Training Camp Notebook: Skins offense struggles for second straight day

Craig Hoffman
August 04, 2019 - 1:23 pm

RICHMOND – The Redskins practiced again on a muggy Richmond Sunday, with the defense again taking the day. 

QB Battle – It was an ugly, ugly day for all three quarterbacks culminating in a poor two-minute drill. Case Keenum and Colt McCoy both got intercepted. McCoy was picked off by Landon Collins across the middle while Keenum’s interception came on a full disaster of a play. He chose to run on a play following a spike, meaning they needed to hurry up again. The snap came before the Redskins were lined up, so there was a flag on the play before Keenum threw right into the hands of LB DJ Blunt. A trifecta of mistakes.

Dwayne Haskins’ accuracy was a problem for him on Sunday, misfiring far more than he had in previous practices. This includes the two-minute drill which ended with him scrambling and the coaches blowing the period dead.

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All three QBs threw into traffic far too many times. Collins and Montae Nicholson both pulled up on plays where they could have walloped receivers. Haskins has been doing it since the spring, but the veterans are supposed to know better and keep receivers safe. This has to stop before the Skins' first preseason game Thursday, Aug. 8 in Cleveland.

Big plays can sometimes be a redeeming quality, but it wasn’t meant to be for them in that period either. The coaches dialed up some deep shots in the first team period. McCoy had Terry McLaurin open passed Jimmy Moreland and threw an absolute duck that at least drew a pass interference flag. Keenum threw a terrific ball with anticipation on a double move to Robert Davis but overthrew him by a few yards. Haskins didn’t make anything particularly special happen during that period of practice either.

Running Game Saves the Day – The only thing that saved the day for the offense was the running game, which had a couple of huge gash plays early in practice. Derrius Guice had a few great carries and has really looked sharp the last couple of days. Byron Marshall and Samaje Perine went back to back on huge cutback runs as well in the first team period.

The is going to be a running football team, so the running game being good should feel really good. It’s always hard to judge in practice too because the tackling isn’t live and the linemen aren’t in pads, but today was as legit as it could have been. The backs got through clean. However, with the passing game being what it was, it’s hard to come out feeling good about the offense. 

Next Up – The Redskins have a 4:40 walk-thru this afternoon. They have both practice and walk-thru Monday and Chad Dukes Vs. The World will be live from training camp from 2 - 6:30 p.m. where he’ll be joined by a number of Redskins players and coaches. I will also join him live on set with NBC Sports Washington’s JP Finlay starting at 5 p.m. 

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