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Redskins practice report—Day 9


Redskins practice report—Day 9

RICHMOND—The Redskins get back to work today after a rare Saturday off day. Tandler will be reporting live from the field. In between watching the Olympics, the Nats, or whatever else you may be doing on this Sunday drop by here and update frequently.

--A mix of sun and clouds here at the Bon Secours training center. They're about to get rolling, will have some reports soon.

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--All three of the QBs are looking sharp in the early going. Even though they are throwing to receivers against air hitting all of their targets in the hands is not always a given.

--In one-on-one coverage, DeSean Jackson tried to get away from Kendall Fuller on a short dodge route but Fuller stuck with him and knocked Kirk Cousins' pass away.

--Ryan Grant got a couple of steps past Will Blackmon on an intermediate route and Cousins lofted the ball right into his hands. Again, Cousins very sharp so far (and there were defenders that time).

--I'll say it again--if Matt  Jones isn't successful this year it won't be because he isn't giving his opportunity this season his best shot. He is in shape, hustling, and running hard. You never know how a season will turn out but what we've seen so far here bodes well.

--Nice pass on the move by Colt McCoy to Maurice Harris. McCoy rolled to his right and lofted the ball to Harris, who made the catch along the sideline about 20 yards downfield.

--Mack Brown with a couple of nice runs, one up the middle and the other around right end. I'm not sure will make the 53 but there is plenty of opportunity on this team at his position.

--Nice two minute drill led by Cousins. Finished it off with a nice pass over the middle to Grant for about a 15-yard touchdown. I didn't count but very unofficially it was six plays, 60 yards, about a minute off of the clock.

--The second team's two-minute drive ended with a field goal from about 50 yards out.Dustin Hopkins drilled it right down the middle with plenty of distance to spare.

--Watching from the sideline, Will Blackmon wanted an intentional grounding flag when a Nate Sudfeld pass sailed well out of bounds. Unfortunately I don't think that was intentional.

--Sudfeld is having a rough time. First Carlos Fields batted down his short pass in the flat and then Corey Crawford rejected his pass at the line. Mercifully, they blew the horn to end the session.

--One on one pass blocking. Lyndon Trail blew past Arie Kouandjio. They had them line up again and the same thing happened. To be sure, Kouandjio isn't going to be asked to block edge rushers very often but you'd like to see more of a battle.

--The offensive players are uttering a lot of F-bombs after defenders are blowing past them. The drill does favor the defense as they kn0w it's a pass and there is no double-team help.

--In the least shocking development of the day, Josh LeRibeus let fly an errant shotgun snap that Colt McCoy had to reach to get. He got it but it destroy the timing on the play and McCohy had to throw it out of bounds.

--Cousins rifle one to Harris one the sideline. Nice grab by the rookie.

--From bout the 10, Jackson got separation from Josh Norman in the corner of the end zone. Cousins threw a perfect pass but Jackson dropped it.

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Expect Redskins to bring back Trey Quinn next week as Jamison Crowder's status remains unclear

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Expect Redskins to bring back Trey Quinn next week as Jamison Crowder's status remains unclear

The Redskins need help at wide receiver, and while head coach Jay Gruden allowed a potential trade might bolster the group, the return of rookie Trey Quinn might do the same. 

Quinn landed on the injured reserve after the season opener in Arizona when he injured his ankle on a punt return. The IR designation means Quinn must miss eight weeks of action but can return after that period. 

"We’ll get Trey Quinn back here pretty soon," Gruden said Monday on the Redskins Talk podcast. 

Quinn could be back as early as Week 9 against Atlanta, and it sounds like Gruden expects to see him then.

A record setter at SMU and the final pick of the 2018 NFL Draft, Quinn's return could immediately help the Redskins at their inside slot receiver position. Jamison Crowder has missed the last two games for Washington, and reports say he could miss a few more weeks. 

Of the trio of injured Redskins skill players, Chris Thompson, Paul Richardson, and Crowder, Gruden said the slot WR has "probably got the furthest to go" before he can return from injury. Last week, Crowder was spotted in the Redskins practice facility riding a scooter and with a boot on his ankle. 

With Crowder out an elongated period of time, Quinn could step right in. Both on the smaller side and more quick than fast, Quinn is best suited to play the inside receiver position and can also return punts.

Asked if Quinn is a natural fit to fill in for Crowder, Gruden replied, "exactly right."

Fellow rookie receiver Cam Sims also landed on the IR after Week 1, but Gruden did not indicate that he would be brought back on the same timeline as Quinn. 

"We’ll probably just take one of them. Right now I think Trey is probably closer to returning than Cam ."

NFL rules stipulate that the team can bring only two players back from the injured reserve over the course of a season. So if the 'Skins bring back Quinn as soon as he is eligible next week, it makes sense for the organization to wait before using their final retrievable IR slot on another wide receiver.

Gruden's comments make two things clear: The organization sees Quinn back on the 53-man roster ASAP, and Crowder's return seems to be a serious question mark. 

Washington also seems likely to have a roster spot for Quinn next week. Special teams ace Jehu Chesson has already been up and down on the Redskins roster twice, and it would be little surprise if Quinn's return means Chesson gets released. Should that happen, Washington might again try to bring Chesson back to their practice squad. 



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As injuries linger at WR, Jay Gruden believes a trade might help Redskins

As injuries linger at WR, Jay Gruden believes a trade might help Redskins

The Dallas Cowboys traded for Amari Cooper on Monday, and with that, alarms go off around the NFL that it's wheeling and dealing season. The trade deadline hits in one week, and for teams looking to bolster their squad before the second half of the year, it's time to see what areas could improve. 

For Redskins head coach Jay Gruden, the injury situation at wide receiver means that his team could use help at the position. 

"We could probably use one more there if we could," Gruden said Monday on the Redskins Talk podcast. 

Asked if there was one area the team could bolster via trade, the coach explained that if wideouts Jamison Crowder or Paul Richardson could come back from injury right away, the Redskins would have no need to trade for another receiver. Unfortunately for the Redskins, neither injury situation is very clear, and some reports show that Crowder could miss a few more weeks working back from an ankle injury. 

"I think if you look at our team right now with the injuries to Crowder and obviously the uncertainty with Richardson you might want to add another receiver, but I like what [Michael] Floyd’s done coming in here," Gruden said. 

Floyd had one catch for 20 yards in the Redskins win on Sunday over the Cowboys, but he's a physical veteran that has the coach excited. Gruden also complimented what Maurice Harris and Brian Quick have done in the absence of Richardson and Crowder.

While the Cowboys struck first in the receiver trade market, more players remain reportedly available, including Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas and Dolphins WR DeVante Parker. 

Thomas is a five-time Pro Bowler in Denver, but at 30 years old and with some trade value, it makes sense for John Elway to consider his market. The Broncos are 3-4 and have an underperforming offense. 

Parker was a first-round pick in 2015 but has not had a 1,000-yard season in Miami. Making matters more complicated, Parker's agent Jimmy Gould called Dolphins head coach Adam Gase "incompetent" to a host of different media outlets. Parker has only been active twice this season though he contends health is not an issue. 

Gruden remains confident that 2016 first-round pick Josh Doctson will get going, and he is a similar big target as Thomas and Parker. Should Richardson miss significant time, the Redskins would lack a true speed threat.

There's certainly no clear indication that Washington will make a move before the NFL trade deadline, but as things stand now with injuries, there is a need. Remember, too, the Redskins are long on 2019 draft picks with 10 selections in seven rounds.