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Redskins Tuesday minicamp report, defense: Some easy INT’s

Jun 16, 2015, 4:53 PM EDT

Rookie camp defense

The Redskins held the first day of their three-day mandatory minicamp with temperatures hovering near 90 and under skies that looked threatening but stayed dry.

Here are my observations on defense and special teams.

—They started off with special teams like they have been doing since last year. Among those running out when the coaches called for the first team kickoff coverage unit were DaMon Cromartie-Smith, Jeron Johnson, Evan Spencer, Trey Wolfe, Duke Ihenacho, Trevardo Williams, Akeem Davis, Trenton Robinson, and Will Compton.

—With the second-team kickoff unit were Phillip Thomas, Matt Jones, Darrel Young, Justin Rogers, Tevin Mitchel, Ja’Gared Davis, Kyshoen Jarrett, and Martrell Spaight.

—I wouldn’t read too much into who is lining up where; at this point it seems that a lot of second- and third-team players are interchangeable so it likely is the same with special teams.

—It’s been pretty rainy in Ashburn lately, making the field soft. Some big chunks were torn out early in the proceedings (insert your own “feeling right at home”/FedEx Field joke here).

—Kirk Cousins threw a swing pass to full back Jordan Campbell. Linebacker Adam Hayward came running over late yelling, “Who the f*** was supposed to be covering the flat?” Evidently it wasn’t Hayward.

—Cornerback Tajh Hasson had two of the easier interceptions a DB can get. On one, a Cousins pass hit receiver Colin Lockett right in the hands. It bounced out and into the arms of Hassan. Later, on the last play of team drills, Colt McCoy threw to the sideline. Hassan was the only player with 8 yards of the pass and he got another pick.

—Among those on the first-team punting unit were Silas Redd, Adam Hayward, Trevardo Williams, Young, and Niles Paul.

—The coaches had the returners field punts while holding onto a second football with one arm. It’s not easy to do and it really makes the players focus.

—The only punt that I saw fumbled was a boomer by Tress Way. Rookie Trey Williams, who was not holding on to a ball with one arm, had it go through his hands.

—Tom Compton was matched up blocking Keenan Robinson on an outside run. Robinson apparently was not pleased with Compton’s technique. “You gonna hold me the whole time?” the linebacker yelled at the tackle.

—The final session of practice was field goal kicking. On the first attempt, Kai Forbath was wide left from about 35 yards.

  1. ajbus1 - Jun 16, 2015 at 5:07 PM

    I like the players holding each other accountable. Get the kinks worked out together.

  2. skinsdiehard - Jun 16, 2015 at 5:47 PM

    Forbath – wide left from 35 yards out? come on…..when is enough enough? please cut this dude.

    • jayovalentine - Jun 16, 2015 at 6:14 PM

      Take a deep breath…. its minicamp.

      • berniebernard666 - Jun 17, 2015 at 8:50 AM

        You DO realize that 35 yards out You or I could handle? The ball is only at the 17 yard line for a 35 yard field goal. Nobody misses a 35 yarder, EXCEPT the Redskins. This has been a consistent problem for the last decade which is why we have a new field goal kicker every couple of years….who then goes on to another team and becomes extremely accurate. Go figure. It must be the Redskin curse.

        With that said…TY LONG has a stronger leg and can boot the ball outta the endzone 4 out of 5 times. I think everybody will witness this in preseason.

        • renhoekk2 - Jun 17, 2015 at 9:13 AM

          You did read the part about the field being garbage right? Not that easy to kick a ball accurately when the field is moving underneath you.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jun 17, 2015 at 11:09 AM

          ” Nobody misses a 35 yarder, EXCEPT the Redskins.”
          –Is this emotional hyperbole or did you really mean what you stated above.

          Actually 40 and in has not been much of an issue for the Redskins since Forbath has arrived. It’s the distance kicks that can be called into question.

  3. kenlinkins - Jun 16, 2015 at 6:15 PM

    Rich: Any idea how the coach’s assigned Special Team positions at this point? It seemed that Punt and Kick Off teams didn’t have any of the same players. IYO was this by design to allow as many players as they can show what they can do?

    • Rich Tandler - Jun 16, 2015 at 9:02 PM

      I think he’s mixing it up to get different players in there. Obviously not all of the guys on the first KO team will be on the 53. I did place some significance in the fact that I saw Trevardo Williams on a couple of teams and I saw Jackson Jeffcoat on none. They’re batting for one job, guess who has the edge.

      • berniebernard666 - Jun 17, 2015 at 9:00 AM

        Rich you’re right about mixing things up, and I find some of these fans amusing. They believe the Skins are about to break camp and head to the first game and the final roster and spots are set. With 90 players running around, including a bunch of rookies, free agents, and no names, the coaches need to mix everybody together otherwise an “ALL ROOKIE” squad would probably look like the “ALL CHAOS” squad during drills. Coaches need to see how rookies look compared with veterans who are playing beside them.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jun 17, 2015 at 11:13 AM

          “I find some of these fans amusing. They believe the Skins are about to break camp and head to the first game and the final roster and spots are set. ”
          Seriously name one fan here believes this. It was a valid question posted that was just looking for more details on the alignment, that’s all!

  4. mr.moneylover - Jun 17, 2015 at 7:39 AM

    Doesnt sound good from the saftey postion…keep hearing dashon goldson and nacho giving up big plays and I got a question…aint both safties are in the box safties ? Both have a track record of not bein able to cover but are very good at playing in the box and this were I say jeron johnson has the edge because he can play in the box and he can cover really well…media shouldn’t get so hype up on whose starting now because that can easy change before training camp start…

    • berniebernard666 - Jun 17, 2015 at 9:03 AM

      MONEYLOVER…how bout citing some reports where you are hearing some bad news about the safety position. Because I haven’t heard anybody else cite these reports. Do you have classified secret reports?

      • mr.moneylover - Jun 18, 2015 at 6:50 AM

        Umm I did…how about you getting off my jock…I read a report that dashon goldson gave up a deep pass…I dont know if its happening offense but giving up the deep ball was a big problem last year…I hear nacho has improved in pass coverage

  5. 214hof - Jun 17, 2015 at 8:21 AM

    If they only keep Kerrigan, Murphy, Preston, and either Jeffcoat or Williams is it possible they will keep 5 MLB? I think have Speight and Hayward on the roster is a good thing for ST. Then there is K.R., P.R., and W.C. to get the bulk of reps on D.

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jun 17, 2015 at 11:21 AM

      hof, I think you answered your own question pretty well. If Will Compton continues to thrive then Perry Riley could be the odd man out if the roster trim dictates only four inside linebackers. Outside of injury, the other four are going nowhere IMO but I think we’ll end up with five like you question. Of course this is a Rich question so maybe the he has some more insight that he could provide us on holding five inside linebackers. I personally think that number is about right for a final roster. Archives

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