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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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Redskins coaching staff believes backups on O-line will be 'ready to roll'

Redskins coaching staff believes backups on O-line will be 'ready to roll'

All signs point to the Redskins starting Arie Kouandjio at left guard this weekend against the Eagles, and the coaching staff knows it's a big chance for the second-year man.

Incumbent starter Shawn Lauvao injured his groin last week against the Cardinals, and has not practiced all week. Assuming he doesn't play, this would mark Kouandjio's second start this season. He also got the start against the Browns in Week 4.

Washington coach Jay Gruden did not speak glowingly of Kouandjio's play against Cleveland, but it wasn't a negative review, either.

"He’s played one game, he played OK," the coach said. "He has another great opportunity for him. He’s waited his turn, done what’s asked of him. Practiced hard, played hard, and it’s a great opportunity.”

With center Spencer Long currently in concussion protocol and backup John Sullivan started to go in the middle of the Redskins offensive line, the group will have a number of new faces against the Eagles. The right side of the line, with guard Brandon Scherff and tackle Morgan Moses, will be the same as its been all year, though both of those players are nursing ankle injuries. 

"We have confidence in the guys that if some of those guys that are backups need to step up and be ready to roll," offensive coordinator Sean McVay said. 

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One stat that should make DeSean Jackson very dangerous against Eagles

One stat that should make DeSean Jackson very dangerous against Eagles

The Eagles defense is on a big-play streak, but not one that defensive coordinators will like very much, and it could be very good news for the Redskins and DeSean Jackson. 

At this stage of his career, Jackson is a well-known deep threat. While much of the 2016 season has been disappointing for Jackson, in back-to-back weeks, the vertical passing attack has worked. In Arizona last Sunday, Jackson only caught one pass, but it went for 59 yards. On Thanksgiving in Dallas, Jackson hauled in a 67-yard touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins as part of his season-high 118 receiving yards.

"What he brings to this football team, he brings something that not a lot of people can bring, and that’s obviously the speed and the big play ability," 'Skins head coach Jay Gruden said of Jackson.

The last two games moved Jackson's yards-per-catch average back in normal range with the rest of his career at 16.5. Halfway through this season, Jackson was averaging below 14 YPC, which would have been by far the worst of his career.

"A lot of people think that we haven’t utilized his speed quite like we should, but I think he has had a major impact on this football team," Gruden said. "His deep threat has an impact on the defense. It opens up areas for Jordan Reed and Jamison Crowder and the backs sometimes. He’s been a major influence for this football team in a good way."

Beyond just the big plays, the Eagles defense has given up 645 passing yards in their last two games. Cousins has historically played well in Philadelphia, and should be in good position to do the same this weekend.

And based on the Eagles' past six games, expect Jackson to have another big game at Lincoln Financial Field. 

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