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Practice report: Josh Wilson back in the swing

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Practice report: Josh Wilson back in the swing

RICHMOND—It’s getting hotter here every day but that’s the way it’s supposed to be. Here is your practice report for Monday afternoon.

—Jarvis Jenkins is in limbo. He’s the starter at left defensive end but he won’t be on the roster for the first four games. So he is spending some time with the second team, yielding first-team reps to Kedric Golston and Chris Baker so that they can get ready to play in the opener.

—Robert Griffin III is working on his hard count. Early in practice when the offense was going against air, the hard count worked so well that the entire right side of the offensive line jumped.

—Josh Wilson was a full participant in practice today for the first time. In one on one action he let Josh Morgan get a little behind him on a deep pass. But Wilson showed some good makeup speed and got to Morgan just in time to bat the ball away.

—There was a scary moment later in the one on one drill. DeAngelo Hall was covering Skye Dawson. The receiver took a few steps forward then planted and cut back to the QB. While Hall was slamming on the brakes to stay with him, he went down. At first it looked like he had seriously injured his right leg and he was helped off the field. He sat on a cooler as trainers took a look at the leg. After they taped up his ankle he tested it out a little bit and then went back into the lineup. He was in for one play, a deep pass, and then he exited. Hall watched the rest of practice from the sideline. Look here for an update.

—Lance Lewis is starting to flash some ability. Later in the one on ones he outmaneuvered Wilson for a deep pass and haled it in.

—Aldrick Robinson also had a good day. On one long pass from Kirk Cousins, Robinson had gotten past the defense. The pass was a touch underthrown and that gave safety Reed Doughty a chance to jump and almost knock the pass away. But Doughty didn’t quite get there and Robinson maintained his focus and hauled in the pass.

—Griffin was 8 for 10 in the seven on seven drills. That’s a few more snaps than he’s been getting there. The incompletions were one pass that was a little high a wide for Fred Davis and one that Pierre Garçon had in his hands until Chase Meriweather knocked it out. One of his passes was a nice intermediate dart to Aldrick Robinson. That’s the kind of pattern that Robinson needs to master is he’s going to get more playing time.

—Baker jumped offside on one play and then slapped himself on his facemask with both hands to punish himself.

—No, I wouldn’t want Rex Grossman running the read option very often—or ever, for that matter. But you’d have to admit it would fool the heck out of the defense. That’s just what happened today when Rex took a Pistol snap, pulled the ball out of the back’s belly and took off around right end. He had wide open spaces out there.

--Adam Gettis was out of practice with a hamstring strain, the same ailment that still has Donte Stallworth sidelined.

—Today’s camp attendance was 8.738 (2,255 for the AM walkthrough, 6,123 for the PM practice). The total for four days is 43, 260.

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Josh Norman backs Kirk Cousins, points to Redskins' defense in argument with Jason Whitlock

Josh Norman backs Kirk Cousins, points to Redskins' defense in argument with Jason Whitlock

As the discussion rages around what the Redskins should do with free agent quarterback Kirk Cousins, $75 million cornerback Josh Norman made clear he wants the passer back. Norman explained that the 'Skins struggles should not be pinned to Cousins, but rather, a Washington defense that finished the year near the bottom of the NFL.

"We got to help him out of defense, and stop somebody on the field," Norman said on FS1 (click here for full video). "We did not help him out at all. I'll be honest with you. We got to do our job."

Norman's comments came during a spirited argument with Colin Cowherd, Jason Whitlock and Cris Carter in what amounted to a festival of hot takery. Whitlock's argument was that Cousins is not a franchise quarterback, and shoult not be paid as such, largely for losing the final two home games of the year against Carolina and the New York Giants.

Cousins passed for nearly 5,000 yards this year, a statitstic Norman pointed to in his defense of the QB. He also explained that Cousins still has room to grow.

"He only had two seasons," Norman said. "Cam Newton had five seasons."

Drafted in 2012, Cousins was just named the 'Skins starter in 2015. He's started every game the last two seasons and gone 17-16 while passing for more than 9,000 yards. Norman played with Newton in Carolina before signing with Washington last year, and got to watch the quarterback develop into the league MVP in 2015.

Norman described Cousins as a 'great guy' and leader in the locker room, but he allowed that, "I know a great guy don’t translate into wins. I'm not saying that."

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The Final Countdown: Redskins 9th worst play of the year goes back to Week 1

The Final Countdown: Redskins 9th worst play of the year goes back to Week 1

As should be expected when a team goes 8-7-1, there were plenty of good moments and a lot of frustrating times during the Redskins’ 2016 season. Over the next couple of weeks, Redskins Insiders Rich Tandler and JP Finlay will take detailed looks at the 10 best plays of 2016 and, to present a more complete picture of the season, the 10 worst.

No. 9 worst play of 2016

Steelers at Redskins Week 1

10:18 left in Q2, Steelers ball 4th and 1 at the Redskins 29, Redskins leading 6-0

Ben Roethlisberger pass deep left to Antonio Brown for 29 yards, TOUCHDOWN.

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Tandler: Things were looking up for the Redskins prior to this, even though they were unable to punch the ball into the end zone in two forays deep into Steelers territory and had to settle for field goals (a taste of things to come all year). The Steelers drove down the field and went for it on fourth and one. Because Joe Barry opted not to have Josh Norman travel from side to side with Brown, it was Bashaud Breeland with one-on-one coverage on the right side. Brown beat Breeland and DeAngelo Hall was late giving safety help and Big Ben put the ball on the money. The score put the Steelers ahead to stay.

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Finlay: It's easy to forget now that the Redskins had an early lead in the opener against Pittsburgh. In fact, their defense started well, until this point. In something that would be repeated throughout the year, the Steelers did not hesitate to go for it on 4th down against the Washington defense. Breeland was in pretty good position on the ball, though Roethlisberger's throw was right on the money. It would be only one more week until Josh Norman would then start traveling to cover other team's best receivers. Beyond the immediate impact of this play, it also seemed to stay with Breeland as he struggled somewhat in the first half of the season.

10 best plays countdown

10 worst plays countdown

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