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Redskins Practice report, Day 19: Williams and Amerson return

Aug 16, 2015, 7:30 PM EDT


RICHMOND—The Redskins got together for their final day of practice in front of the fans here (there will be a closed practice tomorrow). Here are my observations.

—OT Trent Williams was back to a full workload. So was CB David Amerson, who participated in individual drills on Saturday. Still out for the Redskins were TE Jordan Reed (hamstring), WR DeSean Jackson (shoulder), and WR Jamison Crowder (hamstring).

—TE Ernst Brun, who tried out after the morning walkthrough and signed before the afternoon practice, was out on the field for individual drills. He made a nifty one-handed catch during one of the sessions.

—There was a bit of comedy during the first part of full team work. Someone on the offensive line jumped early and the play was not run. As the offense went back to the huddle, S Duke Ihenacho picked up the ball and marched off the five-yard penalty. That put the ball right in the middle of the offensive huddle.

—The defensive coaches are fanatics about players chasing after any loose ball that is on the ground. A pass was overthrown and DB coach Perry Fewell yelled “Ball, ball, ball!” as the football skittered along in the grass. The idea is that players shouldn’t be referees. No harm can come from scooping up a loose football and you never know when a call might go your way.

—RB Matt Jones has played with an attitude ever since he arrived in Ashburn. Maybe some of it is rubbing off on RB Alfred Morris. No question, Morris has been a tough, hard runner ever since he came to town in 2012. But he seems to be developing a bit more of an edge, some feistiness he didn’t have before.

Robert Griffin III has not thrown many interceptions this summer but he had two during one red zone seven-on-seven series. One of them wasn’t his fault. His pass to Trey Williams was on the mark but the ball bounced out of the running back’s hands and was picked off by S Dashon Goldson. The second one was deflected by CB Justin Rogers and picked off by, again, Goldson. Griffin finally got the offense into the end zone with a pass to Jones, who found a soft spot in the defense just over the goal line.

—Before yesterday I had never seen a practice start in pads and end without them but the Redskins took off their full shoulder pads about an hour and a half into practice, about the same time they on Saturday. It’s not a bad idea for a team that is somewhat banged up but I’ve covered plenty of limping Redskins teams and I’ve never seen a practice conducted like that.

—After the pads came off, Griffin dropped back to pass. He had to step up in the pocket and he may have been sacked before he threw to WR Pierre Garçon on a deep crossing pattern. The pass was wobbly but Garçon made a nice catch for a good gain. A couple of plays later ILB Keenan Robinson got a hand on a Griffin pass from out of the pocket but WR Rashad Ross adjusted and made the catch.

—Later on with the second team offense on the field, RB Chris Thompson took a handoff on a draw and popped up the middle for a touchdown on third and goal at the five. He is quietly putting a lock on the third-down back job. It was his to lose coming into camp and he has done nothing to lose it.

—On a third and one from about the 40, Griffin couldn’t handle the snap, recovered, rolled out, and overthrew WR Andre Roberts in the end zone. Jay Gruden seemed to be particularly disappointed by this play. He had his hands on his knees and stared at the ground for several seconds after it was over.

  1. berniebernard666 - Aug 16, 2015 at 8:25 PM

    Amerson reinjures his shoulder in practice today?? As usual the Redskins rush their injured players back before they are actually HEALED. This seems to be a common practice for the Redskins and we have seen it before. Being CLEARED to play is not the same thing as HEALTHY. When will the Redskins as an organization begin to “get it”.

    • bangkokben - Aug 16, 2015 at 8:35 PM

      Can’t wait until you’re healthy. Especially if you’re trying to move up the depth chart.

    • goback2rfk - Aug 16, 2015 at 9:31 PM

      They dont practice that hard. These guys take their pads off after like a hour and need to go so the sports trainer to rub their calves. Please these guys forgot what two a days are really like.
      Get the shit together fellas.

  2. bangkokben - Aug 16, 2015 at 8:38 PM

    Knocking on wood that Chris Thompson stays healthy. I loved his block on the first 3rd down of the game on Thursday. I’m hoping he becomes this year’s Keenan Robinson – an oft injured player with potential that breaks out both from the injury bug and as a player.

    • Trey Gregory - Aug 17, 2015 at 5:49 AM

      I would like to name Jordan Reed as someone I hope fits that criteria way, way more than Thompsom. Nothing against Thompsom, we just have other decent options at RB right now.

  3. goback2rfk - Aug 16, 2015 at 9:33 PM

    12 – 4 this year on the heels of that staunch defense. Think we will go 5 -1 in the division this year. One loss to the Girls.

    • Skulb - Aug 17, 2015 at 1:47 AM

      I have 6-10. Let´s bet a good ol´internet gloat:)

      • hk2000 - Aug 17, 2015 at 8:08 AM

        I’ll be very surprised if we get 6 wins! And I definitely have more faith in Griffin than you do.

        • Skulb - Aug 17, 2015 at 8:09 AM

          I guess we´ll find out. For the record though I hope you´r right, even if you get to gloat at me in January. I´ll take it!

  4. Skulb - Aug 17, 2015 at 1:44 AM

    Did I just read “Jordan Reed (Hamstring)” up there? I`m almost reading it as his wrestling name at this point.

  5. coolestfrood - Aug 17, 2015 at 11:19 AM

    “Jay Gruden seemed to be particularly disappointed by this play. He had his hands on his knees and stared at the ground for several seconds after it was over.” We know the feeling, Jay. We know the feeling. Archives

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