There are the five things that you need to know after today’s minicamp practice:
1. Robert Griffin III was not quite as sharp at practice today as he was yesterday but he still put on a solid performance. They were working on more red zone plays today so he was throwing the ball into tighter windows. All in all, a slight step back but nothing that is not to be expected as he works to reestablish himself as a solid starting QB (details to follow in the practice report).
2. Matt Jones took a lot of snaps with the first team. The rookie running back ran well and I don’t recall him having dropped a pass the entire offseason. Jay Gruden emphasized that Alfred Morris has done everything asked of him and more and that there his role will not diminish. But I think there are high expectations for Jones.
3. With Ryan Kerrigan out, Preston Smith and Trent Murphy both spent time at left outside linebacker with the other one lining up on the right. They have been playing Trevardo Williams or Jackson Jeffcoat on the left side and having Smith and Murphy split time on the right. Murphy had a very strong showing today, spending a lot of time in the offensive backfield.
4. Offensive line coach Bill Callahan is going to have a hand in play calling. “Coach Callahan will be the guy who will devise the run game, pretty much, game plan wise and it wouldn’t surprise me at all if he’s calling the majority of the runs on game day,” said Gruden.
5. Gruden is happy with the conditioning of the team compared to this time last year. “As a whole, the guys are in better shape,” he said. He credited both the work ethic of the team and the methods of new strength and conditioning coach Mike Clark for the change.