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With little opponent tape to watch at this point, Redskins rookie wide receiver Ryan Grant is left to watch himself.

As the tape rolls, Grant is looking for flaws. For instance, he wants to be able to “take the air out of the release” so a cornerback can’t position himself sideways and shove Grant off a route early.

Grant played against press coverage every day at Tulane.

“I don’t want (cornerbacks) to just sit there,” Grant said.

He’s developed release techniques to get loose at the line and produce the kind of separation that allows a four-reception, 44-yard night like he had Monday against the Browns.

He also caught a 14-yard touchdown from Kirk Cousins. In two preseason games — with the usual caveat that it’s preseason and against backups — Grant has seven catches for 81 yards. More importantly, he’s shown one of the most elusive concepts for rookies: consistency.

“Ryan Grant continues to make plays like has been all camp,” Gruden said.

Thomas makes it through a game

After missing last season because of a Lisfranc injury and the first preseason game because of a hamstring injury, second-year safety Phillip Thomas completed his first game with the Redskins on Monday night.

Thomas said he was rusty, which is no surprise considering the amount of time he had lost.

“It feels like it’s been five years,” Thomas said. “But, I was excited to get out there and play with all my brothers in the secondary.”

Thomas made one tackle and had one pass defensed. A meager, but well-received statline considering the circumstance.

“Tonight was just me getting my feet wet,” Thomas said. “I need to work on some of my reads and keys. Get a little better with my movement.”

Goal line grind is halted

The Redskins’ No. 1 offense set up first-and-goal from the Browns‘ 3-yard line at the start of the second quarter and failed to score. After running back Alfred Morris picked up two yards on first down, the Redskins failed three times from the 1-yard to get across the goal line. On fourth down, it was initially ruled Morris scored. After a replay review, the touchdown was overturned.

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