RICHMOND – The Redskins got back to work on Monday after what wound up being a three-day break from practice with Friday serving as a rest-and-recovery day following Thursday’s preseason opener, Saturday’s practice getting rained out and Sunday serving as a scheduled day off
Robert Griffin III took a significantly increased number of walk-through snaps Monday morning, taking 53 of the 70 plays the first-team ran. In the afternoon, he again handled his usual workload, 17 plays in seven-on-seven drills.
Griffin completed 15 of 17 pass attempts, with one incompletion coming on a low throw to Dez Briscoe and the other a juggling drop on which he probably led Aldrick Robinson by a bit too much. Griffin had no choice but to throw the Briscoe pass low, however. DeAngelo Hall played tight coverage on the wide receiver and would’ve jumped the comeback route had Griffin not put it low. Briscoe dove for the ball and got a hand on it, but couldn’t bring in the pass.
Unlike previous weeks, Griffin went downfield with higher frequency. Instead of settling for passes in the 5- to 10-yard range, more of his throws were 10 to 15 yards with some beyond that.
By the sounds of things, one more day of this type of limited work for Griffin. Then, he’ll get seven-on-sevens, plus a limited number 11-on-11 snaps Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Today marked the most significant day of practice for Brandon Meriweather since the start of camp as well. In and out of the lineup since this whole thing got underway, the strong safety had previously taken a number of first-team snaps in team drills, but not all of them. Today, he took every first-team snap at strong safety. He appeared to have a spring in his step. On one deep route while matched up with Leonard Hankerson, Meriweather ran stride for stride with the wideout, his coverage forcing Hankerson to contort awkwardly in mid-air, and the pass fell incomplete.
● Rookie cornerback David Amerson landed awkwardly on his left hand while trying to defend a pass intended for Logan Paulsen in the back of the end zone. Amerson tried to shake off the injury, but visibly wasn’t right. Josh Wilson took his place at right corner. After practice, Amerson said he was headed to have an X-ray on the area of his wrist just below his thumb.
● Nick Barnett participated in team drills for the first time since signing on Aug. 1. Limited to positional drills as he worked his way back into shape, Barnett got the green light to increase his activities today. He worked as the second-team ‘jack’ linebacker behind Perry Riley. He didn’t look overly tentative, but still appeared to be feeling his way along.
● Bryan Kehl worked as London Fletcher’s backup and seems to have the edge there. Roddrick Muckelroy didn’t practice today because of a sore left shoulder, but prior to that, Kehl had seemed to be gaining the advantage.
● E.J. Biggers had an aggressive interception that may or may not have drawn a flag for too much conduct. Josh Morgan ran a comeback route and dove for the ball. But Biggers came over the top, snatched the ball away before the two hit the ground and came up with the catch before springing up and racing to the end zone.
● Perhaps Biggers was frustrated from being picked on. Earlier in practice, Briscoe snatched a would-be interception away from him, and shortly after that, Santana Moss ran a crossing route in front of Biggers and plucked the ball from the air just before the cornerback could make the play. Safety DeJon Gomes ruined the play for Moss, however. The veteran wideout spun around as he turned upfield, and just as he did, Gomes swatted the ball from his grasp to force a fumble.
● Alfred Morris is known more as a bruising runner, but he displayed some great cutting ability on one particular red-zone play. Morris took the handoff and ran to his right. Just before he got to the pulling line of scrimmage, he stopped on a dime and cut to the left, running around Trent Williams for a five-yard gain.
● The Kirk Cousins-led first team went three-and-out on three red-zone attempts. Fletcher made plays on two of those red-zone third downs. On the play after Morris’s sharp-cutting run, Fletcher shot the gap and met Morris in the backfield to bring up fourth down. On another third down inside the 20, Fletcher broke up a pass intended for Roy Helu at the goal line. Fletcher’s momentum took him onto the sideline and into the fan section where he whipped them into a frenzy by shaking hands and slapping fives with a number of them.
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● Tuesday’s schedule has been modified, with a 10 a.m. and 3:20 p.m. workout sandwiched around an 11:30 “special announcement.” 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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