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Thursday Practice Notes: Full-Team OTA's


Temperatures were in the mid-70s as the Redskins took the field for Day 6 of OTAs, but the spotlight was on, as another large media contingent came out to watch the team.

All eyes were on quarterback, as starter Robert Griffin III took the majority of the snaps for the first-team offense, while Rex Grossman and newly-signed rookie Kirk Cousins split reps with the second team.

The offense worked through seven-on-seven and 11-on-11 drills, working from midfield and the red zone.

Both Griffin III and Grossman completed touchdown passes in the red zone, highlighted by a pass from Griffin III to Santana Moss in the back corner of the end zone, threaded between two defenders.

Converted tight end Niles Paul had a number of opportunities early in practice to show off his speed and catching radius. 

The defensive play of the day went to new safety Madieu Williams, who swiped the ball away from Paul on a red zone play.  It was an athletic catch by Paul, but a better play by Williams to knock it away.

Another fine defensive play occurred during the same drill, when linebacker Perry Riley flushed Griffin III out to his right.  Griffin III threw the ball back over the middle, which outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan nearly intercepted before spiking it to the turf.

Defensive end Stephen Bowen and receiver Leonard Hankerson worked with trainers on the sidelines, and did not suit up.  Running back Tim Hightower did suit up, but did not participate in team drills.  Defensive end Adam Carriker did not participate in drills, as he was battling blisters from earlier in the week.

On the back field, special teams was highlighted by punter Sav Rocca, who got his first work in front of the media.  The 38-year-old punter boomed spiral punts into the breeze, clustering them at the opposite end of the field.

The kickers particpated in drills, but did not kick field goals.  Shanahan reported after practice that Graham Gano was still experiencing soreness from his back injury in Week 17.

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