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Redskins Monday practice report--Down then up for RG3

Redskins Monday practice report--Down then up for RG3

RICHMOND—Here we go with the final practice report from here. They will do a walkthrough on Tuesday morning before heading back to Redskins Park.

—Here is some video of, you guessed it, Brian Baker doing some teaching and some motivating.

—I post a lot of Instagrams with baker for two reasons. First of all, he’s interesting to watch. And he works close to where the media is allowed to stand. I’d love to post some of RG3 and the other quarterbacks but, as you can see from this picture, they do their work quite some distance away. They are at the far end of the other field, in between those two photographers.

—Here are two videos of one on one, backs vs. linebackers in pass protection. The second one shows running backs coach Randy Jordan breaking away from Adam Hayward. However, it doesn’t end well.

—I have to say after being an interception machine early in camp, Colt McCoy has looked a lot better the last couple of days. Today he fired a nice pass Lee Doss on the sideline. Maybe McCoy gained some confidence from his 8 for 9 performance against New England.

—The day of Robert Griffin III did not get off to a good start. In 11 on 11 work the quarterback floated a long pass for Andre Roberts and Bacarri Rambo got an easy pick. In general, he was hesitant to throw and he wasn’t sharp, particularly on sideline patterns where he tended to sail the ball high.

—Morgan Moses still needs work. In one on one blocking drills Adrian Robinson shot right by him. Later he did manage to slow down Ryan Kerrigan but only by applying a choke hold. Moses has some ability but he has a long way to go

—The kicking duel is on. Both Kai Forbath and Zach Hocker boomed some field goals high up into the net. But one of them cracked. Forbath clanked a 50-yard try off of the right upright. Then they moved it back five yards and Hocker booted it right down the middle about two-thirds of the way up the net. Forbath did counter by making his 55-yarder but it wasn’t as far up the net. Advantage Hocker, at least in that one exchange. But what happens in games will be the main separator between the two.

—Griffin started to improve near the end of 7 on 7 work with a few quick completions. He was sharper in red zone work, throwing a fade to Jackson for one touchdown and then finding Jackson in the back of the end zone for another one. Later on in other team work he rolled to his right and found Jackson again.

—On the Jackson pass in the back of the end zone, Chase Minnifield gave the receiver a moderate blow to the helmet with his arm. It wasn’t anything severe but it did draw some “ooh’s” from the crowd. I’m not sure if Minnifield will make the team but if he doesn’t, it won’t be because he’s afraid of or intimidated by anybody.

—And, just because I like the sound and the power on display here, a look at the inside linebackers attacking the sled. They call the sled "Surge". Nothing particularly interesting there, it's just the name that's printed on the front of the pad.

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Lucky Whitehead a victim of mistaken identity according to police

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Lucky Whitehead a victim of mistaken identity according to police

It's been a confusing stretch for Cowboys receiver Lucky Whitehead. 

The charges against the Bealeton, Virginia native have now been dropped, after it was determined by Prince William County Police that Whitehead is not the man accused of shoplifting at a convenience store in Woodbridge, Virginia on June 22.

Here's the full statement released Tuesday:

Upon reviewing the June 22, 2017 arrest of an individual named “Rodney Darnell Whitehead, Jr.”, the police department is confident that the man charged with petit larceny, and who is subsequently being sought on an active warrant for failure to appear in court, is not Lucky Whitehead of the Dallas Cowboys.

The man charged on the morning of June 22 was not in possession of identification at the time of the encounter; however, did verbally provide identifying information to officers, which included a name, date of birth, and social security number matching that of Rodney Darnell Whitehead, Jr. Officers then checked this information through the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) database.

The DMV photo on file was then used to compare to the man who was in custody. Officers acted in good faith that, at the time, the man in custody was the same man matching the information provided. At this point, the police department is also confident in confirming that Mr. Whitehead’s identify was falsely provided to police during the investigation.

The police department is currently seeking the identity of the man involved in the incident. Since the identifying information provided by the arrestee during the investigation was apparently false, the police department is working with the Prince William County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office to clear Mr. Whitehead from this investigation. The police department regrets the impact these events had on Mr. Whitehead and his family. 

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Cowboys hadn't officially released Whitehead on Monday, despite reports to the contrary. 

 

Although it's looking like he still may be looking for a new home.

 

 

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Redskins 2017 training camp preview—defense

Redskins 2017 training camp preview—defense

RICHMOND— The Redskins will assemble here tomorrow to get ready for the 2017 season. There are plenty of position competitions and other storylines. Here is a look at what we at CSN will be paying attention to. The key points on offense were published earlier; here’s a look at the defense.

Rebuilding the line

In a way, the situation on the D-line is similar to the one at wide receiver in that free agency and a release has created some holes. Chris Baker, the team’s best defensive lineman last year, left for Tampa Bay as a free agent and Ricky Jean Francois, arguably the second-best DL last year, was cut.

This is not all bad news. The wide receivers were one of the strengths of the team. The D-line was one of the weak spots so perhaps doing some major renovating there is just what the unit needs.

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The big move was one they really hadn’t planned on. Defensive end Jonathan Allen was projected by many to be a top-10 draft pick. But he slipped right into the Redskins’ lap with the 17th pick. He gets to work on Thursday and the sooner he can get up to NFL speed the better. They also signed two free agents in Stacy McGee and Terrell McClain and they re-signed Ziggy Hood. As with Allen, their roles will be determined over the course of the next few weeks of practice and during the preseason games.

Nobody knows who is going to end up playing nose tackle. It could be McGee, Hood, former first-round pick Phil Taylor or one of the 2016 practice squad members, Joey Mbu or A. J. Francis. The fact that there is no obvious candidate is troubling and perhaps a sign that the line will show only marginal improvement this year.

Starters at ILB

The Redskins got an upgrade here late in free agency with the signing of Zach Brown, who was last seen playing in the Pro Bowl for the Bills. How he fits in with incumbent starters Will Compton and Mason Foster remains to be seen. All three are likely to earn substantial playing time and who plays in what situation will be sorted out here in Richmond.

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Adjustments at safety

The Redskins could be set at safety for the next several seasons. Or they could be scrambling to make adjustments by midseason. Su’a Cravens moves to strong safety from outside linebacker. He may be a step slower than the ideal for his position and he needs to make up for it by being, as he likes to say, assignment perfect. The Redskins signed D. J. Swearinger, who has been a strong safety for most of his career, to play free safety.

When the dust settles, they could be the best safety tandem the Redskins have had in years. Or they could be showing the effects of trying to put square pegs into round holes.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerCSN and follow him on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.