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Redskins training camp report, Day 2: Speed back battle heats up

Redskins training camp report, Day 2: Speed back battle heats up

RICHMOND—The Redskins went out for their second day of training camp to much friendlier weather than the rain they encountered on Thursday. Skies were sunny and temperatures were moderate for Richmond in late July.

Here are my observations from this morning.

—Like yesterday, some players were in shells, others wore no pads at all. The CBA says that the first three days are in no pads so we won’t see the full battle gear until Sunday.

—They worked on special teams first, just like they did yesterday. This appears to be a “thing”.

Robert Malone was booming punts during that first period. Blake Clingan, his competitor for the punting job, wasn’t bad but Malone clearly was better on this particular day.

Andre Roberts showed some nice moves on kickoff return. Is he the guy for the job?

—They get to running some plays (vs. no defense) and a short completion from Robert Griffin III to DeSean Jackson drew a loud cheer from the crowd. It’s what they came to see, evidently.

— The running backs worked a drill that I haven’t seen before. With a ball under on arm they lunged forward off balance with their trunks parallel to the ground for a few steps and then got upright and ran. Perhaps this is for situations where they take a hit but aren't knocked down and need to regain their footing.

—It looks as though Lache Seastrunk is picking up some of the tricks of the pass catching trade. In some one on one coverage drills Will Compton grabbed on to the rookie running back as he tried to go over the middle. Seastrunk fought his way free and caught the pass.

—Just when some of us in the media were ready to give seventh-round pick Ted Bolser the milk-carton treatment because we had not seen him do anything at all, he caught a couple of short passes. It’s an uphill battle for him to make the roster but a few catches is a good start.

Darrel Young is known for his blocking but he knows what to do with the ball in his hands. He made a nice cut up the sideline after making a catch.

—First-year cornerback Peyton Thompson made a couple of nice plays. First he showed good closing speed and knocked down a sideline pass. Later, wide receiver Rashad Ross caught a long pass against Thompson. But the corner did not give up. He punched the ball out of the receiver’s arm and then chased it down in the end zone and scooped it up.

—Griffin finished off a short run to the right with a perfectly-executed slide. That drew some cheers from the crowd.

Chris Thompson with a couple of nice cuts after catching a short pass. If he is healthy he can be explosive. Can he beat out Seastrunk?

—In general, Griffin’s accuracy was better today. He did have to deal with a wet football yesterday but he will have to throw a wet ball during the season.

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Report: Redskins sign CB Tharold Simon to futures contract

Report: Redskins sign CB Tharold Simon to futures contract

Looking to add depth to their secondary, the Redskins reportedly signed former Seahawks and Cardinals cornerback Tharold Simon on Monday, according to ESPN’s Field Yates.

Arizona claimed Simon off waivers after the Seahawks released him following the first week of the regular season. He played in nine games for the Cardinals and was inactive for his final two with the team, which then released him in December.

A fifth-round pick for the Seahawks in 2013, Simon was signed to a future/reserve contract, allowing him to compete for a roster spot during training camp and offseason workouts.

He is the 11th player to sign a futures contract with the Redskins.

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Report: Redskins to interview former Raiders defensive coordinator

Report: Redskins to interview former Raiders defensive coordinator

The Redskins have set up another interview with a candidate to fill their vacant defensive coordinator position.

According to the Washington Post, Jason Tarver, the defensive coordinator of the Raiders from 2012-2014, will meet with the organization. The date of the interview is not known.

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Before joining the Raiders, Tarver coached in college for five years before the 49ers hired him as a quality control coach. He worked his way up to become the outside linebackers coach, a position he held from 2005-2010. Scot McCloughan was the GM of the 49ers while Tarver was coaching there.

After a year as a defensive coordinator in the college ranks at Stanford, Tarver was hired as the Raiders’ defensive coordinator. He was a defensive assistant for the 2015 49ers and he was out of football last season.

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The Redskins have announced interviews with former Browns head coach Mike Pettine and ex-Jaguars coach Gus Bradley. It was reported earlier today that they also will meet with Rob Ryan, most recently the Bills’ defensive coordinator.

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