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Redskins Sunday practice report: A good day for the defense

Aug 10, 2014, 1:01 PM EDT


RICHMOND—The good weather continued to hold out here as the Redskins continued to wind down their 2014 training camp. There was plenty of sunshine and temperatures in the 70’s. Here are my observations.

—Tight ends coach Wes Phillips had a small corps of players to work with. Jordan Reed is still out, apparently still suffering from the virus that kept him out on Saturday.

—Brian Baker isn’t just the outside linebackers coach; he focuses on pass rush and takeaways. Here he is working with the inside linebackers.

—With DeSean Jackson still out, Aldrick Robinson is getting a lot of time with the first team. It’s an opportunity he needs to take advantage of and so far, so good for him.

—The play of the day came on defense. Robert Griffin III rolled to his right and launched a deep pass to Robinson. Bashaud Breeland came flying over from the other side of the field and picked off the pass. It wasn’t a particularly good throw by Griffin but it took a great play by Breeland to pick it off.

—Lache Seastrunk, taking advantage of Chris Thompson and Silas Redd both being sidelined, made a nice run out of bounds but he was in apparent pain and the end of the run. He stood doubled over for a moment and then limped back to the huddle. He didn’t seem to miss any reps, however, even though he was walking gingerly back to the huddle after each play. (Update: He told us after practice he had a strained arch in his foot.)

—Cousins isn’t as consistent as you’d like him to be but he can fire the ball in there at times. He threw an absolute laser right on the money to Rashad Lawrence deep over the middle.

—Another candidate for play of the day came from Tracy Porter. He had good coverage on a deep pass from Griffin to Robinson and made a nice interception.

—During a two-minute drill, Cousins missed Nick Williams in the end zone from about the five yard line on the “last” play. But Jay Gruden came in yelling that Williams had been held. So they marched off half the distance and Cousins hit Niles Paul just over the goal line. It was a questionable penalty call but nobody was going to argue with the head coach.

—There was one other interception on the day. Chase Minnifield made a diving grab of a Colt McCoy pass.

—Seastrunk is starting to learn how to catch the ball after having zero receptions at Baylor last year. He made a good over the shoulder grab and later on he made one near the goal line and lunged in for the score.

—We’ve seen some nice catches from Pierre Garçon. They don’t happen by chance.

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  1. kenlinkins - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:26 PM

    Rich: What are the odds that the Redskins keep 3 QB’s at the start of the season? I remember watching McCoy while he was in Cleveland and saw that while he had some talent he just never really progressed into a true starter IMO. Are the Redskins thinking he is just cheap insurance against injury / trade or do the Redskins like him as someone who can battle Cousins for the back up spot? What would be the reason to keep 3 QB’s?

    • Rich Tandler - Aug 11, 2014 at 4:51 AM

      If a running back or defensive end goes out for the season you can get on off the street and he can be plugged into the lineup and be ready to play. Not so with a quarterback. If your starter goes down there you are in trouble since it takes time for a backup off the street to learn.

      In my roster projection I wrote that I think they will carry three quarterbacks. I don’t think it’s a sure thing but since they didn’t bring in a fourth camp arm and get him up to speed I think they keep Colt.

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  2. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    Yikes! Here’s hoping Hall’s back is o.k.

  3. moneylover - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    Im glad lache seastruck taking advantage of this opportunity to be dat third down back …I think jay gruden getting the feeling that he cant trust chris Thompson to stay healthy he missing good reps…I always liked lache toughness he plays threw injuries and I know coach jay like that too…the plays they got for chris Thompson I wouldn’t be surprise if they end up bein lache plays…chris Thompson didnt impress me much when he was playing in the game seems like he easy to catch and tackle didnt see no shify and changed direction like how lache did on a couple plays…any word on safety akeem davis??? …I starting not to trust phillip thomas either hes another one who didnt do nothing for our team but stay injured I hope lache keep playing well and I hope other safeties step up so we can get rid of some dead weight we have on our team

  4. deepball1 - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    phillip Thomas is probably suffering from hamstring overuse as a result of taking a year off to heal. He should be okay once he gets back but his injury is on the coaching staff. They should not have forced him to run so hard initially. Not good when you’re not used to it.

    Is it just me or does it seem like the Redskins are injuring themselves more in camp and practice than in games? Happened last year as well. Easy camp with Shanahan/Tough hard hitting Gruden Camp. Doesn’t matter. Same results.

    Makes me wonder if the scouting knows how to find tough, durable players. That is the first quality you want because if you cannot stay on the field, talent is unimportant.

    • Rich Tandler - Aug 11, 2014 at 4:49 AM

      Note that the Redskins have suffered no major injuries in camp. It’s arguable that none of what they have dealt with would cost any player a regular season game. Players are being held out more out of an abundance of caution than due to having serious injuries.

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