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Redskins OTA report 06.09.15–Offense

Jun 10, 2015, 8:00 AM EDT


The Redskins practiced in the bubble on Tuesday, in need of a dry field after heavy rains on Monday night. Yesterday I gave you my observations on defense, here is what I saw on the offensive side of the ball.

—It doesn’t look like we’re any closer to finding out what the deal was with the domestic abuse allegations that popped up on Jamison Crowder’s Instagram account but the rookie wide receiver was present at OTAs. He did leave practice without comment and Jay Gruden said that the NFL investigation was ongoing.

—One wide receiver who was not present was DeSean Jackson. Gruden said that he had a personal matter to attend to and that he should be there for Wednesday’s OTA. Again, it should be noted that these workouts are voluntary. Minicamp, which gets underway on Tuesday, is mandatory.

—As he was last week, Tom Compton was lined up at left tackle in place of Trent Williams, who is sitting out until training camp while nursing an ankle injury. It’s hard to say what would happen if Williams missed a regular season game. It likely would be Morgan Moses in at left tackle but he also is out until training camp.

—Gruden was one of a few coaches providing “coverage” on receivers during a red-zone passing drill. Everyone should be happy to know that he had difficulty keeping up with Pierre Garçon and a few others.

—Crowder is quick. Robert Griffin III hit him with a short pass and after a quick move the receiver was gone.

—Griffin’s best pass of the day was incomplete. He got pushed out of the pocket to the left and launched one about 50 yards downfield. Pierre Garçon couldn’t quite catch up to it but it.

Colt McCoy didn’t have a good day. In seven on seven work he threw a couple of passes into a crowd. Both were incomplete but had they been playing in pads the receivers could have been smacked. A later pass during full team work was picked off by linebacker Ja’Gared Davis. And near the end of practice he threw one right at an onrushing Chris Baker and a linebacker nearly made a diving interception of the batted ball.

—I’m not counting snaps but my impression is that during the OTAs that I’ve seen McCoy is getting more snaps in both seven on seven and in full team work than Kirk Cousins is. I’ll try to keep a closer eye on this during minicamp. I should note that there is no media presence at most of the OTAs so the snap pattern could be different on the days that we’re not there. It’s worth monitoring next week, when we are there for all three days of practice.

—Griffin made some good, quick decisions during a two-minute drill, although a couple of times when his first read wasn’t there he seemed a bit lost.

—At one point the second-team offensive line was, from left to right, Willie Smith, Arie Kouandjio, Josh LeRibeus, Tom Compton, and Ty Nsekhe. Yes, that’s tackle Compton playing right guard. Later, center Tyler Larsen stepped in at right guard. Gruden is preparing for any game day emergency scenario he can dream up.

Ryan Grant made a nice catch, getting a foot dragged on the sideline in the end zone. Griffin had some good touch on the pass, dropping it in over the defender and in to Grant.

—Bill Callahan had a large group of offensive linemen doing some extra work after practice was over. This is becoming a regular practice to the point where the linemen don’t look at it as doing “extra”; it’s become what’s normal and expected.

—The offseason program is humming along. The next time we’ll have coverage from Redskins Park will be for minicamp starting on Tuesday. That will run for three days and then the players are off until reporting to training camp around July 30.

  1. mr.moneylover - Jun 10, 2015 at 8:44 AM

    Reports are slowly progressing and is looking better then colt and kirk but still got things he need to work on…the footwork is NEW to rg3 so it take sometime to get it right but so far havent really herd nothing to bad about rg3 only that he threw 1 INT last week on a roll out witch he knew he should’ve thrown the ball away….last week rg3 struggle to throw on a fade route but this week he got better at it…and niles paul have been having a big off-season so far…look for him to improve on what he did last year jay gruden said he can catch the heck out of the ball and got sneaky speed

  2. timwillhidetimwillhide - Jun 10, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    RICH I would like to hear YOUR perspective on how Kirk Cousins is doing and what you saw as far as Accuracy, Interceptions, Completions, Going Through Progressions, Ect….. I’ve read Others comments about what they saw but I’m interested in what You saw…Thanks…… Everyone this is a Question for Rich only I’m not really interested in anyone else’s perspective on this one…. Thanks.

  3. timwillhidetimwillhide - Jun 10, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    Everyone this is a separate thread that I would like to read what you all have heard about how Kirk Cousins is doing so far.

  4. hk2000 - Jun 10, 2015 at 9:36 AM

    Let’s stop talking about Jackson’s absence from OTAs- Who cares? If he shows up on game day and gives us what he gave us last year, then who cares? He doesn’t want to be a leader and that’s not why he was brought here, but he gives us something we haven’t had since S. Moss at his prime.

  5. gonavybeatarmy - Jun 10, 2015 at 10:04 AM


    As always, great report. Thanks.

    Nice tip on the impression that McCoy may be getting a surprising more snaps than Cousins.

  6. captblood3000 - Jun 10, 2015 at 1:36 PM

    I like it when you have a guard (LeRibeus, we hope) who can play center. Also, a center (Larsen) who can step in at guard, though that is less surprising. And assuming that Scherff and Williams start at the tackles, Compton’s chances of being active on game day will improve if he can backup one or two guard spots as well as the tackles. Kudos to Gruden and Callahan for exploring possibilities.

  7. jbren53 - Jun 11, 2015 at 12:03 AM

    I personally think they’ve given up too soon on kirk cousins, I mean, colt is a straight up BUM. I think if the team seriously put some time and effort into helping cousins improve that they might have something. I really don’t see RG3 being nothing more than a flash in the pan due to that read option gimmick. You can blame injuries if you want to, but the fact is that as soon as the NFL caught on to stifling that gimmick his days were/are done. Work with Kirk, amen.

    • timwillhidetimwillhide - Jun 11, 2015 at 12:36 AM

      Exactly what game did the rest of the NFL stop RG3 and the Read option and Pistol Formations? The way I remember it we just quit running it. So please tell me what game they were able to stop him while he was running those plays.

      • captblood3000 - Jun 11, 2015 at 7:59 AM

        Seattle in the 2012 wild card game. Baltimore before that. The read option doesn’t work when your QB can’t run.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:13 AM

          I recall the injury stopped RG3’s read option not the Seattle defense. They were getting sliced up by RG3 and that offense before he was hurt on that goal line pass.

          The issue is perspective here: You have others claiming defenses have stopped the read option. It’s blatantly incorrect! Seattle still uses it with great success and if RG3 didn’t incur an ACL/MCL injury you’d probably have seen continued success with it the following seasons. Yes, you need a specific player to run it and RG3’s injury is normally a two year recovery to 100%.

        • captblood3000 - Jun 11, 2015 at 1:26 PM

          My point exactly. Injure the quarterback running the read option and you stop the read option.

      • bangkokben - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:42 AM

        In 2012, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Cincinnati, and Carolina all seemed to stop the read option. If you recall, Griffin was amazing at his play fakes in the beginning of the year but had to tone it down because it gave the defense license to hit Griffin in the zone read. Pittsburgh basically hit him on every play.

        In 2013, it wasn’t as effective across the league. Not so much that teams learned to stop it; more so teams didn’t run it as much. It’s clear that it can still work but the passing from it hasn’t been as effective and you still need to be able to drop back on 3rd and 8.

  8. rtcwon - Jun 14, 2015 at 9:35 PM

    They are holding onto Cousins hoping some team will be foolishly desperate enough to give up more than a bucket of socks for him after their starter gets injured. Archives

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