RICHMOND, Va. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Washington Redskins training camp:
Receiver DeSean Jackson (hamstring) did not practice on Saturday, though coach Jay Gruden said they’re just trying to keep him fresh. Jackson missed time during spring workouts with a left hamstring injury. It’s not the same hamstring. Left tackle Trent Williams returned after missing Friday with a sore shin. Linebacker Rob Jackson had his right shoulder wrapped late in practice, but Gruden was not yet sure what was wrong with him.
Linebacker Keenan Robinson had a strong practice; I focused on him more than in the past just to see his progress. When he recognizes the play and moves his feet, he makes a big impact. It’s a matter of doing it all the time and we’ll see in the preseason exactly where he’s at. But Saturday was a good day: he tipped a pass, filled the hole and got to his spots in a hurry. Robinson takes plays away from this offense; now we need to see him do it against an offense he doesn’t face every day.
The Redskins drew 20,477 fans to Fan Appreciation Day, which was less than last year but considering the threat of storms that’s not a surprise. Last year was also the first year in Richmond, and they were coming off a 10-6 season. The rain did hold off on Saturday, though the sky stayed gray all day. They did get to see a full-pad workout. Did not put this in the practice report, but safety Bacarri Rambo, who made a couple plays in practice, did not have a good one-on-one tackling session. He allowed receiver Nick Williams to get wide on him. So Rambo cut back in line to go one more time. And receiver Cody Hoffman ran to the other side and Rambo never got his hands on him.
General manager/president Bruce Allen said he has noticed a difference under Gruden. “It’s a different style,” Allen said. “Each coach and each team takes on the personality of its coach and Jay has been very involved with the guys. His evening meetings really set the tone for the next day’s work.” Allen termed the meetings “enthusiastic.”
Allen didn’t want to go overboard on what he has seen from quarterback Robert Griffin III. It’s not as if Griffin has been superhuman in camp, but there has been a distinct improvement and he is running a lot better. But Allen sounded the right tone. The Redskins have yet to play a preseason game. Until they do it’s hard to truly know how well a player is coming along. “It’s early,” Allen said. “He’s learning a new offense and that will take him some time. He’s working hard and getting better.”
The Redskins are off Sunday and resume camp at 8:35 a.m. Monday with practices against the Patriots.