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Redskins-Patriots practice report, Day 2: Rookie Grant savvy beyond his years

Aug 5, 2014, 6:15 PM EST

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RICHMOND—The Redskins took the field against the Patriots for a second straight day in borderline steamy conditions. A crowd of 21,665, the biggest of training camp so far, was on hand. Here are my observations.

—I’m not so sure that there is going to be an actual punting competition. Robert Malone is pretty consistent with booing kicks and good hang time while Blake Clingon is more down than up.

—If you’ve done your 53-man roster projection and rookie wide receiver Ryan Gran isn’t on it, tear it up and start again. You’re doing it wrong. In one on one work against Patriots cornerback Justin Green from about the 10 yard line, Grant went down and in and Green had him covered. But Grant curled back around and broke wide open. Many receivers who have been around for years can’t execute that route. (Update: Our CSN cameras did catch that move on film, take a look here.)

—I didn’t get Grant’s move on my camera but here are some other reps from the same drill. On the last rep shown, DeSean Jackson does make the TD catch over the middle.

—Here’s a look at the running backs doing the same drill, being guarded by Pats linebackers.

—In 11 on 11, Santana Moss bobbled a bubble screen and massive nose tackle Vince Wilfork snagged it out of the air for the interception.

—It was a good day for Wilfork. Yesterday, center Kory Lichtensteiger held his own against him in one on one blocking. Today it was a different story as Wilfork used his hands to control the smaller Lichtensteiger and dismiss him.

—Back to 11 on 11, Robert Griffin III threw a dart over the middle to DeSean Jackson, hitting him on the run about 12 yards deep. I think we’ll see a lot more of that type of pass than we will see of long bombs. They’ll try to hit Jackson in stride so he can pick up yards after the catch.

—Here’s a little post-practice warm-down work by Griffin and the other backs.

  1. kenlinkins - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:25 PM

    While I understand why coach Gruden moved Kory L over to center so early in OTA’s, I do wonder just how long he will stay with him if he keeps having days like to today. I also wonder if Kory L will get more work than the other starters in the first preseason game to see just where he is at in his development at center (if seems he may require more on field work). The O-line will be one of the few things that we fans will be able to judge on Thursday as IMO the Redskins starters will only run about 15 plays and I bet that about 10 will be running plays to see how the O-Line is working on one on one power blocking (see who wins his battles and who doesn’t). I think that RG3 will mostly throw from the pistol on fast / quick routes with only 2 reads before going to his safety value (RB). I do not think we will see RG3 dropping back into the pocket and making long reads on deep balls yet. And I hope he doesn’t start running around when things break down (as they will) and just puts the ball into the stands.

  2. deepball1 - Aug 6, 2014 at 1:47 AM

    Santana Moss bobbles a bubble screen pass? imagine that. A guy who dropped passes on a regular basis over the last couple of years, can’t seem to hold on to the ball again. And this is why I have preached :LET HIM GO. Develop some young pass catches who actually HOLD ON TO THE BALL.

    • bowlregard - Aug 6, 2014 at 3:20 PM

      I get the impression Santana doesn’t have the biggest hands.

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