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Dawn of Shaun, in Ashburn

Jason Reid recaps Shaun Alexander's first day of practice with the Redskins.

By Cindy Boren  |  October 16, 2008; 9:30 AM ET
 
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Dawn: One of the FIRST natural events of the day.

Posted by: RedDMV | October 16, 2008 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Dawn of Shaun of the Dead?

Posted by: NateinthePDX | October 16, 2008 9:46 AM | Report abuse

From the Times:

"He's a tremendous back," Zorn said. "He has uncanny acceleration. He can glance off of guys. He's a bigger load than a lot of people think. His cuts are immediate, and they have the same kind of speed. You could see that out there [Wednesday]. ... [But] if it wasn't there [in Seattle], he wasn't going to push it. That's a little bit different style than Ladell and Clinton. If it's not there, we need him to slam it up in there and get what he can."

I'm curious to see how many touches he gets in this game.

Posted by: BeantownGreg | October 16, 2008 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Rock getting some time sounds nice

Posted by: alex35332 | October 16, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Im not saying that he did everything he could have, he could have studied more im saying he was put in a spot where he was the #1 corner at times and he was not yet up to that task, now he is fully capable of that.

Posted by: Stu27 | October 16, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse

The end of RI!

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WTF is this about? The end of Freedom of Speech?

Posted by: 4thFloor | October 16, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

So I guess the time between when he was let go from Seattle to now, was from dusk till dawn?

Posted by: alex35332 | October 16, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Double Move had to learn on the job at a position that getting beat sometimes is a given, even for the greats. So it wasn't always going to be pretty. I thought he looked very good last season before he got hurt, so not shocked by his play this season.

He can't catch, we know that, we all have flaws.

Posted by: chrislarry | October 16, 2008 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Actually good point CL. He did look very good last season before the injury.


He'd have at least 3 Int's right now if he could catch the ball. Int's get corners into the pro bowl right or wrong. It will be an uphill battle for him.

Posted by: Gweez | October 16, 2008 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Am I the only one who finds it funny that JLC wants to see a 350lb man bent over at the waist with his tongue hanging out?

Posted by: GintheAtl | October 16, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

cl, yesterday you said something about putting Thomas out there, and just letting him play. I wanted to let you know that I'm in 100% agreement with you on this. I think he needs the ball thrown to him a bunch this Sunday. The more he is involved, I think the more focus he becomes.

Posted by: BeantownGreg | October 16, 2008 10:02 AM | Report abuse

I'm in favor of this guy, but you have to be spooked of his lack of carries lately, even if he's a healthy RB, fumble'itis is strong possibility....

Posted by: michael_b_clegg | October 16, 2008 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Rogers developing & playing well... hmm.. imagine that... a draft pic taking 3 years to develop.. he he he

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 16, 2008 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Beep! Beep!

Posted by: NCICURN | October 16, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Yeah beantown, to me I will take Thomas' raw talent/size/speed/desire, even with the brain farts, over washed up Thrash any day. I think it both adds more to the field right now, and pays dividends in the future.

Also the way he improvised, got open for a scrambling JC for that TD that Heyer got called back showed me a lot.

Also he seems very willing to block, now he needs to learn to do so without getting flagged....

Posted by: chrislarry | October 16, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

JLa mentioned that because of the CBA, JC17 and Double Move will become restricted Free Agents. That is not a fair assesment.

When you prove to be a conerstone of your team, the team will sign you to a good deal so it would not mess up the chemistry.

If they were tagged as a RFA, they would simply not play and the Skins would be in some deep SJK w/o their starting QB and shutdown Corner. They both will get long term deals between the end of this season and the end of next season........

Marion the Hungarian Barber III was in the same siituation this year and you see Jerry got a deal done before the season. Next year is the last capped year. This is what I have been trying to communicate to everyone. We just got to ride it out and we'll be fine!! Last uncapped year, here we come.........

Posted by: 4thFloor | October 16, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

What's the feeling on here about fantasy football? This past weekend I went to watch the game at my sister's house, and came away from it extremely pissed off at my brother in law. He's really into his fantasy team, and was always back and forth between the game and the Red Zone Channel on DirecTV to keep track of his fantasy players. Since I don't want to upset my sister or make a big deal out of it, I'm going to use this space to rant.

Fantasy football is a plague on the game. Football is fundamentally a team sport, moreso than any other sport I can think of. A single player can't make a team, no matter how good. The great players have always been paired with great teammates and great coaches who have put them in great opportunities. The problem with fantasy football is that it objectifies the intangibles of the game in ways that are totally unfair. Big deal, you may say, but the problem isn't the objectification, it's the reaction of the fans to this objectification. All the sudden players are lauded not for how they help their team, but for how they score. My brother in law actually lamented Portis' touchdowns on Sunday, wishing they had gone to Moss, because Moss was on his team. Ask Santana Moss how he feels about it. He'll tell you he's just happy the team scored. If he can contribute to a Portis touchdown with a down field block or even just as a decoy to spread the defense, I'm sure Moss is incredibly happy.

Unlike Terrell Owens. Fantasy football turns fans into miniature Terrell's, constantly whining about their players not getting enough balls, being upset about the performance of an individual as opposed to the performance of the team. Fantasy leagues spit in the face of what makes the game great - the unity of the team, the all hands approach that is required to win a game. Football is great because it emphasizes teamwork and brotherhood more than any other sport. Barry Sanders was one of the greatest running backs of all time, but he didn't have a good team to support him. He would have made a great fantasy player, and he was a lot of fun to watch. But ask him if we wouldn't have cut his yardage totals in half in exchange for a Super Bowl ring. Fantasy football cheapens the sport by eliminating that quality of teamwork that makes us all watch the game. The reason a Cleveland team can beat a New York team, even though New York has more talent and better pedigree. On any given Sunday, any team in this league can win any game, no matter who they're playing. It's not because of their statistics, but because of their spirit. If 53 guys come together and work as a team, all the multi-million dollar free agents the other team can afford can't stop them. That's real football, and it's way better than a fantasy.

Posted by: crashinghero | October 16, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Rogers will soon be getting this acclaim on a national basis. So many people were down on this kid when he was put in situations beyond his years, Im glad everything is working out for him and its due to the amount of work and focus he has put into his game in recent years, not just relying on his ability but learning the position, great draft choice.

Posted by: Stu27 | October 16, 2008 9:18 AM |

I'll be the first to admit that I was down on Rogers. I never full out bashed him but I questioned him plenty. Bites on the double move, can't catch, and doesn't get his head around for the ball. While I still think he can't catch he really has improved in every area and seems to be turning into the player i hoped he would be (and initially thought he would be) when he was first drafted.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 16, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

For the record I've always been a Carlos fan, from his rookie year to this preseason.


Bow to me, minions!

Posted by: TheTruth11 | October 16, 2008 9:25 AM

I guess when you can write your own record after the fact you can say anything and be right. You know, hindsight and all.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 16, 2008 11:08 AM

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 16, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

CrashingHero:

Do take the fantasy football era so seriously. First off, I agree that it is lame for someone to switch back and forth from a Redskins game to keep track of his fantasy players. To remedy that I recommend never watching the game at his house again. I think most people care about their personal team more than fantasy. It is very lame for someone to be so caught up in fantasy that they lament on Portis scoring rather than Santana because of who they have on their roster. However, ratings are higher than ever for nationally televised games and I think it is safe to say that people who play fantasy are watching more games than they did in the past because they want to see how their players perform.

Posted by: marleyb313 | October 16, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse

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