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Need to Know: Redskins camp news and notes Day 6–More receptions for Morris?

Jul 31, 2014, 5:23 AM EST

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RICHMOND—Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, July 31, seven days before the Redskins open the preseason against the Patriots.

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News, notes, and quotes from Day 6 of Redskins training camp.

—The 2011 CBA brought about training camp walkthroughs. Since moving training camp to Richmond, the Redskins have opened them to the public. I’m never sure if it’s more interesting to watch the players go through the “activities” or watch the grass grow under their feet. But, says Jay Gruden, they are useful. “They are [boring], but we do get a lot out of them. It’s a chance for us to walkthrough certain areas of the game that we need work on. Maybe it’s base blitz, maybe it’s nickel blitz, maybe it’s red zone, maybe it’s spread and empty, maybe it’s no-huddle, maybe it’s two-minute. And it’s a chance to just take it at a different pace and try to utilize it the best way we can as coaches to get as much out of it as we can.

—Trent Williams thinks that he could take some snaps if necessary. He was asked if he could be the emergency QB. “I think I definitely could be,” he said with a smile. “I definitely could be. I do have a talented arm. Not to toot my own horn, but, you know, just telling the truth.”

—Gruden wasn’t real keen on the idea, however. “Emergency quarterback? No. We’d run a read option with Trent maybe,” he said, laughing. “Trent’s a great athlete obviously but I think he’s going to stick at the left tackle spot. That’s what he’s built for, that’s what he is born to do and he loves it.

—Gruden confirmed what the many in the media had heard, that Tyler Polumbus missed Wednesday’s practice for personal reasons. Tom Compton filled in on the first unit. “Tom did good,” said Gruden. “Tyler missed today for personal reasons and we expect him back soon. But Tyler did a good job. Morgan [Moses] stayed at left tackle and Mo Hurt played a little bit at right tackle, so both of them filled in very well.”

—I’ll believe it when I see it but Gruden indicated that Alfred Morris will catch more passes out of the backfield. “Alfred is not flying under the radar in our eyes, that’s for sure. He’s done a great job,” said Gruden. “He’s had a great camp. He’s caught the ball very well too which is a pleasant surprise for us out of the backfield, so Alfred’s going to get his touches.” Morris has 20 career receptions in 32 games.

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Timeline

—Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo was born on this date in 1986.

Today’s schedule: Full practice 8:35; Media rules seminar 3:00Jay Gruden media availability 3:45; Walkthrough 4:10; players availability after both practices.

—It’s been 214 days since the Redskins played a game; in 38 days they play the Texans in their 2014 season opener.

Days until: Preseason opener vs. Patriots 7; Final cuts 30; Redskins @ Eagles 52

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  1. bowlregard - Jul 31, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    When they drafted Morris I looked at youtube videos of him. Seemed to me like he was a good receiver in college. I was surprised when they didn’t use him like that.

  2. cataclystisadam - Jul 31, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    Hey Rich, thanks for the response on Asante Samuel, I was thinking of his 2012 campaign. He did really drop off last year. I had another question for you as well; Is Chase Minnifield looking good in camp , and how is the progress of Rambo and Thomas?? I thought Thomas was going to be awesome when we drafted him. PS, Trent Williams isn’t going to get that rediculous price Tyron Smith just got I hope, he’s better too!! :\ HTTR

    • Rich Tandler - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:57 PM

      Minnifield hasn’t done much to distinguish himself. I think Thomas is a lock to be the 2015 starter at strong safety and he may be able to push Meriweather aside at some point this year.

      And if you think $10 million/year is a lot for a left tackle you need to look around some more. Trent will probably get more like $12 million per, maybe $14 million if he has a strong season or two.

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