Redskins training camp: July 28

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Camp observations

1 The option needs a little bit of work. The Redskins ran it with quarterback Robert Griffin III twice in practice Saturday, and it didn't work that well either time. The first time receiver Santana Moss motioned to the backfield and was supposed to be the pitch man. Griffin kept the ball but would have been tackled. The next time his pitch to Roy Helu was wild. The defense hasn't been fooled often, perhaps because they've seen these plays quite often since the spring.

2 Griffin continues to show flashes of his big-time arm, but it's coupled with the typical learning curve of a rookie. One time he dropped a shotgun snap. As the receivers slowed down, there was a little bit of frustration in their body language because of the aborted play. Secondary coach Raheem Morris shouted to receiver Santana Moss, "Hey, 'Tana! Go back to the one-on-ones to get your confidence back up!"

3 Rookie right guard Adam Gettis, a fifth-round pick described by some draft experts as a steal, might not help for a while, but he already looks like he's worth developing. Working against backups, Gettis hasn't struggled. He's a technically sound player, always displaying a good base, which keeps from being overpowered. Or if he is, he can recover. Coach Mike Shanahan said after practice that it appears Gettis "has a chance to help us out."

4 If receiver Aldrick Robinson wants to unseat Brandon Banks as both a receiver and a returner, he has a ways to go. Banks had a good day Saturday, one day after Robinson dropped a few passes (though he caught a deep one). Banks is tough to jam for some cornerbacks because of his quickness. On one play, Cedric Griffin tried to jam him for an inside route. But Banks took a step to the outside, got Griffin off balance and shot inside for an easy grab.

Briscoe settles in

Dezmon Briscoe knows why he's not in Tampa Bay anymore. It's actually quite simple: The Buccaneers have a new coach, Briscoe missed a lot of the voluntary workouts and then he failed the conditioning test before training camp.

After a 35-catch, six-touchdown season, now he's in Washington trying to prove he can still play in the NFL. He's reunited, sort of, with ex-Bucs coach Raheem Morris, now the Redskins' secondary coach. The Redskins claimed him off waivers Friday.

"It's tough, especially coming off the season I did have," Briscoe said. "I felt I had good security, but things happen, and you have to make the best of it.

"The conditioning test, not everyone passed. I feel that was a big reason [for the release]. It stuck out with me not passing because I wasn't there in the offseason training. They made it seem like I was out of condition, which I'm not. I just have to take advantage of my opportunity now."

Briscoe blamed his spring absence on having problems to take care of at home. But the 6-foot-2 Briscoe is not here for anything other than to see whether he can help the Redskins' receivers.

"There's not many big guys [here]," he said. "Usually it's speedier, craftier route-running guys here traditionally. Just come in and be a big receiver, make plays, go up over guys and score touchdowns."

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said he's not scared off by Briscoe's offseason.

"We give people opportunities when they get here," Shanahan said. "They can prove they can handle themselves the right way. If they don't, they won't be Washington Redskins."

Player of note

LB Jonathan Goff

Goff injured his right knee during a pass play in practice Saturday and will undergo an MRI. Goff was evaluated by trainers on the field and headed to the facility after practice on his own power. But it's the same knee in which he tore his ACL last September with the New York Giants. If healthy, Goff would provide valuable depth at inside linebacker.

jkeim@washingtonexaminer.com

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