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Will the Redskins’ O-Line get bigger?

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Will the Redskins’ O-Line get bigger?

Jay Gruden has not been a head coach for very long but he seems to be as good as any of them when it comes to answering questions without giving out much information.

Last week at the NFL Combine he was asked about the offensive line a couple of times. Here is what he said the first time.
“We’re looking very closely out our scheme from last year, looking for what to carry over into next year’s playbook. Obviously, there’s some good things we did with the outside zone. That will still be part of our offense, no question about it. The key to football nowadays is being diverse. You have to be able to run the football outside zone, you have to be able to run some gap-blocking schemes and some draws. We’ll get everything introduced and figure out what we’re good at, and go from there.”
A bit later he addressed the line again:
Those are good players, but sometimes on third and eight, they get pushed back a little bit. They’ve done some great things in their career, obviously. But if you get the bigger guys that don’t move quite as well, then you lose Alfred Morris and his strength, and that’s the outside zone and the stretch and finding lanes and holes to cut through. So, it can come back and bite you if you want to go big, depending on what you’re doing. You have to get better. But I like the guys we have on our team and we can work with them.”
Much has been made out of the fact that the offensive linemen that Gruden worked with in Cincinnati were bigger than the group that started in Washington the last two seasons. But, as Gruden pointed out, bigger isn’t necessarily better, especially when it comes to taking advantage of what Morris can do best.

As noted, Gruden wasn’t giving many hints about any changes he might be contemplating along the line. But it does appear that he is delivering a message to the current members of the offensive line.

Hey, Tyler Polumbus! If you want to play right tackle at 305 pounds, that’s fine. But you’d better be able to blow back the man in front of you when we need you to or I’ll find someone who can. And Kory Lichtensteiger, I can live with 284 at guard if it helps you get over and block for Alfred on the stretch plays. But you’d damn well better stonewall pass pressure when it comes up the middle. Or I’ll find someone who can.

Polumbus don’t have to turn into a Joe Jacoby-like mauler. But by adding some strength and using the right technique a smaller offensive lineman can be successful in moving a defensive end from Point A to Point B against the defender’s will. And proper technique (and perhaps some use of the quarterback’s mobility) can go a long way towards Lichtensteiger tightening up the blocking on those third and eight plays.

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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.

RELATED: REMEMBERING JIM VANCE

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.