Scrimmage in Baltimore: Still Work to be Done

M & T Bank Stadium, Baltimore 08.06.05-- It's a scrimmage. It's August. It meant nothing. Just keep repeating that because otherwise the Redskins would have reason to worry.

They looked no different than last season when the offense struggled and the defense mostly played well.

In their first action of the season, Washington lost to Baltimore, 16-6, in a scrimmage. Again, it's a meaningless score in meaningless action.

But . . .

''We looked sluggish,'' Redskins coach Joe Gibbs said of the offense. ''Anytime you don't do well it's a concern. . . .There's a lot of work to do.''

Gibbs said the offense wasn't where he wanted it to be. The passing game did not click; the line allowed too much pressure and there was no running game. Much can be written off to not scheming for an opponent. But Gibbs didn't use any excuses.

''I always want more,'' he said.

First series offensive highlights:

-- From shotgun formation, QB Patrick Ramsey delivered a strike to receiver David Patten for a 12-yard gain on third and 10 from the Redskins' 35.

--On third and 1 from the 44, Ramsey hit tight end Mike Sellers for a play-action pass and four yards. 

--The Redskins drove to the Baltimore 36, but were sacked on the final play of the series.

--They gained three first downs of the 15 plays they ran.

--John Hall kicked a 41-yard field goal, but it did not count on the scoreboard. The Redskins had not driven into position for any field goal attempt, but wanted to practice this part of the game and the Ravens allowed them to do so.

Second series offensive highlights:

--QB Mark Brunell passed nine yards to Antonio Brown on third and five to the 49.

--On first and 10 from the 49, rookie Nehemiah Broughton ran 10 yards on a stretch run. He was not touched until he got to the secondary and then he ran over a DB for a few extra yards.

--In 12 plays, the Redskins gained three first downs.

--Jeff Chandler missed a 41-yard field goal wide right. Once again, the Redskins did not drive into position for the kick.

Third series offensive highlights:

--On third and 10 from the 47, QB Jason Campbell completed a 12-yard pass to Brock Forsey. It was the second pass completion for a first down on the series.

--Campbell threw a nice out to Steven Harris for a 16-yard gain on third and 15. Forsey did a nice job picking up the blitz.

--Campbell completed an 11-yard pass to Brian Kozlowski.

--Campbell threw nine yards to tight end Billy Baber, who turned upfield for a touchdown.


. . . Receiver Taylor Jacobs sprained a toe on his left foot and exited in a walking boot. X-rays were negative, but he'll be re-evaluated Sunday and will have an MRI.

. . .Ramsey ''did a nice job on our third-down passes,'' QB coach Bill Musgrave said, ''but he missed a couple guys early.''

...''I was a little big overexcited when I first got in,'' Campbell said. ''I didn't know what to expect.''

. . . Left tackle Chris Samuels was limited because he suffered a stinger in the one-on-one linemen drills.

. . . The Redskins missed too many tackles, a sure sign of it being early in the summer. But I didn't like that linebacker Lemar Marshall came up way too high on one attempt of Chester Taylor, whiffing on the attempt. The play had been funneled right to Marshall, but he tried to tackle Taylor too high, leading to a four-yard gain instead of a tackle for no gain.

. . . End Phillip Daniels had one pressure. On the same play, Marshall showed his athleticism with his ability to turn and cover.

. . . The defense played very well, especially considering they used only three would-be starters with the first unit: Lemar Marshall, Marcus Washington and Phillip Daniels.

. . .The Redskins lack of tall receivers hurt them on a couple fade routes, where the receivers were covered and could not make a play on the ball.

. . . The Redskins' first offense allowed three sacks, which wasn't a good sign. But some of it can be solved through schemes. For a scrimmage, teams prepare very little for an opponent.

. . . Corner Shawn Springs did not participate in the 11-on-11 portion because of a sore hamstring.

. . . Defensive end Renaldo Wynn missed the scrimmage due to the death of his father-in-law Friday.

. . . Safety Sean Taylor did not start with the first unit, entering on the second series. Safety Matt Bowen did not enter the scrimmage until the third series, playing mostly with the third unit.

. . . But Taylor popped one running back and stripped receiver Randy Hymes of the ball in the back of the end zone. Taylor had been beaten on the play, but recovered in time to break up a touchdown.

''I saw him show up a few times,'' Gibbs said of Taylor.

. . . Receiver Darnerien McCants worked only on special teams; he suffered a cut on his right hand in practice Thursday that needed five stitches, so he was held out of any offensive work.

. . . In the punting portion of today's work, Andy Groom had kicks of 58 and 56 yards. His other kick was a low wobbler that traveled 37 yards. Incumbent Tom Tupa had punts of 58, 39 and 45 yards, though the latter had little hangtime.

. . . Omar Stoutmire blocked a Ravens' punt.

. . . Washington's second offensive line, from left to right: Jim Molinaro, Lennie Friedman, Cory Raymer, Ray Brown and Mark Wilson.

. . . The second defensive line: Nic Clemons, Cedric Killings, Aki Jones and Demetric Evans.

. . . In a highly unnecessary move, Redskins coach Joe Gibbs apologized for his comments bout Dallas fans at Friday's Fan Appreciation Day, when he said, ''It's a good thing there are no Dallas people here. They have the ugliest people in the world.''

Apparently, Gibbs became too worried about how that comment would be perceived, so he made sure everyone knew he was JOKING. If anyone didn't, they need to have their humor bone checked.

. . . After one completion in the 7-on-7 drills, Ravens receiver Devard Darling jumped up and shoved Redskins safety Sean Taylor. Words were exchanged, but it never became more than a minor issue and did not escalate.

. . . Chris Cooley did a nice job again finding soft spots in zones. He has a knack for running his route, feeling congestion and sliding a foot or two one way or another. He did it in the 7-on-7 a couple times for completions.

. . . Funny line of the day: After Chris Clemons recorded a sack, the PA announcer said, ''Credit Mike Barrow with a sack.'' On the scorecard, No. 58 was listed as Mike Barrow and Clemons was No. 57. That's also why the PA announcer credited Rod Gardner with a catch and not Kevin Dyson, who now wears 87.

. . . Today's attendance: 35,517, with a walkup crowd of about 4,500.

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