If anyone thought there might be some residual bitterness from other players towards Trent Williams after the Redskins star left tackle missed voluntary OTAs, think again.
When the Redskins offense first huddled up at mandatory minicamp on Tuesday, quarterback Kirk Cousins, running back Rob Kelley and a number of other players went out of their way to show love to the five-time Pro Bowler.
Kirk Cousins seems plenty happy to see Trent Williams back pic.twitter.com/VDajWqsWXH— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) June 13, 2017
Other news and notes from the first day of minicamp:
- Don't try to figure out what is going on with the defensive line. The substitution patterns are erratic and D-line coach Jim Tomsula explained he doesn't even have a depth chart yet, and won't until his players get pads on. At various times Tuesday, the D-line would have Joey Mbu lined up at defensive end with Phil Taylor working the inside and Ziggy Hood on the other side. Other times Stacy McGee and Jonathan Allen would be in position. It's just too early to know what's happening up front defensively.
- Rob Kelley made a nice move on an off-tackle run to make a cornerback miss. Won't name the corner because if these drills had hitting, not sure it would have been a miss.
- Fun drill during special teams - punt returners tried to catch punts while already holding one football. Chris Thompson succeeded. Jamison Crowder did not, at least in the reps I saw.
- Deshazor Everett had a strong day practicing. He got his hands on a number of balls and looked to be in position for a few big hits, if the team's were hitting. Asked after the session about Everett, Jay Gruden said he's grown as a player and continues to improve. Everett still seems destined for major special teams work, but his play is turning heads.
- Another young member in the secondary had a good day in Kendall Fuller. On one play he made a diving play to break up a pass to Jamison Crowder. If Fuller can successfully cover Crowder in practice reps, he might be ready to go in the slot corner role for the 'Skins.
- Jordan Reed looked dominant. Simply dominant. He looked great, smooth and like a serious difference maker for the Redskins. After a TD catch in the end zone (after a previous TD had been called back) Kirk Cousins shouted about Reed, "He's back baby! He's back!"
- Late in practice, with the Redskins second unit near the goal line in 11v11 drills, Josh Doctson lined up alone on the outside. A fade route seemed eminent. It never came, as the defense rolled to his side and Doctson broke his route inside. Don't worry though, fades will come.
- Twice Jonathan Allen seemed to get good push; once on Arie Kouandjio and once on Shawn Lauvao. Working on the line, without pads, is tough to judge though.
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