Redskins notebook: Early observations

Early thoughts from Redskins training camp on Jamison Crowder, David Amerson, aggressive defenders, RGIII plus pictures from Richmond.

Richmond -- As the headline says, here are some early thoughts about what's going on at Redskins training camp:

Lost in the shuffle with all the Junior Galette and Bashaud Breeland news - seriously that was a wild Friday - was a second straight day of impressive play from Jamison Crowder. The rookie wide receiver continues making catches all over the field and not just little 3-yard grabs that fantasy football owners in points per reception leagues love. Crowder burned a defender with some twists and turns before hauling in a long bomb from Kirk Cousins, who then joyously sprinted down the field. The big picture interesting angle is whether coaches think Crowder and Ryan Grant can push Andre Roberts for the third receiver job and then possibly off the roster.

David Amerson. Yikes. For the second straight day, he lost the battle with many a receiver. The cornerback unit was looking like a sneaky strength with the return of DeAngelo Hall from an Achilles injury and addition of Chris Culliver. But with Hall still finding his football form and Breeland likely out several weeks (and at least the season opener), the Redskins need Amerson to step up entering his third season. Justin Rogers is another name to watch in this mix.

Let's call this one strip search. On one play, Silas Redd broke through the line for a nice run and yet he didn't finish with the ball. Coming from behind, Duke Ihenacho wasn't content with making a tackle. He tomahawked chopped the ball out of Redd's hands, causing a fumble. Now, I shook hand with Redd earlier in the day following an interview. Trust me when I say he has superhero grip. That shows the force of Ihenacho's strip attempt. Turning the defender into playmakers rather than mere tacklers has been an emphasis early in camp. Ihenacho, who is battling Jeron Johnson for the starting safety role, clearly received the message.

As for the quarterbacks,I'd concur with those who think Robert Griffin III looked better, crisper on the second day of camp. Accuracy is important, obviously, but I'm mostly on the lookout for how quickly he can make a decision. It's hard to gauge when there is no real pass rush except, but RGIII still doesn't get the ball out of his hands quick enough for my liking. All that said, it's still early in camp and most of all, the job is his unless the coaches finally, finally give Kirk Cousins a true shot at the belt.

Forget words. Here are pictures from Day 2 of camp..


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