A band of some 65 players wearing Redskins helmets and consisting of draft picks, undrafted free agents, tryout players and a few first-year players took to the practice field at Redskins Park on Saturday for the second day of rookie minicamp. Here are some observations, most on the offensive side of the ball. I’ll take a closer look at the defenders during the afternoon session.
—Alabama quarterback Blake Sims was there as a tryout but he was not in yellow QB jersey. He wore No. 37 and was a running back, the position he started out playing as a freshman with the Crimson Tide before moving to quarterback. It appeared that it came back to him as he showed some good instincts and cutting ability.
—Fourth-round pick Jamison Crowder ran smooth routes and caught the ball well in individual drills. It’s hard to say if he’s NFL ready since he’s going against other rookies but he is pretty polished.
—Sixth-round pick Evan Spencer was observing but not participating due to a hamstring injury.
—Reggie Bell, an undrafted free agent, made a nice move to break clear of his defender over the middle but he draft a pass right in his hands. That’s not the way to surivive until OTAs.
—Tryout quarterback Anthony Neyer didn’t have a pass to his credit during his career at Southern California. He was accurate at times but wild at others. The throws that sail way over the receivers’ heads tend to stand out on film more than the accurate tosses with no pass rush. The latter is simply expected.
—Matt Jones is a north-south runner, no question about it. But he can make a move or two in the second level. He could be fun to watch in training camp.
—In one-on-one pass protection drills, they lined up Preston Smith against Brandon Scherff a few times. Scherff was a little bit ahead of Smith in this round. On one snap Scherff just stonewalled Smith and then in an immediate rematch the tackle stopped the defender again, although this time he has to get a grip on his jersey to slow him down.
—In the same drills Arie Kouandjio was aggressive trying to block his man, at times too much so. His technique is raw but his desire certainly is there.
—Austin Reiter, the team’s seventh-round pick, was a smoother operation and had more polished technique. It will be interesting to see what they have in mind for him this year.
—Undrafted free agent running back Trey Williams did a nice job picking his way through crowds and changing direction. We will see if he is as elusive when he goes up against the veterans later this month.