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Redskins training camp practice report, Day 7: Reed impresses again

Aug 5, 2015, 6:49 PM EDT


RICHMOND—The Redskins did not wear pads. They were coming off of three straight physical practice before their day off and the Texans are coming into town  for what is likely to be a tough three days.

—The defensive coaches want their players to jump on a ball that’s on the ground even when it’s there as the result of an incomplete pass. It certainly can’t hurt and you never know when something might appear to be an incompletion from one defender’s angle but it’s not. Better to jump on it than let it roll on the ground.

—Injured cornerbacks Bashaud Breeland (knee) and David Amerson (shoulder) did some rehab work on the side. Breeland had a brace on his injured right knee (sprained MCL) but he is able to walk and put weight on that leg. If he is ready in the lower range of the 4-6 week estimate he could be back in time to get into preseason game No. 4 against the Jaguars. Terrance Knighton missed practice with the flu.

—I think it should officially be his middle name—Jordan “If He Can Stay Healthy” Reed. He put a nice double move on Duke Ihenacho during one-on-one coverage drills. The safety stayed close, though, and Reed had to turn around and make the grab in the end zone. Kirk Cousins’ pass was about the only place it could have been. He has done something impressive almost every day of camp but everyone knows he can play, it’s matter of how many games he is able to show up for.

Martrell Spaight had good coverage on Chris Thompson but the back made a good catch and was able to turn upfield.

—The first play in full team drills was Alfred Morris up the middle, just like it is almost every day. I think the defense is detecting the pattern as they stuffed it again today.

—A few snaps later Morris got around the right end and the crowd cheered. However in a live drill Keenan Robinson, who flew over from his inside linebacker spot, would have nail Morris for about a two-yard loss.

—On his first pass during team work, Robert Griffin III had Reed wide open but the pass was too high. Later in the same session he heated up, hitting DeSean Jackson deep down the middle. The receiver found a soft spot in the coverage and Griffin fired the ball to him about 20 yards downfield. All in all it was a so-so day for Griffin, who misfired on several passes.

Jerrell Powe got a lot of snaps at nose tackle. He has the size to be effective (6-2, 331), but he just doesn’t have the quickness or power to be a front-line player. I think he has a shot to make the team if the coaches decide that they would rather have a true nose tackle to spell Knighton rather than using Chris Baker or Kedric Golston.

Ryan Grant caught a medium pass from Colt McCoy and turned up the sideline. It looked like safeties Trenton Robinson and DaMon Cromartie-Smith had a bead on him but Grant found another gear and cruised past them. Speed is not supposed to be a great asset of his but he found some there.

Brandon Scherff looked good in one-on-one drills against Stephen Paea. Once it looked like the defensive end had the slip on him but Scherff recovered and got in front of him. One local analyst, a former NFL player, said that he was satisfied that Scherff will be able to hold his own once the games start.

—Rookie Arie Kouandjio had a similar battle with Ricky Jean-Francois. The veteran lineman initially had an advantage on him but Kouandjio recovered and executed the block. Not everyone has that recovery ability and having it give Kouandjio an edge.

—The same player turned analyst who liked Scherff was not nearly impressed with Trent Murphy. He said that Murphy had great burst at Stanford and you could nhear his initial contact with the blocker on the sideline. Murphy seemed to be much more tentative today.

—Reed made a nice, one-handed catch of a short McCoy pass. It would not have gained much but it was still an impressive athletic feat.

—Reed wasn’t the only tight end who made an athletic catch of a McCoy pass. On one throw Je’Ron Hamm turned around, jumped, and gathered in the pass for a gain of about 15 yards.

—Both in walkthrough and during the main practice the first-team offensive line featured Scherff at right guard and Morgan Moses at right tackle. The coaches say that it is to prepare for injuries down the road. But there is a possibility that it will become permanent so the situation bears watching.

—The crowd of 5,006 almost had something to cheer about a couple of times but Griffin misfired on a deep pass to Pierre Garçon and Rashad Ross couldn’t catch up with a long one from McCoy.

  1. bangkokben - Aug 5, 2015 at 7:28 PM

    Bring on the Texans.

  2. hk2000 - Aug 5, 2015 at 7:47 PM

    So you’re saying Griffin misfired his pass but McCoy threw a perfect pass and it was the receivers fault not to be in place to catch it? This to me is drawing conclusions based on speculation- That’s a microcosm of DC media’s attitude towards Griffin (Unless of course the coach gave you the playbook and told you exactly how those 2 plays were supposed to go.)

    • gasngo14 - Aug 5, 2015 at 7:56 PM

      RG Needs to work, he has a way to go from what i have seen…..

      • hk2000 - Aug 5, 2015 at 8:11 PM

        Fine, that’s not the point, the point is how two incompletions by two different QBs are described and the conclusions implied.

        • gasngo14 - Aug 5, 2015 at 8:36 PM

          hk2000, I get your point, the bottom line is RG is our starter at this point and HE NEEDS MUCHO WORK!!!

        • skinsgame - Aug 6, 2015 at 4:11 AM

          The description sounded to me as though Griffins pass wasn’t close to being a completion and McCoys was just off the tip of the receivers hands.

    • Dcwun - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:19 PM

      I thought it was just me. Almost every description of RGIII starts with what he didn’t do. Most reports has him clearly out playing the other QBs. Yes he needs to continue improving but C’Mon……

  3. gasngo14 - Aug 5, 2015 at 7:51 PM

    I have a feeling Reed has a great year and stays healthy for the most part. I am glad to see Kirk play well this should help keep RG working harder as he needs too, also needs to read the field better….getting a bit better but looks to me he still needs a lot of work in this area! He sails some passes, may be footwork? RG has definitely had wide open guys he has missed, hope it gets better time will tell ???

  4. tralfaz10 - Aug 5, 2015 at 8:27 PM

    Tandler seems like a Cousins guy, therefore he gives Griffin the least credit/most blame that he possibly can. Instead of encouraging words, every word seemingly written by Tandler about Griffin is negative. It seems like he begrudgingly writes positive comments about Griffin. I for one am anxious for the season to start and we can see for ourselves. I have a good feeling about this team this year. Go Robert Griffin III and HTTR!

    • sidepull - Aug 5, 2015 at 8:35 PM

      None of us, not anybody is going to know until live bullets start flying how Rg3 is going to look. Either he will pass the eyeball test or he wont and that is the same with all three of these Quarterbacks. The big mistake to me will be if the coaches decide to have a carousel like they did last year. For now, its all speculation, hope, and for some selling wolf tickets seems to be in order. Just hanging in and waiting til the real deal presents itself.

    • gasngo14 - Aug 5, 2015 at 8:42 PM

      I don’t agree Tandler being a Cousins guy one bit, I believe Tandler tries his best to be fair and report what he see’s day in and day out! I have seen Tandler post negative and positive for all the QBs and the entire team for that matter!! Bottom line is RG needs some work, hope he gets it done as we all want a WINNING TEAM !!!!!

      • goback2rfk - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:02 PM

        Somebody has step up. All these guys, Reed, Garcon, Williams, we need everyone to step up.

      • Dcwun - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:52 PM

        I do and for the record, I don’t care who QBs the team as long as they win. There is a bit of anti RGIII sentiment that I’ve pick up on. Maybe he’s earned it, maybe not. Most of the local media loves Cousins because (allegedly) he’s one of their locker room moles……

    • Skulb - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:45 PM

      You find what you`re looking for I think. If you want to find him saying something mildly positive about kirk you can. if you want to find him criticizing RGIII you can. Try doing the opposite and you`ll find those things too.

    • jayovalentine - Aug 5, 2015 at 11:48 PM

      Tandler should hire Cousins to proofread his articles. Every single one has a handful of errors.

      • bowlregard - Aug 6, 2015 at 9:15 AM

        I imagine his high school English teachers squirming.

  5. skip36 - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:49 PM

    That inside training camp for all 32 teams from the NFL, I’ve been watching it since it started & not once have I seen anything about the Redskins, why is that it seems to me their is a conspiracy going on concerning the name of our Washington Redskins, I have seen the Giants, Cowboys, Eagles, Seahawks, Cardinals, Steelers, Texans, Ravens,Browns,Vikings,Bengals,Browns,Raiders,Bears,49ers,Rams,Buccaneers,Jaguars,and many of these teams more than once,I;m a fan of the REDSKINS so where is my team on any of these NFL shows, I;m sick & tired of see all these other teams & the only time they talk about the Redskins is when something is about changing the name,so HAIL TO THE REDSKINS AND WIN THE NFC CROWN

    • goback2rfk - Aug 6, 2015 at 12:18 AM

      I love the Redskins name but it is a dying cause. The name will eventually cease to exist. Its already losing in court as we speak. It is not the name or conspiracy which prevents the Redskins from getting coverage it is because everyone knows the Redskins are one of the most dysfunctional drama shows out there. They only come when they need a gossipy story like that show my wife always watches Beverly Housewives or whateva

    • mr.moneylover - Aug 6, 2015 at 5:23 AM

      They showed the redskins a lil bit on the first day but after that its been nothing…we dont deserve the attention look how we played the last two seasons…they haven’t shown much of the jaguars either even though redskins are a better team…but im not trippin jay gruden needs to get this team together and embrace the us against the world mentality

  6. goback2rfk - Aug 6, 2015 at 12:46 AM

    The Redskins said the RG3 is going to play a ot of preseason football to shake off that baby fat.

  7. mr.moneylover - Aug 6, 2015 at 5:14 AM

    Ayye rich put that alfred Morris story out there….ppl never believe me that alfred Morris need a lil humble pie of his own and he feels he dont need to improve his game witch is gonna make rg3 job alot more harder and rg3 gonna take the blame for it….ever since 2012 hes been that way alfred Morris said something similar when larry Michael ask him the same question last year …he just dont feel like he needs to improve on nothing…I said this before if alfred Morris did his job better last year we could’ve won more then 4 games even with a average QB play if we had a solid running back who did great at all phases of the game redskins can be a playoff team but when you also have a diva at the running back postion who doesnt feel like he needs to work on other parts in his game this team gonna be in trouble this year unless matt jones starts alfred Morris needs a humble pie like rg3

    • John Do - Aug 6, 2015 at 7:09 AM

      Mrmoneylover..u need to put ur money where your mouth is….Alfred never said he dont need to improve in any area….he said he needs to improve everyday…. Archives

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