Redskins Roundup: Chompin’ at the bit

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Updated: August 6, 2013
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The Redskins cancelled the Tuesday morning walk-through due to rain in Richmond, VA. I’m up in DC right now and it rained here most of the night and morning so it must be pretty wet down there, too.

 

Redskins QB Robert Griffin III is clearly tired of being relegated to seven-on-seven drills and wants to increase his workload and practice with the rest of the team. Read my write-up of RG3‘s press conference yesterday.

Head Coach Mike Shanahan says the team is sticking with its plan of bringing RG3 along slowly, regardless of Griffin’s complaints and impatience.

Should anything happen to RG3 again, the team seems increasingly confident with Kirk Cousins. And Cousins seems increasingly confident in himself. However, Zac Boyer writes that Kirk Cousins is not doing a good job running the read option. Maybe he should leave that to RG3.

The kick returner job is a wide-open battle in training camp, starting with TE Niles Paul, who took the job away from the departed Brandon Banks. Paul certainly isn’t the speediest option, but he did average 25 yards a pop in the last five games of 2012. Richard Crawford, the backup cornerback and incumbent punt returner, is also vying for the KR job. Then there are wideouts Skye Dawson, Aldrick Robinson, Josh Morgan, Chip Reeves and Nick Williams. It is Williams who has the best college resume returning kicks, but he may need to make the team as a wideout in order to win the KR job and I doubt that happens. Running backs Roy Helu, Evan Royster and Chris Thompson are also getting a look at returning kicks. It’s  not as big a job anymore, now that the kickoff line has been moved back to the 35-yard-line, making touchbacks seem almost routine.

Rex Grossman is the third string QB now, but he’s still the same ol’ Rex — the permanent gun-slinger.

INJURY UPDATE

– Monday was the first day of training camp the Redskins had their projected starting defense on the field to practice together. That meant the return of SS Brandon Meriweather [knee], who missed the previous week of practice, and DeAngelo Hall [ankle], who missed last week and spent a few days in a walking boot. Hall says he feels better but is not 100 percent yet. The real test for Meriweather was not Monday, but today, when and if the team practices. How Meriweather’s knee holds up after a day of strenuous work will tell the team a lot about how far his recovery has come [or not].

– Guard Adam Gettis [hamstring] also returned to team drills. Safety Reed Doughty was given a veteran’s day off. FB Eric Kettani [knee] and C Tevita Stevens [foot/ankle] both watched practice yesterday.

– TE Jordan Reed got an MRI last night after bruising his foot. No word on him yet. Guard Josh LiRibeus hyper-extended his right knee, but seemed to think he’ll be fine.

– WR Donte’ Stallworth [hamstring] and RB Chris Thompson [left knee] both participated in practice yesterday, an improvement for each player.

– WR Devery Henderson missed the afternoon practice due to a death in the family.

Rich Campbell’s observations from Monday’s practice are here. Highlights: RG3 looked very good, WR Leonard Hankerson dropped two passes and Niles Paul played VERY well. That’s a good sign for Paul, who could get a lot of playing time this year in two-TE sets if he proves worthy of it. I doubt Jordan Reed will play much this year just because the position isn’t easy for rookies to master. As for Hankerson, this is his third season — a critical point for NFL wideouts. It’s also his first healthy offseason. He’s not on scholarship anymore, there are no more excuses.

Zac Boyer notes ILB Bryan Kehl has overtaken ILB Roddrick Muckelroy as the top backup at the Mike linebacker behind London Fletcher. However, when Nick Barnett is up to fighting shape, the top backup job will be his.

Redskins wideouts turned receiving drills into a slam-dunk contest yesterday.

Redskins rookies talk skits, mandatory snack-buying and pad-carrying and the whole rookie training camp experience.

 


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