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Redskins practice report, Day 8: Two-minue drills

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Redskins practice report, Day 8: Two-minue drills

RICHMOND—Friday saw a return of some rain, mostly light, and a visit from the governor of Virginia. Here is my practice report, which is slightly abbreviated since I was unable to watch all of practice. I’m augmenting it with some tweets from my colleague Tarik El-Bashir

—Yesterday they started up practice with the full kickoff team going through its paces. Today is was the punt team. They’re getting ready for the preseason opener six days from now.

—The offense was missing a big, key player due to injury but it’s nothing serious.
No helmet for Trent Williams today. Looks like he'll be a spectator today. Got kicked in shin yesterday. #RedskinsTalk

— Tarik El-Bashir (@TarikCSN) August 1, 2014
—But they did get one starter back as a substitute switched sides.
With Tyler Polumbus back after missing a couple of days on a personal matter, Tom Comopton flips to 1st team LT with Trent sitting out. — Rich Tandler (@Rich_TandlerCSN) August 1, 2014
—Some good action here as linebackers are in one on one coverage against running backs coming out of the backfield. Lache Seastrunk showed that he’s picking up some pass receiving skills when he outfought Will Compton, who had tight coverage, and caught the short pass. Here’s a Vine of some other action in that drill.

—One holdover from last year who really has to fight for a job is receiver Aldrick Robinson. He made some progress today.
Aldrick Robinson has hauled in a pair of TD passes. One in 7s and another in 11s. Speed never in doubt. But can he be consistent?

— Tarik El-Bashir (@TarikCSN) August 1, 2014
—One skill that Redskins defensive back have seemed to lack is how to play the ball in the air. Too often there has been a defender near the receiver as the ball comes down but the defender misplays the ball and the receiver makes the catch. David Amerson had no such issues covering Jordan Reed. The pass was up for grabs down the left sideline and Amerson did a nice job of tracking the ball and knocking down the pass.

—Kirk Cousins has a head-scratcher at least once a day. Today he tried to go to Aldrick Robinson over the middle and Bacarri Rambo got an easy interception. I have no idea what Cousins was looking at.

—A fun ending to practice as the team ran the two-minute offense. Griffin would have had the play of the day when he scrambled to his right and before going out ob bound he launched a deep pass to DeSean Jackson. The receiver had a step or two on DeAngelo Hall and he hauled in the pass. But a holding flag negated the play, although it will still look nice on film.

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Jonathan Allen plans to model his game after two other All-Pro defenders

Jonathan Allen plans to model his game after two other All-Pro defenders

New Redskins defensive lineman Jonathan Allen is looking to pattern his game after two All-Pro linemen. 

"I'm a very versatile player and can do anything. I love watching Geno Atkins and Aaron Donald," Washington’s first-round draft pick told reporters on a conference call.

The Redskins will be very happy if Allen can be as productive as Atkins and Donald. Atkins has played for the Bengals since the 2010 season. He has been durable, playing in 16 games in six of his seven seasons, and effective, producing 52 sacks, a good total for a defensive tackle. 

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Donald was a first-round pick of the Rams in 2014. He was a first-team All-Pro in each of the past two seasons, recording a total of 28 sacks in his three seasons. 

Both players combine outstanding physical talent and high motors. Allen has selected two pretty good role models to follow. 

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Gruden: Redskins have no concerns about Allen's shoulders

Gruden: Redskins have no concerns about Allen's shoulders

Jonathan Allen was the perfect pick for the Redskins, filling a need with a player who clearly was the best on the board.

Allen’s slide from a top-five prospect to the middle of the first round is believed to be because of issues with both of his shoulders. During his time at Alabama he suffered labral tears in both of his shoulders that were surgically repaired and he also suffers from mild arthritis in both of them. That apparently scared some teams off but not the Redskins.

“We didn't have any concerns,” said coach Jay Gruden. “We talked to Dr. [James] Andrews, he gave thumbs up on him. We feel very good about the injuries.”

Then why did a top talent slide all the way back to the Redskins’ pick?

“As far as him falling to us, their were a lot of things that happened in the draft, three quarterbacks went, a couple of receivers went pretty high, a lot of offensive players went that probably not a lot of people expected,” said Gruden. “So, some of these very good defensive players fell to us and we're happy.”

Allen told reporters that the shoulders did not cause him any problems while he was playing.

“I didn’t even wear a brace for the [2016] season,” Allen said. “So, I mean, it doesn’t even affect me. Every team I talked to, shoulders were medically cleared, no problems. Probably the best I’ve felt in the last four years, to be honest.”

Alabama team doctor Lyle Cain’s assessment of Allen’s shoulders align with those of the player and Gruden.

"He's played without any problems," Cain told NFL Media last month. "This is something that a lot of offensive linemen and defensive linemen have, things guys play with their whole careers. It's just a little earlier for him because he got hurt in college."

We will see how this plays out. It’s possible that his injury problems could limit his effectiveness or cut his career short. But clearly the Redskins saw that the Allen’s talent made the injury risk a worthwhile gamble.

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