1. Redskins right tackle Jammal Brown will undergo an MRI Tuesday in New York. He wanted to wait until he could be seen by his doctor and this was the earliest it could happen.
2. The Redskins claimed receiver Dezmon Briscoe off waivers from Tampa Bay. The Bucs released him in part because he failed their conditioning test. He also didn’t attend many of the offseason voluntary workouts. So don’t get too excited about him. He caught a team-high six touchdown passes last season under then-coach Raheem Morris, now the Redskins’ secondary coach. It’s hard to see what sort of impact he can make here. It’s not yet a great position for the Redskins, but they do have better depth. Don’t look for him to help in the return game, either. He’s returned one career kickoff for 12 yards.
3. The Redskins released receiver Brian Hernandez. No big loss there. But I was hoping Hernandez could get into one game. He left Utah after the 2007 season and played two seasons in the United Football League. This was his first NFL training camp.
4. Running back Tim Hightower continues to take reps, but even coach Mike Shanahan admitted, “he’s not close to 100 percent.” It’ll be an interesting running back competition with Hightower, Evan Royster and Roy Helu. Anyone expecting one guy to run away with this job will be unhappy. It’s hard to see Royster or Helu being able to withstand the punishment of being The Guy for 16 games and we don’t know how effective Hightower will be. And when. All three can help in various ways.
5. Aldrick Robinson closed practice on the receiving end of one of the best plays of the day – a 60-yard bomb from quarterback Rex Grossman. Robinson showed his speed, racing past defensive back Travon Bellamy (a major longshot to make the roster). Robinson did a good job avoiding a jam at the line with an inside release. But don’t get too excited about Robinson: he dropped at least two passes today and fell on another route. One of the passes he dropped was a perfect ball from Robert Griffin III along the sidelines. It skidded through his hands. Robinson has a long ways to go to earn a roster spot. Needs to be a lot more consistent.
6. Cornerback Kevin Barnes had a good day. Not sure if it’s the added weight or not but his jams in press coverage were effective. Had a jam vs. Josh Morgan on one route in which Morgan ran inside. Barnes stayed with him and stepped in front when the Kirk Cousins pass arrived. But Barnes dropped the interception. Do I need to point out he now wears No. 22? Carlos Rogers’ old Redskins number? “You’re killin’ me KB!” secondary coach Raheem Morris shouted.
7. Later, Barnes and Morgan battled again, with Barnes reaching around him to tip a Cousins pass in the air that DeJon Gomes intercepted.
8. Receiver Leonard Hankerson for the most part had a productive day. But he dropped one pass thrown his way in the 11-on-11 portion. Turned his head upfield too soon, a problem last season as well. But unlike last summer one drop did not lead to another.
9. Of the rookie linemen the one I like the most so far is center Josh LeRibeus. He lunged a couple times Thursday but in the times I watched him today that was not the case. Sometimes it’s hard to get a great read on a guy; you might watch four plays of his and miss either his best or worst (it’s impossible to watch everything). But with LeRibeus he appeared to be consistent vs. backup defensive linemen, especially Chris Neild. Liked the way he was able to control Neild. Didn’t always move him out, but he could get him turned to a side and keep him long enough to help open a hole. At times Neild looked a bit too outstretched, losing his base of power.
10. For what it’s worth, Cousins and Rex Grossman alternated with the No. 2 offense. Don’t read too much into that right now. Shanahan likes to rotate guys sometimes to give another player a chance to face better competition and see how he fares. Cousins has a good arm; it was never in question. But like Grossman he makes costly mistakes. He threw one pick today and should have thrown two.
11. Pierre Garcon did what he does best: make a highlight grab. He leapt high for a Griffin pass over the middle, reaching up with his right hand bringing the ball in to his body as he fell to the ground. Quite impressive. By the way, Will Montgomery’s shotgun snap on the play was at Griffin’s knees.
12. Garcon and Morgan are considered excellent blockers. Saw Morgan stand up rookie corner Richard Crawford on one run, after Crawford tried to jam him. Also saw Niles Paul split wide in one formation and he then blocked
13. Safety Madieu Williams always seems to be in the right place. He gets a lot of praise during practices from secondary coach Raheem Morris.
14. Liked one move from receiver Terrence Austin. Crawford lined up over him in the slot, then blitzed. That left safety Jordan Bernstine to race over to the flat where Austin caught the ball. But Bernstine learned a little something about taking the right angle. Austin juked him to the outside and cut back inside for a nice gain. Austin beat Crawford in the slot on another play, taking an outside release for a clean break.
15. Outside linebacker Markus White had a few good plays. He beat tight end Beau Reliford to the inside on a rush, causing the undrafted rookie to grab his jersey. On the previous play White stood up left tackle Tom Compton, though the rookie managed to eventually stabilize him. Compton has been what you’d expect: up and down. He just needs work, which is what you’d expect from a sixth-round pick. He gets stood up a decent amount in pass protection, though he’s often able to neutralize the situation. On one stretch zone run to the right Compton failed to get a hand on the guy in his zone. Rob Jackson got him on a couple rushes, too.
16. Yes, players are throwing footballs into the crowd. Garcon did it three times and Anthony Armstrong did it once.
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