- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 15, 2016

ASHBURN — The Washington Redskins concluded their offseason workout program with Wednesday’s mandatory minicamp practice at Redskins Park. After three weeks of organized team activities, the two days of minicamp were energetic and filled with good competition.

Now, the team will have approximately six weeks off until training camp, which begins July 28 in Richmond.

“I was excited,” coach Jay Gruden said. “I think they did what we wanted them to do. They got bigger, stronger in the weight room. Conditioning was tested and I think they’re in better condition. We got away without any serious injuries, which is excellent. We’re in good spirits, good health and we’re excited to get to Richmond when it’s time. We accomplished a lot.”

With offseason workouts over, most players will retreat to practice facilities of their choice and continue to work on conditioning until the start of training camp. For the coaches, it’s a rare break in the schedule.

With that, here are some observations from Wednesday’s practice.

** As expected, tight end Jordan Reed was out after rolling one of his ankles last week. Rookie wide receiver Josh Doctson, who has been working to rehab a left Achilles’ injury, missed Wednesday’s session to have a tooth pulled. Defensive end Stephen Paea also missed both days because of a personal reason.

Safety Kyshoen Jarrett was at Wednesday’s practice watching. He has not been able to do any physical activity since sustaining a nerve injury in the last year’s regular-season finale against the Dallas Cowboys after a collision with running back Darren McFadden. It’s difficult for him to move his right arm, which is noticeably smaller, but he said he hasn’t lost hope about playing. While there is fear his career may be in jeopardy, Gruden said the Redskins are still gathering information before a decision is made about this season, and perhaps beyond. Jarrett has seen three specialists, including Denver-based muscle and nerve specialist Greg Roskopf, who helped former defensive end Jason Hatcher and center Kory Lichtensteiger recover from nerve injuries.

** The defense had a strong outing on Wednesday, highlighted by inside linebacker Will Compton’s interception against Kirk Cousins. Shortly after, defensive end Kendall Reyes and outside linebacker Houston Bates got to Cousins on consecutive plays — what would have potentially been sacks in a game situation.

“The [defense] played well, got after the quarterback a little bit,” Gruden said. “Good to see them make plays.”

** The offense struggled at times with the timing of plays, racking up two false starts and a delay of game in a series of five plays. The defense was getting fired up on the sideline, chanting “defense,” led by none other than defensive end Chris Baker.

** Cousins’ best throw of the day was a deep pass to second-year wide receiver Jamison Crowder, who split between safety/inside linebacker Su’a Cravens and cornerback Jeremy Harris. Cousins also had a sharp throw in coverage to Pierre Garcon, though Cravens just missed making a play on the ball. Rookie Nate Sudfeld also threw a touchdown to rookie Maurice Harris on a slant, showing a quick release in a tight area.

** Gruden also said that tight end Derek Carrier, who tore his ACL and MCL in December, may not be ready for training camp. Outside linebacker Junior Galette, who tore his Achilles’ tendon last year in an August practice, is expected to be ready.


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