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RICHMOND — It's GAME WEEK. Sort of.

Now that it's Monday, the Redskins can officially start looking toward their preseason opener vs. the Browns. Jay Gruden isn't installing much for Cleveland; instead, he just wants to make sure his guys are comfortable with what they're running so they can play fast and start separating themselves in their position battles.

So, how'd Washington look in their second-to-last session before departing for Ohio? Here's your daily recap:

  • Donald Penn is rounding into form for the Burgundy and Gold, which is pleasant to see considering the Trent Williams situation isn't getting any clearer. Penn plays with more aggression than the other left tackles who've been rotated here and, at times, just gobbles up edge rushers. He and Wes Martin are still working more with the second team, but that might change soon. Ereck Flowers is having a bit more success at guard, and Geron Christian has his moments. But overall, Penn and Martin look like the better tandem. Gruden told the media he'll continue to mix and match the players upfront. Look for Penn and Martin to be his ultimate choice.

 

  • Montez Sweat, per Gruden, was supposed to sit on Monday as he keeps recovering from a calf issue. Sweat, however, was seen coming out of the facility with his pads and helmet in his hands. He was then was walked back into the building before re-returning to the field for some warmups. He didn't appear to do much of anything once it was all over with, but it was an interesting few minutes there. The rookie might feel like he's ready to roll while the team wants to be cautious. Let's see if he suits up Tuesday.

 

  • Monday was the first day of camp where the sun wasn't absolutely blaring. Who knew that was possible in Richmond? And who do we talk to to make sure it stays that way until things wrap up?

 

  • Paul Richarson's speed is best used on long balls, yet he's able to create space in short area throws as well. Sometimes, he gets pushed around in 1-on-1s near the goal line, but if he's able to dodge that corner early, he's skilled at using his quickness to create immediate space. You wouldn't look at him as a particularly strong red-zone threat, but he should be an option there on slants and outs and crossers. 

 

  • One receiver who's having a rough camp on the outside is Jehu Chesson. Chesson came to Washington, served as a terrific gunner and was critical to the punt team's success in 2018. He's dropped numerous passes in Richmond, though, including what would've been a gorgeous Dwayne Haskins score. After that sequence, one defensive back got on No. 16 and said, "Damn, Chesson, we need those!" Terry McLaurin's arrival was a sign that Chesson was in trouble, and his inconsistent hands aren't helping. 

 

  • Chase Roullier is looking like his usual, steady self at the center of the offense. The former sixth-round pick missed early practices of camp but has performed up to his solid standards since coming back. The more that happens, the more he'll be considered the giant draft steal that he is.

 

  • Cole Holcomb has shown to be adept at reading run plays, and on Monday, he made a play in the pass game, too. Holcomb followed Matt Flanagan — who, to be fair, is not exactly a flier at tight end — deep down the center of the field and at the last second, jumped backward to deflect the incoming pass. For a linebacker, it was an impressive effort, as he turned his head while running at 100 percent and located the ball in time to knock it away. He looks like he can help Greg Manusky's defense this season.

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