Training Camp Notebook: QBs battle, Reed emerges as team's best player

Craig Hoffman
July 27, 2019 - 1:35 pm

RICHMOND  – The Redskins put on pads for the first time on Saturday afternoon and it was very much nothing more than a slightly more physical version of the first two days. The offense won some. The defense won some. Here’s what we’ve got on day three:

QB Report – Colt McCoy had a scheduled off-day and neither Case Keenum or Dwayne Haskins really took advantage of the extra snaps. Haskins again looked lost at times. On one particularly bad snap that would have been a sack, the coaches let the play run and the rookie threw a horrid ball right to Quinton Dunbar. Haskins also had some nice moments, including solid command of the two-minute drill.

Keenum was also up and down but was generally more consistent. His two-minute drill was rough, including back-to-back picks to Dunbar. Where Keenum is clearly better than Haskins is finding his checkdowns in the timing of the play. When the checkdowns are Jordan Reed, Chris Thompson, and Derrius Guice, they’re good options and getting to them fast enough for them to still be in space is a big, big deal.

Jordan Reed, the best player on the team  Trent Williams isn’t here, but even if he was Reed would be pushing him for this title. Reed looks incredible. His unique skillset is flashing non-stop. He didn’t let a ball hit the ground in one-on-ones despite terrific coverage from Montae Nicholson. That included a diving catch down the sideline and a contested catch over the middle.

The thing that is standing out with Reed isn’t his trademark quickness, but his speed. His footwork is still great and he’s still quick, but he’s also FAST.

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"We’ve always felt he could get down there, but he does look very explosive right now,” head coach Jay Gruden said of his star tight end. “He's always looked good to me – but he looks phenomenal right now. His explosion getting in and out of cuts, his one-handed catch the other day, he's a special player and he can be used all over the place.”

“We've just got to make sure we figure out ways to get him the ball and get him out in space,” Gruden continued. “Outside, inside, in the slot, maybe in the backfield from time-to-time, coming up high. There's a lot of things he can do with it. He's a special player."

The New Guy – Corey Robinson signed with the Redskins in time for practice today. He worked with the third-string offensive line. The first time I noticed him was when he jumped offsides. Not great, but overall it’s his first day and we’ll see if he can earn a spot. 

OL/DL Notes – Brandon Scherff is so good at his job. Rep after rep in one-on-one’s resulted in Scherff stoning whoever he faced up against. He did not match up with Jon Allen while I was watching, which certainly will happen and I can’t wait for it. Allen was just as consistently dominant as Scherff. He gets immediate pressure. There’s nothing more valuable in the NFL. Allen’s got All-Pro potential and going into year three, we’re getting closer and closer to him reaching it.

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