RICHMOND—The Redskins got back to work today after a Tuesday off. Here are some highlights of the session along with a few quotes from around the Bon Secours training center. Check back later for my full practice report soon after practice ends at around 6:00 p.m.
—The players did not wear pads. They were coming off of three straight physical practice before their day off and the Texans are coming into town for what is likely to be a tough three days.
—Injured cornerbacks Bashaud Breeland (knee) and David Amerson (shoulder) did some rehab work on the side. Breeland had a brace on his injured right knee (sprained MCL) but he is able to walk and put weight on that leg. If he is ready in the lower range of the 4-6 week estimate he could be back in time to get into preseason game No. 4 against the Jaguars. Terrance Knighton missed practice with the flu.
—I think it should officially be his middle name—Jordan “If He Can Stay Healthy” Reed. He put a nice double move on Duke Ihenacho during one-on-one coverage drills. The safety stayed close, though, and Reed had to turn around and make the grab in the end zone. Kirk Cousins’ pass was about the only place it could have been.
—On his first pass during team work, Robert Griffin III had Reed wide open but the pass was too high. Later in the same session he heated up, hitting DeSean Jackson deep down the middle. The receiver found a soft spot in the coverage and Griffin fired the ball to him about 20 yards downfield. All in all it was a so-so day for Griffin, who misfired on several passes.
—Ryan Grant caught a medium pass from Colt McCoy and turned up the sideline. It looked like safeties Trenton Robinson and DaMon Cromartie-Smith had a bead on him but Grant found another gear and cruised past them. Speed is not supposed to be a great asset of his but he found some there.
—Brandon Scherff looked good in one-on-one drills against Stephen Paea. Once it looked like the defensive end had the slip on him but Scherff recovered and got in front of him. One local analyst, a former NFL player, said that he was satisfied that Scherff will be able to hold his own once the games start.
—I thought Alfred Morris had sort of an odd answer when I asked him if he was working on improving his receiving skills. You’d think a running back going into his contract year would want to shore up the weak part of his game. “It’s not something I’m working on. If the ball comes my way, catch it. It’s simple, you know, just building that confidence with the coaching staff and the quarterbacks as well,” he said. “But it’s not something like I’m going out there and say, ‘alright, I’m going to catch the ball great today.’ If I get an opportunity then, great, but if I don’t then that’s OK, too. I’ll be ready for when they do call my number.”
—Kirk Cousins, who is battling for the No. 2 quarterback job, is philosophical about his future in Washington. “Today is about all that’s promised to me. In this league, that’s the structure of it. I come out every day, work as hard as I can to earn my spot and a right to be a part of the guys who come out here to camp. It’s really a one day at a time kind of deal, I think it will be for as long as I’m playing. “
—Count Colt McCoy among the supporters of the addition of Matt Cavanaugh to the staff to fill the vacant quarterbacks coach job. He not only likes how the longtime player and coach benefits him but how he helps out offensive coordinator Sean McVay as well. “He’s been great. I think having him in the room has added more time for Sean to game plan and do his thing as an offensive coordinator. Cav is a great sounding board for all three of us. He’s an experienced guy, he’s been around the league a long time, so he’s definitely been an upgrade for us.”