Monday, August 5, 2013
Redskins: Morning Wake up Call
By John Keim
Three things on my agenda today as the Washington Redskins return to practice -- a morning walk-through and a 3:20 p.m. ET practice -- following an off-day Sunday:
1. Robert Griffin III will conduct his weekly media session after the morning walk-through, which usually ends around 11:30 a.m. The plan for Griffin remains the same as it’s been for the previous four practices when he attempted 17 passes in the 7-on-7 work. Griffin clearly is still seeking consistency in his passing touch. Saturday, he did not use good mechanics on several throws. They were so off at times that I wondered if he was trying to simulate the sort of throws a quarterback must sometimes make under duress -- you can’t always get your feet around; you sometimes must throw from different arm angles. So I’ll be curious to find out if that’s ever the case (he does work on moving and escaping from the pocket during practice, but only when he's by himself).
2. The secondary’s health, most notably Brandon Meriweather. Yes, corner DeAngelo Hall has missed a week with a sprained right ankle, but he’s out of the walking boot. He just needs more time to heal, but when he returns, he’ll be fine. But Meriweather, coming off ACL surgery in December, worked early in camp but since then has taken part in only a few snaps. That’s never a good sign. On Saturday, he said there’s a chance he’ll do more Monday. The Redskins are thin and inexperienced at safety; they need Meriweather healthy.
3. Trent Williams' left wrist. It clearly bothers Williams, who has had to wear a hard cast with heavy padding on his wrist the past three practices. He can’t use his left hand when he plays and it hurt when he had to jab his hands into the defender. This is as much something to watch for the near future as it is for Monday. Williams, who played with a severe deep thigh bruise down the stretch last season, said he wants to practice. He’s one of the Redskins’ most indispensable players. Second-year Tom Compton has worked as the No. 2 left tackle, but has a ways to go.