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Redskins Playbook: Rob Kelley is back to remind you he's good

Redskins Playbook: Rob Kelley is back to remind you he's good

RICHMOND—After missing team drills for three straight days, and with the growing presence of rookie running back Samaje Perine, Rob Kelley came back to the first team offense on Saturday. He immediately reminded those watching practice of the skillset that rocketed him from an undrafted player out of Tulane to the Redskins top running back in 2016. 

Kelley's vision and ability to move his feet suddenly and fluidly showed right out of the gate. Keep in mind also, Kelley knows this offense and has improved as a pass blocker. Perine is certainly a capable back, and a force at the goal line, but still needs to learn the pace and protections required for Jay Gruden's offense. 

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More news and notes below:

  • Walking boot for Preston Smith? That's not good news. The third-year linebacker is already facing increased competition from Junior Galette, and now will be sidelined at least a week and likely two with a sprained ankle. 
  • Speaking of linebackers, Ryan Kerrigan showed that he can still be a force on the outside. Repeatedly on Saturday, Kerrigan got into the backfield quick, and it seemed the Redskins D-line outpaced the Washington O-line for most of the session. 
  • Jamison Crowder returned to practice, but didn't do a lot. If he took part of team drills, he didn't make much of an impact. No sense to push it in August.
  • Stop me if you've heard this before: Josh Doctson is a beast. He could be a huge playmaker for the Redskins this fall. 
  • Saturday was Fan Appreciation Day, and the place was packed. I walked through the crowd and talked with some folks, check out this Facebook Live if you have a few minutes and also want to laugh at me. 
  • Not a great day for Nate Sudfeld. He had a late throw over the middle in team drills that was as easy an interception as we've seen in camp. Can't go late and over the middle. 
  • I said back in June that I believed the Redskins want Phil Taylor to be their starting nose tackle. It just might happen. The big man is making his way back into football shape, and on some reps, shows that he be can be a truck in the middle of the defensive line. It will be very important for Washington to measure his reps, both in camp and back in Ashburn, to maximize his performance. 

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Top 5: Redskins players and positions to watch vs. Packers

Top 5: Redskins players and positions to watch vs. Packers

The Redskins stumbled out of the gate in their preseason opener after falling to the Baltimore Ravens 23-3. Washington showed very little offense as they struggled to move the ball for most of the game, while the defense suffered some key injuries.

Kirk Cousins and company look to rebound in their second preseason game as they host the Green Bay Packers this Saturday at 7:30 PM. 

CSN's Julie Donaldson and former NFL GM Charley Casserly give their top five players and positions to keep an eye on in the Redskins second preseason game.

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Charley Casserly Top 5:

5. Matt Ioannidis: "I like Ioannidis. I thought he played the best of the rest of the defensive lineman. He's a high motor guy, he gives you effort, he's quick."

4. Deshazor Everett: "I thought he played well the other night. I thought he covered well, I thought he was aggressive against the run, he made good tackles."

3. Outside Linebackers: "Hey Preston Smith, this is your opportunity. This is a big year for him because hey, we drafted a guy. Anytime we draft a guy, the pressure is on."

2. Kirk Cousins: "He's got an advantage here. Green Bay is down, two of their top three corners aren't playing. This passing game should be in sync this week."

1. Offensive Line: "This offensive line did not play last week...you got to come out, dominate the line of scrimmage, control the line of scrimmage, and set the tone for the game."

Julie Donaldson's Top 5:

5. Nico Marley: "He has a lot of heart. He's making a name for himself... this guy has more to show for us than just being Bob's grandson, but I want to see can he do it again..."

4. Deshazor Everett: Cc'd: Casserly's comments

3. Samaje Perine: "There were so many expectations for him, he looked a little bit lost. I'm kinda hoping those are just nerves..."

2. Offensive Line: "If Kirk Cousins is going to have any success, or anybody that goes behind him, if that run game is going to have any success then we need to get that o-line in sync."

1. Colt McCoy: "We are one injury away from Coly McCoy taking over this team."

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Josh Doctson looks good to go, new starters at LB and other practice notes

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Josh Doctson looks good to go, new starters at LB and other practice notes

Josh Doctson looked like a first-round pick in Richmond, at least, until a hamstring injury knocked him off the Richmond practice fields for a few days. On Thursday, back in Ashburn, Doctson again showed his considerable talents.

Taking the field for 11v11 drills for the first time since he injured his hamstring. Doctson made three catches from QB Kirk Cousins. He showed the same fluidity and smoothness in his routes that he flahes in Richmond. 

Leaving the field, Doctson said he felt good. After practice, Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said Doctson "looked good." Gruden added the plan is to see how Doctson looks in warmups before the Packers game Saturday (6:30, CSN) night and then the team will decide if the second year wideout will play or not. 

Other notes and observations:

  • In season, the media gets to watch very little of NFL practices, especially in the time leading up to a game. Since Thursday's practice was still technically a training camp session, reporters got to stay and watch as the Redskins prepared for the Packers by running their scout team offense and defense. Cousins and the starting Redskins offense went up against the faux-Packers squad, complete with Dashaun Phillips dressed in a yellow penny playing the role of Ha-Ha Clinton Dix. It was very interesting to watch, and shows that the Redskins will be better prepared for Green Bay this week than they were for Baltimore last week. 
  • Thursday's practice also went much shorter than many of the recent sessions, another sign that the Redskins were treating the Packers game like a normal week. The team skipped the bulk of individual drills, 7v7 and cut down on special teams work. 
  • Deshazor Everett missed the practice session with a personal issue, per Gruden. The coach added that Everett is "okay."
  • Working in drills near the goal line - against the scout team - Cousins looked dialed in. He fired touchdowns to Vernon Davis and Terrelle Pryor.
  • Kendall Fuller has locked up the nickel cornerback role. It also looks like the four down linemen in nickel will start with Jon Allen, Matt Ioannidis, Preston Smith and Ryan Kerrigan. There will be plenty of changes and rotations among that group though.
  • Gruden announced after practice that Zach Brown and Mason Foster will start at the linebacker spots vs Green Bay. The team showed that duo in drills, which meant Will Compton got pushed to the second team. When that group was on the field, rookie Montae Nicholson tipped a pass at the goal line. Compton came up with it for the INT. 

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