Quarterback Robert Griffin III threw the ball as well during 7-on-7 drills as I can remember since he got hurt last December. Quarterback Kirk Cousins expected his rhythm to improve by last weekend, and it has. Receiver Leonard Hankerson dropped two passes.
Rich Campbell covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Times.
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Cornerback DeAngelo Hall and safety Brandon Meriweather returned to team drills after a long absence.
Griffin declared his right knee pain-free and himself ready to participate in team drills. He suggested that media and fan scrutiny are affecting the timetable at which Shanahan is dictating his return.
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Campbell, the Redskins' top college scout, was particularly impressed by Georgia safety Bacarri Rambo's knowledge of defensive concepts and responsibilities during the pre-draft process. The Redskins drafted Rambo in the sixth round, and he has been practicing with the starting defense during camp.
The energetic session included players wearing game pants and the newly-required thigh and knee pads. Rookie cornerback David Amerson earned coaches’ praise during one-on-one drills. Cornerback Chase Minnifield appears healthy, and he’s competing at a high level. The kicking competition featured seven field-goal attempts by each kicker.
Strong safety Brandon Meriweather said he hopes to "get a couple plays" in team drills Monday following a week-long absence from them. Coach Mike Shanahan did not commit to allowing that.
During the Redskins’ three-day break from training camp for Thursday’s preseason opener against the Tennessee Titans, coach Mike Shanahan will help determine during the whether to advance quarterback Robert Griffin III to the next stage of their plan to ease him back into full participation.
Alfred Morris’ ability to set up blocks distinguishes him from other running backs. Outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan is consistently winning blocks against anyone he faces. Nose tackle Barry Cofield jumped offside twice in a span of a few snaps during goal-line work.
Coach Mike Shanahan has said quarterback Robert Griffin III must protect himself this season by sliding or running out of bounds to avoid contact. The zone-read option also exposes Griffin to contact, but Griffin can minimize that, NFL referee Gene Steratore said.
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Thursday afternoon's padded practice was the most intense, physical and competitive session of camp. It included work on what Mike Shanahan called the “turbo offense” – no huddle, hurry-up situations. Also, players hit all the way to the end. Quarterback Robert Griffin III moved smoothly during agility drills.
Safety Brandon Meriweather sat out team drills Thursday for the fourth straight day, an inauspicious trend as he tries to come back from December surgery to reconstruct the ACL in his right knee.
Washington was attracted to Barnett's experience in a 3-4 defense and the fact he has more than 100 tackles in eight of his 10 NFL seasons. He played the last two seasons for Buffalo and his first eight for Green Bay.
On a rainy day, Robert Griffin III continued to work on rhythm and understanding with receivers. Strong safeties Phillip Thomas and Reed Doughty broke up deep passes. Backup right tackle Tony Pashos tries to compensate for slow feet with a powerful punch and long reach.
Griffin III in a steady rain Wednesday took the latest step in his recovery from right knee surgery.