LANDOVER, Md. — The Washington Football Team switched it up on Friday night, taking their training camp to FedExField as opposed to practicing at their home facility in Ashburn, Va. The session was held from 7-9 p.m., and thousands of fans filled both the lower bowl and club level to take in the action.
In all, it was a nice appetizer to the appetizer (the preseason) to the main course (Week 1). Here's a rundown of the top plays from the event...
- In a 7-on-7 passing drill, Taylor Heinicke threw one high to Antonio Gandy-Golden, who was breaking in from the left toward the deep middle of the field. As AGG stretched his arms up for the ball, which was on target, reserve linebacker Jordan Kunaszyk popped him right in the chest. That jarred it loose from the wideout's hands, and corner Torry McTyer was more than happy to snag it for the pick. It wasn't quite a Sunday-level hit from Kunaszyk, but it was damn close. Also, McTyer will be intriguing to watch in the exhibition contests; he's absolutely stood out in the secondary, especially for a non-household name.
- Here was another defensive highlight: Ryan Fitzpatrick tried to dial up Cam Sims on a deep shot in 11-on-11s, but the two weren't on the same page. Sims stopped his route after about 20 yards, while Fitz threw it as if Sims was running straight down the sideline. Benjamin St-Juste ended up picking off the pass and getting his feet in before drifting out of bounds.
- Fitz redeemed himself on the next drive with a nice floater to Logan Thomas (who continues to catch every single thing that comes his way). The defense appeared to have Thomas surrounded, but thanks to Fitzpatrick's pinpoint touch, the tight end was able to pluck it and get down before anyone laid a hit on him. The possession eventually stalled out, and Dustin Hopkins knocked in a field goal.
- The second-string offensive line gave Heinicke a supremely comfortable pocket, allowing him to survey his options before rifling one to Ricky Seals-Jones. Heinicke may not have the strongest arm, but on that completion, he reached back and gunned it into the tight end's belly.
- JD McKissic must really annoy the defense, because after seemingly every one of his touches, at least one guy will get in his ear or prevent him from getting up. That happened on Friday evening when McKissic caught a checkdown, tried to juke past a linebacker and was tripped up. As McKissic got back to his feet, he found himself enclosed in burgundy jerseys. Jon Bostic ultimately escorted McKissic out of the way and to safety.
- Easily the most impressive sequence of the night came near the end of the proceedings, when Fitzpatrick used play action, planted his foot and just launched one to Terry McLaurin. Kendall Fuller was in McLaurin's hip pocket, but that didn't prevent the all-world receiver from leaping up and bringing it down. McLaurin then hit the ground, got up and sprinted to the end zone, where he posed for the fans who were there. Fitzpatrick hot-footed it to join him, and the two capped it off with a chest bump. Those two seem to be gelling really nicely.