RICHMOND, Va. (CBSDC) – The Redskins completed their second stint at training camp on Saturday morning, holding a Fan Appreciation Day that drew 20,477 fans to their complex.
“The feedback was all positive,” Washington general manager Bruce Allen said.
Players practiced for about 2 hours and 10 minutes. Their reward? A day off on Sunday before returning to Richmond on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday with three practices against the New England Patriots.
The teams will practice in full pads on Monday and Tuesday and work on two-minute offenses, no-huddle plays and mock game situations on Wednesday, according to defensive coordinator Jim Haslett. Redskins coach Jay Gruden has experience with joint practices from his time as offensive coordinator with the Cincinnati Bengals when they practiced with the Atlanta Falcons.
“Initially going in I wasn’t too fired up about it, but going into it and just giving them the chance to practice against different people, I think that’s the big thing,” Gruden said. “You get tired sometimes of seeing the same people over and over again as a player is concerned. Now you’re going against somebody else and somebody else that’s trying to make a team so the competition should be fierce.”
The team went with full pads on Saturday, too, given the upcoming day off. Linebacker Rob Jackson left practice early with a shoulder injury, though Gruden hopes he will be fine for Monday.
Wide receiver DeSean Jackson sat out with leg “soreness”, Gruden said. “Just trying to keep him fresh. He’s been running a lot.”
Aldrick Robinson, another wide receiver, also left practice earlier with hamstring soreness, though Gruden expects him, too, to participate in Monday’s practice against New England. Backup quarterback Kirk Cousins left the field quickly after practice as teammates signed autographs. He eventually returned to the field to sign for fans and Gruden insisted Cousins was “okay.”
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