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Jamison Crowder stands out during Washington practice against Houston

RICHMOND, Va. -- Highlights and observations from the Washington Redskins' practice with the Houston Texans on Thursday:

  • Receiver Jamison Crowder was a standout once again. He's been the hot guy this camp and even in the spring. I have liked him from the moment I started watching his film. He's listed at 5-foot-8 -- not sure about that -- and he puts moves on that get him open. He's a former point guard and you can tell; if you check out this video I posted on my Facebook account, you'll see what I mean. He smoothly incorporates his head and shoulders and fakes -- like a point guard might. That fake is what corner Kareem Jackson fell for as Crowder turned back inside after a head/shoulder fake -- and Jackson ended up on the ground.

  • One throw I did not mention in the Robert Griffin III post, but it occurred in one-on-ones and involved Crowder. Griffin lofted a perfect deep ball to Crowder, who beat Jackson again for an over-the-shoulder grab. Crowder caught a play-action pass over the middle from Kirk Cousins in 11-on-11 work. And, working with the third offense, Crowder won deep, drawing an obvious pass interference penalty (officials are here for a couple days).

  • I did not see as much of the Redskins' defense because they often worked on the far field. But they were on the near field a few times in 11-on-11 work. They had mixed success, but they also weren't trying to do anything other than basic rushes or coverages. They definitely had moments where they looked good and clogged the middle; nose tackle Terrance Knighton drew double teams and on one run, he clogged the middle and end Stephen Paea penetrated to stop the run.

  • One play after running back Jonathan Grimes ran a draw up the middle and popped Duke Ihenacho, the safety made a play. He had excellent coverage on tight end Garrett Graham, running across the middle. Ihenacho tipped the pass up and safety Dashon Goldson, about five yards behind them made the interception.

  • Later on that drive, linebacker Ryan Kerrigan drew a hold. And on the final play, Trent Murphy looped to the middle and would have sacked the quarterback. Murphy was helped by end Jason Hatcher, who occupied two defenders, clearing the path for Murphy.

  • I liked some of what I saw from linebacker Will Compton in full-team work. Had a strong collision versus a pulling guard on one run and two plays later he made an excellent read, was clean to the ball and popped the runner in the backfield.

  • In red zone work, the Redskins' first defense allowed a touchdown on the second play -- a fade to DeAndre Hopkins over corner Justin Rogers.

  • Cousins, working with the second unit, threw a pretty back-shoulder pass to tight end Niles Paul for a touchdown in red zone work. Cousins received plenty of congratulations after the throw, including a slap on the pads by Griffin.

  • Tackle Morgan Moses was solid in one-on-one work when rushers only tried to win up field; he rode a couple rushers wide. He did not adjust to undrafted free agent outside linebacker Carlos Thompson's move back to the inside. Moses needs to clean up his base to be more consistent. Texans' sixth-round pick Christian Covington used a swim move to beat guard Spencer Long. Rookie Brandon Scherff was inconsistent here again; he's still adjusting to the speed. Rushers in these drills get into his pads too quickly it seems.

  • Left tackle Trent Williams dominated linebacker Whitney Mercilus. The first time they went, Williams was patient, let Mercilus make his move then locked on him. After Mercilus drove tackle Takoby Cofield to the ground, Williams took over. Mercilus tried to go inside, but Williams stepped inside, got him with his hands and that was that.

  • Houston has some chatty defensive backs, safety Rahim Moore and corner A.J. Bouye in particular. Both played off the ground, especially Bouye. After a stop in the third-down work, Bouye yelled to the fans, "Fourth down, punt the ball!" After Griffin was "sacked" on the next play, Bouye again shouted to the fans, who were getting louder themselves. After their series was over, he kept yelling to the fans that he was going to buy them a lawn chair. He and Morris then ran over to the fans who were yelling most and slapped hands and had a good-natured exchange.