Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Redskins: Morning wake-up call
By John Keim
RICHMOND, Va. -- Three areas I’m monitoring Tuesday:
1. How strong safety Brandon Meriweather's right knee held up. Meriweather practiced for the first time in a week, taking part in more snaps than anticipated. But a big key for Meriweather, coming off December ACL surgery, is how he feels Tuesday morning and whether or not he can practice. Meriweather could be a big help to the Redskins’ defense, but he’s rarely been healthy since joining the team last season. We’ll also find out the result of rookie tight end Jordan Reed's MRI on his bruised foot. Reed tweaked his foot during the individual portion of Monday afternoon’s practice.
2. How the fields hold up. The Richmond area was hit by a storm this morning and more rain is expected throughout the day. There is no indoor practice facility at their training camp site and they’d have to work at a local convention center if the fields are unusable. The fields and surrounding grass areas had just fully dried out from heavy storms Thursday.
3. Robert Griffin III’s passing. This is an everyday occurrence so it probably deserves its own category. But it’s also the last day we’ll see him throw until Saturday, thanks to a day off Wednesday, a game he won’t play in Thursday and another off-day Friday. Griffin threw more intermediate passes in the 7-on-7 work Monday than he did in his previous workout Saturday and looked sharper overall (though still with some rust). Will he build on that improvement? He has not thrown downfield a lot in this drill, certainly less than Kirk Cousins has.