Redskins wake-up call
July, 31, 2014
By John Keim | ESPN.com
RICHMOND, Va. – The Redskins will practice twice Thursday, a full workout at 8:35 a.m. ET and a walk-through at 4:15 p.m. Temperatures are expected to be around 90 degrees, with no chance of rain. Here are three areas I’ll be monitoring:
- The Redskins return to a padded workout after a day off and then a day in shells Wednesday. Not sure how this will impact anything, but I’ll be curious to see the build-up in intensity again. There was a definite buildup the first five days and it’s hard to be that way when not in full pads. Practices are fun to watch when there’s more contact.
- Some of the rookies, notably receiver Ryan Grant and running back Lache Seastrunk. I enjoy watching Grant because of how well he moves in and out of his breaks and comes back for the ball. I’ll be writing a rookie report on him soon and want to see more of what he does well – and what he’s still adjusting to in the NFL. The same is true of Seastrunk. He’ll occasionally make a run others can’t make because of his speed, but I’d like to focus more on him to get a better feel for his game right now. I’d still project him not to be on the 53-man roster at this point, but it’s still early.
- Tackle Tom Compton. With Tyler Polumbus out for personal reasons, this is a terrific opportunity for Compton to show what he can do. Ryan Kerrigan got around him a couple times Wednesday and there’s no doubt they’ll face each other again. How does he adjust? Also, Maurice Hurt gets bumped up in the rotation, so this will be a good chance to measure any progress he’s made.