Training camp’s first full weekend is now in the books.
The atmosphere is very business oriented. The first day of camp the Redskins players and coaches got right to work, polishing the plays and schemes developed during mini camps and OTAs.
The first day of camp took place amidst a heavy lightning storm on Thursday. The rain was unrelenting, but eventually let up in time for the players to take the feild and begin their preseason.
The offense and defense split up for individual work. Fans got their first glimpse of Donovan McNabb under center for the first time. The ball was slick, due to the wet conditions. There were fumbles and dropped passes, the play looked sloppy at times. Of course this is the first day of camp.
One aspect of the game that was noticeably different were the blocking schemes, especially on run plays. Clinton Portis looked quick and spray and Larry Johnson looked strong up the middle.
Malcolm Kelly is a player who need a great camp. He is now fighting to keep a spot on the team. The wide receiver position has been suspect since the early days of preseason. Santana Moss has not been challenged for his starting role and Joey Galloway has shown his age is not going to hold him back.
Experts consider this position a weak spot heading into camp. At the start of camp, Joey Galloway was starting opposite Santana Moss with the first team. Devin Thomas has plenty of expectations himself, and it does not appear the Redskins will be making any moves for any more receivers. The Redskins will need to rely on the receivers they already have.
The defense practiced on the far field and were hard at work. The squad was clearly missing Albert Haynesworth, who has yet to pass his conditioning exam. The 3-4 defense is starting to take shape. It is taking some time to get used to seeing Andre Carter standing up at the line of scrimmage, but the unit appears to be getting a good grasp of the scheme.
When the offense and defense scrimmaged, the defense was clearly the ahead of the offense. There were plenty of balls batted down or tipped at the line of scrimmage. The secondary did a great job keeping up with the receivers and even made some picks.
There still has not been a practice with full pads, but this team has gone at full speed each day. Even the mental reps are crisp and efficient. Mike Shanahan has already established a culture at Redskins park and the player have appeared to buy into it.