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Despite what you see written in crawlers on ESPN Dwayne Haskins Jersey White , CBS and other sports networks, no actual football games have been played." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHogs Haven homepageHorizontal - WhiteHogs Havena Washington Redskins communityFollow Hogs Haven online:Follow Hogs Haven on TwitterFollow Hogs Haven on FacebookLog in or sign upLog InSign UpSite searchSearchSearchHogs Haven main menuFanpostsFanshotsSectionsRedskinsMastheadOddsShopCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 321 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Looks Like Someone Has A Sixpack Of The MondaysDaily SlopRedskins RecapsEDTTomorrow night is a big night in the ‘ol basement podcast studio. It is the annual rite of passage in mid-August where Tim, Kevin and I argue about the importance of the preseason in the NFL. We all agree there is some importance, but there always seems to be a line separating where we come out on the meaning of each of these preseason contests. I won’tcompletely ruin which of us battles along which lines, but I do think we share at least a few common beliefs about what exactly is going on here...and the recent preseason matchup between the Cleveland Browns and the Washington Redskins can be helpful in underlining those common beliefs.First and foremost, Dwayne Haskins didn’t “throw two interceptions in his first pro game.” I read that a number of times since last Thursday and I think it’s one of the dumbest things I have read in the last week. To be clear, preseason games are glorified practices. The results of these glorified practices are meaningless for postseason consideration. The stats collected during these glorified practices are not included on anyone’s Hall of Fame plaque, or even the back of a football card. (If your preseason stats are on the back of your card, your career was likely very short-lived...to non-existent.) So far, Dwayne Haskins has never played in a pro game. His professional stat sheet is still spotless. He did NOT have an exceptional practice, and looked VERY much like a rookie. (What do you expect, it was his first pro game...no, wait, that is not what I’m trying to say.) Now that we have gotten cozy with the idea that these preseason contests are NOT pro games, let’s talk about:Game conditions. Let’s start splitting hairs, shall we? Given we all agree that nothing meaningful is on the line in terms of the outcomes of these games, just exactly how well do preseason games approximate “game conditions?” I’ll grant you: teams don’t get 60 minutes of legit NFL-caliber action out of their preseason games. You will see a veteran or two pull up from a monster hit on a fellow veteran on the other side of the ball, and you might even see a few more wrap-ups without the takedowns we will get in September, but hey, it ain’t the Pro Bowl, either. I think this is a decent first step in making my argument, which is that you can still collect good data about players by placing them in these preseason games. A preseason game is far more competitive and physical than the Pro Bowl. That doesn’t help me too much though, because the playoffs are also not on the line in that game. Here’s something you don’t see in a preseason game though: red jerseys on quarterbacks. That’s a major game condition. If you step onto the field for a preseason game, it could be your last time on the field for a long time. The coach isn’t in the backfield calling the plays, which puts the quarterback and the middle linebacker in a real game condition. When the ball snaps, the play won’t be whistled dead until the play is over, unlike in practice when contact alone can mean the end of a play. These are the kinds of game conditions that you want to practice to the best of your abilities. Haskins needs practice calling plays in the huddle—very few college quarterbacks actually call plays anymore—and our linebackers calling the plays for the defense need practice being heard on the field. Knees have to hit the ground, catches are back to being defined as—let’s not go here, and penalties change the next playcall from both sidelines. In these ways Dwayne Haskins Jersey , preseason games do offer both coaches and players a taste of things to come in the regular season. Another kind of game condition:Situational conditions. In a two-minute drill on the August gridiron, the clock moves at the exact same pace as it will in the regular season. Decision-making by the coaches and the quarterback needs to be the same as what it will be in the regular season. Getting out-of-bounds stops the clock. Getting your offense to the line of scrimmage for a quick spike or for a hurry-up call works the same way. Players who do stupid things in August during a two-minute drill might not cost their team a real game, but it is one step on the journey to doing just that. After all, if and when a quarterback takes too much time in the two-minute drill during the season, you KNOW people are going to remember them tripping up in the preseason. I would even argue that giving players a chance NOT to commit a stupid penalty that bails out the other team, or to NOT jump offsides when the opposing quarterback is using a tempting cadence are both things that have more value in a preseason game than an ordinary practice. By the time we get to this part of the argument we are starting to say words like:“But who’s actually on the field?” I get it. At least in the Pro Bowl, pretty much everyone on the field is an actual player in the league. The preseason is chock full of players that will not be playing on Sundays this fall. If you look above to the things I have listed out—or at least to most of them—we are talking about things that have to do with a guy all on his own, regardless of who is lining up against him. Pre-snap decision-making, penalty avoidance, saving as much time on the clock as possible and calling plays on the field (quarterbacks and linebackers) are all skills that have to be perfected in some semblance of actual game conditions, and are not entirely dependent on what other people do. That said, let’s talk about those guys not likely to make the league:Jobs are on the line. We can split hairs all day about what we should and shouldn’t care about—coaches are making roster decisions based on what they see on film in these preseason games. That is enough juice to make the squeeze pretty darn worthwhile. For every over-the-top prediction one might make about a fourth- or fifth-string running back, there are over-the-top predictions that are likely true about 5th and 6th and 7th round draft picks. I don’t think Jimmy Moreland is playing any unimportant downs right now. All it takes is one guy like Jimmy to change the flavor of a preseason game. His effort, for example, will make every second of tape more valuable for every other player on the field at the same time. Getting back to Dwayne Haskins though...a guy who “many” expect to make the team (haha). No matter what you saw last Thursday night, his pro career is not off to a rocky, turnover-filled start, because it hasn’t officially started yet. Injury-free football that gets the coaches solid tape to make evaluations is the best we can hope for in the preseason, and so far, the Redskins have done well in that regard. I am at the front of the line of people who want the preseason radically changed from what it is right now, based on both player safety as well as the ridiculous cost owners charge for preseason games. Until that happens, or until the Redskins start winning titles, I will continue to be a proponent of the NFL conducting some level of meaningful competition ahead of the regular season. (If the Redskins were perennial winners, I might advocate for less risk to those trophy-hoisting players, soFrom a play-to-play standpoint, that is what we are getting, and that is what we need. Now we can just skip to arguing about why Tim and I care so much about how little Kevin cares about preseason. MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The coaches and players who have departed the Washington Redskins have not always been complimentary of their time with a franchise that has experienced its share of dysfunction over the past two decades.Kirk Cousins conceivably could have joined that chorus of critics, a cacophony amplified just last week by Kyle Shanahan. After all, the team’s disinterest in giving him a longer-term Wes Martin Jersey , market-rate contract left Cousins as the rare starting quarterback playing on a one-year deal for two seasons in a row before becoming a free agent and signing with the Minnesota Vikings in 2018.That’s not his style, though, nor is it his story.Article continues below ...“Honestly for me, when I think of my time in Washington, I just think of the word gratitude. I’m so grateful that I was drafted by them,” Cousins said.The fourth-round selection in 2012 out of Michigan State finally became a full-timer in his fourth year, after second overall pick Robert Griffin III flamed out.“They picked me when nobody else did. I was sitting around waiting for a phone call for 2½ days,” Cousins said. “I was given an opportunity to start when there weren’t many people outside of that building who thought I should.”Cousins will face his former team for the first time on Thursday night, when the surging Vikings (5-2) host the reeling Redskins (1-6). As fate would have it, the player Cousins replaced, Case Keenum, now has his old job.After a one-year stop in Denver, Keenum was traded to Washington. He will visit U.S. Bank Stadium for the first time since the “Minneapolis Miracle” pass he completed to Stefon Diggs for the winning touchdown on the final play of Minnesota’s divisional round game against New Orleans after the 2017 season that was a career best for the longtime backup.“There’s not enough time to reminisce,” Keenum said. “It’s a special time, a special play, a special group of guys, something I’ll remember forever, but not necessarily this week.”Like his successor in purple, naturally, the significance of playing against his old team was mostly an afterthought for Keenum. Even if there were actually some lingering bitterness fueling extra motivation, well, neither of them would acknowledge it.“I’ve played long enough to where I feel like if I keep going like I’m going I might play against my old team every week,” Keenum said. “It’s adding up now, so it’s just a normal game for me.”QUARTERBACK CAROUSELWhen the Redskins let Cousins leave as a free agent after trading for Alex Smith and signing him to a contract extension, they thought they’d stabilized the quarterback position. Instead, because of Smith’s broken leg and assorted other chaos, they have played six and started five different quarterbacks over the 23 games they’ve played since Cousins left.Smith, longtime backup Colt McCoy, Mark Sanchez Womens Bryce Love Jersey , Josh Johnson and Keenum have all started at least one game. Rookie Dwayne Haskins, their first-round draft pick this year, appeared in relief. Cousins started all 48 regular-season games from 2015-2017. Keenum has been interim coach Bill Callahan’s choice since he stepped in more than two weeks ago for the fired Jay Gruden, who preferred McCoy.“I made it known back then when Kirk was here: We both talked about playing together for years. But things happen,” running back Chris Thompson said.ALL DAY IS STILL ALL RIGHTThe reunion theme on Thursday is not just for quarterbacks. Redskins running back Adrian Peterson has already played at Minnesota since his 10-season run with the Vikings ended, but the return of the franchise’s all-time leading rusher will still be a big part of the show.Particularly since Callahan has steered the offense toward a throwback strategy, with Peterson carrying the ball 43 times for 199 yards over the past two games. With 60 rushing yards, Peterson would pass Jerome Bettis and LaDainian Tomlinson to land in sixth place on the NFL’s all-time list.An ankle injury has him listed as questionable, but there’s little doubt that he’ll try to play.“I was there for a decade and still to this day, I have fans that follow me,” Peterson said. “I have fans that come to Redskins games that are die-hard Vikings fans because they’re Adrian Peterson fans. The love is always going to be there.”THIELEN’S HURTCousins didn’t miss a beat last week after two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Adam Thielen left the game in Detroit because of a hamstring injury that occurred during his first-quarter touchdown catch.Whether going deep to Diggs, toward the sideline to rookie wide receiver Olabisi Johnson, or underneath to tight ends Kyle Rudolph and Irv Smith Jr., Cousins had plenty of options that will have to remain viable again this week while Thielen sits out for the first time in his NFL career. including three in the playoffs.THIRD TO NONEOne sure sign of a struggling team is a lack of success on third down, and the Redskins are checking that box on both sides of the ball. The defense has allowed opponents to convert 49.5% of their opportunities, the third-worst rate in the league. On offense, they’re second to last at 24.7%, with penalties a significant problem. Washington has been flagged 71 times for 434 yards, nullifying 157 yards that otherwise would have been gained.“Having those third downs that are third-and-2, third-and-3, third-and-4, and not those third-and-10 third downs, make a difference a lot,” right tackle Morgan Moses said. “We’ve just got to continue doing what we do: handing the ball off, running the ball, putting ourselves in the best position possible.”
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