The Redskins held their fifth OTA session on Wednesday. The practice was in the bubble due to a wet field with no sunshine to dry it off. Here are my observations from the session:
—The running backs were doing some pass protection drills with one back blocking and the other one imitating a blitzing linebacker What stood out was that rookie Matt Jones actually looked like a linebacker coming in there. He is a big guy.
—Alfred Morris looked about half a step faster than he has in the past. On one play on the far side of the field from where we were standing I thought for a moment that rookie scatback Trey Williams was carrying the ball. But it was Morris moving faster than I’ve ever seen him.
—Trent Williams was not present for the beginning of workouts. He came in later but without a jersey or helmet. Talking to him after practice we found out that he has been shut down until training camp due to an ankle injury.
—Jones is a very physical player. He caught a short pass and turned upfield with his shoulders lowered. The defensive backs who approached him didn’t want to have anything to do with him. After practice Jay Gruden said that he had to remind Jones on a few occasions that this was a non-contact practice and that he should take it easy.
—The Redskins are looking for an emergency backup center, one who would be active on game days and would be able to fill in if and finish a game if starter Kory Lichtensteiger got hurt. Josh LeRibeus took some reps there with the second team and Gruden said that they are pushing him to learn the position.
—Trent Murphy lined up on both the right and left sides and in two- and three-point stances. As he did last week, Trevardo Williams got a lot of the first-team OLB reps in place of the injured Ryan Kerrigan. Preston Smith also got some work with the first defense on both ends of the line.
—The Redskins have not had a quarterback who can throw a fade pattern since perhaps Joe Theismann. If the passes thrown by Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins, and Colt McCoy during today’s red zone seven-on-seven work are any indication, they still don’t.
—Jones did some good things but running backs coach Randy Johnson tore into him for something he did wrong on a quick slant pass to DeSean Jackson. The demonstrative Jordan ran towards Jones yelling “No, no, no, don’t ever do that again. His mistake was not obvious but apparently critical.
—Griffin looked fairly good most of the day but he made one ugly play. In 11 on 11 in the red zone the rolled to the right, looked, looked and when he was a few steps from the sideline he threw to the goal line. It was an easy interception for Bashaud Breeland.
—Morgan Moses was on the sideline during team drills but he was an active participant in individual drills. Just looking at him doing those there is no reason to believe that he won’t be back from the Lisfranc injury he suffered in December for the start of training camp.
—One of the nicest plays of the day was Cousins hitting Jackson over the middle about 20 yards downfield. Jackson had to extend a bit to catch the pass but he didn’t have to break stride much.
—Griffin took off downfield on one play and when the defense converged after he picked about 20 yards he went into a slide. It wasn’t perfect form as his legs were sticking up in the air as he came to a stop. But the thought was good.
—Terrance Knighton is huge. That is all.
—Rookie Tevin Mitchel may have made a goal line interception of Colt McCoy. The rookie cornerback made a diving catch of a pass near the goal line. Had there been a replay review it may have been ruled that he trapped it but it was a nice play on the ball in any case.
—Brandon Scherff, Arie Kouandjio, Austin Reiter, and Takoby Cofield were out on the field for nearly 30 minutes after practice ended getting in some extra work with O-line coach Bill Callahan.