The mandatory three-day veteran’s mini-camp opened Tuesday at Redskins Park. DeSean Jackson fulfilled his contractual obligation.
The playmaking wide receiver missed recent OTA sessions, but was on the field along with all other healthy members of the burgundy and gold. Wearing his customary No. 1 practice jersey, Jackson worked with other members of the first-team offense.
“DeSean has missed some time with some personal things and things he had to do, but he came out here today and looked sharp,” Redskins coach Jay Gruden said. “He looked fresh, looked focused. He knew what to do and he looked fast and he finished practice without any hiccups. It was good to see.”
Jackson spent part of the practice chatting with team owner Daniel Snyder, who attended the opening day. On the field, the speedster typically lined up with fellow receiver Pierre Garcon. Stating the obvious, the pair represents Washington’s top offensive weapons, certainly through the air.
“Those guys are two great players on our offensive football team and we’re going to demand a lot from them,” Gruden said. "Are they where we want them to be at this point? Close, but we’re always striving to get better, everybody is, and those guys really work extremely hard at practice, especially Pierre. He does a great job.”
The four players with lingering injuries will not participate during the mini-camp, Gruden said. DeAngelo Hall (Achilles) enthusiastically watched Tuesday’s proceedings from the sideline. Trent Williams (ankle) was also a presence at practice. Ryan Kerrigan (knee) and Jordan Reed (knee) also remained sidelined. Running back Silas Reed “turned his ankle a little bit” during practice, according to Gruden, who deemed the injury “very, very minor.”
Take all such reports this early in the off-season process with ample grains of salt, but here goes.
- Kirk Cousins took the quarterback snaps immediately after Robert Griffin III. Colt McCoy, who worked with the second unit during the OTAs, followed Cousins.
- Tom Compton at left tackle with first round pick Brandon Scherff on the right side.
Rookie wide receiver Jamison Crowder participated in Tuesday’s practice. Earlier this month Washington’s fourth-round pick was accused of domestic violence by a woman who posted to Crowder’s Instagram account.
Asked for an update on Crowder’s situation, Gruden simply stated, “Nope. Nothing.”