Sunday marked an explosive match-up between two of the hottest young quarterbacks in the league, Robert Griffin III and Cam Newton, but a certain nostalgia hung in the air as it was also Homecoming at FedEx Field.
The Redskins honored some former players before the game in an alumni ceremony. Late safety Sean Taylor's family was present on his behalf as he was honored as one of the '80 Greatest Redskins' this year, providing a special moment for fans in attendance.
"It is so exciting, just a pleasure and a humbling experience to be here," said Sean's father, Pedro Taylor. "To enjoy the festivities of Redskins' nation, the fans, and the 80 greatest players to see them up close in person…it's just so exciting."
A career cut tragically too short, Pedro Taylor spoke of his son's legacy with the Redskins organization.
"Well, I hope he represented the organization with respect, appreciation and he played hard…that's all you can do is give your best. I think he did that."
As an explosive new chapter opens for for Washington, it's hard for Pedro not to imagine Sean and RG3 playing together for the Burgundy and Gold.
"Oh…it would have been beautiful. I think it would have been a 1-2 punch along with the other players. You need fifty three, you need a team. It's always gotta be about one and that's the team itself, but [Sean] playing with him [Griffin] would have brought everything together. It would have been very exciting, you know," Pedro laughed, "just to watch some people getting hit, some people catching the ball and having a fun…touchdown!"
Baltimore Orioles (70-56) vs. Washington Nationals (73-53), Nationals Park, Washington, D.C. 7:05 p.m.
Ubaldo Jimenez (5-10, 6.94) vs. Max Scherzer (13-7, 3.05)
Keys to the Game:
Can the Orioles win four straight against the team with the second-best record in the National League? They're one game behind Toronto and Boston for the AL East lead.
Can Jimenez continue his success against the Nationals? He's 6-1 with a 2.32 ERA in eight starts and 4-0 with an 0.92 ERA at Nationals Park.
News and Notes:
Scherzer is 4-2 with a 3.81 ERA in eight starts against the Orioles.
Adam Jones is 11-for-25 (.440) with three home runs against Scherzer. Manny Machado is 1-for-15 (.067) with a home run.
Zach Britton allowed his first earned run since Apr. 30, but he still has his streak of 38 consecutive saves intact.
The Orioles could make another roster move. Parker Bridwell could be sent down and another reiiever brought up.
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Thursday the Redskins will take their show on the road, as the team will do their walk-through before the Bills game in front of military personnel at Joint Base Andrews. With Wednesday's whirlwind pursuit of Bryan Stork still somewhat fluid, there will be plenty to watch.
- Stork reactions - Players will likely speak sparingly Thursday following their walk-through session but the big question will be about the the former Patriots center. Where does he fit and how do the current players fit in with Stork will dominate the discussion.
- Getting specific - So what happens now at the center position? Is Stork a move for depth or to compete with Kory Lichtensteiger as the starting center? What does this mean for Spencer Long, or even more, Josh LeRibeus?
- Focus on the game - Despite all the noise surrounding the Stork trade, Washington has a game to play Friday night. A preseason game, yes, but the third preseason game where expectations are starters will play the first half. This is the most important - and for some only - live action before Week 1 against the Steelers. The Skins need to be ready.
Stay tuned all day for updates from @JPFinlayCSN.
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OWINGS MILLS - People often call Breshad Perriman fast. They don’t always call Perriman sure-handed.
However, criticism of Perriman’s hands may be a thing of the past, according to Ravens offensive coordinator Marc Trestman. One of the few knocks on Perriman entering the 2015 draft was that he sometimes dropped catchable balls due to a lack of concentration. However, the Ravens’ second-year wide receiver has worked hard on catching the ball consistently, even when he wasn’t able to run during his recovery from two knee injuries.
Now Perriman finally seems close to making his Ravens debut. When that happens, Trestman said he expected to see a receiver not only with impressive speed, but reliable hands.
“I think his hands and concentration have even got better since he first got here,” Trestman said. “He is much more sure-handed – not that he wasn’t – but he has become even more sure-handed. I think that goes with confidence. He just needs to get out and play and run routes and do it consistently and get some reps. He just needs reps. He has go-to speed, and he has size to go with it. It is a unique package.”
A package the Ravens are eager to unwrap.
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