RICHMOND – Nose tackle Barry Cofield has practiced without limitation, and three days into training camp said that he feels great following his real football action since last season.
Cofield, a ninth-year veteran, had sports hernia surgery this offseason, and he didn’t take part in any of the offseason workouts.
During those practices, Cofield rehabbed with the team’s athletic trainers and also worked to ensure that he reported to training camp in the best shape possible.
“I’m fine. I’m 100 percent,” Cofield said. “Realistically, I probably could have did some team stuff in OTAs but it just wasn’t pressing. So I spent the whole month off, training as if I was 100 percent and I am.”
Cofield said that although he could’ve tried to practice in some form during the offseason, the patient approach paid off and will benefit him more in the long run.
He also said that he was glad that he had the surgery to correct the problem even though his case wasn’t the most severe.
“Oh, yeah. I’m glad we did it right when we did it,” Cofield said. “You know, you try to be a tough guy. You want to play through everything. I probably could have played through it, but, you know, now I’m extremely happy and I’m extremely excited.”
Cofield anchors a defensive line looking to rebound from a trying year. Washington’s defense as a whole struggled, particularly against the pass and getting to the quarterback, and limiting passing yards and big plays proved difficult.
A need to become more disruptive on the line prompted the Redskins to sign Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Hatcher away from the Cowboys. Cofield didn’t go into detail when asked how he and Hatcher would work together. But he does believe they can produce quality results.
“Ah man, you want me to open the playbook up and give you a PowerPoint here? I don’t think Coach would appreciate that,” he said with a laugh. “You know what, the whole defense is tailored to guys’ strengths. I can personally say that if Hatch is up the field rushing like his hair is on fire, I’m going to try to cover him on a run play. I’m going to try to cover him on a QB scramble. So without giving away too much, I’m going to let him do what he does and I’m going to try to make him right, make the defense work, and like I said, I might not get a sack but if I get a ring, that’s worth it.”
Washington’s second practice on Day 3 began at 8:45 a.m. in Richmond. Here’s our camp guide.
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