1. Corner Cedric Griffin (hamstring) and safety Brandon Meriweather (knee), who already has been ruled out for Sunday’s game vs. Atlanta, did not practice. Receiver Aldrick Robinson, who suffered a concussion in last week’s pre-game collision with Meriweather, still must pass some tests Thursday before he can return.
Receiver Brandon Banks (hip) and running back Evan Royster (knee) were limited. Receiver Pierre Garcon (foot) and left tackle Trent Williams (knee) participated in the entire practice.
2. The last time Redskins corner DeAngelo Hall and Atlanta coach Mike Smith met on the field it didn’t end too well. There was a melee on the Falcons’ sideline and Smith angrily shouted and gestured at Hall. But that was in 2009, they made up after the 2010 season at the Pro Bowl.
“Me and Mike are cool,” Hall said. “We sat down and talked, hung out. We had a great time at the Pro Bowl, sipping a couple drinks, we won a game. He won some money, I won some money. It was a great time. If that’s the storyline going into the game it’s going to be a boring game.”
Smith said, “DeAngelo is one of the most competitive guys in the league. Competition and emotion are a big part of being successful in this league and that’s why he’s been around for nine years and played the way he’s played.”
3. Robert Griffin III said he went back to muscle memory when the head set went out. There was one play that he called on that final drive and it worked out well: the 20-yard pass to Fred Davis on a Bucs blitz. Griffin said he knew the Bucs would be blitzing after the Redskins had picked up 15 yards on a pass to Santana Moss.
“After that, most of the time once you get gashed in a two-minute situation, teams are going to blitz you,” he said. “They blitzed, so I called a quick passing play that gave me a couple options to the field. I hit [tight end] Fred [Davis], who was wide open because they forgot about him.”
4. Coach Mike Shanahan said Griffin played his best game vs. Tampa Bay. Griffin agreed.
“It was just a more complete, solid game. [I] didn’t really take any bad sacks. I got through my progressions, hit my check-downs and guys were working for me,” he said. “In order to go through all your progressions, everybody has to be where they’re supposed to be when they’re supposed to be there. Everybody was doing their job and that helps me be able to go out and execute as a quarterback and lead the offense. I think it was definitely by best game.”
5. Passing from a traditional offensive set, as Griffin did plenty of Sunday, is welcomed.
“You get in a rhythm. I think when you can sit back and pick apart a defense for a few plays, it definitely helps your confidence,” he said. “It helps you see things. You can see how they’re playing routes, know what you need to go to next. That’s a big thing. The zone read and stuff like that is stuff we’ll sprinkle in.”
6. Placekicker Billy Cundiff said he wasn’t surprised that the Redskins didn’t work out any kickers Tuesday, The feedback he had received before and after his three-miss game was positive.
“If anything I proved that although I may not be as consistent as you want on a [particular] Sunday,” he said, “at least I’m mentally tough enough to deal with whatever happens and when it comes down to that, they know they can trust me. That’s a really big thing. I’ll fix the consistency issues. In my mind that’s not a problem.”
7. Cundiff maintained that the timing is yet down between he and long snapper Justin Snow and holder Sav Rocca.
“If you look at a lot of successful kickers around the league, most guys have had for years the same snapper and same holder,” he said. “That’s not to say it’s an excuse in any way. I take full credit for all my misses. It’s something I will continue to get better at. We just didn’t have the luxury of having a great offseason like everyone else in the league.”
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