Friday report: RG3 (mostly) on point again

Friday report: RG3 (mostly) on point again
August 2, 2013, 6:30 pm
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RICHMOND—Robert Griffin III had another sharp performance in 7-on-7 drills Friday, completing 13 of 17 pass attempts. 

Two of his passes were off-target, two more were dropped by undrafted college free agent Emmanuel Ogbuehi. And while the majority of Griffin’s completions were short, he did air it out once, hitting Aldrick Robinson in stride for a 50-yard touchdown completion. 

On Thursday, Griffin completed 16 of 17 passes in 7-on-7s. It remains unclear when the second-year quarterback will begin to participate in 11-on-11 drills.

A few more observations from Friday’s practice at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center:

  • RB Chris Thompson (knee), LB Jeremy Kimbrough (hamstring), CB DeAngelo Hall (ankle), OG Adam Gettis (hamstring) and S Brandon Meriweather (knee) did not participate in practice. Thompson has been sidelined since Monday’s practice.

  • In addition to his touchdown reception from Griffin, Robinson made another scintillating scoring grab when he leaped over Josh Wilson and avoided Bacarri Rambo to haul in a deep pass from Kirk Cousins in team drills. In short, Robinson had a strong performance Friday.

  • Running back Roy Helu Jr. also continues to help his cause. Already the leading candidate to secure the No. 2 job behind Alfred Morris, Helu showcased his explosion and elusiveness. On one play in team drills, he used a spin move to avoid contact in the backfield. Later on, he blasted through a hole at the line and got through the second level defenders before anyone got close.

  • Four NFL officials, headed by referee Gene Steratore, met with the players Thursday night and with the media Friday to explain rule changes for the 2013 season. They stuck around to officiate Friday’s practice. The officials were often in communication with players and coaches, explaining why they had chosen to make (or not make) a particular call. “They don’t stop play, but they inform the player,” Coach Mike Shanahan said. “It may be a shift, it may be an alignment, may be hands to the face, may be a holding call, all the things that occur during games. We had a great crew to help us.”

  • The referees are scheduled to return for Saturday’s practice on fan appreciation day.

  • The Redskins will practice in pads and pants on Saturday, Shanahan said. It will mark the first time that's happened since the start of camp. 

  • Wide receiver Donte’ Stallworth (hamstring) was in pads for practice after missing the previous four sessions.

  • Cornerback Richard Crawford, a day after leaving practice with an apparent hamstring injury, stepped in front of Pierre Garçon and made a nice adjustment to intercept an underthrown pass by Kirk Cousins. As it turns out, Crawford’s hamstring issue Thursday was just a cramp, he said.

  • Although Shanahan cautioned against reading too much into who’s taking snaps with the first team, it’s worth noting that rookie safety Phillip Thomas got a series on Thursday and a series-plus on Friday. It marked Thomas’ first time taking first team snaps in camp.

  • Defensive end Chris Baker turned his right ankle and briefly left practice. After getting it re-wrapped, he returned. Afterward, he said the initial tweaked scared him, but added that he’s confident he’ll be okay.