Redskins.com's Andrew Walker breaks down the key plays and highlights from Day 15 of the Washington Redskins' 2015 training camp in Richmond, Va.
The Washington Redskins conducted their fifteenth day of training camp practices Monday, August 17, 2015, at Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond, Va.
-- The Redskins on Monday had an abbreviated practice that was closed to the public. Per their annual Richmond tradition, their last day was dedicated to the dozens of volunteer ambassadors that log countless hours each year to help make training camp at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center a success. Those ambassadors were able to relax on Monday and not only watch practice, but were treated to an exclusive meet and greet with the Redskins players and coaches after the session.
-- Because of the abbreviated practice, today's notes will be shorter than usual. The practice was not padded – the team was in helmets and shorts – and several players did not participate, including cornerback Bashaud Breeland, linebacker Will Compton, wide receiver Jamison Crowder, safety Dashon Goldson, cornerback DeAngelo Hall, defensive end Jason Hatcher, wide receiver DeSean Jackson, defensive lineman Frank Kearse and tight end Jordan Reed.
-- Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said after Monday's practice that X-rays on Hall's toe showed no damage, and that the veteran was day-to-day. Hall sprained the toe in an 11-on-11 drill during Sunday's practice and did not return.
-- Gruden also said he did not expect Crowder (hamstring) or Jackson (shoulder) to play Thursday against the Detroit Lions at FedExField, but hopes both players will be ready to go for the third preseason game Aug. 29 against the Ravens in Baltimore.
-- With Goldson – who had two interceptions during Sunday's 7-on-7 drills – not participating in Monday's practice, Trenton Robinson was seen getting a bulk of the first-team reps Monday at free safety. The fourth-year Michigan State product was a special teams standout for the Redskins last season, and showed signs of improvement in his play in the secondary, as well, earning his first-career interception Week 2 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
-- In a two-minute drill towards the end of practice, the first-team offense, led by quarterback Robert Griffin III, was able to dink and dunk its way to the opposing 25-yard line before calling timeout. Gruden sent out kicker Kai Forbath to attempt the 43-yard field goal, which Forbath originally missed wide left. But the second-year head coach claimed the defense had called time out to ice Forbath, sending the California kicker back out for a second attempt, which he nailed.
-- It was a similar story for the second-team offense, which was being guided by Colt McCoy (who has been rotating each day with Kirk Cousins for second- and third-team reps). McCoy got the Redskins' offense to the opposing 23-yard line before confusion set in as he tried to snap the ball to spike it and stop the clock. Eventually, however, McCoy was able to clock it, and Ty Long's 41-yard field goal attempt was good.
-- In a red zone drill at the end of practice, Griffin III delivered a perfectly-placed touchdown pass to tight end Je'Ron Hamm, right over linebacker Perry Riley Jr. Hamm is a converted wide receiver, and certainly made several flash plays catching the ball out of the tight end position for the Redskins this training camp. He'll get several more opportunities to show was he can do for the rest of the preseason, as he's the proverbial No. 2 tight end behind Reed (who is still hampered by a hamstring injury) after season-ending injuries to Niles Paul and Logan Paulsen.
-- Continuing a recent theme, Griffin III and wide receiver Pierre Garçon are really trying to get their timing down on the fade route in the end zone. The Redskins tried it live again on Monday from within the five-yard line, and Griffin III's pass was just a tad bit overthrown and knicked the very tip of Garçon's outreached fingers.
-- McCoy, meanwhile, delivered a beautifully-thrown fade pass to the end zone to wide receiver Reggie Bell, who came down with the nice catch for the score. I couldn't quite see his feet and whether or not he completely got both in, but Redskins video assistant Mike Adams signaled from the corner that it was an incomplete pass.
-- The Redskins got in some extensive work Monday on their punt return and punt coverage units. Punter Tress Way averaged a hang time of 4.49 seconds on 10 punts, according to the official Redskins.com Stop Watch, but the last four attempts were more "Australian-" or coffin corner-styled kicks that generally have less hang time.