RICHMOND — It took them a few days, but the Redskins offense finally showed up in a big way on Sunday. Everyone, from the QBs to the pass catchers, had their moments.
JP Finlay has your QB-specific analysis here. Make sure to read it, especially for the Dwayne Haskins praise. But first, check out this breakdown of the entire practice:
- Colt McCoy was back on Sunday after missing Saturday for a scheduled off-day. Jordan Reed, meanwhile, didn't participate on what appeared to be his off-day, something likely every defender was relieved about considering how fantastic he's been so far. Geron Christian saw action in individual drills for the first time at camp and should be involved more when the team returns to the fields on Tuesday.
- The first three days for the offense here were clunky. Day 4, however, was one where seemingly everyone was clicking. As Finlay wrote in his article, Haskins was balling all day and especially turned it on late in a red zone session. But McCoy shined as well, and Keenum also led the unit to some chunk plays. Jay Gruden, Kevin O'Connell and Co. will enjoy watching this film.
- Ready for this analysis? The QBs were better and so were the wideouts. It's almost as if those two things are connected! Terry McLaurin kept up his outstanding route-running, Cam Sims continued to stack successful days and Josh Doctson caught everything thrown his way. The highlight, though, belonged to Trey Quinn, who snagged a sweet end zone fade over Josh Norman and held on after smashing into the ground. He proceeded to get up and mega-spike the ball and then celebrated with a few teammates. Overall, the energy at the facility was much better than it has been, and that was one sequence where it popped.
- That energy carried over into the offensive and defensive line sessions. The guys were in full pads and getting after it, with a few reps carrying on past the whistle and featuring some sneaky little shoves and bumps. At one point, Wes Martin dumped a D-lineman to the ground, which made Caleb Brantley quite upset. You will not find a transciption of his quote on this website, but it was, um, passionate. Nothing fully got out of hand and the action felt very productive for both sides, fortunately. Brantley and Tim Settle really seem to be having fun and loveeeeeee talking to their group and whoever's trying to block their group.
- A play that Jay Gruden is fond of calling is that QB keeper near the goal line. That remains a staple of their shotgun offense, as Haskins ran one in during 11-on-11s. He's not blowing by anyone with his feet, though he has just enough speed to be somewhat of a threat on the ground in short-yardage scenarios.
- If you were to project who Washington will keep at receiver, it feels safe to project the six being Paul Richardson, Doctson, Quinn, McLaurin, Sims and Kelvin Harmon. Don't count out Robert Davis, however. The 2017 draft pick was responsible for two scores Sunday, including one where he dunked on a corner along the left sideline on a jump ball. Afterward, he told the media the knee injury he suffered last summer was similar to the awful one Teddy Bridgewater experienced and he wasn't totally sure he'd be able to play again. With that now a year behind him, he's getting better as camp rolls along and only thinks of that knee when he's asked about it. So, sorry for asking you about it, Robert.
- While the lightbulb came on for Haskins on Sunday, Montez Sweat is still waiting for his first real breakthrough day. The edge rusher is working on his power move in 1-on-1s and going straight at the O-lineman working against him, yet he hasn't produced much when going with that approach. Still, it's critical he works on that and becomes more varied when attacking the line of scrimmage. Every single person in Richmond calls him a "freak" — if you asked some random waiter at some random restaurant for thoughts on Sweat, they'd probably call him one, too — so don't fret. He has a learning curve just like the organization's other first-rounder does.
Monday is the Redskins' first day off, so check back for a practice report on Tuesday. In the meantime, keep listening to the Redskins Talk podcast, which never takes any days off at camp.
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