RICHMOND—One more practice before the off day. We’ll be tracking what happens on the field from the sidelines with frequent updates. Keep a browser tab open here and refresh often for the latest.
—It’s sunny but nice, a weather situation that makes both the media and fans in attendance thankful for whoever pulled the trigger on moving the heavy practice from afternoon to morning. It will be steamy later on.
—No Josh Doctson today but Jay Gruden said that we should see him when they go back to practice on Saturday after the Friday off day.
—Gruden led an interesting drill. He had some of the second-team backs and receivers like Rob Kelley, Jeremy Sprinkle, and Robert Davis lined up. He then called a new formation and the players had to shift into that. They weren’t getting at right as quickly as Gruden wanted, prompting Gruden to drop everlasting F-bombs.
—This could be a relatively short practice. They skipped a session of one-on-one work that they usually have after individual drills and went straight to 11 on 11.
—Brian Quick slowed down a little before a long pass was released in his direction. Not a good look.
—Colt McCoy rolled left and fired one along the numbers to Jeremy Sprinkle, who extended to make the catch for about 10 yards. Good play by both QB and WR.
—In punt drills, the first gunners up are Fabian Moreau, who did the job last year, and supplemental draft pick Adonis Alexander. Very important spots. I would think Moreau stats there unless/until he is a starter on defense; The other spot is up for grabs.
—Rookie Cam Sims was back to field a punt and k;muffed it. “Get him off the field” one of the coaches yelled. Not a good moment.
—Guice caught a pass cutting across the middle and started to turn upfield. Josh Harvey-Clemons made a windmill move with his long arm and knocked the ball out.
—Pass topped by Josh Norman, who was in tight coverage on Brian Quick. Zach Brown made a diving interception with the ball just a few inches off the ground. The Redskins need some plays like that. Tipped balls usually fall to the ground or end up in the other team’s hands.
—Check off Maurice Harris for his daily circus catch. About 15 yards downfield near the sideline he went straight up and caught the pass. As noted, he makes a play like that at least once per day.
—It seems that they are trying to give the second teams a lot of work today. The first team is taking just a few reps in most drills before giving way to the backups. The reserves will be getting most of the work when the Redskins open the preseason in New England a week from today.
—Kevin Hogan couldn’t get the handle on a high snap. He tried to scoop it up but Troy Apke scooped it up and flashed towards the goal line. Fall on the ball, Kevin.
—This does it for the live practice blog. As always, if anything else happens I’ll add it in when I get a chance.