Running back Chris Thompson should be ready for training camp after tearing his left ACL at Florida State this past season. Doctors said it would take eight months and he had the injury six months ago. If healthy Thompson will help because of his speed, cutting ability and acceleration.
Tight end Jordan Reed did not participate because he said he’s still recovering from a bone bruise in his knee. Coach Mike Shanahan said Reed also had a pulled quad, which resulted in soreness in his knee. They’re hopeful he’ll be able to work in a “couple weeks” Shanahan said.
Bacarri Rambo and Phillip Thomas worked together at safety, with both playing deep on occasion. It’s impossible to get a feel for safeties in a rookie camp situation because so much of what they do won’t be seen until games begin – in terms of adjustments and angles to the ball and tackling ability. But Rambo did make a pick, catching a pass that bounced off a receiver’s hands. Thomas broke up a pass over the middle.
Thomas is still more comfortable as a strong safety, but – and this was pointed out by his defensive coordinator at Fresno State, Nick Toth –one thing that will help him at free safety is the fact that he often played on the wide side of the field. The college hashmarks are different and the wide side demands good instincts so a defender can play fast.
You can’t judge too much off one interview or one workout session, but the three rookie DBs come across well. Thomas thinks the game as much like a coach as any of them. It’s why you can’t just measure a guy with his 40-yard dash time. His ability to think the position gives him a shot.
Shanahan said Rambo and Thomas scored well on his personality test he gives to rookies. I’ve heard from other coaches how well this test is at gauging a player’s success (or at least how he’ll work). Shanahan said the rookie safeties scored a 9 and a 10 out of 10. He did not say which one scored the 10, but the point was they both scored well.
Among the tryout players in camp: Alfred Morris’ brother Shawn, a running back from Birmingham Southern. “They have the same personality for sure,” Shanahan said. “I’m not sure they both run the same.”
Another tryout player: Andrew Robiskie, son of former Redskins coach Terry. Shanahan and Terry Robiskie coached together in Oakland.
Tough to get a good read on many players in the camp. Not enough time to really watch and they were in shorts and a helmet only. Tried to watch Brandon Jenkins a little bit, but mostly saw him step forward as if rushing. Did see corner David Amerson play press coverage, but it’ll be easier to gauge his progress when he plays vs. the starting wideouts when we see him in OTAs and the minicamp. Amerson also clearly understands he needs to improve in certain areas: discipline and run support, for example.
Tough to say how many of the 48 tryout players the Redskins will sign. More than a few likely will have tryouts with other teams before determining where they’ll sign.
Though it would seem unlikely that Quentin Jammer would sign with the Redskins now that they selected another corner, he’s not completely off the radar. If the Redskins remain interested – still an if – any dialogue would start anew this week. Waiting until after the draft and undrafted free agent signings allows Jammer to pick the best spot. But the Redskins viewed him more as a corner.
Undrafted free agent receiver Skye Dawson made a nice grab and showed good speed — but he’s a fast guy so he should. In 2010, Dawson recorded the third fastest time in Mountain West history for the 60 meter race (6.69 seconds) at the indoor championship. Arkansas State’s Josh Jarboe, who has traveled an interesting path to this point to say the least, ran well and showed good hands. But, again, it’s way too difficult to get anything other than a quick impression from these camps. Seattle safety Earl Thomas’ brother, Seth, a corner from McNeese State, was in camp too.