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Practice Notes: Lions Week (8.18.15)

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Redskins.com's Stephen Czarda breaks down the key plays and highlights from the Washington Redskins' practice Aug. 18, 2015, at Redskins Park in Loudoun County, Va.


-- The Washington Redskins returned to Redskins Park in Loudoun County, Va., yesterday, but today marked their first practice back at the facility following 2 1/2 weeks in Richmond, Va., for training camp. They were scheduled to practice outside and even got going on the field Tuesday afternoon, but right as stretching started the skies opened up with a heavy rain forcing a move to the Indoor Training Facility.

Check out these photos of the Washington Redskins preparing for their Week 2 preseason matchup against the Detroit Lions Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, at Redskins Park in Loudoun County, Va.

-- DeSean Jackson (shoulder), DeAngelo Hall (toe), Jordan Reed (hamstring) and Frank Kearse (shoulder) were out once again on Tuesday for the Redskins, but Jamison Crowder (hamstring) and Will Compton (groin) returned to practice, albeit in limited work. Keenan Robinson also did not participate and is day-to-day with a sore Achilles, head coach Jay Gruden said.

-- With Robinson out and Compton only seeing action in individual drills, rookie Martrell Spaight saw action with the first-team alongside Perry Riley Jr.

-- David Amerson was working in place of Hall with the first team and had several strong plays in pass coverage. First, the North Carolina State product made a nice defense on a pass intended for Pierre Garçon in which a blitzing Dashon Goldson forced Robert Griffin III into a quick throw. Later, Amerson punched free a pass that was nearly hauled in by rookie wide receiver Tony Jones.

-- During training camp Gruden said Chris Thompson was really taking control of the team's third-down back role, and on Wednesday, he was a target in the passing game on numerous third-down plays. Thompson was, however, stripped on one play and the coaches made sure to talk with him afterwards about the importance of ball security.

-- With Reed still sidelined Je'Ron Hamm worked with the first-team at tight end while Tom Compton was once again used as an extra blocker at times. Hamm made two nice catches and Compton was an eligible receiver on another play although the ball did not go his way.

-- Junior Galette once again showed how quick he is at getting to the quarterback against Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams, as the linebacker leveraged his way around the Oklahoma product while also using good hand movement to free himself for a would-be sack on Griffin III.

-- DaMon Cromartie-Smith worked some with the second-team at strong safety today alongside Trenton Robinson. Cromartie-Smith a two-year veteran out of Texas El-Paso, has worked some at cornerback as well during training camp. Jeron Johnson also got action with the second-team behind currently starter Duke Ihenacho.

-- Deshazor Everett nearly picked off Kirk Cousins late in practice, but the rookie dropped the ball. After getting an ear full from coaches, the Texas A&M product dropped and got in some push-ups.

-- An update on the new tight ends: D.J. Williams recorded a five-yard reception during 11-on-11s, while Ernst Brun made a nice one-handed reception during individual drills. While the tight ends may get a lot of work in the passing game this year, their position coach, Wes Phillips, concentrated a lot on block drills early in practice.

-- Practice closed with the kickers getting a few tries. Veteran Kai Forbath converted on 4-of-5 kicks, making from 38, 40, 45 and 50 yards and missing a 48-yard attempt. Rookie Ty Long, meanwhile, was 2-for-4 on his attempts, converting from 43 and 50 yards but missing from 40 and 48 yards. 

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