Beating up on Redskins cornerback Kendall Fuller has become normal on social media the last few weeks, but the rookie still has a bright NFL future, not to mention he opened the season with a string of strong games.
That said, Fuller has had a rough last few weeks for the 'Skins. Manning the slot corner role, the rookie has faced tough matchups and been caught out of position a few times. Coaches always talk about Fuller's work ethic in practice, and he goes hard each session. But on Wednesday, Fuller was put in a tough spot, facing off against DeSean Jackson in one-on-ones.
One-on-one drills between defensive backs and wide receivers are inherently titled toward the offensive side of the field. There are no linebackers, no pass rush, no safety help. Generally, receivers should catch the pass in one-on-one drills.
Few corners perform well against Jackson in one-on-ones, but it's worse when the cameras are rolling. Watch the full video above.
The Redskins had two offensive linemen return to practice today and they had some others out of practice, nursing injuries.
Back were left tackle Trent Williams and center Kory Lichtensteiger. Williams has finished serving a four-game suspense for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Lichtensteiger has been on injure reserve with a calf injury since Week 4. Just before practice the team announced that he has been designated to return from IR and that his three-week practice window before the team needs to activate him starts today.
His window is unlikely to be that long. Starting center Spencer Long is in the league concussion protocol after leaving the Cardinals game on Sunday. John Sullivan finished up the game in place of Long and he is the likely starter if Long can’t play against the Eagles this Sunday. However there is not another backup center on the roster and if Long is out in Philadelphia Lichtensteiger probably will be activated to play should something happen to Sullivan.
Left guard Shawn Lauvao and tackle Ty Nsekhe were not participating in practice either. Nsekhe has been fighting through an ankle injury as he was subbing for Williams. The nature of Lauvao’s injury is unclear.
On defense, safeties Will Blackmon and Donte Whitner were absent from practice. Blackmon is in the concussion protocol. The reason for Whitner’s a sense is unknown.
Jay Gruden will update the media on the various injuries after practice.