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Redskins practice report—Day 10

Aug 8, 2016, 3:04 PM EDT

Paul catch with Gruden camp RVA 2016

RICHMOND—Follow along here as Tandler reports on the Redskins’ practice at the Bon Secours Training Center here in Richmond. Check back and refresh often to see the latest updates.

–We have a little rain coming down in Richmond. That won’t be enough to keep them off of the field but it may make it difficult for me to use my iPad by the field. I’ll still update it live from the CSN tent but they may not be instant and they may come in groups of three or four.

–The rain is picking up but practice rolls on. I think there is concern about rain tomorrow cancelling practice so they will do whatever they can to get today’s session in.

Chris Thompson getting some attention to his ankle. Does not appear to be serious. #Redskins

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–You can tell the difference between Nate Sudfeld and the other two QBs by looking at their feet. Cousins and McCoy are relatively smooth and sure with their footwork. Sudfeld seems to be thinking through every step plus his height (6-6) makes it hard to be smooth. This is to be expected with a rookie quarterback.

–While the corners are going one-on-one against the receivers, the safeties and linebackers cover the tight ends and running backs on the other end of the field. The offense just missed a few chances. Niles Paul got behind Martrell Spaight but he couldn’t quite make a one-handed catch. Matt Jones beat Preston Smith in the end zone but the pass was use too long.

–For the first time in training camp they brought out the 40-second play clock. They are playing a game in a few days and they have to get used to getting in and out of the huddle.

–I would like to see Matt Jones get passes in the open field a little more often. At his size he is a mismatch against any defensive backs and he has a good first move that can lose a linebacker.

–Jordan Reed made a nice one-handed catch of a Cousins pass over the middle. Reed only got half a step on Duke Ihenacho but that was all he needed.

–Arie Kouandjio is having a tough go of it in one-on-one pass protection. He’s getting beaten both on strength and quickness. Right now he has nothing to hang his hat on.

–Morgan Moses, on the other hand, did an excellent job. He stayed in proper form against Preston Smith a couple of time and the defender had nowhere to go.

–Kirk Cousins keeps trying to draw the defense offside with the hard count but they aren’t budging. It’s still predictable.

–It looked like both DeAngelo Hall and Bashaud Breeland would knock down Cousins’ deep pass to DeSean Jackson. But neither defender could get a hand on it and Jackson grabbed it with nothing but green grass in between him and the goal line.

That’s it from Richmond today. Thanks for dropping by, we’ll see you tomorrow at 1:30, weather permitting.

  1. redskins12thman - Aug 8, 2016 at 3:58 PM

    How is Cravens doing in coverage?

  2. Trey Gregory - Aug 8, 2016 at 4:52 PM

    I was watching some of the practice highlight videos on NFL Now and there was a quick clip with Cousins and Sudfeld practicing their drops side by side. I had the exact same thought Rich. It was only like 4 seconds about Cousins looked smooth and Nate looked like Bambi. I remember seeing that with a lot of the QBs at the combine too. Footwork really separated the top guys from everyone else.

    That’s one of the many reasons why Sudfeld has all the tools but was drafted so late. He has a lot of developing to do. But he does interest me more than most 6th round QBs would because of those tools and that he’s shown he’s capable of running a pro system. Still a long ago, but he’s intriguing.

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Aug 8, 2016 at 8:26 PM

      You never know.

      Probably Sudfield isn’t the next Tom Brady, or even ever a starting QB in the NFL.

      But the position is so important, you need to take those chances. And we needed a 3rd QB for camp, anywho.

      • Trey Gregory - Aug 8, 2016 at 8:33 PM

        Oh yeah. Sorry if I was being confusing, but I agree with everything you just said. I think he was a great 6th round pick, especially with what was left. I see why McCloughan drafted him, and see the potential. I was just saying he has a LONG way to go and even then, it’s probably not going to happen.

        But yeah, he has all the tools where he stands a chance if he works hard enough.

        • winningfootballblog - Aug 8, 2016 at 9:48 PM

          I think any negatives on Sudfeld are way overblown…this early in camp….at least Sudfeld is on the field and learning and improving. The Skins 1st round pick hasn’t even practiced. The QB position is the most difficult position to learn. I am amazed at the criticism leveled at all the rookie quarterbacks because outside of that one year when 3 rookies took their teams to the playoffs, rookie quarterbacks generally are lost in their 1st season. Sudfeld has great potential, has a big arm, and a QB coach. He also has a great mentor in Cousins who spends a lot of time in the film room. So bottom line is Sudfeld will be just fine if he dedicates himself to the footwork drills and film room study over the next year. I am not concerned about a 7th round draft pick but I will enjoy watching him play against other 3rd round picks this Thursday.

        • Trey Gregory - Aug 9, 2016 at 2:15 AM

          Who is criticizing Sudfeld? There’s a difference between being critical and stating a fact. He’s not anywhere near ready to play in the NFL and chances are he will never start. What do you want us to say? He looks great because he’s a rookie? That’s not true. Carr maybe didn’t take a team to the playoffs, but he looked great his rookie year. Winston and Marriota had some rough patches (on and teams) last year, but looked great for rookies. Nate just has a long way to go and people want to gague his process by having an honest conversation about it. Everyone I’ve seen talk about it (including me) has gone out of their way to qualify their statement by saying how physically talented he is and how he’s where he’s supposed to be for a 6th round pick, but then say the negative things, which are true, too. That’s not criticism, it’s evaluation. Anyone who is criticizing him because they thought he would be ready to challenge Cousins or McCoy is just frankly stupid.

          I also don’t understand how you can say criticism of Sudfeld is overblown then criticize Doctson the very next sentence. It’s not his fault he’s hurt. And he tried to play through it (which is stupid) but the trainers made him sit out. That’s football, stuff happens. QB is the hardest position to learn but Doctson came in significantly more prepared to play at his position than Sudfeld did at his. Doctson was an outstanding draft pick and a great talent. Just be happy we got him. There’s also no need to rush him on the field as there’s 3 really good receivers (plus Jordan Reed) ahead of him to catch the ball. This was supposed to be a learning year anyway with him spending limited time on the field. It’s a good thing that they’re being cautious and letting him heal.

  3. goback2rfk - Aug 8, 2016 at 11:51 PM

    How has Lance Dunbar been doing? He is a secret weapon. That dude can ball.

    • goback2rfk - Aug 8, 2016 at 11:52 PM

      Correction. Quinton

      • Trey Gregory - Aug 9, 2016 at 2:17 AM

        Ah didn’t see that. Sorry. I would like to hear a little more about him too. I’ve heard a few good things, but not a lot. Probably because he’s suddenly not very likely to see he field outside of a really unfortunate injury.

    • Trey Gregory - Aug 9, 2016 at 2:01 AM

      How would Rich know how the Cowboys running backs are doing? Archives

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