- John Keim, ESPN Staff Writer
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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.