Friday, August 16, 2013
Redskins' practice notes
By John Keim
RICHMOND, Va., -- Highlights and news from the Redskins' final training camp practice:
- Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said there’s still a chance linebacker Brian Orakpo will play Monday, despite sitting out a second straight practice with a bruised right quad. Orakpo said he took a knee to the quad, and that he suffered a contusion. “Once it calms down we’ll see where it’s at,” he said.
- Rookie running back Chris Thompson, a fifth-round pick, said he will play against Pittsburgh on Monday and also return kickoffs. Thompson had been in and out of practice until this week. The speedy back said, “I’ve been feeling really good these last couple days. Even the coaches are telling me; they can tell I’m running more confident and feeling more comfortable out there.”
- Quarterback Kirk Cousins will play the first half Monday, with Rex Grossman and Pat White splitting time in the second half. Do not try to turn Grossman and White into some sort of battle for the No. 3 job. The coaches like what Grossman adds. And, though White has improved during camp, he remains a ways from being NFL ready -- he was out of the league for three years and was not a good NFL player before that time. Tough to see that changing this fast. He would have been helped by spending time on a practice squad, which he’s ineligible for, or playing in NFL Europe, which no longer exists. He’s still early in terms of learning the offense.
- Offensive tackle Trent Williams continues to practice despite a sprained wrist that needs a cast. He said doctors have not told him that it can’t be hurt any worse, so why is he practicing? He noticeably winced after some plays earlier in camp. But the Redskins take precautions by applying a large soft pad over his left wrist, turning it into a club. “It’s stabilized, so I don’t use it,” Williams said. “It’s just like I have the week off.” And does it bother him that some players can elude his block because of the club? With a great deadpan, Williams said, “Definitely. Keeps me up at night.”
- Receiver Donte Stallworth won’t play Monday after sitting out all week with a hamstring injury. Others who are longshots to play: reserve linebacker Roddrick Muckelroy, cornerback Ryan Mouton, and offensive lineman Jacolby Ashworth.
- The Redskins said they drew 165,571 fans to their 27 workouts in Richmond. They had hoped to draw about 100,000. It was their first camp away from Ashburn since 2003. “It was as good as it possibly could be,” Shanahan said. “You come to camp trying to get better as a team. We were able to accomplish that.”
- Secondary coach Raheem Morris said he had a message for Bacarri Rambo at the start of camp when the rookie opened up with the starters. “It was an honor and a privilege for him and I told him, ‘Don’t call home to your mom and tell them 'I’m the guy' because then you’ll have to go play the games and you’ll have to give her another call before we play Philly.’" Morris said. In other words: You haven’t won the job yet. Did Rambo call his mom to tell her? No. But his mom did call him and ask how he was doing. He merely told her, “I’m doing good for the majority of camp and things are going well.” Smart man.
- Strong safety Brandon Meriweather won't play Monday, but he did participate in four consecutive days of practice, albeit on the practice team. But that represents progress for Meriweather, who had been in and out of workouts while recovering from last season's ACL surgery.