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Redskins practice report, Day 8: Rookie Crowder shines

Aug 6, 2015, 2:06 PM EDT

Crowder Richmond practice

RICHMOND—J. J. Watt and the Texans were in town today for the first of three days of joint practice. Watt did some, well, Watt-like things as will be noted in today’s Redskins practice report.

—The Texans don’t have any logos on their helmets or names on the back of their jerseys. The look is sort of reminiscent of Penn State, where Houston coach Bill O’Brien coached for a few years.

—A Houston rookie picked a bad time to muff a kickoff in the end zone. O’Brien was watching and came over and stood about five feet away from undrafted rookie Chandler Worthy. “You’ve got to field that [expletive] ball,” said O’Brien. The coach continued to stand there for a few minutes. Worthy had one of those “wanna get away” moments from the old Southwest commercials.

—The “experiment” of playing Brandon Scherff at right guard and moving Morgan Moses in at right tackle continued today. We will see if this continues in the future or if it is merely an evaluation and preparation in the event of injuries.

—Yesterday Jay Gruden said that Chris Thompson was developing in to quite a third-down back. Usually that means a player is a good receiver out of the backfield. But he was impressive running the ball today, showing great burst on a few runs. If he can keep that going he could get some carries on first and second downs, too.

J.J. Watt is not only big, he’s fast. The Redskins tried to run to the left, away from him, but he was over there in a flash. He just tagged the runner but it could have been a highlight-type of tackle for a three-yard loss in a live situation.

Jamison Crowder was one of the offensive stars of the session. He caught several passes working against the Texans’ first-team defense and he drew a flag when a defender had to grab him on a deep pass. We should tamp down the expectations meter since it’s early in training camp but the fourth-round pick is looking like quite a find.

—Wide receiver Rashad Ross became a fan favorite last year with a few good catches in camp and during the preseason. He made another nice grab today, going deep and taking Kirk Cousins’ pass away from cornerback A.J. Bouye.

Robert Griffin III got off to a rocky start in one set of full team work. His first pas was batted down by Watt. His second one was deflected by end Jared Crick. The offense did finish up the series with good run by Alfred Morris and a Griffin pass to Andre Roberts so it wasn’t all bad in that session.

Terrance Knighton was back to work today after missing yesterday’s practice with the flu.

Bill Callahan was having some words with Moses after Griffin had to scramble on a play. I’m not sure what it was about but Moses didn’t do much of anything after Watt shifted over and rushed against Scherff. Perhaps Callahan was suggesting that Moses should have picked another assignment.

—It’s a joint practice in early August so why not a fake field goal pass from Kai Forbath to Moses about 30 yards away from the goal line. There were regular NFL officials working and the one in the end zone called it an interception. The play happened right in front of me and it looked to me like Moses wrestled the ball away before they hit the ground. Replay may have overturned the call on the field.

—They finished off practice with a goal to go drill. Starting at the 10 the Redskins’ first-team offense couldn’t get into the end zone in three snaps. A third-down draw play by Thompson came up short. The Texans ones got into the end zone against the Redskins’ defensive starters on a pass to the corner of the end zone from Brian Hoyer to DeAndre Hopkins.

  1. Trey Gregory - Aug 6, 2015 at 2:31 PM

    Rich: Good article. Nice little snippets from the practice. I know this was only day one of a joint practice and still early in training camp, but when you look at the team overall are there any signs of significant improvements from last year? As in, if these guys played a real game tomorrow, would it even be a fight?

    Also, when Scherff was moves in as a guard, did he look any better than he has looked at tackle? Or at least better than Moses?

    This was the “new” RG3’s first chance to play against another team and from the sound of things, he wasn’t as sharp as he has been in practice. Is that a fair assessment or did Houston’s defense just make some really good plays?

    • hk2000 - Aug 6, 2015 at 3:57 PM

      Based on his report, it seems like nothing changed, this practice report is reminiscent of game one last year- nothing changed!

  2. ET - Aug 6, 2015 at 2:35 PM

    Curious how the left side of the line is performing against the Texans, and how much the Texans are moving Watt around. The Texans’ defense should provide some good seasoning for our offensive line.

  3. bk70 - Aug 6, 2015 at 2:52 PM

    Who had the 1 on 1 with JJ Watt?

  4. Juan - Aug 6, 2015 at 3:25 PM

    So batted balls are the qbs fault or the o line?……id think the latter…..but of course we have to find some fault with griffin not the team!

    • Rich Tandler - Aug 6, 2015 at 4:31 PM

      Just like with sacks, it can be their or both. Hard to tell without being able to look at it a second time.

      I think that if you have read what I’ve written over the years you’ll find I am quite fair to Griffin.

      • jayovalentine - Aug 6, 2015 at 5:28 PM

        I wouldn’t go that far by saying “fair” when it’s obvious you don’t really care for him.

        • Dcwun - Aug 6, 2015 at 9:55 PM

          So true……..

        • skinsgame - Aug 7, 2015 at 12:25 AM

          Lol. Griffin isn’t doing well so far. It’s not Rich’s fault. Grow up.

        • Rich Tandler - Aug 7, 2015 at 5:10 AM

          That is absolutely not true. Again, there are archives here. Read them. Plenty of positive opinions and observations here to go with some negative. Unless you’re the type who thinks that any negative comment makes me a “hater”.

        • Trey Gregory - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:21 AM

          I personally prefer honest opinions over sugar coated or unfair. I think Rich does a good job at that. I’m a huge RG3 fan, but I want to honestly know if he is improving enough to help my team win some games, not just hear positive spins on everything. I’m always cautious when I hear people being a little too high on RG3 because I know where he is in his career right now. That’s called honestly and being realistic, not unfair or biased.

  5. hk2000 - Aug 6, 2015 at 6:08 PM

    I’ve stated before, the practice reports we’ve been seeing so far don’t really tell us much- the team practicing against each other is just so misleading and very hard to draw any conclusions about how good a team is going to be over all (You know… was that a bad defense or good offense? or vice versa?), but I was looking forward to the scrimmage against the Texans. I suggest you just describe the plays to us and what happened and leave it at that, otherwise, there will always be those who do not like your conclusions.

    • ajbus1 - Aug 6, 2015 at 7:02 PM

      Why would anybody read it if they didn’t like it? I think some people just like to criticize.

    • skinsgame - Aug 7, 2015 at 12:26 AM

      You could always go get your information from another source too.

      • hk2000 - Aug 7, 2015 at 7:41 AM

        Sorry you misunderstood my comment- I said “those”. I like his blog, even when I criticize him, I still come here first to keep up with T. Camp. Besides, what other source? ESPN980? HAA HA HA HA … Rich is not perfect, but much better than anyone else out there.

        • ajbus1 - Aug 7, 2015 at 2:12 PM

          No doubt about it. HTTR!

  6. mr.moneylover - Aug 6, 2015 at 6:56 PM

    Jamison Crowder seem to take over andre roberts spot in the slot…brandon s. and morgan moses seem like they will be starting week 1 I heard morgan moses made huge strides from last year I guess thats from havinga year underneath his belt already…im not worried about the injuries because all those guys will be back for second pre-season game…the third preseason game is the more important one anyway

    • Trey Gregory - Aug 6, 2015 at 7:24 PM

      You were there right? If so, how did Moses look at left tackle? If they’re truly thinking of moving Scherff to guard and Moses to LT then, to me, this is the biggest story out of camp so far. But I can’t find much about how Moses has looked.

      • James McFullan - Aug 6, 2015 at 7:55 PM

        Moses will be a RT, we already have a top 5 LT and they say he is playing lower, with better anticipation, and more control

  7. goback2rfk - Aug 7, 2015 at 12:24 AM

    Its a lot of hype. Cant over hype them. The only thing that proves it to me is going to be some W’s.

  8. Brad - Aug 8, 2015 at 2:50 AM

    How dose Kurt Cousins look? He will be our QB by week 4 so I would like to hear more on him. To the fans that will immediately say, he throws too many Ints, he also throws a lot more touchdowns. With a new defense that should keep us in games, give me the QB that can actually get the ball in the end zone.

    • Trey Gregory - Aug 8, 2015 at 11:37 AM

      I completely understand people’s apprehension about RG3. I personally think he’s our best shot at a decent QB in 2015, but I get it. I don’t, however, understand the faith in Cousins. His INTs were troublesome, sure. But there was more to it. His demeanor after a mistake for one. He doesn’t seem to be able to have a short memory. But most importantly, he doesn’t seem to be able to read defenses unless it’s pre snap. I believe Rich documented this just last week or so. That the media was able to call out which receiver was getting the ball from Cousins pre snap because he stares them down pre snap. That’s how the college spread game is done, pre snap reads. It tells me a lot about Cousins that he hasn’t seemed to progress a day since college. If media types can tell who the ball is going to pre snap, you better believe defenses can. To me, that explains why Cousins has looked so good off the bench when teams had very little tape on him, or didn’t prepare for him. But then when he starts, he gets demolished. I get that RG3 has his problems as well, and there’s no reason why Cousins couldn’t improve too. But there have been plenty of reports about Cousins from camp and I don’t think I’ve seen a single positive one. RG3 has mad mixed reviews, but it seems everyone agrees he looks better than last year. Haven’t heard that about Cousins yet. I’ve actually heard a lot more good this about McCoy than Cousins. I think that experiment failed and passed. It’s RG3 or bust. If he doesn’t work out, it’s going to be another painful season and were drafting a QB high in 2016.

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