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Some questions that may be answered tonight

We've found our seats in the impressive New Meadowlands Stadium and players are stretching on the field below us. Kickoff is still couple of hours away, but let's review a few questions that the Redskins will try to answer tonight.

1. Does Albert Haynesworth see any time with the first-team defense?
Because the starters are expected to play the entire first half and into the third quarter, Haynesworth could be rotated in, which would signal the transition to a full-time starting role. At the least, he'll likely see some time with the first-string in nickel packages.

2. Is there anything consistent about Rex Grossman's game?
Look, Donovan McNabb isn't a 16-game quarterback, which means that sooner or
later, Grossman will probably see some playing time. A strong showing tonight could ease concerns shared by many Redskins' fans.

3. How's that free safety position look?
Kareem Moore likely will miss the first couple weeks of the regular season, which means that Reed Doughty and Chris Horton will see significant playing time early in the season. Both are better at the strong safety position, and the next couple of weeks is likely to determine who starts at free safety against Dallas.

4. What does Willie Parker have left?
He's had just one preseason carry and will be the featured back for the Redskins in the first half. While coaches certainly want to see some rushing yards, Parker also has to prove that he's not a major liability as a pass blocker. There's no better test for that than the Jets, who will send pass rushers from all angles. Larry Johnson will see action tonight, too, and the running back who has the better outing will likely be the
favorite for the 53-man roster.

5. Are any receivers interested in making the team?
Anthony Armstrong is the lone receiver who has greatly improved his stock this preseason. Devin Thomas has had every opportunity to make a bid for the starting
job, but needs to show up big tonight. Joey Galloway, starting his third preseason game, has been targeted just once. His spot on the roster seems secure, but to be a contributor in the offense, he needs to create some space between himself and defenders.

There are plenty of other questions to ponder, of course. It's the third preseason game, so there's more game-planning involved, which allows coaches to evaluate the team a bit more than they could in other games.

By Rick Maese  |  August 27, 2010; 5:28 PM ET
Categories:  Albert Haynesworth , Anthony Armstrong , Devin Thomas , Kareem Moore , Larry Johnson , Rex Grossman , Running backs , Willie Parker , wide receivers  
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Comments

I hope that we score FIRST. Best to set things in motion with a positive step.

Here's another question: can Trent Williams step up his game against the Jets?

Posted by: TDawg1 | August 27, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

I think I just pooped my pants.

Posted by: Thinker_ | August 27, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Some questions that may be answered tonight

1. Does Albert Haynesworth see any time with the first-team defense?

He will in the regular season when it totally matters.

2. Is there anything consistent about Rex Grossman's game?

We already know his game is inconsistent, so how is this a question?

3. How's that free safety position look?

It looks like Red Doughty and Chris Horton

4. What does Willie Parker have left?

Whatever money he has earned as a pro.

5. Are any receivers interested in making the team?

No. None of them want to play in the NFL as the pay is too good, the groupies too sexy, and the media spotlight isn't as bright as it is for those of who blog when we should be working.

And now that these questions have been answered, we can truly say we now know less than we did before they were asked.

Because then, we knew nothing.

Posted by: gimmesummoe | August 27, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Yep. I just checked. I did.

Posted by: Thinker_ | August 27, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

The day's best quote:

"I don't wanna beat the jets....

.....I just wanna go home healthy."

--signed, Mike Shanahan

Head Coach, Washington Redskins

Posted by: gimmesummoe | August 27, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

1. Albert will get time with the starters

2. Grossman has never been consistent and that won't change now.

3. Free safety won't look good with those two back there.

4. Willie won't show much against this defense (no rb's will tonight).

5. Between Grossman throwing and playing this defense, no receivers will show much. I'm not very optimistic about the offense tonight.

Posted by: Rusty6392 | August 27, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

72 minutes until gametime folks.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | August 27, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Worse than I thought, too. This is so runny.

I'm not even sure this qualifies as poop. Really seems more like diarrhea.

I can't even remember what I logged in to say about tonight's game. What a drag.

Posted by: Thinker_ | August 27, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

I am just curious to see how we stack up front for front. You know that the jets will bring it! They are trying to make a statement everytime they go out. They also have to look good for HBO.

I like what coach said,

"I don't wanna beat the jets....

.....I just wanna go home healthy."

--signed, Mike Shanahan

I am down with that. I am ready to spear some cowgirls on 9/12.(or before) Take it how you want it.

Posted by: Httr4Life | August 27, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

"72 minutes until game time folks."


The game isn't on here in South Florida.

(I'm wondering why the Sunday Ticket doesn't apply to preseason game, there's a way to make there the owners haven't thought about.)

So, please make sure you post plenty 'o updates.


Posted by: gimmesummoe | August 27, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

i've got a bad feeling about this drop

Posted by: BrooklynSkins | August 27, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

My own bit of offseason news: for obvious reasons, I will no longer be posting as zornskins (although I haven't really been posting much at all).

In the future I will re-emerge as shanallenskins, if I can master the registration process. I am sure nobody cares, but the RI Hamster league will see the same change.

Looking forward to a good test tonight

zorn/shanallenskins

Posted by: zornskins2 | August 27, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

We didn't learn anything from this post, but at least it was about football. If you think of J. Reid as a gossip columnist instead of a sportswriter, you start to appreciate his work a lot more.

Here's hoping that Sanchez gets his bell rung by Landry and Osackpo.

Posted by: NYPDee | August 27, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, that post was by Maese. Should have known, since it was about football.

Posted by: NYPDee | August 27, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

We didn't learn anything from this post, but at least it was about football. If you think of J. Reid as a gossip columnist instead of a sportswriter, you start to appreciate his work a lot more.


Posted by: NYPDee | August 27, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Here is a better analysis, NYPDee...

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/sports/blogs/redskins-confidential/Ten-to-watch-101639263.html

Not sure why no one comments over on Keim's site; he brings excellent analysis on a consistent basis. I guess WaPo cornered the jibba-jabba market back in the CynCity-Jasno "glory" days, and the hamsters never left.

Posted by: swowra | August 27, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

I am just curious to see how we stack up front for front. You know that the jets will bring it! They are trying to make a statement everytime they go out.

Posted by: Httr4Life

to me, most of what's worth getting from this game is about the trenches.

We pretty much expect our WRs to be so-so other than Moss. We know who Grossman is, and that Parker is what he used to be.

Am I interested in seeing if our defense is effective at creating plays that stop the Jets or get turnovers. The defense is based on making it tough for QBs to know what's coming. Seemed to work vs Flacco (it won't work vs Peyton, but we only play him once). If you can't fool a 2nd year QB, who can you fool?

Posted by: zcezcest1 | August 27, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

My own bit of offseason news: for obvious reasons, I will no longer be posting as zornskins (although I haven't really been posting much at all).

In the future I will re-emerge as shanallenskins, if I can master the registration process. I am sure nobody cares, but the RI Hamster league will see the same change.

Looking forward to a good test tonight

zorn/shanallenskins

Posted by: zornskins2

At least Zornskins, you won a championship (well deserved, I might add).

Posted by: zcezcest1 | August 27, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: zcezcest1 | August 27, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

"Here is a better analysis, NYPDee...
Not sure why no one comments over on Keim's site; he brings excellent analysis on a consistent basis. I guess WaPo cornered the jibba-jabba market back in the CynCity-Jasno "glory" days, and the hamsters never left.
Posted by: swowra"

OK, here's a comment: Keim is longer-winded but provides little more than Jason. Fr'instance, on Willie Parker, Keim wants:
1) to see if he can get yards inside
2)If he's better than Larry Johnson was.
3) If he can pass protect.

Here's what Jason wants to see:
1) if he can pass block.
2) If he's better than Larry Johnson was.

If you look at the content we get from camp, it's pretty much a rehash of the same themes. You may prefer one writer to another, but it's not because you're getting high-level analysis or even much in the way of 'breaking' news.

Posted by: Samson151 | August 27, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Man, Banks is tiny.

Posted by: freakzilla | August 27, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

The RI blog 'reports'. Keim analyzes and reports.

Its a pretty obvious difference. Though I think Keim's thing is a bit more onerous to post, I've done it a couple times.


As for the game, its tough to figure out what's going on in the trenches from Sam and Sonny. Its kinda tough for Sam to figure out a lot of things.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | August 27, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

one question down -- Huff can't say Kemoeatu

Huff tried it, got corrected, tried it again and asked if he was close. As the announcers both said: No.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | August 27, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

♥ ♥ ♥ NYPDee ♥ ♥ ♥

Posted by: bleep-bleep | August 27, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like our DL was having trouble, but you only need to fool Sanchez from time to time to stop a drive.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | August 27, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Moe: atdhe.net

That's how I'm watching.

Posted by: freakzilla | August 27, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

article on the world's most beautiful lakes
http://travel.yahoo.com/p-interests-35526661

been to 2 of them, Plitvice (which is actually a series of lakes linked to each other by waterfalls) and Bled, with the only island in the entire country of Slovenia.

A sample photo of each

http://www.pbase.com/faerie_39/image/54199074

http://www.pbase.com/faerie_39/image/54198528

Posted by: zcezcest1 | August 27, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Man, we got lucky there.

For those not able to see the game, 3rd & 2, Grossman threw an out that got tipped at the line, picked off on a nice diving INT by Cromartie. BUT -- prior to the pass, defensive holding downfield.

Posted by: freakzilla | August 27, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

for those of you who are out of state like me, you can stream the game here:

http://atdhe.net/22530/watch-washington-redskins-vs-new-york-jets

Posted by: jollybengali | August 27, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Aaaand we're tied at 3.

Fast Willie Parker is looking mighty fast...until he gets to the line of scrimmage.

If this is the best run blocking we can muster....doesn't bode well for a team with a QB doubtful to play every game.

Posted by: freakzilla | August 27, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

aww... no live chat tonight. I love live chats. Oh well. HTTR

Posted by: vm114 | August 27, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

freakzilla ♥ jollybengali

Posted by: bleep-bleep | August 27, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

If Anthony Armstrong somehow doesn't make this team, it's not because he didn't hold up his end of the deal. Dude wants to be a Redskin in a big way.

Posted by: freakzilla | August 27, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

our run defense is looking might suspect. wonder how much better we'd look if we had prince albert on the line

Posted by: jollybengali | August 27, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Reed Doughty is horrible. Him and Rocky totally misread that run by LT.

Posted by: saltine182 | August 27, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

I would just like to say that I love what our defense is doing tonight.

But I have this thing about not lying, so I can't say it.

Posted by: freakzilla | August 27, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

FAT ALBERTTTTTT

Posted by: jollybengali | August 27, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Haynesworth comes in the game and they stopa run for -1 yard....

Posted by: saltine182 | August 27, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: hcic55 | August 27, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

And as soon as I say something bad about them, the D forces a punt.

Saltine, Doughty just about had a pick there on that 2nd down pass, would have picked it had the receiver not managed to get a second touch on the ball. Not saying that he didn't play poorly on the LT long run, but he was in good pursuit on the near-pick.

Posted by: freakzilla | August 27, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Armstrong is all over the place tonight on teams.

Posted by: saltine182 | August 27, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

I guess I was wrong in assuming Armstrong didn't play teams. Dude's all over the place. Welcome to the Redskins, Anthony Armstrong.

Posted by: psps23 | August 27, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

"The RI blog 'reports'. Keim analyzes and reports."

That's not analysis, that's opinion. About the best I can say is, everybody's entitled to his.


Posted by: Samson151 | August 27, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Did Brandon Banks' tweet of Devin Thomas's nap during a meeting have anything to do with Thomas' invisibility tonight? Did that tweet land Devin Thomas in the dog house? Or, has Thomas already secured his position and is Shanahan just avoiding injury? Just wondering.

Did the Skins actually win the turnover battle tonight?

Who makes it at receiver?
Santana
Galloway
Thomas
Armstrong*helped himself tonight

That leaves 3 receivers competing for 2 spots: Kelly, Banks, and Austin

Does Kelly eke out the 6th slot, in part, because Banks made that ill-advised tweet? Might Banks be a candidate for the practice squad?

Posted by: dannykurland1 | August 27, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

dannykurland1, I was wondering the same thing. Here are my answers...

Who makes it at receiver?
Santana
Galloway
Thomas
Armstrong (Man I love this guy)
Banks

Kelly (PUP)
Austin practice squad

Banks has been the punt return starter since buffalo game. Fumble last night was not good. Will need a strong game vs Cards. I really liked seeing him on that bubble screen inside of our own 10 yd line. He has a youtube video from k-state taking one of those plays to the house.

Kelly on PUP seems likely. Has not participated in any practices but can be activated during the season from the PUP I think.

Austin is tricky. He has been decent, but has only been used in 3rd string offense and has been a 2nd string punt returner with fair results. My guess is it will be easier to sneak him to the practice squad since I think he will ONLY be a special teamer. At the end of the day, Banks is more explosive and decisive on punt returns.

Posted by: jimc93 | August 28, 2010 7:34 AM | Report abuse

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