Redskins Roundup: The First Rookie To Start Will Be…

Updated: August 2, 2013

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– Robert Griffin III practiced and looked healthy

– SS Brandon Meriweather did not practice and his injured knee is coming along more slowly

– RB Chris Thompson missed his third straight day due to his knee. Not gonna make the team that way, rook. Not his fault, though.

– CB DeAngelo Hall didn’t practice, but he did take off the walking boot

– TE Fred Davis, S Reed Doughty, RB Roy Helu, G Kory Lichtensteiger got the day off yesterday

– G Adam Gettis, LB Jeremy Kimbrough & WR Donte’ Stallworth all missed practice due to injury

One player who is no longer injured is OLB Brian Orakpo and Rich Campbell writes his return could transform the Washington defense.

Rich Campbell writes that yesterday’s practice was the most intense of the training camp, with players looking exhausted from the work and the brutal weather.

Head Coach Mike Shanahan said the zone-read option is here to stay because it disadvantages the defense by creating the threat of a running quarterback. Good for him. The read option obviously has risks for quarterbacks, but the advantages are obvious and, in some cases, significant. I’m glad Shanny wasn’t bullied by the armchair generals during the offseason to abandon what he built here last season. 

Mike Jones has observations from Thursday’s practice, including Robert Griffin looking better than he has all training camp.

Always a good idea to read Zac Boyer’s training camp observations, too.

Did London Fletcher‘s successor just get added to the roster – Nick Barnett?

SS Brandon Meriweather has missed a lot of training camp so far as he continues to rehab from the ACL tear he suffered last November. The average recovery time is seven-to-nine months and while Robert Griffin III appears poised to do that in about seven months, Meriweather is probably closer to nine months.

Tarik El-Bashir asks which Redskins defensive back will be the first to start a game this season? FS Baccari Rambo has been getting all the reps with the first team and CB David Amerson has been getting a lot of field time in place of the injured DeAngelo Hall. [And, before that, Josh Wilson when he was injured.] And now Meriweather’s ailing knee has allowed Phillip Thomas to get reps with the first team at strong safety. So, which one gets the first start? I say it is Baccari Rambo and I say he starts week one!

Tyler Polumbus is in a battle to hold on to his starting right tackle job, against veteran free agents Tony Pashos and Jeremy Trueblood. To me, Trueblood is just a body and not real competition. The last time he played, in 2012, he was terrible and got benched by a Buccaneers team that didn’t really have a replacement for him. Pashos is a decent right tackle if he’s healthy, which he wasn’t in 2012, missing the entire season to injury. I predicted in the DC Pro Sports Report preview of the right tackle position that Pashos would win the job and Trueblood would probably not make the team.

Speaking of training camp battles, last year’s backup tailback, Evan Roysteris in a fight to save his spot on the roster. 

OLB Darryl Tapp is a long-time Redskins fan so he’s thrilled to be playing for his favorite team. 

OLB Ryan Kerrigan likes the Pro Bowl changes the NFL made. To me it looks like putting lipstick on an ugly pig. I still won’t watch the game. 

Robert Griffin III kept to his workout regimen on his honeymoon in Europe. That is NOT double entendre. 

Redskins players, most of whom are African-American, say they won’t be thinking about the vile racial slur uttered by Eagles WR Riley Cooper when the two teams meet on Monday night in week one of the regular season. Hmm. We’ll see. 

The Redskins used a helicopter to dry water-logged practice fields yesterday. Yes, you read that right. Go see for yourself