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Practice Notes: 2015 #SkinsCamp, Day 3

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Redskins.com's Andrew Walker and Stephen Czarda break down the key plays and highlights from Day 3 of the Washington Redskins' 2015 training camp in Richmond, Va.


OFFENSE:

The Washington Redskins conducted their third day of training camp practice Saturday, August 1, 2015, at Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond Va.

-- Quarterback Robert Griffin III turned in a solid day of work again for the Redskins, especially in the final two-minute drill period of the day, completing all five passes -- to Andre Roberts, Jordan Reed, two to DeSean Jackson and then to Ryan Grant -- to earn a would-be field goal. Griffin III might've been sacked on 3rd and 8, when Ryan Kerrigan absolutely mauled rookie right tackle Brandon Scherff, lifting him off the ground with one arm, and getting to Griffin III's area, but because no contact of the quarterback is allowed, Griffin III was able to complete the pass to Jackson and convert the first down.

-- Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy showed nice touch on some deep passes on Saturday. Cousins -- who was working with the second-team offense -- floated one down the right sideline to Roberts for a 65-yard touchdown, and later, during the two-minute drill, found rookie wide receiver Jamison Crowder with an over-the-shoulder pass for a long gain.

-- Saturday's practice was the first to include shoulder pads for the Redskins in 2015, which was just to the liking of first-year offensive line coach Bill Callahan. Off on the back drill field, Callahan was leading his troops, telling them to forget about the touch-and-go approach of practices past. "Go as hard as you can," he repeatedly told the linemen. "Go as hard as you can."

-- The running backs, meanwhile, were utilizing the same drill field, and were working on their peripheral vision.As they ran through the drill zone, running backs coach Randy Jordan was reminding his backs to keep their eyes up. Chris Thompson -- who at 5-foot-8 is among the smaller running backs in the league -- was especially good at this.

-- Wide receiving Quinton Dunbar flashed on a couple plays during the 1-on-1 period against the cornerbacks. Dunbar, a large target at 6 foot 2 and 201 pounds, was able to break free from an extremely physical Chris Culliver and catch a touch pass along the sideline. Then, on his next attempt, Dunbar this time initiated the contact against cornerback Trey Wolfe as he tried to catch a ball in the end zone, which fell to the grass. Head coach Jay Gruden told Dunbar, "That's a flag! ... Good idea, though."

-- Running back Alfred Morris showed off the improvement in his hands in the passing game on Saturday. On one play, he helped bail out Griffin III, who was forced to go to Morris, his final option, on a shallow route across the middle. Morris adjusted to the high pass and it stuck to his hands, giving the offense a nice chunk of yards on what could've been a busted play.

-- Running back Silas Redd Jr. boasts a very shifty running style, which was on full display on Saturday. On one play, he received the handoff, made a couple nifty moves to his left and was quickly in the open field before safety Jeron Johnson -- who punched at the ball mercifully -- got to him.

-- Trent Williams and Spencer Long were among the standouts in the 1-on-1 drills pitting the offensive linemen against the defensive linemen and outside linebackers. Williams made it look easy going up against Ryan Kerrigan on multiple occasions, as the Pro Bowl pass rusher never really got close to the quarterback. Long, meanwhile, used his footwork and physicality to match wits with defensive lineman Stephen Paea on two straight attempts.

-- Colt McCoy also had a nice touch pass to Jackson, who ran a route with terrific precision to break free for a 20-yard, diving reception. It was one of those "nice throw, nice catch" plays. Moments later, McCoy found rookie wide receiver Evan Spencer for a similar reception, this time on the opposite end of the field.

-- Crowder was used on a reverse run late in the 11-on-11 session and, man, is he fast in the open field. He darted down the left sideline for at least a 20-yard gain. I can see why he's such a weapon in the return game, as well.


DEFENSE:

-- The defensive came with some intensity for the first padded practice of training camp, especially when Matt Jones carried the ball. There were two plays in particular that stood out when the big bruiser got his number called. The first was a play where he ran it out to the left side and was met by Duke Ihenacho who gave him a good little pop. A few plays later, fellow rookie Kyshoen Jarrett stood Jones right up when the Florida product tried to run right through him.

-- Junior Galette once again worked on the sideline, especially with Redskins assistant strength and conditioning coach Joe Kim early on. Head coach Jay Gruden said it would be a few days before Galette, who requires a little time to learn defensive coordinator Joe Barry's system, made his on-field practice debut.

-- During the special teams portion of practice, defensive line coach Robb Akey, along with Kim, worked with the defensive line and outside linebackers on shedding blockers, getting low and grabbing loose balls. They used sleds and towels on the ground to get through the drill, as the coaches simulated a snap count before the players would burst out of their stands, bend around a sled and then pick up a towel. Akey would yell "Hit it!" each time a player got up from their stance, while Kim would remind the players to keep their "eyes on me."

--Throughout the drill, Stephen Paea showed an incredible amount of speed and quickness for someone his size. This carried over to unit drills where the Oregon State product even got some work in at nose tackle.

-- DeAngelo Hall did not practice on Saturday, but he was out there supporting his teammates. No word on why he wasn't participating, but it simply may have been a scheduled off day for the veteran after giving it a go on his surgically-repaired Achilles the first two days.

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With both Hall and Breeland out, David Amerson worked with the first-team while Justin Rogers played the nickel. Rogers and Tevin Mitchel, meanwhile, were the cornerbacks for the second-team. Towards the end of practice, Mitchel left the field with team medical personnel -- we'll get an update on his status Sunday.

--  Deshazor Everett was instantly thrust into action after signing just hours before practice. He made a great play on a deep ball intended for DeSean Jackson during 7-on-7 drills, breaking up a pass that appeared to be completed. A few plays later, though, Evan Spencer muscled off Everett relatively easy.

-- Ihenacho continued to work as the starting strong safety, and no matter where the play was, always completed it. This is something the coaches have really looked for out of the unit this offseason.

-- Unit drills ended with some two-minute warning work where Griffin III targeted Culliver's side, both for completions to Jackson and Ryan Grant. Even if they did catch the ball, Culliver rarely give up much room to the receivers he's facing. That spacing in an actual game situation will likely be even less.

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