RICHMOND—The rain cleared up and the Redskins got back to work for the first time since their disappointing performance in their preseason opener in Baltimore. Here are my observations:
—We saw draft picks CB Fabian Moreau (3rd round) and S Montae Nicholson (4th) on the field fully participating for the first time today. Both had injuries when they were drafted. Rather than putting them on the PUP, however, they left them active so that they could participate in individual drills while finishing up rehab.
—Speaking of players recovering from injuries, Jamison Crowder looks close to full speed and full participation as he rehabs his injured hamstring. He did not play against the Ravens but he could get some snaps against the Packers.
—In one-on-one work, rookie Robert Davis was targeted more than any other receiver on Thursday and he continued to get the ball thrown to him in practice today. He made Kirk Cousins look good on one throw with a catch made diving back towards the line of scrimmage. Dashaun Phillips had decent coverage but Davis dove and made the catch about a foot from the ground.
—On a deep pass, Terrelle Pryor and Bashaud Breeland both did some pushing while tracking the ball. Pryor got in the last push and made the catch. Breeland wanted pass interference and he may have had a case.
—Pryor does use his hands and, by extension, his arms a lot. He takes it right to the line and sometimes he crosses it. I’ll bet he gets flagged for offensive interference on multiple occasions this year. In fact, I’ll put the over/under at 2.5 and take the over. He was hit for OPI twice with the Browns last year.
—When they lined up for team drills for the first time, Will Compton and Zach Brown were the inside linebackers and Deshazor Everett was the strong safety in place of the injured Su’a Cravens.
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—Breeland got a win in the early going, knocking away a pass intended for Davis.
—Pryor did a good job of stealing a Cousins pass away from Josh Norman, reaching up and out to haul in the pass with Norman just missing making a play on the ball. If Cousins' pass isn't right on the money or if Pryor wasn't using all of his length, Norman bats the ball away.
—On one outside run by Samaje Perine, A.J. Francis and Martrell Spaight sandwiched the back, with the lineman stopping the back from the front and Spaight finishing the play from behind.
—Arie Kouandjio is still lining up at guard with the third team. We will see how significant that is when the roster cuts are made in three weeks.
—Ryan Kerrigan just blew up an off tackle run by Rob Kelley. The play was over in a flash as Kelley went to the ground and Kerrigan remained on his feet.
—Before practice, Jay Gruden said that Crowder will be the punt returner, confirming what Crowder said earlier this week. Also lined up to field punts during special teams practice were Chris Thompson, James Quick, Kendall Fuller, who had a 17-yard return against the Ravens, and Will Blackmon.
—D.J. Swearinger chatters at everybody. Colt McCoy threw a pass away and the ball bounced off the hands of a spectator. “You’ve got to catch that!”, Swearinger jokingly yelled at the fan.
—Jay Gruden yelled a few minutes later but I can’t repeat all of it. Spencer Long was off-target on a shotgun snap on third and five. Gruden cursed and then said, “That’s a game changer!” Indeed, such a play at the wrong time in the game could be a disaster.
—That all for Saturday. Tomorrow afternoon I will be back with the final live practice blog of training camp starting at about 3:30.