After a long, hot and productive three-week stay in Richmond, the Redskins will have one final practice before heading north to Ashburn. Sunday marked the last two-session day for Washington in the Virginia capital, and Monday the team has just one practice planned at 8:30 a.m. Despite the goodbye, Washington still has plenty to focus on.
- Big man, big rest - By all accounts the lingering soreness Trent Williams is dealing with in his right leg is not a major issue. On and off the record, coaches do not seem overly concerned. Still, it wold be nice for the Redskins to have Williams Friday night against the Jets. As the team tries to figure out its run game - especially on the heels of a bad effort in the first preseason game - Williams' return could be a big boost to the ground game.
- Watching the Duke - David Bruton has moved into the starting role at strong safety, working next to DeAngelo Hall. Bruton has great size for a safety, he is significantly bigger than the rest of the secondary group, and it's well known GM Scot McCloughan likes to have size on the field. But fans would be wise to remember Duke Ihenacho. He looked very active againt the Falcons playing safety with the second-team defense, and is only three seasons removed from being a starting safety on a Super Bowl team. Health has been Ihenacho's downfall thus far in Washington, but he has looked just fine throughout his time in Richmond.
- OLB plans - When Junior Galette went down for the season with another Achilles tear, the Redskins found their outside linebacker group switch from a strength to a question mark. After Preston Smith and Ryan Kerrigan, the 'Skins don't have much experience, forcing the reversal of the Trent Murphy defensive end experiment. What does it all mean? Washington will very likely be looking around the league to see if help emerges over the next few weeks. Surprise cuts always pop up, and if McCloughan and the Redskins staff feel like somebody that could help their team emerges, a move would not be a surprise.
The Redskins have the day off Tuesday before practicing in Ashburn on Wednesday, then another day off Thursday before Friday night's home preseason debut against the New York Jets.