RICHMOND—The Redskins had some visitors today as the Texans came to Richmond. They also flipped their practice times and their 8:30 a.m. practice just wrapped up. Here are some highlights of the session along with a few quotes from around the Bon Secours training center. Check back later for my full practice report later this afternoon.
—The “experiment” of playing Brandon Scherff at right guard and moving Morgan Moses in at right tackle continued today. We will see if this continues in the future.
— J.J. Watt is not only big, he’s fast. The Redskins tried to run to the left, away from him, but he was over there in a flash. He just tagged the runner but it could have been a highlight-type of tackle for a three-yard loss in a live situation.
—Jamison Crowder was one of the offensive stars of the session. He caught several passes working against the Texans’ first-team defense and he drew a flag when a defender had to grab him on a deep pass. We should tamp down the expectations meter since it’s early in training camp but the fourth-round pick is looking like quite a find.
—Robert Griffin III got off to a rocky start in full team work. His first pass was batted down by Watt. His second one was deflected by end Jared Crick. The offense did finish up the series with good run by Alfred Morris and a Griffin pass to Andre Roberts so it wasn’t all bad in that session.
—There were a couple of injury scares for the Redskins but neither seems to be too serious. DeSean Jackson banged his shoulder and DeAngelo Hall went to the ground with what appeared to be a leg injury. Both left practice and did not return. Hall later said that he tweaked his knee and his groin. His left Achilles, torn twice last year, was unaffected. Word from the locker room was that Jackson’s injury was just a bruise or minor sprain. We will get official word on both injuries from Jay Gruden before the afternoon walkthrough.
—Jay Gruden on what the team got out of last year’s joint practices with the Patriots: “Well, it helped us evaluate our players. That’s the number one objective is A) to continue to implement our system, obviously, and learn what we’re doing, but B) see how our players react to the competition and try to get a better gauge on our best 53 — our depth chart moving forward in the first, second, third preseason game.”
—Gruden on getting the ball to Pierre Garçon more often this year: “This isn't Xbox. You don't hit the X button. You have to read the coverages and make your throw determined on what is there for you. He's always going to be an option for us. How many times he gets the ball is impossible to predict though."
—LB Keenan Robinson on how the defense will come together with so many new players: “I just think it's a whole bunch of guys who are hungry to win. I mean, we have a lot of new faces and the faces we've brought in have come from winning organizations for the most part. T-Knight, he came from the Broncos. They're obviously a winning organization. Chris Culliver came from the 49ers, a winning organization. So we have guys who we've brought in who know how to win and know how to get it done the right way. They've been on great teams and great defenses who have been, you know, top five defenses in the past. So they know what it takes in order to get to the top.”