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Redskins practice report: Defense picks off Cousins twice in final minicamp session

Redskins practice report: Defense picks off Cousins twice in final minicamp session

The Redskins wrapped up their offseason program on Wednesday with their second and final minicamp practice. Here are my observations.

Nico Marley is still in there working with the inside linebackers. At 5-8, 200 lbs., he certainly looks out of place. But he is making good progress on the fundamentals and techniques considering that he is an undrafted rookie. He could become a fan favorite in training camp but it’s hard to see him making it higher than the practice squad.

—The more I watch NT Phil Taylor, the more I like his chances of making the team. He seems to be healthy and problems staying on the field are what kept him out of the league for the last two years. Of course, the pads have to go on in training camp before we get a solid idea of what the 343-pounder has left at age 29. I’ll still put him at less than 50-50 to make the team but he seems to be on the right path.

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—Free agent WR Brian Quick pulled up lame during individual drills and if he was in team drills it was only briefly. Word is that the coaches are not very happy with his progress in picking up the offense and his practice performance. He will have to turn things around in Richmond to make the team.

—In 11-on-11 work, Kirk Cousins launched one deep to a quadruple-covered Terrelle Pryor. The throw didn’t have enough on it and Josh Norman made the interception. It was one of two interceptions on the day for Cousins, who said that he decided to be a “little more aggressive” to see where his limits are.

—Rookie RB Samaje Perine made a nice run on a play with some counter action to it. He did a good job finding a lane going against the grain.

—In seven-on-seven, Cousins tried to hit Pryor deep again. This time he overthrew the pass and Pryor had to grab DJ Swearinger to prevent another interception.

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—Cousins’ second interception was the result of a mixup between quarterback and receiver. Josh Doctson cut his route short, Cousins thought he would keep going and Swearinger had an easy interception.

—It wasn’t just Cousins who had the interception bug. In red zone drills, CB Dashaun Phillips stepped in front of a Colt McCoy pass and took off down the sideline to the cheers of the defensive unit.

—There were a couple of successful red zone passes. Cousins fired one over the middle right into the arms of Pryor. Then Niles Paul reached up and hauled in a McCoy pass right at the goal line.

—Jay Gruden ended practice about 15 minutes early and sent the players off for the six-week break before training camp starts.

Stay up to date on the Redskins! Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.

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Derrius Guice saw 'Avengers' on Monday night — and brought a bunch of Redskins fans with him

Derrius Guice saw 'Avengers' on Monday night — and brought a bunch of Redskins fans with him

Those who are worried about Derrius Guice's character picked up some added evidence when, on Monday night, the Redskins rookie invited a bunch of fans to watch Avengers with him in Ashburn.

Man, what is this guy's deal?

First of all, not everyone likes superheroes. So how did he know that those who joined him actually wanted to see Avengers?  Did he even ask? What if they wanted to see that really successful, really funny, really well-regarded Amy Schumer comedy, instead?

Then, there's the issue of Guice buying tickets and concessions for those who showed up.

Some people enjoy buying movie tickets — which are absolutely reasonably priced these days — and, as far as the concessions, seriously? Candy? Popcorn? He could've at least offered to buy something healthier, like broccoli. All movie theaters have broccoli.  

Thankfully, those who took Guice up on his invitation weren't grateful for the experience at all, which hopefully means this will be the last time he orchestrates a dastardly deed like this one:

At this point, it's a surprise Guice didn't slide even farther down in the draft, like to the 15th round. Unbelievable.



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Redskins G Arie Kouandjio likely out for the season

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Redskins G Arie Kouandjio likely out for the season

The news about Arie Kouandjio’s quad injury didn’t sound good when NBC Sports Washington broke it a couple of weeks ago. It didn’t sound any better when Jay Gruden said that they were seeking a second opinion. 

And now we have word that Kouandjio will be out for the season, per multiple media reports. While there was some initial hope that he might be able to play at some point this season, he is likely to be put on injured reserve soon. 

The corresponding move is expected to be the signing of guard Isaiah Williams, per JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington. He spent training camp with the Redskins in 2016 and 2017 before being released in the final cuts. Last year he also spent time with the Chiefs and the Colts but he has yet to appear in an NFL game. 

At worst, the Redskins have lost their starter at left guard. Kouandjio was set to compete with Shawn Lauvao for that job. Lauvao, who has been the starter at left guard going into the season for each of the last four years, would have been tough to unseat, but the 26-year-old Kouandjio may have had the inside track.

And at best, the Redskins lost experienced depth. Last year, when injuries hit hard along the offensive line, Kouandjio was re-signed and he started six games. It’s tough to lose experienced depth before the players even put pads on.

We will see if the Redskins make a move to shore up the guard position. Over the next couple of weeks, teams will be evaluating their veteran players and their rookies to see if they have younger and cheaper options. That could lead to some serviceable players getting released or some quality options being put on the trading block. 

The Redskins likely are set to get four compensatory draft picks in 2019, which would give them a total of 11 selections. They certainly could afford to deal one of those picks if they are offered a chance to upgrade at left guard. 

More 2018 Redskins

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- Schedule series: Gotta beat the Cowboys

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page, follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.