Notes and observations from Washington Redskins training camp.
Safety Phillip Thomas will visit a foot specialist, Dr. Robert Anderson, in North Carolina Tuesday to get another opinion on his mid-foot sprain. Coach Mike Shanahan said they just want to make sure there’s no setback. Thomas hurt his left foot in the preseason opener versus Tennessee. Receiver Donte' Stallworth, who re-aggravated his hamstring in that game, sat out practice because he’s still sore. And linebacker Roddrick Muckelroy sat out practice with a sore shoulder.
Safety Brandon Meriweather took his most extensive work in practice (the Redskins did not work in full pads) since training camp opened, a positive sign in his recovery after his 2012 ACL surgery. Shanahan was pleased with what he saw. "He had one breakup that I was impressed with down the field. Hopefully there is no setback,"Shanahan said.
Linebacker Nick Barnett worked for the first time since signing with Washington, taking snaps with the second-team defense. Barnett, recovering from offseason arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, will be monitored closely.
Bacarri Rambo learned a lesson while playing against Tennessee on taking the proper angles and not stutter-stepping as he approaches a ball carrier, especially against one such as Chris Johnson. Monday, Rambo approached the shifty Roy Helu in the open field and though the Redskins were only in shells, he took a better angle and did not slow down en route to the ball. Now he needs for that to carry into a game. But having seen it live in the opener, he can now focus even harder on it in practice. Said this before, but that missed tackle could end up being a good thing for him.
Pat White didn’t build off his good fourth quarter against the Titans. The trouble he had before that game is the same one that showed up Monday: an inability to pull the trigger. On three straight possessions in full-team work White failed to throw the ball, scanning the field and not finding anyone and eventually pulling the ball down. He was off on other throws as well. There were some decent throws, but White is a ways away from being ready to make this roster. Just too hesitant.
Best pass and catch of the day in full-team work: Rex Grossman on a deep post to Dez Briscoe, who made a leaping catch as corner E.J. Biggers flew in front thinking he had a pick. He didn’t. But Biggers had the pick of the day, making a diving interception while flying over Leonard Hankerson's right shoulder. The ball was low and Biggers trapped the ball with his right forearm. Just a nice play.
I like the patience Jordan Reed is starting to show on his routes. It gave him problems earlier in camp, but he’s made progress. Reed also made an athletic grab, reaching up high to make a catch from Grossman, earning a “Good catch” from a teammate. Reed is still adjusting and the lost time in practice didn’t help, but he showed flashes Monday.
A point of emphasis for the quarterbacks on the run: keeping the ball alive as they run toward the line. It was a problem for Robert Griffin III last season and you can see the quarterbacks showing the ball with a little pump fake as they run, trying to keep the defense from sprinting up hard. The quarterbacks do this even when there’s no defense.
Quarterback Kirk Cousins is throwing with a lot of confidence in camp, fitting balls into tight windows at times. He threw a deep in-route to receiver Santana Moss in which Chase Minnifield had tight coverage. But Cousins put it so that it was just out of Minnifield’s reach and all Moss had to do is reach up and grab it.