Open locker room: Updates on RGIII, Chris Thompson and more

August 20, 2014

The Washington Redskins‘ open locker room media availability session just wrapped up, and now the players have a few meetings and then will hit the field for practice at 1 p.m.

We’ll have much more coming throughout the day, but here’s what we learned from this morning:

Robert Griffin III said his bruised thigh is better. He watched video of Monday night’s game with Coach Jay Gruden and said he saw the areas where he could’ve improved avoiding contact. He said he should’ve gotten down sooner on his first scramble, and that he actually tried to get out of bounds on the second, but a defender blocked his path. Griffin felt good about how he got down after his third scramble.

● Rookie cornerback Bashaud Breeland said he was encouraged by his play Monday night, and the feedback he received from his coaches. He displayed his physical nature, sure tackling and did well in coverage, too. Breeland said coaches pointed out to him that he needed to clean things up at the line where his hands and footwork was a little sloppy.

Johnny Manziel, Ryan Clark
Free safety RyanClark brings down Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel in the second quarter Monday. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

● Safety Ryan Clark acknowledged the point of emphasis on illegal contact and said while it’s definitely being called more aggressively, he thinks the Redskins will be okay because they tend to play off receivers more and don’t get tied up when receivers make cuts, which is where a lot of DBs are getting in trouble.

● Cornerback DeAngelo Hall praised the development of Bacarri Rambo, saying the second-year safety is probably the most-improved player on the unit and that he has looked better than anyone.

● Hall and Griffin also said that although this is the third preseason game, they don’t feel a greater sense of urgency as this is most likely their final dress rehearsal for the season. Both units just want to play sound football and continue to improve in the little areas.

● Running back Chris Thompson said he will try to practice in a limited capacity today, but says he can’t go full-speed yet. He admitted he’s a little concerned about his roster spot, but hopes he has shown enough.

● Jay Gruden will talk to reporters after practice, later this afternoon, and there, we’ll get updates on Jason Hatcher, Thompson, the plans for this week’s matchup with Baltimore, and more.

Have a Redskins question? Send an e-mail to mike.jones@washpost.com with the subject line “Mailbag question,” and it might be answered on Tuesday in The Mailbag.

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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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