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Need to Know: Redskins rookie camp roundup

May 16, 2016, 6:13 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Monday, May 16, eight days before the Washington Redskins start OTAs.


—The Redskins last played a game 127 days ago. It will be 119 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.

Days until: OTAs start 8; Redskins training camp starts 73; Preseason opener @ Falcons 87

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—Center Austin Reiter, a seventh-round draft pick last year, has put on some pounds. Last year he spent most of the year on the practice squad, making him eligible to attend this rookie camp, while being listed at 6-3, 296. His new weight has not been revealed but he is clearly bigger. But he still has some work to do to get a spot on the depth chart—bigger maybe not better. Last year it was telling that when Kory Lichtensteiger went on injured reserve, the team signed veteran Brian de la Puente to be the backup center rather than bringing Reiter off of the practice squad. It’s hard to see him challenging Lichtensteiger for the starting job at center but he could battle Josh LeRibeus for the backup spot.

—There was a lot of fan buzz about Oregon quarterback Vernon Adams, who was a lot of fun to watch in college. But the facts are that he’s 5-11 and from a spread-style offense. “He’s another shotgun-type guy and not used to being under center,” said Jay Gruden. “But I thought he handled it very well. Did a nice job and threw some good balls.” He also threw some pretty bad balls. He was one of the QB’s in this passing drill that frustrated Gruden (the video ends just before the coach’s NSFW outburst quoted at the bottom of the Instagram post).

Gruden after this drill: I'm going to throw these f-ing balls if you can't do better.

A video posted by Rich (@richtandler) on

—A year ago, the Redskins paid offensive tackle Takoby Cofield the maximum allowable signing bonus to get the Duke product on board as an undrafted free agent. He spent last year on the practice squad and he is back to try to make the roster again. On the field on Saturday you could tell that he has spent a year practicing with an NFL team, moving fluidly and showing good fundamental techniques. He could have a legitimate shot at beating out Ty Nsekhe for the backup tackle spot. That won’t be easy to do since Nsekhe, who essentially was a 30-year-old rookie, held his own when he was called upon. But Cofield will have a shot.

—Su’s Cravens lined up at inside linebacker during camp and that confused many who thought he was going to be a safety or outside linebacker. But ILB is just a temporary stop for the second-round draft pick. “Initially we have to teach him a position, and right now it’s going to be the inside linebacker,” said Jay Gruden. That’s a good starting spot to learn the entire defense and that is a first step for a hybrid defensive player. It may be a while before we see Cravens’ full versatility on display. It’s a tall task for a rookie to learn one position in the four months between the draft and the start of the regular season. There could be a substantial learning curve when it comes to being able to handle multiple positions. How fast he can move around and become the chess piece that he is envisioned to be will be up to him and how soon he can learn multiple positions.

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  1. redskins12thman - May 16, 2016 at 6:37 AM

    I’ve read that Mariel Cooper was signed by the Redskins after the rookie tryout.

    • troylok - May 16, 2016 at 7:33 AM

      Intriguing prospect. The Redskins have really stepped up the level of competition at corner this year.

  2. colorofmyskinz - May 16, 2016 at 7:15 AM

    If we could develop Reiter, that would be great. If he could beat out ReLibeus, even better. Maybe we have our starting center and did not know! Hope that develops!

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - May 16, 2016 at 7:48 AM

      Could be Reiter as rain!

    • John - May 16, 2016 at 9:33 AM

      Mike Jones says Reiter thinks he can play and is approaching the job as if he’ll be the starter. Thats all well and good but first he actually has to win the job.

      • jonevans511 - May 16, 2016 at 2:14 PM

        Mike Jones is also a hack

  3. Mr.moneylover - May 16, 2016 at 9:42 AM

    Whose Morgan Moses backup is ???? I don’t think ty nsekhe will be release for takoby cofield I think they will end up keeping both of them Trent Williams got banged up a lil bit last year and so did Morgan Moses so if takoby cofield improve his game I think its a bonus for the redskins O-line…I’m worried about the left guard and center position they have to get solid players to plug in both of they postion…

    • murphsman - May 16, 2016 at 11:41 AM

      Nsekhe is a swing tackle. Washington usually only keeps 1 backup.

      • Rich Tandler - May 16, 2016 at 1:49 PM

        They also had Tom Compton last year.

    • ET - May 16, 2016 at 1:44 PM

      You could be right, they may keep two swing tackles. Or can Takoby play guard, too? That’d be great.

      But that means the third QB or 5th ILB or extra DB or somebody gets moved to the practice squad or cut entirely. Those last few roster spots are tooth and nail. I’d certainly like to see Takoby make the roster, just not sure who loses out instead (LaRibeus, hopefully. Ahem).

      • bangkokben - May 16, 2016 at 2:17 PM

        Like Rich said, Compton was on the team last year. He takes his spot. I think Cofield also can play guard so that would give him some versatility.

        • lezziemcdykerson - May 16, 2016 at 3:51 PM

          What’s more valued, the O-line or the LB corps.. will likely be the determining factor in this. Most will ppoint at our running game and say “Well we need help here” other’s woll point at our Rush D and say we will need help here. Haven’t read the other article yet but I’d like to see how Ionnatis (I’m going to call him Ironside from now on because I CANNOT be trusted with his last name) fared against rookie/ one year talent though the real test will come in OTA’s when he’s going against veteran talent.

        • bangkokben - May 16, 2016 at 4:24 PM

          I don’t think the two are linked.Usually, you have 25 defense, 25 offense, your kicker, your punter, and your long snapper. The Redskins will likely keep 8-9 OL (the starting five, a swing tackle, a guy who can play both guard and tackle, and two other guys that can back up both guard and center with one being able to play both spots. There are plenty of ways to skin a cat and the 3-4 back up o-linemen need to be versatile. If they can play special teams as well, then they may be active on game day. Kuandjio played ALL of 17 snaps last year — just one on offense. So one or two will be inactive on game days.

        • lezziemcdykerson - May 16, 2016 at 5:54 PM

          I’m thinking the starting O-line is a little further along. Of course this is contingent on health but I think the DL and LB core will have 2-4 players more than offense. It’s nothing to shake a stick at but we seem to have a lot more pieces to fit into the middle of the field (or is it the secondary, Su’a) than at Oline. It wont be a huge difference but I don’t think it’ll be even 25/25 (give or take the other 3) this year. Depends on what coach thinks, I say D he could see more value in carrying extra fat guys, O line back ups are more up in the air than LB rotation.

    • ajbus1 - May 16, 2016 at 2:03 PM

      Don’t forget Scherff can play tackle too if needed.

      • Mr.moneylover - May 16, 2016 at 3:54 PM

        Naw he did to good at playing guard so playing tackle is out of the picture for now they officially put him at right guard on the depth chart

      • captblood3000 - May 16, 2016 at 4:05 PM

        Does the name Yannick Ngakoue ring a bell? Best keep Scherff at guard unless he proves he can set the edge against NFL-caliber talent.

      • ajbus1 - May 17, 2016 at 12:20 AM

        You guys are telling me he can’t play tackle in pinch? If they only keep one back up tackle yet both starters get hurt, Scherff will definitely be lining up at tackle.

        • Trey Gregory - May 17, 2016 at 3:12 AM

          And then who’s playing RG?

        • captblood3000 - May 17, 2016 at 8:10 AM

          Or the Iowa QB in the 4th quarter come from behind drive?

        • ajbus1 - May 17, 2016 at 12:33 PM

          Uh…Long? Kouandijo? We have guards other than Scherff.

        • captblood3000 - May 19, 2016 at 8:56 AM

          Definitely? The Skins have other tackles, too. 4 of them, assuming Cofield takes Tom Compton’s roster spot.

    • John - May 16, 2016 at 2:42 PM

      Most teams keep 3 active tackles. A left, a right and a backup, swing tackle who can play either side in a pinch. Cofield could take Compton’s spot this year and be on the inactive list on game days.

  4. Mr.moneylover - May 16, 2016 at 10:05 AM

    Mack Brown A.Reiter DE Corey Crawford took starting reps…some reports say its also possible that the redskins wanna give A.Reiter as much reps as possible to get him ready to start they said he didn’t look bad out there…some also said RB mack brown might make the 53 man roster he came back bigger and he is a explosive powerful back witch will leave open for 1 RB Spot to make the 53 man roster…I heard some reporters think Chris Thompson won’t be ready for the season and on top of that redskins probably tired of Chris Thompson getting injured …Keith Marshall is the kinda back jay gruden and Scot m. Like because not only they small RB but they also weight 200+ and got some power to break tackles and on top of that they fast …very hard to find those kinda RBs…I think the safety depth and WR depth gotta get straighten out…is they gonna add another big WR to go along with josh Doctson ???

    • vtsquirm - May 16, 2016 at 11:17 AM

      a bit of irony… Marshall was less than 100% with a pulled hamstring on day 2 of the rookie mini camp. Marshall isn’t the guy you sign to take over for Thompson if you are looking for someone w/o an injury history.

      • Mr.moneylover - May 16, 2016 at 4:02 PM

        Keith Marshall is not injury prone so far you can say Chris Thompson is injury prone because he can’t stay healthy he missed the most important part of the season…if they put Keith Marshall on the practice squad he won’t be there for long just like CB tevin mitchell from last year when the colts snagged him off our PS quick…I think they gonna end up keeping 4 RBs and put QB Nate sudfield on the practice squad and have keep the same WRs from last year only subtract Andre Roberts and add josh doctson and keep rashad Ross

        • bangkokben - May 16, 2016 at 4:42 PM

          The Colts snagged Mitchell off the waiver wire. USUALLY, teams don’t snag draft picks off the waiver wire that early in camp and let other teams put them on IR. At that point of the (off)season (8/5/2015), the Redskins would have had to keep his spot on the 90-man roster until — I think — the 3rd preseason game before putting him on IR or waive him injured before he reverts to IR. The Colts decided that they didn’t abide by the unwritten rules and ‘stole’ Mitchel. The Redskins gambled on seeing another player (CBs Bryan McCann and DreQuan Hoskey for Mitchell and Philip Thomas). Costly.

          Marshall might get snagged from the practice squad like Trey Williams was last year but that is the case with anyone on the practice squad. After training camp, most teams like to keep guys from their camps on their practice squads. If there is any chance that some team will want Marshall and the Redskins don’t have a place for him, a conditional pick is something that can be negotiated but more often than not we fans inflate the actual value of prospects.

    • John - May 16, 2016 at 2:49 PM

      Brown, Reiter and Crawford got starting reps in shorts, jerseys and helmets. Don’t read much into that. Thompson is a superior receiver compared to the other backs. I’m not that impressed with Marshall. He has size and speed but no moves. Travis Greene is durable but lacks speed (3 yards and a cloud of dust). Pretty sure they’ll keep Thompson and sign a late cut or Pierre, when the need arises.

      • Mr.moneylover - May 16, 2016 at 4:07 PM

        @john you must haven’t seen Keith Marshall play he stay making big plays…of course he gonna struggle its his rookie season but having matt Jones won’t put pressure on Keith Marshall I think he’s capable of bein the #2 RB…he gotta learn some things just like matt jones

        • John - May 16, 2016 at 8:56 PM

          I’ve seen the clips on YouTube. He has speed but no wiggle. That’s also against college players. Let’s see how he does in preseason.

        • Mr.moneylover - May 17, 2016 at 11:02 AM

          He don’t need to have wiggle moves its all about getting threw the whole and use your power to beak tackles if you have to….we don’t need a guy like shady mccoy

      • rtcwon - May 16, 2016 at 10:09 PM

        Um, more clearly, there is no such thing as “starter” reps at Rookie camp. Having rookie starters, especially before injuries is a sign of a bad team anyways.

  5. Mr.moneylover - May 16, 2016 at 10:16 AM

    I think they miss using su’a Cravens he’s got play making skills I think he should be a starting saftey my guess is that Deangleo Hall and Burton might be the starting safeties come week 1…will blackmon is also listed as a safety on the depth chart so they got some depth there… they might tryna give su’a Cravens the best way and fastest way to get on the Field…its gonna look so crazy to see him line up at inside linebacker then the next play see him playing safety that’s gonna be hard to figure out what redskins defense doing

    • ajbus1 - May 16, 2016 at 2:08 PM

      I think we’ll see him all over. They’ll see exactly what he can do in OTA’s and I think we’ll see him subbing in at multiple positions in multiple situations.

    • bangkokben - May 16, 2016 at 2:21 PM

      We fans forget that the NFL is big jump for rookies — especially on defense. So much more to process mentally. No doubt he’ll be starting as soon as he translates the playbook to instinct. He’ll learn ILB first so that he has the concepts of ALL the positions, then he’ll make the transition. Hopefully, it’ll be before week 1.

      • wncskinsfan - May 16, 2016 at 2:44 PM

        agreed 100%. Cravens is a pick that although I know he is a baller, made me scratch my head a bit . . . the whole tweener thing I guess, I am still getting used to that Then I realize that Scot M wanted him, and in Scot I trust . . . so . . . yeah, they are really going to have to train this guy, and I hope he can study a playbook. He is going to be a product of some patience, I suspect . . . some bad sprinkled with some good til things gel. Big learning curve/s to be achieved, I think he will be a guy that will start showing towards the end of the reg. season, and then hopefully a big sophomore year and on . . . . he is going to take a minute. OTAs should be interesting and fun.

    • ET - May 16, 2016 at 3:45 PM

      “…its gonna look so crazy to see him line up at inside linebacker then the next play see him playing safety that’s gonna be hard to figure out what redskins defense doing.”

      It looks to me like Barry & Co. want to have this flexibility with multiple defensive players. Cravens, DHall, Blackmon, Smith, Murphy, Jarrett, ihenacho, Bruton, Baker—they’re all theoretically able to line up at multiple positions in any given series. What a great way to disguise blitzes and coverages and generally confuse the opposing playcaller. I’m excited to watch it develop.

      • Mr.moneylover - May 16, 2016 at 4:15 PM

        Yea me 2 we seen a lil bit of it last year but last year we was clearly missing a few pieces to make the defense more exotic…ELI manning was having trouble figuring out what we was running last year now let’s see if they can figure it out with a few new pieces

    • rtcwon - May 16, 2016 at 10:17 PM

      His best chance at playing time as a rookie is dime linebacker, covering the hook in zone or Y in man.

      I would be stand on my head ecstatic if he could beat out Ihenacho at any point this year but more likely will be next year before he’s ready for base strong, sub ILB.

  6. redskins12thman - May 17, 2016 at 4:52 AM

    Along with the 12 remaining CFA, four tryout players made the OTA roster:

    Tackle Al Bond (1st year UDFA from Detroit Lions on tryout)

    G Nila Kasitati (rookie on tryout)

    RB Kelsey Young (rookie on tryout) and

    LB Mike Wakefield (rookie on tryout)

    On average 1 to 2 of these 16 players will make the opening day 53 player roster while the most promising of the others will make the practice squad if they clear waivers. Archives

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