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Redskins Tuesday minicamp report, offense: Griffin sharp

Jun 16, 2015, 6:29 PM EDT

RG3 minicamp 06.16

Earlier I took a look at what the Redskins did during their Tuesday minicamp on defense and special teams earlier today. Now, here’s a look at the offense.

—They have mixed up a lot of linemen on the second and third teams so don’t read too much into this but in the early going the second-team offensive line was, from left to right, Willie Smith, Arie Kouandjio, Josh LeRibeus, Tyler Larsen, and Ty Nsekhe.

—Chris Thompson and Trey Williams would both like to be the third-down back and they both showed the ability to hit the hole quickly on plays up the middle within a few snaps of each other. The rookie Williams was a bit more impressive, making a spin move to avoid contact.

—Robert Griffin III had a good day. He was mostly decisive and accurate when dropping back into the pocket, two qualities that have been seen inconsistently in the offseason practices that have been open to the media this year.

—Matt Jones displayed some good hands on a short throw from Griffin. The QB fired the ball in from close range and Jones caught the bullet without a problem.

—On a throw to Silas Redd, Griffin was not quite as smooth as he was most of the day. He spotted Redd in the flat, cocked his arm and had just a little bit of hesitation before firing the pass. It was complete but if he was facing a live rush or if Redd had been tightly covered the consequences of the slight hesitation could have been disastrous. He still has some work to do.

—Colt McCoy got most of the second-team work in the previous practices open to the media. Today, Kirk Cousins got most of the work with the second unit. He looked pretty impressive, zipping some passes into receivers. His only interception was not his fault; a pass right into the hands of Colin Locker bounced out and was picked off by Tajh Hasson.

—Receiver Quinton Dunbar also had a bad drop, this one on a pass from McCoy. Bubble players like Lockett and Dunbar can’t afford many mistakes if they want to stick around.

—Andre Roberts, who is in a battle with rookie Jamison Crowder for the starting job at slot receiver, helped his cause with a diving catch of a McCoy pass. Later on, Crowder dropped a fairly easy catch over the middle. Advantage, Roberts.

—Offensive tackle Morgan Moses, who has not taken part in any on-field offseason work while he recovers from a Lisfranc injury, was doing some running along the end line. He appears to be moving well but the real test will come when he needs to cut and put pressure on the foot. The 2014 third-round pick is expected to be ready for training camp.

—Griffin made a nice play on the move, rolling to his left and finding Niles Paul down the sideline. A few snaps later he got the ball out of his hand very quickly on a short throw to DeSean Jackson.

—In some 11-on-11 work the offense was coming out the end zone, Griffin stood in the pocket and found Pierre Garçon for about 10 yards and a first down. This drew some loud praise from Jay Gruden. “Robert, way to stand tall, big boy,” the head coach bellowed.

  1. mr.moneylover - Jun 16, 2015 at 6:52 PM

    Bill c. Making the O-line players run a lap around the field will the jump off-side….rg3 went threw his progression way better he drop back didnt see nobody open raned while keeping his eyes on the field and found andre roberts for a 15 yard gain jay gruden said he want to see more of that from Robert but he wants robert to be more consistent but hes making progress at a good rate and looked better then the pass weeks…last year robert will take his eyes off the field while running the ball…coaches tryna hold back preston smith until training camp they really excited about him and what he can do with his hands

  2. gonavybeatarmy - Jun 17, 2015 at 8:27 AM

    Griffin: “He was mostly decisive and accurate when dropping back into the pocket…”

    Excellent information. Thanks.

  3. berniebernard666 - Jun 17, 2015 at 8:39 AM

    the hands drill which the Skins are doing is part of the original “sticky hands” which Grandmaster Joe borrowed from the techniques in Wing Chun, which was first introduced by Bruce Lee who had learned it from Yip Man in Hong Kong. It takes years of practice but the basic hand placement principles being taught at camp are about disengaging someone’s hands from the inside of your personal space.

    This is not a strength drill but it builds hand speed and coordination and requires quick reflexes. The more they practice, the faster the reflexes become and Preston Smith is very quick with this movement. He is gonna kick some butt. This kid has a shot at DROY if he can remain healthy. Maybe a 2nd round steal.

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jun 17, 2015 at 11:39 AM

      Does the technique come with round houses?

      I already agree about the 2nd round steal with Preston Smith. I think he can be the best player out of our draft even if Schreff does well at Right Tackle. Of course I base that on 20 minutes of highlight reals but he looks like a beast to block.

  4. redskinsnameisheretostay - Jun 17, 2015 at 11:31 AM

    “Offensive tackle Morgan Moses” I like how that sounds “Offensive Guard Morgan Moses” …not so much, beers around the house if he starts as a guard in the NFL.

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