Training Camp Notebook: Solid day of practice before Browns game

Craig Hoffman
August 06, 2019 - 5:16 pm
Jay Gruden on the field at Redskins Training Camp.

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RICHMOND – The Redskins final practice before preseason was a good one. They smoothly operated the things they needed to and have gotten to the first preseason game relatively unscathed, injury-wise. 

QB Battle – All four quarterbacks took some snaps on Tuesday in preparation for three of them most likely playing on Thursday. Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said they would decide who it will be but declined to say before practice in case something happened, and declined to tell Chad Dukes after practice despite Big Shooter’s best efforts. 

My best guess at this point is Case Keenum starts and is relieved by Dwayne Haskins. Haskins then finishes out the half before giving way to Josh Woodrum to close it out. That allows the coaches to get a longer look at Keenum, get Haskins with the second unit and let Colt McCoy rest one more week before strapping it up in-game action.

UPDATE: McCoy will sit out Skins preseason opener

McCoy was back in practice on Tuesday after leaving early yesterday but did not speak to the media as he went for treatment on his ankle.

Getting Game Ready – The Redskins spent the practice running through game situations. They would run a series with the same group (starters, backups, third-stringers), finish with the called upon special teams play (field goal and kickoff or punt) and then have another unit come on again. It was a very simulated/scripted game.

The point was to get the units used to substituting. If they called for the third-string offensive line or more complex the third-string punt return team, did they know who was supposed to go out there. 

“Especially on special teams when you start pulling guys out of the game sometimes it’s hard to find a guy to fill in as the flier or whatever it is,” Gruden said before practice when asked what the team would focus on to prepare for Thursday night. “We’ve just got to make sure we communicate properly. It’s the toughest four-game stretch for special teams coaches of the year. Trying to get the guys together, get 11 guys on the field, everybody in the right spot so mainly that’s for them today.”

Up Next – The Redskins play the Cleveland Browns in the preseason opener on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at First Energy Stadium. Countdown to Kickoff will air starting at 6:30.

Also, don’t miss the best of our training camp interviews Wednesday from 2-3:30 p.m. as I fill in on a special edition of Chad Dukes vs The World. That will include the debut of my sit-down with rookie linebacker Cole Holcomb.

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