Fletcher makes good on interception vow to Cousins

Jim Haslett managed to mask the Redskins deficiencies down the stretch of the season. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

London Fletcher, with defensive coordinator Jim Haslett. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Linebacker London Fletcher made a diving interception of a pass by quarterback Kirk Cousins during the Washington Redskins’ offseason practice on Thursday.

Just as Fletcher had predicted, apparently.

Kirk Cousins, Pat White

Kirk Cousins throws a pass as Pat White looks on. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

“We threw a touchdown pass on him in seven-on-seven yesterday where he had the guy covered pretty well but it was still completed,” Cousins said after the practice at Redskins Park. “He was very frustrated about that. He walked by me today in the locker room just before we came out here and he goes, ‘I’m gonna pick you off today.’ And I shook my head. I go, ‘All right. You know, all right.’ And sure enough, he picks me off. Obviously he knows what he’s doing. Whether or not he was lucky or he actually knew what was going to happen, the fact of the matter is he did pick me off.”

Fletcher began participating in this set of practices, or organized team activities, last week after undergoing ankle and elbow surgeries earlier this offseason. He had been told by Coach Mike Shanahan that he didn’t have to participate in the offseason practices if he didn’t want to do so. But he wanted to be on the field.

“He’s one of the best players on this football team, one of the best leaders on this team,” Cousins said. “We’re lucky to have him back for another year.”

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