Five areas to monitor in the second week of offseason practices

From left, Phillip Thomas, David Amerson and Bacarri Rambo should be getting more comfortable in the system.

From left, Phillip Thomas, David Amerson and Bacarri Rambo should be getting more comfortable in the system.

The Washington Redskins got back to work yesterday, and offseason practices continue today and tomorrow. The players will then get a few days off, and then return to work for three days next week.

Last week we got the chance to catch up with a number of players, including Robert Griffin III, Trent Williams, Fred Davis and more.

Thursday’s practice, which is open to reporters, will provide the opportunity to monitor several other developing storylines.

Here are five areas to keep an eye on Thursday:

1) Rookie updates – By now, the Redskins’ draft selections and undrafted free agents have been through eight (and Thursday will make nine) days of practices, and additional classroom work. They should be catching on and understanding what is expected of them. How are they coming along? What does the early snap count look like in these offseason practices?

2) Safety depth – With Brandon Meriweather still rehabbing, and Phillip Thomas and Bacarri Rambo still learning, it was Reed Doughty and Jordan Pugh as the first-team strong and free safeties last week. DeJon Gomes played with the second unit, and the rookies rotated in, and at times shared the field together. What will it look like this week?

3) Defensive line – This will mark the third season that Barry Cofield and Stephen Bowen have played in this system, and they are comfortable in their roles now. How is young Jarvis Jenkins looking as he enters what looks like a second season as a starter? Can Phillip Merling and/or Ron Brace push Kedric Golston and Doug Worthington for snaps?

4) Running back competition Alfred Morris is the man, no question about that. But the situation behind him remains murky. Roy Helu Jr. and Chris Thompson are rehabbing, and that leaves Evan Royster, Tristan Davis and Jawan Jamison to vie for the backup duties for now. Who has an early leg up?

5) RGIII progress – Of course, we can’t go without checking in on this guy. It’ll be interesting to see what he is able to do this week that he didn’t do last week. He’ll take the podium after practice, so that’s always newsworthy.

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