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Redskins practice report, Day 5: RG3 sharp in 2-minute work

Aug 3, 2015, 6:43 PM EDT

RG3 pads practice

RICHMOND—It was hot again today as the Redskins end a stretch of five straight practice days. Here are my observations from the afternoon practice:

—The Redskins practiced in true full pads for the first time today, including pants with the mandated pads in them. They picked probably the hottest afternoon so far to so that.

Bill Callahan got into Arie Kouandjio during position drills, not happy with the rookie’s technique. He’s a rookie, it happens.

Matt Jones, who has a sore knee, was observing practice today, standing on the field. Although you never know, that indicates to me that his injury isn’t too serious.

Alfred Morris caught a short pass from Robert Griffin III just past the line and quickly turned it upfield for a nice gain. If he can develop into at least an average back in terms of catching passes he could earn himself a nice free agent contract next spring. But he often looks like a good receiver in the summer and we don’t see it in the fall.

—Working with the second team offense, Silas Redd found nothing on a run to the left side as Preston Smith led a group of defenders in knocking him down for a loss. On the next snap, he found the going easier on the right side as he quickly popped through the hole on the next play.

—A few plays later in the same full team session, Kirk Cousins stepped up in the pocket and fired to Pierre Garçon. The receiver got it between the “8” and the “8” on his jersey for about 20 yards

—Smith had a good day after some tough ones in the one-on-one pass blocking drill. On one play he pushed back Takoby Cofield, who looked like he was on roller skates, back to the quarterback. A few plays later the same two matched up and Smith dismissed the tackle with a quick inside move. Smith displaying both power and quickness.

Stephen Paea also has tremendous power and good moves. He easily shook off Tom Compton in the pass block drill with a quick move and burst to the quarterback.

—Overall, the blockers held their own and then some. That drill strongly favors the defense since there is no deception on the play and no double teams are allowed.

Chris Thompson made a nice red zone run. He took a handoff and went up the middle, zigzagging his way through defenders for about 10 yards.

—Thompson does have some work to do in pass protection. Keenan Robinson blew past him and chased Griffin to the right. The quarterback was able to get rid of the ball, throwing an incompletion downfield.

—Griffin and DeSean Jackson had one chance to connect deep but David Amerson was with the receiver step for step. The pass traveled about 55 yards downfield but it was a bit too long. Amerson, though, tumbled to the ground and appeared to injure his shoulder. He left practice and did not return.

—In a two-minute drill in the last session of practice, Griffin went eight for eight, although it should be noted that it looked like he was past the line of scrimmage on a shovel pass and Ryan Kerrigan could easily have sacked him on another. But he was sharp, hitting Niles Paul for a long gain inside the 10. Griffin finished off the drive with a five-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Grant.

—Cousins was not sharp initially when the second-team offense went into the two-minute drill. He went to throw a deep out but his eyes gave the pass away and he wound up for it too much. That enabled Chris Baker to get a hand up and bat it away.

—But a few plays later he fired a pass to Jamison Crowder on the sideline. It was just beyond the reach of a defender and Crowder snatched it out of the air for a long gain.

  1. mr.moneylover - Aug 3, 2015 at 7:00 PM

    Ever since that first day rg3 didnt look back seem like hes improving day by day nothing fancy but at the same time hes making progress and a steady pace…all rg3 need to do is manage the game better and jay gruden can help with that with better play calling…its good rg3 making progress but the O-line is still a big question mark wil they keep rg3 clean in the pocket??? We have to see

  2. mr.moneylover - Aug 3, 2015 at 7:03 PM

    CB is now a concern with all the injuries happening…now David amerson injured with a shoulder injury…its time like this were scot m. Work his magic

    • xskulldog - Aug 4, 2015 at 8:49 AM

      Yes, with Breeland, Mitchell and possibley Amerson being injured, this does not look good going into the beginning of training camp, definitely a concern. With steady progress from RGIII and the offensive line, we should be okay if defense and special teams can step-up, if necessary.

      I like what I read about Morris catching footballs out of the backfield. If he can develop into a decent pass receiving back, I don’t see any weakness at the skill positions on the offense. We just need the QB and the Offensive coordinator to be on the same page and call plays to keep the defense off balance.

  3. abanig - Aug 3, 2015 at 7:45 PM

    Let’s hope Griffin’s solid practices translate into solid play during the regular season. 🙏

    • wonderfulfaison - Aug 4, 2015 at 1:16 AM

      I agree. All we can do is hope; however, considering how awful he looked in TC last year, this steady consistency and improvement is a welcome sight for him. If he can continue to show this type of consistency through the preseason (also considering how awful he looked last year) I think he will be much better than people thought he would next year.

    • xskulldog - Aug 4, 2015 at 5:48 PM

      Bingo, you know the old saying, practice makes perfect and with another year under his belt with an offensive line and a QB coach, all RGIII needs to do is manage the game and not F*#@ up.

  4. goback2rfk - Aug 3, 2015 at 7:51 PM

    If RG3 can keep D.J. fed and the running game can play pretty well we should be in most of the games throughout the season. I think we will see the Skins are contenders in most of the games but I feel like they will lose some close ones this year. Well will see. I am excited for football again after the long break.

  5. sidepull - Aug 3, 2015 at 8:29 PM

    Any sighting of DY? Lost offensive weapon? You know all he does is everything right?

  6. bangkokben - Aug 3, 2015 at 10:32 PM

    From Keim at the four letter:

    “Kicker update: Kai Forbath missed a 54-yarder wide left at the end of the second unit’s two-minute drill. Jay Gruden called the defense for having 12 men on the field (seemed to be a manufactured penalty) but Forbath then missed a 49-yarder wide left.”

    Yet he’s 90% from inside that range. Blah. Blah. Blah.

    • abanig - Aug 3, 2015 at 11:00 PM

      He makes them when they matter

  7. bangkokben - Aug 4, 2015 at 11:42 AM

    It’s failing in scenarios like the one above that coaches remember when they decide to go for a Hail Mary on the last play from the 35 instead of attempting the winning or tying FG.

    • abanig - Aug 4, 2015 at 11:50 AM

      You’ll have to be more specific.

      The stats show that Kai has hit several field goals in games and in bad weather that were around 50 yards.

      Just face the facts, we haven’t been able to find anyone better than Kai and he’s going to be here. You can continue to cry about his leg strength but until we find someone with both a strong leg and accuracy, Kai is going to be the Redskins kicker.

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