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Training camp notes: Josh Doctson has his most impactful day and another brawl happens

Training camp notes: Josh Doctson has his most impactful day and another brawl happens

RICHMOND — Wednesday featured some of the storylines you've been used to reading about at Redskins training camp so far: The lack of Trent Williams, the abundance of heat and the continuation of a QB competition.

There were also plenty of new things: The emergence of a much-maligned wide receiver, the arrival of a couple of offensive linemen and yet another fight.

Let's get you caught up to speed wth a bunch of bullet points that have conveniently been translated from messy handwriting into nicely typed words:

  • Josh Doctson had himself a day here. Yes, if you want, you can call him Terrelle Pryor, or you can tweet about how you want to see it in September, and that's OK. He hasn't been productive enough in Washington. But the fact of the matter is he made two A-plus catches in 1-on-1s for touchdowns: A lefty, one-hander on a go-route with Jimmy Moreland totally holding him and the second on a fade where he plucked the ball right off of Quinton Dunbar's shoulder pad. He also made a couple of intermediate catches in team drills. He's had a fine camp up until this point after dropping a handful of balls earlier in the offseason, but on Wednesday, he was really effective.

 

  • Donald Penn's debut at practice occured Wednesday, and for a guy who was just signed, he saw a healthy amount of action including some first-team snaps in 11-on-11s. Hugh Thornton, a veteran guard and former third-rounder, was also on the field and active along the line. Morgan Moses, who's taken on quite a leadership role along the O-line with Williams gone, was seen talking to Penn right after the 36-year-old strolled onto the field. Dwayne Haskins, meanwhile, who worked out this summer and ran into Penn during those workouts, welcomed him with a hug. He's obviously no Williams, but he's a more legit option and one the offense could feel better about come Week 1 if need be. 

 

  • The receivers and DBs, aside from their usual (and lit) 1-on-1 matchups, went through some more 2-on-2 and 3-on-3s on Day 6. That's an important thing for the secondary to face, considering how much they struggled with those types of bunch formations and crossing patterns in 2018. They need to be better with communication and passing off their assignments, and that is a useful way to work on those things.

 

  • Tight ends not named Jordan Reed each created an enormous gain during the two-hour session. Vernon Davis ran by Josh Harvey-Clemons along the right sideline and hauled in a deep ball that hit him right in stride. Prepare to see a bullet point about this in a training camp report in 2032, because he'll apparently never stop being in shape. Then there was Jeremy Sprinkle, who was able to outduel Landon Collins on a jump ball about 30 yards downfield. Collins was right there, but Sprinkle outworked him for it. It was Sprinkle's second straight quality day as a pass catcher.

 

  • One thing you don't see often here is forced fumbles, seeing as there isn't much tackling going on. Josh Norman, however, will find a way to get the ball out, and on Wednesday, Byron Marshall was reminded of it. You can count on No. 24 doing that a few times in 2019. It's his specialty.

 

  • As usual, the offensive line vs. defensive line drills were testy. Jonathan Allen, who recently explained how he hates losing more than he loves winning, was stood up by Wes Martin. Allen responded by slapping both of Martin's hands down and bumping him. Later, Caleb Brantley started jawing out of nowhere at an unspecified member of the O-line just as the whistle was blown to end that portion of the proceedings. He then kept yelling, even as a water break took place. So, what happened next? You've gotta read the next bullet point for that!

 

  • Still here? Good. Because there was yet another fight. Colt McCoy got knocked down after an 11-on-11, and whenever a signal caller hits the ground in the offseason, hands will be thrown. In this mess, Brantley went after and dumped Geron Christian to the ground, Moses had to be held back, Allen stuck his nose in there and Brandon Scherff was policing things as well. It may not have had the rawness of Tuesday's melee, where actual punches happened, but it involved some major stars and still got nasty. On the Brawl Scale, it was a juicy 7.5/10. It also made Jay Gruden very unhappy, and he forced the entire O-line and D-line to leave the field and do sprints on the other one.  

 

  • There was a stretch near the end of Day 6 where Troy Apke, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Deshazor Everett each broke up passes on back-to-back-to-back throws. Those were smart reads and timely deflections for three backup DBs who've been a little quiet thus far.

 

That's all for Wednesday. Check back Thursday for another list of observations to see who's fighting who and whether there's another O-lineman in Richmond, because it feels like they're running out of XXL jerseys. Until then, stay up to date with the Redskins Talk podcast, and if you're around, come to the podcast party on Saturday at the Veil Brewing Co. The event starts at 7 and goes on until, well, who knows.

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Here's why there's a prop bet that Kyle Shanahan's 49ers will blow a significant lead

Here's why there's a prop bet that Kyle Shanahan's 49ers will blow a significant lead

The Super Bowl always brings obscure prop bets that raise eyebrows. Outside of the annual wagers on the color of Gatorade poured on the coach or the duration of the national anthem, each Super Bowl brings unique bets fans can make.

This year, one prop bet revolves around San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan and what happened the last time he was on the sidelines for a Super Bowl. That was, of course, the infamous 2017 Super Bowl, when Shanahan was the offensive coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons.

His team had a commanding 28-3 lead with 8:31 to play in the third quarter. But as the Patriots went on their run to cut the deficit, the Falcons couldn’t muster a score of their own to put the game away. Further, Shanahan’s play-calling faced scrutiny for his fourth-quarter decisions not to run the ball to expend the clock.

As Shanahan gets set for a chance at Super Bowl redemption, the sportsbook PointsBet is offering 100-1 odds that his team will blow another 28-3 lead in this year’s Super Bowl.

Some may be hesitant to take those odds, chalking up the 2017 Super Bowl as a one-off. But a deeper dive into his time with the Redskins from 2010-2013 shows that Shanahan’s offenses were susceptible to reeling off dynamic starts before lowly second halves.

In just his second game manning the Redskins offense, Washington took a 27-10 lead over the Houston Texans with under four minutes to go in the third quarter. The Texans then scored 20 unanswered points to win 30-27 in overtime.

Two years later, also in Week 2, Shanahan and company raced out to a 21-6 lead midway through the second quarter and looked prime to improve to 2-0 with then-rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III. But the offensive productivity fizzled out, and the Rams came back to win 31-28.

Shanahan’s most significant blown lead in Washington came in the Wild Card playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks. In the Redskins’ first playoff home game since 1999, the team staked a 14-0 lead in the first quarter but failed to score again thereafter en route to a 24-14 loss.

During the 2013 season, his last in Washington, Shanahan saw his offense falter after building two-score leads in three games.

Against the eventual Super Bowl runner-up Broncos, the Redskins held a 21-7 lead in the third quarter before Denver rallied to win decisively, 45-21. Two weeks later, the offense led the team to a 24-14 first half against the Vikings, but managed just one field goal in the second half in a 34-27 loss. And in a Week 13 home game against the Giants, Washington led 14-0 early in the second quarter, but eventually lost 24-17.

None of Shanahan’s blown leads in Washington were as high as 25 points, nor were they on one of the biggest stages in sports. But when you’re considering the 28-3 prop bet this year, just know that there are other results beyond the 2017 Super Bowl to base your decision on.

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Redskins Talk live from Miami for Super Bowl week: How to watch, live stream, listen

Redskins Talk live from Miami for Super Bowl week: How to watch, live stream, listen

Before the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers play for the right to hoist the Lombardi Trophy, the Redskins Talk crew will break down the Redskins and happenings around the NFL.

JP Finlay and Mitch Tischler will welcome special guests everyday from Tuesday to Friday, live from Radio Row in Miami.

The Redskins are in the midst of a busy time, ushering in a new era under the direction of newly minted head coach Ron Rivera. With the NFL Combine, free agency and the draft right around the corner, Redskins Talk has your fix with analysis, discussion and high-profile guests. 

Here's everything you need to know.

Redskins Talk: End of Season Special

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Where: Radio Row in Miami

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