RICHMOND, Va. -- Some highlights/observations from Washington Redskins practice Friday:
Before getting hurt, Bashaud Breeland was not having his best day in coverage. Saw DeSean Jackson create five yards of separation with a terrific comeback route -- Breeland ended up on the ground after the play. Later, Breeland was off-balance and lost inside to Quinton Dunbar. Justin Rogers replaced Breeland in the slot after his injury. Breeland was hurt trying to cover another comeback; same issue where he couldn't get his footing.
Chris Culliver had a couple of off moments, but here's what I liked: After allowing a catch on one play, Culliver asked David Amerson to step aside so he could go again right away. Love that stuff. Better coverage, too.
Ryan Kerrigan consistently beats rookie Brandon Scherff in one-on-one pass-rush drills, often with quick rips to the outside. But Scherff has done a nice job against him in the run game during full-team work. Did a nice job getting his feet around on an outside zone, preventing Kerrigan from setting the edge. The book on Scherff: He's strong.
Jay Gruden loves getting involved in practice, as we all know. He wore a big pad on his arm during one drill, so he could swat at the tight ends coming off the line. Afterward, he high-fived Robert Griffin III with the padded hand. Wish I'd snapped a picture. Gruden walked over to corner Tajh Hasson during a special teams drill and asked, "How you doing? You enjoying yourself?" He then talked to punter Tress Way and slapped Jackson Jeffcoat's back as he walked away. Gruden clearly feels more comfortable (I would apply that line to Griffin as well).
Jeron Johnson worked with the first defense Friday as he and Duke Ihenacho rotate days. But Ihenacho did what the coaches are looking for: He made a play. As running back Silas Redd ran downfield, Ihenacho sprinted from behind and knocked the ball free. Ihenacho tossed his gloves to some fans after the play.
Gruden got excited after one Matt Jones run. I can see why: Showed good footwork through the hole and even downfield. He made guys miss; have said this a number of times but he's big yet can cut quickly.
Logan Paulsen and Niles Paul have worked with the first offense when they go to two tight end sets. My guess as to why: If you're trying to run the ball better and more often, you need your best blockers in the game. Jordan Reed is not good enough there yet.
Forgot to put this in the Robert Griffin III post, but one third-down play I liked is when the pocket was getting pinched, Griffin kept his eyes downfield, moved up in the pocket and connected with Colin Lockett. Was not enough for a first down, but it was a nice job.
Center Kory Lichtensteiger did an excellent job against nose tackle Terrence Knighton in the pass-rush drills. Very good balance to offset Knighton's power. Allowed him to win on two rushes.
Corner David Amerson was more aggressive with his jams Friday, though there were times he might have been called for holding. Still, they need and want him to be more aggressive. He has a good one to help him in that area in Culliver.
Junior Galette did not practice and I'm not sure when he will, but I saw him talking pass-rush moves with backups (guys who probably won't make the roster).
Rookie receiver Evan Spencer sped past fellow rookie corner Tevin Mitchel for a long catch in one-on-one work. Clearly, Mitchel had an issue that the coaches have talked to him about as secondary coach Perry Fewell yelled to him, "I can't help you if you don't listen!" Mitchel did not jam Spencer on the play, but I believe the issue was more in how and when he pivoted to turn and run.