Jason Campbell Really Likes Big Plays
First, some breaking news. On his radio show, Vinny Cerrato just said the Skins will definitely keep 25 on offense, likely including nine linemen and three tight ends. He's previously said they're keeping only five WRs, so if you do the math, this means they're almost definitely keeping a fourth running back. Perhaps either Anthony Alridge or Marcus Mason just got some very good news. Wow, this is nerdy.
Anyhow, Jason Campbell was interviewed twice during yesterday's Skins coverage, once during the game by Kelli Johnson, and once on a podium after the game. Both times, he hammered the theme of taking chances and taking his shots downfield, sort of without prompting. In fact, he's been talking about this pretty frequently since the third preseason game, and it makes you wonder if he isn't lobbying for these shots behind the scenes.
In his first interview, he was asked about his near hook-up in the end zone with Antwaan Randle El.
"It felt good, just because of the fact that we are throwing the ball downfield," he said. "You know, we're taking chances, and you saw us work the ball all the way down the field, regardless of some of the penalties that we was getting. We've got to stop those things. Those were things that hurt our drives."
Later in the same interview, Johnson asked if the Redskins would score more points this season.
"Well, like I said, that comes with taking chances," he said. "And that's something we've tried to do in this preseason, take more chances, more opportunities. Moving the ball, we do that really well, but we need those big plays, the catch and runs, the throwing the bombs and catching them for a touchdown or breaking a run and going to score. The big plays are what get you points. Fourteen-, 15-play drives is a lot of wear and tear. You want to get some five- or six-play drives and get a big play somewhere."
Once not good enough? Well, at his postgame presser, he was asked about nearly hooking up with Randle El--not about diversifying the offense or stretching the field--and here's how he responded.
"Those are things we talk about, taking some shots," he said. "And Randle El did a good job of beating the linebacker down the middle of the field, and we took the shot, and we almost got it. And over the last couple of weeks, the last three weeks, that's things that you've seen from us, throwing the ball downfield, trying to give our guys an opportunity to make plays, and it's gonna help us out on offense. It's hard to go 14-, 15-play drives and score every time, so there's got to be times where there's five or six plays and you get into the end zone. And that happens from big plays, big throws, big catches, big runs. We all understand that. That's the way to score points."
They must have distributed the talking points, because when Randle El was later asked about his drop, he said pretty much the same thing.
"We had some shots down the field we could have took advantage of, we didn't, but at the same time we've still got to keep working on them in practice," he said. "That's the thing we always want to do, is hook up on those big plays, and when we make those big plays, come back and be able to make them time and time again. We're getting to that point, and again, that one was on me."
Also from Cerrato: he said Kevin Barnes was sick last night and throwing up on the sidelines, and that Justin Tryon "had a pretty good camp" and "made great strides." And he said Albert Haynesworth is over his illness, then saw him and pointed out, "he's not running to the bathroom." Nice.
And also, when he was asked which young backs have impressed, Cerrato praised Mason extensively, saying he's been good all over the field, including on special teams, and mentioned no other names. Later still a caller asked if Alridge had a chance, and Cerrato said "we'll see" about five times, while mentioning the numbers game.
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