Notes, Observations from Sunday’s Redskins Practice

by Brian McNally

RICHMOND — The Redskins returned to training-camp practice on Sunday following a day off and the starters who were available received a little more work than in recent days.

Left tackle Trent Williams (sore knee) was limited to individual drills and wide receiver Jamison Crowder (hamstring) sat out practice completely. Neither player seems overly concerned – though coach Jay Gruden acknowledged Crowder might not be ready for the preseason opener Thursday at Atlanta.

“[Crowder] just has a hamstring issue, and he’s going to be close to Atlanta,” Washington coach Jay Gruden said. “And if not Atlanta, maybe the following week, but he’s not far away.”

Meanwhile, reserve wide receiver Reggie Diggs left Sunday’s practice early with “soreness” in the same knee that he had arthroscopic surgery on in June. Gruden didn’t think it was a serious injury.

Quarterback Kirk Cousins conducted a nice two-minute drill from midfield during situational 11-on-11 work. Cousins hit wide receiver Ryan Grant for a touchdown to cap that drive 6-for-6. The offense overall looked a lot sharper Sunday than it did on Friday.

“[Cousins] did good in that drive. He does a good job of taking what the defense gives him,” Gruden said. “We just harp on that. He hit some check-downs, some underneath routes, and guys got up the field and got lined up and we can run off a lot of plays in that situation. As long as we don’t have any negative plays, we can move the ball and be quick and efficient and he was efficient today.”

Other observations: Third-string quarterback Nate Sudfeld had some interceptions issues in Friday’s practice with three in a row on one drive. Sunday the problem was two passes getting knocked down during 11-on-11 work. Inside linebacker Carlos Fields got one and defensive end Corey Crawford had the other. It was a good stretch for the defense. Will Blackmon had blitzed from his safety position and blocked a pass from Colt McCoy with the second teamers on the field moments earlier.

The second team scored during situational drills when they caught the defense off guard. Running back Keith Marshall burst through the line untouched for a 10-yard touchdown run.

Got a chance to watch the offensive and defensive lineman do one-on-one work. Looked like a good day for nose tackle Ziggy Hood, who has flown under the radar a bit during camp. He won one battle with right guard Brandon Scherff. That was okay, though. Scherff shook off that loss by containing Chris Baker nicely.

Guard Arie Kouandjio got bulldozed by defensive end Stephen Paea and later struggled to contain Ricky Jean Francois.

Left guard Shawn Lauvao worked primarily with the second teamers as he tries to shake off the rust after rehabbing his ankle and foot injuries from last year. Lauvao struggled a bit in one-on-one drills, but has looked reasonably strong against the backup defensive linemen during team work. There’s still plenty of time left for him to regain his form – and his starting job.

 

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