RICHMOND, VA. -- Some highlights from Sunday's practice:
It’s not a surprise that linebacker Brandon Jenkins was cut Sunday given his performance in camp. He did little and had a bad day, getting chewed out on a couple occasions by his position coach, Brian Baker. It was over the details and the missed chances that consistently occurred. Jenkins made progress at the end of spring, but he was in a big hole before that point. He quickly returned to that hole.
Second-year linebacker Adrian Robinson had a good day, with Baker praising his speed and angles during individual work. Robinson showed that again later in the day. He would have drawn a holding penalty in the one-on-one drill from rookie tackle Morgan Moses on one rush, with Baker shouting praise, “You’re right where you need to be!” Later, Robinson sped around tackle Tom Compton with Baker slapping his helmet afterward.
Though Jenkins’ release bodes well for Rob Jackson, it’s tough to say that he’s looked good as a pass rusher this camp. He did try a fake spin move to the inside, then curl back to the outside against Tyler Polumbus. It didn’t work; Polumbus shoved him to the ground.
Corner David Amerson continues to have a good camp. He must keep in mind there’s a big difference between doing it in camp and in a game -- and the coaches harp to him on his focus -- but it’s a start. In a one-on-one drill against DeSean Jackson, Amerson played him well off the line and not falling for Jackson’s stutter move at the line. As Jackson ran an out route, Amerson was right there and the ball was wide. Secondary coach Raheem Morris shouted, “Way to stay in the fight 3-9!”
Morris remains entertaining. After one play in seven-on-seven work, he chastised the quarterbacks for holding the ball too long. “How many Mississippi’s do we have!? 10!? how many Mississippi’s do we have!?”
Undrafted free agent receiver Cody Hoffman beat corner Tracy Porter in a one-on-one drill off the line. He was open, but the pass was overthrown. Porter’s eyes were on the wrong place, which was deduced after Morris, well, yelled about his eyes. Hoffman has been fine; in reality, some of the undrafted wideouts have fared well against the lower-end defensive backs: receiver Rashad Lawrence caught a deep ball down the middle from Kirk Cousins, splitting safety Phillip Thomas and corner Richard Crawford. Lawrence had a good day Friday as well.
Chase Minnifield broke up another pass Sunday, though this time he should have intercepted the ball. Said it Saturday, but he has done a solid job against the lower-end receivers in this camp.
Santana Moss burned Crawford with a hard cut to the outside and then turning upfield. While Crawford bit hard on the fake, Moss caught a pass. Remember that catch-and-run to Andrew Hawkins two years ago? Similar. Crawford came back later and nearly intercepted a Cousins pass.
In the last 11-on-11 portion, in a move-the-ball drill, Cousins and Moss connected for a score against Porter. Moss ran to the middle and when Porter looked back to the quarterback, the ball was already over his head. At this point I'd be surprised if Moss didn't make the roster. Coach Jay Gruden praised him in the spring, saying he would help them this year, and he did so again Saturday.
Gruden was not happy when Lache Seastrunk dropped a pass along the line of scrimmage near the sidelines. Nobody went to cover the loose ball -- all assuming it was a forward pass. Not sure if it was or not, but the coach loudly let them know to cover it. The ball rolled out of bounds.
Receiver Ryan Grant made another nice catch today, this time against safety Phillip Thomas. Grant reached high and caught the ball up high, allowing him to protect it from Thomas. Saw him make similar catches in college.
Robert Griffin III connected with Grant on a beautiful throw to the sidelines, over the top of corner E.J. Biggers. Just a nice throw. Took 2.8 seconds with good protection. Griffin appears to be throwing with more velocity this season, getting more torque. At least I think that’s the case.
Grant also reached back slightly on pass from Cousins, but was able to grab and keep running without breaking stride.
Once more I see the quarterbacks throwing with trust to receiver Andre Roberts. Griffin made a decisive throw to Roberts down the seam on one pass.
Nose tackle Chris Neild had a good rip move against backup center Mike McGlynn. The latter was said to be better at center in Indianapolis, but thus far in some of these one-on-one drills he’s been inconsistent. Barry Cofield tried a similar move against Kory Lichtensteiger, but it didn’t work.
Receiver Pierre Garcon is having a quiet camp in full-team work. Most of his passes seem to be coming underneath. I can’t imagine he doesn’t catch a lot of passes, but just curious to see how this all develops.
It’s going to be really interesting what happens with inside linebacker. Will Compton has made a strong impression. They’re going to have to cut someone they like here. If they keep five inside, as I would expect, then who do you cut? Here’s the group: Perry Riley, Keenan Robinson, Darryl Sharpton, Akeem Jordan, Adam Hayward and Compton. They do like Sharpton, who worked with the second team Sunday. Compton knows the defense well and gets to his spots.