Observations from Friday’s practice at Redskins training camp

RICHMOND – Robert Griffin III had another solid outing, completing 13 of 17 passes in seven-on-seven drills. The quarterback completed six straight throws before three straight incompletions – a drop by tight end Emmanuel Ogbuehi, a throw behind Santana Moss, and another Ogbuehi drop. He then completed five more passes, had one tipped pass fall incomplete, and then finished off with two completions.

Griffin’s best throw of the day came on his sixth pass, which was his first deep ball of seven-on-seven drills all of camp. The quarterback has thrown deep in one-on-one drills, and in passes to receivers who weren’t covered. But yesterday’s 15-yard strike to Logan Paulsen had marked his longest throw. Today, however, Griffin connected with Aldrick Robinson on a bomb. Robinson had a step on rookie David Amerson, and Griffin fired the ball 50 yards through the air and dropped it right in over Robinson’s shoulder.

  • The Redskins had officials on the field for a second consecutive practice. The crew, led by referee Gene Steratore, met with Redskins players and coaches Thursday night to go over rule changes for the year, and during practice, they took time in between plays to quickly grab players and tell them about things to be mindful of. At one point, one official explained to Aldrick Robinson that he had held a defender too long as he tried to seal the edge with a block. Another time, an official warned Darryl Tapp of a blow to the head, and then told E.J. Biggers that he had neglected to turn his head on a tackle attempt and would’ve gotten called for a helmet-to-helmet hit.
  • Raheem Morris took the opportunity to heckle the officials. A pass fell incomplete and the side judge stood on the sideline but didn’t make a motion. Morris said, “Hey, can you signal incompletion, or something, please? You’re standing there like the media, just watching!” The official chuckled and then signaled for an incompletion.
  • Donte Stallworth was back in practice after being sidelined since Saturday with a hamstring strain. Trent Williams (wrist), Josh Morgan (hamstring) and Richard Crawford (cramps) all practiced.
  • Keep an eye on Trent Williams’s wrist. Although wrapped with a big club-like bandage to prevent further injury, he’s not in good shape. At one point Friday, Williams had to come out and sat down on a cooler, grimacing and tensed up in pain. Mike Shanahan insisted that it’s nothing serious. Asked about the wrist, he said, “It’s quite painful for him right now. He’s got a cast on it. We immobilized it so he can’t hurt it any further. We want to make sure he stays in football shape. … It’s sprained. It’s very, very sore. Trent has gutted it out. He’s a natural leader for us. He’s a captain. He played hurt in a number of games last year and he wants to show his teammates even though he is hurting he still wants to play.” Pressed further on if the injury was one that required surgery and why a sprain would have lasted more than a year, as Williams said it had, Shanahan said only, “If he needed surgery, we would have had surgery, so I’m hoping he doesn’t.” Williams later returned to practice, still visibly in pain.
  • Kirk Cousins drew defenders offsides on two consecutive plays during goal-line situations. Cousins also threw two goal line touchdowns – one to Niles Paul in the back of the end zone, and then one to Fred Davis in the right corner of the end zone.
  • Jordan Reed has a natural talent as a receiver, and the rookie tight end is working to develop as a blocker. Friday he had a nice play, laying a downfield block on DeJon Gomes to spring Evan Royster for a nice gain.
  • There’s a noticeable difference in the way Keith Burns coaches his special teams units compared to Danny Smith’s methods. Smith is a well-respected special teams coach and has been for years. But Burns has a different style and seems to really be placing a high emphasis on technique and attention to detail. Each day, he sets up individual special-teams-specific drills. Thursday he had players divided into two lines and each group worked on blocking punts – the first group coming from the right, the second group coming from the left. Today’s individual drill focused on how to shed blocks.
  • Defensive assistant Bobby Slowik (son of linebackers coach Bob Slowik) appears to have expanded his duties. Slowik worked with his father and the linebackers last season, and defensive backs the year before that. This year, in addition to working with linebackers, the younger Slowik has been helping Burns and Richard Hightower with special teams units. Slowik also plays quarterback for the scout team offense during the walk-through portion of practices – something he has done the last two years.
  • Practice ended on a positive note for the offense. Cousins dropped back and Chase Minnifield came off the edge on a corner blitz, but Evan Royster made a solid block to hold off Minnifield, and Cousins connected with Paul on a seam route that went for a touchdown.

 

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