RICHMOND—Some cloud cover in the area provided a welcome relief from the searing heat of the past few days as the Redskins held Day 4 of their training camp practice.
(These are some highlights of the session; check back later for my full practice report.)
—Pre-practice stretching seems to be more thorough this year than it was in the past. Mike Clark has them doing precise exercises to stretch hamstrings, Achilles,cores, a division about anything else that could be strained or sprained.
—Colt McCoy, working with the second team, has had his ups and (mostly) downs in camp. But he got off to a good start today. He dropped back, had some time, and fired a pass right to Ryan Grant. McCoy later had a dart in traffic complete to Jamison Crowder.
—Getting veterans’ days off were Ryan Kerrigan, Trent Williams, Kory Lichtensteiger, and DeSean Jackson.
—Preston Smith had a tough time in one-on-one pass rushing drills. Morgan Moses twice rode Smith outside and then Takoby Cofield drove him to the ground. He will have better days.
—Very good touch on a deep pass by Robert Griffin III. On a straight dropback he put just enough air under a deep pass down the sideline to Ryan Grant. He ran under the pass and it dropped into his arms about 40 yards downfield.
—P Tress Way was great at booming the ball long distances as a rookie last year but at the end of the year he said that he had a lot of work to do to refine his technique. I asked about one particular aspect of this, dropping punts inside the 10 when punting from midfield on in. “You’re talking about great punters separating themselves from good punters. It’s almost like a golf bag. The more clubs you can have in your bag—you have a little wedge shot, you have the driver, maybe you’ve got a six iron, you can aim it all over the place. Believe it or not, it’s so much technique stuff, the tilt of the ball, the leg swing, this and that. It’s all these different angles, it’s crazy. It relates so much to golf.”
—TE Jordan Reed is not shying away from talking about his problems with staying on the field. He said that he had a stem cell treatment on his left knee in June and he hopes that helps put his problems behind him. “Everything’s great right now, I’ve just got to stay on top of it . . . This past month I was full go I’ve just been strengthening and running a stuff this whole last month,” he said. What can you do to take the next step? “Stay healthy, man, that’s what I’ve got to do, man. I think if I can stay healthy and play 16 games I can do a lot more for this offense.”
—When he was playing in San Francisco, Chris Culliver had strong pass rushers like Aldon Smith and Justin Smith playing in front of him. The Redskins already had what looked like a pretty strong front seven even before the addition of Junior Galette. What does a strong pass rush do for a defensive back? “It does everything,” he said. “It lets me pretty much watch them run and watch them get to the quarterback. Watching them disrupt the quarterback or getting back in the pocket fast or hands up, anything like that.
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