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Redskins practice report, Day 8: Two-minue drills

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Redskins practice report, Day 8: Two-minue drills

RICHMOND—Friday saw a return of some rain, mostly light, and a visit from the governor of Virginia. Here is my practice report, which is slightly abbreviated since I was unable to watch all of practice. I’m augmenting it with some tweets from my colleague Tarik El-Bashir

—Yesterday they started up practice with the full kickoff team going through its paces. Today is was the punt team. They’re getting ready for the preseason opener six days from now.

—The offense was missing a big, key player due to injury but it’s nothing serious.
No helmet for Trent Williams today. Looks like he'll be a spectator today. Got kicked in shin yesterday. #RedskinsTalk

— Tarik El-Bashir (@TarikCSN) August 1, 2014
—But they did get one starter back as a substitute switched sides.
With Tyler Polumbus back after missing a couple of days on a personal matter, Tom Comopton flips to 1st team LT with Trent sitting out. — Rich Tandler (@Rich_TandlerCSN) August 1, 2014
—Some good action here as linebackers are in one on one coverage against running backs coming out of the backfield. Lache Seastrunk showed that he’s picking up some pass receiving skills when he outfought Will Compton, who had tight coverage, and caught the short pass. Here’s a Vine of some other action in that drill.

—One holdover from last year who really has to fight for a job is receiver Aldrick Robinson. He made some progress today.
Aldrick Robinson has hauled in a pair of TD passes. One in 7s and another in 11s. Speed never in doubt. But can he be consistent?

— Tarik El-Bashir (@TarikCSN) August 1, 2014
—One skill that Redskins defensive back have seemed to lack is how to play the ball in the air. Too often there has been a defender near the receiver as the ball comes down but the defender misplays the ball and the receiver makes the catch. David Amerson had no such issues covering Jordan Reed. The pass was up for grabs down the left sideline and Amerson did a nice job of tracking the ball and knocking down the pass.

—Kirk Cousins has a head-scratcher at least once a day. Today he tried to go to Aldrick Robinson over the middle and Bacarri Rambo got an easy interception. I have no idea what Cousins was looking at.

—A fun ending to practice as the team ran the two-minute offense. Griffin would have had the play of the day when he scrambled to his right and before going out ob bound he launched a deep pass to DeSean Jackson. The receiver had a step or two on DeAngelo Hall and he hauled in the pass. But a holding flag negated the play, although it will still look nice on film.

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Adrian Peterson continues surprising run in Redskins' win over Cowboys

Adrian Peterson continues surprising run in Redskins' win over Cowboys

LANDOVER, Md. -- With 22 starters comprising offensive and defensive players, plus another faction handling special teams, football is the ultimate team sport.

Now imagine where the 2018 Washington Redskins find themselves if the front office never brings in Adrian Peterson for that mid-preseason workout. Even Jamie Lee Curtis finds that frightening.

Peterson’s return to football glory continued with 99 rushing yards on 24 carries in Washington’s 20-17 win over the Dallas Cowboys Sunday evening.

“I won’t say we wouldn’t be as good in the run game, but, yeah,” left tackle Trent Williams said of his former University of Oklahoma teammate.

“Obviously having [Adrian], I won’t say it’s everything, but it’s almost everything,” Williams continued. His eyes widened as the Pro Bowl lineman pondered the potential downside of this offense without the future Hall of Famer. That’s a dark timeline.

Peterson’s Redskins career now spans six regular-season games. Sunday’s display of power in tight spaces and speed when daylight exists wasn’t a one-off. In those six games, Peterson rushed for at least 96 yards four times including the last two games despite playing with a painful shoulder.

“I’m feeling good, man, we just got a W,” the smiling running back said from behind the podium inside the media room at his newish home stadium. “That makes everything feel a lot better. I feel better than I did last week, I’ll say that.”

Washington felt concerned enough about its running attack following the second preseason game to scour the free agent market. Peterson arriving at Redskins Park in August generated the expected “Whoa” from the casual NFL fans, who picture the player hammering silly defenders daring to tackle him. That player no longer existed. At least that’s what many assumed.

Peterson last topped 1,000 yards or 4.0 yards per rush in 2015. Injuries and inefficiency headlined his 2017 stops in New Orleans and Arizona. Running backs capable of carrying an offense aren’t just lying around for the taking like a rogue penny on a sidewalk. Yet, there was Peterson, waiting for a team to show interest. After losing Derrius Guice with a season-ending knee injury and recognizing the in-house options were not enough, the Redskins called.

 “We didn’t have many expectations,” Jay Gruden said after the Redskins improved to 4-2 and took a 1 ½ game lead in the NFC East. “We weren’t expecting him to be on our football team until we had a couple of injuries. Then we got him. I wasn’t sure what to expect. I know he looked great in that workout.”

That workout led to a signing and almost simultaneously, the starting gig. Now it’s hard contemplating anyone else in those early down and short yardage scenarios. Peterson had runs of 23 and 20 yards against the Cowboys. The latter help set up one of two Dustin Hopkins field goals. His overall production helped move the chains in yet another game where the Alex Smith-led passing game lacked oomph.

This random road to Redskins Park is why Peterson’s renaissance feels shocking to many with one significant exception.

“No, not at all. I think everyone else around is surprised. I’m not,” Peterson said. “I expect greatness from myself. That’s why I put the work in. God has blessed with me this talent. A lot of people see, and a lot of people don’t. … Just keep confidence in myself. When I’m presented with my opportunity, I’m going to take advantage of it every Sunday.”

Peterson is taking advantage of this opportunity with the Redskins because necessity is the mother of invention. It turns out Washington’s running attack needed a reboot more than the running back required a makeover.

“There are not many guys like [Adrian] walking around the street,” Williams said, “and luckily, we found a diamond in the rough.”

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Josh Norman rocks Bobby Boucher jersey following Redskins' win over Cowboys

Josh Norman rocks Bobby Boucher jersey following Redskins' win over Cowboys

Josh Norman just took the jersey game to a whole new level.

Prior to the Redskins' gutsy 20-17 win over the Dallas Cowboys, Norman showed up to FedEx Field repping a Bobby Boucher Bourbon Bowl jersey from the iconic Adam Sandler movie "The Waterboy." 

He also repped the jersey following the win in the locker room with the media.

Many believed it was a shot at Giants' Odell Beckham Jr., who made comments this week about disliking water. But according to Norman, he just really likes the South Central Louisiana Mud Dogs.

Norman is known for repping a soccer jersey or two following a game, but he has everyone else beat this week.

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