Redskins wake-up call

August, 20, 2014
Aug 20
6:00
AM ET
The Redskins resume practice with a two-hour session starting at 1 p.m. ET. The media can watch the first half hour and then that’s it -- we’re now into regular-season mode in terms of rules and structure. There’s an open locker room for the media from 11:15-noon. Here are three areas to monitor:
  1. Injuries. There’s always a few bumps and bruises that aren’t discovered until a day later. The Redskins escaped the game without much to worry about; Niles Paul had a badly-bruised right hand -- it was slightly swollen after the game. But he played with it and did not go to the locker room until his night was over. Also, how much more can Jason Hatcher do this week -- and the latest on injured players Stephen Bowen and Leonard Hankerson. We’re less than three weeks until the opener. If they want a shot at getting into game shape and playing, they’ll need to return soon.
  2. We’ll get Jay Gruden’s take on the game after re-watching it and I’ll be curious to hear more of what he has to say about Griffin. It’s OK for Robert Griffin III to run at times -- his legs are partly why he was drafted second overall -- but he needs to still learn when it’s a good time to throw it away. It’s not as if every run is a bad one, so I’m sure this will be a topic (not only with Gruden but with Griffin).
  3. The backup running back battle. Evan Royster and Silas Redd are ahead of Lache Seastrunk at this point. It will be curious to talk to Gruden about this as well -- what he’s looking for and what he’s seen. Redd has done a solid job in protection, but he hasn’t exactly been tested a whole lot. Still, he’s passed thus far.

John Keim

ESPN Washington Redskins reporter

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