After a sloppy 23-17 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday, the Redskins return to Richmond for a Saturday practice. The session, scheduled for 1:35 p.m., marks Fan Appreciation Day and likely one of the biggest crowds of camp. Despite the fun festivities, Washington has plenty to work on. Here's what to watch:
- Miles for Niles - In the first game of the 2015 preseason, tight end Niles Paul got hurt, forcing him to miss the entire season. In the first game of the 2016 preseason, it again looked like Paul got hurt, and Redskins' fans hearts sank. Good news, per Jay Gruden, was that Paul suffered just a hyperextended knee, and should be back at practice on Saturday. Paul could be seen walking in the locker room after the game in Atlanta, another good sign. Though he's listed as the third string tight end, Paul give the 'Skins much more than that, and fans will want to watch him practice on Saturday.
- Run DMV - The Redskins run game looked bad on Thursday - particularly early in the game when Matt Jones, Chris Thompson and Keith Marshall were largely shut down. With Kirk Cousins manning the aerial attack, Jay Gruden might not be dependent on his run game, but Washington needs some threat of a run game to succeed. The coach acknowledged that postgame, and Saturday will give the 'Skins a chance to address the deficiences from the Falcons game.
- Will the real O-Line please stand up - The run game may have struggled Thursday night because of the runners, but it also might have been that the left side of the line featured Spencer Long at guard and Ty Nsekhe at tackle. Substitute Shawn Lauvao and Trent Williams and that line looks much, much different, but when will the Redskins see that combo back on their top line? Lauvao played Thursday with the second unit, so assuming he stays healthy, his move back to the starting unit seems inevitable. Williams, on the other hand, missed a few practices last week and was limited in a few others before sitting out the Falcons game. Williams, battling a sore knee, should be afforded whatever time he needs to get healthy, but it's hard to determine too much on the run game struggles until the team's best lineman is on the field.
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