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Redskins practice report—Day 8

Aug 5, 2016, 1:01 PM EDT


We’re rolling at a different time today as the Redskins switch up the schedule and go with a single 1:00 practice today. So it’s Friday, it’s after lunch, you’re not going to do much of anything a work anyway. Follow along as the Redskins practice and Tandler follows along live.

–It’s cool and cloudy as we get things going here. It’s also Friday for the players–they are off tomorrow–so things should be lively.

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–Special teams drill had a ball carrier and a tackler with the “returner” making one move to get past the “tackler”. It’s a big advantage to the returner. One tackler who was not dodged, however, was Su’a Cravens. The returner tried a couple of moves on the rookie but couldn’t get past him. Such an ability to read a runner certainly translates to open-field tackling on defense.

–As he promised yesterday, Matt Jones is back to work, wearing pads and taking part in individual drills. We will see how much he participates in team drills.

–Jamison Crowder is not with the wide receivers as they do individual drills. We will get a clarification from Gruden after practice.

–WR Maurice Harris just ran past Jay Gruden, who was playing an immobile defender, cut across the middle and flat dropped a pass right in his hands. No eye in the sky needed to evaluate that one, right in front of the head coach.

–Looks like that 10 percent chance of precipitation is coming through. If you don’t hear from me for a while it’s because I had to put my iPad away.

–Jones is in there for team work. He went to the ;;’ground after finding the middle clogged on a running play. He appears to be OK.

–Keith Marshall just ran through Quinton Dunbar on a run around right end. Of course, you never know what would have happened of there was live tackling; Dunbar may have let up a bit.

–A forced fumble got the D chanting “defense, defense”. They were rewarded on the very next play with a pick by rookie Lloyd Carrington. That brought one large celebration in the middle of the field.

–Valdez Showers was so open on a red zone play that he had time to fall down, get back up, catch McCoy’s pass, and run in for the TD before anyone could touch him.

–They are giving the second and third teams a bit of a rest in this team session. The ones have ;yet to make an appearance in this round of reps.

–With the first team resting Chris Baker has plenty of time and energy to cheer on the defense, taunt the offense when they make a mistake, and give suggestions to Jay Gruden.

That’s it, folks. Thanks for coming by, see you Sunday at 1.

  1. Jimmy kubas - Aug 5, 2016 at 2:36 PM

    Been reading Spaight is making a lot of plays.Read last year he gets in film room and is a smart guy.That’s how Compton moved up…what he lacked in athletic ability he makes up for with smarts.Spaight must have made the most of his time off last year studying. Scot is stacking us with a lot of depth.. I can’t remember the last time we will have to let go of so many good players.can’t keep them all.not saying they will let Spaight go.

    • Trey Gregory - Aug 5, 2016 at 3:23 PM

      It would be phenomenal for this team of Spaight makes a Compton like ascension. Depth is so important. Wasn’t it the 2010 Packers who set a record for most starters getting injured but still won the SB because they had great depth? And you can’t do that will all high draft picks and high priced free agents. If nothing else because of the cap.

      I’ve felt a different vibe around this team. It started last year and is a lot stronger in 2016. Where they’re more lose and having fun but feel closer as a team and more professional at the same time. I think they’re emphasizing hard work and study more than in the past. And they are more confident and believe they can win a lot more than past seasons. If that continues then we’re likely to see a few more undrafted or low round guys become good backups or “red chip” starters.

      • Jimmy kubas - Aug 5, 2016 at 3:31 PM

        I feel the same way Trey…I just can’t say it as good as you can.Totally agree.

    • bangkokben - Aug 5, 2016 at 3:40 PM

      Here’s one we hope to keep but who knows if the Colts or somebody else will try to poach a la Tevin Mitchell. So much for that depth.

      • sidepull - Aug 5, 2016 at 4:07 PM

        Yea I think other GM’s now keep am eye on what they can poach since Scot has been evaluating talented players. I thought that was the case with Mitchell. You gotta do what you gotta do when maybe another teams GM is not as good as the Redskins ha.

        • Trey Gregory - Aug 5, 2016 at 4:24 PM

          The Colts are a damn dumpster fire and wouldn’t be worth anything if they hadn’t tanked a season for Luck. Scooping up late round injured players won’t do a lot to help them. But it will piss off the other teams and make it harder to do business with them. Good luck with that Indy.

  2. redskins12thman - Aug 5, 2016 at 2:42 PM

    How did Cousins do on the 2 minute drills today?

  3. Jimmy kubas - Aug 5, 2016 at 2:55 PM

    Trent got the day off today. Kurt’s probably having to rush things a bit today.

    • Trey Gregory - Aug 5, 2016 at 3:27 PM

      That’s kind of a good thing. Swing tackle is a very important role and they need to be prepared for what would happen if Williams goes down.

      As much as I believe in Cousins, most QBs don’t operate with a LT like Trent Williams. Part of Cousins’ development will be learning to adjust when the OLine is injured or not playing well. He still has to be able to play at a high level. And Ty (or whoever gets the swing tackle role) needs to be confident he can step in without getting our QB killed.

    • bangkokben - Aug 5, 2016 at 3:35 PM

      Who’s Kurt?

      • Jimmy kubas - Aug 5, 2016 at 3:42 PM

        Kirk. My bad.

      • Trey Gregory - Aug 5, 2016 at 4:05 PM

        Kurt Russell duh. He had a lot of bad days.

  4. lezziemcdykerson - Aug 5, 2016 at 5:56 PM

    –Trent Murphy, who bulked up this offseason to around 290 pounds in order to make the transition from linebacker to defensive end, spent most of his time on Friday standing up at outside linebacker. It’s not clear if Murphy is transitioning back to that role, as he’s still primarily played along the line in training camp, but the Redskins may want to see if he can still give them something better outside of the three-point stance.

    • Trey Gregory - Aug 5, 2016 at 7:17 PM

      I hope that’s just seeing what they have in case of emergency. I really think he’s better suited at DE. Unless, somehow, the extra weight makes him a better and more powerful OLB. But I find that highly unlikely. I would hope someone on this roster could step up and play around the same level that Murphy did at OLB.

      He may not do well at DE either. But I think the position suits his strengths better. So it’s our best shot to get something out of him. Maybe I’m being a little too optimistic about his potential at DE, but I would still like to see it for myself. Besides, we line up Kerrigan and Smith at DE in nickel anyway. Why not see what he has to offer in sub packages?

  5. Marvin - Aug 5, 2016 at 7:52 PM

    I think we need a middle linebacker bad

    • Trey Gregory - Aug 5, 2016 at 8:29 PM

      Well… we have a few. I know what you mean, that we need better ILBs, but there’s a philosophy to the way McCloughan is building the team. From the outside in, focusing on the pass. Edge rushers and corners being the most important. Then the interior line, safties, and finally ILBs. So, of course we want the best ILBs possible, but they’re just not as important as other positions. Still, Compton and Foster played well last year. I don’t think it’s all that grim.

      Cravens though, could be a boon for us. Because of course a good ILB can make a big difference. But stoping the pass is most important. So having a linebacker who can cover like a safety is a huge asset. We need someone to cover the slot receivers and TEs across the middle. We have to wait and see how he works out, but I think we found our star ILB in Cravens.

    • bangkokben - Aug 6, 2016 at 10:11 AM

      We’ve got middle linebackers. What we don’t have is a “name” middle linebacker. So what. Will Compton will make a name for himself this year — at least here. He won’t make any pro-bowls or replace Luke Kuechly but he’ll get the job done. Archives

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