- John Keim, ESPN Staff Writer
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RICHMOND, Va. – The Washington Redskins will practice one final time here Tuesday morning and then sign autographs for the volunteer workers. The practice is closed to the public. Probably a good thing, too, considering there’s a 50-percent chance of rain by mid-morning. Still, here are three areas I’ll monitor:
General manager/president Bruce Allen will speak to the media to close out training camp. There haven’t been a whole lot of issues and I certainly expect him to sing Richmond’s praises and consider this a successful camp. I am curious if he’d like to do another joint practice session next summer as well. It might be tough to do all the time, but it did seem like practicing against New England helped. Coach Jay Gruden said he’d like to do it again but would prefer to do it in Richmond.
Tight end Jordan Reed has missed the past three days of practices because of what had originally been termed a 24-hour virus. I know this is not about durability, but rather a nasty virus. But that 2013 draft class is not doing a good job of staying on the field, aside from David Amerson. The Redskins said Reed would get more tests, but they were hopeful he’d be back on the field Tuesday.
It’s been a long three weeks and it’s not just the players who are anxious to return home (though there have been some breaks). There will be a lot of stories written about camp and it’s rare if a player or coach ever calls it anything but a good one. Sometimes you look back at the end of the season and see things you might have missed – or underplayed (or maybe overplayed). Last season was a good example with how much quarterback Robert Griffin III needed to learn, and how much the lack of offseason reps would hurt him. It’s not as if 2013 was his fault; the other parts of the team failed to pick him up. As the Redskins exit this summer they have to hope those other parts now are stronger.