1. Brian Orakpo is for real. At least at defensive end. He had no trouble going past tackle Devin Clark, first causing him to jump offside and then, on the next play, going by him. Orakpo showed his burst off the edge. Now we need to see it in a real game against a starting tackle. But at linebacker he showed some rookie tendencies, getting caught with his eyes in the backfield when they should have been on the tight end.
2. The offense couldn't pass the ball. But that's not a big surprise. The right side of the line did not play, nor did three of the top four receivers. So Jason Campbell spent much of the time dumping off. Among the starters missing: Randy Thomas, Stephon Heyer, Santana Moss, Chris Cooley and Clinton Portis. Malcolm Kelly and Devin Thomas also didn't play.
3. The backup offensive line is in trouble. The Redskins keep saying Devin Clark can play. Wish we'd seen evidence of that, but we haven't. There's no way Clark can enter a game against a starting line. As a backup, he should at least be capable.
4. Marko Mitchell flashed. The rookie receiver will be hard-pressed to find a spot on the roster. But he showed deep speed today, drawing a pass interference on Justin Tryon. Redskins coach Jim Zorn said Mitchell needs to be more physical, especially on the fade route. But Mitchell had a number of catches today.
5. Chad Rinehart is not a tackle. Not that this wasn't obvious last year, but he was forced to play it today when Jeremy Bridges suffered a mild ankle sprain and with Stephon Heyer already out. Scott Burley played RT a bit, but he was terrible so Rinehart went in. Let's see, here's who went past him at this spot: Rob Jackson, Renaldo Wynn and Lorenzo Alexander. But we're guessing Rinehart will not play RT in a game. Not if the Redskins want Jason Campbell to remain upright.
6. Bridges and Rinehart were better. Those two were fine for the first series (with Bridges at RT and Rinehart at RG); nothing special but at least they weren't terrible. It's a start.
7. Hunter Smith can punt. On his six punts (with no rush), all went for 49 yards or more. Two went 60 or longer. Most had good hangtime. It'll be nice to watch a real punter this year. Now, how many times has anyone ever said that?
8. Edwin Williams is best used at center. He struggled at guard; then again, he was facing Anthony Montgomery. That's our man; the A-train. Monty got through him a couple times.
9. The crowd lacked energy. There weren't as many fans as last year; we don't have the official number yet, but it was down about 10,000 it seemed. That's just a guess. Apparently, it9 9s a bad one because the Redskins now claim it was more than last year. We don't buy it. Regardless, there was no buzz. The only time the crowd got excited was when Colt Brennan got in the huddle. There was a murmur. Alas, Brennan did not have a good day and even fumbled once while moving up in the pocket. He wasn't hit.
10. Some younger guys flashed. Keith Eloi caught a screen and scored from 15 yards out. Trent Shelton scored on a 10-yard catch. Shelton is intriguing; he's flashed some during practices, too. Eloi has not as much and his score came off a nice play call.
John Keim covers the Redskins for the Washington Examiner and is a contributing editor for Warpathinsiders.com. He has covered the team since 1994. Some of his other stories can be found at dcexaminer.com
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