Redskins.com's Jake Kring-Schreifels and Andre Earls break down the key plays and highlights from Day 12 of the Washington Redskins' 2018 training camp in Richmond, Va.
-- Defensive lineman Daron Payne returned to practice for the first time since injuring his ankle at the start of training camp and planted himself at the nose tackle position with the first-team unit. Considering head coach Jay Gruden’s timetable of a 2-3 week recovery, Payne looked like himself during drills. He didn’t run laterally at full speed but picked up where he left off along the line during team sessions. Because he’s still transitioning back to live snaps, he had a few false starts during 1-on-1 drills and took his mild frustration out by kicking the football across the field. That wasn’t an issue for him during 11-on-11 drills, however. Ziggy Hood got the nod to line up beside him, replacing Matt Ioannidis who sustained an ankle and knee sprain Thursday night against the Patriots. Gruden said he expects Ioannidis to be ready for Jets practices starting tomorrow, a product of his desire to be on the field at whatever cost.
-- The Redskins third-string unit was without linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton. Because he hadn’t been in a game in more than a year, Thursday night was the first time he had played for an extended period of time making full contact. Coaches wanted to give him an extra day of rest to heal, which meant newly-signed linebacker Josh Knox got an opportunity to mix in with the third-team defense. Phil Taylor Sr., Josh Harvey-Clemons and Adonis Alexander also remained out of practice as they work back from separate injuries.
-- Though the team wasn’t wearing pads, the defense had an extra edge in Saturday’s practice. Safety D.J. Swearinger Sr. helped add some extra fire with his voice, and by the time the team began working on situational drills the energy accumulated. That was mostly a product of strong play. On three separate occasions the Redskins used a safety blitz to perfection, twice with Montae Nicholson and the other with Troy Apke, producing would-be sacks on each play. Quinton Dunbar also popped on Saturday, forcing two incompletions on consecutive plays at the goal line during red zone drills. He finished off practice by undercutting tight Jordan Reed down the sideline and intercepting Alex Smith to conclude what was a dominant defensive day.
-- Both defensive units prevented touchdowns during the two-minute drills to finish out practice. Swearinger, who started to get the crowd involved with “De-Fense” chants, had a strong day and it trickled down to the rest of the defensive backs. Danny Johnson, who looked good in his preseason debut on Thursday, made a nice pass deflection that was close to being intercepted on a wide receiver dig route, and the rest of the secondary forced incompletions thanks in part to a pass rush that got the best of the offensive line on most snaps.
-- The offense seemed a little somber at the Bon Secours Training Facility on Saturday, as it was forced to reassemble its mindset after news of running back Derrius Guice sustaining an ACL injury during the first preseason game in Foxborough.
-- During individual reps, wide receiver Robert Davis also sustained a lower extremity injury, and will be evaluated further. The post route Davis ran saw him collide with cornerback Danny Johnson towards the end as he landed. He stayed down for a solid 60 seconds before proceeding to walk off the field with the help of the training staff. Quarterback Colt McCoy quickly made his way to the sideline to console the receiver, who has been having a great training camp.
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-- The offense struggled to find its rhythm at times. Morgan Moses committed a false start penalty, and a reaction of frustration from head coach Jay Gruden quickly followed as the team prepares to welcome the Jets into camp Sunday. Gruden has a short discussion with the team at the end of practice, providing instruction to get the team in the right state of mind Sunday.
-- On a positive injury note, wide receiver Trey Quinn returned to practice in full today, coming off of a stomach injury on a wild hit during the preseason game against the Patriots. He caught every ball thrown in his direction, and caught the attention of Gruden after sustaining a long drive with Colt McCoy on 11-on-11 drills.
-- It was also the first day that we saw newly-signed tight end J.P. Holtz on the field. The Pitt product is a replacement for tight end Manasseh Garner, who tore his ACL during Thursday’s game. Saturday was primarily a learning day for Holtz, who was on the field for the entire practice, but saw no snaps.
-- Considering Guice’s injury, the running backs will be a position group to watch moving forward. Chris Thompson – who was highly emotional during his post-practice interview – made a great sideline end-zone catch to end a 7-on-7 possession. Running backs Byron Marshall and Samaje Perine also sprinkled in some first-team reps, and looked good on some stretch run possessions. It’s also important to note that while Kapri Bibbs is fighting for snaps on offense, he was seen taking an expanded role on special teams Saturday, which is promising for his chances of making the 53-man roster.
-- Saturday was the first day that we saw coach Gruden use the walkie-talkie in order to communicate play calls with Alex Smith. As the joint-practice sessions with the Jets steadily approach, it’s expected that type of communication will happen more frequently between the pair.
-- Kicker Dustin Hopkins finished practice by making 4-of-5 field goals. Earlier in the day, the special teams unit had the chance to work on their lane discipline during kickoffs with tackling drills.