Redskins wake-up call
August, 2, 2014
By John Keim | ESPN.com
RICHMOND, Va. -- The Washington Redskins will practice just once Saturday, at 10:35 a.m. for Fan Appreciation Day. There’s a chance of rain Saturday morning with temperatures in the low 70s. Here are three things I’ll monitor:
- After saying they’d be in pads Friday, coach Jay Gruden changed his mind and opted for shells. But they will be in full pads Saturday. It’s good timing because they’ll have Sunday off before resuming practice against the Patriots. I’ll be curious to see if there’s any extra level of intensity (if the crowd is big, that is). After hearing good things about Jarvis Jenkins, I also want to continue watching him. He has had a good camp.
- I like watching the one-on-ones and seven-on-sevens, just to focus on the receiver-cornerback matchups. One player I want to see more of is corner Tracy Porter. He’s still working his way back after missing the offseason because of shoulder surgery. Porter has started slowly. The Redskins like Bashaud Breeland, and if Porter struggles then the rookie could get a shot inside. Also, fellow corner Richard Crawford, coming back from ACL surgery, is still finding his timing. Like Porter he missed the spring, basically make this his OTAs.
- Tackle Tom Compton. If Trent Williams does not practice Saturday because of his shin, then Compton will get more work as the No. 1 left tackle. If he wants to stick around, then he’ll have to prove he can handle work against starting-caliber defensive players. Reviews have been mixed in the two days he’s worked with the starters. But it’s a good opportunity for him.