Redskins OTA practice report 05.23.13

Redskins OTA practice report 05.23.13
May 23, 2013, 3:00 pm
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Tarik El-Bashir gives his thoughts on RG3's return to the field

Here are some of my quick hit observations from today’s OTA session at Redskins Park.  

—Brian Orakpo is in uniform seems to be participating. No apparent effects from torn pectoral muscle from last September.

—#RG3 dropping back for some easy tosses to Garcon, quick pitches to Thompson, large brace on right knee.

—Jordan Reed not wearing jersey, catching some RG3 passes. #Redskins

—#RG3 moving around pretty well. Not like he'd need to in a game or anything but surprisingly well

—A surprise participant was Josh Morgan. He had surgery on an ankle and both hands a few weeks after the season ended. But he was out there working.

—Starting O-line left to right was Williams, Lichtensteiger, Montgomery, Chester, and Polumbus. The news here is that everyone is healthy.

—Second O-line left to right was Tom Compton, Jacolby Ashworth, Kevin Matthews, Adam Gettis, and Tony Pashos. Both Maurice Hurt and Josh LeRibeus were sidelined (after practice, Mike Shanahan said that both had groin injuries).

—Raheem Morris spent a lot of time barking at rookie Phillip Thomas. Either Thomas was having some basic issues or Morris was trying to drill some of the finer points of the game into the rookie.

—Also with the starting offense were Kirk Cousins at QB, Logan Paulsen at tight end, Leonard Hankerson and Morgan at receiver, with Santana Moss getting some action, Darrel Young at fullback and Alfred Morris at running back. Evan Royster got some first-team snaps as well.

—I’m not sure if there is room on the 53 for Jawan Jamison but he runs well. He doesn’t seem to have great straight-line speed but he cuts well and at 5-7 the defenders don’t always see him until he’s past them.

—RG3 spent part of the session working on some agility drills with Chris Thompson and Jordan Reed. He seemed to be very agile.

—It will be no surprise to anyone that we saw the good and the bad Rex Grossman. In an earlier session he threw a bomb to Niles Paul, right on the money. A big later, he tried to throw a sideline pattern. David Amerson reacted well, drove on the ball and make the interception for what may have been a pick six. A few plays later Grossman overthrew his receive and Bacarri Rambo, playing free safety, made a nice grab for the INT. But shortly after that Grossman floated one to Aldrick Robinson, who had gotten behind everyone, for a long TD.

—Rambo lined up at free safety almost exclusively and Thomas was mostly at strong. This continues what we saw a rookie camp a few weeks ago. I think that eventually they’ll both learn both spots but for now they’re specializing.

—The “starting” cornerbacks were DeAngelo Hall, Richard Crawford, and E.J. Biggers in the slot. Josh Wilson was among those sidelined, he had shoulder surgery.

—No matter who was in on defense they had a hard time keeping up with Robinson. He got loose deep a few times. I think that he will have to learn to be a threat on shorter patterns if he is going to be a real contributor on offense but his speed is impressive.

—I’ve been somewhat dismissive of Pat White’s chances of making the roster and nothing I saw today changed my mind. His passes lacked zip and accuracy. He certainly could be rusty given that he hasn’t played since 2009 and still has time to make an impression but he’s going to have to get better.