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Practice Notes: 2019 #SkinsCamp, Day 5

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RICHMOND, Va. --'s Ryan Fowler breaks down the key plays and highlights from Day 5 of training camp at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center on Tuesday.


-- During individual drills at the start of practice, head coach Jay Gruden told the offense to expect a physical practice as the "defense is upset" after a Sunday practice that saw the offense frequently find the end zone. Gruden's statement ultimately foreshadowed the rest of practice as tempers flared throughout the day.

-- Case Keenum worked with the starters during the first 11-on-11 session and rotated with multiple units throughout the day, emphasizing the importance of developing chemistry with a group of young wideouts. Undrafted rookie Steven Sims Jr. enjoyed another productive session, which concluded with a deep touchdown catch on a pass from Keenum.

-- Throughout camp thus far, offensive coordinator Kevin O'Connell has run the "counter-trey" for Adrian Peterson in 11-on-11 drills on multiple occasions. The play allows the running back to view the line with a pulling guard in front of him, opening up cutback lanes for Peterson to use his patented jump cut move.

-- Bill Callahan's offensive line was ultra physical during the session. Rookie Ross Pierschbacher had one of his best practices thus far, showing balance and power in both individual and team drills. Leading the way along the offensive line has continued to be Brandon Scherff, as the two-time Pro Bowler takes the term "don't stop until the whistle is blown" literally.

-- Terry McLaurin continued to display his ability as a route runner, showing the innate ability to get open in coverage. After beating Josh Norman in 1-on-1 drills, the rookie wideout transferred his success to full team drills by making a pair of sliding catches.

Quick Hits:

  • Kelvin Harmon worked with the starting unit in 7-on-7, allowing Jay Gruden to get an even better look at the rookie receiver. ----Gruden has praised Harmon's skillset throughout the offseason, highlighting his freakish physique.

Take a look at the photos from the fifth day of 2019 training camp in Richmond, Va.


-- Every level of the defense increased its physicality and intensity as defensive coordinator Greg Manusky shouted "pursuit, pursuit, pursuit," throughout the session. One two separate instances, his defense practiced exactly what he preached.

On a toss to Chris Thompson, the running back scurried to the outside with room ahead of him. But as the play winded down and Thompson slowed up, defensive lineman Jonathan Allen continued to sprint after the ball carrier and eventually engulfed Thompson until hearing the whistle.

Cam Sims was also reminded to play through the whistle after catching a ball over a defender and turning upfield. Sims began to ease up as he approached the end zone, which allowed a pursuing Landon Collins to reach in and punch the ball out, causing chaos among surrounding players.

-- Jimmy Moreland continues to create turnovers. The rookie corner produced another highlight play after snagging an interception during 7-on-7 drills during which he reached back with two hands to secure the pick. He then wrapped up his day by intercepting an errant Dwayne Haskins pass during the two-minute drill for a would-be pick six.

Quick Hits:

  • Ryan Anderson dominated during 1-on-1s and 11-on-11 full team drills using an array of pass rush moves. The third-year linebacker used a quick spin move and a powerful bull rush to go around and through opposing blockers.
  • Marquis Flowers recorded an interception off of Haskins during the two-minute drill while covering the flat. Flowers jumped the route, taking the ball away with a crowd of Redskins defenders around him.

Special Teams:

-- Trey Quinn, Craig Reynolds, Greg Stroman, Byron Marshall, Jimmy Moreland and Shaun Wilson all practiced returning kicks.

-- Rookie linebacker Cole Holcomb worked with long snappers Nick Sundberg and Andrew East after practice. Holcomb could potentially serve as the emergency long snapper.

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