RICHMOND—It was Fan Appreciation Day, it was crowded, and it was hot. And they had a lively two-hour practice to wrap up the week in Richmond.
—The Redskins practiced in full pads for the first time on Saturday. Under Mike Shanahan the team has usually practices in shorts but with new rules requiring players to wear knee and thigh pads, Shanahan wanted to get the players acclimated to the change. Some were already wearing them, others didn’t mind the change. A few others, well, one unidentified player spoke for them when he yelled “(Expletive) these knee pads!”
—Aldrick Robinson has been one of the stars of camp. If he truly “gets it” he could be a great weapon.
—Robert Griffin III was putting on quite a show for the fans during one on one drills. His first deep pass was on the money to Skye Dawson but the rookie’s knee hit the ball while he was trying to catch it and it popped out. Then Dez Briscoe dropped another deep ball. After that his receivers held on. His final pass was a perfectly thrown long bomb to Robinson, who made the catch. Griffin kept his follow through extended as the ball traveled in the air and gave a quick little “basket good” sign when Robinson hauled it in
—There were some real NFL officials on the sideline for today’s practice. On one deep pass during 11 on 11 a receiver made a catch on a deep pass near the sideline. The line judge, who was stationed near the line of scrimmage, signaled that the pass was complete. Jim Haslett yelled, with a smile, “How can you see that from where you are?” The zebra yelled back to Haslett, “How can you see it?” The official had a point; Haslett was stationed about 12 yards behind the line of scrimmage, further away from the play.
—Pat White took off running to the left and had some room to operate. About 20 yards downfield near the sideline, however, safety Jose Gumbs knocked the ball out of White’s hand. Gumbs recovered the fumble. White’s running ability is what is giving him a shot here and he just can’t make mistakes like that fumble, especially when it was the result of him holding the ball carelessly.
—I’m not sure who should have blocked Ryan Kerrigan on a running play but nobody did on a handoff to Roy Helu Jr. Had Helu been a player on another team, he would have been blown up.
—Fred Davis got his hands on a pass and almost immediately had it knocked out by Richard Crawford. Taking advantage of the striped shirts being there, we asked for a ruling. Catch and fumble, the line judge said. Davis had control and took two steps before he was stripped. The ball bounced back up into Davis’ arms anyaway.
—Santana Moss fielded a few punts during special teams drills but he is not going to do that during the season unless there is a dire emergency. He said the other day that he just wanted to stay in practice.
—Griffin was 13 for 17 in seven on seven work. His incompletions were a misfire on a short pass to Pierre Garçon, one near the sideline that was too high, a pass that was a bit too wide for Davis to lunge for and an apparent miscommunication on a pattern by Moss. He had a number of good throws including a dart to Leonard Hankerson over the middle (the receiver bobbled the ball before securing it) and a soft toss to Moss after a scramble. That pass had perfect arc and touch to it.
—In red zone 11 on 11, Kirk Cousins threaded the needle on a pass to Moss for a touchdown.