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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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Matt Ryan throws some serious shade at Kyle Shanahan for the Super Bowl loss

Matt Ryan throws some serious shade at Kyle Shanahan for the Super Bowl loss

Matt Ryan spoke to CBS Sports' Pete Prisco about the loss to the Patriots in the Super Bowl and how the Falcons will rebound in 2017. 

In the process, he took a shot at former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's play-calling and put some of the blame on his style of coaching for the disastrous fourth quarter.

"Kyle's play calls -- he would take time to get stuff in," Ryan said. "As I was getting it, you're looking at the clock and you're talking 16 seconds before it cuts out. You don't have a lot of time to say, 'There's 16 seconds, no, no, no, we're not going to do that. Hey, guys, we're going to line up and run this.' You're talking about breaking the huddle at seven seconds if you do something along the lines.

"With the way Kyle's system was set up, he took more time to call plays and we shift and motion a lot more than we did with (former coordinator) Dirk (Koetter). You couldn't get out of stuff like that. We talk about being the most aggressive team in football. And I'm all for it. But there's also winning time. You're not being aggressive not running it there."

Those are some harsh words from Ryan and not exactly a ringing endorsement of Kyle Shanahan. This loss will surely haunt him should he never get back to another Super Bowl.

"There's always going to be a little sting," Ryan said. "You never lose that. Hopefully we've got four Super Bowl victories after this one, but that doesn't mean we won't still be like, 'Damn, let's talk about the other one we should've had."

Redskins fans may be able to relate to Matt Ryan's pain as some were vocal about Kyle Shanahan's play-calling during his time in Washington. Maybe Kirk Cousins takes notice of Ryan's comments as well before he considers San Francisco next off-season.

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Over/under: Redskins running backs in 2017

Over/under: Redskins running backs in 2017

Redskins running backs over-under

The Redskins’ running backs depth chart looks quite different from how it did a year ago. Rob Kelley, who was “ninth-string” back last year per Jay Gruden, is the starter. Samaje Perine enters the mix with expectations that exceed those normally assigned to a fourth-round pick. Chris Thompson is the constant as the third-down back. What kind of numbers will they put up this year? Redskins Insiders Rich Tandler and JP Finlay go over-under on some Redskins running back stats. 

Rob Kelley, 1,000 rushing yards

Tandler: If you project Kelley’s production in the nine games he started over 16 games it comes to about 1,050 yards. He had his ups and downs in those nine starts and he will have them this year. But he should have enough ups to be able to average the 62.5 yards per game needed to hit the thousand-yard mark. Over

Finlay: Unlike wide receivers, where 25 guys broke the 1,000 yard mark in 2016, it's getting harder and harder for a running back to hit four-figures. In 2016, only 12 RBs ran for more than 1,000 yards, and only eight got over 1,100 yards. As the NFL becomes more and more of a passing league, less backs are getting the carries sufficient for a 1,000 yard season. The Redskins haven't had a 1,000 yard rusher since Alfred Morris in 2014. While I think Kelley gets the bulk of the yardage, I think it caps out about 900 yards and Chris Thompson and Samaje Perine creep into the total. Under

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Kelley, 10 rushing touchdowns

Tandler: He scored six as the starter last year and doing the math that comes to 11 over 16 games. But last year there wasn’t a player like Perine, who could come into the game and vulture some touchdowns after Kelley did the work to get the ball in goal to go position. Under

Finlay: Sorry to keep going back to stats, but last year only seven running backs got to 10 TDs or more. Only seven! Hard to see Kelley getting there on a team that didn't run all that much, or all that well either, in 2016. Under

Samaje Perine, 500 rushing yards

Tandler: It tough to set a line for a guy who hasn’t played. I’ll go off Matt Jones’ 2015 rookie season when he gained 490 yards while sharing time with Alfred Morris. If Perine averages four yards per carry, which is not hard to do, he’ll need about eight carries per game to get to 500. It’s close but if Kelley is effective, as I believe he will be, Perine might not get enough carries to have a chance. Under

Finlay: Tandler's Matt Jones comp pretty much works for Perine, but Jones had explosive speed that Perine doesn't have. A better comp for me was Derrick Henry last year as a rookie with the Titans. DeMarco Murray was established as the top dog, and Henry worked for a productive 490 yards. Under

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Chris Thompson, 60 pass receptions

Tandler: His role is beyond just third down. If the Redskins are behind in the fourth quarter, Thompson is usually in there to try to help spark a rally. Along with TE Jordan Reed and WR Jamison Crowder, Thompson will benefit from Kirk Cousins’ familiarity with him. Over

Finlay: Thompson should be a strong contributor in 2017, but 60 catches is a lot for a running back. Only David Johnson (80) and Le'Veon Bell (75) went over that number in 2016, while James White had exactly 60 catches. Thompson grabbed 49 balls in 2016, an impressive total. I could actually see Thompson getting a bigger percentage increase in carries, he had 68 rushes last season with a very solid 5.2 YPC, than catches. Under

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