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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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Long injury list hampers Redskins practice

Long injury list hampers Redskins practice

As Jay Gruden stepped to the podium to read the injury report, he warned, “This will be a while.”

He was right, as he rattled off one the longest injury reports of the season.

Out were G Spencer Long (concussion), S Will Blackmon (concussion), DE Chris Baker (ankle), DE Ricky Jean Francois (knee/foot), DE Anthony Lanier (lower leg), G Shawn Lauvao (groin), OT Ty Nsekhe (ankle), and S Donte Whitner (illness).

Of that group, all but Jean Francois, Lanier, and Nsekhe are starters. Between them and the limited players listed below it was difficult for the Redskin to conduct a normal practice.

“It was a challenge,” said Gruden of getting through it. “Practice was modified quite a bit today. We did more walkthrough today than we ever have on a Wednesday.”

“Sometimes you have to taper back just a hair to make it through practice, try to get the mental reps in with walkthrough and then hopefully the physical part will come maybe tomorrow. Friday we can open them up a bit.”

Limited in practice were TE Jordan Reed (shoulder), OLB Preston Smith (groin), ILB Will Compton (hip), G Brandon Scherff (ankle), and TE Derek Carrier (knee).

READ MORE: FULL UPDATE ON JORDAN REED

Reed returned to practice for the first time since suffering a Grade 3 sprain to the AC joint in his left shoulder in the game against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving. He missed the game in Arizona. While his limited participation was a good sign for his return it’ is way too early in the week to say with any degree of certainty that he will be playing against the Eagles.

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Robert Griffin III set to start Sunday for Browns vs. Bengals

Robert Griffin III set to start Sunday for Browns vs. Bengals

RGIII is finally getting another chance to play.

Plagued by injury after injury — most recently breaking a bone in his left shoulder in the Brown’s 29-10 loss to the Eagles in their season opener — the former Redskin is set to start for Cleveland against the Bengals on Sunday, ESPN’s Dan Graziano reports.

Griffin was cleared for contact last week after missing the majority of the Browns’ 0-12 season, and the team is coming off a bye week after its last loss to the Giants over Thanksgiving weekend.

In 2015, Kirk Cousins replaced Griffin as starting quarterback, and the Redskins released him at the end of the season. He signed a two-year, $15 million contract with Cleveland in March.  

In Griffin’s absence, the Browns have relied on Cody Kessler and Josh McCown, who boast a 65.5 and 54.5 completion percentage, respectively. The two combine for just 12 touchdowns this season.

Will Griffin be the key to ending the Browns’ winless season? We’ll find out Sunday.

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