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Tryon channeling his inner Ade

Tryon channeling his inner Ade

Ade Jimoh

There was a series of insurance commercials a while back that had the theme "life comes at you fast." In the space of a 30-second spot, someone would go from seeming to be on top of the world to having very serious problems.

Life came at Justin Tryon fast on Thursday night.

In training camp he looked like a player on the rise. He was making plays like this one on a regular basis.

A couple of days before the preseason opener he was receiving praise from none other than Darrell Green who touted him as a potential starter. Against the Ravens he looked like he had the potential to hit the waiver wire.

Tryon's performance against the Ravens reminded one of Ade "Uh-Oh" Jimoh, who was burned on a regular basis. To be fair, however, Jimoh had value as a special teams demon, an excellent kick coverage man. That's how he made the cut year after year. Justin Tryon has yet to distinguish himself on kicking teams.

On Friday, Zorn said that Tryon was "soft":
He got a lot of attention.  He was probably a little soft but he will learn some things from this football game.  They picked on him and I think he will rise up.  I think he is a good player.
You don't want your head coach saying that you were "soft" even if he finishes the thought by saying that you're a good player. Certainly, he does need to "rise up." In fact, he has no place to go but up.

Here's what Zorn said about Tryon on Saturday:
I think that Justin was assignment right, he didn't blow any coverages or anything like that.  In my mind he was a little hesitant in driving on plays that he knew were coming but wanted to make sure.  Just like a quarterback wanting to make sure that the read and the throw is there, but you have to anticipate. I think as he becomes more comfortable he'll start anticipating these things through reps and he'll be much more focused in closing that cushion.
So I guess that Zorn is saying that Tryon didn't make any actual mental mistakes, he just didn't execute. I would be feeling better if Tryon was in the wrong place—"assignment wrong" in Zorn-speak—rather than being on the right receiver but being out of position and unable to make a play on the ball.

Tryon needs to get it figured out in a hurry. Kevin Barnes, the team's third-round pick has struggled in practice and got burned for a touchdown against the Ravens. Byron Westbrook is trying to make the team for the third time after spending two years on the practice squad. Unfortunately for him, he can't be on the PS again because, for the third time, it looks like he may belong there.

If Tryon continues to be assignment right and execution wrong and it looks like Barnes' learning curve will extend into 2010 the team will have to take a serious look at available veterans and at the waiver wire.

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Redskins Draft Room Revealed: Who works the phones, and who makes the call

Redskins Draft Room Revealed: Who works the phones, and who makes the call

Since the dismissal of former general manager Scot McCloughan, there's been little question who was in charge at Redskins Park. Unofficially anyway. 

Bruce Allen is back running the show, if he ever stopped, and will be at the center of the Redskins draft room and decision making process.

For weeks, Allen and Jay Gruden made clear that the entire Redskins front office - from scouts to the top brass - have input on draft grades. Those grades will determine what players the 'Skins take, and the team is unlikely to deviate from their draft board. 

On Monday, however, Washington director of college scouting Scott Campbell addressed the media and explained that when a decision needs to be made, it will be Allen's call. 

From Campbell:

The way we have the room when the draft is ongoing is we have Eric Schaffer and Alex Santos are constantly calling teams above us. They’re taking the phone calls from the other teams – also behind [us]. A lot of times per Bruce’s instructions, he’ll say, ‘Hey, you take these five teams. You take the next five teams. Start making calls.’ And then we’re receiving calls too at the same time. Once they get that information, they’ll tell the table in the front and say, ‘Hey, we can trade back for this, we can trade up for that.’ It would be me and Bruce and Jay saying ‘No, no, we’ve got enough guys there’ or say ‘I like these guys,’ or like, “Hey, there’s guys there.’ So it’s kind of a discussion amongst the people, and most times it’s Bruce saying, ‘Just tell them we’re not interested,’ or he says, ‘Get the league on the phone. We’re going to make that trade.’”

Campbell's comments reveal quite a lot. To start, it's interesting to know the roles of Schaffer and Santos during the draft. Both men carry a lot of impact in the team's personnel selection. Also, and it was fairly obvious since McCloughan's firing, but Jay Gruden's role continues to increase.

The biggest tell, however, is that ultimately Bruce Allen makes the decisions. It's not a surprise, but it is important to know. Officially.

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Redskins won't say if Joe Mixon is on their board but say character does count

Redskins won't say if Joe Mixon is on their board but say character does count

The Redskins may or may not have one of the most polarizing members of the 2017 draft class on their draft board. But they do believe that character counts.

Scott Campbell, the Redskins’ director of college scouting, would not say if  Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon, who is seen on video striking a woman and knocking her to the floor in an incident that occurred in July of 2014, is on the team’s board.

“We don't announce who's on and off the board for strategic reasons,” said Campbell on Monday at the team’s pre-draft news conference, saying that it’s the team’s policy.

He added that incidents like the one that Mixon was a part of do come into consideration.

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“Character is very important to me, it's very important to the Redskins,” said Campbell.

He explained that early in the scouting process, character issues are not taken into account.

“What I always told the scouts and how I was trained 30 years ago when I started is when you start to evaluate guys in the beginning, you don't factor in the character, you don't grade character, you grade talent,” said Campbell, who has been with the Redskins organization for 16 years. “You don't throw away somebody early who may have some redeeming quality or a part of the story you didn't know about.”

It’s later on that the scouts gather information on such incidents as problems with the law, failed drug tests, and other quarters of character.

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“Our scouts do a great job getting a lot of information,” said Campbell. “Some of the incidents you brought up happened after the season, at the combine, and just a few days ago. All those things are factored into an evaluation as they are gathered.”

With that information at hand, they start the process of elimination, deciding who fits and who doesn’t.

“When it comes close to the draft, you start weeding out all that, getting more information, deciding, OK, that guy's not our kind of guy, that guy's not a Redskin, this guy could be drafted but good luck to them,” said Campbell.

It seems like much more of a gut feel type of process than anything rigid. There is not much of a clue there as to whether or not the team will consider bringing Mixon aboard, who is inarguably one of the most talented running backs in the draft. The upside is that Mixon could provide a jolt to the team’s offense. The downside would be an immediate public relations hit. The team also must consider what will happen if Mixon were to run afoul of the NFL’s domestic abuse policy in the future, which calls for a six-game suspension for a first offense with penalties getting progressively worse if problems persist.

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