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LIVE Redskins practice report—Day 5

Aug 2, 2016, 3:03 PM EDT

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I’ll start rolling with the training camp observations just as soon as things get going. Check back and refresh often to get updates as they happen.

–It’s overcast right now but the sun had been popping in and out. It looked for a while that this practice might be in danger of being washed out with thunderstorms but so far, so good.

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–Su’a Cravens is not participating today due to a hamstring injury. They are being cautious but this is going to set back his learning curve.

–Chris Thompson just ran a nice little pop up the middle. Shawn Lauvao’s is in with the first team at left guard. Look for him and Spencer Long to share the first team reps with Kouandjio getting most of the second-team work.

–The defenders are trying hard to rip the ball out of the hands of all of the running backs, not just Matt Jones. So far I have not yet seen them be successful.

–Kendall Fuller just got some pointers from defensive backs assistant Aubrey Pleasant after Rashad Ross caught an intermediate pass over the middle.

–Dashaun Phillips sped over and knocked away a sideline pass intended for DeSean Janckson. Not sure if Jackson had enough room to make the catch inbounds anyway but nice play by Phillips.

–Chris Thompson is fast. He just turned on the jets and spend around right end after taking a handoff.

–The Redskins are practicing onside kicks. I hope that the “hands” team they have in isn’t the one they would use in a game situation. It decidedly lacks hands, with most of the players on it being defensive linemen and linebackers.

–They now have a better hands team in. Jamison Crowder has made a couple of diving catches kicks that were popped up in the air. They both worked but it’s a rather dangerous maneuver. If you don’t get the handle the chances of the other team recovering are pretty good.

–Good pass in seven on seven work from McCoy to rookie WR Maurice Harris. The receiver split two defenders in the end zone and McCoy fired a strike.

–In 11 on 11 in the red zone, Cousins threw a little swing pass to Jackson, who scampered in for the score. Jackson did not score a touchdown from a play from the red zone last year.

–Preston Smith is not just a pass rusher. He just got in the backfield and disrupted a play with Jones going up the middle before it ever got started.

–Ryan Grant made a diving attempt to catch a pass in the end zone. There are NFL referees here today and they called it incomplete after conferring. It looked like a catch from where I was sitting and Jay Gruden thought so, too. He went up to the two officials and pleaded his case. After being turned down, Gruden looked at the crowd on the sideline, smiles and said, “Hey, they need practice, too.”

–Will Compton stayed with Crowder all the way down the field on a Couins pass deep down the middle. Crowder may have had to slow up a big as he tracked the ball through the air but still impressive work by Compton, who drew praise from the coaches.

–There have been a lot of yellow flags on the field during this 11 on 11 session. They’re getting a bit ragged it appears.

–On another try, Crowder got a couple of steps on the inside linebacker–this time it was Tarrance Garvin–and Cousins hit him in stride with the bomb.

–The offense was moving in a two-minute drill until Compton tipped a Cousins pass and Bashaud Breeland came away with the diving interception.

That’s it from Richmond today, thanks for coming by. There won’t be a live blog during the special teams practice so we’ll see you again on Thursday.

  1. lezziemcdykerson - Aug 2, 2016 at 4:11 PM

    Nice to see the healthy rookies getting after it. Hopefully Doctson can return soon.

    • Trey Gregory - Aug 3, 2016 at 2:45 AM

      And Cravens. Although I hope neither rushes back and ends up getting more hurt.

  2. velocibox - Aug 2, 2016 at 4:45 PM

    I’m starting to get concerned about all the short throws Cousins have been throwing in camp.. He needs to hit the gym harder if he can’t hit a receiver in stride.

    • lezziemcdykerson - Aug 2, 2016 at 5:27 PM

      “Cousins hasn’t looked the sharpest on downfield throws. Aside from Trent Murphy’s interception on a screen pass on Saturday, Cousins’s interceptions have all come on either on deep balls or on a fade like the one to Garcon. He has been really sharp in that short to intermediate range, however.”

      It’s only day 5 so the panic button is still safe in it’s glass case.

      • goback2rfk - Aug 2, 2016 at 6:16 PM

        Cousins is no Johnny Unitas but he is a work in progress that has shown some thick skin which means a lot in the NFL. I mean the dude was throwing INT’s like a madman and got it turned around in the end. That shows the mark of a professional player. I think Cousins will be OK but I believe a Sophomoric Slump is in order as statistically the Sophomore year has been poor for almost ever QB in the NFL. Luck for Cousins to slump a bit this year and for the die hard Rg3 fans to start whining about it.

    • goback2rfk - Aug 2, 2016 at 6:05 PM

      That is why they are letting Cousins play on the tag because he is unproven and Rex Cousins could come out at any moment.

      • Trey Gregory - Aug 3, 2016 at 2:44 AM

        Relax man. It’s the start of camp. I still remember Rich’s articles from last year’s camps that were not complimentary of Cousins. He said the reporters were calling out which receivers he was going to throw to before the ball was snapped. Because, obviously, he was making pre snap reads. Which is what college QBs do. I think it’s safe to say he got passed that. And almost every report I saw said RG3 looked far and away like the best QB in camp. It’s never good to over react (positive or negative) to stuff in OTAs, camp, or preseason games.

  3. soulbldr7 - Aug 2, 2016 at 6:23 PM

    Breeland with another interception? That makes what 3 in 5 days??

    • goback2rfk - Aug 2, 2016 at 8:06 PM

      The CB squad is much improved overall. Maybe the best we have been in years. Should be an exciting year. I think we are pretty good. 10 – 6 , wild card?!

      • Trey Gregory - Aug 3, 2016 at 2:51 AM

        I would be a lot more confident if we still had Galette, or another proven pass rusher. Right now our lack of quality depth at OLB has me very concerned.

        But yes. The CB group seems to be miles ahead of anything we’ve had in recent history. Only on paper, but still. I have to assume teams are going to attack the middle of our D like crazy. No offense to any of our safties, DTs, or ILBs but they’re simply not in the same class as our CBs. Why throw to Norman or Breeland when you could throw to Bruton or Compton? The slot/nickel corners could end up being a huge role for this defense. As well as Hall’s cover skills.

    • Rich Tandler - Aug 3, 2016 at 10:29 AM

      Five picks in five days for Breeland.

  4. redskins12thman - Aug 2, 2016 at 7:59 PM

    Thanks for the practice reports Rich. It’s helpful to fans who cannot make the trip to Richmond.

  5. Trey Gregory - Aug 3, 2016 at 2:47 AM

    Rich: You mentioned Preston Smith is more than a pass rusher. Are they sometimes dropping him into coverage too? If so, how does he look their? And since you mentioned him on a running play, is he setting the edge and keeping contain well too?

  6. speedy Smith - Aug 3, 2016 at 9:57 AM

    Super bowl…… Httr Archives

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