RG III can build off strong day; Redskins safeties locked in a battle

RICHMOND, Va. -- For your wakeup call, the Redskins have two more practices Saturday, at 10:35 a.m. (walk-through) and 3 p.m. (full practice). The high temperature? 93 degrees with 70 percent humidity. Ah, summer. Here are three areas of interest:

  1. The safeties. Particularly the strong safeties. Jeron Johnson and Duke Ihenacho continue to rotate. I’m not sure how this one is going to turn out, but it’s one worth monitoring. Johnson was involved in a communication breakdown with corner Chris Culliver on Friday, leading to a long completion. The two talked after the play so I’m not sure whose fault it was. It’s a new defense for everyone in the secondary and that means you’d best have good communicators on the field to limit the issues.

  2. Quarterback Robert Griffin III. He was much sharper Friday than the previous day, which means the goal is to keep building on each day. Not that he must be perfect (7-for-7 Friday), but you just want to gain a level of consistency. His first day was a mixed one, his second day was good. Start getting some momentum. By the way, we saw a lot of play-action Friday.

  3. Brandon Scherff. I want to see how he responds in the pass-rush drills vs. Ryan Kerrigan. The first two days, first in no pads and then in shells, showed that it’ll take some time. But Scherff also has looked fine in full-team work, particularly on a couple of run blocks vs. Kerrigan. But they wanted to boost the pass protection and that means Scherff will go vs. some players of Kerrigan’s caliber. Scherff’s improvement here matters; want to take a closer look at where he must grow.