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Wednesday practice report: RG3 edition

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Wednesday practice report: RG3 edition

RICHMOND—We’re in Day 6 of training camp and after a while the regular practice reports, while they are fun to do, all start to sound alike. So I thought I’d do something different today—focus on one player. It would have to be someone who would do enough during practice to fill up a whole post. I had to come up with a player who almost everyone would want to read about, one with sufficient interest to get people to read the post. Oh, wait, the Redskins do have such a player. Here’s the Wednesday practice report, RG3 edition.

—Before the rain got started, they were doing red zone against no defense. It’s important to have good touch on the ball in the tight spaces near the goal line and Griffin displayed it. He was putting just enough air under the ball to get it over the imaginary defenders to the receiver without making the receiver slow down. He did put a little too much air under one to Santana Moss, running the receiver out of bounds before he could catch it.

—As the rain started to come down harder, Griffin went to the other end zone to throw to running backs who were being covered one on one by linebackers. His touch wasn’t quite what it was with the dry ball.

—Griffin became a spectator in 11 on 11 drills. Early on he stepped up to get a closer look at a play. It came his way and he had to take a few quick steps back to make sure he stayed out of harm’s way. He didn’t venture up any more the rest of the way.

—He went behind the group to get a drink of water. Some fans immediately starting chanting “RG3, RG3!”

—As the 11 on 11 went on, Griffin started to get a bit antsy. He spent part of the time paying strict attention to what was going on and the other part pacing like a caged tiger.

—Griffin got increased reps in seven on seven drills. Most days he has been taking about 10 reps, today that increased to 18. First they went red zone and Griffin’s performance was bumpy. He had a few good throws but he put too much mustard on one intended for Santana Moss. Another pass went right into the numbers of Josh Wilson, who made the interception.

—On one play he found nobody open so he ran it in from around the 10 yard line. A couple of defenders converged on him as he got near the goal line. Griffin wrapped the ball up to protect it but there was zero danger of either defender actually coming close to hitting him. After getting into the end zone he spun the ball on the ground and pointed at it, doing his best Pierre Garçon imitation.

—They turned around and went to the deep end of the field. It started getting sloppy as the rain got harder and the ball got wet. It was slightly reminiscent of the game in Pittsburgh last year. As Mike Shanahan pointed out in his presser after practice, a day like today might help them down the road if they play in rainy conditions like they had in Pittsburgh.

—About 45 minutes after practice, Griffin still was not done. He continued to sign autographs and pose for pictures with fans.

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Redskins plan to 'spy' Cardinals' David Johnson with rookie Su'a Cravens, per source

Redskins plan to 'spy' Cardinals' David Johnson with rookie Su'a Cravens, per source

Facing one of the NFL's best running backs in Arizona's David Johnson, the Redskins plan to use rookie linebacker Su'a Cravens as a spy in nickel coverage to slow down the Cardinals' threat, per a source close to the team.

Johnson ranks third in the NFL with 921 rushing yards, but it's the variety of ways the Arizona offense uses their second-year running back that makes him so difficult to handle for opposing defenses. Johnson also has 55 catches for 613 yards, and that's just through 11 games.

Cravens comes into the game with momentum as perhaps the Redskins most dynamic defensive threat. With size to play linebacker and enough speed to play coverage, the 6-foot-1, 220 lbs. rookie out of USC will be put in a tough position covering Johnson. The reality of his assignment is to try and contain Johnson as the Cardinals offense is so reliant on the runner that he will get a number of chances.

In their last two games, Johnson has gone for more than 150 total yards in each contest and scored multiple touchdowns. For his part, Cravens has proved a playmaker in his rookie season. To go with 29 tackles in nine games, his stat sheet has sacks and an interception listed.

Getting to Carson Palmer is the best path for the Redskins defense - especially considering the Cardinals' offensive line woes - but using Cravens to try and limit Johnson is a smart course of action for the 'Skins.

One member of the Washington defense explained that Johnson is "going to make plays" but that the key is to limit the damage. If the running back catches a ball out of the backfield, Joe Barry's defense will be focused on making a stop after a five-yard gain, instead of a 20-yard gain.

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Redskins vs. Cardinals Live Updates: Score, stats, highlights, analysis, video

Redskins vs. Cardinals Live Updates: Score, stats, highlights, analysis, video

The Redskins and Cardinals highlight the Week 13 schedule with a showdown in the desert with heavy NFL playoff implications on the line.

If the Redskins (6-5-1) can score a victory over the Cardinals (4-6-1), the team can move closer to solidifying one of the top two Wild Card spots in the NFC playoff race.

Depite the Redskins' difficult Week 12 loss to the Cowboys, Kirk Cousins is playing the best football of his career as of late, and earned the NFC Player of the Month honors for his efforts.

While running back Robert Kelley did have a slip-up against the Cowboys, the team's run game still looks vastly improved from the early season, which allows the passing game to thrive even more. Jamison Crowder continues to impress, and although Jordan Reed will miss the Cardinals game with an injury, Vernon Daivs has proven to be an excellent option for Cousins.

The most entertaining matchup of Week 13 might be Redskins DB Josh Norman vs. Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald, but the most important matchup will undoubtedly be the Redskins defensive line vs. Cardinals RB David Johnson. 

RELATED: NFL PLAYOFF SCENARIOS HEADING INTO WEEK 13

Johnson trails just DeMarco Murray and Ezekiel Elliott -- who finished with 83 yards and one TD in Week 12 -- in total rushing yards with 920 and trails just Elliott and Legarrett Blount in rushing touchdowns with 10. The Redskins rank 25th in rushing defense, and have given up an average of 108 rushing yards in their last five games.

Redskins vs. Cardinals kicks off at 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, Dec. 4 on FOX. Redskins Kickoff gets things started at 3:00 p.m. ET on CSN Mid-Atlantic. (Channel Finder)

CSN is providing all the live updates, stats, scores, highlights, videos and analysis from Redskins vs. Cardinals. Got a comment on the game? Be sure to let us know in the comment section and join Santana Moss and Sebastian Salazar at halftime for the Facebook Live Q&A.

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Redskins vs. Cardinals Live Updates

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5. Harder they fall

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10:00 AM: Welcome to CSNMA's live updates blog of Week 13 Redskins vs. Cardinals. As always, I am Troy Machir and today I will be your online guide to Redskins vs. Cardinals football in the painted desert of the southwest. If you have an issue with me, you can cuss me out on Twitter, 140 characters at a time. It's fun.