Meanwhile, for the rest of practice, the Redskins were in shells Monday morning, their last big practice at training camp.
The running backs and linebackers worked against each other in the passing game, this time on route running and coverages. Sometimes even when Lache Seastrunk catches the ball it’s not smooth. He’s still learning in this role. On his last route, linebacker Perry Riley prevented him from even going out by meeting him at the line and being a bit physical.
Linebacker Keenan Robinson had good coverage on Evan Royster, who cut outside only to have Robinson play underneath and deflect the ball. Also, the best move belonged to running backs coach Randy Jordan who broke Akeem Jordan’s ankles with a route in which he cut inside and then back out, leaving the linebacker on the ground and the running backs.
There’s a difference with how Roy Helu is in the passing game and how the other backs are, especially those directly competing with him for the position. How long Helu remains that guy I don’t know. Maybe all season. And maybe Seastrunk develops into that guy, but he’s not close yet.
Ryan Clark returned to the field after injuring his hamstring in practice last week and missing the preseason opener against New England.
Just have to say this again: I enjoy watching left tackle Trent Williams get out and move in the open field. The guy just runs exceptionally well for an offensive tackle. It allows the Redskins to run various screens or outside plays. As long as the receiver pauses for a split second or the defender hesitates at all, then an inside cutback lane will be available thanks to a Williams’ block.
Right tackle Tyler Polumbus did a solid job against Brian Orakpo in the one-on-one drills. Orakpo tried to take him upfield and then work inside once and Polumbus moved his feet well and stopped him. Everrette Brown tried a spin move against Polumbus, but was only able to execute half a move because the right tackle prevented him from doing much else.
Rookie tackle Morgan Moses would have been called for holding on one rush by Adrian Robinson in the one-on-ones. Robinson beat him to the outside and Moses was left grabbing him around his neck. The same happened when Ryan Kerrigan went against Moses a few minutes later. Kerrigan also got the corner against Williams in full-team work. It might have been a holding penalty.
Quarterback Kirk Cousins connected with rookie receiver Ryan Grant on a deep ball down the left side that would have been a 70-yard touchdown in a game. Corner Bashaud Breeland was on that side. One area the coaches said they wanted to see more from Grant was on deep passes. He’s not a speedy receiver, but defensive backs will sit on short routes if that’s all he can run.
Breeland broke up Cousins’ first pass in the two-minute drill, an out pass to the left. Breeland also nearly intercepted a deep post to receiver Rashad Lawrence. Breeland was on Lawrence’s inside hip on the play. Good positioning.
Kai Forbath punctuated the No. 2 offense’s two-minute work with a 52-yard field goal inside the right upright.
Forgot to put this in the stories on Robert Griffin III, but one of his better plays Monday involved him sprinting outside to his right with Orakpo in pursuit. Jackson took E.J. Biggers to the corner and cut back to the inside for an open score.
Kedric Golston turned guard Josh LeRibeus inside and beat him. Clifton Geathers later drove LeRibeus back, getting his hands into the chest. In full-team work, Rob Jackson got into right tackle Tom Compton's chest and moved him back.