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LIVE Redskins practice report--Day 3

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LIVE Redskins practice report--Day 3

They're putting the pads on today so the intensity will go up another notch. I'll be updating this report frequently as events warrant so drop by and refresh frequently.

--The afternoon has been somewhat eventful with the Bon Secours Training Center getting evacuated for a while due to lightning in the area. There have been period of rain, clouds, and sun. The skies remain threatening so if this blog gets cut off abruptly it's because they opened up.

--They are running possibly the most boring special teams drill imaginable. They are in kickoff formation and Dustin Hopkins is running up to the ball, swinging his leg, and not kicking it. The coverage team runs about 10 yards downfield and stops. They go back to the line and do it again. I'm sure there's some value in it in regards to getting in your lane but it sure is boring.

--Keith Marshall had a little bit of trouble in individual drills. First he had problems high stepping over the ropes and then he stumbled after he was hit with pads after catching a short pass. He is going to have to gain a lot of polish to his game very quickly is he intends to be on the 53-man roster.

A little difficulty for Keith Marshall at the end here. #Redskins

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--Jamison Crowder put a slick little move in Bashaud Breeland in a coverage drill. The receiver gained two steps on Breeland with the move and caugh the pass over the middle. Great route running.

--Then in 11 on 11, Pierre Garçon put a similar quick move on Breeland and got open to make the grab over the middle.

--Nate Suffield got a rep, threw a short, wobbly pass that was tipped and almost picked off. Then he went back to watching. Tough to make an impression that way.

--Martrell Spaight just got a good pop on a would-be returner in a one-on-one drill. Those backup linebacker spots will be determined by special teams and it seems that Spaight is well aware of that.

--Joe Barry was a very vocal presence in the special teams drills that just concluded.

--Nice long pass by Colt McCoy. He arched it deep down the middle to WR Dez Stewart, who had a couple of steps on fellow rookie Lloyd Carrington. The pass his Stewart in stride and he made the catch for an easy touchdown.

--kAn action-packed couple of minutes.  Breeland with a leaping, falling pick of Cousins. Cousins to Jackson, who streaked out of nowhere past Norman to make the catch. Then Trent Murphy read a Cousins screen and picked it off. All of a sudden a lot of fun broke out.

--Ross is trying hard to make up for his earlier drop. He made a nice diving catch over the middle and then caught one around the hash mark and made a nice move to shake Kendall Fuller and jetted upfield.

--There was a brief skirmish between Niles Paul and Spaight after some action downfield.

That's it for today, thanks for dropping by. They are off tomorrow, see you Monday afternoon.

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Kirk Cousins breaks down the terribleness of FedEx Field grass

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Kirk Cousins breaks down the terribleness of FedEx Field grass

For years, the Redskins struggle with their home field as the fall turns to winter. It's been happening so long it's become an expected passing of the seasons, like the transition from Halloween jack-o-lanterns to Christmas lights dotting people's front yards. 

Well, on Thanksgiving night, the turf at FedEx Field again showed how bad it can be. On a second half interception returned for a New York Giants touchdown, replay showed that Kirk Cousins' foot got stuck on the dirt, and it played a role in his sailing a ball to the sideline. The bad turf was not the only reason for the interception, but it was definitely a reason. 

Beyond the pick, the field was just ugly. Twitter blew up making fun of the Redskins home grass, and the national broadcast showed just how unsightly the long brown patch between the hash marks looked. 

On Friday, the normally diplomatic Cousins opened up about the grass.

"It probably doesn't look like a professional NFL field should," the quarterback said on 106.7 the Fan (full audio here). "If you think the field is rough now on Thanksgiving, we've got two more home games in mid-to-late December. That's probably going to be a bigger challenge."

Asked about the field's impact on the interception on Thursday night, Cousins ignored it. But plenty of other players have suggested the field is a known problem in the second half, and something they just must deal with. 

"I don't know why it is that way or what causes it," Cousins said. "I've kind of learned to accept it and understand it's part of the deal. Playing here on the field has never been that great in the second half of the season for whatever the reason."

[h/t @BenStandig for the Cousins quotes]

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When Samaje Perine got going, so did the Redskins' offense

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When Samaje Perine got going, so did the Redskins' offense

At halftime of the Redskins’ Thanksgiving night game against the Giants, Samaje Perine had three yards rushing and his team had three points. Washington had racked up all of 113 yards.

Coincidence? Not entirely. Although the Redskins are primarily a passing team they need to run the ball to pass effectively.

“We had to get the running game going,” said Jay Gruden after the game.

In the second half, Perine and the offense did get it going. Perine ran for 97 yards and Redskins put up 210 yards and 17 points. It’s safe to say that it wasn’t a coincidence.

The Redskins didn’t make any halftime adjustments to get the ground game in gear.

“We just had to stay the course,” said Perine. “We knew they were going to come out fired up, they just came off a big win. We just had to stay the course and then things started going our way.”

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Perine was more steady than spectacular. His longest run was 16 yards. He came out of the locker room and ran for six and 10 yards on his first two carries. Later in the third quarter the Redskins were backed up at their own 10. Perine ran four straight plays for 39 yards and the Redskins were near midfield.

Although they didn’t score on that drive they did change field position. That was part of the Redskins’ strategy playing with an injury-depleted offense.

“If you had to punt in a game like this and play field position, it’s not the end of the world because our defense was playing so good,” said Gruden.

Not only did the running game flip the field, it flipped the time of possession. In the first half, the Giants had the ball for 17:40 compared to 12:20 for the Redskins.

“We had to get on the field and control some of the clock,” said tackle Morgan Moses. “We had to give our defense a rest. Samaje put his foot in the ground and got extra yards when needed and we were able to move the chains.”

Moses wasn’t the only one enjoying seeing Perine pile up some yards.

“As a defensive player, you want to see that,” said safety D.J. Swearinger. “We say, keep running it. Keep running him. Let him keep getting those carries, put a dent in the defense. It was a good sight to see.”

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Swearinger got to watch a lot of Perine. The Redskins piled up 22:17 in possession in the second half, while Swearinger and his defensive mates had to defend for just 7:43.

Last night was the second time in four days that Perine has rushed for 100 yards or more; he had 117 in New Orleans on Sunday. No Redskin has rushed for 100 yards in consecutive games since Alfred Morris did it in November of 2013.

He will have a chance to extend that streak to three on Thursday against the Cowboys, who are ranked 17th in rushing defense. That would put him in some elite company in Redskins history, including Larry Brown (twice) and Stephen Davis.  A steak of three straight 100-yard games was last done by Morris in 2012.

It may be a little early to look forward, but the Redskins record is five straight 100-yard games, held by Clinton Portis (twice) and Ladell Betts.  

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