The Redskins practiced in the bubble on Tuesday, in need of a dry field after heavy rains on Monday night. Yesterday I gave you my observations on defense, here is what I saw on the offensive side of the ball.
—It doesn’t look like we’re any closer to finding out what the deal was with the domestic abuse allegations that popped up on Jamison Crowder’s Instagram account but the rookie wide receiver was present at OTAs. He did leave practice without comment and Jay Gruden said that the NFL investigation was ongoing.
—One wide receiver who was not present was DeSean Jackson. Gruden said that he had a personal matter to attend to and that he should be there for Wednesday’s OTA. Again, it should be noted that these workouts are voluntary. Minicamp, which gets underway on Tuesday, is mandatory.
—As he was last week, Tom Compton was lined up at left tackle in place of Trent Williams, who is sitting out until training camp while nursing an ankle injury. It’s hard to say what would happen if Williams missed a regular season game. It likely would be Morgan Moses in at left tackle but he also is out until training camp.
—Gruden was one of a few coaches providing “coverage” on receivers during a red-zone passing drill. Everyone should be happy to know that he had difficulty keeping up with Pierre Garçon and a few others.
—Crowder is quick. Robert Griffin III hit him with a short pass and after a quick move the receiver was gone.
—Griffin’s best pass of the day was incomplete. He got pushed out of the pocket to the left and launched one about 50 yards downfield. Pierre Garçon couldn’t quite catch up to it but it.
—Colt McCoy didn’t have a good day. In seven on seven work he threw a couple of passes into a crowd. Both were incomplete but had they been playing in pads the receivers could have been smacked. A later pass during full team work was picked off by linebacker Ja’Gared Davis. And near the end of practice he threw one right at an onrushing Chris Baker and a linebacker nearly made a diving interception of the batted ball.
—I'm not counting snaps but my impression is that during the OTAs that I've seen McCoy is getting more snaps in both seven on seven and in full team work than Kirk Cousins is. I'll try to keep a closer eye on this during minicamp. I should note that there is no media presence at most of the OTAs so the snap pattern could be different on the days that we're not there. It's worth monitoring next week, when we are there for all three days of practice.
—Griffin made some good, quick decisions during a two-minute drill, although a couple of times when his first read wasn’t there he seemed a bit lost.
—At one point the second-team offensive line was, from left to right, Willie Smith, Arie Kouandjio, Josh LeRibeus, Tom Compton, and Ty Nsekhe. Yes, that’s tackle Compton playing right guard. Later, center Tyler Larsen stepped in at right guard. Gruden is preparing for any game day emergency scenario he can dream up.
— Ryan Grant made a nice catch, getting a foot dragged on the sideline in the end zone. Griffin had some good touch on the pass, dropping it in over the defender and in to Grant.
—Bill Callahan had a large group of offensive linemen doing some extra work after practice was over. This is becoming a regular practice to the point where the linemen don’t look at it as doing “extra”; it’s become what’s normal and expected.
—The offseason program is humming along. The next time we’ll have coverage from Redskins Park will be for minicamp starting on Tuesday. That will run for three days and then the players are off until reporting to training camp around July 30.