- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 1, 2017

RICHMOND — It’s the first day of August, one month before the Redskins must cull their roster from 90 to 53. Training camp wears on and, on Tuesday, Washington had one of its more spirited practices. 

Of course, with only five real days of practice gone by, each one has naturally seemed a bit more polished than the one before. Here’s what we learned on Tuesday, Day 5 of Redskins training camp. 

Reed visits foot doctor

Redskins tight end Jordan Reed still has no timetable to return to practice, Jay Gruden said Tuesday. 

“No, we’re just going to play it by ear, see how he does day to day,” Gruden said. “Day to day means the better he feels the more chance he has the following day, but we’re not going to rush it.”

Reed went down to Charlotte, N.C., to see foot and ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson on Tuesday. The Redskins said it wasn’t in response to any setback or aggravation of the toe injury that had Reed starting training camp on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list but was just for Dr. Anderson to take a look. 

With Reed, though, an initial visit to a specialist is eyebrow-raising. Initially, Gruden said that Reed wasn’t expected to miss much time.

“It should be about a week,” Gruden said last Thursday. “We hope.” 

It hasn’t been a week and that wasn’t an official timetable, but if Reed misses several more practices it will show that the initial prognosis was a bit too optimistic. 

Everett fills in

Safety Su’a Cravens didn’t practice Tuesday because of a hamstring injury, so third-year player Deshazor Everett filled in in Cravens’ stead next to D.J. Swearinger. Everett made an excellent play during 11-on-11 drills, quickly jumping in front of a ball from Kirk Cousins intended for Vernon Davis at the goal line and making the interception. 

Everett is known as a phenomenal special teams player, and the Redskins appreciate what he offers in that phase so much that, at times last season, it seemed that some of what he could offer on defense was getting ignored.

Everett moved from cornerback to safety so that the Redskins could find a spot on the roster for him last season, and toward the end of the year started to make some plays in limited snaps.

“He got the big pick against Philadelphia and he stated to play a little bit more and more, got some more experience. With a new coordinator, some of the system carries over a little bit but you can see he’s getting more comfortable. We know he can hit, like you said. Now it’s a matter of him playing the half and the post and all that stuff. I like where Deshazor’s going, but I love him on special teams.

Scouts honored

The Redskins beefed up their scouting department, announcing four hires and new responsibilities for two others Tuesday. 

Brent Caprio was hired as a scouting assistant, Chuck Cook was hired as a college scout covering the Midwest, Harrison Richter was added as a BLESTO scout and Paul Skansi was hired as a college scout to cover the West Coast, taking over for Jim Zeches, who retired this offseason.

In addition, Cole Spencer was reassigned as a college scout covering the Southeast and Roger Terry was reassigned as a college scout covering the Midlands. 

At first glance, these are low-level moves. Make no mistake, though, this matters. The Redskins scouting department was understaffed last season, among the smallest in the NFL, with multiple people in the front office having said earlier this summer that they would have liked more cross-checks on pre-draft scouting reports, particularly on top-level players. 

Injuries: Center Spencer Long was sick and missed practice. Backup center Chase Roullier filled in without problems. His first snap to Kirk Cousins looked a bit high, but overall there wasn’t much of a noticeable difference, a good sign for a lineman.

Along with Cravens, wide receiver Jamison Crowder and linebacker Martrell Spaight were sidelined by their hamstrings. Crowder did some conditioning work with fellow receiver Maurice Harris (knee) on a separate field during part of practice. Right tackle Morgan Moses left practice early because of the heat, which was fierce Tuesday. 

Running back Rob Kelley (neck) was a partial participant in practice after the Redskins wanted him to take a rest day Monday. With Kelley watching, Samaje Perine took some of the first-team reps and was impressive, though he did get flattened by linebacker Zach Brown in a blitz pickup drill. 

Bonus: In your daily Terrelle-Pryor-is-tall news, Pryor had the catch of the day with a bananas one-handed grab in the end zone on a fade thrown by Colt McCoy. Pryor turned to the assemblage of fans and bowed. 

McCoy, by the way, had his strongest day of camp so far. In addition to connecting with Pryor, he completed a successful two-minute drill, finishing it off with a touchdown pass to Davis down the seam. 

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