Aug 2, 2016, 3:03 PM EDT
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.
–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.
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