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Practice Notes: 2016 #SkinsCamp, Day 8

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Redskins.com's Stephen Czarda and Jake Kring-Schreifels break down the key plays and highlights from Day 8 of the Washington Redskins' 2016 training camp in Richmond, Va.


Offense:

--The offense was without three key veterans on Friday, as Pro Bowl tackle Trent Williams had a second consecutive day off while wide receiver Jamison Crowder (hamstring) and tight end Jordan Reed (thumb) also did not practice. Running back Rob Kelley, meanwhile, was back on the field after not practicing on Thursday.

The Washington Redskins offense conducted their eighth day of training camp practice, Tuesday August 5, 2016 at Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond, Va

--While Jamison Crowder and Rob Kelley rightfully grab all of the headlines at the wide receiver position, Ryan Grant has quietly had a solid camp. Now in his third season with the Redskins, Grant is trying to come into his own within a crowded wide receivers room. He had perhaps the catch of the day on Friday during 7-on-7s, leaping up to grab a ball over linebacker Will Compton for about a 25-yard gain on a 2nd-and-10 play.

--The Redskins have quite a few college free agent wide receivers at the position, but Maurice Harris appears to be the one that's getting the most reps, occasionally working with Trent Williams and the first-team offense. Harris – 6-foot-2, recorded more than 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns while at Cal.

--At the running back position, meanwhile, Keith Marshall is likely first in line for the third running back role behind Jones and Chris Thompson, as he's taking more snaps during unit drills than Mack Brown, Rob Kelley and Kelsey Young. During Friday's practice, Marshall had one run where he lowered his shoulder into cornerback Quinton Dunbar and knocked him down, showing that he can accompany a little power with his quickness.

--Arie Kouandjio once again took reps with the third-team at left tackle while also working at left guard with the second-team. During 1-on-1s, he had arguably his best showing yet, holding back Mike Wakefield's bull rush attempt while also stopping Chris Baker in his tracks.

--During the final few unit drills, the second- and third-team offenses took all of the snaps, but the defense would dominate. Rookie quarterback Nate Sudfeld threw three interceptions during two-minute drills. Training camp was expected to be a learning experience, and Friday provided quite a bit of that for the Indiana product.

--The second-team offense scored a touchdown on the final offensive play of the day, as Colt McCoy found Colt McCoy for a touchdown on a 3rd-and-2 play from the four-yard line.

(Stephen Czarda)


Defense:

--Like the offense, the second and third string defense got the majority of work on Friday and looked pretty strong, ending the day with three interceptions against quarterback Nate Sudfeld. The first came from linebacker Terence Garvin, who collected a pass thrown directly to him on some sort of miscommunication. The third team offense line up again at its own 25-yard line and the defense came up with another turnover, this time an interception from a diving Jeremy Harris after Sudfeld overthrew T.J Thorpe. Safety Deshazor Everett and linebacker Carlos Fields helped force a fumble on tight end Niles Paul a few plays later that was quickly recovered by the offense. Then cornerback Lloyd Carrington found himself in the right location to intercept Sudfeld on a wobbly pass out toward the sideline, inciting the entire defense to rush the field and mob him.

--Head coach Jay Gruden said he was pleased with the pass rush Friday as it led to all those interceptions, forcing Sudfeld into some pressure throws. It also forced some would-be sacks, which defensive coordinator Joe Barry believed was a result of good coverage down the field. One lesser-known defensive lineman, Anthony Lanier II, had some standout plays, looking sharp in his 1-on-1 drills and breaking up a few run plays by making the first tackle. Linemate Chris Baker continued to yell his name in support.

--Su'a Cravens also looked good sniffing out the run at the Mo linebacker position. He swapped from the left and right with Martrell Spaight and has looked a little more comfortable being assertive attacking the run. Friday, on back to back plays, he met running back Keith Marshall at the line of scrimmage, which is encouraging after Cravens missed a couple of days with a sore hamstring.

--Harris and Carrington could be two cornerbacks that see some more time over the next week as coaches determine how to round out roster and the team prepares for Atlanta. Harris stripped Kendal Thompson after catching a pass over the middle during 7-on-7's and then batted away a pass from wide receiver Rashad Ross in the corner of the end zone from Colt McCoy.

--Trent Murphy, who bulked up this offseason to around 290 pounds in order to make the transition from linebacker to defensive end, spent most of his time on Friday standing up at outside linebacker. It's not clear if Murphy is transitioning back to that role, as he's still primarily played along the line in training camp, but the Redskins may want to see if he can still give them something better outside of the three-point stance.

(Jake Kring-Schreifels)


Special Teams:

--Without Jamison Crowder, an abbreviated punt return session saw Chris Thompson, Will Blackmon and Rashad Ross grouped up for returns. Hopkins didn't have a designated time to kick field goals at the end of practice, but connected on three from 33 yards out to finish out offensive drives and connected on a 50-yarder midway through practice.

(Jake Kring-Schreifels)

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