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Practice Notes: 2015 #SkinsCamp, Day 11

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Redskins.com's Andrew Walker and Stephen Czarda break down the key plays and highlights from Day 11 of the Washington Redskins' 2015 training camp in Richmond, Va.


OFFENSE:

-- Most of the Redskins on Tuesday were wearing shells and helmets with shorts. A few players were wearing their shoulder pads, however.

-- Among those not practicing for the offense included wide receivers DeSean Jackson (shoulder), Jamison Crowder (hamstring) and tight end Logan Paulsen (toe). Gruden said Jackson and Crowder likely won't play Thursday vs. Cleveland in the 2015 preseason opener, while Paulsen traveled today to a doctor in North Carolina for an opinion on his injury.

-- Returning to the practice field Tuesday were guard Brandon Scherff and tight end Niles Paul. Scherff rolled his ankle midway through Monday's practice and did not return, although he did participate in drills after practice. Paul, meanwhile, injured his shoulder late in Monday's practice, but Gruden said an MRI was clear.

-- The Redskins had a shortened positional drills portion of practice on Tuesday, but the quarterbacks and wide receivers were really drilling their timing routes. At one point, Gruden yelled to his receivers an analogy about WWE superstar John Cena and his phrase, "You can't see me!" with the accompanying hand signal.

-- Quarterback Robert Griffin III really was sharp in every aspect on Tuesday. In 11-on-11s, he was unofficially 7-for-7 with about 120 yards and a touchdown --- a 55-yard bomb to Paul, who was wide open over the top. In 7-on-7s, Griffin III was 6-for-6 for about 92 yards and a 50-yard touchdown to Pierre Garçon. It's a nice boost of momentum heading into Thursday's game against the Browns, in which Griffin III is expected to play "at least" a quarter, Gruden said.

-- Backup quarterbacks Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy were also sharp on the day. Cousins was unofficially 7-for-9 for 94 yards, while McCoy completed 10-of-13 passes for 134 yards and a touchdown (a 40-yarder to Rashad Ross). The difference, however, was that Cousins and McCoy were each likely sacked at least a couple times on the day and then allowed to complete the play. Griffin III probably was not sacked once on the day.

-- Grant can consider himself lucky after a potentially nasty collision with DeAngelo Hall. On a swing pass from Griffin III to Paul, Grant and Hall locked legs, and Grant went down holding his left ankle. Grant didn't take long to get up and walk off on his own power, however, and would return to team drills.

-- With tight end Jordan Reed nursing a sore hamstring and Paulsen out with a toe injury, tight end Je'Ron Hamm got in on some first-team reps on Tuesday. Hamm, who was signed to the Redskins' practice squad last season, will play in his first professional game Thursday at Cleveland – and could play a significant role.

-- Kirk Cousins led the second-team offense Tuesday, while McCoy led the third-team. Cousins said he'll likely get the No. 2 snaps in the second and third quarters Thursday vs. the Browns (with McCoy getting the fourth quarter), and they'll likely switch the next week against the Detroit Lions at FedExField.


DEFENSE:

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-- The longest-tenured player of the Redskins organization, Kedric Golsto, has had a strong camp to date and that continued on Tuesday afternoon. First, working with the first-team during a session of 11-on-11s, the Georgia product did a nice job clogging the running lanes especially against Alfred Morris. Then later in the day in 1-on-1 drills, Golston had a nice rip move on Tyler Larsen to get around him with ease. Finally, during the final 11-on-11 drills, Golston had a possible would-be sack. The 10-year veteran could be an important part of the team's defensive line rotation, as he's also been playing some nose tackle as well.

-- During the start of individual drills, the linebackers and defensive linemen focused on stripping the ball. Defensive line coach Robb Akey kept demanding that the linemen "punch it out" referring to get the ball out of the carrier's possession from behind. Then the linebackers, working as trios, did the same only with joint turnover work.

-- You can tell that Trent Murphy has done a lot of work with Redskins assistant strength and conditioning coach Jim Kim in recent months. During 1-on-1 drills, Murphy, who is one of the players who has had Kim show him certain hand-placement drills, got around Morgan Moses due to good hand movement.

-- Ryan Kerrigan looked every bit the part of the Redskins' defensive leader on Tuesday, showing both strength and speed against the Redskins' offensive line. There were numerous plays in which Kerrigan forced early decision making for the quarterbacks and could have even gotten a few sacks as well.

-- Martrell Spaight and Adam Hayward forced Arie Kouandjio into a false start penalty after he moved with the two coming up to the line of scrimmage before the hike. Spaight has been getting more action this week with Will Compton sidelined by injury.

-- Training camp gives the coaches more of a chance for quick, verbal feedback, which was the case for Tajh Hasson when he gave up a big play to Tony Jones along the sideline. After the completion, one of the coaches yelled, "C'mon 3-2, maintain your look!"

-- Bryan McCann made two nice pass defenses on balls intended for Reggie Bell from Colt McCoy. The first came during 7-on-7s down the sideline deep and the second came during 11-on-11s. McCann also could have had a sack later on in drills on a corner blitz. The veteran, who was signed by the Redskins last week, said after practice that picking up everything on the fly has been a test, but being around for a few years has helped too.

-- Speaking of cornerbacks, Deshazor Everett was working with the second team behind DeAngelo Hall and Chris Culliver. DaMon Cromartie-Smith, who has worked some on the outside as well, was working with the second team at safety.


SPECIAL TEAMS:

-- For a second straight day, Kai Forbath converted all four of his kicks in a field goal competition at the end of practice. Forbath converted from 30, 33, 38 and 40 yards. Rookie Ty Long, meanwhile, converted 3-of-4 kicks, missing from 33 yards out and then hitting his next three from 35, 40 and 43 yards.

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