Reporting Grant Paulsen
1. Barry Cofield and Tanard Jackson were the only Redskins not in attendance at today’s OTA practice. Mike Shanahan said both absence’s were excused.
2. Robert Griffin III says he feels really comfortable with about 60 to 70 percent of the Redskins’ playbook so far. He admitted that Washington has installed and that he’s gone over the team’s entire offense, but he’s still working to grasp the rest of the offense. Considering mini camp hasn’t started and training camp is almost two months away, if his percentage is accurate you’d have to imagine that he’s ahead of schedule.
3. The Redskins have had 100 percent participation in their OTA work so far. Shanahan said that anybody who has missed a practice thus far has been cleared to do so by the team. According to Shanahan, you always hope to get 100 percent participation but rarely do.
4. Tim Hightower was held out of today’s practice. Shanahan said he expects Hightower (still recovering from mid-season knee surgery) to be ready for training camp.
5. Leonard Hankerson worked on the side during today’s practice. Shanahan says his hip is now healed, but that the club is going to be very cautious with him in the coming weeks. Hankerson is expected to be ready for training camp.
6. Kory Lichtenstieger took part in individual and positional work at Thursday’s OTA. He still hasn’t been cleared to participate in 11-on-11 work, but Lichtensteiger says he’ll be ready to participate in full at the Redskins’ first training camp practice.
7. Stephen Bowen is still recovering from the minor knee surgery he had last month. He didn’t practice on Thursday but will be ready for training camp as well.
8. Brian Orakpo’s left pectoral muscle was wrapped today as he watched Washington’s 11-on-11 drills from the sideline. He told me that he was held out for precautionary reasons and that he is just fine. You may remember that he injured the muscle after a multi-sack first half against the New York Giants in Week-17. Mike Shanahan said MRI’s were taken of the pectoral recently, and that the Redskins aren’t concerned about Orakpo. He should be back on the field soon.
9. Niles Paul stood out in today’s practice, catching two deep balls while being matched up against a safety and a linebacker. His transition to tight end will hinge more on his development as a blocker than as a pass-catcher, but there’s no question that a tight end with his 4.5 speed will present problems for defenses.
10. DeAngelo Hall said that he wasn’t able to attend last week’s OTA (he was the only player who didn’t show up) because of “a family thing” he needed to tend to. Hall is working in the slot-corner position, something he says he did in a limited capacity back in 2009. Josh Wilson has also spent some time inside against three-receiver packages. Newly signed Cedric Griffin and Maryland product Kevin Barnes, among others, will compete for time behind Hall and Wilson to be Washington’s third cornerback.