RICHMOND—The Redskins took the field in pads for the first time in front of the largest crowd of the week. Here are some of the highlights of the practice.
—As they have every day so far, the Redskins started out with special teams. Among those returning punts were Rashad Ross, Trey Williams, Andre Roberts, and Jamison Crowder.
—I thought the rotation they used at the key punt team personal protector job was interesting. Niles Paul, who had the job last year, split snaps with two guys who are likely to be starting at safety, Dashon Goldson and Jeron Johnson. It’s an important spot and it’s not unusual for teams to have a front-line player handling it.
—Robert Griffin III was on target in some one-on-one coverage drills. On one play Quinton Dunbar shook off Chris Culliver on an out pattern and Griffith hit him on the sideline. He also hit Garcon on a deep down and in. That makes twice in two days that Dunbar has managed to get free from high-dollar free agent Culliver.
—A bit later in team drills Griffin felt some pressure, scrambled to his left, reset and completed a short pass to Alfred Morris. A year ago in camp it is likely that Griffin would either have been frozen and taken a sack or would have taken off running.
—We saw some good power running by Matt Jones right up the gut. There appeared to be no hole but Jones burrowed for about 10 yards.
—I think that the defense is trying to send a message to Jones. He was a little too rough in the no-pads OTAs. Perry Riley and Kyshoen Jarrett both gave Jones good shots.
—Kirk Cousins isn’t known for operating on the move but he did it nicely on one play. After a play fake he rolled to his right and hit Andre Roberts with a strike for a good gain.
—On Thursday, Silas Redd made a nice run but it was ruined when Duke Ihenacho punched the ball out from behind. Today Redd made another nice run and Ihenacho again tried to knock the ball out. This time, though, Redd was aware of the defender and had the ball in his left arm, away from Ihenacho. His punches were futile.
—Terrace Knighton blew through Kory Lichtensteiger on a one-on-one pass protection drill. It should be noted that these drills favor the defense. Even given that, Steiger will need help against big, athletic nose tackles. Fortunately there aren’t too many like Knighton out there.
—In the latter part of practice, it looked like things were getting ragged as Griffin took a sack and then the offense had to re-huddle after going to the line. But Griffin made up for it with a sharp pass to Roberts.
—Jamison Crowder told me yesterday that his game is based on quickness more than on speed. That may be true but he sure looked like one of the fastest players on the field when he took an end around handoff and zipped around left side for a nice chunk of yardage.
—Team drills finished off with a two-minute drill. Griffin we five for five, all fairly short passes. He did take a sack when Ryan Kerrigan and Keenan Robinson got into the backfield.
—At the end of practice the entire team has been lining up along the sideline from end zone to end zone for some stretching and then a run across the field. I suppose it should be called more of a jog and many players are nearly walking the last five yards or so. It’s not a great look.