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Redskins camp Saturday practice report: Garçon returns

Aug 9, 2014, 6:48 PM EDT


RICHMOND—The Redskins got back to work following an off day after their preseason game against the Patriots. Here are my observations from a fairly light session at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center.

—Temperatures were in the 70’s and the skies partly cloudy, continuing a remarkable string of good weather in Richmond this year.

—The linemen are wearing shells, the rest are wearing no pads.

—There will still be a lot of zone blocking in Jay Gruden’s offense. Here’s a look at the O-line going through some of the fundamentals.

—The punters didn’t advance much in their competition against the Patriots as Robert Malone had the only punt of the night. Blake Clingan should get his shot next week against the Browns. He got this one off today that wasn’t exactly a boomer but was fairly effective.

—Nick Williams had a chance to make a nice play when Kirk Cousins hit him with a pass over the middle. But Williams dropped it. He can’t do that if he expects to make the team.

—I can’t tell you much about the running game. With the players wearing either shells or nothing, there isn’t anything that remotely resembles tackling going on. Without that you don’t really know how the run game is working.

—Aldrick Robinson was mostly invisible during the first week and a half of camp. Then he started to make some plays and he continued to do it in the New England game. Today he got a step on DeAngelo Hall doing down the right sideline. Robert Griffin III hit him with a perfect strike for the play of the day.

—With Jordan Reed out with a stomach bug Niles Paul got a lot of looks. Griffin hit him with a strike on a deep sideline pattern during seven on seven drills.

—Jason Hatcher is off of PUP but his participation is extremely limited.

—Newly signed safety Da-Mon Cromartie-Smith lined up some at free safety, just getting his feet wet. He’ll be very busy over the next few days learning the defense.

—The kickoff return job is no less wide open than it was during OTAs. Lining up in the end zone during special teams drills to return were Paul, Andre Roberts, Richard Crawford, and Rashad Ross.

—Pierre Garçon is back on the field after missing most of last week and the preseason game. He and Griffin hooked up a few times.

—The play of the day for the defense came when Griffin overthrew Logan Paulsen, who was able to get a hand on it. The tip gave Hall a chance to snag the ball out of the air for an interception.

  1. abanig - Aug 9, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    Cromartie-Smith went through a few preseasons and seasons with the steelers, the same defense as ours, he knows it.

  2. READYSETGO! - Aug 9, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    Sounds lethargic starting off week two of the preseason. Happy to see Garcons return though it’s a light practice. Also sounds like RG3 has found a groove on fades and sideline routes. Will we get at least three preseason games with all WR health, getting a true visual on where our passing game is?

  3. moneylover - Aug 9, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Rashad ross is a beast he might be our six wide receiver but he gotta show more in these next three preseason games…I wasnt impressed with chris Thompson he only made one good play out the back field then got injured if he cant play in the next preseason game and if lache seastruck keep making them big splash runs then he will make the 53 man roster…jay gruden looking for dat running back who can take it to the house from long distance and lache can do that he say he can catch now he gotta show it…chase minnifield had a couple good plays. surprise rambo made some tackles. I dont like how everybody not healthy to practice together before the season start. I seen something different in jim hasslet defense..the pass rusher on the edge have assignments to either go in or out witch close the pocket faster for QB’s ryan kerrigan was talking about it during the game its different and new to the team and I think thats what jim hasslet was talking bout when he said he was gonna unleash ryan & rak

    • deepball1 - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:55 AM

      but the Giants NEED a guy like Thompson right now. If we cut him he will be on the Giants the next day. So if he has to go, wait until the last day of the cuts.

  4. deepball1 - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:52 AM

    so we have another RG3 situation with the Redskins. Hatchers 4-5 weeks is now turning into 6-8 weeks, with possible swelling that has to be drained after every game….even though he will tell us how good he feels and it isn’t affecting him. Right!……! Sounds like this may be a one year deal and not a 4 year deal he signed.

    Ryan Clark is still not practicing either so I’m gonna make a suggestion here: How bout the Skins stop signing THIRTY something-year- old players to free agent contracts. Just draft your own players and when bringing in a free agent, set up an organizational non negotiable rule of never sign anyone over 29 years old….PERIOD.

  5. Stephfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 7:32 AM

    The d and offense looked good. I think even though hacther is over thirty or at it, he is still good. Glad to see pg on the field but where is d-Jackson? Rich let us know all wise guru

    • Rich Tandler - Aug 10, 2014 at 7:50 AM

      I suspect that if Thursday¹s game had been a regular season game DJax would have played. He was out there watching practice during most of it but sat down in the trainers tent at the end. He may play vs. Browns but almost certainly will be in for the third preseason game in Baltimore.

      • abanig - Aug 10, 2014 at 3:07 PM

        I also suspect that Garcon, P Thomas and Hatcher would have played if Thursday would have been a regular season game.

        I’m under the impression all of these guys are healthy enough to play in regular season games now, but are being held out because the games don’t matter and they don’t want to risk further injury with them

        • Rich Tandler - Aug 10, 2014 at 3:14 PM

          Your impression is correct, although I don¹t know about Hatcher being ready. A lot of ³what ifs² there but considering that he had not practiced at all I don¹t think he would have been able to go.


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