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#SkinsCamp Day 8: Notes & Highlights

Posted Aug 1, 2014

Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said his staff and players learned Friday exactly how strict NFL officials are going to be calling illegal contact penalties, in particular, this season.

Get it out of your system now.

That was the message Redskins head coach Jay Gruden had for his players Friday, after the team practiced for a second-straight day with the use of league officials.

Those officials, Gruden said, definitely haven’t been shy about throwing their flags, giving his staff and players a live look at what penalties in particular the league will be stressing this year.

On Friday, the focus was on illegal contact and defensive holding penalties, which resulted in lots of yellow flags throughout the morning session.

“If they’re going to call it like that, it’s going to be an issue across the league,” Gruden told reporters after practice. “It’s not just here, it’s going to be across the league. These defensive backs and linebackers have been taught a certain way for a long time and they’re just going to have to let go of the guys after five yards and make it a point of emphasis, otherwise it will be a flag-fest.

“We had a couple more today that were questionable in my opinion, but that’s the way it’s going to be and that’s what we’re going to have to adjust to.”

Injury update
One day after leaving practice with what was preliminarily believed was a potentially-serious shoulder injury, wide receiver Jerry Rice Jr., Gruden confirmed Friday, was diagnosed with a torn labrum.

Gruden said Rice Jr. will have to undergo surgery, but that he was immediately unsure if the receiver will go on IR.

Back on the field Friday after nursing minor injuries were wide receiver Pierre Garçon, safety Phillip Thomas and defensive end Doug Worthington.

Left tackle Trent Williams, meanwhile, was held out of Friday’s practice as a precaution after he was kicked in the shin Thursday.

“He is fine,” Gruden said of Williams.

Also returning to the practice field Friday was offensive tackle Tyler Polumbus, who had missed a couple days for personal reasons.

Showing off
The Redskins expect a huge crowd at Saturday’s annual Fan Appreciation Day, so Gruden said the team’s going to do a little showing off, wearing full pads for just the second time all season.

On Thursday, Gruden said he expected the team to be practicing in shoulder pads the following day, but decided to hold off.

“My whole goal is to get everybody 100 percent for Monday so we can all be competing [next week in joint practices] against New England,” Gruden said. “We had a couple bruises here and there, a couple little hamstring strains, kicked in the shin, all that stuff. So I wanted to just taper off a little bit today and then come tomorrow we’ll be in full gear for the fan day, give them a day off and then they’ll be ready to go for Monday.”

Going no huddle?
Gruden said he’d like his offense to have the ability to go to the no huddle – both to keep opposing defenses on their toes, and to be able to execute two-minute situations, which the team worked on extensively during Friday’s practice.

“Sometimes offensively when things get stale, you want to change the tempo, and it’s a great way to change the tempo,” Gruden said. “It’s a great avenue for us to work right now, so when it happens during the regular season it comes naturally to us.”

Gruden said practicing the no huddle with his offense in practice is also beneficial to the Redskins’ defense.

“I know our defense has to get used to it, obviously, playing against Philly and some of these other teams – they’re going up-tempo styles,” he said. “It’s very important to get the communication process going with offense and defense with your line calls on offense, defense – your coverage, communicating to the secondary, linebackers. It’s great for our team to get used to seeing it, playing it and finding out who’s in shape and who’s not in shape.”

Standout plays, highlights

Friday's practice featured several plays that got the crowd going at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond, including:

Fan Appreciation Day Tomorrow
The Redskins will have just one practice tomorrow at 10:35 a.m., when record crowds are expected for the team's annual Fan Appreciation Day.

Fans must show a ticket for guaranteed access to Fan Appreciation Day, but the team has made a standby line available for those who did not receive a ticket through the lottery process.

Also, those heading to training camp this weekend are also encouraged to check out Redskins Fit Fest at the Richmond Convention Center.




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