RICHMOND—After missing team drills for three straight days, and with the growing presence of rookie running back Samaje Perine, Rob Kelley came back to the first team offense on Saturday. He immediately reminded those watching practice of the skillset that rocketed him from an undrafted player out of Tulane to the Redskins top running back in 2016. 

Kelley's vision and ability to move his feet suddenly and fluidly showed right out of the gate. Keep in mind also, Kelley knows this offense and has improved as a pass blocker. Perine is certainly a capable back, and a force at the goal line, but still needs to learn the pace and protections required for Jay Gruden's offense. 


More news and notes below:

  • Walking boot for Preston Smith? That's not good news. The third-year linebacker is already facing increased competition from Junior Galette, and now will be sidelined at least a week and likely two with a sprained ankle. 
  • Speaking of linebackers, Ryan Kerrigan showed that he can still be a force on the outside. Repeatedly on Saturday, Kerrigan got into the backfield quick, and it seemed the Redskins D-line outpaced the Washington O-line for most of the session. 
  • Jamison Crowder returned to practice, but didn't do a lot. If he took part of team drills, he didn't make much of an impact. No sense to push it in August.
  • Stop me if you've heard this before: Josh Doctson is a beast. He could be a huge playmaker for the Redskins this fall. 
  • Saturday was Fan Appreciation Day, and the place was packed. I walked through the crowd and talked with some folks, check out this Facebook Live if you have a few minutes and also want to laugh at me. 
  • Not a great day for Nate Sudfeld. He had a late throw over the middle in team drills that was as easy an interception as we've seen in camp. Can't go late and over the middle. 
  • I said back in June that I believed the Redskins want Phil Taylor to be their starting nose tackle. It just might happen. The big man is making his way back into football shape, and on some reps, shows that he be can be a truck in the middle of the defensive line. It will be very important for Washington to measure his reps, both in camp and back in Ashburn, to maximize his performance. 

That's it for now - enjoy this pic:


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