Redskins wake-up call

August, 1, 2014
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RICHMOND, Va. -- The Redskins will practice at 8:35 a.m. ET and 4:10 Friday. The high temperature will only be around 79 degrees; there's a 50-percent chance of rain, with the greatest chance starting around 11 a.m. Here are three areas I'll monitor:
  1. Back in full pads. The Redskins will be in full pads again Friday morning and, hopefully from a spectator’s standpoint, the intensity will increase. Not that it has been completely diminished the past few days, but there was a little more physical play the first five days than we’ve seen the past two (one, of course, was in shells; but Thursday morning, while still physical, you could tell camp bodies are starting to take over. Tough to avoid. Curious, too, about the injured players, specifically receiver Pierre Garcon). I really hope they do the pass-protection drills some more with the running backs. The young guys need it.
  2. More two-on-two work between the offensive and defensive lines. Some of the rookies did this for the first time Thursday and it showed (Spencer Long misread a couple rushes for example). After doing it once and then watching it on film later, will there be improvement? How quickly do they learn? I’ve heard rookie tackle Morgan Moses is a quick study. We’ll see.
  3. I want to watch more of Ryan Kerrigan. He’s done a good job staying low and exploding more into blockers, especially against the run. It’s helped him play it well. It almost looks like he’s crouching even a little lower this summer (I know he’s worked on this in the past). I could be wrong, but it’s something I want to discuss with him. Regardless, he plays the run well.

John Keim

ESPN Washington Redskins reporter

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