The Seahawks assemble for training camp Friday, and they will have the swagger that comes with a dominant Super Bowl performance. However, it looks like they won’t have Beast Mode.
Running back Marshawn Lynch is planning on holding out, according to former teammate Michael Robinson, now a television analyst. “I really think he just wants his position in the organization and how they view him, he just wants that recalibrated a little bit,” Robinson said on NFL Network. “He’s been the face of the franchise, he’s been the face of the organization.”Read full article >>
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RICHMOND — Upon being asked a seventh question about quarterback Robert Griffin III in a 20-minute span, Washington Redskins Coach Jay Gruden cautioned reporters on the eve of training camp “not to make it so much about Robert but make it about the Redskins.”Read full article >>
RICHMOND — To support Robert Griffin III, the Washington Redskins hired a quarterback-friendly coach, promoted a good communicator to offensive coordinator and added one of the NFL’s best big-play wide receivers among three key free agents on offense.Read full article >>
RICHMOND — Coach Jay Gruden gave a lukewarm response when asked for his assessment of how his rookie class fared on their first practice of training camp.
When the Redskins broke for their summer break back on June 19, the team’s 15 rookies still remained very much in the learning process.Read full article >>
In football markets where tickets are harder to score than a World Cup goal against Germany, the idea that only one individual would be in line the morning when tickets went on sale seems unfathomable. Sadly, though, that was the situation in Minneapolis on Tuesday when fans were invited to line up for to purchase their single-game tickets.Read full article >>
RICHMOND — The Washington Redskins got their morning practice session in on Day 1 of training camp. But thunderstorms expected to hit the Richmond area around the same time as the 4 p.m walk-through have caused the team move the hour-long session indoors to the Greater Richmond Convention Center.Read full article >>
RICHMOND — Pro Bowl running back Alfred Morris can’t predict exactly how things will play out on offense for the Washington Redskins this season. But regardless of whatever changes new coach/play-caller Jay Gruden institutes in his game plans, Morris expects the run game to remain a key element.Read full article >>
Some of it has to do with the short life span of an NFL running back. Looking at the 170 RBs, aged 21 to 32, since 1970 with at least 150 carries in consecutive seasons, we can see there is a sharp decline after they turn 27 years of age. The example below uses the average loss of yards per year for a hypothetical 21-year-old running back with 1,000 yards rushing in his rookie year.Read full article >>
“U.S. bound. Dubai-Atlanta, 15 hour flight. 3 weeks of friends, family and @Redskins Training Camp!!!” Mike Justice posted on Twitter a few days ago, while at the airport in Dubai.
The Redskins soon wrote back, which eventually led to a private conversation. Justice told the team’s social media handler that he would be in Richmond for the first two days of training camp; he was told in return to stop at the photo locker tent when he arrived at the team facility.Read full article >>
RICHMOND — With 10 NFL seasons under his belt, DeAngelo Hall knows that he’s closer to the end of his career than the start of it. But he fully believes that he still ranks among the best cornerbacks in the league.Read full article >>
Every so often, some D.C. sports fans will get to talking about whether Washington teams should market visiting teams and stars. This issue seems to have particular resonance in this market, due to apparently larger-than-normal numbers of local sports fans who grew up elsewhere, plus Susan O’Malley.Read full article >>
The NFL sent a message with its latest disciplinary move, suspending Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice because of a domestic incident that it deems to be a violation of its personal conduct policy. Unfortunately, the recipients of Commissioner Roger Goodell’s message are women.Read full article >>
For years, Stanford football players have taken a stubborn pride in wearing blue-collared shirts, shirts meant to resemble those worn by hard-working laborers, going against common perceptions of their university.Read full article >>
RICHMOND — Day 1 of Redskins training camp got off to a water-logged start, but skies eventually cleared about midway through the practice, and the team finished their on-field session under clear skies.Read full article >>
Robert Griffin III wasn’t sharp as the defense outplayed the offense in Thursday’s wet first session.
Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett seemed a step ahead of offensive coordinator Sean McVay in play-calling. Outside linebacker Brian Orakpo sure looked like he deserved the franchise tag while making several good moves rushing the passer. Although the rain and the slick field often hampered receivers while route running, the defense got it done.Read full article >>
One thing was clear on the first day of training camp: It figures to be a long time before rookie right tackle Morgan Moses will be ready to contribute. Redskins officials hope the third-round pick from Virginia eventually will replace staring right tackle Tyler Polumbus, but Moses has no idea what he’s doing out there.Read full article >>
If you’re someone who rolls your eyes at every new Robert Griffin III commercial, hashtag or bit of self-promotion, the start of Redskins training camp should provide some relief. At long last, pundits can analyze Griffin’s on-the-field performance after spending much of the offseason scrutinizing the Redskins quarterback’s behavior in his free time.Read full article >>
Early in Redskins training camp last year, we wrote about people showing up in Cowboys gear. (And also Giants and Steelers gear.)
It seemed odd to me. Training camp isn’t particularly thrilling, even for diehard fans, so how could it be of interest to people who don’t follow the team? Did they really just want to check in on Robert Griffin III? Were they curious how the special teams looked in drills? Were all their other clothes dirty?Read full article >>
Remember back when significant numbers of rookies reported to NFL training camps late because of contract-negotiating stalemates?
It’s a thing of the past, a rapidly fading NFL memory.
When the league’s franchise owners and the NFL Players Association agreed to a new rookie pay system as part of their labor deal in 2011, the main purpose was to curb the then-burgeoning amounts of guaranteed money being paid to unproven players just entering the league so those funds could be directed instead to veterans.Read full article >>