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Redskins OTA practice report 05.25.16

May 25, 2016, 4:11 PM EDT

Redskins camp stretch OTA 2016 AP

The Redskins had their first OTA session that was open to the media under sunny skies and very warm temperatures. Here are some of my observations.

—RB Chris Thompson was on the field but he was in a track suit. He likely will be out until training camp as he rehabs after shoulder surgery.

Josh Doctson participated only on a very limited basis but he showed off his impressive catch radius. Most think of that in terms of going up for a ball and plucking it out of the air. But on one pass from Cousins Doctson reached back towards the quarterback and grabbed the ball. Had he caught it close to his body the defensive back would have knocked it away.

—Doctson’s participation was very limited as he has a sore Achilles.

Su’a Cravens lined up with the second team at inside linebacker. It looks like he will be taught the defense from the outside in.

Willie Jefferson, who has bounced around with the Texans, Bills, and CFL Eskimos, was with the second team at left linebacker. The team is looking for a fourth OLB for the season so keep an eye on Jefferson.

—The first team defensive line was, from left to right, Chris Baker, Kedric Golston, and Kendall Reyes.

DeAngelo Hall and David Bruton were the safeties with the first team. Jay Gruden said that they are penciled in there with an emphasis on “penciled”. Although it seems like that Hall will stay at free safety it seems that we have a long way to go before we know who the strong will be.

—It was somewhat surprising to see Niles Paul participating in 11 on 11 drills; it was thought that he would wait until training camp for such activities to make sure that his ankle had healed properly. But he was in there and he made a nice catch falling to the ground.

—Back returning punts were Will Blackmon, WR Maurice Harris, Jamison Crowder, Rashad Ross and CB Dashaun Phillips.

—Ross muffed a punt and later in team drills he dropped a pass and had the ball knocked out of his hands after making a catch. It was not a good day for a player who is not a lock for a roster spot.

—Another surprising participant in team drills was Kendall Fuller, who had microfracture knee surgery last fall. He was all over the field, a very encouraging sign.

Preston Smith can move out in pass coverage. He was covering Reed on a route down the sideline and was with him all the way, along with some deep help.

—Reed made an impressive effort to catch the ball with a dive but he couldn’t quite get there. It was an impressive effort for the second day of OTAs nevertheless.

Quinton Dunbar was the takeaway champ of the day, picking off two passes. The first one was an impressive, diving grab as he cut in front of Maurice Harris.

  1. redskins12thman - May 25, 2016 at 4:25 PM

    Thanks for the report. Were all 89 players there (Jackson excluded)? Any chance Diggs or Showers may get some opportunities at kick-off / punt returns?

  2. Jlb12300 - May 25, 2016 at 4:44 PM

    What Qb did Dunbar pick off? I hope he turns out to be a good cb. See anything good with Marshall ? I hope he is as good as I thought he would be . He was a promising freshman until he got injured.

    • CavemanCatching - May 25, 2016 at 7:10 PM

      He picked off Colt McCoy both times.

  3. Jax4 - May 25, 2016 at 5:05 PM

    Fuller needs to slow down….we don’t need another Chase Minnefield

    • CavemanCatching - May 25, 2016 at 7:11 PM

      Much different severities between the two. Chase never fully recovered.

      • mtskins - May 25, 2016 at 8:39 PM

        Fuller could be a huge steal if that knee is healthy

      • Jax4 - May 25, 2016 at 10:13 PM

        Both had microfracture surgery. Can’t get any worse than that

        • rtcwon - May 26, 2016 at 9:12 AM

          From what I’ve read, microfracture (like all procedures) has advanced tremendously in the last few years. It used to be a last ditch effort to regrow cartilage throughout the entire joint; Minnefield’s procedure. Now it is used in a more targeted fashion, in a small, specific area with much better results. This is the type Fuller had and these seem to not be the kiss of death the joint wide procedures were.

        • CavemanCatching - May 27, 2016 at 4:32 AM

          That’s like saying all knee injuries are the same. Minnefield’s surgery was much more extensive.

        • Trey Gregory - May 27, 2016 at 12:25 PM

          It’s true that not all microfracture surgeries are if the same severity.

          I don’t know why that word has popped up so much lately as this medial boogeyman? It went from something I almost never heard about to something that seems like “well all the kids are doing it!”

          I’ve mentioned before: not a doctor but worked in medicine for over a decade. Including Navy medicine where we see a ton of ortho injuries. Micro fracture surgery was seen as this minimally invasive procedure that was almost outpatient and had a very short heal time. But I never saw/heard of one performed. I think, at the time (I got out in 2012) that it was seen as more of a band aid to eventual knee replacement and they would rather just medically discharge people with cartladge degeneration.

          So, to recap: it was this tiny procedure that was no big deal, and it was almost never done. Now everybody is doing it and it’s the kiss of death for a young football player. Very strange. Again, I think it’s because it’s a temporary fix. The new cartilage isn’t as strong as the body’s original cartilage so these guys are going to need knee replacements, or have Osteo Arthritis (which they’re not playing if they have) sooner than later.

          But how long? Nobody knows. It very much depends on the initial severity of the cartilage degeneration.

    • Trey Gregory - May 26, 2016 at 3:50 AM

      I was kind of thinking the same thing about Fuller, Doctson, and even Reed stretching out for that catch. No need to rush back from injuries or go too hard in OTAs and get injured. I think I have PTSD from last offseason/preseason. It was awful. Let’s not have any Dante Fowler’s please.

      • Trey Gregory - May 26, 2016 at 4:02 AM

        Oh and Niles Paul! Just take it easy guys.

  4. Mr.moneylover - May 25, 2016 at 5:15 PM

    Josh LeRibeus will most likely be a backup…and Spencer long was at center because jay gruden said if Kory L. Get hurt again he want him to be able to play the position if he have too…I think they expecting Shawn lauvao to play LG when he come back for training camp Shawn lauvao also said this is the first time in years that he’s pain free….Willie Jefferson is a sleeper he’s got the skills to be that 4 OLB its gonna come down to him or Houston Bates…I think if you looking for a more productive and effective OLB I’ll give the edge to Willie Jefferson because he know what it takes to get a roster spot he did it with the Texans

  5. Mr.moneylover - May 25, 2016 at 5:23 PM

    I think the real reason why josh doctson didn’t practice today was because jay gruden knew reporters was gonna be all over him watching his every move…I think jay gruden wanna keep his development progress a secret atleast until mandatory mini camp or training camp don’t want no buzz going out about him yet to early in the process

    • Trey Gregory - May 26, 2016 at 3:53 AM

      Relax with the conspiracy theory man. Doctson is plenty developed. If anything the team should want to show him off to display how well they did in the draft. Doctson is an amazing talent who won’t do anything if he pops his Achillies. I’m sure that’s why he was limited.

  6. Mr.moneylover - May 25, 2016 at 5:28 PM

    Quinton Dunbar should make a leap this year kid got speed and patient in this routes and 2 key things to be a successful DB…Breeland better stepup this year…and wow Preston Smith in coverage with Jordan Reed ???? I don’t know how I feel about that…I rather have Preston smith going after the QBs

    • CavemanCatching - May 25, 2016 at 7:13 PM

      That’s what an OLB in a 3-4 needs to do, on occasion. Be glad that he can, especially against an elite TE like Reed. Don’t worry … he’ll be crushing plenty of QB’s.

    • Trey Gregory - May 26, 2016 at 3:57 AM

      That’s a great thing. It’s some of the best Redskins news I’ve heard in a while. Everyone talks about Von Miller’s amazing games in the SB and AFC Championship game because of his sacks and QB pressure. But do you remember him in im coverage against NE? He was like damn Revis out there a few times. I remember at least one int.

      That’s an important trait to be a complete 3-4 OLB. It’s one of the many reasons Von Miller is so special and it’s great news to hear about Smith. I never really imagined him as a cover guy. But that just allows the D to be more versitile. It’s great news.

  7. bangkokben - May 25, 2016 at 5:30 PM

    I assuming Kouandjio was the 2nd team RG, then?

    • CavemanCatching - May 25, 2016 at 7:13 PM

      He got a few 1st team snaps at LG. As did Long.

      • redskins12thman - May 25, 2016 at 7:35 PM

        Did any of the OL-men or DL-men impress you in any way?

        • goback2rfk - May 25, 2016 at 8:41 PM

          None of the DL impress in anyway. DL is a big weakness on the team.

        • GhostPepper - May 26, 2016 at 7:41 AM

          Hard for DL to impress in non contact drills. Lets see them in pads beforr the snap judgements.

  8. goback2rfk - May 25, 2016 at 8:53 PM

    What should be talked about is Desean Jackson giving up $500,000 tom miss off season workouts. What in the world is more important than that ammount of money? Didnt he miss a lot last off season also?

    Oh well, lets hope he doesnt blow a hammy week 1

    • Trey Gregory - May 26, 2016 at 4:01 AM

      I’m sure it’s something absolutely ridiculous. You take the good with the bad when it comes to Desean Jackson.

      I try very hard not to overreact to sometime like a player missing voluntary work outs. But it does bother me. Especially after last year. When he swore up and down he would be good and look what happened. Could be a couincidence. He could have gotten injured anyway. Or he could have gotten injured at OTAs. But it’s a bad look and it shows a complete lack of leadership. I get chills thinking about his attitude wearing off on any of our young players.

    • GhostPepper - May 26, 2016 at 7:43 AM

      My guess is he may be getting more than 500k for doing his BET reality show.

      • Trey Gregory - May 26, 2016 at 2:03 PM

        I would imagine that’s true. Like I said, something absolutely ridiculous.

  9. Jimmy kubas - May 26, 2016 at 6:53 PM

    Dunbar seems to b picking off alot of balls.he’s getting better and better.

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