RICHMOND—The Redskins returned to Richmond and so did the rain. There was some pretty steady rainfall for about the first half of practice but it tapered off for the latter part of the session. Here are some of the highlights; check back later for a full practice report.
—Joe Barry got on OLB Preston Smith during a run blocking drill, using salty language not suitable for this site. The rookie was getting moved off of the ball and Barry was trying to get him to use the proper technique to get loose. Smith wasn’t the only front seven defender struggling; despite the fact that the drill strongly favors the defense since they know what’s coming the offensive line did pretty well in the drill.
—QB Kirk Cousins has been pretty good at avoiding interceptions compared to how he performed in training camp last year but he threw a bad one today. He rolled to his left and then threw back to the right. Safety Kyshoen Jarrett tracked the ball from the moment it left the QB’s hand and easily picked it off. A bad decision and bad throw by Cousins, no two ways about it.
—Starting RT Morgan Moses had a tough time with OLB Trent Murphy during one on one pass blocking drills. The two second-year players squared off three times and Murphy won all three matchups. All Moses could muster on the third try was a shove that Murphy easily beat.
—There were some apparently minor injuries suffered by offensive starters. OL Brandon Scherff rolled his ankle on a running play and TE Niles Paul suffered a shoulder injury and left the field with athletic trainer Larry Hess. We will provide updates when they are available.
—J.J. Watt spoke to the media on Friday. He was genuinely amazed that his No. 99 jersey was available in the team store that fans walk through on their way in to watch practice. "My jersey is in their store? That is pretty cool," Watt said. "It's incredible. One of the biggest compliments I can receive is when people come up to me and say, 'I'm a fan of this (other) team, but I love the way you play' or 'I am a fan of this (other) team, but I am (also) a fan of you.'”
—Watt is one of the very few out there who can call himself a superstar and not have it come across as being smug, arrogant, and egotistical. “I know what it's like to be a fan. I grew up a fan of football, so I know how I would have loved for the superstar on my team to act. I'm trying to be the superstar that every average Joe would be.”
—Jay Gruden on rookie Quinton Dunbar moving from wide receiver to cornerback to help the team while it is short at that position: “We're pretty thin in the secondary. I was watching punts and he was blocking the flyers. He was very long and looked like he could get his hands on people and changed direction pretty good. We put him out there on one-on-ones on receivers and he played pretty dang good. We decided to give him a chance and he was up for it.”