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Practice Notes: 2016 #SkinsCamp, Day 10

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Redskins.com's Stephen Czarda and Jake Kring-Schreifels break down the key plays and highlights from Day 10 of the Washington Redskins' 2016 training camp in Richmond, Va.


Offense:

--Rookie running back Keith Marshall had arguably his best day of training camp to date on Monday afternoon, causing issues for the defense up and down the field. On one of Marshall's first carries of unit drills, he burst up the middle of the defense for what would have likely been an 80-yard touchdown for the speedster. But it wasn't just that play that wowed those who braved the rain, as there was another play where he started to his left before a sharp cut to his right caught the entire defense off-guard. Plays like that could help him earn a spot on the 53-man roster before it is all said and done.

The Washington Redskins offense conducted their tenth day of training camp practice, Monday August 8, 2016 at Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond, Va

--Remember Jordan Reed's ridiculous one-handed catch against the Green Bay Packers during the Redskins' playoff game in January? The tight end was at it again on Monday, making it look easy in the process. Despite a steady rain causing some issues, Reed had no problem grabbing a slippery ball with his left hand, all while Perry Riley Jr. was in solid coverage.

--Reed wasn't the only player with a highlight reel moment, as Jamison Crowder also snagged a difficult ball during 11-on-11s, somehow catching a ball and racing up field for a touchdown despite the fact Bashaud Breeland was stuck right to him.

--Trent Williams, as he did yesterday, participated only individual drills, paving the way for Ty Nsekhe to receive first-team reps. Nsekhe, 30, has quietly pieced together a strong camp, as he held his own against the first-team defense. Then in 1-on-1s, he had no problem disposing Preston Smith each time the two were matched against each other. Takoby Cofield, a second-year tackle out of Duke, also had some solid moments in 1-on-1s, receiving some praise from Williams on the sideline.

--The wide receivers room is deep, but the college free agents will receive more opportunities in the coming days to stand out. On Monday, Dez Stewart had some moments in the spotlight. During 1-on-1s, Stewart scored a touchdown on Jeremy Harris before making another catch against the veteran cornerback in 11-on-11s. Stewart, a Ohio Dominican product, amassed more than 3,000 receiving yards and 25 touchdowns in 40 career college appearances.

--From the injury front, Gruden said on Monday that wide receivers Reggie Diggs (knee) and Jamison Crowder (hamstring) will not play in Thursday's preseason game against the Falcons, while the team is leaning towards Williams not suiting up either.

(Stephen Czarda)


Defense:

--Chris Baker was the only holdout on the defensive side thanks to an ingrown toenail.  He didn't wear pads but observed practice right next to his teammates

--Gruden said in his press conference prior to practice that Trent Murphy would be moving back to the outside linebacker position, something the coaching staff believes is needed with the loss of Junior Galette for the season. Murphy had committed to bulking up to 290 to play on the defensive line, but he hadn't gotten quite there to start camp and lost a few pounds last week when he had strep throat. He looked strong in 1-on-1 drills getting used to standing up again along the line. Gruden indicated that they'd like to see him rush the quarterback more than just drop back into coverage, which he did a bit more previously at his position.

The Washington Redskins defense and special teams conducted their tenth day of training camp practice Monday, August 8, 2016 at Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond, Va.

--Kendall Reyes filled in for Baker, while Ricky Jean Francois and Kedric Golston filled out the defensive line on the first team. During 1-on-1 drills, Matt Ioannidis, Ziggy Hood and Murphy all had some consistent pass rushes beating an opponent. Some of these drills can be deceiving based on the player each is lined up against, but the coaches try to mix it up as much as possible.

--During team drills, defensive coordinator Joe Barry was frustrated with the playbook study of Su'a Cravens, who missed an assignment on a Keith Marshall run. Cravens shook it off and looked more comfortable playing outside in the box as coaches eventually would like him to.

--The play of the day defensively came from safety DeAngelo Hall, who came out of nowhere to grab an interception away from tight end Vernon Davis after the defensive line forced a tough throw from Trent Williams. Bashaud Breeland nearly had another interception against DeSean Jackson, but in a twist of fate, the ball bounced through his arms and right into Jackson's, who had clear sailing for a touchdown.

--During four wide receiver sets, three safeties took the field. DeAngelo Hall played in the slot, David Bruton Jr. played in the box while Duke Ihenacho sat back and played centerfield behind everyone. Bruton Jr. said the dime packages are only used in large receiver sets and that he's used to playing up in the box like he did in Denver.

--Some other notables on a rainy Monday: Houston Bates looked good pass rushing around the edge as did Willie Jefferson, who committed a would-be sack to finish the last play of practice. Dashaun Phillips played the nickel spot with the first team and made a nice pass breakup and near interception against Cousins.

(Jake Kring-Schreifels)


Special Teams:

--No Dustin Hopkins today, likely because of the wet surfaces. The kickoff teams did work off the jugs machine in the middle of practice and punter Tress Way actually had a chance to boot a few balls off his left foot from the kickoff tee. As usual Colt McCoy, Chris Thompson, Keith Marshall and Bashaud Breeland waited back to receive.

(Jake Kring-Schreifels)

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