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Monday Morning – Back to Work

Posted by Evan Redmon on July 29, 2013 – 12:02 pm

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After a much needed day off, the Redskins resumed practice this morning with their usual 10 a.m. walkthrough. The team split off into the now familiar routine of the offense running drills on field No. 1 and the defense going through down-and-distance simulations on field No. 2.

Head coach Mike Shanahan might have the well-deserved reputation of being an offensive guru, but today he spent the entire practice focusing his eagle eye on the defense. What he saw was rookies Bacarri Rambo, David Amerson and Philip Thomas get plenty of attention in a range of defensive formations. Brandon Merriweather was also active in the goings-on.

There isn’t much that can be taken from early in training camp, but it’s interesting to watch the plethora of different formations and combinations of personnel in walkthrough and practice.

Are we seeing an early look at mismatched formations, or are coaches just getting different combinations on film as the playbook gets put into place? Only time will tell, but the first preseason game (only nine days away) should be a first look at a healthy defense and improved offense.

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