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Redskins Wednesday minicamp report: A good day for Murphy

Jun 17, 2015, 6:15 PM EDT

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The Redskins held their final practice of the offseason under cloud cover with some light rain in Ashburn. Here are my observations:

—Trent Williams and Jordan Reed were playing catch off to the side while special teams drills were underway. Williams has a decent arm but Reed, who went to Florida as a quarterback, had better form.

—Trey Williams mishandled a pass and and went to the ground and did about half a dozen pushups.

—Matt Jones was on the field with the first unit early and often. I think they have major expectations for the rookie.

—Among those who lined up with the second unit defense were Kedric Golston, Ricky Jean Francois, Jackson Jeffcoat, Tevin Mitchel, Adam Hayward, Tajh Hanson, Justin Rogers, Duke Ihenacho, and Trenton Robinson.

—It appeared that Colt McCoy got the majority of the second-team snaps with Kirk Cousins working with the third. It was the opposite arrangement on Tuesday.

—On one snap, Preston Smith lined up to defend slot receiver Andre Roberts. It looked like Smith stayed with the receiver but the ball was thrown to the other side. That’s something to keep an eye on in Richmond.

—In a red zone drill Robert Griffin III hit Logan Paulsen with a nice toss on a fade route. Paulsen was very close to the sideline and the defense claimed that he was out of bounds. From where I was it was hard to tell. Still a good pass either way.

—Still in the red zone a bit later, Roberts had a well-placed pass over the middle bounce out of his hands. Justin Rogers nearly came up with the ball after tipping it a couple of times. It would have been a nice play but Rogers probably should have made the interception.

—On the first snap of seven on seven in the red zone, Griffin took his time looking around for a receiver. Jay Gruden did not appear to be happy with him.

—A few plays later Griffin got rid of the ball quickly. Although the pass was incomplete Gruden stepped up to his QB and gave him some praise.

—McCoy came in and threw a bad, late pass into the end zone that rookie Tevin Mitchel intercepted.

—The kickoff return unit that took the field first had Evan Spencer, Kyshoen Jarrett, Matt Jones, Will Compton, and Trenton Robinson along the front line. Among those playing deep were Adam Hayward and Akeem Davis. There was no returner for this particular drill.

—Arie Kouandjio jumped on a hard count, turning a third and three into a third and eight. He ran a lap. Gruden seems determined to reduce such mental errors this season.

—Trent Murphy had a very good day, spending a lot of time in the offensive backfield. He beat both Brandon Scherff and Tom Compton on multiple occasions.

—Matt Jones got just a few yards on a quick hitter up the middle before what would have been a heck of a collision between him and linebacker Adam Hayward, who was in perfect position to lay on a big hit had they been wearing pads. Gruden pointed out after practice that Jones was running upright because of the non-contact nature of the practices.

—Jamison Crowder had a bad drop on Tuesday. He made it up at least in part with a nice, leaping catch of a Cousins pass in the end zone.

—Ran in to Scot McCloughan on the way down to the practice field. He mention that he was very happy with the rookie class “both on and off the field.” The GM likes the way they pay attention in meetings and generally how they conduct themselves. The coaches have been paying similar compliments to the rookies.

  1. ajbus1 - Jun 17, 2015 at 7:57 PM

    Great observations! Thanks Rich!

  2. gonavybeatarmy - Jun 17, 2015 at 8:30 PM

    Rich- These reports are great.

    It sounds like Griffin is playing the QB position in practice like a professional, perhaps above a project.

    Murphy looked pretty good at times last year, an obvious rookie at other times.

    It’s way too early to come to any conclusions, but the 2014 draft, again without a first round pick, is looking surprisingly promising thus far. Murphy, Moses, Long, Breeland and Grant. Perhaps not an all-pro in the bunch, but five potential long-term contributors on a team that has lacked quality depth for a long time. And, as Ken Beatrice used to always say, the NFL is the ultimate game of attrition; Injuries are the only known variable.

    • ezg1 - Jun 19, 2015 at 2:41 AM

      Good Heads-up for acknowledging the one and only Ken Beatrice, You’re Next!

  3. mr.moneylover - Jun 18, 2015 at 5:39 AM

    They looking for matt jones to have a big year simply cause he can catch the ball really well and he can pass protect something that alfred Morris continues to struggle at in practice….trent Murphy seem like hes having a good day everyday…trent Murphy was thinking alot when he played last year even when he was making progress as the season went on so I expect the same thing from Preston smith…I expect Preston smith to start slow but get better and more comfortable as the season goes on

  4. mr.moneylover - Jun 18, 2015 at 5:57 AM

    All robert Griffin can do is get better take things step by step…having a QB coach always benefit rg3 im just hoping we have a O-line that can protect him this season because we seen what he can do when the O-line protect him… a reminder when the O-line protect him in the eagles games he completed 7/7 passes before a drop pass by p.garcon and phil sims said the O-line is looking its best then it did all year and that even the best QBs in the NFL need a lil extra time in the pocket sometime ….so if they can get that O-line together im sure we should see better results….even in the Minnesota Vikings games rg3 played a good game its just the defense couldn’t stop a rookie QB and that we had a defense coordinator in jim hasslet who gave a rookie QB teddy B. to much respect by not blitzing at all…I still believe london fletcher when he said jim hasslet didnt know what he was doing because it looked like it

    • Kelly - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:25 AM

      I hope RG3 gets it together but Im not holding my breath. Its time to move on. Im excited about the rookie class this year and truly believe they will make an impact right away. HTTR

  5. mr.moneylover - Jun 19, 2015 at 1:26 AM

    Tevin mitchel had a good mini camp but he still a work in progress….trent Murphy was good before he got injured he had a sack three straight games he was making progress before he got injured…he said redskins defense is going to be some bullies this year and having joe kim is helping him take his game to the next level…pot roast is a player coming in from the outside if you got his attention along with ryan kerrigan you definitely doing some right and they like it

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