The Redskins return to the team’s headquarters in Ashburn, Va., today after almost three weeks in Richmond. Practice is scheduled for 3 p.m.
Although two-a-days are in the rearview, the pressure will increase over the coming two weeks, particularly for the bubble players battling for a spot on the 53-man roster or practice squad. The initial round of cuts will be made the first week of September.
As for today, here’s what I’ll be watching at Redskins Park:
• In the wake of Robert Griffin III’s most recent headline-making comments, it’s going to be interesting to see if/how he addresses them, as well as what the reaction is from Coach Jay Gruden and Griffin’s teammates. As I explained this morning, I don’t get what the big deal is. He’s a confident person. He said as much. My opinion, however, is not shared by everyone.
• After missing some time earlier in camp with a groin muscle strain, veteran cornerback DeAngelo Hall has been hobbled by a toe injury. He’s anxious to get back on the field and hopes to play Thursday against the Lions. For that to happen, though, he’ll probably need to be feeling well enough to suit up for today’s session.
• Other players who did not participate in Monday’s light practice in Richmond include tight end Jordan Reed (hamstring), defensive end Frank Kearse (shoulder), linebacker Will Compton (undisclosed) as well as wide receivers Jamison Crowder (hamstring) and DeSean Jackson (shoulder) and cornerback Bashaud Breeland (knee). We already know the latter three will not suit up Thursday. I’ll have my eyes on Reed, who missed the preseason opener in Cleveland. If he doesn’t practice today, I’d be surprised if he faces the Lions.
• With Reed already battling injury and Niles Paul and Logan Paulsen out for the year, the tight end position will be under the microscope. Can we glean anything from the rotation today? It will be interesting to see which unit Je’Ron Hamm, Chase Dixon, Devin Mahina and newcomers Ernst Brun and D.J. Williams line up with. Williams, who was signed Sunday night, has the most experience, having suited up for 35 games (including three starts) for the Packers, Jaguars and Patriots. Today will be his second practice as a Redskin. “I think his transition will be a little bit smoother,” Coach Jay Gruden said of the 26-year-old on Monday, referring to his experience.
• The starting lineup has begun to come into focus as the camp shifts venues. But there are still spots up for grabs. Among them is the starting strong safety role, according to Gruden. Duke Ihenacho has the edge on Jeron Johnson, who just returned from a hamstring injury. If Johnson is going to make a move, though, it needs to happen in the coming days and weeks. “Duke has done an excellent job,” Gruden said. “Duke brings a lot of energy back there, but Johnson is definitely still in the mix.”
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