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Probably the most fun, or at least the funniest moment, from the Redskins OTA session Wednesday came during special teams' drills. Typically, the special teams portion of the workouts are a lull in the action, especially with no contact, but Will Blackmon provided for some comedy.

On kickoff drills, Blackmon lined up deep to receive, like he often did during the 2016 season. Dustin Hopkins kicked off, Blackmon caught the ball and took off up the right sideline. He made a move, and then hit daylight, gaining speed as he got upfield. 

Remember, there was no contact, but it looked like Blackmon might have had a chance to return the kick for six had it been live action. That was all well and good, but the fun came at the end of the run. With the rest of the team gathered on the sideline up around the 45-yard-line, Blackmon went over and shook the hands of the guys on the sideline, including D.J. Swearinger, Su'a Cravens and Rob Kelley. The players seemed a bit confused, but laughed, as did Blackmon, before he jogged back for more drills.

It was just a fun, spontaneous moment. Sometimes football practice in June needs that.

Other news and notes:

  • When backup tackle Kevin Bowen went down with a lower left leg injury, the entire mood inside the Redskins Park practice bubble vanished. Things turned silent, and Jay Gruden quickly ended practice a few minutes after Bowen had to be removed from the field by the cart.
  • Morgan Moses spoke eloquently about Bowen, explaining that it hurts to see a guy working to make a roster get injured during OTAs. He said 'you're not winning championships in June' but added that football players understand the risks involved every time they put on a helmet. Moses also gave Bowen a hug before he left the field. 
  • Before the Bowen injury, there were some highlights. One that stood out was a remarkable catch from Josh Doctson early in the session. On a ball thrown slightly behind him, Doctson reached back and tipped the ball up to himself while running a crossing route going the opposite direction. It was a flash, but an encouraging play. 
  • Preston Smith stood out on Wednesday, particularly in team drills. He got into the backfield against the Redskins first team offense repeatedly, forcing Kirk Cousins to take off running with the football.
  • Nico Marley stands out on the field. On the sideline he's noticeably the smallest player out there, but when he's on the field, his speed is evident as well. On a toss play to running back Mack Brown, Marley streaked to the ball like a comet. It was an impressive burst and had other defensive players on the sideline shouting in appreciation.
  • With Jordan Reed not at OTAs, Niles Paul is getting plenty of work. He looks 100 percent recovered from last season's shoulder injury.
  • Chris Thompson. Still fast. Still quite a weapon. 

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