Here are my observations from Thursday’s OTA session:
—Chase Minnifield was out on the field for the first time that the media has been able to see. He participated in individual drills but he was an observer to team drills. (Mike Shanahan said after practice that Minnifield had been cleared to participate but he was held out as a precaution.)
—Roy Helu Jr. also practiced for the first time that we could see. He did take part in the 11 on 11 part of practice and looked good, although he did not have much of a chance to show the burst of speed that can make him such a valuable weapon.
—Leonard Hankerson continues to look more comfortable on the field. He hauled down a nice fade pass from Kirk Cousins in the back of the end zone after making a nice, one-handed grab earlier.
—Cousins continued to work on expanding his game running some plays from the Pistol formation and with some read option action.
—Ouch. Logan Paulsen beat Richard Crawford for a touchdown and the cornerback got a profane earful from Raheem Morris. After the rant ended, Crawford broke up a pass in the end zone. The second-year player got no words of praise from Morris. Apparently, it’s what he’s supposed to do.
—With Deangelo Peterson out with a broken bone in his foot, undrafted rookie Emmanuel Obguehi was one of three healthy tight ends. That led to a lot of reps for the Georgia state product and he took advantage with a few plays including a nice, juggling catch in the end zone.
—Santana Moss is having some fun out there. A Cousins pass split Bacarri Rambo and Phillip Thomas and Moss grabbed it in the end zone. He ran across the end zone yelling “Money, money, money” in celebration.
—Josh Morgan is also feeling healthy and enjoying himself. He made a leaping catch of a Cousins bullet and slam-dunked the ball over the goal post.
—There was a little bit of rough stuff between Niles Paul and Rambo. There was some contact between the two as the safety was covering the tight end and they ended up with some shoving after the play was over. It was nothing major but one of very few such confrontations we’ve seen.
—Jawan Jamison may be the Redskins secret weapon. He’ll be a secret because you can’t see him behind the line. At 5-7 Jamison can get past a defender before he even knows he’s there. The seventh-round pick seems to have the one-cut ability that is needed to succeed behind the Redskins zone-blocking scheme.
—While special teams drills were going on, RG3 was doing laps around the field with Jordan Reed. When Griffin hit the corner and ran in front of where many of the media were standing, he seemed to take the corner just a little bit harder and run a little bit faster. All part of the show, along with the “without a doubt” line.
—I think that the Redskins could find an upgrade over Tyler Polumbus. But I have to think that the coaches take great comfort in seeing the same offensive line as last year lined up for OTAs this year. The led the league in yards per play and in total rushing yards with that line. Perhaps right tackle and some other spots could be upgraded but it certainly could be much worse.
—Near the end of practice Cousins tried flip a short pass and London Fletcher made a diving interception. He got up and celebrated along with the rest of the defense. More on that play coming tomorrow.