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Redskins rookie camp practice report–afternoon session

May 16, 2015, 5:51 PM EDT

Rookie camp huddle

The Redskins finished up the open portion of their 2015 rookie camp under mostly cloudy skies in Ashburn. In my report from this morning’s session I focused primarily on the offense. Here is a look at their afternoon session (which was shortened somewhat by impending storms) with a focus on the defense.

—Kyshoen Jarrett lined up at both free and strong safety. He showed some good instincts at free but he’s a step too slow.

—Preston Smith is very active when the ball is snapped. On one snap from right OLB he got to the middle of the line fast enough to clog up a quick-hitting inside run. On a pass he charged in and nearly was in position to knock down a pass that was thrown to the defensive left side (another defender did bat it down). It should be noted that this was in shorts and helmets against an offense mostly comprised of players who will never play a down in the NFL. But it was fun to see such an active defender who probably will take snaps all over the defensive front.

—Martrell Spaight was in at inside linebacker and dropped back in coverage. The pass went deep over his head and tight end Je’Ron Hamm caught it. It didn’t look like Spaight should have been that deep but he did something wrong because Joe Barry gave him an earful. “That’s a hard lesson to learn, Spaight,” the defensive coordinator yelled as he jogged back towards the huddle. “That’s a hard lesson to learn.” Perhaps he needed to get a jam on the tight end but whatever it was made Barry very unhappy.

—Tryout linebacker Abraham Kromah out of Duke made a nice play on a quick out pass intended for undrafted free agent tight end Devin Mahina. Kromah timed his move well and knocked the ball down before the tight end could get his hands on it. Mahina perhaps could have had a shot at the ball if he had come back to it a bit and used his body to shield off the defender.

—I won’t swear that Tevin Mitchel played exclusively at slot corner but I didn’t see him line up anywhere else. He was good in coverage and blitzed on occasion. Now that we know what his role is we can see how well he performs it.

—They broke out into special teams drills about 45 minutes into the session. Rasheed Ross, Reggie Bell, and Jamison Crowder fielded punts. Tryout punter Keith Kostol out of Oregon State put them through a good workout, booming some punts with good hang time. He got some congratulations from other special teamers as he came off the field.

—The camp ends tomorrow; the rookies will convene at Redskins Park for film work and meetings.

  1. darcrequiem - May 16, 2015 at 6:07 PM

    Thanks for all the hard work Rich.

    • bangkokben - May 16, 2015 at 8:24 PM

      Here here!

    • Rich Tandler - May 17, 2015 at 5:28 AM

      Thanks, and I hate to use the cliche, but it’s not work, I have a blast doing it.

      • yosephthebroseph - May 18, 2015 at 8:51 AM

        Hi Rich,

        It is very nice and encouraging to see you really enjoy your job. Would it be possible to ask you a couple questions off the air (perhaps email or direct message on twitter)? I’ve always been interested in this line of work. I’m a recent grad still trying to figure out what I truly enjoy.

        Thank you

  2. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - May 16, 2015 at 6:57 PM

    Dogs have just finished hiding from the lightning from those storms!
    ~

    • bowlregard - May 16, 2015 at 7:46 PM

      Our dog is frightened of storms as well.

  3. mr.moneylover - May 17, 2015 at 10:41 AM

    arie kouandjio I think can be solid if the line him up next to brandon scherff…tevin Mitchell is a solid slot CB its a great pick for the skins hopefully he can improve so he can get some playing time

    • mr.moneylover - May 17, 2015 at 10:44 AM

      DB coach perry farwell gonna get these guys right before OTAs …not surprise that matt jones and Jamison Crowder look solid

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