- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 14, 2016

ASHBURN — The Washington Redskins kicked off mandatory minicamp on Tuesday with a spirited, two-hour practice at Redskins Park. There was plenty of energy during team drills from players such as quarterback Kirk Cousins and inside linebacker Will Compton, and coach Jay Gruden liked how competitive the group was.

After three weeks of organized team activities, the Redskins have two days of mandatory minicamp — the second practice will take place on Wednesday — and then they will be off until training camp begins July 28.

“I think we’ve had a great start to the season, we really have,” Gruden said. “I think the way we’ve gone about our business in the weight room, the meeting room, out on the practice field the intensity they practice with, if we can carry that over in training camp good things will happen to us. We just gotta stay focused, stay humble and get after it.”

With that, here are some observations and injury updates from Tuesday’s practice:

** Tight end Jordan Reed was out again on Tuesday after missing OTAs last Wednesday. Gruden said Reed rolled one of his ankles in practice last week and will likely miss the rest of minicamp. Rookie wide receiver Josh Doctson, who injured his left Achilles in rookie minicamp in May, has been unable to participate in team drills and was out again. Gruden said he is improving but the team is still being cautious. Wide receiver Valdez Showers also left practice after spraining the AC joint in his right shoulder. He fell hard going for a jump ball against a defensive back.

** DeSean Jackson participated today after missing the majority of OTAs, but declined to speak to reporters after practice. During one play, Cousins hit Jackson, who was being covered by second-year cornerback Quinton Dunbar, for a long touchdown. Cousins sprinted along the sideline and playfully yelled at reporters, “You like that! You all like that!”

** During a 7-on-7 drill, cornerback Bashaud Breeland intercepted Cousins’ pass intended for wide receiver Rashad Ross. Breeland made a great play on the ball, but what stood out was the way the defense reacted to the pre-snap motion and the formation. Compton, the quarterback of the defense, identified what he saw and called it out. He was excited the defense reacted and yelled toward Breeland, “You reacted to that!”

** The best defensive play came from undrafted rookie cornerback Lloyd Carrington, who made a one-handed interception along the sideline against rookie quarterback Nate Sudfeld. Left tackle Trent Williams was clapping for him from the opposite sideline. “Probably the best catch I’ve ever seen his whole time,” Williams said.

** The defensive linemen worked on a drill measuring their jump and their reaction time after the ball was snapped. Among the fastest was defensive end Ricky Jean Francois.

** Rookie running back Robert Kelley, an undrafted free agent from Tulane, also had some strong runs, including a big gain to the right after making a sharp cut to the outside. “He’s got a great low center of gravity when he runs the ball, Gruden said. “I think he’s got a chance. We’ll see what happens when we get the pads on.”

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