Hurricane Irene is a distant memory at Redskins Park today, as players and coaches prepare for the final preseason test on Thursday against Tampa Bay.
Given that the roster currently sits at 87 (plus two on P.U.P.), some familiar faces will depart to get the roster down to 80 tomorrow. The big cuts happen after the fourth preseason game, when the roster must downsize to 53, plus an eight-man practice squad.
These will be a stressful week for some players, but there should be some really hard-nosed football in there too, as players attempt to set themselves apart.
Here are some scenes from this morning’s practice.
Receivers were coached up by offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan for most of the time that the media was available. Wide receivers coach Keenan McCardell sounded pleased with the performance of some of the younger guys on the squad:
The running backs were getting critiqued by coach Bobby Turner on the back field. The unit was working on following lead blocks and catching the ball out of the backfield:
Both Darrel Young and Mike Sellers looked good running at fullback, and drew praise from Turner.
Here are some participation notes from practice:
- Chris Cooley was back out on the field with the team, with no pads or helmet. He told the media in the locker room that he was “100 percent certain” that he would play in Week 1.
- Brandon Banks was back out at practice in pads and a helmet, running with offense and special teams.
- Malcolm Kelly was still wearing black sweatpants, but stretched with the team today.
- LaRon Landry and Kareem Moore remain on P.U.P.
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