The Redskins held their OTA practice at the team facility Wednesday under partly cloudy skies and with very comfortable temperatures. Here are my observations from the session. Most of the work they did was special situations, mostly on the goal line.
—The Redskins did a lot of work from the I-formation in goal-line work. Lined up at fullback was rookie free agent Elijah Wellington, who is the only fullback in the roster. I asked Gruden after practice if they were considering carrying a fullback on the 53, something they haven’t done since they let Darrel Young go after the 2015 season. He was noncommittal, of course, but the possibility is on the table.
—Colt McCoy threw a nice fade to TE Garrett Hudson for a touchdown.
—In my report from the OTA session two weeks ago I said that it looks like Alex Smith and Jamison Crowder are on the same page. Nothing has changed since then. Today, Smith fired several darts in to Crowder for touchdowns, both in seven-on-seven work and in full team drills.
—It looked like WR Maurice Harris was about to make a TD grab, but CB Fabian Moreau darted in and knocked the ball away and the last second.
—Harris made up for it later on when he made a leaping TD catch despite tight coverage from CB Danny Johnson. The defender tried to sell an incomplete call, but Harris clearly maintained control.
—Johnson and S Deshazor Everett were the victims on the play of the day. WR Robert Davis got past both of them and McCoy launched a deep pass. The pass was right on the money and Davis easily made the grab.
—Third-string QB Kevin Hogan did not look very good. He held on to the ball way too long and he was not accurate when he did get rid of the ball. He has some work to do to make the team and he does have a lot of time to improve.
—During special teams drills they did a lot of work on the new kickoff rules. The return team had the required eight men in the 15-yard zone that starts 10 yards from where the ball is kicked off and two player deep to receive. The 11thplayer lined up at around the 20 and he directed things, pointing to where the ball was kicked and getting the return started. Davis handled this for a few plays and then Jeremy Sprinkle took over.
—CB Quinton Dunbar made a nice play at the goal line, lunging to knock a pass away from Sprinkle, who appeared to have a step.
—The 6-4 Josh Harvey-Clemons lined up with the field goal block team, which is a good idea. But he was lined up to defend against the fake, not rushing up the middle to try to block it. That could change when the pads go on in Richmond but for now it seems a waste not to have him trying to block kicks.
—WR Trey Quinn made a good move to shake CB Joshua Holsey at the goal line and then he made the grab for the touchdown. He is turning some heads; Jay Gruden called him “a quiet assassin” and said he was impressed at how he has been able to pick up all three receiver positions.
—You didn’t think I’d go an entire practice report without a nugget on RB Derrius Guice, did you? He caught a pass at about the two-yard line with a couple of defenders in the vicinity. The rookie did a stutter step to cause enough hesitation for him to get by and into the end zone. The defensive players probably won’t make the team and the play could have looked different if they were in a situation where contact was permitted but it was fun to watch in any case.
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