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Redskins secondary must adjust to loss of players

RICHMOND, Va. – Day 2 of the Washington Redskins practice against the Houston Texans, with one practice scheduled for 8:35 a.m. Friday. The Redskins cancelled their afternoon walk-through, in part because the threat of rain (there's a good chance of it being wet for the morning work). Here are three areas of interest for your morning wake-up call:

  1. Injuries: The Redskins' secondary is banged up so I'll be curious who will even be on the field for them. They should have safeties Dashon Goldson and Duke Ihenacho available, but the corners might be Justin Rogers and a host of unknowns if David Amerson isn't available. It gives rookie Kyshoen Jarrett more time to work in the slot, too. The kid has opened eyes with his toughness.

  2. Progression: Will be curious to see how the offense in particular improves in the second day against Houston's defense and if quarterback Robert Griffin III either a) gets more time or b) is more accurate when he does. He had a real mixed bag, but that beats last summer against New England when he had just one bag. But it's not just him: How do the young offensive linemen do on the second day? And who will be playing where? If they really want to get a feel for Morgan Moses at right tackle, I could see them leaving him with the first unit another day. Might as well get the best sense of what the guy can do.

  3. The linebackers: I really want to focus more on this group and see the impact of the new players up front. I've seen the linebackers run more cleanly to the ball at times, but it's not all the time. I think eventually there will be a trickle-down impact of the new additions up front. If opposing linemen leave their double teams too early, then it will lead to one-on-ones for Stephen Paea or Jason Hatcher. If they hold them, then Keenan Robinson and Perry Riley will make tackles at the line. Something to watch.