Spring practices organized team activities if you prefer are not mandatory in the NFL, but attendance is preferred. Actually, in the case of Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan showing up or at the minimum being accountable is expected. Through two weeks of OTAs, so far, so good.Weve had some good work, guys are working hard, we got some competition thats what you look for in these OTA days, Shanahan said following Thursdays outdoor practice at Redskins Park. Weve got 100 attendance. If a guy has missed, its been an excused absence.On this day nose tackle Barry Cofield and safety Tanard Jackson were the only Redskins not in attendance and Shanahan said the pair was excused. Others on hand but not fully practicing included Leonard Hankerson (hip), Brian Orakpo (pectoral), Kory Lichtensteiger (knee), Adam Carriker (foot blisters), Steven Bowen (knee), Jonathan Goff (knee) and running back Tim Hightower, still recovering from Novembers knee surgery. Otherwise, it was an all hands on deck situation.If people want to improve themselves, then you have to practice, and we have nine weeks to get that in, he explained. Its normally three or four days a week. You dont always have it. Some guys dont come for one reason or another, but youre hoping people do come because youre all after the same goal, and I think weve talked about what that goal is.Shanahan expects Hightower, still recovering from Novembers knee surgery, back for training camp. Its pretty much on me, Hightower said.Things feel good, things feel strong. Its just a matter of me getting back in football shape and me getting comfortable with everything.Hankerson did drillwork on the side, though Shanahan said the second-year receivers hip is healed and the team is simply taking the cautious route before training camp. A similar protective tale was told by Orakpo, who sat out 11-on-11 drills. His left pectoral muscle, the one injured late last season, was wrapped but the Redskins top pass rusher downplayed the issue and expects to return to action soon. Were just taking it easy right now, taking a precautionary step, Orakpo said.Guard Kory Lichtensteiger (knee) participated in individual and positional work, but expects to be ready for the start of training camp. Same long range forecast for defensive end Stephen Bowen, who sat out practice on Thursday. Shanahan said Goff, recovering from an ACL injury,had his knee drained and continues have some fluid in the knees, but hopes he will return to practice in a couple of weeks. Speaking of excused absences, cornerback DeAngelo Hall, told reporters he missed last weeks OTAs because of a family matter.
On the field, Fabian Moreau makes plays from his cornerback slot that translate to the NFL game. Staying on the field has been a different matter though.
In five seasons at UCLA, Moreau dealt with his fair share of adversity. He took a medical redshirt year in 2015, suffering a Lisfranc injury three games into the year. More devestating to his draft status, however, was an injury suffered during his Pro Day in late March. Moreau tore his pectoral muscle while lifting weights.
For many, that injury caused his slip from a possible fringe first rounder to Washington's prize with the 81st pick. It's possible Moreau will be back from injury by the time training camp opens, but it seems likely he begins the summer sessions in Richmond on the PUP list.
At the combine, Moreau ran a 4.35 40-yard dash. Serious speed, and it instantly makes the 6-foot, 206 lbs., Moreau the fastest corner on the Redskins.
In his senior season, Moreau grabbed two interceptions, forced a fumble and made 31 tackles. Not scared to get physical and play press coverage, Moreau's mindset should mesh well with Josh Norman and Bashaud Breeland as he looks to force his way to playing time.
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After taking Alabama DL Jonathan Allen in the first round and Crimson Tide linebacker Ryan Anderson in the second, the Redskins drafted UCLA corner back Fabian Moreau in the third.
Moreau may have been drafted earlier but he suffered a torn pectoral lifting weights during his pro day. Although medical evaluations have said he should be ready to participate in training camp, he lasted until the 81st pick.
Moreau has good size at 6-0, 206 and he is a plus athlete. At the combine he ran a 4.35 in the 40-yard dash. In 2016 he led the Bruins with six pass breakups and also two interceptions. He is also considered to be a good run defender.