The Redskins have taken the field in practice shells (the “Diet” version of football pads) and shorts. During 11-on-11, there was light contact, but more bumps and hugs than anything physical.
One notable difference is that drills and 11-on-11 is no longer jog pace, and players are getting a lot closer to game speed. Receivers looked better in their routes (especially rookie Niles Paul, who has had a great practice), and we’ve seen some terrific 360-degree catches from Paul and Leonard Hankerson.
The cult storyline behind Hankerson in the draft is that he had monster hands. His college coach called him Godzilla. And there is no doubt: seeing him out on the field, he has noticeably huge gloved-hands. But as a observation, I would say that he doesn’t have the “softest hands,” where the receiver is able to catch the ball and it seems to stick. When the ball hits Hankerson’s hands, it makes a notable “thunk” noise, but his hands are so big that he secures it most of the time.
One of the knocks on Hankerson at The U was his drops, which could be an issue in the pros. His hands are certainly big enough, but are they soft enough to become that dominant No. 1 receiver?
Also of note in the 11-on-11 drills is that Beck handles the pressure of a blitz well, and is very active in the pocket. He started out very well, syncing with Hankerson and Paul on a couple big receptions.
Momentum swung back to the defense in the way of two DeAngelo Hall interceptions in about two minutes. Both times, he read Beck well and was wide open after the pick. These two plays drew the biggest roars from the crowd.
Check out the pictures below from the drill work this morning.
Morning stretches from the offense (Anthony Armstrong close):
Wide receivers running sprints and doing drills:
Free agents additions Santana Moss and Donte Stallworth shadow the receivers on the sidelines. Moss occasionally acted as ball-boy, and Stallworth enjoyed sunflower seeds. These two look to be building chemistry, which will come in handy later:
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