Aug 13, 2016, 1:36 PM EDT
RICHMOND—It’s Fan Appreciation Day here in Richmond. If you’re not here, you’re probably a lot cooler than the fans who are. And I want to let you know that I appreciate you.
–I’m going to try to do the live blog deal as I have been but the iPad is subject to overheating and shutting down in conditions like this. There may be some interruptions if that happens as I will have to go back and forth between making observations and going to the air conditioned CSN tent to send them out.
–Trent Williams is not participating in the early part of practice. Ty Nsekhe is lined up at left tackle. Niles Paul is not in pads after hyperextending his knee against the Falcons. On the plus side, Jordan Reed and Jamison Crowder, both non-participants on Thursday, are in pads and working.
–Rookie OT Kevin Bowen also is not wearing pads, watching wearing his jersey and a bucket hat.
–Counsins with an arching deep pass to Dez Stewart, who beat Kendall Fuller and hauled in the pass for the TD.
–Then Stewart got loose again deep and Colt McCoy’s pass was on the money but Stewart dropped it.
–I can’t discuss plays or formations. But one they just ran showed that they need to get the ball into DeSean Jackson’s hands more often.
–Spencer Long is playing center with the first team while Kory Lichtensteiger is watching team drill, at least the first session of them. My bet is that Steiger doesn’t like it at all.
–A good pop up the middle by Chris Thompson. He can run well, he just probably shouldn’t run too often.
–Quinton Dunbar, who had a tough time in coverage against the Falcons, just had his run fit corrected when he let Robert Kelly turn upfield. Joe Barry wanted him to string the run out and Perry Fewell joined in with some advice of his own.
–Terence Garvin met Mack Brown in the hole with a solid pop. It would have been a highlight quality clip had there been live tackling.
–Special teams my be a third of the game (although I’m not so sure) but there isn’t a whole lot of action during special teams practice, which is like a walkthrough. In the tent cooling down and hydrating, waiting for more interesting action. Or, really, any action at all.
–More team, Long still at center. Will ask Gruden about Stieger after practice but I’m guessing that it’s just to get Long some work.
–Cousins just misfired on a pass to Jamison Crowder. The QB’s gesture after the play made it clear that he expected his receiver to go in a different direction.
–Now with the second team we have Josh LeRibeus, the sometime backup center, at right guard and Austin Reiter, who is a natural center, playing center.
–A breeze is keeping the conditions tolerable, when it’s blowing. Not that you’re all that concerned but I thought I’d pass it along.
–Crowder with a catch on a quick slant to convert a third and three. He seems to be fine after missing the game on Thursday.
–Greg Toler continues to make plays in camp. He just tipped a pass away from Vernon Davis and caught the ball. On the sideline, however, he just said that he did not land inbounds. Have to appreciate the honesty, right?
–Back-to-back picks for the defense. First one was tipped in the air and Dashaun Phillips picked it out of the air. Then Toler tipped one and Su’a Cravens picked it off.
–Kendall Thompson made a diving catch of a deep pass. Play of the day.
–A Nate Sudfeld pass was headed towards me and John Keim. We both moved out of the way and the pass hit John’s three-legged stool with a direct hit. I would bet it would take Sudfeld a dozen tries to do that if he tried.
That’s it. See you tomorrow afternoon.
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