D.J. Swearinger has embraced a leadership role on the defense since joining the team. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Master Tesfatsion provides his three takeaways from Wednesday’s practice at Redskins Park.

1. Swearinger speaks to the team: It’s clear safety D.J. Swearinger is the vocal leader on the team. He does a lot of talking — before the play, after the play, on the sideline. Wednesday, in the team’s first practice since its season-opening loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, Swearinger took the time to address the team in an attempt to motivate players before the Redskins began individual drills.

“I think everybody is still smarting a little bit,” Redskins Coach Jay Gruden said. “We should be. I am, at least. But it’s time to get over it. I think D.J. just wanted to give them a little kick in the rear, make sure we are working toward our first win and not trying to talk about what we didn’t do or feeling sorry for ourselves about the last one that is already gone. I think that is the one thing you have to do after a loss. You have to correct the mistakes and then you have got to move forward. This is what we are trying to do here, and I think that was the message.”

Even after Swearinger’s message Washington’s practice lacked a certain intensity level during open availability. The mood was subdued, except among offensive line coach Bill Callahan and the offensive linemen that participated during individual drills on a separate field. It would be easy to assume the energy level and Sunday’s loss are directly correlated, but it would be unwise to adopt an assertive stance from a limited observation window open to the media. But it was definitely noticeable.

“That’s how he felt,” cornerback Josh Norman said of Swearinger’s message. “He felt he needed to bring guys up to talk to them and have that conversation. That’s how he felt at that time. It happens before, so that’s how he felt. Whether the guys received it or the guys didn’t, I don’t know. But I know we went out there and had a practice today. It was a little light, but we got out of it what we could.”

2. Gruden “tinkers” with the schedule: Tuesday’s practice was light as Washington prepares to face the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday in the first of three West Coast trips this season. The Redskins will fly out to Southern California following Friday’s practice, and they have tweaked their practice schedule as a result. They bumped back Thursday’s practice an hour later than usual, and they moved up Friday’s practice before their long flight.

Gruden also said the team reached out to sleep specialists to find ways to give the players more sleep before the game.

“For the most part, it’s a business trip,” Gruden said. “It’s a long trip. We understand that. Most important thing is to try to get them the rest that they need to be efficient on Sunday.”

3. Doctson limited during practice: Wide receiver Josh Doctson was limited at practice because of a hamstring injury. Gruden said it was out of precaution because Doctson had been experiencing tightness.

When asked how Doctson’s limitation would impact the number of snaps he could receive against the Rams, Gruden responded, “It doesn’t help.”

Swearinger was also limited with a back issue. Everyone else was a full participant.

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