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Redskins wake-up call: 3 areas to watch

RICHMOND, VA. -- Practice at 8:35 a.m. The afternoon walk-through was cancelled. The forecast calls for temperatures near 90 and, more importantly, no rain. Here are three areas to monitor:

  1. Jay Gruden said the Redskins will be in full pads, including their pants, and there will be live drills -- which means extra hitting. To this point they only had to be in shorts and shoulder pads, but some players (starting with safety Ryan Clark) wore their pants. Why? Because that’s what you do in a game. Sunday, all but two defensive starters wore the pants. Anyway, they’ll be in full pads and there will be more intensity (no Oklahoma Drill, though). It’s been a while since we’ve seen that in Washington. Which way works? Bill Walsh used to do it the same as Mike Shanahan, so you can make it work with any way.

  2. Receiver Pierre Garcon has had a quiet camp. That’s not to say a bad one, but we’ve been used to seeing him more involved the past two summers. I want to watch him a little more just to get a stronger feel for what’s going on. It’s not as if he never gets opportunities. He does. And perhaps it’s because he’s not the flashy new toy like DeSean Jackson or Andre Roberts and is therefore not noticed as much.

  3. The Redskins did some pass-protection drills Sunday, but it was at the same time as some other drills that I had to watch. But I’m hoping they do them again Monday. Running back Chris Thompson admitted he still needs to improve in protection. I want to see rookie Lache Seastrunk as well in this area. There are so many things to learn when it comes to protection. It helps when the protector understands not only to read the defense, but to read the blitzer and to know how they rush. Do they keep their heads up upon contact? Are they violent?