The Redskins had the first of their two minicamp practices today under sunny skies at Redskins Park. Here are some observations from the field.
—Arie Kouandjio got some run with the first team at left guard. I’m still not sure if it’s a three-man competition between him, Spencer Long and Shawn Lauvao but it will be interesting to see how it plays out.
—David Bruton and Bashaud Breeland were sporting gold football pants
—The Redskins are shifting into a variety of defensive fronts. The rules regarding coverage of practice state that I can’t go into detail on them but I think that fans will be excited to see them when the season starts.
—Josh Doctson participated in the walkthrough portion of practice but nothing else. Jay Gruden said that his Achilles was still ailing and although he might have been able to go they didn’t want to risk further injury.
—Jordan Reed also was out due to an ankle injury.
—Lyndon Trail is 6-7, 270 and a heck of an athlete. If he can figure out rushing the passer he could be quite an asset. He blew through the dummies in this drill; watch No. 48.
—Among the players working out on the far field doing injury rehab were TE Derek Carrier (knee), G Shawn Lauvao (ankle), and OLB Junior Galette (Achilles)
—Nobody mentions Kendall Reyes much when talking about the competition to start at right defensive end. But he has lined up with the first team there quite frequently. I would not count him out.
—It was supposed to take Niles Paul until training camp to finish rehab on the ankle he injured last August. But he has been participating and he seems to have no difficulty.
—Kirk Cousins completed a bomb to DeSean Jackson and then ran up the sideline pumping his fist and yelling, “Celebrate! You love that!” Later on at his press conference Cousins said, “We have a blast and we compete.”
—A little later the defense got some revenge as Bashaud Breeland picked off a Cousins pass deep over the middle. Some mocking calls of “You like that!” came from the defense. As Cousins said, just competing, all in fun.
—Nobody different was back returning punts. It was the regulars we’ve seen all offseason—Jamison Crowder, Rashad Ross, Will Blackmon, Dashaun Phillips, and Jarvis Turner.
—Cousins fired a dart to Vernon Davis over the middle. “Hell of a strike, No. 8,” shouted Jay Gruden.
—Rookie free agent RB Robert Kelly is getting quite a bit of work and he appears to be impressing the coaches. “I think he’s going to be a tough guy to tackle when all is said and done,” said Gruden when asked about him.
—A brief skirmish broke out among a few obscure rookie free agents. It was broken up quickly. The combatants, to use the term loosely, were OL’s Cody Booth and Kevin Bowen and LB Ejiro Ederaine.
—Chris Baker got some pass rush push up the middle and he got a hand on two Cousins passes. One he tipped and sent off target and the other he batted backwards.
—Ouch! Rookie wide receiver Valdez Showers landed on his shoulder after making a catch near the sideline. He didn’t get up until after trainers tended to his right shoulder. The injury was diagnosed as an AC joint sprain and Showers will be out until training camp.
—The play of the day was made by rookie CB Lloyd Carrington. A Nate Sudfeld pass floated into the end zone and with tight coverage on the receiver Carrington was able to cradle the ball in his right arm to make a spectacular grab.