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Redskins QB Situation: Colt McCoy sharp early before leaving for 'precautionary reasons'

Redskins QB Situation: Colt McCoy sharp early before leaving for 'precautionary reasons'

RICHMOND -- Colt McCoy came out firing on Monday, having perhaps his best snaps of training camp, before he got tripped up late in the session and didn't finish the practice. McCoy walked off the field fine, showing no noticeable limp or even hitch in his step, but a Redskins spokesperson said that the quarterback's scheduled press conference session would be moved back a day so he could receive treatment on his leg.

A Redskins spokesperson later explained that McCoy left practice early for "precautionary reasons."

Big picture, McCoy is probably fine, or at least no different than where he was prior to practice. That's the interesting part though because McCoy is still working back from a broken leg suffered last December. Washington coach Jay Gruden made clear that McCoy will be getting rest during training camp and the plan was that the quarterback would not work four straight days in a row to give his leg a break. 

Couple leaving practice early on Monday with the plan to take it slowly throughout camp, and it seems clear McCoy's leg is still an issue, even if a minor one. That comes less than 24 hours after the Redskins released their first depth chart where McCoy landed as the No. 1 quarterback. 

Gruden was very clear in pointing out that the first depth chart was meaningless and only a media obligation, but he's also said all along that McCoy had a real chance at starting for the Redskins come Week 1 in Philadelphia. McCoy knows the offense best, and that shows up in practice, particularly before the ball is snapped. 

With McCoy out for the end of Monday's session, Case Keenum and Dwayne Haskins both ran their normal two-minute drill to close out the session. They were joined by fourth QB Josh Woodrum running the drill too. Keenum had a pretty good day while Haskins struggled despite a few pretty deep balls. Woodrum only really worked in the final two-minute session.

Day 10 Redskins QB Performance:

  1. Colt McCoy* (left early)
  2. Case Keenum
  3. Dwayne Haskins

Redskins QB Situation:

Day 9: McCoy, Keenum, Haskins
Day 8: McCoy, Keenum, Haskins
Day 7: Keenum, McCoy, Haskins
Day 6: Keenum, Haskins, McCoy
Day 5: McCoy, Haskins, Keenum
Day 4: Haskins, McCoy, Keenum
Day 3: Keenum, Haskins, Woodrum
Day 2: Kennum, McCoy, Haskins
Day 1: Keenum, McCoy, Haskins

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Stock Report: Redskins defensive line soars while offensive line struggles

Stock Report: Redskins defensive line soars while offensive line struggles

RICHMOND -- The Redskins concluded their first block of practices and after four straight days in high heat and absorbing humidity, it's time for the first look at what players look improved and what players struggled out of the gate. 

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  • Morgan Moses - The big man made headlines when he wore Trent Williams' jersey for a press conference at the podium, but the reality is the Washington right tackle has come in looking light on his feet. Moses said he was down below 330 lbs., a marked decrease in weight after the last few seasons. It's also important that Moses has been a full contributor for all practices and doesn't appear to be dealing with any lingering ankle issues that have bugged him for a few seasons now. In baseball, every player says they come to Spring Training in the best shape of their life. In football, players say similar things, but with Moses it looks to be true. 
     
  • Defensive Line - Everybody knows about the skill and talent of 2017 and 2018 first-round picks Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne, respectively, but the rest of the defensive line looks ready to roll too. Matt Ioannidis has shown incredible strength in the early going at camp. Few players stand up Brandon Scherff in 1-on-1 drills, but Ioannidis has done so repeatedly. Further down the depth chart, second-year pro Tim Settle looks slimmer and stronger. The rotation upfront should be much better for the Redskins defense in 2019 than it was in 2018. 
     
  • Jordan Reed - When he's healthy, Reed looks explosive. And that's the version that has shown up so far at Redskins camp. Jay Gruden on Reed: "You can talk to anybody in the league, he's as good a tight end as there is running routes and catching the football." That's what he's showing so far. 
     
  • Quinton Dunbar - A nerve injury in his leg ended his 2018 season, but Dunbar showed that he was ready to be a top-flight cornerback early last year. He looks fully healthy now, and while Josh Norman has also had a very strong start to camp and remains the team's top cornerback, Dunny is hot on his heels. 
     
  • Derrius Guice - After missing his rookie year with a knee injury and suffering a few different setbacks in his recovery, Guice showed up to camp looking strong and dynamic. There was a hamstring tweak during OTAs, but it hasn't slowed him in Richmond. Most importantly, Guice seems to now understand the importance of listening to his body while working back from the ACL injury. Of the knee, Guice said, "Some days I'm like, 'I'm ready,' and other days I'm like 'Wow, this is sore.' You have to go through pain in this game. It's football. Pain is not always a bad sign." The Redskins running back group looks quite deep as Chris Thompson and Adrian Peterson look sharp in the early going too. Plus Gruden always talks about Samaje Perine, and he's given no reason to believe he won't be apart of this roster either. 
     
  • Brandon Scherff - Fully recovered from injury and in full contract-year shape. Good to go.

Note: Some of these names are obvious, but after some major injuries to important players like Guice, Scherff and Dunbar, it's important to point out the obvious.

Honorable Mention: Cole Holcomb, Robert Davis, Ross Pierschbacher, Montae Nicholson

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  • Chase Roullier - Washington's most durable linemen in 2018, Roullier played all 16 games last year before shoulder surgery this offseason. Now, four practices into training camp, he hasn't participated even once. He's in Richmond and around all of the other offensive linemen during drills, but his workouts are limited to side fields with trainers. Not a huge cause for concern considering Week 1 in Philly remains more than a month away, but this is also taking longer than plenty of people expected too. 
     
  • Ereck Flowers - Brought in to play guard but forced to play tackle, Flowers is off to a bad start in training camp. This shouldn't be a surprise as there are four years of Giants game film that show Flowers is not a capable starting tackle. It doesn't make much sense for the Redskins to continue playing Flowers at tackle; end the charade now and give other guys those reps. Let Flowers start his guard conversion ASAP to see what, if anything, he can do on the interior of the offensive line. 
     
  • Geron Christian - A third-round pick in 2018 that played just two games, the Redskins desperately need Christian to emerge as a viable tackle option. So far, that hasn't happened. He's been hurt and all but nonexistent in camp. He took a few padded reps in Sunday's practice, so maybe he's finally ready to go and Washington can determine his progress.  Upper body strength was an issue last year in his limited snaps, and after rehabbing from a knee injury all offseason, it might still be. 
     
  • Trent Williams - The Redskins best offensive player hasn't done anything wrong to land on this list. He hasn't done anything. Williams is a contract holdout from training camp and doesn't seem close to reporting anytime soon. That's troubling for Redskins fans. Nobody fully knows how this will pan out yet. 

Dishonorable Mention: Pete Hailey

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Redskins QB Situation: Day 3 features first padded practice, no Colt McCoy

Redskins QB Situation: Day 3 features first padded practice, no Colt McCoy

As the Redskins have an honest-to-goodness quarterback battle raging at training camp, each day of practice there will be an updated post on what passer won the day. 

RICHMOND -- That Colt McCoy missed Saturday's practice with a scheduled day off makes for the big headline, but the reality remains he didn't miss much.

Jay Gruden had his team in pads for the first time in camp and the run game was heavily featured. Of the reps put in with full 11-on-11 action, at least two-thirds of the snaps were handoffs. It made sense, too, as the Redskins are working to figure out the left side of their offensive line. Rookie Wes Martin has been uneven so far at left guard, and the hole at left tackle in the absence of Trent Williams is massive. 

Adrian Peterson and Derrius Guice got much more work than Case Keenum or Dwayne Haskins, but of the quarterbacks that played, neither looked particularly good. 

At one point, Keenum threw consecutive interceptions to Quinton Dunbar. Back-to-back. 

Haskins had one play where he would have been sacked if the defensive line was allowed to hit the QB, but he waggled away only to throw an ugly looking INT. 

With McCoy out, seldom used QB Josh Woodrum even got some action working with the third- and fourth-strings. 

It really wasn't a memorable day for any of the passers, and odds are Gruden knew the heavy run day was coming when he gave McCoy the day off. Keep in mind McCoy is still dealing with a leg injury sustained last December

McCoy did return to the field later in the day for the team's walkthrough, so the quarterback still got a chance to be part of some of the Day 3 activities. 

Day 3 Projected QB Depth Chart

  1. Case Keenum
  2. Dwayne Haskins
  3. Josh Woodrum


Day 1 QB Situation: Keenum, McCoy, Haskins
Day 2 QB Situation: Keenum, McCoy, Haskins
 

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