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Need to Know: The five best players at Redskins training camp

Aug 14, 2014, 4:49 AM EST

Keenan Robinson camp

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, August 14, four days before the Redskins host the Browns on preseason Monday night football.

Nickel coverage

The Redskins have packed up and left Richmond. Here are the five players I thought had the best training camps:

Keenan Robinson—He hasn’t started a game at inside linebacker in the NFL but he sure looked the part. Robinson was impressive in pass coverage and seemed to be confident calling out the defensive signals. What we don’t know is if he can step up into a hole and drop LeSean McCoy one on one but so far, so good.

Alfred Morris—I am not normally impressed with running backs during training camp simply because it is hard to judge them when playing with either limited contact or no contact at all being permitted. But I’ll make an exception here because Morris has looked very sharp. He seems to have mastered the one-cut style of running. It would not shock me if he has a better year than he did in 2012.

Jordan Reed—If I racked my brain and asked around to the others who were there for every practice I might be able to remember Reed dropping a pass or an instance where he wasn’t exactly where he was supposed to be. It’s no accident that he rarely makes mistakes; he’s usually the first one on the practice field and the last one off every day.

Ryan Grant—He had the best single moment of training camp during a red zone drill during the first practice with the Patriots. He put on a double move that left a New England cornerback stunned and left Grant wide open in the end zone. As with Jordan, his next big blunder will be his first.

Chris Baker—The same caveat about no full contact applies here as well but Baker gets around so well for a guy his size that he should make big plays on Sundays the way he made them almost every day in training camp.

If you have any questions about what’s going on at training camp, hit me up in the comments. I’ll answer all questions as soon as I can get to them. And I’m always on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.

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Timeline

Today’s schedule: Practice 8:35 a.m., players available and Jay Gruden news conference after practice.

—It’s been 228 days since the Redskins played a game; in 24 days they play the Texans in their 2014 season opener.

Days until: Redskins at Ravens 9; Final cuts 16; Home opener vs. Jaguars 31

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  1. kenlinkins - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:52 AM

    Very interesting list as only one of them is making more than $2 million this year (Baker). Here is a list of guys who didn’t make your top 5: Orakpo $11.4 million, Williams $10.9, Garcon $9.7, Cofield $7.6, Bowen $7.0, Griffen $5.8, Chester $4.3, Jackson $4.2, Hatcher $3.8, Kory L $3.3, Riley $3.0, Lavuao $3.0, Porter $2.8, Kerrigan $2.7, Polumbus $2.6, Paulsen $2.3, Hall $2.1 million. It would have been nice to see a few of these guys hit the best of camp list. Bowen, Chester, Kory L, Porter and Paulsen have a total of $7.4 million in Cap Savings if cut. It will be interesting to see how many end up on the street come Sept as I see only one that would be hard to replace.

    • Rich Tandler - Aug 14, 2014 at 7:38 PM

      One of the reasons the list tilted young was that I didn’t have many guys who missed time. Reed is the only one who has missed a practice. That’s why no Garcon, Bowen, Jackson, Hatcher, or Porter.

      Very hard for OL to make a great impression so that’s why no trent, Stieger, Polumbus or Lauvao.

      Griffin’s up and down camp has been well documented and it’s because he’s a third-year QB learning a new offense and a new style of play.

      Quality of play in camp is not always an indicator of how well a player plays when the games count. Aldrick Robinson could have been included on this list, especially based on the last week or so, but he annually shines in camp and busts in the regular season. Griffin wasn’t particularly good in camp in 2012 and we all knew what happened that year.

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  2. colmac69 - Aug 14, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    Would think paulsen..leigsteinier sure bets to b on team….going by what journalists have noticed chester b there as well as no young lineman has appeared to b ready to step up to b starter. …..I could see other two out work tho esp bowen (if jenkins continues to impress then bowen could b cert esp as cap room not a lot)…….some tough choices….imo from reading btwn lines I would think maybe 12/15places up for grabs….nxt two games will prob go long way in determining roster

  3. skinsdawg - Aug 14, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    Time to move on from Bowen. He’ll never be the same at his age- and with Knee Micro-Fracture surgery. That’s a tough injury for a young man- and especially for an older 300LB D-Lineman. That money can be better used. We’ve got better options now, anyway. Chester needs to go as well. But who can take the spot. I mean…… could the rookie be any worse? Maybe. What about LeRib? He’s seemingly had a good camp, and appears to (finally) be ready to step up to some degree. I’d say bye-bye to Chester and Bowen. I liked the roster picks from yesterday’s article. My only exceptions….. I’d keep Hank – can he go on PUP-List? I like Silas Redd on PS. I’m still not sold at all on Aldrick Robinson. But he has looked better. I think Will Compton has showed well, also, and he’ll be a tough cut. There will be some tough decisions- as usual.

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