Redskins Roundup: 11 on 11
Robert Griffin III went 12 for 15 in seven-on-seven snaps today. The scuffles ate up precious minutes in the timed seven-on-seven segments and prevented the quarterback from getting his usual quota of 17. Griffin’s prettiest pass was a 35-yard strike down the center of the field to Paul. The dart hit Paul in stride. Now, would Paul have hung onto it in a game? Hard to say. Rambo closed in just after Paul snatched the ball from the air and would’ve lit the tight end up. Darrel Young had a drop, Pugh broke up a pass for Garcon, and the other incompletion was the overthrow to Robinson on the scuffle play. Griffin is eager to ramp up his activity, but he hasn’t let that cause him to become impatient as he reads defenses. He still has done a good job of not forcing things. If he doesn’t see an opening downfield, he goes to a checkdown.
A year ago, when he retired, former Redskins RB Clinton Portis said “This game provided me with everything I ever wanted.” I guess he no longer feels that way because he’s the lead plaintiff in an 83-player class action lawsuit against the NFL for head injuries.
Missing practice yesterday were OL Jacolby Ashworth, DB Ryan Mouton, LB Rodderick Muckelroy , TE Emmanuel Ogbuehi and WR Dante’ Stallworth. Nick Barnett didn’t practice either, as a precaution. CB Richard Crawford hurt his knee in practice and is going to have it looked at.
The Redskins cut WR Devery Henderson. After all, if it is inevitable, why wait? Henderson was principally known for his speed, not his hands or route-running, and he demonstrated very little of that speed in training camp.
According to Mike Shanahan, ILB Nick Barnett, signed on July 31, will not play against the Steelers on Monday night, but might get some reps against the Bills on August 24. Barnett is still working his way back from offseason surgery and getting into shape.
Fred Davis saw his first football action a week ago in the win over the Titans, catching two passes, one for a touchdown. He’ll play a full half on Monday night, his most extensive football action since tearing an Achilles Tendon in game 7 last year against the NY Giants. Davis’ return is great news for the Redskins. He was leading the team in receptions at the time of his injury and having him back makes the offense very tough to stop.
Can suspended safety Tanard Jackson help the Redskins? Well, not until his suspension is lifted. And maybe not even then. He hasn’t been with any team in a year and the Redskins have not been allowed to have any contact. I’d be surprised if Jackson can help any team in 2013.
PK Kai Forbath made 8 of 9 field goals yesterday, with the one miss coming from 65 yards out. The kick had plenty of distance, but was wide right. I’ll take it.
One thing I took out of these observations is that rookie TE Jordan Reed, a third round pick from Florida, looked very athletic in practice. That’s his reputation. The kid has real football skills, but learning the tight end position is very difficult for a rookie and I don’t expect much from Jordan in 2013. Some weeks he may not even be active even if he’s healthy. By 2014, though, when Fred Davis is a free agent once more, I expect Reed to be ready.