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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 CSNMidatlantic.com throughout the day for updates and stories from Richmond, or follow @JPFinlayCSN for live updates from the practice field.