Redskins wake-up call

The Washington Redskins return to practice at 9 a.m. ET Thursday, closed to the public but not the media. Here are three areas I'll monitor:

  • The two-minute work. The defense looked good one day; the offense looked better the next. This is not just about measuring quarterback Robert Griffin III's progress, it's about certain aspects of the defense, too. But, obviously, the sharper Griffin looks in practice the better it is for the offense and the team. He did a better job getting rid of the ball the other day, will that continue (for what it's worth, there were a couple times Kirk Cousins also held the ball too long. With both quarterbacks, you can't just blame them; sometimes other issues are at play. But if it happens a lot then it's an issue).

  • Another aspect of the two-minute work: tight end Jordan Reed's return. He'll be a major target for Griffin, giving him size and speed underneath. He can throw with a different level of trust to him because Reed's size, and ability to catch, means that an off-target throw can still result in a completion. Reed hasn't practiced since Saturday because of a stomach virus. He's expected to practice Thursday.

  • The injury situation as well as corner Bashaud Breeland. The rookie was cited for possession of marijuana Monday night. Not sure we'll have a chance to speak with him or not Thursday. As for the injuries, will corner DeAngelo Hall (back) practice? Is running back Chris Thompson (ankle) still out? Safety Phillip Thomas (hamstring)? The latter two need to get on the field. Thompson might take another day, and Thomas said the other day he was close. If he returns too fast and gets hurt again, the durability issue will be heightened. Hall, at least, is secure in his standing. His absence does give Tracy Porter a good chance to work against the starters.