ASHBURN, Va. -- Some nuggets left over from Thursday's post-practice interview sessions, including injuries:
Phillip Thomas: The Redskins have made it clear they’re not just going to play young guys just to “see what they have.” Typically, they have a good feel after practice and meetings. But safety is one position where it’s harder to gauge where they’re at just from practice, because there’s no live hitting.
So, at some point, Haslett said he’d like to see Thomas in a game. The second-year safety has dealt with a Lisfranc injury and a hamstring injury in his two seasons. This summer, he was noticeably bigger and then he added weight when he was sidelined. Haslett said he weighed 233 pounds but is back down to 210, a much more comfortable weight for him.
“We want to get Phillip some work,” Haslett said. “I don’t know when it is. We have to find out if he can play. At some point in season he deserves an opportunity to play. I don’t know when that will be. Is it during a game or a whole game?”
Haslett blamed himself for the failed blitz that resulted in a 54-yard touchdown pass to Tampa Bay receiver Mike Evans last week. The problem is that linebacker Perry Riley didn’t blitz – a gap had opened where he was supposed to blitz. And the typically in that situation vs. that blitz, the Bucs would throw short.
But when Riley didn’t blitz, thinking he was supposed to drop into coverage, the Bucs capitalized.
“I’ll take that one,” Haslett said. “The score’s 20-7, we’re trying to make something happen, trying to get the ball back and you go with one of those risk-reward blitzes. Against Dallas, it was good. It didn’t work this week.”
Defensive end Chris Baker (sternum), tight end Jordan Reed (right hamstring) and tackle Trent Williams (knee) did not practice Thursday. Guard Shawn Lauvao (concussion) was limited and linebacker Trent Murphy (knee) was a full participant.