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Redskins practice report Day 13: Good day for RG3, with an asterisk

Aug 11, 2015, 6:08 PM EDT


RICHMOND—It was hot and sticky as the Redskins made their final preparations for their preseason opener in Cleveland in two days. Here are my observations from practice and some quotes from around the Bon Secours training center:

—The players were not in pads, although some wore shells. This is typical for a regular season Friday practice, two days before a game.

—It seems like the tight ends spend a lot more time working on blocking this year than they do on catching. The group moved from a blocking drill with the offensive tackles to one with just the tight ends. Although I can’t say for sure since I didn’t measure the time spent in any way, it appears that blocking is more of a priority than it was before.

Robert Griffin III was about as sharp as he has been all summer, completing seven of seven passes in 11 on 11 work. It should be noted that since they were not wearing pads they were not going at full speed. Still, the Redskins have run practices at similar speeds during this camp and Griffin has not been as sharp.

—Griffin also had a perfect completion percentage during seven on seven work. He capped his six for six session with a 50-yard bomb to Pierre Garçon, who had beaten safety Duke Ihenacho. The pass settled into the receiver’s arms as soon as he crossed the goal line.

—When it was his turn, Kirk Cousins executed a similar pass. He lofted it to receiver Rashad Ross, who had a step on his defender. The pass was on target but the ball bounced out of Ross’ arms.

—Back in full team drills, Griffin threw one deep to Niles Paul, who had beaten linebacker Adam Hayward. The pass was on target and Paul “scored” easily.

Kai Forbath had his second straight strong showing in field goal kicking at the end of practice. He split the uprights on all four of his attempts, from 30, 33, 38, and 40 yards

Notable quotables:

Jordan Reed sees that things are settling down as his unit enters its second year working in Jay Gruden’s offense: “Everybody is where they need to be at. There aren’t as much questions for the coaches. Guys are just getting to a lot smoother.” How does quarterback Robert Griffin III look to him? “He looks real comfortable, man. His grasp of the offense seems pretty tight and he seems like he’s got it.”

—Injuries have forced the Redskins to scramble at cornerback. They signed two new corners last week and they moved wide receiver Quinton Dunbar to cornerback as well. Safety Duke Ihenacho was asked what the biggest issue is with the changes: “Slower communication. Sometimes you got to reiterate a check. If it’s a young guy, it’s like, ‘what’s that mean?’ Some guys just got here a week ago, they haven’t been here all offseason so we’re trying to catch them up to speed, they just have to learn the whole playbook. So when they’re out there with us, the veterans, there’s not just one guy out there, it’s two or three and it was hard to communicate.”

—Preseason openers are old hat to the veterans. But to players like rookie fourth-round pick G Arie Kouandjio they are something special: “I plan on playing a lot. . . I want to diminish as many mistakes as I can. I just want to play to the best of my ability, I just want to go out there and let my hair loose . . . and just play ball.”

  1. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Aug 11, 2015 at 6:36 PM

    players like rookie fourth-round pick G Arie Kouandjio

    Go get ’em! Don’t wait for a starting guard spot, take it!

  2. brucefan1 - Aug 11, 2015 at 7:25 PM

    So…they basically played two-hand touch today — kinda like we used to, on the lawn alongside Cly-Del Manufacturing. (THAT was GREAT lawn.)


  3. abanig - Aug 11, 2015 at 7:33 PM

    Sounds like Griffin is continuing to play well. I like that Niles is back and playing like his old self. I’m extremely happy the TEs are focusing more on blocking this year. If the TEs block better, the running game and pass protection will be better for the Redskins.

    Great hearing Kobra Kai is continuing to knock thorough those field goals!! :-)

    • bangkokben - Aug 11, 2015 at 9:54 PM

      From Keim: “The kickers had a good day, too, as Kai Forbath made all four of his attempts (from 30, 33, 38 and 40 yards) as did Ty Long (33, 35, 40 and 43). That’s about all there is to say on this battle.”

      If Long can maintain this level, I’d be curious how his KOs are and whether he can kick from distance.

      • redskinsnameisheretostay - Aug 12, 2015 at 9:27 AM

        If there is going to be a replacement for Kai then I seriously doubt it will be Long. They need to bring in other kickers to beat out Kai cause Long has had his own issues. Overall, both have been reported many times to be struggling in TC. Both seem to be hitting their stride lately but you can’t erase the past performances where in particular Kai’s confidence was called into question by Gruden. We can’t have a kicker with shaky confidences on the field.

        • bangkokben - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:02 AM

          I don’t expect any change. I’d like a kicker with a bigger leg that can do the thing’s that Kai does. I’d even sacrifice a few % points in accuracy. I’d rather have an 85% FG Kicker from 55 and in instead of a 90% kicker from 45 and in.

  4. goback2rfk - Aug 11, 2015 at 8:55 PM

    Sounds like Griffin is going to be beast this year. 4000+ Yards and maybe 31 TD’s and 12 INT’s
    Griffin has some major weapons with the receiving core and if big numbers are not put up this year it will make you wonder. I am expecting a HUGE season from Jordan Reed. He is ready for his break out season.
    This year should be fun certainly not 4 and 12. I am thinking somewhere around 7 and 9

    • troylok - Aug 12, 2015 at 9:58 AM

      I am hopeful. It will help a lot if the running game can take some heat off him.

  5. goback2rfk - Aug 11, 2015 at 9:00 PM

    Dang Geno Smith is out 6 to 10 weeks cause he got Jaw JaCkED in the locker room over a petty loan of 600 bucks. haha! LMFAO!

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - Aug 12, 2015 at 9:31 AM

      The fact that the linebacker was able to walk off the field in one piece shows the team lacks respect for Geno as their QB. Imagine if that was Aaron Rogers, Payton Manning, Tom Brady, or even RG3 getting hit by a backup linebacker?

      • troylok - Aug 12, 2015 at 9:57 AM

        They said it happened in the locker room. I imagine it happened pretty quickly. It sounded like Geno never intended to pay back the money which was messed up. I don’t think linebackers struggling to make the team should ever punch out their quarterback, but I kind of understand where he was coming from. $600.00 is probably not a lot of money to Geno, but it is to someone hanging on to the roster by their fingernails.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Aug 12, 2015 at 2:10 PM

          You may be right since I haven’t followed it much. I had others tell me he stated he’d pay him back but the conversation was over he hadn’t yet “anted up”. Anyway, you never take a shot on your starting QB. Hell he could have called him out on twitter or something.

  6. troylok - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:02 AM

    I don’t feel too good hearing the safeties are getting beat deep in practice. I don’t think we have the speed back there to keep one safety deep and that is going to limit us.

    Rich, I am curious about the receiver-turned-cornerback. How’s he doing?

    • abanig - Aug 12, 2015 at 12:07 PM

      It shouldn’t surprise anyone that Goldson & Ihenacho aren’t the greatest in coverage and aren’t speedy. I expect them to be better than Clark & Merriweather but not much better at coverage. The good thing is though they should be better tacklers, of course Goldson had almost as many missed tackles last year as Clark did – so maybe that’s not even an upgrade! Ughhh

      • ET - Aug 12, 2015 at 12:55 PM

        Clark, unfortunately, had lost a step or two by the time he came back to DC. But he was smart. I think Goldson has similar smarts, but hopefully has more left in the tank. By no means is our safety talent top-notch, but the Skins had the worst safety play in the league last year. If Goldson and Ihenacho can be average, that’s a huge improvement.

  7. timwillhidetimwillhide - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:23 AM

    I’m happy to see they are putting an emphasis on blocking.The Blocking was obviously the #1 problem with team and is what’s holding them back.

    • troylok - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:48 AM

      Yeah, I agree. Unfortunately, Reed needs a little more lead in his loafers if he’s going to do anything more than be a speed bump. Obviously, Paul took it to heart to beef up. Too bad Reed didn’t echo that sentiment.

      • abanig - Aug 12, 2015 at 12:05 PM

        Reed needs to work out with Nes & get on the Niles diet! Lol Archives

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