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Redskins OTA report 06.09.15--Offense


Redskins OTA report 06.09.15--Offense

The Redskins practiced in the bubble on Tuesday, in need of a dry field after heavy rains on Monday night. Yesterday I gave you my observations on defense, here is what I saw on the offensive side of the ball.

—It doesn’t look like we’re any closer to finding out what the deal was with the domestic abuse allegations that popped up on Jamison Crowder’s Instagram account but the rookie wide receiver was present at OTAs. He did leave practice without comment and Jay Gruden said that the NFL investigation was ongoing.

—One wide receiver who was not present was DeSean Jackson. Gruden said that he had a personal matter to attend to and that he should be there for Wednesday’s OTA. Again, it should be noted that these workouts are voluntary. Minicamp, which gets underway on Tuesday, is mandatory.

—As he was last week, Tom Compton was lined up at left tackle in place of Trent Williams, who is sitting out until training camp while nursing an ankle injury. It’s hard to say what would happen if Williams missed a regular season game. It likely would be Morgan Moses in at left tackle but he also is out until training camp.

—Gruden was one of a few coaches providing “coverage” on receivers during a red-zone passing drill. Everyone should be happy to know that he had difficulty keeping up with Pierre Garçon and a few others.

—Crowder is quick. Robert Griffin III hit him with a short pass and after a quick move the receiver was gone.

—Griffin’s best pass of the day was incomplete. He got pushed out of the pocket to the left and launched one about 50 yards downfield. Pierre Garçon couldn’t quite catch up to it but it.

Colt McCoy didn’t have a good day. In seven on seven work he threw a couple of passes into a crowd. Both were incomplete but had they been playing in pads the receivers could have been smacked. A later pass during full team work was picked off by linebacker Ja’Gared Davis. And near the end of practice he threw one right at an onrushing Chris Baker and a linebacker nearly made a diving interception of the batted ball.

—I'm not counting snaps but my impression is that during the OTAs that I've seen McCoy is getting more snaps in both seven on seven and in full team work than Kirk Cousins is. I'll try to keep a closer eye on this during minicamp. I should note that there is no media presence at most of the OTAs so the snap pattern could be different on the days that we're not there. It's worth monitoring next week, when we are there for all three days of practice.

—Griffin made some good, quick decisions during a two-minute drill, although a couple of times when his first read wasn’t there he seemed a bit lost.

—At one point the second-team offensive line was, from left to right, Willie Smith, Arie Kouandjio, Josh LeRibeus, Tom Compton, and Ty Nsekhe. Yes, that’s tackle Compton playing right guard. Later, center Tyler Larsen stepped in at right guard. Gruden is preparing for any game day emergency scenario he can dream up.

Ryan Grant made a nice catch, getting a foot dragged on the sideline in the end zone. Griffin had some good touch on the pass, dropping it in over the defender and in to Grant.

—Bill Callahan had a large group of offensive linemen doing some extra work after practice was over. This is becoming a regular practice to the point where the linemen don’t look at it as doing “extra”; it’s become what’s normal and expected.

—The offseason program is humming along. The next time we’ll have coverage from Redskins Park will be for minicamp starting on Tuesday. That will run for three days and then the players are off until reporting to training camp around July 30.

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Need to Know: Redskins stock up-stock down during vs. Panthers

Need to Know: Redskins stock up-stock down during vs. Panthers

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, October 15, six days before the Washington Redskins host the Dallas Cowboys.

Talking points

Here are the players who saw their stock go up against the Panthers on Sunday and others who saw their stocks drop. 

Stock up—A few days ago, CB Josh Norman was a penny stock. He had mixed up assignments in the blowout loss to the Saints and take a ton of criticism after the game, much of it warranted. During the Panthers game, he was a blue chip. Norman got his first interception in 20 games and he forced a fumble. There is still a lot of season to be played but for now, at least it’s good to be Josh Norman.

Stock down—They won the game and that’s the quarterback’s main job. But for the second straight game, Alex Smith did not play up to his $18.4 million cap number. He passed for 163 yards. At times you really wondered where he was throwing the ball and/or to whom he was throwing it. They were able to win thanks to Adrian Peterson’s rushing and three takeaways. To Smith’s credit, he protected the ball well and it should be noted he was without favorite targets, Chris Thompson and Jamison Crowder. Regardless, it was not a sharp performance by Smith. 

Stock upPeterson came into the game with an injured ankle, knee, and shoulder. Not only did he fight through the pain, he thrived. Six days after he rushed for just six yards against the Saints and sat out most of the second half, he picked up 97 yards on 17 carries, an average of 5.7 yards per carry. Peterson did rip off a 19-yard run but mostly it was three yards here, six yards there. It was what the Redskins were expecting when the signed him. 

Stock down—With Thompson out, Kapri Bibbs had his big chance to show what he can do. He didn’t do much. Bibbs, who was promoted from the practice squad earlier this season, picked up 11 yards rushing on two carries and he caught one pass for six yards. There were some high hopes for Bibbs among Redskins fans. For today, he didn’t live up to them. 

Stock up—I know that Daron Payne didn’t make a ton of plays and his streak of games with at least one sack ended at two. But he was part of a defensive front that held Christian McCaffrey, who came into the game averaging 82.3 rushing yards per game (fourth in the NFL) and 5.2 yards per attempt, to 20 yards on eight attempts, a 2.5 per carry average. And he made a remarkable play, which is becoming routine for him, when he made the tackle on a tight end who had taken a screen pass well outside of the numbers. He’s a special talent and his stock will continue to rise. 

The agenda

Today: Open locker room 11:30; Jay Gruden press conference 3:00 

Upcoming: Cowboys @ Redskins 6; Redskins @ Giants 13; Redskins @ Eagles 49


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What Adrian Peterson did on Sunday really is absurd

What Adrian Peterson did on Sunday really is absurd

FEDEX FIELD -- Coming into Sunday's game, the Redskins listed Adrian Peterson as questionable for the game against the Panthers. 

And why wouldn't they?

The future Hall of Famer separated his shoulder last week in a loss to the Saints. In that same game, he got blasted in the knee on a play that many thought would cost Peterson the season. And before the Redskins bye, in a 120-yard effort in a win over the Packers, Peterson took a helmet directly off his ankle. 

Calling AP banged up for the Panthers game is unfair to banged up players. 

Peterson was hurt, from top to bottom. 

Yet, despite the injuries, he still went out and rushed for 97 yards on 17 carries, good for a 5.7 yards-per-carry average. 

"I had already made up in my mind Friday, 'Hey, I'm going to give it a go,' and I know it's going to be painful but it's mind over matter and keep pressing," Peterson said following the 23-17 Redskins win. 

"So that's what I ended up doing."

In a remarkable endeavor, Peterson was the most consistent player on the offense. Alex Smith played fine but not necessarily good.

The Redskins offense needs more from Smith, but couldn't even ask for anything else from Peterson. 

"I can't say enough about what he did today, playing through the pain of the shoulder and the knee," Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said of Peterson. "What a pro. What a pro he is."

In the second half, when the Redskins pass game really fell apart, Washington leaned on Peterson even more. It wasn't pretty, but the team got enough to eat up possession and pad the lead with field goals. 

"Adrian Peterson ran hard," Carolina coach Ron Rivera said. "I think he created the opportunity for them down the stretch to control the clock a little bit."

Rivera is right. 

Without Peterson, the Redskins probably don't win on Sunday. 

And it's even more remarkable that none of this was supposed to happen. The Redskins seemed reluctant to even give Peterson a tryout after rookie Derrius Guice went down in the preseason. Guice was the plan, and Peterson wasn't even really the backup.

Back then, Gruden explained that Peterson was simply too impressive in his August workout for the team to do anything but sign him to the active roster. 

Now, five games into the season, averaging well more than 4 yards-per-carry and on pace to lead the Redskins in rush yards, it's hard to imagine what Washington's offense would look like without Peterson. 

Sure, he's 33-years-old, but he's also the Redskins most consistent offensive threat. 

Asked what surprised him during his team's loss, Rivera inadvertently summed up the Peterson experience.

"I don't think there was anything surprising. They're a good football team. They run the ball extremely well with Adrian."

Rivera is right.

The Redskins run the ball extremely well with Peterson.

Even with the separated shoulder, the busted knee, the bruised ankle. On Sunday, the Redskins ran the ball extremely well with Peterson.

And that says a lot about Adrian Peterson.