RICHMOND — Wednesday featured some of the storylines you've been used to reading about at Redskins training camp so far: The lack of Trent Williams, the abundance of heat and the continuation of a QB competition.
There were also plenty of new things: The emergence of a much-maligned wide receiver, the arrival of a couple of offensive linemen and yet another fight.
Let's get you caught up to speed wth a bunch of bullet points that have conveniently been translated from messy handwriting into nicely typed words:
- Josh Doctson had himself a day here. Yes, if you want, you can call him Terrelle Pryor, or you can tweet about how you want to see it in September, and that's OK. He hasn't been productive enough in Washington. But the fact of the matter is he made two A-plus catches in 1-on-1s for touchdowns: A lefty, one-hander on a go-route with Jimmy Moreland totally holding him and the second on a fade where he plucked the ball right off of Quinton Dunbar's shoulder pad. He also made a couple of intermediate catches in team drills. He's had a fine camp up until this point after dropping a handful of balls earlier in the offseason, but on Wednesday, he was really effective.
- Donald Penn's debut at practice occured Wednesday, and for a guy who was just signed, he saw a healthy amount of action including some first-team snaps in 11-on-11s. Hugh Thornton, a veteran guard and former third-rounder, was also on the field and active along the line. Morgan Moses, who's taken on quite a leadership role along the O-line with Williams gone, was seen talking to Penn right after the 36-year-old strolled onto the field. Dwayne Haskins, meanwhile, who worked out this summer and ran into Penn during those workouts, welcomed him with a hug. He's obviously no Williams, but he's a more legit option and one the offense could feel better about come Week 1 if need be.
- The receivers and DBs, aside from their usual (and lit) 1-on-1 matchups, went through some more 2-on-2 and 3-on-3s on Day 6. That's an important thing for the secondary to face, considering how much they struggled with those types of bunch formations and crossing patterns in 2018. They need to be better with communication and passing off their assignments, and that is a useful way to work on those things.
- Tight ends not named Jordan Reed each created an enormous gain during the two-hour session. Vernon Davis ran by Josh Harvey-Clemons along the right sideline and hauled in a deep ball that hit him right in stride. Prepare to see a bullet point about this in a training camp report in 2032, because he'll apparently never stop being in shape. Then there was Jeremy Sprinkle, who was able to outduel Landon Collins on a jump ball about 30 yards downfield. Collins was right there, but Sprinkle outworked him for it. It was Sprinkle's second straight quality day as a pass catcher.
- One thing you don't see often here is forced fumbles, seeing as there isn't much tackling going on. Josh Norman, however, will find a way to get the ball out, and on Wednesday, Byron Marshall was reminded of it. You can count on No. 24 doing that a few times in 2019. It's his specialty.
- As usual, the offensive line vs. defensive line drills were testy. Jonathan Allen, who recently explained how he hates losing more than he loves winning, was stood up by Wes Martin. Allen responded by slapping both of Martin's hands down and bumping him. Later, Caleb Brantley started jawing out of nowhere at an unspecified member of the O-line just as the whistle was blown to end that portion of the proceedings. He then kept yelling, even as a water break took place. So, what happened next? You've gotta read the next bullet point for that!
- Still here? Good. Because there was yet another fight. Colt McCoy got knocked down after an 11-on-11, and whenever a signal caller hits the ground in the offseason, hands will be thrown. In this mess, Brantley went after and dumped Geron Christian to the ground, Moses had to be held back, Allen stuck his nose in there and Brandon Scherff was policing things as well. It may not have had the rawness of Tuesday's melee, where actual punches happened, but it involved some major stars and still got nasty. On the Brawl Scale, it was a juicy 7.5/10. It also made Jay Gruden very unhappy, and he forced the entire O-line and D-line to leave the field and do sprints on the other one.
- There was a stretch near the end of Day 6 where Troy Apke, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Deshazor Everett each broke up passes on back-to-back-to-back throws. Those were smart reads and timely deflections for three backup DBs who've been a little quiet thus far.
That's all for Wednesday. Check back Thursday for another list of observations to see who's fighting who and whether there's another O-lineman in Richmond, because it feels like they're running out of XXL jerseys. Until then, stay up to date with the Redskins Talk podcast, and if you're around, come to the podcast party on Saturday at the Veil Brewing Co. The event starts at 7 and goes on until, well, who knows.
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