Redskins wake-up call

August, 11, 2014
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RICHMOND, Va. -- The Washington Redskins have their final workouts open to the public Monday, with the first session, the full practice, at 8:30 a.m. ET and the walk-through at 4:10 p.m. Hard to believe this is the last full day -- not that I’m complaining after spending most of three weeks away from home. Anyway, your daily weather update in case you are attending: highs in the mid-80s with a slight chance of rain.

Here are three areas that I’ll monitor:
  1. The two-minute offense. The Redskins' No. 1 defense did a solid job against the offense Sunday. Coach Jay Gruden said they will work on this every practice until the season opener and that’s a good thing. They need the work. The offense is still learning this system so the more they practice it the better. It’s not just on quarterback Robert Griffin III. But I will be curious to see how his so-called internal clock fares in this drill Monday.
  2. The injury bug. Receiver DeSean Jackson is supposedly close to returning, but he sat out again Sunday. There’s no reason to rush his return, but if it was minor then he should be back soon. Also, will tight end Jordan Reed return? He missed again Sunday with an illness. Brian Orakpo likely will return after sitting out with a thigh contusion. Corner DeAngelo Hall said Sunday night that he would not be practicing after hurting his back earlier in the day.
  3. The backup tackle situation. I’ve liked Tom Compton in the past, but don’t think he’s having the sort of camp that stamps him as a lock for the roster. But is Morgan Moses going to be ready to be the No. 1 backup tackle by the start of the season? I don’t know. Is Maurice Hurt the answer? I don’t think so. He has been getting beat quite a bit. They should be solid with backup guards, but backup tackle needs improving.

John Keim

ESPN Washington Redskins reporter

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