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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.

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One crazy stat that connects Dwayne Haskins with Cam Newton, but also Mark Sanchez

One crazy stat that connects Dwayne Haskins with Cam Newton, but also Mark Sanchez

The Redskins selected Dwayne Haskins with the 15th overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft. While his record at Ohio State was impressive, Haskins didn't log many starts. 

Washington head coach Jay Gruden talked about Haskins back in March during the league meetings, before the Burgundy and Gold drafted the quarterback, and said that because he played just one year in college he would need significant time to learn the NFL game. 

"You would like a guy to play more than a year to see how he’s developed over the years. Haskins has a unique skillset. He’s big, strong and can really throw it," Gruden said. Then, "Is he going to be ready for the first year?"

After OTAs and minicamp, it's obvious Haskins has all the talent needed to play quarterback in the NFL. He's made touch throws and he's rifled balls into tight windows. At the same time, he seemed confused in spots about play calls and struggled with the speed of the pass rush. 

All of that is normal for a player with just 14 starts. But it's that number, the one year of starting experience in college, that makes one statistic stand out about Haskins. 

That's some serious company, both good, bad and ugly. 

As a rookie in 2011, Cam Newton went 6-10 with 35 total TDs and 17 interceptions, not to mention a Rookie of the Year trophy. His running prowess made up for average numbers in the pass game. The more important comparison for Redskins fans is that Newton eventually developed into an NFL MVP and got the Panthers to the Super Bowl. 

For Mark Sanchez, the rookie numbers and the career comparison aren't as kind. Sanchez threw 12 TDs and 20 INTs in 15 games as a rookie, though he was at the helm as the Jets got to two straight AFC title games. Still, for his career, Sanchez threw more INTs than TDs and could not keep a starting job after his rookie contract. 

Trubisky is a different deal. He's only started 26 games since being the second overall pick in the 2017 draft with a record of 15-11. He's thrown 31 touchdowns against 19 interceptions, and run for another five scores. It's hard to describe Trubisky's game. At times he's terribly inaccurate, but in other spots, he looks like a future Pro Bowler. 

Newton is the sure thing, Sanchez is the poor outcome. Trubisky is still to be determined. 

For Haskins, it's not good company or bad company. With only 14 starts at Ohio State before the Redskins drafted Haskins, it's just the company he's in.


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Packers' Davante Adams has high praise for rookie Darnell Savage

Packers' Davante Adams has high praise for rookie Darnell Savage

Darnell Savage was the third NFL draft prospect profiled in our series ‘I Am the Prospect

Darnell Savage has been getting a lot of buzz since the Packers traded up to the 21st overall pick to select him in the 2019 NFL Draft, and his teammates are on board.

The Maryland star was one of the draft's biggest risers, and it was well warranted.

The Packers' Instagram account posted a video of Savage Wednesday, and his teammate Davante Adams chimed in.

“The boy gonna be special,” Adams wrote.

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“He’s going to be that guy — I can tell," Adams said, via Jason Wilde of the Wisconsin State Journal. "We definitely got a steal." “I know we got him early, but I still think that he could have gone even earlier just based on what he’s doing out there. He plays like a vet, he knows how to practice, and he’s smart, man.

Savage will face the Redskins in Week 14 when the Burgundy and Gold head up to Lambeau Field on December 8 for the matchup against the Packers.