RICHMOND—It was Fan Appreciation Day for the Redskins and an announced crowd of 20,447 made its way in to the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center on an overcast but dry Saturday. The team decided to put on a good show for them and showed up in full pads. Here are my observations from practice.
—Bacarri Rambo had a tough time in open-field, one on one tackling drills. The offensive player got by him twice.
—As you can see here on the Instagram video, the drill favors the offensive player. He knows where he’s going and the defender does not and the defender is on an island. Only reserves participate in this particular drill. (I am trying Instagram for the quick videos due to the longer time available. You can follow me @RichTandler.)
—After missing Tyler Polumbus early in the week and Trent Williams later, the Redskins had their starting line intact.
Trent Williams is back at left tackle. #RedskinsTalk
— Rich Tandler (@Rich_TandlerCSN) August 2, 2014
—Here’s a look at one more drill with tight ends getting knocked around to teach them to hold on to the ball.
—Nick Williams had a little screen pass go right through his hands. A receiver on the bubble can’t have too many of those. The eye in the sky will catch all of them.
—DeAngelo Hall was back playing some safety. He was lined up as a free with Brandon Meriweather at strong. We saw this yesterday, too.
—You’re probably going to hear a lot of great things about Keenan Robinson before he makes his first NFL start. Today it looked like Roy Helu had a running lane off the left side but Robinson flew over and closed it in an instant.
—After 11 on 11, the front seven practiced some stunts. They were blocking two on two with the outside linebacker looping around the defensive end or vice versa. It was hard to tell who had the upper hand since the quarterback was stationary. Also the blockers knew a stunt was coming so it could react accordingly Front seven practicing some stunts against o-line. And OL practicing stunt pickups. Hard to tell w/o a real QB dropping back. Plus OL knows there is some kind of stunt coming.
—Richard Crawford was in off coverage and Ryan Grant ran a nice curl, prompting this tweet.
Ryan Grant run routes better than some WRs who have been in the NFL for years. That is all. #RedskinsTalk — Rich Tandler (@Rich_TandlerCSN) August 2, 2014
—A couple of nice Robert Griffin III passes as they practiced in goal to go situations. First he fired a dart to Aldrick Robinson for one TD. Then it was a nice fade pass to Pierre Garçon for another six points. Good timing and a good catch by Garçon.
—In what has been a tradition lasting a few years, the players are all give footballs to walk out and present to a lucky kid in the crowd. Here they are going out to give them out. This is definitely a case of there not being enough footballs to go around.
—The most popular guy for autographs? You guessed it.