Thursday, August 15, 2013
Redskins morning wake-up call
By John Keim
RICHMOND, Va. -- The Washington Redskins are down to their final two workouts here, with one session scheduled for 12:40 p.m. today. Here are three things I'm monitoring today:
- Quarterback Robert Griffin III's progress. It will be tough to gauge his daily progress at times because at this point it’s more about becoming consistent and that typically means with his mechanics and timing. And it’s tough for that to come overnight. He had mixed results on his 10 throws Wednesday, with an interception and one low-and-behind incompletion. Will he be more consistent? I want to pay closer attention to his mechanics (someday, I’m hoping Mike Shanahan allows me to watch the practice film; I’m not optimistic). But a lot of it is rhythm. When he was working on the side, Griffin’s targets typically were stationary or not moving fast. And when in 7-on-7 there was no rush. Now, even though it’s against the scout team, there is more for him to process and that can lead to blurred passing lanes or slower timing. That’s one reason why it’s smart to ease him into the live action 11-on-11 work.
- The coordinators. For the first time in camp, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and defensive coordinator Jim Haslett will be made available to the media. Lots of questions to ask. The coordinators last spoke during minicamp; a few things have happened since then. For Shanahan, it’ll be a chance to hear his take on Griffin’s progress -- he’s been the one working with him on the side on a daily basis. For Haslett, there will be talk about the starting secondary, which has rarely been together this summer, and the pass rush. I’m curious to hear his take on David Amerson’s development. The other assistant coaches will be made available as well, though they are more accessible than the coordinators prior to now.
- The roster. They cut receiver Devery Henderson Wednesday and safety Phillip Thomas is headed to injured reserve. That leaves two roster spots available. The Redskins now have 11 receivers on the roster, and if they want another camp body they can grab one at this spot. It was not a deep spot before Henderson’s release, though he showed no flashes early in camp to suggest he would have helped anyway (hence, the release). They could use a little more help at safety if only for practices as Brandon Meriweather (knee) and Reed Doughty (toe) are in and out of the lineup while working their way back to being 100 percent. Tanard Jackson can’t be reinstated until Aug. 31, but he would not be a one-for-one exchange with Thomas considering the latter is a strong safety and Jackson a free. At this point I’d be surprised if he returns, especially if the Redskins are pleased with Bacarri Rambo’s progress. Keep in mind, too, that their versatility at corner -- with some players capable of dropping deep, opens the way for a more variety of coverages even without a lot of depth at free safety.