RICHMOND – And here we are with one final round of observations from Redskins training camp practices.
Today’s practice was a little shorter in length, and had a lighter tempo to it, but there was still some action to see.
- Alfred Morris has spent the offseason working on his receiving skills, and each day before practice, running backs coach Randy Jordan throws passes to him. The coach – himself a former NFL back – is still tutoring Morris on the finer details of route running. Today, running backs worked on making cuts while tightly covered by a linebacker, and Morris, during one rep, did make the cut, but he pushed off as he tried to create separation. Jordan stopped Morris, showed him how to make the move more crisply, and without the push-off. Next time out, Morris pulled off the move and sent Keenan Robinson flying. Morris made the catch and drew a hardy cheer from Jordan, who sprinted out to him and congratulated him. Morris is working to improve his consistency catching balls as well.
- Darrel Young is the most polished route runner of all of the backs. Today, the fullback got Kennan Robinson with a stop-and-go and had to accelerate quite a bit to get to the Colt McCoy-thrown ball. He tried to make the catch with one hand as he crossed the goal line, but the slippery ball (it was raining at that point) fell from his grasp.
- Second-year inside linebacker Will Compton does well against the run, but he continues to show that he has work to do in pass coverage. Today, he got turned around while in coverage on Lache Seastrunk, and again versus fullback Stephen Campbell.
- Robert Griffin III had a more crisp practice today, connecting with receivers and getting the ball out quickly. He had one poor play where he went for Logan Paulsen down the seam from 15 yards out. He didn’t put enough air on it so it would’ve dropped over Paulsen’s shoulder, and Perry Riley, who was in coverage, easily knocked the ball down, batting it to E.J. Biggers, who came up with the interception.
- Ryan Clark returned to practice after sitting with a hamstring. His vocal presence makes a difference for the defense. Robinson makes the calls for the defense, but Clark plays a big role in pointing out things in the offense and helping his teammates get in the proper position.
- David Amerson had a rough day in pass coverage. He got beat by Aldrick Robinson for what should’ve been a touchdown catch had Robinson not dropped the ball, and Amerson gave up a touchdown to Andre Roberts. Both times Amerson should’ve been able to come up with an interception, or at least a pass breakup. But he was out of position, and didn’t get his head around quick enough to make the play.
- Ryan Grant did well once again today. The rookie receiver had one miscommunication in route-running as a Cousins pass went out of bounds as if the quarterback expected an out-route while Grant darted upfield. But after that, Grant regrouped to shake Chase Minnifield on back to back plays for catches. This was in the two-minute drill, and Grant capped it by making a touchdown catch from Cousins. Minnifield, on this final play, had passed Grant off to safety Trenton Robinson, but he didn’t recognize Grant approaching in time to get in position to make a play. Cousins and Grant had a spirited celebration after the play, and receivers coach Ike Hilliard was fired up as well.
- Rookie Trent Murphy embarrassed Maurice Hurt as he blew right by him for a sack on Colt McCoy.
- Da’Mon Cromartie-Smith got some run with the second team at free safety. Coaches believe the former Steeler has a chance to compete for a roster spot at both strong and free safety. But for now as he learns, he just plays free safety. He does go through walk-through at strong safety here and there to help his education process, however. Cromartie also has received some first-team kickoff coverage reps.
- Rookie Bashaud Breeland had a near interception on Cousins as the quarterback went for Lee Doss downfield. It was in double coverage with Trenton Robinson nearby, but Breeland couldn’t hang onto the ball.
- The kickers had a brief head-to-head portion in practice. Kai Forbath made a 30 and 38-yard attempt. Zach Hocker missed a 33-yard attempt off the right upright. Then he made a 39-yard attempt.