Some observations from Monday’s Redskins practice session:
—In the early going, Brandon Meriweather was working catching some balls being fired at him by the JUGS machine. He needed the work. Against Buffalo, he dropped an interception that was right in his hands. He dropped and did about a dozen pushups on the stadium turf as penance but catching a couple of dozen balls is probably a more useful way of making up for the drop.
—Anthony Armstrong is still in his yellow “no-contact” jersey but he took part in all aspects of practice. He needs to get on the field on Saturday to make his case to make the roster.
—Trent Williams (bone bruise in foot) and Chris Chester (ankle) both were on the field in pads and took part in individual drills. But they both became spectators when the team portion of practice started.
—Lennon Creer had a pass go right through his hands while warming up. The eye in the sky caught it and players with his shaky status can ill afford such mistakes.
—I’m very interested to see what Dez Briscoe does when he gets into a game. He reaches up and plucks the ball out of the air with a very natural and fluid motion. Briscoe doesn’t get many reps with even the second team and he’ll have to take advantage of whatever chances he gets. So far, in practice, he has done so.
—Leonard Hankerson had a rare drop. Yes, you read that right. A year ago in camp he was dropping passes with great regularity. But since the first several days of practice he has caught nearly everything thrown to him.
—Fred Davis dropped a Rex Grossman pass over the middle. It’s time to say that Davis isn’t having a great camp for someone who is supposed to have a breakout season. It’s early still and perhaps they are saving the best of Davis’ plays for when the practices are closed. But the simple truth so far is that Davis has been nothing outstanding so far.
—Kirk Cousins got charged with an interception that was only partially his fault. He threw into a crowd but found Chris Cooley’s hands. But Cooley batted the ball and Lorenzo Alexander reacted quickly to make the pick.
—Logan Paulsen is something of an underdog in the tight end table but he made some plays today. He got loose down the middle and caught a bomb from Rex Grossman for a touchdown. And a few plays later he made a good adjustment to make the catch on a ball that was tipped at the line. Paulsen did drop a pass a while later but all in all, a good day.
—Kory Lichtensteiger was spotted doing some agility drills out of the field. He hasn’t been seen since he had arthroscopic surgery on his knee about two weeks ago. The timetable is to have him ready for the regular season opener on Sept. 9.
—Could the Redskins hit on a Hail Mary pass for the first time in forever sometime this season? They could have a good combination in Hankerson and RG3. Hankerson came down with long heave from Griffin in the end zone on a drill with the clock ticking down the last five seconds of a game.
—Armstrong finished off practice tapping his toes inbounds along the left sideline in the end zone to come down with a pass from Cousins.