Some notes from Thursday's OTA at Redskins Park. Since live tweeting is not permitted during the practice the notes are presenting Twitter style:
We’re all trying to figure out what the definition of “contact” is. The are some linemen firing into others but they are holding big pads.
Hightower is taking some handoffs and running and doing some cutting. He probably couldn't suit up today but he is looking pretty spry.
Hankerson running some patterns. Not quite in sync with RG3 on a few throws.
RG3 is occasionally double clutching, like he isn’t quite sure of what he’s seeing from the defense.
Hankerson was a spectator during 11 on 11.
Practice was stopped briefly after there were issues like jumping offside a few times in the course of several plays. All of the players huddled up in the middle of the field with Shanahan in the middle.
Rex heaved a wounded duck to Niles Paul, who was open down the sideline. Paul made the catch but a starting NFL defensive back would have knocked it down or picked it off.
With Graham Gano’s recovery from a back injury coming along well, the kicking duel started in earnest. Neil Rackers gets great height on his field goal attempts and it appears that Gano’s travel farther.
Kirk Cousins is showing some arm with a laser to a tight end over the middle.
If Rex does have to come in and play, the playbook will have to be tweaked substantially. He never looked very fast rolling out but after watching RG3 on the move and the watching him, well, they’re not on the same planet.
Have to say that with 90 players a lot of them do a lot of watching. Hard for a guy like Lance Lewis to get a good shot when he is spending so much time on the sideline.
NT Chris Baker shouts an expletive after missing a play. Again, guys like him get so few chances that one mistake can do substantial damage.
We get good Rex/bad Rex in practice, too. He had some great touch on a fade that dropped right into Paul’s arms in the end zone.
Post practice interviews:
Niles Paul said that playing tight end demands a lot more thinking and knowledge of the playbook because of involvement in the blocking schemes.
DeAngelo Hall is spending a lot of time learning the slot corner position but he is not sure what is role will be when the season starts.
Mike Shanahan said that Leonard Hankerson will not fully participate in practices until training camp starts in late July. Josh Wilson and Roy Helu are being held out due to some minor injuries.