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Redskins training camp report, day 5: Things get chippy

Jul 28, 2014, 12:51 PM EST

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RICHMOND—The Redskins held their fifth full practice of training camp in full pads, football pants and all. Here are my observations:

—Lined up to return punts were DeSean Jackson, Lache Seastrunk, Richard Crawford, Nick Williams, Rashad Ross, and Chris Thompson. Crawford, Williams, and Thompson each fumbled a punt.

—An open-field tackling drill didn’t last long but it was a lot of fun. Safety Ross Madison got a good hit on WR Cody Hoffman.

—Brian Baker gets down to the nitty-gritty on pass rush techniques. Here’s a Vine of one of their drills. (Note: This is my first attempt at this medium, I’m sure there are some refinements that I can make to my technique as well.)

—One more time with the Vine thing, a look at blitz pickups, running backs vs. safeties.

—The defense also did a drill where everyone ran over in pursuit of the ball carrier. Trash cans represented blockers so it wasn’t realistic but the goal is to create the mindset. Ryan Clark talked about it yesterday. “When you’re playing the LeSean McCoys and the Darren Sproles, you have to gang tackle those guys,” he said. “You have to get a lot of people around that ball.”

—Silas Redd has shown some promise but he has to remember what Gruden says all the time—low man wins. Near the goal line in an 11 on 11 session, Redd hit the line upright. Very quickly, he was knocked back a couple of yards behind the line of scrimmage.

—Lache Seastrunk didn’t try to go through the defense he went around it. The rookie displayed some impressive speed scooting around the left end and into the end zone from about 10 yards out.

—When Robert Griffin III was a rookie and new to the team and Pierre Garçon was new to the team after signing as a free agent, Griffin threw to Garçon frequently during training camp to develop chemistry between the quarterback and receiver. This year, Griffin is strongly focusing on throwing to Andre Roberts and DeSean Jackson.

—During 11 on 11 drills, Griffin saw an opening up the middle and shot through it, picking up about 20 yards. He looked very much like the 2012 version of RG3, covering the 20 yards in the blink of an eye. This is why Gruden, while he is going to cut way back on planned runs by Griffin, will encourage him to run out of the pocket when the situation calls for it.

—Things got a bit heated, both literally as it got hotter and figuratively as a couple of scuffles broke out. First Ted Bolser and Chase Minnifield got into it and then it was cornerback Peyton Thompson and Roberts. The latter was a push, with Roberts losing his helmet but getting off a solid punch.

  1. griff57 - Jul 28, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    Rich, I’ve been hearing good things about Lache Seastrunk and you just mentioned a ten yard sprint around the D for a score today. Does he have a chance to be that “change of pace” RB to spell Alfred Morris this season?

    • Rich Tandler - Jul 28, 2014 at 1:44 PM

      Looks like Lache vs Chris Thompson for that spot. So far Thompson has looked better but there is a long way to go.

      • ajbus1 - Jul 28, 2014 at 2:14 PM

        Has Helu done anything?

        • Rich Tandler - Jul 28, 2014 at 5:20 PM

          Helu’s been fine, would like to see him break off a big run here and there.

      • Ally - Jul 28, 2014 at 2:19 PM

        If Redd continues to deliver, what role does he take in the backfield?

        Has he shown on Special Teams at all?

        I’m guessing Practice Squad is an achievement for him at this point as a rookie FA.

        • Rich Tandler - Jul 28, 2014 at 5:22 PM

          Hard to see Redd making the team, he’s pretty raw and the numbers work against him. Practice squad possibility.

  2. Landon - Jul 28, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    Just wondering how the Spencer Long and Chris Chester competition is going?

    • Rich Tandler - Jul 28, 2014 at 5:22 PM

      There doesn’t seem to be an competition; Chester has taken every first-team snap.

  3. dunbar05 - Jul 28, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    How has Alfred Morris looked in this non zone blocking scheme?

    • Rich Tandler - Jul 28, 2014 at 5:25 PM

      It’s pretty much the same blocking scheme as far as I can tell; Gruden said multiple times that he’s going with a very similar scheme.

  4. cataclystisadam - Jul 28, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    Hey RIch, I really like what we’ve done this year regarding the secondary, but there is a player whom I think could take us to the next level. That would be Asante Samuel, any clue as to why he hasn’t signed anywhere?

    • Rich Tandler - Jul 29, 2014 at 6:49 AM

      Samuel is 33 and his play really fell off this year. He possible could be holding out to see if he can get more than a minimum salary offer, which is unlikely to happen.

  5. Claire Izabel - Jul 28, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    Hey Rich, I was hearing a lot about Phillip Thomas earlier with Bruce Allen saying he was going to be the starter last year. I haven’t heard anything about him in training camp though. How is he doing? Also, any noticed improvements from Rambo? The safety positions scare me if Merriweather or Clark go down.

    • Rich Tandler - Jul 29, 2014 at 6:47 AM

      I talked to Thomas a couple of days ago. He should get some defensive snaps while playing on special teams. It would not surprise me if he takes over for Meriweather at some point this year. Rambo hasn’t stood out in a good way or a bad way so I suppose that’s progress.

  6. Kyle - Jul 28, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    That’s what im talkin bout! Being more physical! We need to be that way to wear othet teams down by the 4th quarter and to let other teams know they better bring a hard hat and lunch box because you will need to work hard every single play to beat us!

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