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Redskins training camp practice report, Day 1

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Redskins training camp practice report, Day 1

RICHMOND—The Redskins took the field for their first full training camp practice with warm temperatures and high humidity. The CBA prohibits practicing in pads until the players have had three days to get acclimated so they wore just helmets and shorts today.

—Special teams drills were up first. Tress Way is unchallenged as the team’s punter and he showed why with several booming kicks.

—During a defensive line drill, Terrance Knighton took a moment to pose for a picture with a fan who was permitted to be on the sidelines. I’m not sure if that says anything good about his focus during practice. We’ll see if it’s more than a one-time thing.

—The defensive line practiced knocking the ball out of the carrier’s arm. Robb Akey was emphasizing doing it before the runner knows you're there. Have never seen that emphasis.

#Redskins DL practicing punching ball out. Coach emphasizing knocking the back out before carrier knows he is there.

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—After that the linemen went to hit the two-man sled. These drills required for the sled to stay in one place. To do this they needed two large men and several cinder blocks on the back end of the sled.

—In the first session of 11 on 11 drills Colt McCoy had two nice passes for touchdowns. One was to fullback Jordan Campbell, who beat LB Martrell Spaight. The other was to TE Je’Ron Hamm, who beat S Kyshoen Jarrett. Both throws covered about 30 yards and were thrown with touch and accuracy.

—On Robert Griffin’s first pass he dropped back, hesitated a half beat, and threw sidearm and off target. There still is work to do.

—Even through undrafted rookie RB Trey Williams is listed at 5-7, 195 he doesn’t look small on the field. He finished off one run with a nice stiff arm. I’m not sure if there is room for him on this roster but he’s worth keeping an eye on.

—We nearly had our first scuffle of camp. Jordan Reed didn’t like how DeAngelo Hall bumped into him after a reception. They exchanged words but teammates intervened before the altercation got physical.

—Griffin did warm up as practice went on, firing some nice passes. He hit Jamison Crowder downfield with a bullet.

—They went back to special teams and with one group rookie DL Preston Smith was lined up as the second man in from the right end. At 6-5, 270 he would be scary to see running downfield towards a potential blocker. I will keep an eye on this when preseason games start.

—Even the fifth overall pick in the draft is subject to discipline. Brandon Scherff jumped early on one play and ran a lap around the field to do penance. That was interesting but I’ll be really impressed if I see Trent Williams do it.

—Kirk Cousins did not have a good day. In seven on seven drills he was tipping off his passes, looking straight at his primary receiver before the snap. A few of us in the media were calling out who the ball was going to before the snap and we were right way more often than not. Later in full team drills, he threw an interception to Jarrett over the middle. There was no indication why he threw the pass where he did.

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An ankle injury has ended Terrelle Pryor's first, and probably last, season with the Redskins

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An ankle injury has ended Terrelle Pryor's first, and probably last, season with the Redskins

As high hopes for the Redskins season seem to be slowly slipping away, the high hopes for wide receiver Terrell Pryor can now officially end.

Jay Gruden announced Monday that Pryor will undergo ankle surgery and be placed on the injured reserve. That means Pryor will not be eligible to play for at least eight games, and considering it’s already late November, that closes the book on Pryor’s 2017 season.

When Pryor signed with Washington this offseason, fans grew quite excited. The 6-foot-5, 240 lbs. wideout went for more than 1,000 receiving yards last year on a terrible Browns team, and most expected that production to increase playing with Kirk Cousins.

It never happened.

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In nine games for Washington, Pryor grabbed only 20 catches for 240 yards and one touchdown. What made matters worse for the former quarterback-turned-receiver, Pryor displayed subpar hands, and drops plagued him throughout the season. He was targeted 37 times, and barely caught more than 50 percent of those passes.

As things deteriorated for Pryor, he maintained a respectful professionalism. Eventually his ineffective play led him to the bench and reduced snaps, and in his final game of the season against the Vikings, Pryor did not even land a target.

Signed to a one-year deal, Pryor rolled the dice on a season in Washington to boost his free agent profile in 2018. It didn’t work, and now after surgery, it seems unlikely either the player or the organization would pursue a second contract.

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After awful collapse, NFL apology on bad call little more than hollow gesture for Kirk Cousins, Redskins

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After awful collapse, NFL apology on bad call little more than hollow gesture for Kirk Cousins, Redskins

NEW ORLEANS — Collectively, the Redskins squandered a great road win on Sunday.

The team coughed up a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter, and allowed Drew Brees and the Saints to pull off an incredible, unbelievable comeback win. 

The Redskins deserve the blame. The players and coaches. But they're not alone. 

The referees made a terrible intentional grounding call late in the fourth quarter that cost the Redskins precious time and real estate.

Kirk Cousins very obviously threw the ball away to stop the clock, and the quarterback was very obviously not under duress from the Saints pass rush.

In no fashion was the throw grounds for a flag.

None. 

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Yet, the refs penalized Cousins and the Redskins. As much as replay bogs down the sport, Jay Gruden had no recourse, the flag could not be challenged, and the 'Skins were thrust out of field goal position.

Late Sunday night, a report showed that NFL officials contacted Redskins team president Bruce Allen to say the call was wrong. Whoop de do. That means nothing, and Cousins knows it. 

"Whatever they do to say, ‘we’re sorry, wrong call,’ it’s tough because there’s nobody bringing that up in February or March when we're making decisions about which direction to go with the organization. We appreciate the clarification but you know it really doesn’t do much.," Cousins said Monday speaking on 106.7 the Fan

And he's right.

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"This is our careers, this is our livelihood," Cousins said. "It is frustrating when a letter is really all you get when it has such a major impact on the direction of our lives."

Cousins' future, Gruden's future, countless other players and coaches, they don't get to hang a sign that says, "The NFL blew a call."

For the third straight offseason, Cousins will be without a contract, and a long-term deal remains anything but certain. This loss, and that call, could impact those contract talks. 

This loss, and that call, could impact coaching changes or draft strategy too. By dropping to 4-6, the Redskins seem unlikely to push for a playoff spot now. Might the organization think differently of their franchise QB if the team fails to make the playoffs for consecutive seasons? Sure, that could definitely happen. Should it happen? Probably not. Could it happen? It could. 

Don't misunderstand: The Redskins blew a 15-point lead in three minutes. That's abysmal. That's absurd. One penalty flag didn't change that. 

But it was a huge penalty, and it was a terrible call. 

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Cousins played nearly flawless in New Orleans, connecting for three touchdowns and more than 300 yards. His most important pass, however, was one that was harmlessly into the ground, with no intended receiver. 

"I'm thinking, well [Jamison] Crowder and [Josh] Doctson are over there. If I literally throw it over their heads, they're in the area, they're eligible receivers. Not to mention, if I'm not under pressure, it's not intentional grounding," Cousins said. 

It's not intentional grounding. Cousins knows it. The NFL knows it. But it doesn't matter now. 

"The difference between a team that’s patting everybody on the back at the end of the season and a team that everybody gets fired, the difference can be a few plays, it can be a call by a referee," Cousins said. "It's a very fragile thing."

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