RICHMOND, Va. — Saturday represented the Washington Football Team's final practice here before resuming training camp in Ashburn on Monday and the defense closed the stretch out by generating turnover after turnover.
After the session, Ron Rivera explained that he won't be too upset with his quarterbacks' interceptions until preseason games begin. Giving the ball away now doesn't carry any serious consequences, he said, but doing so in a live setting against an opponent obviously does.
Here are notes on those picks and much, much more from what was a well-attended Fan Appreciation Day...
- Landon Collins led the way with two interceptions in 11-on-11s, one where he slid down to his knees and one that he snared near the goal line during red zone work. If this Collins shows up in September, people will be more than thrilled.
- While Collins beat out Cole Holcomb in terms of quantity of INTs, Holcomb outdid Collins when it came to quality. In full squad work, the mulleted linebacker was covering his man running down the seam. Despite the coverage, Taylor Heinicke tried to complete the pass, but Holcomb had other ideas as he jumped up and grabbed it with one hand. Holcomb wasn't wearing any gloves either, so he gets bonus points for that.
- Reserve defensive end Casey Toohill joined the interception party as well. Khaleke Hudson deftly deflected one away in the end zone and Toohill was able to corral it before it hit the ground. Toohill's path to the roster will ultimately be determined by how well he gets to the quarterback and helps out versus the run, but bringing drives to an end with his hands will only help his cause.
- With Brandon Scherff in COVID protocols, Wes Schweitzer slid over to right guard and Ereck Flowers took over at left guard. That's your update on that situation from a football perspective.
- Everywhere Chase Young goes, people yell his name — and on Saturday, one of his teammates started to do so, too. During stretching, Tim Settle began calling for Young over and over in a high-pitched voice, but Young showed excellent mental toughness by ignoring him.
- Ryan Fitzpatrick and Terry McLaurin are still in the early days of their QB-WR relationship, but their chemistry seems to be budding. Just before one snap, Fitzpatrick signaled to his top target, and a few seconds later, he hit McLaurin for a solid chunk. Whatever Fitzpatrick wanted McLaurin to do, McLaurin came through.
- One name to watch in the wide receiver competition is DeAndre Carter. The team quietly signed him back in April, but he was anything but quiet on Saturday. He's more of a return specialist and if he ends up making the roster, the plan likely won't be for him to get too much action at wideout. That said, he does have speed and displayed strong hands throughout the action.
- To quote famous
authorNFL wideout DeAndre Hopkins, "Let's get the (you know what) outta Richmond!"