Left tackle Trent Williams again took part in individual drills, but he didn’t take any snaps in team drills as he continues nurse soreness in his right knee. Meanwhile, left defensive end Chris Baker returned to action after missing Monday’s practice with an ingrown toenail.
Observations from previous days in Richmond
Wide receiver Jamison Crowder did not practice because of lingering tightness in his hamstring, and he has been ruled out for Thursday’s game. Jordan Reed also has been ruled out for the Atlanta game, but he practiced Tuesday despite having nursed a strained left thumb.
● Kirk Cousins and his receivers looked sharp for the most part during the limited full-speed portions of practice. Cousins had a nice sideline pass to DeSean Jackson during 11-on-11 action and also connected with him on some shorter throws during 7-on-7 action. Cousins narrowly overthrew Garcon on a pass up the right sideline. The ball went off Garcon’s hands, but he had drifted out of bounds anyway. But Cousins came back to Garcon shortly after and fit a pass into a tight window and to Garcon, who was in double coverage on a comeback route.
● Coaches did a lot of mixing and matching, with quarterback Colt McCoy getting some first-team snaps for the first time during training camp, the first-team secondary lining up with the second-team linebackers and defensive linemen, and on and on.
● Second-year pro Arie Kouandjio got some snaps at left tackle with the third unit after working primarily as the second-team left guard for the bulk of camp. That’s more of Bill Callahan’s efforts to crosstrain his offensive linemen to ensure they’re well-prepared in case of emergency.
● It’ll be interesting to see how Spencer Long does at center while in live action on Thursday night. For the most part, his snaps have been on point, and he appears to communicate well with his fellow linemen while identifying blitzes. The Redskins really need Long to do well at center, because if so, he will solve a need for depth behind Kory Lichtensteiger. Josh LeRibeus continues to struggle with his snaps (he has an errant snap or two, or botched exchange, per day), and Austin Reiter and Cody Booth haven’t looked great either.
● Speaking of Reiter, he and defensive lineman Ziggy Hood got into it during Tuesday’s practice. The pace of practice was lighter overall, but during one of the limited full-speed segments, where the first-team defense faced off with the third-team offense, the two came to blows. Hood popped Reiter in the face and then got in a few shots to the gut while Reiter tried in vain to land a few counter-punches before teammates separated the two. The two jawed back and forth for a bit after that, then settled down.
● Speaking of Hood, he has gotten a fair amount of action with the first team the past two days. At times in that nickel package, it’s Hood and Baker as the interior linemen and Kerrigan and Smith as the ends. Other times, Hood and Kendall Reyes have lined up alongside each other. Ricky Jean Francois, Kedric Golston, Baker, Hood and Reyes seem to rotate in and out fairly evenly. So far, Stephen Paea has yet to receive a steady dose of first-team action.
● As was the case in the two previous practices, Mason Foster got the first nod on defense at the inside linebacker spot next to Will Compton, and then Perry Riley Jr. worked with the first team on the second first-team series. With the starters only expected to see limited action, it’ll be interesting to see how their snaps are divided on Thursday. So far, neither has seemed to pull away from the other in this position battle.
● Josh Doctson continues to work on a side field with trainers at the start of practice, but we haven’t seen him do much running. We haven’t seen the return of the boot, either, however. Former Redskins tight end Chris Cooley sparked some speculation on Tuesday morning when he said he has heard some people question Doctson’s love for football. But in talking to people both within the organization, and some opposing officials who evaluated Doctson leading up to the NFL draft, no one has shared those sentiments. Multiple talent evaluators – one within the organization, a couple outside – pointed to the fact that Doctson was a walk-on at Texas Christian and wound up working his way into a full scholarship. Another said Doctson has had to overcome a lot of obstacles to get to this point and that everything about him that he’s observed displays a love for football. Is Doctson down right now because he can’t play? Absolutely. Do the Redskins want him back on the field? Yes, but not prematurely. They don’t want him rushing back.
● Tuesday was Kids Day at Redskins training camp. Cornerback Josh Norman’s foundation, Starz24, brought about 70 kids up for the day from his home town of Greenwood, S.C. They drove up in two buses along with members of Norman’s family, visiting the science museum nearby before watching the Redskins practice.
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