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Washington Camp Notes (8/19): RBs are going to be busy in 2020

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Much of the product on the field here on Wednesday matched the field itself: A bit sloppy.

On Tuesday, Ron Rivera closed out practice by getting on his players for not knowing their assignments better and not being sharp enough. 

One day later, the coaching staff came out dialed in — many quarterback snaps were followed by Ron Rivera screaming “PLAY FAST!” as if the sequence wouldn’t count unless he added that in — but the guys in the white and burgundy jerseys were still inconsistent. 

Here are observations from the session, which was almost held indoors due to some rainy weather and wet grass:

  • Ryan Anderson returned after missing Tuesday’s action. Saahdiq Charles, however, was still totally missing. Adrian Peterson and Thomas Davis, meanwhile, were given the day off. When you’re as accomplished as they are, sometimes you get to spend the late morning just chilling on the sidelines.


  • One of the most common sights throughout the 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 work was a Washington running back catching a pass. With Peterson out, Antonio Gibson and JD McKissic received a lot of snaps — and then they received a lot of passes. Terry McLaurin is going to lead this offense in catches, but don’t be surprised if either Gibson or McKissic ends the year as the second-favorite target. If these first few days are any indication, Scott Turner is still going to involve his backfield in the passing game, even without Christian McCaffrey.


  • Speaking of Turner, he loves motion in his offense as much as NBC Sports Washington’s Brian Mitchell loves free golf, and B-Mitch lovessssssss free golf. Receivers are constantly running across the QB’s face pre-snap, or RBs are bumping from next to the signal caller up to the line of scrimmage. All of that movement will force the defense to react and shift, which should hopefully make the offense’s life a lot easier. 


  • Dwayne Haskins was uneven again. His 11-on-11 numbers can be found below, but through two public sessions, he’s yet to really get hot and take over a drive. When talking to the media, Rivera explained that there are stretches where Haskins nails it with his progressions and fundamentals, then others where he simply doesn’t. That’s all very normal, of course, for a 23-year-old entering his second pro campaign, who’s still settling down at camp and who’s going up against a terrifying collection of D-linemen. Remain calm. Let’s see how he ascends these next few weeks.


  • Chase Young didn’t get much run on Wednesday, and near the end of the proceedings, he was spotted with an ice wrap up around his left hip. Rivera called it a hip flexor issue. With someone as valuable as him, there’s no reason to push him if he’s feeling anything less than 100-percent, which is what Rivera spoke to afterward. In his absence, Ryan Kerrigan was really active. It’s never a bad thing when your replacement option for your second overall pick is the dude who’s about to break the franchise’s sack record.


  • Some lineup machinations to note: Troy Apke was taking starter snaps alongside Landon Collins again, and Kevin Pierre-Louis was there next to Jon Bostic. The Apke thing is particularly interesting — you should still remember that Rivera said he’s going to be experimenting with certain combinations, but the more Apke sets up with Collins instead of Sean Davis, the more it’s difficult not to notice.


  • Steven Sims wore gold pants today. That's all for this nugget: 
  • Kyle Allen’s completion-percentage Wednesday was much higher than Haskins’, but his yards-per-attempt was much lower. No. 8 improved compared to what he did on Tuesday, where he had trouble getting rid of the ball, yet he also struggled to connect on anything down the field. Haskins was much more willing to do so.


  • Thaddeus Moss looks like he’s easily the smallest tight end on the roster. Yes, Logan Thomas and Jeremy Sprinkle are huge, but Moss looks closer in size to Antonio Gibson than those two or Marcus Baugh (who’s sneakily put together a competent pair of days). That said, the LSU product’s blocking prowess is starting to get noticed; his collisions are quite loud. 


  • Another under-the-radar name who’s starting to subtly emerge is Jordan Brailford. The 2019 seventh-rounder didn’t suit up as a rookie, but he notched a strip sack in Tuesday’s practice and blew up a run play on Wednesday. Unfortunately for Brailford, he’s trying to catch on with a new regime and on Washington’s best section of depth chart. Fortunately for him, he’s off to a solid start. 


  • Last thing: We almost had our first camp brawl, and Khaleke Hudson was the one who nearly initiated it. The Michigan linebacker got tangled up with a few offensive linemen and started to do the whole push-their-facemask-you-wanna-go-bro? move near the end of the last 11-on-11 portion. He was separated before it got too aggressive, however, meaning the wait continues. 

11-on-11 stats (which are approximate and absolutely not official)

  • Haskins - 8/12 passing (with a few sacks and one scramble near goal line that may have resulted in a score). His best toss was one to Terry McLaurin, which resembled their connection against the Eagles late in 2019. McLaurin caught a deep in-route and might’ve had the angle to take it all the way. He also had a terrific roll out where he was able to laser one to Dontrelle Inman in the back of the end zone.
  • Allen - 14/18 passing, but as already referenced, a lot of shorter attempts. Allen and Cam Sims are developing a bit of chemistry. 
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