RICHMOND – The Washington Redskins wrapped up their third day of practices, and Saturday’s action featured plenty of action.
An announced 15,124 fans attended today’s practices (3,955 in the walk-through, and 11,169 in the afternoon).
Saturday marked the first day that the players were allowed to wear pads in practice. League rules limited them to helmets and shells in the first two days of camp.
● Linebacker London Fletcher and wide receiver Pierre Garcon were given the afternoon session off, and wide receiver Donte Stallworth sat out practice with a slight hamstring pull, Coach Mike Shanahan said.
● Defensive end Chris Baker had to be carted off after cramping up. Wide receiver Lance Lewis also had some cramping issues, but was able to finish practice.
● Although he didn’t take part in any full-team work, Robert Griffin III wore pads. He went 5 for 9 on seven-on-seven drills Saturday, with two incompletions coming on drops by his receivers.
Griffin appears to have learned his lesson on knowing when to slide. He dropped back on one play and looked and looked for an open receiver. Seeing none, he took off and got past the first-down marker and then did a slow, exaggerated, dramatic slide at the end of the run and rolled over onto his stomach for safety. The fans erupted in praise, and even Shanahan had a good laugh.
● A portion of Saturday’s practice was devoted to one-on-one drills between wide receivers and cornerbacks, and the star of the day was Skye Dawson – the 5-foot-9, 183-pound Texas Christian product, who signed in the spring as an undrafted free agent. Dawson showed off his 4.39-second 40-yard-dash speed, shaking second-round pick David Amerson on a double-move and getting past DeAngelo Hall on a deep route.
Amerson later did a good job of not biting on a fake from Leonard Hankerson, and hung right with him as Hankerson changed directions on a comeback route. Amerson perfectly timed the pass, but Hankerson did a great job of shielding the corner with his big body as both went up for the ball, and made the catch. Hankerson had another strong day of practice, and unlike years past, seems to be much more consistent hanging onto the ball.
One thing Amerson has done a good job of consistently is jamming receivers at the line. He has long arms and good strength, which enables him to do well at this.
● Santana Moss found himself matched up with E.J. Biggers often in one-on-one, seven-on-seven and 11-on-11 drills and routinely got the best of him.
● Hall got upset with Rex Grossman for not throwing the ball on a particular one-on-one play on which Hall had Lewis blanketed on a comeback route, and rather than throw the ball as Lewis turned around, Grossman held up because he saw Hall was about to jump the route. Hall jawed at Grossman after he didn’t throw and was still upset after practice when asked about the play.
● Kirk Cousins hasn’t looked the sharpest in these first three days of camp. His play has been rather inconsistent. He has had some nice passes, but there have also been a number of overthrows and underthrows – particularly on his deep passes. Several times receivers have had their men beat, but have had to slow up and wait on the ball as it hangs in the air.
● Fourth-string quarterback Pat White had another rough day of practice. His biggest problem – aside from his lack of size and arm strength – so far, has seemed to be confidence and anticipation. He holds on to balls too long, and then the windows of opportunity for completions close and he can’t find open receivers. White also had a pass intercepted by cornerback Ryan Mouton, and it was hard to tell who he was throwing to in the right flat, because no receiver was in the area.
● Cornerback Josh Wilson is working his way back into form, and after watching walk-throughs the last two days, he took part today and has reclaimed his spot as starting right cornerback. Amerson joins the starters in the nickel packages, and Wilson slides inside to cover slot receivers. However, during the seven-on-seven and 11-on-11 portion of practice, Wilson again was an observer, and it was Amerson as the starting right corner, and Biggers as the nickelback.
● Rodrick Muckelroy filled in for Fletcher as the starting “mike” linebacker, making all the defensive calls and lining up alongside Perry Riley. Bryan Kehl, who previously had played “jack” linebacker behind Riley, got work as the second-team “mike” and Jeremy Kimbrough served as “jack.”
● Brandon Meriweather had his snaps limited in the afternoon practice. He appeared to be limping in the morning walk-through, and didn’t take part in many 11-on-11 plays. He got a few seven-on-seven snaps, and then, wearing a light-weight knee brace (the same that Griffin wore late last season), he took a couple of 11-on-11 snaps and then returned to the sideline.
● Rookie Bacarri Rambo continues to have a strong camp. He showed good range and closing speed as he read a route run by Dez Briscoe and broke up the pass along the sideline.
Reed Doughty got the bulk of the first-team strong safety snaps with Meriweather limited, and Jordan Pugh got some first-team action as well at that position.
● Kedric Golston worked almost exclusively as starting left defensive end, and Jarvis Jenkins is now second on the depth chart.
● Kicker Kai Forbath had a strong day, making 6 of 7 field goals in 11-on-11 action. He succeeded on attempts of 27, 30, 36, 42, 48, 53 and 58 yards. His lone miss came from 64 yards out. Forbath was upset after practice because he had made two from 64 yards on the side field with just snapper Nick Sundberg and holder Sav Rocca there.
● The Redskins have Sunday off and get back to work on Monday.