Redskins wake-up call

RICHMOND, Va. -- The Redskins practice at 8:35 a.m. and 4:10 p.m. Sunday, with the latter session a walk-through period. For those attending, the high temperature will be 85 degrees; there's a minimal chance of rain. (I’ll have the news after this commercial break.)

Here are the three areas I’ll monitor:

  1. How much work receiver DeSean Jackson gets. He was limited Saturday, though he at least participated in individual work Saturday. The Redskins need to make sure he’s fine for the season opener against Houston, not the one against Cleveland on Aug. 18. And if the injury was just a minor one, then it’s no big deal. Jackson also missed a day with a hamstring issue earlier in camp. It is important for Jackson and Robert Griffin III to continue getting their timing down.

  2. Receiver Aldrick Robinson. He’s put together a good last few days, including practices and the game vs. New England. Robinson needs to be more consistent, so if he can put together another good week, then perhaps he’s starting to develop into the player they hoped he would become. They do like that he knows all three receiver positions and, of course, his speed. With more speed around him, they can put him in different situations to possibly maximize his yards after the catch.

  3. The running back situation. I’m curious to see how Lache Seastrunk and Silas Redd look after both made some plays against the Patriots. They both need to improve in the pass game, but they had to have put more pressure on Chris Thompson (or the coaches could opt for four running backs and a fullback, leaving room for two of these three, if that’s what the Redskins want.) It doesn’t help that Thompson, with questions about his durability, suffered a minor knee injury against the Patriots.