RICHMOND — After an off day Monday, the Redskins returned to the practice fields on Tuesday. You'd think that taking a break would help the players cool off, seeing as their last session felt like it was close to featuring some fights. Well, you'd be wrong.
It was yet another intense few hours at Washington's training camp, with both the offense and defense having their moments. For QB-specific analysis, read JP Finlay's report, which is also on NBCSportsWashington.com. For notes on everything else, start reading and scrolling:
- The Burgundy and Gold's offensive line was a little more complete on Day 5. No, that one guy who's fairly good at football wasn't around, sadly. But Chase Roullier and Geron Christian both were in pads and took snaps in live 11-on-11s for the first time this summer. Christian was wearing a large brace on his right leg to help as he heals from his torn MCL, and he seemed to hold his own fairly well. At one point, he and Ereck Flowers (who was finally working at guard) opened up a sweet hole on the left that Chris Thompson shot through. Jay Gruden finally has a little more depth to work with up front (with Donald Penn reportedly coming, too).
- As mentioned in the intro, Sunday's practice had some jabs and near-fights, yet nothing really materialized. Don't you worry, though, because they certainly materialized on Tuesday. JoJo Wicker, who's been instigating quite a bit here, and Tyler Catalina got mixed up after an 11-on-11 sequence. Wicker gave Catalina a huge shove, and Catalina responded with two legit right haymakers across Wicker's facemask. You could easily hear his fist connect with Wicker's helmet from the sideline. That set off a whole bunch of chaos, including a nasty blindside shot from Tim Settle on Catalina. Daron Payne was also involved, and at its peak, there were probably 15 or so players engaged in some way. On the Brawl Scale, this was probably like an 8/10.
- That wasn't the only scrum. A few snaps later, Montae Nicholson and Jeremy Sprinkle got tangled up on a block downfield, and Nicholson got Sprinkle down to the ground. The safety proceeded to kind of hold Sprinkle there, not letting the big tight end get up and return to the huddle. Sprinkle finally was able to get to his feet, where he quickly grabbed Nicholson by the legs, lifted and drove him back to the grass. They were separated, but it was still intense. On the Brawl Scale, this was like a 5.5/10.
- The WR/DB 1-on-1 drills are already slanted toward the offense, but Adonis Alexander seems to particularly struggle there. Speed and agility isn't his game and it's very apparent in those matchups. He still has the size advantage over guys like Greg Stroman, who he's competing with to make the roster, but he's not doing much so far in the secondary. To be fair, neither is Stroman.
- Jimmy Moreland lived the life of a corner on Tuesday. He had a rough start to practice, having to grab and hold Robert Davis twice in separate individual showdowns. Both would've been flagged. But he redeemed himself later on, picking off Case Keenum then closing out practice with another graceful interception where he jumped up and high-pointed another ball. He was a turnover machine in OTAs and minicamp and finally got his first few here.
- Trey Quinn's energy is one of the most consistent things you'll find in Richmond. He is ALWAYS chirping during plays and celebrating after them. He caught a pretty long pass against the defense and made his way to the end zone. Now, would he have scored if there was live tackling? No. That didn't stop him from fighting to get in there on Tuesday, however. After that, some of the DBs looked at him and said, "Don't do it," referring to what's become Quinn's go-to mega-spike celebration. Quinn waited... and waited... and waited... then spiked it. It was awesome.
- Josh Doctson battled drops earlier this offseason but has been relatively solid on the outside through five practices. Gruden has explained that he's one of Doctson's biggest supporters in the franchise and is constantly talking about how he needs to get him more opportunities (see the video above for more). At the same time, he's been more adamant as of late that Doctson is just one read in the offense and won't always be the first one to get a look. Where he could carve out a role, and where fans have always wanted him to dominate, is in the red zone. Aside from Jordan Reed, the offense doesn't really have a reliable target down there. Both the unit and the receiver (as well as the receiver's pockets) would beneft if he emerged more.
- Cole Holcomb has been getting a decent amount of work with the first-teamers and on Tuesday, he made a sharp read and filled a hole on a run play. Gruden complimented Holcomb's intelligence and willingness to study film a few days ago, and those qualities popped on that highlight.
- Alex Smith seems to be getting more and more involved on the field with the signal callers, and on Tuesday, he had a long talk with Dwayne Haskins at one point during a transition part of practice. He's been a steady presence here on the sidelines, but that one stood out because of how long it lasted. As Nick Sundberg once said on the Redskins Talk podcast, Smith has been through every situation the NFL can throw at you. His wisdom will absolutely rub off on Haskins.
- Dustin Hopkins had a rough end to practice, sending multiple attempts off an upright and also surprisingly coming up short on another. The kicker went over to the other practice field once things wrapped up to put his right leg through more work. Just something to keep an eye on.
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