August 18, 2019

Washington Redskins: 2015 Training Camp Day 10 Observations

On a rain filled Saturday morning the Washington Redskins completed their third and final joint practice with the Houston Texans before enjoying an off day tomorrow. Many Redskins are banged up and will take full advantage of the rest day before returning their focus to the Thursday preseason game they have at the Cleveland Browns.

Tensions broiled over for both teams today after two physical practices were already in the books. Within a span of about five minutes, three scuffles, see footage below, broke out between the teams leading to the so called joint practice to end early when the teams took to separate playing fields. Junior Galette was reportedly pacing along the sidelines wanting to get involved to support his new teammates but was kept away from the altercation. DeAngelo Hall said that he had a feeling that the Texans were ticked about Matt Jones’ big hit on CB Kevin Johnson leading to the possibility that the Redskins were simply defending themselves and their teammates if the Texans were indeed the instigators.

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Head coach Jay Gruden said “tempers flare” but said he made it clear that it is “unacceptable” and feels like they lost a day to get better against a good team. They had situational drills: red zone and two-minute drills planned for later on in practice. Gruden still believes that the benefits of joint outweigh possible negatives such as the brawl that transpired today. The only thing Gruden said he might do next time, similarly to last year against the Patriots, the teams will go with full pads for two of the three days while a practice just in shorts without contact for the third.

Additional positives Gruden took out of the two full days of practice included Robert Griffin III and the rest of his quarterbacks being able to work against defensive schemes, which serves as a “great measuring stick” for the team as a whole. The head coach also talked about how the young duo of Brandon Scherff and Morgan Moses on the right side of the offensive line were able to learn how to best block the best player in the game in J.J. Watt.

Practice Notes and Evaluations:

  • After the multiple brawls took place, the teams finished practice with there own offense and defenses going up against one another, which Gruden says is not as much of a help when going up against the same players repeatedly.
  • In a hurry up drill, that Griffin was able to stop the clock to get the field goal unit on, Kai Forbath missed the field goal wide right. Forbath has struggled quite a bit so far in camp and if that continues in preseason the Redskins could look for Ty Long or another free agent kicker to take over the duties from the former UCLA Lou Groza award winner.

Injury Updates:

  • Add rookie WR Jamison Crowder to the injury list as the Duke product did not practice with the team due to a hamstring injury. Crowder has lit it up so far during training camp and has taken full advantage of the extra first string reps with DeSean Jackson sitting out with a shoulder injury.
  • It seems that safety Trenton Robinson can be added to the injury bug list after walking back to the facilities slowly. It is unclear whether Robinson got hurt in a scrum or during another time.
  • Matt Jones re-tweaked his knee a little bit but Gruden said he will be fine.
  • Ryan Kerrigan and Trent Williams were amongst veterans who were given a day off today so they will have back to back days to rest before the next practice on Monday.

For more updates about Redskins training camp come back and visit District Sports Page.

Important Dates:

  • Training camps is officially ongoing and will last until Sunday, August 16th. See a full schedule of the Redskins training camp practices here.
  • Travel to Cleveland for first preseason matchup against the Browns on Thursday, August 13 (at 8 PM) in 5 days.
  • Season and home opener against Miami Dolphins on Sunday, September 13 in 36 days.
About Neil Dalal

Neil Dalal is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins, Wizards, and Maryland Terrapins. Neil grew up in Silver Spring, MD and attends the University of Maryland. Neil has loved everything related to the Redskins, Wizards, Capitals, and Terrapins since he was eight years old. However, he favors the Orioles, as he started watching baseball before the Expos moved to DC. You can follow Neil on Twitter @NeilDalal96.

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