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Redskins practice report, Day 7: Focus on details

Redskins practice report, Day 7: Focus on details

RICHMOND—All of the pre-camp talk about being here this year was about the heat, how the law of averages would catch up with last year’s relatively mild conditions and we would run into scorching temperatures this year.

But the law of averages isn’t in play so far this year. Between some rain, the 8:35 start to the practices, and a run of just plain nice days like today, we haven’t had many heat issues. Here is some of what I saw:

— Special teams have been starting off by breaking players into groups and working on techniques. Today they started with full team kickoffs. Apparently it’s time to start pulling things together for preseason game.

—Kirk Olivadotti was giving some very detailed coverage instructions to his inside linebackers, going over responsibilities depending on what direction the receiver takes. Earlier the ILBs were working on some pursuit and closing angles.

—The D-line was practicing audibles and adjustments in various situations. Jacob Burney would call out the audible and the line would have to adjust its alignment. There’s no time to think, the reaction to the audible has to be instantaneous. —The status along the offensive line is the same as it was yesterday.
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—Darryl Sharpton and Niles Paul got into a brief scuffle after a running play. It was quickly broken up before anything major started.

—Sometimes it’s hard to judge what’s good and what’s bad on a play. In 11 on 11 play Ted Bolser made a nice catch of a Colt McCoy pass for a gain of about 12 yards. But safety Trenton Robinson was near Bolser but he turned around wrong and just got off a swipe at the football. Good offense or bad defense? The coaches will have to sort that out on film.

—A few times, Robert Griffin III set to pass, was forced to move, reset his feet, and threw an accurate pass. This skill isn’t nearly as easy as it sounds and it may be more important than actually running the ball.

—But he still does run. He galloped for about 20 yards late in the last 11 on 11 session. But as with his long run yesterday you have to wonder if he would have been as successful had he not been wearing the yellow no contact jersey. It looked like some defenders had an angle on him but may have pulled up to avoid hitting the franchise QB

—Here’s rookie nose tackle Robert Thomas doing rookie duty by carrying a bunch of helmets off of the field.

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Jay Gruden at Senior Bowl: Redskins 'totally anticipate' Kirk Cousins will return in 2017

Jay Gruden at Senior Bowl: Redskins 'totally anticipate' Kirk Cousins will return in 2017

MOBILE – Jay Gruden provided a glimmer of optimism for Redskins fans freaked out about Kirk Cousins' contract situation. 

"I totally anticipate him coming back to the Washington Redskins," Gruden said. 

The Redskins coach talked from the sidelines of the Senior Bowl where he and much of the team's staff were scouting college seniors. 

Gruden explained he had texted back and forth with Cousins a few times this offseason and looked forward to watching him play in the Pro Bowl. 

Since Gruden named Cousins starter in 2015, the quarterback had passed for more than 9,000 yards and twice broken Skins franchise passing records. 

Some indications of a long term deal for Cousins land in the $120 million range, but the Washington organization also has the flexibility to use the franchise tag this season at a cost of nearly $24 million. 

MORE REDSKINS: Who else might want to trade for Cousins?

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The Final Countdown: Redskins defense can't stop Matt Stafford for 5th worst play of 2016

The Final Countdown: Redskins defense can't stop Matt Stafford for 5th worst play of 2016

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. 5 worst play of 2016

Redskins at Lions Week 7

0:22 left in Q4, Lions ball at the Redskins 18, 3rd and 10, Redskins leading 17-13

Matthew Stafford pass short left to Anquan Boldin for 18 yards, TOUCHDOWN.

More Redskins: Podcast--All eyes now on Cousins

Tandler: The Redskins had just taken the lead on a nifty 19-yard option run by Kirk Cousins with 1:05 left to play. All they had to do was keep the Lions out of the end zone but the defense was not up to the task. In fact, it was laughably easy for Stafford. The first three times he dropped back he completed passes for 23, 14, and 20 yards and just like that the Lions were in the red zone. It looked for a minute like the Redskins might hang on as two passes went incomplete. But on third down Stafford found Boldin open inside the five and the defense couldn’t get there quickly enough to keep him out of the end zone.

Related: Gruden's fate hinges on Manusky

Finlay: 65 seconds was all the 'Skins defense needed to preserve a win by holding the Lions without a touchdown. 65 seconds away from a five-game win streak, and knowing what we do now, a playoff berth. The Redskins defense couldn't stop Stafford, or Boldin, and lost in Detroit. A gut wrenching loss as the momentum on the Washington sideline seemed incredibly high just minutes before when Cousins ran in what looked like the game-winning score. 

10 best plays countdown

10 worst plays countdown

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