RICHMOND – Robert Griffin III had his most accurate passing performance of training camp, completing 16 of 17 throws in seven-on-seven action.
The incompletion was on an out route to his left where Griffin led Pierre Garcon a little too much, and the receiver couldn’t get to it.
Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan joked, “He’s got to get that other completion.”
Griffin appeared to plant better on his throws today than he did on Wednesday. His footwork on drop-backs, the way he stepped back, planted and then sprung forward, stepping with his left and dragging the back toe looked just like all the other quarterbacks. He didn’t seem to heave the ball, relying heavily on his upper body, like he did on Wednesday.
Griffin didn’t go downfield on any of his throws. The longest was a 15-yard strike to Logan Paulsen. The rest came in the 5- to 10-yard range as he worked through his progressions and found openings in the pass defense.
The 15-yard completion was the best throw of the day and the one on which Griffin really planted and threw with impressive velocity. The pass hit Paulsen in stride. The tight end stuck up his right hand, snagged the pass, and then tucked it in with both hands. It might have been Griffin’s best throw of camp.
Meanwhile, the other surgically repaired knees in camp don’t seem to be progressing as positively:
● Safety Brandon Meriweather missed a fourth straight day of team drills (watching both seven-on-seven and 11-on-11 drills). Meriweather last handled a normal workload last Friday, and then he had only a handful of reps in team drills on Saturday. He has since been restricted to individual work. When the Redskins are in team drills, Meriweather either went to work with strength coaches on a separate field, or watched his teammates practice. Asked about Meriweather, Shanahan said, “He is not ready to go in team situations yet.”
● Running back Chris Thompson missed a third straight day of practice. His surgically-repaired left knee developed some soreness and tightness, and he last took part in team drills on Monday. He has since watched – not even taking part in individual drills. His daily routine consists of watching his teammates and working with the strength coach off and on during practices.
● Roy Helu, Fred Davis, Kory Lichtensteiger and Reed Doughty all received Thursday’s practice off. Jeremy Kimbrough, Adam Gettis and Donte Stallworth continue to rehab their hamstring strains. DeAngelo Hall’s ankle again kept him on the sideline. He isn’t wearing a boot anymore, though.
● Trent Williams practiced with his left wrist wrapped so heavily that it basically was a club. Shanahan said it’s not ideal, but that it enables Williams to practice and protects him from further damage.
Wide receiver Josh Morgan left practice with a hamstring strain, and after practice, cornerback Richard Crawford rode a cart to the locker room. He was rubbing his right hamstring and grimacing, but Shanahan didn’t have an update on him.
● Phillip Thomas spoke on Wednesday about how he finally felt like he was catching up and ready to start displaying his full capabilities. Thursday, he got his first snaps with the first team, lining up at strong safety with Bacarri Rambo at free safety. Thomas rotated with Jordan Pugh on the first team. Thomas showed good pursuit on run plays, and then positioned himself to de-cleat Pierre Garcon as he caught a slant route, but held up since this is only practice.
● Josh LeRibeus started at left guard with Lichtensteiger out. He appeared to well in run blocking, but continues to see mixed results in pass protection. If he drew a speedy linebacker, who cuts inside, LeRibeus struggled. He didn’t react fast enough to get in front of both Brandon Jenkins or Brian Orakpo on separate plays. LeRibeus did do better holding off Kedric Golston as he came off the line and tried to get into the backfield.
● Nick Barnett was in pads and took part in individual drills Thursday afternoon. During the walk-through portion that kicked off Thursday’s afternoon session, Barnett lined up directly behind London Fletcher, but 10 yards further upfield, and mirrored his every move. He then watched the team drills. Afterwards, he said, “It was good. Still got a little ways to go, but it felt good being out there, going through positional drills and being able to watch the practice instead of sitting in my hotel room watching movies. I look forward to when I can be out there.” Shanahan said Barnett isn’t ready to practice full speed, but that he didn’t know what kind of timeline the linebacker is looking at.
● Shanahan conceded today that “You take a look at our tackle situation and I think it is very obvious to everybody who is first, second and third team right now.” If you’ve lost track, left tackle goes like this: Trent Williams-Tom Compton-Xavier Nixon. Right tackle: Tyler Polumbus-Tony Pashos-Jeremy Trueblood. Guard depth is less certain because guys are still working their way back from injuries. Maurice Hurt will likely compete as a backup left and right guard, and also can play tackle. Adam Gettis normally lines up at second-team right guard, but has been sidelined, and Tevita Stevens has played there. It appears that Kevin Matthews is your backup center.
● Compton has a long way to go to be ready to step in at left tackle and play well if Williams were to go down. He offered little resistance to Brian Orakpo on back-to-back plays against him. On the first, Orakpo blew right by Compton on the outside. On the next, Orakpo swam to the inside and Compton turned, but the linebacker already was through the hole and baring down on the quarterback.
● Niles Paul looks more confident in his second year as a tight end. He’s catching balls better than he did last year, and is turning upfield more quickly. With Fred Davis out, he got more time with the starters today. Jordan Reed was back in action and got some first-team run as well and made a couple of nice catches.
● Rookie running back Jawan Jamison has been pretty quiet so far, and it’s hard to really gauge a running back in practice because there is no tackling. But today, he showed a bit of elusiveness and a burst of speed as he hit the hole, drew a linebacker toward him and then bounced to the outside and took off up the sideline.
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● Friday’s practices will be held at 10 a.m. and 3:20 p.m. Saturday’s Fan Appreciation Day begins at noon. If you’re headed to Richmond, check our our guide to training camp for tips on getting autographs, where to park and things to do after the session is over.
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