Were all trying to figure out what the definition of contact is. The are some linemen firing into others but they are holding big pads.Hightower is taking some handoffs and running and doing some cutting. He probably couldn't suit up today but he is looking pretty spry.Hankerson running some patterns. Not quite in sync with RG3 on a few throws.RG3 is occasionally double clutching, like he isnt quite sure of what hes seeing from the defense.Hankerson was a spectator during 11 on 11.Practice was stopped briefly after there were issues like jumping offside a few times in the course of several plays. All of the players huddled up in the middle of the field with Shanahan in the middle.Rex heaved a wounded duck to Niles Paul, who was open down the sideline. Paul made the catch but a starting NFL defensive back would have knocked it down or picked it off.With Graham Ganos recovery from a back injury coming along well, the kicking duel started in earnest. Neil Rackers gets great height on his field goal attempts and it appears that Ganos travel farther.Kirk Cousins is showing some arm with a laser to a tight end over the middle.If Rex does have to come in and play, the playbook will have to be tweaked substantially. He never looked very fast rolling out but after watching RG3 on the move and the watching him, well, theyre not on the same planet.Have to say that with 90 players a lot of them do a lot of watching. Hard for a guy like Lance Lewis to get a good shot when he is spending so much time on the sideline.NT Chris Baker shouts an expletive after missing a play. Again, guys like him get so few chances that one mistake can do substantial damage.We get good Rexbad Rex in practice, too. He had some great touch on a fade that dropped right into Pauls arms in the end zone.Post practice interviews:Niles Paul said that playing tight end demands a lot more thinking and knowledge of the playbook because of involvement in the blocking schemes.DeAngelo Hall is spending a lot of time learning the slot corner position but he is not sure what is role will be when the season starts.Mike Shanahan said that Leonard Hankerson will not fully participate in practices until training camp starts in late July. Josh Wilson and Roy Helu are being held out due to some minor injuries.
When the Redskins announced that safety Su’a Cravens has been placed on the reserve/left team list, ending his 2017 season, some things changed. But mostly, in the short term anyway, things stayed the same.
Before diving into this, let’s acknowledge that Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk is reporting that Cravens was going to show up at Redskins Park today and the Redskins put him on the reserve/left team list “out of the blue” and without the five-day notice that the team is required to give the player before putting him on that list. A grievance is a possibility. We will follow that aspect of it carefully but for now, we don’t know much about it and will let Florio’s report stand on its own.
What does not change now is the Redskins’ roster. Since he was on the exempt/left team list he did not count against the 53-man roster. The Redskins started Deshazor Everett at strong safety Week 1 against the Eagles and rookie Montae Nicholson got the nod Sunday against the Rams. It is likely that one of those two gets the start for the rest of the year.
Had Cravens reported the Redskins would have had to make a roster move to make room for him. When he left the team right after final cuts were made, offensive tackle T.J. Clemmings was picked up on waivers. He presumably is the 53rd man on the roster but he is safe for now.
So, what changes? The Redskins save some money. Cravens was slated to make $651,408 in salary this year. The money was guaranteed; however, leaving the team voided that guarantee. The team also could send him a bill for $335,631, the one-year prorated portion of his $1.422 million signing bonus he got last year.
It should be noted that the financial aspects of this are pending any grievance proceedings. If the Redskins did not give Cravens proper notice and he reports for work, he could make the case that he is entitled to his money. But, again, that is something that we’ll see about in the coming days and weeks.
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Cravens’ status will be a topic of discussion during Jay Gruden’s podium session and in the locker room on Wednesday. But after that, the focus will return to playing the Raiders and the whole saga will go on the back burner.
What happens after this year? As far as I can gather, the reserve/left team list only applies to the 2017 season. If Cravens follows the terms of his contract and reports for work when required in 2018 the Redskins would have to either let him play, release him, or trade him.
But that is down the road. For now, the Redskins will move on as though he is out for the season with an injury and play with the guys they have.
Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, September 19, five days before the Washington Redskins play the Raiders at FedEx Field.
Today’s schedule: No media availability
—Monday night Redskins @ Chiefs (10/2) 13
—Monday night Redskins @ Eagles (11/23) 24
—Cowboys @ Redskins (10/29) 40
Last look at Redskins vs. Rams
—Before the game, I confidently told someone on Twitter that Ryan Grant would get about as many targets (6) against the Rams as he did against the Eagles. But as it turned out, Grant was targeted just twice. The second time was on the game-winning touchdown in the last two minutes. A big difference between this week and last was that Kirk Cousins attempted just 27 passes against LA compared to 40 vs. the Eagles. That led to fewer opportunities for receivers and Grant was one of those who saw his chances drop the most.
—Cousins started well and finished strong but he didn’t do much in the middle. It seems that he was rolling along well until he misfired on a fade pattern to Josh Doctson and then on another throw to Chris Thompson. That ended a goal to go opportunity in a situation where a touchdown would have given the Redskins a commanding 17-0 lead. The next time the Redskins had the ball Cousins was sacked on his first passing attempt and he fumbled a snap a little later. In the third quarter and early in the fourth he completed some passes but many of them were for a minimal gain. To his credit, he didn’t panic and force a turnover. And, of course, he came through on the final drive, completing three of three passes for 42 yards including the 11-yard game winner to Grant.
—During the week leading up to the game, Jay Gruden emphasized the importance of getting to the quarterback. It didn’t play out as well as I’m sure Gruden would have liked. They got two sacks of Jared Goff, one by Preston Smith and one by Ryan Kerrigan, both in the Rams’ possession late in the first half. They pressured Goff on other occasions but overall their pass rush possibly was not as good as it was against the Eagles. Then, they at least got to Carson Wentz even though they had issues bringing him down. Too often, Goff had plenty of time to operate and that helped keep the Rams in the game until near the end.
—Chris Thompson has been the Redskins’ offensive MVP so far. He has improved each year and yesterday he was at his peak. What you really had to like on the 61-yard touchdown run on the draw play was his patience. He was almost standing still as he took the handoff from Cousins as he carried out the pass-blocking fake and chose his path for when he got the ball. He said that the play was designed for him to go one way but his read took him someplace else. It took him to the end zone for the second time that game.
—One surprise early in the game was that Montae Nicholson started at strong safety in place of DeShazor Everett. Nicholson made no glaring errors before he left the game with an AC joint sprain. The depth chart here apparently is set after the team announced that Su'a Cravens, the starter until he left the team to contemplate retirement, will not return this season.
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