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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' Doug Williams presents a special jersey to family of Jim Vance

Redskins' Doug Williams presents a special jersey to family of Jim Vance

On July 22, legendary D.C. broadcaster Jim Vance died at the age of 75.

During the first day of training camp on Thursday, Washington Redskins VP of player personnel Doug Williams, presented NBC4 sports reporter Carol Maloney with a gift for Vance's family.

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The gesture by the Redskins was one filled with much respect for the award-winning anchor.

Vance was a staple for many D.C. locals, being a full-time anchor since 1972 for NBC4. 

Last summer, Vance revealed he had been diagnosed with cancer but never stopped working. 

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LIVE Redskins training camp practice report: Day 1

LIVE Redskins training camp practice report: Day 1

RICHMOND—The Redskins took the field for their first practice of the season. Jordan Reed is missing as was the usual stifling heat at the Bon Secours training center.It's warm but the humidity is down from the normal late-July sauna here. 

Here are my observations from practice as it unfolds. Come back and refresh often for the latest:

—Jamison Crowder still appears to be the No. 1 punt returner. Also fielding kicks off of the leg of Tress Way were Maurice Harris, Chris Thompson, and Will Blackmon. 

—The Redskins are practicing without pads per collective bargaining rules. A few are wearing shells. 

—New tight end EJ Bibbs just introduced himself to Vernon Davis as they were getting ready for some individual drills. Reminds me of a few year ago when a just acquired player was participating in stretching and they brought his contract out onto the field for him to sign. He wouldn’t have been able to practice otherwise. 

—Kirk Cousins just acknowledged a fan lined up near the sideline. ‘How’s it going, Derrick?” Derrick’s friends were properly impressed. 

—Maurice Harris showed good form in catching a Cousins pass over the middle against no defense. Nothing spectacular but but a good job reaching forward to pull in a pass that was ahead of him. 

—Harris with another nice catch, this time guarded over the middle by Will Blackmon. He is off to a good start in competing for playing time.

—Torian Gray is admonishing his defensive backs to “wake up, wake up.” On one rep he wanted Tevin Homer to “drive to the ball.”

—It looked like Josh Doctson had a step on Bashaud Breeland on a deep pass but the CB recovered and knocked the pass away. 

—A few plays later Doctson got deep again, this time against Quinton Dunbar. This time the CB couldn’t catch up and Doctson hauled in the pass.

—In the early going in 11 on 11, Will Compton and Mason Foster are the inside LBs with the first team and Joey Mbu is at nose tackle. Both situations could change over the course of the next few weeks. 

—Nice cut by Keith Marshall on a run around right end. He planted his foot and cut upfield with some serious burst. He’s a dark horse when it comes to making the roster but I’m keeping an eye on him. 

—Cousins with a dart to Terrelle Pryor along the sideline. A sharp and accurate throw. 

—Rain is approaching but it should hold off until practice is over. Meanwhile, the clouds and breeze are cooling things down. Nobody is complaining.  

—Pryor was assigned to block Josh Norman on a running play. Norman made a business decision not to contest the block and there was light contact as Norman backed down the field.

—Rookie Robert Davis made a solid back-shoulder catch on the sideline. I’m not sure if Colt McCoy intended for the pass to be back shoulder but that was where it went and Davis reached to make the grab. 

—What was that? Nate Sudfeld heaved one downfield to nobody in particular. Kendall Fuller got an easy interception, his second of the day. 

—That is from Richmond for today. Come on back tomorrow, we’ll do it again.