Redskins rookie LB Preston Smith, secondary among focal points

RICHMOND, Va. – The Washington Redskins will conduct one practice at 1:30 p.m. ET Tuesday, the final full workout before playing Cleveland on Thursday. Here are three areas of interest for your wake-up call:

  1. Injuries. Some players returned Monday, including corner DeAngelo Hall, but we'll get an update on tight end Niles Paul as well. Paul left practice Monday with a shoulder injury. He was able to stick around until the end of the workout, but was unhappy as he left with trainers for the locker room. Not sure yet if corner David Amerson will return. As of Monday afternoon he did not have full range of motion.

  2. Rookie linebacker Preston Smith. He’s clearly adjusting to the NFL and playing outside linebacker. He's also trying to get used to the speed he must rush with as his moves have been slower. He isn't the sort of player who will just run past guys to win.

  3. The secondary. Jay Gruden brought this up Monday, but there have been a few communication breakdowns. It's a function of injuries, as the starters have barely worked together. Duke Ihenacho said Monday that he thought the breakdowns would end when the starters were back in place. But I’m not sure it'll be that easy; they have to get used to playing together -- and, therefore, trusting each other. These safeties have not played with these corners and they must learn how one another reads various looks, etc. That takes time.