RICHMOND — Coming off of two practices that featured some fairly intense fights, the Redskins opted not to wear full pads on Thursday. The result was a more dialed back session.
That's not to say there weren't highlights, though, because there were. As always, NBCSportsWashington.com has your recap of them here. No fancy intro this time. Let's just get to the observations:
- Before practice, Tress Way had a moment every golfer can relate to. The specialist was out on the field early, trying to place some punts down near the goal line, when he yanked one hard to the right. Like, real hard. The ball landed just short of the crowd, so fortunately, no one took on any damage, but if you've ever snap-hooked a drive off the tee, you know how Way felt on that kick. It was one of those, "Yeah, I'll just hit another" type pulls.
- As mentioned, Thursday was a bit lighter than maybe expected, especially knowing the players would be off on Friday. However, Jay Gruden may have wanted to avoid a third straight day of fights. In his presser, the coach was clearly perturbed by the brawling, saying how in games, those result in penalties and ejections. Let's see if they're able to hit hard on Saturday and Sunday while also keeping their cool.
- Trey Quinn is the winner of the Catch Of The Day Award, so everyone say congrats to him for that. No. 14 beat Greg Stroman during a 7-on-7, then smoothly turned around to nab a Case Keenum back-shoulder throw with his right hand. After, the receiver paused near the fans and just so happened to find himself next to someone wearing his jersey. The team posted the entire sequence on Twitter, and it gets better every time you watch it:
.@treyquinn8 had to do a double take pic.twitter.com/V6mKUXMrEU— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) August 1, 2019
- Quinn wasn't the only one to stand out in the passing game, however. Derrius Guice made his biggest play in that area as well on Thursday. During that same 7-on-7, Guice motioned out to the right side to line up as a receiver, at which point Gruden started jumping up and down and pointing at him while yelling at Dwayne Haskins to look his way. Haskins listened. Guice beat reserve linebacker BJ Blunt on a go-route, found the ball before Blunt did and grabbed it for a long gain. Later, in full-team drills, Guice caught a swing pass and hustled down the field at top speed for another chunk. While at the podium for his daily conversation with the media, the head coach mentioned how the second-year back is "catching the ball very well." Agreed.
- Cole Holcomb is coming along nicely in this defense. He's received recognition twice from Gruden for his studying habits and after practice, the rookie linebacker explained that the reps he gets watching film helps him immensely on the field. Jon Bostic and Shaun Dion Hamilton figure to be the starters at inside LB, but perhaps Holcomb will be more of a factor than originally thought. If he can be comfortable with the playbook and his assignments, that'll allow his speed to pop.
- The funniest exchange of the day happened between Jimmy Moreland and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. DRC was told to go sub in for Moreland and began to call his name and jog out onto the field. Moreland, though, denied the sub, using a few curse words to make clear he wasn't leaving. So, Cromartie returned to the sideline while the rookie stayed in. While heading back into the facility following the session's conclusion, Moreland said he was simply looking out for the 33-year-old and trying to keep him fresh. Whatever the reason, it was hilarious to see him quickly and confidently refuse to come out.
The Burgundy and Gold will return to the field on Saturday for Fan Appreciation Day, which should be tons of fun. In the meantime, keep listening to the Redskins Talk podcast. Oh, and come to the podcast party on Saturday if you can. 7 o'clock at the Veil Brewing Co. in Richmond.
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