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Redskins training camp practice report, Day 2

Jul 31, 2015, 6:42 PM EDT

Running backs training camp

RICHMOND—The Redskins took the field for Day 2 of training camp with sunny skies and a light breeze. Temperatures hung around 90 but the humidity wasn’t as bad as it had been for the past few days so conditions were not bad.

—WR Tony Jones, who is one of the longest of long shots to make the team, made a nice move to get away from high-dollar free agent CB Chris Culliver. Lined up wide left, Jones went down about five yards, made a shoulder fake to the outside, and cut to the inside. Robert Griffin III fired a nice pass to him on the move.

—Back practicing fielding kickoffs were Niles Paul, Trey Williams, Jamison Crowder, Reggie Bell, Andre Roberts, Chris Thompson, and Rashad Ross. I think that Roberts is the favorite to hold on the to job he had last year but he will be pushed.

— DeSean Jackson fielded some punts. I have to wonder if the Redskins are playing it too safe with him. He could be a major asset returning punts. I get the injury risk but is it really significantly worse than it is on plays from scrimmage?

—Jackson also runs pass routes well. Twice he blew pass the defense and caught a long pass from Griffin. Maybe they should keep him in bubble wrap when he’s not running pass patterns.

— Junior Galette did his first on-field work since signing his contract. He did some running and cutting on a side field with one of the assistant coaches.

Silas Redd had a nice run going until SS Duke Ihenacho came up behind him and punched the ball out, just like the coaches have been teaching the defense to do. But Redd, who had some problems holding on to the ball in very limited action last year, needs to work on ball security.

Bashaud Breeland’s day went from bad to worse. He appeared to sustain a knee injury while breaking up a pass. He was down on the turf for several minutes. (Update: The injury may not be as bad as it appeared, see our story here.)

Alfred Morris is looking comfortable running the Redskins power scheme. He glides to the hole. As with everything here, no-pads reality reminder is in effect.

—Yesterday is was Brandon Scherff, today it was Takoby Cofield running a lap around the field after committing a false start.

Chris Thompson had a nice run and later picked up some yardage on a short pass reception. He’s quick and fluid, a natural runner. If he can stay on the field he has a shot to be a very effective third down back.

—Griffin had his play of the day on a short pass to Jamison Crowder. He dropped back and had to slide right to avoid pressure from Terrance Knighton. He stopped and fired to Crowder over the middle. The pass hit the receiver on the move between the 8 and the 0.

Kirk Cousins made up for a rough Thursday with a very good Friday. His best play came late in practice, a deep pass that his Crowder in stride.

  1. masterchudi - Jul 31, 2015 at 7:17 PM

    Nice analysis I like that O Line players are running laps for false starts builds discipline. Bummed about Breeland

  2. wendell Harley - Jul 31, 2015 at 7:24 PM

    Question ?? Did Robert Griffin the Washington Redskins starting quarterback practice today? You have more info about the back up QB then the starter whats up with that ?

    • Rich Tandler - Jul 31, 2015 at 8:08 PM

      First of all, I don’t comment on every player every day. But in this particular case if you’ll look at the bullet point right above the one about Cousins, you’ll see one about RG3.

      C’mon man.

      • Custer - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:23 AM

        Rich, isn’t it also true when there’s nothing to report, no need to make anything up?? I like your reports, thanks!!

        We fans have done as much to harm rgiii as anyone involved with the team. Do we really need minute by minute update on his progression??

        This is training camp. If someone isn’t perfect, now is when that is supposed to happen.

  3. wvredskins - Jul 31, 2015 at 7:26 PM

    Sounds like Crowder is making alot of plays. He just seems to have that IT factor. Garcon, Jackson, and Crowder would make up for a DEADLY receiving corps (if he can surpass Roberts.) Them three together would get ALOT OF YAC!! hail

  4. gonavybeatarmy - Jul 31, 2015 at 7:48 PM

    Nice report. It sounds like Griffin had a good day, and that Crowder could be a pretty special player McCloughan drafted

    Gruden’s comment today about Griffin finally working hard is potentially disturbing, particularly so early in training camp. Either it’s true, which is bad that it has taken Griffin four years to learn how to study film or work on his mechanics (which happens to be the final year of his contract). Or, Gruden is already doing the passive-aggressive thing again as he did last fall. Or, maybe he just watched the film Whiplash and he’s trying to motivate Griffin the way JK Simmons’ character did with the drummer student.

    • diehardskinsfans - Jul 31, 2015 at 8:05 PM

      Nothing there leave it alone! Talk about Brady or something. Sometimes people use the wrong words we all cant be as astute with words like journalist.

    • hk2000 - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:34 PM

      I don’t see the comment you’re talking about in this report- Like Diehard said, let it go.. by now we all know Gruden just cannot not talk, he is incapable of deceit- a great character trait, but a terrible trait for a coach.

  5. Skulb - Jul 31, 2015 at 8:33 PM

    Jackson is just such a freak. How do they resist giving punt returns to this guy?

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:28 PM

      I completely agree and still remember that return he put on the Giants. We could use some of those miracle type plays this season.

    • timwillhidetimwillhide - Aug 1, 2015 at 12:26 AM

      Big Difference getting tackle by someone runing beside you a nd getting tackled by a guy running full steam directly at you. Think about it.

      • Skulb - Aug 1, 2015 at 7:11 AM

        Yeah I know. But then someone is gonna be doing that anyway. Is the reigning NFL philosophy to give punt returns to someone useless we don`t mind getting injured?

        • timwillhidetimwillhide - Aug 1, 2015 at 10:01 AM

          It also takes that payer out for a down or 2 I would much rather have Crowder or Thompson back there missing snaps on 1st and 2nd down than our #1 WR.

        • bangkokben - Aug 1, 2015 at 1:49 PM

          Antonio Brown does it for Pittsburgh but that’s about it. Brown, of course, is the argument for doing it.

      • redskinsnameisheretostay - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:32 AM

        It’s been that way since the game has been played and Jackson seemed to have been handling those duties physically back then just fine. An injury can happen anywhere on the field, practice, or in Hall’s case a kitchen floor.

  6. redskinsnameisheretostay - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:29 PM

    An injured free Chris Thompson is an assured 3rd down back for this team. Why is it again we should cut him like now?

  7. hk2000 - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:41 PM

    I hate these practice reports- Nothing about you Rich, but every item is good news/bad news deal no matter how you put it. I guess I’ll just wait till the Texans get there and the Preseason games, before forming any expectations.

  8. rcjur - Aug 1, 2015 at 1:01 AM

    I just hope Breeland can come back strong and start again. That kid is a star in the making and we need him as a starter not retreating role. Hall is near end of career and coming off major injury, it’s time to take a back seat and let Breeland keep growing as a starter opposite Culliver. As for rookies I hope Crowder is our 3rd Wr he will be special and DE Smith will be a surprise this season. Watch for Cb Mitchell play this season in backup role will surplant him our 4th Cb next season. Culliver, Breeland, Amerson and Mitchell that is a good future area for this team at Cb. Keep the youth movement. Archives

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