1. WR Josh Morgan said he’s still not as explosive as he wants to be, but said he’s almost 100 percent healed from an ankle injury in October.
“I’m very, very close,” he said. “I have to get my explosion back. The pain is gone. Everything else is healed.”
Morgan said he underwent X-rays on Monday and will have an MRI soon to make sure his torn ligaments have healed right. He said he still has seven screws in his ankle. He also fractured his leg in that Oct. 9 injury.
“It’s definitely a matter of strength and making sure you don’t overdo it so you don’t mess up,” Morgan said. “I used to have a 41-inch vertical and now it’s only 36.”
Morgan also broke his leg late in a 41-3 San Francisco win over Tampa Bay.
“Fourth quarter, three minutes left we’re up [38 points] and coach [Jim] Harbaugh didn’t take us out of the game,” Morgan said. “It is what it is. You can’t cry over spilled milk. All I gotta do is get back healthy and do it again here.
“They said it’s usually a six-month rehab process and it’s only the third month. But I’m looking to be 100 percent. I’m healing fast.”
2. With Morgan still not fully healed and Leonard Hankerson unable to go full speed until training camp, it’s difficult to see how the Redskins could get rid of Santana Moss. He’s also looked sharp during the offseason workouts, so that’s even more reason to keep him around.
3. Among those not working out today: DE Kentwan Balmer (ankle), LB Jonathan Goff (knee), DE Adam Carriker (blisters) and CB Josh Wilson (thigh). RB Tim Hightower (knee), WR Leonard Hankerson (hip), LB Brian Orakpo (shoulder) and LG Kory Lichtensteiger (knee) all participated in individual sessions but not in full-team work.
4. Coach Mike Shanahan said he anticipates the place kicking competition between Neil Rackers and incumbent Graham Gano to come down to the final preseason game. “We brought Rackers in here for a reason – to add competition,” Shanahan said. “Graham needs that competition. They both embrace it.”
And speaking of their competition: Gano drilled a 57-yarder after one stalled drive while Rackers hit the right upright from 52 yards.
5. OK, last week in the one practice open to the media Rex Grossman threw the best of all the quarterbacks. He looked good again today – but had his one moment that defies reason. On the play, Grossman was under pressure and as he was looking to his right, threw off his back foot over the middle. Wrong move: rookie corner Chase Minnifield was there and intercepted the pass.
6. Minnifield continues to impress. He did a nice job in man coverage vs. Pierre Garcon on one play, executing a good jam and then turning and running stride for stride down the field, forcing Robert Griffin III to look elsewhere. Minnifield hasn’t looked overmatched vs. the starting receivers.
7. Grossman did throw a pretty ball over the top of linebacker Lorenzo Alexander to tight end Logan Paulsen for a long touchdown.
8. Safety Madieu Williams makes a play on the ball every time we see him. I know Mike Shanahan said it’s hard to gauge how well the safeties are doing in these workouts and I agree.With Williams the trick will be to see how he holds up physically and he executes his run fits (different in a 3-4 than in a 4-3, though he played in the former scheme a year ago with San Francisco). However, he’s been one of the standouts of the shorts-and-helmets-only portion of the season.
9. Saw Perry Riley with good coverage on one play vs. tight end Chris Cooley; did a good job staying with him on a crossing route. But Riley was chastised a little by coaches on a later route for getting out of his zone a little too quickly, opening a seam for an eventual catch.
10. Rookie QB Kirk Cousins had a nice highlight throw, hitting Aldrick Robinson on a double move (corner-post). He beat Jordan Bernstine on the play. Cousins ran downfield and joined in a mini-celebration, jumping up for a body bump with the others. Cousins was off on a few throws and thus far looks like what he is: a fourth-round pick with a good arm.
11. Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan was all over tight end Fred Davis on one route, but Davis did a good job getting free and turning back to the middle, where he caught a bullet from Robert Griffin III.
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