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Practice Notes: 2016 #SkinsCamp, Day 7

breeland-day-7-int-660-350.jpg's Stephen Czarda and Jake Kring-Schreifels break down the key plays and highlights from Day 7 of the Washington Redskins' 2016 training camp in Richmond, Va.


--Left tackle Trent Williams and running back Rob Kelley didn't participate in practice on Thursday. Williams had some minor knee soreness, according to Gruden after practice, while Jones was given an extra day of rest for his knees and legs, which he said felt a little heavy. Jones said he should be back on the field tomorrow. Wide receiver Josh Doctson continued working off to the side and only wore his boot off the field.

--Without Jones, Chris Thompson got the majority of the first team carries and continued to impress during some cuts outside that let him turn the corner and race into the second level. Rob Kelley, who was back on the field after missing two days with a hamstring injury, seemed to get a majority of the second team snaps and looked strong as he bludgeoned his way up the middle on a few plays and also caught a pass out wide in between the secondary.

--Spencer Long continued to mix in with Shawn Lauvao at left guard (it seems Arie Kouandjio has mostly been competing with the second team), although Lauvao didn't look as sharp during one-on-one drills. The offensive line had a tougher day during those matchups – specifically Josh LeRibeus and Takoby Cofield – although Ty Nsekhe, as is usually the case, looked dominant in place of Williams.

--In the first set of 11-on-11's, the offense struggled to find some consistency and mostly settled for some underneath and out routes to make some completions. Trent Williams, in a rare play, overthrew Jamison Crowder, who had a couple steps on Bashaud Breeland, but eventually found some touch later in the drive, finding tight end Jordan Reed on a fly route up the right hash. Jackson commented earlier in the day about Reed's ability to play like a wide receiver and that was on display a few snaps later, when Reed collected a short pass and put on some juke moves against Josh Norman to get into the secondary.

--The day ended with all three offensive teams scoring touchdowns on drives of varying lengths. Cousins led the first team 16 plays down the entire field, favoring Ryan Grant and then Rob Kelley, who dragged his feet by the sideline on one catch after Cousins ranged to his right. Gruden wanted to speed up the tempo in the red zone and made sure the offense got to its positions quickly. Grant and Reed caught a pass each and Garçon sealed the drive with a touchdown catch on a nice left corner fade from Cousins.

--The second and third team started on the opponent's 40-yard line for their drives and made quicker work of the defense. McCoy found Vernon Davis for about 25 yards on a seam route and a couple plays later found him mismatched on linebacker Terence Garvin. After pretending to call him inside, McCoy had Davis run a fade route to the back right corner and the tight end jumped up to grab the pass at its highest point, making it look easy. Sudfeld finished up the day by targeting Dez Stewart twice for first downs and then finished up with a touchdown pass to undrafted Virginia wide receiver T.J. Thorpe. 

(Jake Kring-Schreifels)


--Bashaud Breeland yet again came down with an interception during Thursday afternoon's practice, this time picked off a pass during the first play of 1-on-1s between the wide receivers and the cornerbacks. After DeSean Jackson got a step on Breeland on a deep route, the third-year Clemson product was able to recover and jump in front of a pass underthrown by Kirk Cousins. It was his seventh interception in seven practices dating back to offseason workouts at the Inova Sports Performance Center at Redskins Park. Breeland wasn't done there, though, as he also tallied a deep pass defensed on a ball intended for Jamison Crowder.

The Washington Redskins conducted their seventh day of training camp practice Thursday, August 4, 2016 at Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond, Va.

--After head coach Jay Gruden remarked that linebacker Martrell Spaight has had a "heck of a camp so far," the second-year linebacker had a strong day out on the field, including two nice plays at the line of scrimmage on Keith Marshall and a pass defensed in the end zone for a ball that Cousins was trying to locate Jordan Reed with during the last session of unit drills.

--Speaking of the inside linebacker position, Mason Foster and Perry Riley Jr. appear to be splitting reps with the first-team evenly next to Will Compton, while Su'a Cravens returned after two days on the sideline. Rookie Steven Daniels did not participate, as Gruden noted that he is a little "banged up."

--During 1-on-1 drills between the offensive linemen and defensive linemen, Preston Smith and Takoby Cofield matched up on three consecutive plays, with Smith appearing to get the edge all three times. First, the Mississippi State product used an inside pass rush move before beating Cofield on the outside on the second snap. While Smith couldn't get around Cofield a third consecutive time, Smith protested that he was held, a call he probably would have gotten to go his way. With Junior Galette sidelined, the Redskins are hoping Smith can be more consistent this season.

--Speaking of the outside linebackers, Trent Murphy worked with the group during individual drills with position coach Greg Manusky. The last play to go through each rep, Murphy, of course, converted to defensive end from the position in the offseason.

--The defense's endurance was tested during the final unit drill of the day, as Gruden wanted to see how they'd hold up on a long drive. Starting from the own five-yard line, the offense held the ball for more than 10 minutes, driving the length of the field for a touchdown. "Are we in shape or not?" Gruden questioned the unit at one point. While Breeland, David Bruton Jr., DeAngelo Hall and Josh Norman stayed in for the entire drive, the rest of the defense rotated in and out. Smith and fellow outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan did not appear.

--As the fight for roster sports among the young cornerbacks continue, rookie Lloyd Carrington made extended out to record a pass defensed on wide receiver Jarvis Turner. Carrington, as you may recall, tallied a one-handed interception during mandatory veteran minicamp.

(Stephen Czarda)

Special Teams:

--Dustin Hopkins converted on four of his five field goal attempts, making from distances of 33, 38 and 43 yards twice, but missing wide-right from 40 yards after Chris Baker was jawing at him (as he always has with kickers).

(Stephen Czarda)

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