September 21, 2019

Washington Redskins: 2015 Training Camp Day 12 Observations

After a day to rest following three joint practices with the Houston Texans, which finished in fireworks, the Washington Redskins returned to the practice field to prepare for the first preseason game at the Cleveland Browns on Thursday, August 13th. Unfortunately for the team, Mother Nature did not want to let the team off easy as it was pouring rain for much of the afternoon practice.

Addressing last Saturday’s fights with the Texans, head coach Jay Gruden said there will be no disciplinary actions for his players. It was almost if Gruden was happy that the fights took place once he stated “in that setting there was no choice but to go protect one another. It was good to see that and brought everyone together”. Although a coach may not be openly able to show pride in his team’s part in the scrums, you cannot fault the second year head coach for admiring the brother hood of players he has to work with knowing that they will go to war for and with one another.

On to the must anticipated preseason game on Thursday. Gruden stated that final decisions on playing time for the penciled in starters will be determined after today’s practice. Gruden did commit to Robert Griffin III starting and playing at least the first quarter of the game. Although it is nice to win at all times, Redskins fans know all too well that success in the preseason does not mean anything to success when it counts most. Gruden understands that as well and has his priority of coming out healthy and finding the best 53 players out of the 90 he has in front of him.

While discussing the first official depth chart of the season, Gruden clearly did not care what anybody thought about the ranking of players. Gruden would not even have a depth chart released until Week 1 against the Dolphins if it were up to him because nothing in the first official listing is “etched in stone”.

Of the few question marks on the depth charts, Gruden did comment that at tight end Niles Paul has emerged as the starter because of his development in the overall aspects of a tight end, but Jordan Reed is still going to play a lot. Gruden also acknowledged the recent struggles of place kicker Kai Forbath during training camp and said even though it is “puzzling” how he’s missing certain kicks, the team simply has to “get his confidence up”.

Practice Notes and Evaluations:

  • Griffin with the help of his father, acting as a pass rusher, got in extra work after practice working on his decision making under pressure. Griffin’s work ethic has and should never be questioned as this is proof that he is willing to do whatever he can to return to a winning form. After having a bit trouble on throwing the ball accurately on the move, it makes sense that Griffin wanted to work on his execution when facing pressure and shuffling his feet.
  • Today was Colt McCoy‘s turn to work with the second unit. Even though Kirk Cousins played against the third string defense he had a terrible decision that resulted in an interception. It will be interesting to see if Gruden alternates between McCoy and Cousins during the game Thursday or allow them to build up rhythm while facing different unit defenses.
  • Chris Thompson is taking full advantage of his additional practice reps with Matt Jones sidelined and has become more patient instead of trying to out run everyone which may have worked in college.
  • As Gruden alluded to in his pre-practice press conference, Forbath has been struggling lately. On Satuday, last year’s kicker was a miserable two of five on makeable attempts. Gruden might have instilled the confidence he wanted to in Forbath by giving him another crack at the drill that the former Lou Groza award winner breezed through going four for four with no doubters.

Injury Updates:

  • In the first positive news in a while, DeAngelo Hall told reporters that he hopes to practice today, which he did, and is pushing to play in the preseason opener on Thursday. Got to love the drive from a 12 year veteran to continue helping his team.
  • Hall’s battery mate Chris Culliver (groin) also returned to practice after missing time against the Texans.
  • A scary moment in practice came when Brandon Scherff went down and trainers began to look at his leg. Fortunately he was able to walk off under his on power and though he did not return to practice he was on the sidelines with his helmet on. Scherff would later tell that he simply rolled his ankle and even participated in post-practice extra work. The Iowa product was later seen walking without a limp. Spencer Long filled in for Scherff at right guard which Long was thought to be penciled into the starting lineup for prior to the shuffling of Scherff inside.
  • Niles Paul hurt his left shoulder during team work and left at the end of practice with trainers. No official work has been given by Paul or the team. With the recent compliment by Gruden of saying he has worked his way into a starting role, Paul could ill afford to lose time if he wants to hold on to his starting title.
  • Backup MLB Will Compton suffered a groin injury while starting MLB Keenan Robinson was precautionary pulled out of practice with a possible head injury.
  • Jamison Crowder (hamstring) seems close to returning but was held out of today’s practice.
  • Matt Jones (tweaked knee) was limited in practice by only participating in individual drills
  • For the first time since signing with the team, OLB Junior Galette (pec) suited up with the team in full pads and participated in the team’s practice. Even if Galette were to play on Thursday, it would likely be in a limited role as he continues to get acclimated with the scheme.
  • As expected, DeSean Jackson is still sitting out with his AC joint shoulder injury that will likely keep him out of action in the first and possibly second preseason games.

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 3 days.
  • Season and home opener against Miami Dolphins on Sunday, September 13 in 34 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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