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Training camp notes: Landon Collins' one-handed interception steals the show on Day 8

Training camp notes: Landon Collins' one-handed interception steals the show on Day 8

RICHMOND — Saturday was Fan Appreciation Day at Redskins training camp, drawing the biggest crowd so far at a practice this summer. That added a lot of energy to the weekend session.

Now, for QB-only analysis, check out JP Finlay's story. For thoughts on everything else, check out the below notes. By the way, it's now officially Reader Appreciation Day, too. Thanks for checking out all our Redskins content.

OK, here's the recap:

  • Jordan Brailford, the team's seventh-round edge rusher, was taken off the PUP and saw some individual and team action on Saturday. He has a legit chance at making this roster, so that's encouraging for him that he can now start on that mission. Montez Sweat, meanwhile, was held off the field again. He dinged up his lower leg in the middle of last week and hasn't been used since. The franchise appears to be taking the cautious approach with him, seeing as the injury didn't appear to be that serious.

 

  • There was a sequence early in practice that summed up Cam Sims well. No. 89 ran a simple route against no one during wide receiver drills, turned around just as the ball was arriving and flat-out dropped it. It wasn't very promising. However, during 1-on-1 drills with the DBs, Sims fought through some pass interference to make a full-extension, diving grab near the sideline. That was very promising. The second-year pro isn't the most polished and can still be described as raw, but when it's time to make plays, he routinely does. 

 

  • There was a ridiculous amount of giant dragonflies on the fields throughout the proceedings. Not sure if this matters to you, but it mattered a ton to the reporters who were constantly talking about/worried about them. Some of those things were massive. They were like the Daron Paynes of dragonflies.

 

  • One underrated storyline that should start getting cleared up when the preseason begins is who'll be the punt returner for the Burgundy and Gold. That position doesn't get a ton of live reps at camp, but a few guys were back catching punts on Saturday. Jimmy Moreland, who's been a stud at corner, muffed one but was able to recover it before a member of the kicking team did. Moreland told reporters he'd be open to helping there in the regular season. Look for him, Trey Quinn and Greg Stroman to all get a chance in the exhibition contests. 

 

  • Vernon Davis led the offense in yards per catch in 2018, and while guys like Sims, Terry McLaurin and Paul Richardson could each have that title in 2019, don't count out Davis. The tight end is still able to get behind defenses, and he did so again on Saturday by scoring on a long strike down the middle of the field. That's been a common sight so far.

 

  • Landon Collins has caught Jay Gruden's attention and been everything Gruden wanted to far for Washington, yet he hadn't made any true standout plays through seven practices. That changed on Saturday. Colt McCoy was leading the offense down the field in 11-on-11s and got them near the goal line. That progress ended, however, when he tried to force a pass to the back of the end zone. Collins read the play perfectly, jumped up and stabbed the ball out of the air with one hand. He then had a large convoy of red jerseys leading him on a return that very well could've ended in six points. It was a phenomenal highlight and showed that Collins can make a difference in the pass game as well as in the run game.

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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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Jerry Jones and his $250 million yacht are ready for Super Bowl LIV in Miami

Jerry Jones and his $250 million yacht are ready for Super Bowl LIV in Miami

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was seen on his $250 million yacht in Miami ahead of Super Bowl LIV. 

Jones' boat, the Bravo Eugenia, is 357-feet-long, three short of a regulation football field.

He will be reportedly hosting the "biggest and baddest of all of the Super Bowl Week parties."

The Cowboys had Super Bowl aspirations ahead of the 2019 season but could not live up to the hype.

The Cowboys finished the season at 8-8 and have a lot of questions ahead of them during the upcoming off-season.

Regardless of whether his squad would be competing in Miami for the Lombardi Trophy, Jones would be at Super Bowl LIV, and after bringing in Mike McCarthy as the team's new head coach, Jones has taken his talents to South Beach for the big game.

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