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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.