Rookie corner Bashaud Breeland is an aggressive cornerback and he will learn that can get him in trouble. That is what happened in a one-on-one drill against Lee Doss. The undrafted free agent receiver from Southern University sold the out route against Breeland, who jumped it hard. Doss then took off upfield and hauled in the pass. Doss made a couple nice grabs, including a diving grab against Richard Crawford toward the sidelines.
Funny moment. When Sports Illustrated’s Peter King introduced himself to Robert Griffin III, the quarterback turned to the side, smiled and pointed at King as if to say, 'Look who I’m talking to.' FYI: Griffin looked much sharper Friday. Doing a separate post on his day.
The Redskins will be able to run reverses with DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts this season. While Roberts has speed, he’s never been the same deep threat as Jackson. But he can turn the corner as we saw Friday. Jackson obviously can as well. And when they run it to left tackle Trent Williams' side, it is a nice advantage for the Redskins. Williams’ ability to move in space was evident on such a play Friday. Williams is able to run inside, then sprint back outside and at least obstruct faster players (as he did to cornerback David Amerson on this play).
Later, Breeland wasn’t fooled on an out route by Aldrick Robinson and had him covered, leading to secondary coach Raheem Morris to call that his best rep.
Morris praised cornerback Tracy Porter on a couple occasions during the one-on-one portion. Porter did a good job being patient and breaking on the ball.
Outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan has looked pretty sharp working against right tackle Tyler Polumbus. Kerrigan also got around tight end Logan Paulsen on one snap and would have had a sack -- either he or Brian Orakpo rushing inside.
The inside linebackers with the second unit: Will Compton and Akeem Jordan. Rob Jackson worked as the No. 2 outside linebacker on the left side ahead of Brandon Jenkins, though the latter has usually gone in ahead of Jackson when it’s the second nickel. Second string right tackle Tom Compton did a good job, for a second straight day, of riding Jenkins out on some rushes. Jackson tried to get inside Compton on another rush, but the tackle had a good base and slid inside to thwart the pressure.
Second-year running back Chris Thompson did not show a whole lot of his speed in practice last summer. Clearly he is fast, but there wasn’t an extra burst in part because he was coming off a knee injury. But Thompson looks faster this summer. It’s not as if he’s making huge plays (tough to get a good feel for running backs until the games) but he has a little more flash than a year ago.
Saw rookie linebacker Trent Murphy get wide on left tackle Morgan Moses. The latter, again, failed to bend enough at the waist and was left with poor footwork to stop the rush. Saw Doug Worthington be able to move back Moses as well and beat him inside for what would have been a sack. Moses still has to work on his leverage and staying balanced. It gets him in trouble. Just know that it will take Moses time.
Ryan Clark was a man of the people after one play. He went over to the crowd and an older fan told him to play, “five more years.” Clark, who turns 35 in October, told him, “Hell no ... In five years I’ll be 40.”
Colt McCoy connected, sort of, with Rashad Ross on a deep post around the 15-yard line. But cornerback Peyton Thompson, running behind on the play, punched the ball out and recovered it in the end zone. Good hustle. Thompson made a couple nice plays in earlier drills.
Josh LeRibeus worked with the second offense at left guard; Adam Gettis worked at this position with the No. 3 offense. The Redskins have some tough decisions to make with the backup offensive linemen and need to see how the young players fare at multiple spots. They need to know whether guys such as LeRibeus can handle both spots. LeRibeus played with a good, balanced base Friday. On one snap, he showed exactly that against tackle Kedric Golston and when the latter moved, LeRibeus moved his feet to stay in front. Gettis, meanwhile, still anchors well after getting initially moved back. But sometimes he lets players get too close.