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Redskins practice report, Day 18: Fan appreciation day

Aug 15, 2015, 5:47 PM EDT


RICHMOND—It was Fan Appreciation Day here and 7,130 fans turned out. They watched a practice that has some entertaining moments; here are my observations:

—OT Trent Williams was held out of practice with a knee injury. It was nothing serious; according to Jay Gruden he probably could have practiced but he was held out as a precaution. Willie Smith and rookie Takoby Cofield took snaps at left tackle in his place.

—Rookie Austin Reiter was lined up at center during a run blocking drill and was calling audibles at the line. That is a lot of pressure for a young player and it’s an underrated part of learning the position.

—Wide receivers coach Ike Hilliard pulled WR Rashad Ross aside for some individual instruction. It’s usually a good sign when your position coach is taking the time to give you pointers; he usually doesn’t do that to guys who don’t have a shot.

—OLB Junior Galette made his first appearance in pads for the Redskins and he participated in 11 on 11 drills. He didn’t do anything spectacular in very limited action. After practice, he said that he hopes to play in the Redskins’ third preseason game in Baltimore on Saturday, August 29.

—In a move that I have never seen, the players took off their pads about halfway through practice. Some switched to shells (lighter pads), others went with no pads.

—They went to seven on seven work and Robert Griffin III put on a nice show. First he dropped back and launched a bomb to Ross. The pass seemed almost effortless and it was right on the money to the receiver. Then he did the same thing again, throwing to WR Tony Jones. Then he went down the left sideline to Pierre Garçon. Although there was no pass pressure, the passes were delivered on time and in rhythm. A good showing by Griffin.

—The pass to Jones did not end well for the offense, however. CB DeAngelo Hall was beaten on the play but he recovered to knock the ball out of Jones’ hands after the catch. Hall came up with the ball for the turnover.

Colt McCoy had a tough day, getting picked off twice. During seven on seven work CB Everett Deshazor made a nice grab of one of McCoy’s throws to the flat. Later in full team drills he tried to fit one in across the middle but CB Tajh Hasson make the interception. After Kirk Cousins had a good preseason game on Thursday, the pressure is on McCoy if he wants to stay in competition for the second QB job.

—With the Redskins having lost both Niles Paul and Logan Paulsen for the season, they are looking for anyone who can play tight end. They had tackle Tom Compton lined up there for a few plays. He played tight end in a few games last year and can provide an extra blocker when needed.

—In some red zone work, Griffin passed through a tight window to complete one to WR Evan Spencer and then he ran it into the end zone on a quarterback draw.

Kai Forbath’s training camp got off to a rough start when it came to making field goals but he recovered last week, going eight for eight in practice and then kicking two field goals, including a 52 yarder, in Cleveland. But he regressed today, missing three of four tries. He was good from 33 yards, but then missed from 35, 40, and 43.

  1. redskinsnameisheretostay - Aug 15, 2015 at 6:05 PM

    Rashad Ross demonstrated good hands and based on the number of times he was targeted he must be running the correct routes. I hope the team can find a spot for this kid but only injuries at WR can make that possible.

  2. Johnny B. - Aug 15, 2015 at 6:09 PM

    Dang Rich your busy today. Good read thanks for the info.

  3. pennstate63 - Aug 15, 2015 at 6:52 PM

    What are the chances of Gruden keeping 7 Wideouts as opposed to signing another tight end…..

  4. kenlinkins - Aug 15, 2015 at 9:44 PM

    I hope Ross can make it hard on the new GM come cut down time but that is still a long ways off. Ross would have to be on most special teams and make the new GM think his worth is more than McCoy, or Golston, or maybe Hayward to force a depth vet off the roster. I hope he can do it!

    • skins26portis - Aug 15, 2015 at 10:01 PM

      Goltson needs to hang it up. He had a nice career but it’s time to let a younger player take his spot. When need more athletic linemen up front who can chase down QB like Josh McCown. Goltson is not that guy.

    • berniebernard666 - Aug 15, 2015 at 10:59 PM

      Hayward is a horrible linebacker and can’t seem to tackle. Why is he considered this great special teams player????

      • redskinsnameisheretostay - Aug 16, 2015 at 11:25 AM

        I didn’t like Hayward performance either in this last game. He allowed a sure sack to get away from him and there was at least one other miss tackle I saw. However, I think he is still captain of the special teams unit and a respected leader. The way our special teams looked on kick offs didn’t look so special so releasing Hayward may have merit if he get his unit performing better. At this point tough I say it is not a good idea keep Ross over Hayward.

  5. goback2rfk - Aug 15, 2015 at 11:00 PM

    Let Kerrigan get in there and run a few plays out of the TE position. If he wants that JJ Watt fame he better step up.I think Watt had atelast 2 recieving TDs last year

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - Aug 16, 2015 at 11:28 AM

      Rich stated once that Trent Murphy look far better catching the ball and running the routes than Kerrigan. So maybe Murphy could be a possible option. Regardless, we need another every down blocking TE. That is what looks to be sorely needed right now and I don’t think any current player regardless how athletic will be the answer.

    • RedMac11 - Aug 16, 2015 at 12:27 PM

      I think this was such a great suggestion. .. i mean it would definitely be a bite off Watts game but it’s worth the surprise to see if he can actually do it and be successful. ..

    • hk2000 - Aug 16, 2015 at 3:21 PM

      We have 3 young TEs, the coach said “we need to continue teaching them ..” I’d rather see them try to coach their young guys. If the coaches don’t have any confidence in their ability to learn the position and excel, then get rid of them, which would also mean we have talent evaluation issues.

  6. abanig - Aug 15, 2015 at 11:17 PM

    I love reading Gruden clawed a qb draw for Griffin. I really think the Redskins need to call this with Griffin at least once a game in the redzone, it’s almost an automatic score with Griffin carrying the ball inside the 10 as we found with Griffins touchdowns in 2012. Not using the qb draw or read option where Griffin keeps inside the 10 is just plain stupid. I hope they use it this year. If they do, it will allow the Redskins to score more, it will open up more running room for Morris and Jones and it will make the defense have to be honest about Griffin being a running threat inside the 10 which will mean there will be more windows open for the passing game in the redzone.

    • abanig - Aug 15, 2015 at 11:23 PM

      I like the idea of Compton being the run blocking TE. The Ravens do that all the time with one of their OTs, the Redskins should have been doing this for years with one of their OTs.

      • troylok - Aug 16, 2015 at 10:14 AM

        I am with you. This will allow them to keep another offensive lineman and will give them a big blocking presence at tight end. Compton could slide out for a few passes, too. He was the fastest offensive lineman the year he went to the combine which doesn’t mean he has 4.5 speed, but it does mean he is more than just a lumberer.

      • redskinsnameisheretostay - Aug 16, 2015 at 11:32 AM

        It’s especially a good idea because he is not a regular starter. However, if Compton moves to the starting position at the Mike then I think we need another option.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Aug 16, 2015 at 11:36 AM

          Sorry I had Will Compton on my mind at this position. I forgot Tom Compton played TE a few times last season. I’m more interested in a player that has “some” pass catching ability outside the goal line.

    • 214hof - Aug 16, 2015 at 1:18 AM

      I noticed you left out the part about the about how fragile RG is. Gruden tried putting in more “Griffin” plays after his awful week one performance in Houston but he shattered his ankle. You’re right though, the coaches are “stupid” for not running Griffin in goal line situations.

      • abanig - Aug 16, 2015 at 11:10 AM

        Only Griffin isn’t fragile, he’s had two freak injuries that caused Jim to miss 8 games out of a possible 48 games in three seasons.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Aug 16, 2015 at 11:38 AM

          It’s the “chicken before the egg” logic here that I think you are flawed. No injuries were caused by any designed run but instead the injuries have limited the ability to use them in games.

        • abanig - Aug 16, 2015 at 1:59 PM

          I didn’t say Griffin was hurt in a designed run. Still, those are just two injuries and they were freak injuries especially the ankle injury.

        • 214hof - Aug 16, 2015 at 7:25 PM

          You’re right, and wrong… Both injuries occurred on pass plays while Griffin was scrambling. He is a reckless runner that does not know how to protect himself. You can call it a “freak injury” when he is constantly putting himself in harm’s way. There is a reason why he is not running the same offense that made him the ROY in 2012. I sure remember all the hits he took that year, even when he didn’t have the ball in his hands… Did you forget the lick he took in Atlanta that knocked him out of the game?

        • abanig - Aug 16, 2015 at 8:42 PM

          I said they need to run plays near the goal line so the redskins can score. If they can run those plays for McCoy & Cousins, they need to run them for Griffin also.

      • timwillhidetimwillhide - Aug 16, 2015 at 6:38 PM

        He didn’t shatter his ankle he dislocated it big difference.

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - Aug 16, 2015 at 11:31 AM

      I agree! RG3 is healthy enough now to return back to so read options plays. I think we need to see about 10% read option on offense to keep the defense off balance. Don’t mention injury folks because not a single injury on RG3 came from a designed run.

  7. goback2rfk - Aug 16, 2015 at 1:06 AM

    This is Griffins year to secure the QB job through the end of the decade. Easily see him here in 2020.
    Big year on tap for the prodigy out of Baylor robert griffin the third.
    I am thinking his stats look something like 4000 yards, 34 TD’s, 14 INT’s, 11 Fumbles and 5 Rushing TD’s

    • 214hof - Aug 16, 2015 at 1:24 AM

      Wow… It’s a no no to drink the bong water my friend.

      • redskinsnameisheretostay - Aug 16, 2015 at 11:39 AM

        There’s is nothing wrong with believing in your team’s starting QB.

    • warpath1 - Aug 16, 2015 at 9:51 AM

      How many hard hits did griff take in the game? I’m not sure he will make it out of preseason let alone play the whole year. Keep the backups ready jay

      • redskinsnameisheretostay - Aug 16, 2015 at 11:45 AM

        None of those hits were a concern IMO. It’s football and those hits will happen throughout the season. Everytime RG3 jumped right up and moved on to the next play. The worst hit was probably that forearm shot by the linement as RG3 threw a dart to Grant. It was a great play by the way. Anyway I think it’s flawed logic to have the approach, “Let’s treat our QB like glass and the injuries will be avoided”. It never works out that way! Avoiding injury has a way of catching up to a player. Archives

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