Kirk Cousins looked just a bit off early in the Redskins OTA session on Wednesday. Throws were a bit late, defenders were able to knock balls down. As the two-hour workout continued, Cousins started to improve.
At the end of practice, Cousins looked his best. Running a two-minute drill with Jay Gruden nearby, Cousins led the Redskins offense down the field. The drive culminated with a leaping touchdown grab from Niles Paul in the corner of the end zone. That throw, and the drive that accompanied it, are what fans want to see this fall.
Other news & notes:
- Cornerback Quinton Dunbar left the session early after twisting an ankle on a sideline route defending WR Brian Quick. Considering it's May and Dunbar walked off the field, don't be alarmed.
- Rookie Ryan Anderson looked dominant in spots. Sure, he was facing mostly third string tackles unlikely to be in the NFL this fall, but the burst is real. The Redskins staff still wants Anderson to shed a few more pounds, but Wednesday's session was impressive.
- D.J. Swearinger made a nice, one-handed grab during individual drills. He had to lean so far back for the ball it was reminiscent of Preston Smith's INT against Minnesota last season.
- It might have just been coincidence, but it seemed like head coach Jay Gruden spent more downtime with the defensive players than he has in previous sessions. It could be that Gruden wants to spend as much time now with the D because he knows, taking back over play-calling duties, that time will be limited in the fall.
- WR Mo Harris seemed to get increased reps with Josh Doctson sitting out team drills. Coaches love Harris.
- LB Trent Murphy also seemed to roll an ankle. Nothing major, but appeared to feel it walking off the field.
- The rotations at both the inside and outside linebacker spots appear anything but set. In the middle, Zach Brown, Will Compton and Mason Foster all seemed to rotate throughout the session. For the first team rep, Foster and Compton took the field. On the outside, Preston Smith, Trent Murphy, Junior Galette and Anderson seemed to be taking reps alongside Ryan Kerrigan.
- In general, both sessions this fall have felt crisp. Done in a little under two hours, players are hustling from drill to drill and things run with a sense of purpose.
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