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RICHMOND — If you like smooth offensive football, first downs and positive yardage, then the Redskins' second training camp practice was not for you.

Now, for a full evaluation of how the QBs looked, check out JP Finlay's story here. Overall, though, just know the entire side of the ball had plenty of issues on Friday. 

That point will start off the list of observations from the summer session. The notes will get better, however, so stay strong.

  • It just didn't feel like there were many quality reps for the offense on Friday. Between the issues at left tackle and the fact that the QBs are rotating in so often, there were very few plays that went smoothly or ended in meaningful completions. Sure, it's early, but you'd like to see a handful of highlights and sequences that resemble something you'd see on a Sunday. 

 

  • The headline on this article tells you you'll hear about which linemen stood out, so let's do that because you were nice enough to click on that headline. Jonathan Allen is so, so good in 1-on-1s, and while he's very clearly a powerful guy, his quickness is absurd as well. On one snap, Wes Martin barely could get out of his stance before Allen was underneath and then by him. Caleb Brantley had his moments as well, which is encouraging; if he's a viable option in that rotation like Jim Tomsula believes he will be, that would make an already deep unit even deeper. 

 

  • Those are the positive standouts. Here come the negative ones. At a certain point, the Ereck-Flowers-at-left-tackle updates will stop, because it'll be too redundant to keep bringing up his struggles. Also, as some have pointed out, the situation isn't exactly fair to Flowers, seeing as the organization brought him in with the intention of lining him up at guard. But as of now, he's at tackle, and as of now, it's flat-out bad. Ryan Anderson blew by him in 1-on-1, and it's not like Anderson is a speed guy. During team drills, meanwhile, Cassanova McKinzy just dusted him. In non-Flowers news, Martin was uneven at left guard, getting pushed around on a few occasions in various practice formats. 

 

  • Geron Christian and Chase Roullier were again not participating. On Thursday, the Redskins said, "We are gradually working them in after coming back from offseason surgeries." Their returns will be welcome ones whenever they happen, especially Christian's.

 

  • Here's something to put on your bucket list: watching Brandon Scherff and Matt Ioannidis square off in 1-on-1s. Forget the Grand Canyon or those weird lights in the sky people go nuts over. Come to Richmond to witness that showdown instead. 

 

  • For the second consecutive day, Vernon Davis got the better of Landon Collins on a deep ball on the sideline. On Thursday, Collins tipped but couldn't intercept a pass, and No. 85 ended up hauling it in off the bounce. That one may have been fluky, but Friday's wasn't. Collins was running with the tight end step-for-step and tried to throw his hands up to deflect Colt McCoy's throw, but Davis was still able to come down with it for what likely would've been a long score. As JP pointed out on Twitter, that's why Davis is still on this roster. He can still get behind defensive backs, even as an older pass catcher.

 

  • Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has this way of jogging where it looks like he's limping a bit. You have to remind yourself that DRC isn't hurt, that's just how he jogs. So, if you were wondering what Rodgers-Cromartie's jog looks like, there you go.

 

  • Another day, another pick for Josh Norman. This time, Josh Doctson tried to settle down in the middle of the field for an intermediate catch, but the ball sailed just a bit over his head. Norman, who was just behind Doctson, jumped up to snare it, and then he made the bold move of lateraling it to Collins. Two things: 1) Norman is off to a promising start and it's exciting to see him make those kinds of catches since he's dropped more than a few INTs with the Redskins, and 2) Football needs more laterals. They're so fun and so wild. MORE. LATERALS. 

 

  • Ready for a sweet Deshazor Everett story? Excellent, here you go. The last play of the day ended in disappointing fashion, as Case Keenum lofted a gorgeous ball down the middle for Jehu Chesson, but Chesson couldn't secure the sliding catch. It wasn't a layup, sure, but it was one a quality NFL receiver makes. After, Everett could be heard telling someone he was worried when he originally saw the ball in the air, but after realizing that Chesson was the intended target, he relaxed. That was the polite retelling of it. The unedited version was even better, but NBCSportsWashington.com needs another practice report posted tomorrow, so let's not get anyone fired.
     

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