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Practice notes: Moss still gets it done

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Practice notes: Moss still gets it done

RICHMOND—The Redskins got Day 5 of their 2013 training camp under their belts today under mostly sunny skies and humidity and temperatures that are starting to feel more like the norms in late July here.

—The highlight play of the day came early. Santana Moss made a one handed catch of a Robert Griffin III pass but it was better than that. Moss reached around E. J. Biggers, who had pretty good coverage on him, and snatched the pass. He can still get it done at age 34. Griffin ran down the field to congratulate his receiver.

—Leonard Hankerson made a nice catch on a Rex Grossman bomb. Biggers again was the victim and again he had good coverage.

—Aldrick Robinson got around the right side in a flash on an end around. I’ve seen enough of him in camp; it’s time to see what he can do in some preseason games.

—I talked about RG3’s hard count yesterday. Today Kirk Cousins barked out signals and pulled cornerback Josh Wilson offside. The cornerback was up in tight coverage and went to bump his man a count too early.

—Working on the side due to injuries today were Brandon Meriweather, Adam Gettis, Donte Stallworth, Chris Thompson, and Jeremy Kimbrough. DeAngelo Hall was watching practice with a boot on his sprained ankle.

—Some quick hits from the one on one pass blocking drills: Barry Cofield blew past Chris Chester . . . Will Montgomery drove Chris Baker onto the ground . . . Trent Williams stood up Brian Orakpo and stonewalled him . . .  Rob Jackson put on a move to get by Tom Compton and a few snaps later Jackson spun by Xavier Nixon . . .  Orakpo got the best of Williams, who had to hold him to keep the linebacker from breaking free . . . Ryan Kerrigan got under Jeremy Trueblood’s pads (not hard to do) and pushed him around like the tackle was on roller skates.

—One back you don’t need to worry about in pass protection is Darrel Young. He picked up Orakpo on one play and stopped him in his tracks.

—Jordan Pugh had an interception in his hands on an overthrow by Grossman but he dropped it. This team is looking for players who can create turnovers, not turn away gifts.

—Chase Minnifield had a pretty good day even though the players he was defending caught a good number of passes. As with the Hankerson bomb noted earlier, he had some good catches and some excellent passes were thrown his way.

—After a good day yesterday Jordan Reed was not so good today. He had three drops. One of them was borderline, a tough chance near the sideline, but the other two were fairly routine grabs. He’s a rookie and inconsistency is to be expected.

—Attendance at training camp for the day was 7,875 (3,108 for the AM, 4,767 for the PM).

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You probably don't realize how effective Kirk Cousins is as a runner

You probably don't realize how effective Kirk Cousins is as a runner

Back at the 2012 NFL Combine, Kirk Cousins ran his 40-yard dash in 4.84 seconds.

Now, as far as QB 40-yard dashes go, that's not a bad number at all, but it's definitely not blazing, either. Defensive lineman Fletcher Cox, for example, ran his in 4.77 seconds that same year (while weighing 84 pounds heavier than the Michigan State signal caller), and 13 out of the 20 passers invited to the event topped Cousins' time.

That, plus the facts that Cousins isn't physically imposing and he clearly prefers to operate within the safe confines of the pocket, would lead you to believe that he's not much of a threat as a runner. But a stat — and this stat is far from an advanced one or a hidden one — indicates otherwise.

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Over the last two seasons, Cousins has the third-most rushing touchdowns amongst quarterbacks. Cam Newton has 15 (not surprising), Tyrod Taylor checks in with 10 (also not surprising), and then there's Cousins, who rushed for nine scores in 2015 and 2016, which is good enough for a bronze medal on this particular podium (that's quite surprising).

Washington's starter has actually found the end zone with his legs more than peers like Andy Dalton (7), Alex Smith (7) and Aaron Rodgers (5) since taking over the primary gig in D.C., and all of those guys have reputations as runners that exceed Cousins'.

In fact, no one on the Burgundy and Gold has crossed the goal line as a ball-carrier more than the 28-year-old in the past 32 contests; Rob Kelley and Matt Jones are both three short of the man who lines up in front of them on Sundays.

Of course, Cousins isn't going to flatten defenders like Newton does, and he won't run around them like Taylor does. He also won't rip off big-gainers down the sideline when opposing team turns their back on him in man coverage.

But as the following highlights show, he hasn't just cashed in on one-yard sneaks the last couple of seasons, either:

All three of those plays were designed runs, and Cousins, while not exactly resembling Madden 2004 Michael Vickexecuted them perfectly. He doesn't really rack up yards — the numbers vary depending on which site you use, but the consensus is he's picked up about 150 total since 2015 — but Jay Gruden and Co. have developed a tremendous feel of when to use Cousins' feet instead of his arm in the red zone.

Sure, he's not going to show up on your Twitter timeline juking out a corner, and he won't scamper for much more than 10 yards at a time. But in a few games in 2017, Kirk Cousins is going to finish a drive with an impressive touchdown run instead of a throw, and that might shock you — even though it really shouldn't.

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Cousins talk, back end of D

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Cousins talk, back end of D

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, July 22, five days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond on July 27.

Timeline

The Redskins last played a game 202 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles at FedEx Field in 50 days.

Days until:

—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 19
—Preseason vs. Packers at FedEx Field (8/19) 28
—Roster cut to 53 (9/2) 42

The Redskins week that was

A look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics from the past week on www.CSNmidatlantic.com and on www.RealRedskins.com.

What would a fair Redskins contract offer to Kirk Cousins look like?  As it turns out, the offer the Redskins made fell below “fair” territory. But perhaps they recognized that a deal never was going to get done, not this year anyway. Cousins is content to see things unfold in 2017 and decide on a longer-term destination next year. So, the team’s offer was not high enough but there really wasn’t an offer that was going to be sufficient.

Cousins explains why he's not offended by Redskins statement—Bruce Allen raised plenty of eyebrows by detailing some of the team’s contract offer in a statement. Clearly the intent of the statement, which revealed some details that weren’t very impressive under closer inspection, was designed to turn public opinion in their favor. Cousins, appearing on the radio the next day, didn’t have a problem with it and said that Allen had told him that he would do it. As expected, plenty of fans and media types decided to be outraged in his place.

Redskins have plenty of 2018 cap room for possible Kirk Cousins offer—With the focus turning to 2018, the fact that the team will have about $60 million in cap space becomes relevant. It’s enough to give him the $35 million franchise tag and perhaps enough to match a front-loaded offer sheet if the Redskins use the transition tag. But the cautionary word is that they have at least a dozen starters and key contributors who also are set to be free agents next year. They will have to find money for them or their replacements somewhere.

Redskins depth chart preview--Safety—Cousins talk dominated the week but other topics did draw plenty of interest. The back end of the defense, with Su’a Cravens converting from linebacker and free agent D. J. Swearinger moving from being mostly a strong safety to playing free, will be under the microscope this year. Whether the defense gets better may hinge on the safety position. 

11 predictions for the 2017 Redskins offense—Does Trent Williams make the All-Pro team? How many yards for Rob Kelley? One prediction for each projected offensive starter here including how many non-receiving touchdowns for Jamison Crowder.

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