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Redskins minicamp report: Temperatures and tempers rise

Jun 17, 2014, 1:08 PM EST

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Here are some practice notes from a steamy first day of minicamp at Redskins Park in Ashburn, VA. —

—Robert Griffin III was on the same page with most of his receivers. He rolled out and launched one deep to DeSean Jackson for a big gain. It must be noted that Courtney Bridges was the player who was burned on coverage.

—Griffin also showed signs of developing good chemistry with Jordan Reed. The QB hooked up with the second-year tight end on a few timing patterns over the middle and to the sideline.

—During the first few sessions of team work, it looked like the defensive backs had the advantage over the receiver. Both Griffin and Kirk Cousins had to throw a lot of check downs.

—Colt McCoy hit receiver Rashad Ross with a nice pass but Ross dropped it. Ross is very much a long shot to make the team or even stick on the practice squad and the eye in the sky captures all such mistakes on film.

—Among those lining up for kickoff returns were Andre Roberts, Lache Seastrunk, Chris Thompson, and Nick Williams.

—Ryan Grant beat Akeem Davis deep and Cousins’ high, wobbling pass fell into the receivers’ arms. That eared Davis some choice words from Raheem Morris on the way back to the huddle.

—Things got a bit feisty as practice wore on. There was some chirping when David Amerson had some contact with Reed as the two went for a Griffin pass at the goal line. The offense wanted a flag but one of the referees brought in to monitor practice didn’t see it that way. That had Griffin and others barking at the defense.

—A few plays later we had a near fight. Doug Worthington and Mike McGlynn tussled and Worthington ended up losing his helmet. No punches were thrown but tempers clearly were flaring.

—Jeremy Kimbrough made a nice, leaping interception of a Colt McCoy pass at the goal line.

—Here is your second-team offensive line from left to right—Tom Compton, Spencer Long, McGlynn, Josh LeRibeus, and Morgan Moses.

  1. chaos744 - Jun 18, 2014 at 6:37 AM

    “—During the first few sessions of team work, it looked like the defensive backs had the advantage over the receiver. Both Griffin and Kirk Cousins had to throw a lot of check downs.”

    That’s positive to hear, especially since you always heard how RG3 would immediately look to run after the primary receiver was missed. Throwing to check down receivers means he’s at least progressing through his reads and HOPEFULLY making the best throw.

    “Things got a bit feisty as practice wore on. There was some chirping when David Amerson had some contact with Reed as the two went for a Griffin pass at the goal line. The offense wanted a flag but one of the referees brought in to monitor practice didn’t see it that way. That had Griffin and others barking at the defense.

    —A few plays later we had a near fight. Doug Worthington and Mike McGlynn tussled and Worthington ended up losing his helmet. No punches were thrown but tempers clearly were flaring.”

    Another positive sight in my opinion. We don’t want players actually fighting, but if they’re showing that level of emotion and competition in mimicamp, that can only hopefully bode well for the preseason and regular season. At times last year, it seems as it we were very lackadaisical towards calls on the field and general happenings between the hashes.

    Good report Rich.

    • aprilwalker2013 - Jun 18, 2014 at 10:18 AM

      Like your thoughts here and couldn’t agree more on all counts @chaos744..HTTR

  2. goskins44 - Jun 18, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    Thanks for the update Rich!

    I too am glad that RGIII is looking for the checks downs but, while I know it’s really early, should we be worried that our D that was one of the worst last year is getting the better of our Off? Has the D gotten that much better or is it just that it’s a new Off? I hope so.

    I agree I like some feistiness as long as no one gets really hurt.

    With the 2nd string Oline shown above, we have to assume the 1st string is – WIlliams, Lauvao, Kory, Chester, and Polumbus. So does that mean at least for right now Hurt and Gettis are on the outside looking in? Hopefully they are just looking for versatility and they still plan to at least get rid of Chester.

    • Rich Tandler - Jun 18, 2014 at 7:53 PM

      As far as offense vs defense, you hit it on the head with “while I know it’s really early”. I’m passing along observations not sweeping conclusions.

      You’re right on the line. I think that Hurt has as good a chance of making the team as I do; Gettis has some work to do with Long a third-round pick and McGlynn getting some guaranteed $$ in his contract. I’ll put Chester losing his job in the unlikely but possible category.

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