Although the weather in Ashburn was warm and sunny, the Redskins had to move their OTA practice inside on Tuesday as torrential rains the night before had left the grass fields in bad shape. Here is what I saw on defense and special teams. I'll have the observations on offense up tomorrow.
—We had the Dashon Goldson-Duke Ihenacho combo at safety with the first team as we have had for most of the OTAs that have been open to the media. When they signed Jeron Johnson it was thought that the strong safety job was his to lose. It’s probably to early to say he has lost it but Ihenacho, who started for the Broncos in the Super Bowl against Johnson’s Seahawks, is giving him a run for his money.
—It did look like Johnson lined up a few times at free safety. It’s important that someone who is likely to make the roster can do that since Goldson needs a backup. There isn’t another natural free safety on the roster.
—On a couple of snaps in 11 on 11 Stephen Paea lined up at nose tackle and Terrance Knighton shifted out to left end. I think the message is that anyone along the defensive line could line up anywhere at any time.
—Tress Way has had some impressive punts but not many like one he booted today. From one sideline he launched one across the field towards the other sideline. In the practice bubble there are hanging lights along the sides that are about 50 feet up from the field. Way’s punt hit one of the lights. I’m not going to do the math but the kick was still at a height of about 50 feet after covering 53 yards (the width of the football field). He also booted a punt going in the conventional direction that traveled 68 yards in the air.
—Lined up to return kickoffs were Trey Williams, Andre Roberts, Jamison Crowder, Rashad Ross, and Chris Thompson.
—Mike linebacker Keenan Robinson was a spectator at practice. He later said that he was dealing with a minor injury and would be back to practice tomorrow.
—The Redskins’ two top draft picks lined up opposite each other for a while and the later pick had the upper hand over the first pick. Preston Smith moved around Brandon Scherff both inside and outside in the space of a few plays.
—Ryan Kerrigan, who is out until training camp after a knee procedure, was working on hand techniques with and assistant coach.