If special teams standout and backup linebacker Lorenzo Alexander looks faster, well, thats because he is.Alexander, who is transitioning from outside linebacker to the inside, said he shed 20-25 pounds in the offseason so he can keep up better in coverage.I did it because I wanted to be able to run with guys like tight ends Fred Davis and Niles Paul and receivers, I had to be lighter, said Alexander, who is listed at 244 pounds. You lose 25 pounds, probably 40-50 over the last two years, and Im still as strong, so Im keeping that explosion while moving less weight. So of course Im going to be faster.In addition to seeing an increase in his foot speed, Alexander said his body is taking less of a beating from carrying around the excess weight.At the same time, he added, his new weight hasnt hampered him on special teams, where he lines up on each unit with the exception of the field block team. He joked that he dieted his way off that unit.Its not like back in the say when we played Dallas or the Giant and you faced big 330 pound guys trying to hit the wedge, Alexander said, referring to kickoffs. Im just as strong, so I dont think it will be an issue at all.Alexander lost the weight with the help of a dietician and will power.Being disciplined, that was 90 percent of it, he continued. Ive always trained hard but I wasnt really disciplined as far as pushing back from the potatoes and the fried foods. I cut all that stuff out.He does, however, allow himself a cheat meal from time to time.Im an IHOP guy, Alexander said. I love pancakes. I can just go crazy, so I normally have a stack of pancakes, and Im in there just going to work on them.
It did not take long for Dwayne Haskins to win approval from the media and the Redskins coaching staff in a short amount of time at OTAs.
That excitement from the Redskins OTAs has reverberated across the country and made him the feature of NBC Sports' Chris Simms QB School series. There, the current NFL analyst and former NFL quarterback made big comparisons to the No. 15 overall pick Haskins to Super Bowl champion Ben Roethlisberger.
Simms was enthralled with the skillset that Haskins possesses and his potential. Citing his arm talent and the small mechanics of the 22-year-old, Simms thinks he has all the tools to be a top-tier NFL QB.
"He reminds me a lot of a big Ben Roethlisberger with his style of football play. [Haskins] arm is special, there's no doubt about that," Simms said.
Comparing a rookie QB to a two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback that has made six All-Pro teams is not too shabby. Roethlisberger has thrown for over 54,000 yards in his career with 363 touchdowns across his NFL career. They both wear No. 7, both played their college ball in Ohio, and both are known for their ability to hurl a football down the field.
Some of the strong qualities of Haskins that Simms highlighted were his tight and quick arm motion, his controlled body rotation, and the accuracy down the field. At the same time, he pointed out that Haskins has a tendency to drop his elbow on passes, forcing his passes to sail high.
"[Haskins] has Big Ben Roethlisberger-type talent and I know he's already wowed some people down there in Washington in his first few practices."
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Before you blink Redskins training camp will be here, which means preseason football is not far off and the 2019 NFL regular season will come with it.
On Friday afternoon, the Washington Redskins released its 2019 training camp schedule, set to begin July 25. Training camp will take place at Bon Secours Training Center in Richmond, Va. for the seventh straight year.
This year is set to be the most intriguing training camp since Robert Griffin III was drafted by the team in 2012. Playing in his first NFL training camp first-round draft pick Dwayne Haskins will be the center of attention with the team's quarterback position still up in the air. There will be competition from trade acquisition Case Keenum and Redskins mainstay Colt McCoy.
More to watch:
-Derrius Guice will be in the backfield practicing with Adrian Peterson for the first time.
-The return of the Alabama Wall in Darron Payne and Jonathan Allen.
-Which wide receiver(s) will step up into holes in the offense.
Here is everything you need to know about the 2019 Redskins training camp.
When is the Redskins 2019 training camp?
The Redskins 2019 training camp begins on Thursday, July 25 at 9:45 a.m. ET and runs to the team's final practice on Saturday, August 11.
What time does the Redskins training camp start?
Most days of the Redskins training camp schedule starts with a practice at 9:45 a.m. ET with a late afternoon walkthrough at 4:40 p.m. ET.
Where is the Redskins training camp located?
The Redskins 2019 training camp is located at the Bon Secours Training Center at 2401 W. Leigh St., Richmond, Va. 23220.
How much does it cost to attend the Redskins training camp?
The Redskins training camp is free and open to the public. For more information on logistics, head to the Redskins’ official training camp page.
Redskins training camp schedule
Date — Camp Opens — Practice — Walkthrough — Camp Closes
Thurs. 7/25 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA
Fri. 7/26 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA
Sat. 7/27 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA
Sun. 7/28 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA
Tues. 7/30 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA
Wed. 7/31 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA
Thurs. 8/1 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA
Fan Appreciation Day:
Sat. 8/3 — TBA — 1:00 p.m. — No Walkthrough — TBA
Sun. 8/4 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA
Mon. 8/5 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA
Tues. 8/6 — TBA — 1:35 p.m. — No Walkthrough — TBA
Thurs. 8/8 — PRESEASON WEEK 1 AT CLEVELAND BROWNS 7:30 P.M.
Sat. 8/10 — TBA — 1:35 p.m. — No Walkthrough — TBA
Sun. 8/11 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — No Walkthrough— TBA
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