Five quick notes from today's OTA session at Redskins Park:
- DeSean Jackson was absent for the voluntary practice after having participated the last two days. Jay Gruden had no comment but he is confident that Jackson will be ready to go for training camp.
- Jordan Reed and Trent Williams also were out. Gruden said that Williams was ill and that Reed was just being given a day off. Reed has been going at it hard during the no-pads practices and perhaps they just want him to dial it down a bit.
- Josh Doctson also was sidelined. He said his Achilles was still sore and that rest was the best medicine.
- Kirk Cousins was very sharp, during one red zone drill in particular. He showed good touch on a TD pass that Jamison Crowder hauled down in corner and he fired another to Pierre Garcon, who made a diving catch on the sideline.
- Kendall Full continues to be a full participant in practice. Concerns over his injured knee are starting to fade away.
Josh Norman is a man of many talents — at least on the football field, and in the friendliest possible way, he was reminded of that this weekend during a charity basketball game.
Opposite of the defensive nightmare Norman can be for receivers, the New York Knicks' Kyle O’Quinn had a little fun with the Redskins cornerback and the 10-inch height difference they share during the during Bam Bam’s Spring Jam at the Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Virginia.
O'Quinn got the ball and went up for a particularly easy dunk as Norman jumped and tried to swat the ball away but his effort was futile.
While this was all in good fun, Norman should probably stick to football.
Former Virginia Tech defenseive back and current Seattle Seahawk Kam Chancellor's foundation is behind the charity game, which also included Redskins' Lynden Trail, Marshawn Lynch, Michael Bennett and Antoine Bethea.
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On Memorial Day, people all over the United States stop to reflect on the freedoms provided for by the military. Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is no different.
"So grateful for living in this country and understanding that that came at a price and I just want to say thank you," Cousins said.
Speaking after an OTA session last week with military members in attendance, Cousins explained that he appreciates the added sense of history and obligation that comes from living in and around D.C.
"It’s a good reminder why it’s such a benefit to play here in Washington. It just feels like it’s that much more real with Andrews Air Force Base here and so many soldiers here. There’s something special about playing for the city of Washington, D.C. and driving 30 minutes into the city and going by the White House and the Pentagon and the monuments."
The Redskins hosted military members from multiple branches at their OTAs, and afterward, Cousins and a number of other players signed autographs.
"You say ‘Man, I want to give these soldiers, these fans something to cheer about and make them excited and bring this city together.' Hopefully winning football games can do that. What a great thing. That’s the vision we’re chasing," the Redskins passer said. "Hopefully we can get it done this season."
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