Redskins training camp observations

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Second-year linebacker Ryan Kerrigan had his way at times with right tackle Tyler Polumbus. Kerrigan was adept at staying low and getting into the 6-foot-8 Polumbus' pads, driving him back on one rush. Chris Wilson also beat him once in 11-on-11 work. Polumbus must work hard to stay low because of his height. Once in the one-on-one drill vs. Chris Wilson, the veteran linebacker sped past him on the outside as Polumbus was bent too far at the waist, losing any leverage. He does OK at times, but this is something he must focus on every snap.

2 Rookie quarterback Kirk Cousins has thrown by far the most interceptions in training camp. It's not a surprise given that he was a fourth-round pick and is in his first camp. But he throws one or two every day. It happened again Monday when he stared at tight end Niles Paul, running an out route. Linebacker London Fletcher read the play, sped in front of Paul and made the easy grab for a pick-six. Cousins had a reputation in college for making the killer mistake. It's why he lasted until the middle rounds despite his size and arm strength.

3 Linebacker Brian Orakpo got tackle Trent Williams again with an inside swim move. Williams played for Orakpo to go wide, and sure enough his first step was upfield. But then Orakpo cut back inside, and Williams was left off-balance, which rarely happens. Williams does more than hold his own vs. Orakpo but not on this play.


Rookie running back Antwon Bailey, all 5-foot-7, 195 pounds of him, had one of the best blocks during a blitz pickup drill vs. linebacker Lorenzo Alexander. Bailey stood up Alexander with a vicious block, drawing cheers from his backfield mates. Fellow running back Roy Helu, who struggled in this area last summer, showed he had learned one lesson: keep your head up. Helu did just that vs. Kerrigan, but the linebacker still got past him.

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