp. Not sure why. If any of you guys know of something I’m missing, please point me in the right direction. I’ll be there next Monday, just FYI.
My buddy Lars is doing a great job out at Oxnard, taking in Cowboys camp. His round-ups of the first three days of camp can be found here, here, and here. Bonus points for Lars, who lives in Germany, and came all the way out to California to cover his team. (Golf clap). Also, Raf at Cowboys Nation is grinding it out at Oxnard. A ton of practice reports out of him as well. Definitely worth the look.