Redskins.com's Jake Kring-Schreifels and Grant Cohen break down the key plays and highlights from Day 7 of the Washington Redskins' 2018 training camp in Richmond, Va.
-- Head coach Jay Gruden informed the media this morning that everything checked out fine for wide receiver Josh Doctson, who needed medical attention on Wednesday after he came down hard on his left shoulder. He sat out of practice, however, and most of the first team offensive players, including Jordan Reed, Paul Richardson Jr., and Jamison Crowder, had very limited time on the field. Gruden said in his press conference that during Saturday's Fan Appreciation Day the team would run a little harder, and so Thursday's shortened proceedings gave more reps to the second and third stringers before the day off.
-- Right tackle Morgan Moses took some more snaps to start team drills before ceding to John Kling the rest of practice. Moses looked like he may have tweaked something a little on a 1-on-1 rep with linebacker Ryan Anderson and didn't participate the rest of practice. He said he felt fine once the session had concluded though.
-- Quarterback Alex Smith started team drills, but eventually Colt McCoy and Kevin Hogan took over for him. They didn't have too much work from a throwing standpoint, as most of the offense was predicated on running the ball. While there hasn't been a breakout running back in the group yet, Byron Marshall, Kapri Bibbs, Rob Kelley and Samaje Perine took the majority of reps Thursday, leaving Martez Carter out of the rotation for the morning. Marshall looked smooth cutting and accelerating towards the end zone on a 10-yard run and Kelley finished practice with a goal line rush up the middle. Gruden mentioned in his press conference that it may be the case one of the backs could also fill a fullback role eventually, and Kelley suggested he and Perine would be most suited for that kind of limited role.
-- At the end of practice, the Redskins ran a hurry-up drill starting at midfield, in which the offense had 55 seconds to score a touchdown. McCoy started off well with two quick passes to Manasseh Garner and Maurice Harris before being picked off by cornerback Fabian Moreau. It was still a good day of work for the receivers, who spent more time on their blocking technique but had some rare team reps with Alex Smith under center at the start. Wide receiver Trey Quinn is still adjusting to the speed on the NFL game – he dropped a couple passes early, the first one much tougher than the second – but he's continued to improve over the last week. Harris meanwhile continues to impress. Thursday he caught a ball from Smith at its peak in between Moreau and Greg Stroman for 15 yards.
-- Jake Kring-Schreifels
-- Day 7 of training camp was considered a light day for the first team defense, too, where the second stringers were able to get more reps. Outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan did not go in full pads on Thursday, taking a veterans day off, but was still helpful during the team's practice by giving instruction to players on the sideline during individual work. D.J. Swearinger Sr. didn't see a lot of time on the field today as well, but was very vocal in assisting the second teamers with signals and coverages.
-- With the offense having a lot of success with the pass in Wednesday's practice, the defensive secondary's focus was doing better in coverage. Defensive backs coach Torrian Gray spent a majority of the time preaching the technique of guarding the wide outs while the safeties turned their attention on attacking the ball at the highest point in the air. The individual work transferred over when the offense met the defense, which broke up passes and won the intensity battle in Thursday's practice.
The Washington Redskins conducted their sixth day of training camp practice Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond, Va.
-- Cornerbacks Fabian Moreau and Danny Johnson had two pass deflections to start off the Redskins' first full team segment while rookie Troy Apke successfully executed the safety blitz to stop the run. Deshazor Everett also came up with a stop to force an incomplete pass targeted to Brian Quick, and Quinton Dunbar had a strong showing during 7-on-7's even after injuring his finger on a play. After Apke picked up a fumble and took it for a touchdown during the team's red zone segment, Josh Harvey-Clemons broke up a potential Matt Flanagan touchdown that swung the momentum towards the defense.
-- Moreau was the one who stood out for the defense on Thursday, showing the most energy and making the most plays in the secondary. The former UCLA corner started off his day with a pass deflection during the full team segment, not letting receivers touch the ball in that stretch. Keeping that intensity up in the second team period, Moreau broke up a pass targeted to Flanagan. Moreau, who spent the first half of last year's training camp due to an injury during his college pro day, capped off his morning by snagging an interception during the team's red zone segment, the final play in the team's practice.
-- Grant Cohen
-- Because Jamison Crowder took most of the day off, Harris and Quinn took punt returns from Tress Way. To close out practice, Dustin Hopkins made all four of his field goals, the furthest from 38 yards.