Shanahan will stick with the plan for RG3
RICHMOND—We got some hard rain in between the walkthrough in the morning and this afternoon’s practice. The sun was out by the time practice started and we got our first dose of steamy summer humidity since practice started. Mike Shanahan loved it, the soft members of the media (that’s almost all of us) did not.
Enough whining about the weather, on to the report:
—Robert Griffin III was a bit off in the early going. Against no defenders he was high and wide to Aldrick Robinson once and to Leonard Hankerson twice.
—Logan Paulsen ran down the seam a lot today. The guy is developing into a solid pass catcher that defenses will ignore at their own peril.
—The field looked pretty good but it was still very soggy. In spots steps by players were drawing splashes.
—Baccari Rambo learned about the difference between the SEC and NFL today. He was on Josh Morgan on a deep pass from Kirk Cousins. Rambo was in excellent position to make an interception so he jumped with both arms extended. But the pass was just over his hands and Morgan came down with the reception. He may have had a chance to bat it down if he had extended just one arm.
—Brandon Jenkins is a work in progress. He was lined up at left OLB when a running play came his way. The rookie ran forward to engage his blocker leaving a nice hole. The runner had a nice vacant area to run through. Like most rookies, Jenkins will need to learn to think more and be aggressive less.
—I wonder if we’ll ever see Kirk Cousins run the read option in a game. We’ve seen him do it at least a couple of times every practice here.
—Griffin got his new, increased workload in seven on sevens. He got 17 reps and completed 16 passes. Most of the passes were within a few yards of the line of scrimmage. The one incompletion was off target intended for Pierre Garçon near the sideline. Paulsen made a nice grab, sticking out one paw to bring the ball and Jordan Reed made a sliding catch near the sideline. RG3’s best throw was a laser over the middle that Rambo just missed knocking down as it zipped its way into Morgan’s hands.
—Jawan Jamison had a few nice runs. His modus operandi is to hide behind the line until he sees an opening and then burst past the line before anyone sees him. Not sure he makes the 53 but I wouldn’t rule him out.
—Your punt blocking first team: Phillip Thomas, Darrel Young, Rambo, Bryan Kehl, Jenkins, Roddrick Muckelroy, and Niles Paul.
—Chris Baker spent a lot of time at left DE with the first team. Kedric Golston has been getting a lot of time there recently.
—You may see this scene a time or two in games: David Amerson gambled to bat down a sideline pass and lost. Hankerson made the catch and was gone up the sideline for either a TD or a very long gain.
—Thomas got some first team time at strong safety alongside Rambo. With Reed Doughty watching with a veteran’s day off and Brandon Meriweather still sidelined with his knee issue, that left Thomas. He seems to be doing better but he still has a long way to go.
—The second-team O-line: Tony Pashos, Tevita Stevens, Kevin Matthews, Jacolby Ashworth, and Tom Compton (note: Josh LeRibeus was with first team at LG as Kory Lichtensteiger got the day off.