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Redskins Training Camp: 3 things to watch, including rookie RB missing practice

Redskins Training Camp: 3 things to watch, including rookie RB missing practice

RICHMOND - Monday's practice session seemed to be less sharp than Saturday's, and at one point, even drew a flash of anger from Redskins coach Jay Gruden. With that as background, maybe Tuesday will be more focused. Here are three things to watch from 'Skins camp:

  1. Rookie RB held out - The Redskins do not have tremendous depth at the running back position. RB1 Matt Jones showed glimpses of talent in an up-and-down rookie year, while Chris Thompson is a very capable third-down back. Beyond that, nothing but questions. Rookie Keith Marshall has looked good in camp, but his injury history leaves plenty of reason for concern. The competition at RB4 is wide open, however, between a number of young guys like Mack Brown, Robert Kelley and Kelsey Young. Kelley, an undrafted rookie from Tulane with a similar body type to now Dallas Cowboy Alfred Morris, did not practice Monday afternoon, instead watching without pads or a helmet. Kelley's roster spot is certainly not a lock, but the Redskins will be forced to keep some guys at RB after Jones and Thompson, and missing practices will not help Kelley's cause. 
  2. Depth at CB - Signing Josh Norman was the talk of the Redskins offseason, and despite a few Internet videos, he is having a strong camp. But third-year man Bashaud Breeland looks to be Washington's best corner so far in Richmond. On Monday, Breeland made an outstanding leaping interception of Kirk Cousins in the end zone, and that's not the first time the former Clemson Tiger has shown the ability to locate a ball at its highest point and go get it. But even beyond Norman and Breeland, the Skins seem to be deeper at CB than they have for years. Rookie Kendall Fuller looks like an immediate player at slot corner in nickel packages, veteran free agent signings Greg Toler and Dashaun Philips look quite capable, and don't sleep on last year's success story Quinton Dunbar. The coaches have all talked up the entire CB group.
  3. O-Line back in order? - Monday's return of Shawn Lauvao from the PUP list means the Redskins are now able to put their planned starting offensive line on the field: Trent Williams, Lauvao, Kory Lichtensteiger, Brandon Scherff and Morgan Moses. That doesn't mean, however, that the O-Line will gel right away. That group hasn't all played together since 11 months ago, and it will take time to get used to one another again. Also, figure the Redskins will bring Lauvao back slowly, and continue to give reps to guys like Spencer Long and Arie Kouandjio.

These are a few of the storylines to watch for Day 6 of camp. Check back with throughout the day for updates and stories from Richmond, or follow @JPFinlayCSN for live updates from the practice field.


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NFL players react to news that Andrew Luck is retiring

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NFL players react to news that Andrew Luck is retiring

NFL players took to Twitter on Saturday to send well-wishes to Andrew Luck after news broke that he is retiring from the NFL. 

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Luck was 'mentally worn out' after years of battling injuries. Luck confirmed the news in an emotional press conference on Saturday night.

"Andrew luck I understand you 100% brotha," wrote Dez Bryant. "... take your time ... I wish you the best."

Redskins rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins reacted to the news with emojis.

Former player turned ESPN analyst Emmanuel Acho posted video of Colts fans booing Luck as he walked into the locker room. "Coach always said, 'the pats on the back eventually turn into stabs,'" he wrote.  

"That's bad to boo that man," added former Redskins player Chris Baker.

Former Ravens and current Carolina player Torrey Smith tweeted that anyone in the sport understands.

Jaguars long snapper Matt Overton wrote he was "shook."



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Falcons safety Keanu Neal says no 'ill intent' for big hit on Jordan Reed

Falcons safety Keanu Neal says no 'ill intent' for big hit on Jordan Reed

Jordan Reed took a major blow to the head in the Redskins third preseason game in Atlanta, and the blow eventually landed Washington's stud tight end in the NFL's concussion protocol. 

Falcons safety Keanu Neal delivered the hit, and while it was clearly illegal and resulted in a penalty on the field, he took to Twitter to defend his play. 

It's hard to judge intent under the incredible speed that plays happen during pro football. When a player goes in for a tackle, ball carriers can also move, and plays that look dirty in slow motion can look reasonable in full speed. Still, it's undeniable that Reed took a major shot in the helmet from Neal, and it definitely seemed unnecessary. And it's not a secret that Reed has dealt with serious head injuries throughout his NFL career. 

There has been no update on Reed's condition beyond that he's in the NFL concussion protocol. Reed also stayed in the game after the big hit from Neal before his concussion symptoms showed up at halftime. 

Neal is a fifth-year safety out of the University of Florida. He missed most of the 2018 season with an ACL injury. Reed also attended the University of Florida.