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Redskins Training Camp: 3 things to watch - can Kirk keep it up?

Redskins Training Camp: 3 things to watch - can Kirk keep it up?

RICHMOND - Not one, but two practices on the docket for the Redskins on Monday. After going for roughly 90 minutes on Sunday and an off day on Saturday, Washington gets back to a full training camp slate with plenty of intrigue and things to look for. 

  1. Keep it up Kirk - Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins looked particularly sharp on Monday, leading the offense in an impressive two-minute drill that ended with a touchdown pass to Ryan Grant that ranks among the best throws seen in Richmond. Not only did Cousins impress in the up-tempo offense, he was loud and vocal - and even funny - throughout practice, loudly joking with tight ends in individual drills earlier in the session. That's Cousins at his best - leading a crisp offense and letting his confidence overflow to the rest of the roster. The Redskins want that every day.
  2. The trenches - Sunday saw some great action in 1-v-1 battles between offensive and defensive linemen. Stephen Paea looked very strong (more on that later today), as did Chris Baker and Ziggy Hood. On the O-line, things were tougher, but Morgan Moses and Brandon Scherff impressed. The Redskins offensive line needs Trent Williams to be its best, but the young right side of the line is looking to build of an uneven yet promising 2015.
  3. Settled at safety? - It's starting to look like David Bruton has secured the starting strong safety role. Where there was some competition between Bruton and Duke Ihenacho for the role, Bruton took the majority of the snaps with the first unit on Sunday. Possessing unique size for the secondary at 6-foot-2 and 225 lbs., the former Broncos special teams star came to Washington because he was offered the chance to compete for a starting spot, and so far, it looks like he has made good on the opportunity. Bruton looked particulary sharp on Sunday on a play in which defensive coordinator Joe Barry tried to overload Cousins with blitzers. The QB recognized the attack, and quickly dumped the ball off to Chris Thompson in the right flat. With the corners and free safety blitzing, Thompson might have made a big gain, but Bruton was right there for the open field tackle. 

Each day brings new things to watch - and certainly monitoring injuries. Trent Williams dressed but hardly practiced on Sunday, and Jamison Crowder ran with a trainer but did not join the full team. For live updates stay with @JPFinlayCSN and in the afternoon check out Rich Tandler's observations from the sidelines. 

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Adrian Peterson's kids and the Internet are why he designed that shoe-in-facemask shirt

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Adrian Peterson's kids and the Internet are why he designed that shoe-in-facemask shirt

Luke Kuechly was just trying to make a tackle.

During the Redskins-Panthers Week 6 matchup, the Carolina star dove to wrap up Adrian Peterson and, like many, many, many before him, failed to bring the RB down.

Unfortunately for Kuechly, something else happened on the play that is going to help it live on much longer than your routine defensive mistake.

That something, of course, is that Peterson's cleat came off in the collision and lodged itself in Kuechly's facemask. And the uniqueness of that is why Peterson is now selling T-shirts commemorating it:

"I thought it was pretty cool," Peterson said Thursday in the 'Skins' locker room when asked why he felt moved to create the shirts, of which there are three to choose from on his site. "My kids got a big kick out of it. Obviously, the Internet did as well."

No. 26 has carried the ball 2,651 times in his career but said he's never had an attempt go like that one that involved his footwear and Kuechly's headgear.

However, because he's a legend, Peterson was able to deal with the lost shoe and still go on to pick up a nice chunk of yards as well as a first down.

"As I'm breaking free and I feel my shoe coming off, the only thing on my mind is, 'OK, let me make sure I plant my foot in a way where I don't slip,'" he explained. "That was the only thing I was focusing on on that play."

Will Kuechly get a shirt, though? After all, without him, they wouldn't exist in the first place.

"I might send him one," Peterson said.

What's lower: the odds of Kuechly wearing that shirt should Peterson ever send it along or the odds of another shoe finding its way into the linebacker's facemask? 

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Crowder, Richardson headline long list of injury questions for Redskins during Dallas week

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Crowder, Richardson headline long list of injury questions for Redskins during Dallas week

Redskins head coach Jay Gruden joked about optimism when going over the team's injury report, but that might be the coach's only way to deal with the current situation. 

Receivers Jamison Crowder and Paul Richardson did not practice on Thursday, and their status for Sunday seems murky at best. Crowder was spotted at Redskins Park using a scooter to keep his weight off his injured ankle, and while Richardson was seen walking around, his knee remains an issue. 

There was some good news, however, that Chris Thompson and Shawn Lauvao practiced, albeit in a limited role. 

Getting Thompson back on the field would be a big help for the Redskins offense, and alleviate some pressure off Adrian Peterson. The future Hall of Famer did not practice Wednesday as he is dealing with a host of injuries, including his shoulder and knee. 

The one player Gruden said he did not have optimisim in a return this week was rookie safety Troy Apke. There has been some conversation about possibly moving him to the injured reserve, but that has not happened yet. 

The Redskins currently have one open roster spot as the team released veteran defensive lineman Ziggy Hood earlier this week. With all the concerns at wideout, maybe Washington uses that spot to bring up a practice squad player to support the unit. 

UPDATE (5:20 p.m.): The Redskins announced that they have elevated receiver Jehu Chesson from their practice squad to the active roster.

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