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Practice Notes: 2016 #SkinsCamp, Day 11

josh-norman-day-11-660-350.jpg's Stephen Czarda and Jake Kring-Schreifels break down the key plays and highlights from Day 11 of the Washington Redskins' 2016 training camp in Richmond, Va.


--After a rain-soaked Monday, heat and humidity welcomed fans and players back to training camp on Tuesday, making their heads sweat while their feet remained wet and muddy from the previous night. That dictated some of the action on the field, noticeably when some players slipped and slid across the grass, such as running back Rob Kelley, to begin practice. Because of the poor conditions, left tackle Trent Williams sat out of team drills again and will be a game time decision for the Falcons game. Head coach Jay Gruden mentioned after practice that tight end Jordan Reed will be ruled out for Atlanta with a sprained thumb, while wide receivers Jamison Crowder, Josh Doctson and Reggie Diggs continued to watch from the sideline as they wait to return from their various injuries.

--The offense as a whole didn't get too much of a workout like it had in previous days. There were no real situational drills and drives that marched down the field. For the most part, coaches kept players around midfield working on the short and medium passing games and the run.

--With the first team, and despite the soggy field, Chris Thompson continued to look strong and shifty into his cuts and had a few runs that broke into the second level. In a few of the reps tight end Vernon Davis caught a floater in stride down the right sideline on a corner route, while wide receiver Maurice Harris, continuing to get some snaps with the first team, adjusted nicely to catch a backside pass in front of cornerback Quinton Dunbar.

--Throughout the first team drills, Spencer Long and Shawn Lauvao continued to swap. Arie Kouandjio worked at left guard with the second team (Long jumped over to center) and at right guard with the third team. Ty Nsekhe took over again for Williams at left tackle, and while he usually looks extremely effective during 1-on-1 drills, Preston Smith made a nice inside move that handcuffed him.

--For the second half of practice, in an effort to get the second and third string players some more reps, Colt McCoy and Nate Sudfeld took over at quarterback. Neither looked particularly sharp – McCoy threw a few errant passes that were nearly picked off – and the practice eventually devolved into more walkthroughs, since the team didn't have them in the morning. 

(Jake Kring-Schreifels)


--With Tuesday's practice being the last for the Redskins before shipping off to Atlanta for the preseason opener against the Falcons, the younger players on the defense – particularly those on the third unit – saw significant action throughout the session. They even got some run against the first-team offense, tested by the likes of Trent Williams, Jamison Crowder and others. After going against the third-team offense, and occasionally the second-team offense, throughout camp, it was a god test for a unit comprised of late round picks and college free agents.

The Washington Redskins on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, announced the signing of veteran defensive lineman Ziggy Hood. Take a look at his NFL career in photos.

--During the mixing and matching, the defense recorded two near interceptions, the first by starting Mike linebacker Will Compton. Compton did a nice job adjusting to a play call change at the line of scrimmage, putting him in a position to tip – and nearly pick – a Colt McCoy pass. DeAngelo Hall wasn't far away from intercepting the ball, too. Just a few plays later, Will Blackmon nearly caught an errant pass, although it slipped out of his hands.

--During the first period of 11-on-11s, Ziggy Hood received some reps at nose tackle as he continues to work his way into the defensive line rotation. A model of consistency during his time with the Pittsburgh Steelers, the 2009 first-round pick is hoping to return to form with the Redskins after dealing with injury issues while with the Jaguars.

--Continuing with the rotation, Dashaun Phillips worked mainly with the first-team at nickel cornerback with Jonathan Allen running with the twos at the positon. Phillips also worked with the second-team defense as an outside corner, due to the fact Greg Toler was getting extra work with the first-team.

--After Joe Barry got on him yesterday, Su'a Cravens did better against the run on Tuesday. During Monday's practice, Cravens misread one of Keith Marshall's run plays that allowed the Georgia product to race up field for a touchdown. Instead, Cravens was able to be patient with the shifty Marshall, stopping him in his tracks after the running back tried to cut back inside on an outside run.

--One injury note: Preston Smith exited practice with a shoulder sprain but there's still a good chance he'll play Thursday, according to head coach Jay Gruden.

(Stephen Czarda)

Special Teams:

--With Jamison Crowder already ruled out for the Atlanta game, Will Blackmon – listed as the No. 2 punt returner on the unofficial depth chart – could field some punts. While he's always been willing to play punt return, a position he says helped save his NFL career, he hasn't recorded a punt return since the 2013 regular season.

(Stephen Czarda)

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