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Redskins' secondary expected to blitz more this season

Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett prefers to blitz more than his predecessor, Greg Blache, and the secondary is expected to be heavily involved in blitz packages.

Haslett provided a glimpse of what's to come in Saturday's morning practice at Redskins Park. From his cornerback alignment, Carlos Rogers pursued the quarterback on several plays. In fact, defenders have charged the quarterback from all angles. London Fletcher and LaRon Landry have also

Under Blache the past two seasons, Rogers blitzed "about five times, just on corner blitzes," he said. "Now, I could be blitzing five, six times a game instead of five, six times the last few years."

Haslett plans to use Rogers in the slot often this season and has a package of blitzes for him in that position. "This was a day that we put in a lot more blitzes, " Rogers said. "Fortunately, I'm involved in a lot of those blitzes. I've got a lot of blitzes built in for me; there's just so many. He's gonna dial 'em up. He's an aggressive coach, so I'm gonna have a lot of chances."

By Jason Reid  |  August 1, 2010; 11:45 AM ET
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Great, so now Rogers can let QBs slip through his grasp too!

Thanks, I'll be here all week, try the veal.

Posted by: daggar | August 1, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Just don't send D Hall, he's not so good at tackling QB's.

What's the odds of Brandon Banks returning punts ? As we all know, speed kills.

Posted by: hessone | August 1, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

The theory being that CR cannot catch anything the size of a football, but a human being should be within his grasp. Plus, any time he can be removed from covering a receiver the better. I don't know of too many QB's who have a double-move in their repatoire.

Posted by: scoot21 | August 1, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

I just got back from watching today’s practice. First, I’ll give a few general observations on specific position groups. I’ll then give some highlights from 11-11 drills. There was a bunch of 11-11 work which watching fun.

Wide Receivers:

Starters: Moss, Galloway (x,y position)
2nd team: Armstrong, Williams (x,y position)
3rd team: Austin, Thomas (x,y)

The WR group as a whole looked good. Galloway kept killing the zones in the defense, although he didn’t have the best day catching the ball. Austin runs really nice routes and isn’t afraid to go over the middle. Austin isn’t a blazer, but he’s fast enough and quick. He reminds me a lot of the Giant’s Steve Smith. Armstrong is a player to watch. He is fast, and his routes are decent. When the Skin’s went to 3 wide, it was Moss, Galloway, and Armstrong. I was surprised Thomas lined up with the 3rd team today. Thomas had a very good practice. He blocked well, made difficult catches (he caught a ball while tripled teamed), and his routes were much improved. The one thing this group lacks is size. I’m not sure if that’s such a big deal, but having Kelly step up and be a force this training camp would be good.

QB group next.....

Posted by: TWISI | August 1, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

...any word on how Brandon Banks is doing?

Posted by: rickyroge | August 1, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

rickyroge Brandon was on the 4th team lined up with Furry. IMO his only chance is at KR or PR. He's very tiny.

Posted by: TWISI | August 1, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Perfect scheme, even with a pressured QB and a ball thrown right to Carlos he won't catch it so rush him. He's a pretty good tackler. Let D-Hall cover while Carlos pressures. You know D-Hall can catch, he probably just couldn't tackle the bigger QB's. Playin' to the strengths...I like it. Blache who?

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 1, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Starter: McNabb
2nd team: Grossman
3rd team: Bartel
4t team: Colt

With McNabb at qb, the ball will be thrown down the field. He’s clearly not afraid from making big chunk plays. He didn’t throw the best ball (several wobbled), but he had decent timing with the WRs. Grossman had a couple of bad reads, and unlike McNabb, he’s more comfortable with shorter passes. His passes to the sideline takes awhile to get there, so he needs to be on time or the ball maybe picked off. Bartel had a decent day. He likes to push the ball down field like McNabb, but he also threw into triple coverage once and at times held the ball too long. Colt is Colt. He is not a practice guy, he’s gamer. His first pass was overthrown and intercepted. Then he started to check down a bunch. On one play action pass, he had a good pass to Davis, followed by a poor pass off play action where he was well protected. Colt needs to perform well during preseason games. He clearly got the least amount of reps today.

Posted by: TWISI | August 1, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

TWISI- Nice insight. Early word is the Shanny favors 2 QBs w/ an emergency guy. Bartel and Colt are propbably auditioning for other teams.

Posted by: Diesel44 | August 1, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

The starting OTs were solid. It was fun watching Trent and Orakpo got at it. Rak got past Trent once and pressured McNabb into an incompletion, but Trent held his own on the vast majority of plays. In fact, in one 3 play series of 11-11 Trent stoned Rak on every play. Trent looks like a player. Brown was solid in pass pro as well. From my vantage point, he gave up one pressure. The Oline had a rough day opening rushing lanes. I hope this says more for the defense’s front 7 than the Oline.

No one from the Dline will be able to generate much pressure on the qb one on one. At one point during the 11-11 drills, the qbs had several plays where the pocket was clean. However, the blitz packages are going to be hard to handle. It seemed that a rusher came free on most of the blitzes.

Posted by: TWISI | August 1, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Seahawks, Okung "not even close"

Posted by Mike Florio on August 1, 2010 12:00 PM ET

With the Lions possibly wishing they'd opted to take offensive tackle Russell Okung instead of defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh with the second pick in the draft, given Suh's holdout and rumblings that he wants to pull a Crabtree (if, that is, the 49ers receiver actually had been successful in his attempt to blow the slotting curve), the meerkats from Motown can take some solace in the fact that Okung is unsigned, too.

Per a league source, Okung and the Seahawks are "not even close" on a deal for the sixth overall pick in the draft.

It's unknown whether Okung is looking to bust the No. 6 slot; if both sides are willing to respect the range between the deals signed by Chiefs safety Eric Berry and Browns cornerback Joe Haden, a deal should be fairly easy to work out.

Suh and Okung are the only two unsigned picks among the top eight selections in the 2010 draft.

We won't know for a few years if we took the right guy from a talent level but early on it looks like we snagged the right guy from a signability standpoint.

Posted by: Diesel44 | August 1, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Phillip Daniels knows best, he is quite aware of the impact Haynesworth will make in this defense, if I'm not mistaken, Phillip Daniels was almost lobbying to get him in quickly. When it comes to Albert, Redskins defense is just an ordinary defense without him, with him, we are top defense. Guys don't be fooled, we need Albert. Phillip knows he and Golston combined is not even close to equal one Albert. There is a reason we paid him 100 mega bucks,enough stupidity, get Albert in!

Posted by: abxinc | August 1, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

thanks again for updates, twisi... sounds like WR opposite Moss being shuffled a bit w/ first team, DT on third team is a little surprising... but still too early to say much else.

Posted by: moodlymoodlymoo | August 1, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Highlights: 1st round of 11-11

Colt get’s no reps passing.

CP picks a blitzing Fletcher giving McNabb time to complete a pass to Galloway for 15yds.

Torain has a nice run stretching the play left, then cutting back right as Hicks and Brown create a huge hole. Good vision by Torain.

Galloway killing the Skin’s zone in the 15 yard range

McNabb completes a long wobbly pass to Moss, which Moss bobbles, for a long gain.

Highlights: 2nd round of 11-11

Rak sacks McNabb. Williams gets beat with bull rush.

Rocky blitzes the A gap, McNabb sees it throws short to Williams

Heyer gets beat, sack of Grossman

Colt first pass intercepted by Tryon. Misses a wide open Austin.

Colt playing too cautious. Checking down, and rushing passes that become incompletions.

Highlights: 3rd round of 11-11

Austin makes a good catch of a Grossman pass that was high and in traffic.

Carter bats down a Grossman pass to Davis

Austin beat Barnes with a great double move for a first down.

Bartel read and overload blitz. Makes the right read and gets ball to Torain. DT and Davis blocks downfield, a BIG gain.

Pocket collapse around Bartel. 5 players meet at the qb

No reps for Colt

Highlights: 4th round of 11-11

TE screen read by Hall, who hopefully would have made the tackle.
Grossman late to a wide open Williams off play action. Good gain, would have been better if Grossman saw him earlier.

Wilson, Carter meet at the qb

CP and LJ warming up. Both had good runs

Colt good pass to Davis off play action. His best pass

Colt, off play action, with a clean pocket throws ball to no one. At least 5 yards short, Henson almost with pick. Crowd moans…not good.

Armstrong, Austin making plays

Wilson another sack of Grossman. Wilson was not blocked.

That’s it for me

Posted by: TWISI | August 1, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

More pass rush = more turnovers... in theory at least. I really hope this works out.

Posted by: Burrasta1 | August 1, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Thanks again for updates, twisi... sounds like WR opposite Moss being shuffled a bit w/ first team, DT on third team is a little surprising... but still too early to say much else.

Posted by: moodlymoodlymoo | August 1, 2010

If Devin keeps practicing the way he did today, he'll start opposite of Moss.

Posted by: TWISI | August 1, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Lots of injuries to significant players early on for some teams. Knock on wood for our guys. We've been pretty lucky so far.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 1, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 1, 2010 1:42 PM

agreed, injuries always happen, even in non-contact drills... part of why it's annoying to hear hamsters whine about a swollen knee and trying to fix the blame on Shanahan. at least it wasn't another gluteus maximus strain.

hope SoCal is treating you right scamp.

Posted by: moodlymoodlymoo | August 1, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Great, so now Rogers can let QBs slip through his grasp too!

Thanks, I'll be here all week, try the veal.

Posted by: daggar | August 1, 2010 11:51 AM
That's Bullsh!t, Rogers can tackle!

Posted by: jcnjcnj | August 1, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

You mean this isn't about Haynesworth? There are other players on the team and they are actually doing something before Haynesworth passes his conditioning test? So they haven't canceled the season yet.

Posted by: firemetalrat | August 1, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

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