Notes from the second and, as Mike Shanahan announced, final practice of the Redskins' minicamp. Since tweeting is not allowed from practice the notes are presented in Twitter-sized bites.--Orakpo looks great on his feet, very vocal, still being limited in team drills due to torn pectoral in season finale.--D-line and some of the backers working on some pre snap shifts. They need all of this to be second nature by the time preseason games start.--As one might guess, RG3 and Kyle are pretty well joined at the hip out here on the field. A Constant stream of feedback from teacher to pupil.--Generally speaking the run pursuit by the defense has bee excellent with a lot of hustle to the ball No pads, no contact so no grand conclusions can be drawn but still good to see. --Rob Jackson is one player who can keep up with Griffin when he's rolling out. The QB had to throw the ball away as he was running out of room. Not that Jackson could win a foot race with RG3 but he is quick and has good lateral speed.--Only surprise nonparticipant is Cooley. We will ask Shanahan about him after practice but expect it is precautionary.--Richard Crawford had both hands on a pass near the sideline and could nor hold on. It would have been a nice grab but players like Crawford need to make plays like that.--A bit of excess celebration among a few receivers after Austin caught a long TD pass from Rex. It was a Fun Bunch revival, a group high five that might be worth the 15 yards if it happened in a game.--Nice pass from Cousins to Robinson. Cousins rolled out and launched the pass just before going out of bounds at about the 45. Robinson made the grab just short of the end zone.--Rackers nails a 50-yarder right down the middle with plenty to spare. As Shanny said yesterday the competition will go all the way to the very end.---Cousins displays a good arm and quick release with passes to Paulsen and Darius Hanks.--RG3 not having one of those "can complete every pass and do anything" days. He is just flat missing some receivers. He does not look happy as he takes a break on the sideline.--Not a whole lot of action for Minnifield today. I think they saw what they needed to see yesterday.--Nice long pass from Rex to Paul but the play took so long to develop that the QB would have been sacked twice in the time it took to get rid of it.--It continues to not be Griffin's day Hall with an easy pick of an RG3 pass. QB rolled out and threw it right to the CB.Post practice--Shanahan said that the players will meet in the morning, do a workout, but there will be no practice.--Shanahan said that Cooley was out due to a minor hamstring pull. He probably would have gone if it was the regular season.--Shanahan said that he expects all injured players to be ready for the start of training camp.--Santana Moss said, The defense got the better of the offense today.
Stevan Ridley hit the free agent market today after the Detroit Lions released him. The news should not come as a surprise as Ridley has struggled since his knee injury in 2014.
Fans thinking Ridley might be able to help the Redskins depleted running back corps need to think again. Last season, Ridley played in nine games for the Jets, getting one start. He rushed the ball 36 times for 90 yards, an average of 2.5 yards-per-carry.
The Redskins run game struggled last year, but their stats look impressive next to Ridley. As a team the Skins rushed for 3.7 YPC, and presumed starter Matt Jones averaged 3.4 YPC.
The Redskins may well look for help at running back, especially as Jones is dealing with a shoulder injury and will sit out the remainder of the preseason, but Ridley is highly unlikely to be the answer.
Elsewhere in the running back world, reports show that five teams are interested in former Bills running back Karlos Williams. Who those teams are, however, remains a mystery.
It looks like Brian Stork will play for the Redskins after all.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media Stork, who was acquired from the Patriots yesterday, will report to Redskins Park this weekend to get to work with the team.
New #Redskins center Bryan Stork is expected to be in town and ready to go this weekend, source said. Would shut down retirement talk.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 25, 2016
Shortly after the deal for Stork was reported on Wednesday word came out that the third-year center and guard would retire. It appears that he reconsidered overnight and will join the Redskins.
Stork, 6-4, 315, started 15 games as a rookie including the Patriots’ Super Bowl win over the Seahawks. Last year, however, he missed the first seven games of the season with a concussion but he did start eight games, including two in the playoffs.
Just what Stork’s role in Washington will be remains to be seen. Speaking to the media today after a practice at Joint Base Andrews outside of Washington, Jay Gruden spoke of Stork as a depth addition. That may be true but he also could get a shot at displacing incumbent center Kory Lichtensteiger, who is 31 and coming off of a season where he missed 11 games with a neck and shoulder injury.
For his part, Stork has not been a model of durability during his two NFL seasons, missing 10 games due to injures including the seven with the concussion noted above.
The situation will sort itself out over the coming days and weeks. The only thing we know now is that Stork is likely to report and that alone makes their line better and deeper.
The Redskins are heading in to their third preseason game and next Tuesday the bubble will burst for about a dozen players as they cut their roster down to 75. Then on September 3, just nine days from today, the roster will be cut to 53.
Many of the roster spots are set but there are enough jobs up for grabs to make the last two practice games interesting. One important thing to keep in mind is that Jay Gruden said last week that preseason games matter a lot when it comes to trimming the roster to 53. With two games in the books we have a lot of evidence to work with.
Redskins blogger Rich Tandler sorts out the bubble and gives you what he thinks the roster will look like when the make the final cut to 53.