Redskins practice report: Aug. 13

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1. Left tackle Trent Williams was limited in practice Monday after suffering a bone bruise in his left foot vs. Buffalo. Williams participated in individual drills, but did not take part in full-team work.

Williams said he did some light running – and cutting – as well.

“I’ll wait to see how it feels in the morning,” he said. “If everything feels all right I’ll do a little tomorrow…I’m taking it day by day. I feel a lot better.”

2. Meanwhile, right guard Chris Chester (ankle) also returned and was limited. He said he hopes to practice Tuesday. Left guard Maurice Hurt, who did not practice Saturday because of sore tendons in his knee, was full participation.

3. Left guard Kory Lichtensteiger, who had his knee scoped two weeks ago, said there’s a chance he’ll return for the fourth preseason game.

“There’s a real possibility,” Lichtensteiger said.

He also said he worries about his right knee, the same one in which he tore multiple ligaments last October.  And the same one that needed the recent scope.

“It’s always in the back of my mind it could happen again,” he said. “Hopefully it doesn’t. It’s a little more concern but whatever happens happens and I’m doing my work to get healthy and get back. That’s all I can do.”

4. Not a good sign that running back Roy Helu couldn’t practice because of tendinitis in his Achilles. But this is why he entered as the No. 2 back behind Evan Royster with Tim Hightower sidelined. Durability is a concern.

Also, backup nose tackle Chris Neild injured his knee midway through practice and needed an MRI.

5. The Redskins signed offensive lineman Chris Campbell, who spent parts of the past two seasons on Green Bay’s practice squad. The Packers released Campbell in May; he’s lost approximately 45 pounds since that time. They seem to find a lot of guys who either need to gain some weight or who have lost a lot of it.I really don’t know what that means, but just thought I’d point it out.

6. Defensive line coach Jacob Burney worked with the defensive backs on knocking the ball from the quarterback (using dummy bags). The DBs had to maneuver around one bag serving as a blocker, then attack the one posing as the QB (with the ball attached). “That’s very good!” Burney shouted to Madieu Williams after one of his turns. The Redskins have done this in the past.

7. A few people have asked about Willie Smith. Well, he’s not in anyone’s doghouse. He just hasn’t been good enough to move past those ahead of him. Starting three games last year (and playing in four) didn’t mean he’d automatically improve. Sometimes players stay the same, even with experience (See: Heyer, Stephon). Anyway, Smith had some rough moments today. One occurred vs. Ryan Kerrigan; no shame in that. But it’s also the sort of player he must stop if he wants to win a job. More on Kerrigan in a minute. But Chris Wilson also beat Smith a few times. Wilson is a backup trying to win a roster spot. He’s had a good camp, too, and I’ve always enjoyed him. However, if Smith wants to contend for a starting job he needs to stop this sort of player. Period. Wilson popped into Smith’s shoulder pads on a play and stood him up. A quick throw prevented any real pressure. On the next play Wilson caught Smith leaning over too low after they engaged. Wilson jerked him to the side.

8. Now, for Kerrigan. He was active Monday; drove tight end Fred Davis back on one run block (this has happened a few times this summer). Davis got no real explosion on his block (this has happened a few times this summer). But Kerrigan has worked hard to stay low and get underneath the pads. He did this to right tackle Tyler Polumbus and let up at the last second as he reached Robert Griffin III. Against Smith, Kerrigan beat him inside and would have made a big stop on a draw play. Later, he stood Smith up at the line.  And, finally, near the end of practice he shot inside Polumbus, who had help there from right guard Adam Gettis.

9. Reason No. 127 why London Fletcher is still a good linebacker at age 37. He was given the day off by coach Mike Shanahan on Monday. That means Fletcher went through individual work and then sat out the team portion. But after the full-team work, rather than stand around, he hit a side field for agility work with assistant strength and conditioning coach Chad Englehart. Haven’t seen guys who get the day off do anything like that.

10. Dezmon Briscoe is slowly starting to show up more in practice. He obviously plays with excellent size. I’m curious to see if he can become a solid target over the middle. He made a couple catches Monday, using his size to shield corner David Jones from one pass, and also had one leaping catch in the back of the end zone Saturday. However, Saturday’s practice was just a step above a walk-through.

11. Brandon Banks had a step, or two, on Brandon Meriweather on a deep post, but Kirk Cousins’ pass was overthrown. Cousins did have a good throw over the middle to Terrence Austin, coming off a play fake. Cousins delivered a bullet. And he hit tight end Logan Paulsen in stride for a deep ball (Paulsen beat linebacker Derrick Holt). Meriweather intercepted one tipped Cousins pass.

12. Talked about defensive end Doug Worthington playing with power the other day in one of my game reviews; also saw it Monday vs. right guard Tony Moll. Just moved Moll back.

13. Linebacker Brian Orakpo lit up Niles Paul on one run. Just got under him and popped him back.

14. The other day Shanahan yelled at Josh Morgan after a play; looked like he thought Morgan needed to hustle back a bit faster to the line of scrimmage. Morgan tried to explain (from a distance) what happened. Um, next time just nod and do what the coach says is my advice. Today, Shanahan got on receiver Leonard Hankerson for something similar, telling him to “Get up there!”  It was from a distance so I couldn’t tell for sure what happened. Shanahan wasn’t happy.

15. Lorenzo Alexander intercepted a tipped Cousins pass; DeJon Gomes picked off an underthrown ball from Cousins. Man, that’s a lot of picks by Cousins.

16. RG3 Report.

 

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John Keim

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