Observations from Tuesday’s practice at Redskins training camp

RICHMOND – The Redskins today – in their fifth practice of training camp – did some work on their red zone offense and their no-huddle attack. Kirk Cousins had two touchdown passes in those situations – one on a fade route to Leonard Hankerson, and another on a bullet to Santana Moss in the front of the end zone. Rex Grossman narrowly missed a diving Fred Davis in the back of the end zone, but then came back to complete a touchdown pass to Aldrick Robinson on an in-route.

● Maurice Hurt (knee) continues to work with strength coaches during practice as he tries to get back into football shape. Meanwhile, receiver Donte Stallworth, guard Adam Gettis and linebacker Jeremy Kimbrough (all nursing hamstring injuries) did agility drills with trainers during practice.

● Running back Chris Thompson sat out practice today after being sidelined with soreness in his surgically-repaired left knee. Thompson said that his knee felt “about the same” as it did yesterday. Shanahan said that Thompson “looked a little sluggish,” and so the decision was made to hold him out of practice to avoid putting stress on his knee.

● Fred Davis said he feels great and that there is no inkling of soreness in his surgically-repaired Achilles’ tendon. Davis showed off his speed, getting behind safeties Reed Doughty and DeJon Gomes on separate plays to make impressive catches.

● Santana Moss made a spectacular one-handed grab along the sideline while covered by E.J. Biggers. Robert Griffin III ran downfield to congratulate him on such an impressive grab. Moss was heard telling secondary coach Raheem Morris, “I can’t be covered. I can’t be covered.”

● Doughty continues to work as the first-team strong safety during team drills. Jordan Pugh rotated in with him at times. Meanwhile, Bacarri Rambo remained the starting free safety. Brandon Meriweather remains limited to individual drills. Rookie Phillip Thomas hasn’t gotten any run with the first team. He continues to serve as second-string strong safety, but did see some time at free safety on the second team as well today.

● Pugh had two near interceptions. The first, he dropped when the ball came right to him on a miscommunication between Rex Grossman and Aldrick Robinson. Later in practice, in red zone action, Pugh couldn’t quite get his hands on a ball intended for Roy Helu.

● Rambo made a great play in run support. He was lined up downfield, but reading a run showed good closing speed, and just as Keiland Williams cut the corner on a sweep, Rambo met him at the edge and stuck him good.

● Jeremy Trueblood appeared to have one of the most uninspired practices I have ever seen today. The ball would snap and he routinely played almost straight up, not even attempting to get leverage. At times, a defender would make a move to the outside, and rather than try to slide to the side to stay in front of him, Trueblood would stick out a hand, appearing to just go through the motions. Another time Ryan Kerrigan demolished him on one bull-rush blitz. Trueblood offered no resistance at all. It’s hard to see why he is even on this team still.

● Tony Pashos, on the other hand, still isn’t what he once was as he works his way back into the flow after sitting out a year with injury. But you see him block with some nastiness, and good strength. He still isn’t consistent, but he is showing some flashes. It’d be shocking if Trueblood beat him out for the backup right tackle spot.

● Tyler Polumbus appeared to have a better day today, as he was able to fend off Kerrigan during one of their 1-on-1 matchups. Kerrigan is working on developing some countermoves, however, and he got Polumbus on the next time around, hitting him on the outside and then cutting to the inside to get by the tackle.

● Kedric Golston appears to be the guy at left end until Jarvis Jenkins returns. Chris Baker will likely rotate in, but Golston’s experience comes through in his play. He has good strength and decent quickness. Baker might have better athleticism, but he’s still learning the role. Fellow end Phillip Merling (working on the right side behind Stephen Bowen) hasn’t flashed a lot in these early practices, but today, he turned in a play, manhandling backup guard Jacolby Ashworth and shoving him back into the path of running back Jawan Jamison.

● Meanwhile, on the other side of the line, Trent Williams remains in Pro Bowl form, stopping Brian Orakpo on a spin-move attempt. His backup, Tom Compton, had a good matchup against Rob Jackson at one point and caused Jackson to lose his balance as he tried to get into the backfield. Compton later was no match for Stephen Bowen during 11-on-11 action as Bowen used his speed and strength to beat the second-year pro.

● Robert Griffin III completed 8 of 10 passes in 7-on-7 portions of practice, and again worked with Kyle Shanahan on footwork and passing drills when the rest of the players did special teams work.

● The Redskins announced today’s attendance at 7,875 for combined figures (3,108 in the morning and 4,767 for the afternoon).

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Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.
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