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Redskins minicamp Fast Five: Plenty of friendly trash talk

Jun 14, 2016, 2:45 PM EDT


Five quick observations from today’s minicamp practice at Redskins Park.

—Both Jordan Reed and Josh Doctson were watching practice. According to Jay Gruden, Doctson was held out due to the Achilles that has been bothering him; it was a close call but they decided to hold him out. Reed turned an ankle last week, according to Gruden. He won’t be on the field until training camp.

—Kirk Cousins paraphrased his signature saying after completing a long pass to DeSean Jackson. He ran down the field pumping his fist, yelling to the media gathered on the sideline, “Celebrate! You love that!” At his press conference later Cousins said, “We have a blast and we compete.”

—The defense had its share of good plays, too. Bashaud Breeland picked off a deep Cousins pass down the middle and rookie free agent Lloyd Carrington made a spectacular one-handed pick of a Nate Sudfeld pass in the end zone. Big plays by the defense got the rest of the defense yelling “you like that!” back at the offense.

—Rookie wide receiver Valdez Showers made a catch along the sideline and came down hard on his right shoulder. He has a sprained AC joint and is out until training camp.

—DeSean Jackson participated in today’s mandatory practice but he elected not to talk to reporters afterward despite the efforts of the PR staff to get him to talk.


  1. John - Jun 14, 2016 at 3:45 PM

    There will be plenty of times where reporters will get an opportunity to talk to Jackson.
    Hopefully everyone will pipe down over missing OTAs. He came in in great shape. He obviously did not miss anything. The offense at this point is not working on anything serious and their not together enough that it affects timing, etc. The way some whined you would think he skipped practice for an important division deciding game.
    He mentioned that his grandmother was not doing so well, so perhaps that’s why he was not around. Based on his age, she’s got to be getting up there and he may not get many more opportunities to see her, especially if they were close.
    Just some things to think about.

    • troylok - Jun 14, 2016 at 3:56 PM

      John, Jackson already mentioned that he didn’t come to OTA’s so he could spend more time with his family. It’s doesn’t sound like he is any worse for wear physically but not showing up leaves an impression no matter how much people say it doesn’t. How could it not? If you are a veteran like D. Hall out there hustling and doing the work, how does it make you feel that DJ can’t be bothered to show up? It would get under my skin.

      • lezziemcdykerson - Jun 14, 2016 at 4:44 PM

        D Hall is learning a new position. DJax is doing the same job he’s been doing since he came in the league a decade ago, in the same offense he’s been in for three years. He’s also been skipping OTAs as he’s only played for east coast teams and his family is on the west coast. The impression it leaves is that he’s been able to do miss OTA’s and perform at a high level for 9 years. Get off his back.

      • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jun 14, 2016 at 7:17 PM

        Troy, I normally appreciate your comments but you are wrong since these are always voluntary and DJ knows his position and role on this team. As stated, he came in shape and as Lessie stated, he is not starting a new position.

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jun 14, 2016 at 7:14 PM

      Very Well Stated John

  2. Mr.moneylover - Jun 14, 2016 at 4:31 PM

    Sometimes after practice you to tired to talk …he will talk again soon…this is a big year for him let him stay in his zone

    • Rich Tandler - Jun 14, 2016 at 5:47 PM

      89 teammates go to OTAs, one decides he has better things to do.

      Every player the media has asked to talk to has been very accommodating, except for one.

      I guess he’s the only one who will get out of a “zone” by spending five minutes chatting with the media?

      • Mr.moneylover - Jun 14, 2016 at 11:40 PM

        Like before OTAs started I was telling ppl Desean Jackson is back and he clearly was making more of a effort getting his body in Shape if you follow his twitter it look like he went back to his roots that made him so special working on Technique and Balance…IDC what ppl say you can ask any player how they feel when a team have success without you they will tell you its the worst feeling ever and I think desean Jackson was hurting mentally and physically witch made him work harder this off-season… Desean Jackson is his own man witch his father brought him up to be he not gonna talk to y’all when y’all say talk ….I think he made Larry Michael wait a lil longer to give him a interview…if it was Chris Baker will there be a problem ???? Nope …stop picking on that man if y’all want him to talk…because he barely talked to the Eagles Media…he will talk when he want too

        • Rich Tandler - Jun 15, 2016 at 5:04 AM

          If you don’t understand the concept of a team game, I can’t help you.

          And you’re relying on his Instagram to say he’s in great shape? Really?

        • Mr.moneylover - Jun 15, 2016 at 11:02 AM

          Rich tandler… I guess beast mode wasn’t a team kinda guy either ? Since he didn’t like talking to the media either ? Or how bout Kevin Durant ??? Its not true to what you speaking…last year he was more involved with his family because his girl was having a bby and he had to straighten out things with his family he wasn’t putting up workout videos like he did this year he rededicate his self to the weight room he didn’t want to admit it on redskins nation that he wasn’t in the weight room last year but I know he wasn’t he doing more lifting this year… Last year it was time he got held a lil bit down field and wasn’t able to break free because he wasn’t strong enough…I can bet you you gonna see the guy that you seen the first year he came to the redskins he’s gonna be a problem and when he’s ready to talk he will talk bottom line its either you gonna be there to listen or not

      • John - Jun 15, 2016 at 12:44 AM

        The workouts that have been going in are per the CBA, voluntary. If he chooses not to attend, its his business. The fans and media can kick and scream all they want but it makes no difference. He’s a 9 year vet, who knows his job and is not being replaced anytime in the near future and he’ll talk when he feels like it. Reporters will have more than enough opportunities during the season.
        I should point out that another big time receiver for this team was known to not be one to talk to the press. He let his performances speak for him. The press held a grudge and delayed his entry into the hall of fame several years. I think we all know who that is.

    • Mr.moneylover - Jun 14, 2016 at 11:23 PM

      He’s never been the media type of guy since he was with the eagles…he actually opened up more to the media since joining the redskins can’t get mad if a guy is tired and don’t feel like talking…first y’all counting the man money they y’all get mad when he don’t wanna talk to y’all according to y’all redskins gonna cut him …that’s what’s wrong with the DC media you guys don’t know how to treat star athletes one thing they do wrong it get made to something big when its not that serious… Like I find it soooo dumb for reporters to keep asking kirk cousins about his contract like hes gonna break the news redskins will announce if there’s been progress been made and its been reported already that redskins are planning to let kirk cousins play threw the season on the franchise tag

  3. redskins12thman - Jun 14, 2016 at 4:43 PM

    Besides the fact that the mini-camp is mandatory (and OTAs are not), what’s being done this week that is different than the prior three weeks?

  4. redskinsnameisheretostay - Jun 14, 2016 at 7:13 PM

    I really do love Cousins Impassionate Competitiveness. He seems to be grown into his starting QB role emotionally. I hope it translates on the field this year.

  5. sidepull - Jun 15, 2016 at 8:28 AM

    It took fans and media a bit of time to love Beast Mode and his propensity to be tight lipped. Djax has been nothing like the tight lipped Beast Mode nor was he different than what he was in Philly. Everybody knew that when they signed him here. I dont know why people expected him to be different really. To me, he seems to have been very accommodating since hes been a Redskin. I have enjoyed watching him in discussions with the media and he is a good guy. I cant wait until the regular season starts and when he lights it up, and he will, the complaining will disappear and be replaced by yelling and rooting for this cat to take the top off the D. He is a unique talent, and they knew, they just had to know what they were getting. Why cry foul now when they had all this information before they jumped at the chance to get him. Because he is a big time play maker, plain and simple. Deal. Archives

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