Three-and-out: Redskins return to Richmond

Three training camp days left in Richmond for the Redskins. What you need to know ahead of Saturday's practice.

The Redskins return to practice in Richmond. Here are some items we're watching and some things you might have missed...

* First down - Always curious about the tone at the first practice following any game, even a preseason affair. There were positives from Thursday's win at Cleveland, including Kirk Cousins' passing, Preston Smith's tackling, Ryan Grant's receiving and Kai Forbath's kicking. Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris also had moments, but the ultimately the first team didn't score a touchdown (Yes, we know Pierre Garcon dropped the pass or they would had six). Meanwhile, the first-team defense got run over on the opening drive against Brian Hoyer and the Browns while Andre Roberts fumbled away a punt return and the kick coverage coughed up a long return. What will Jay Gruden's message be now that the head coach has had a couple of days to reflect?

* Second down - Is this the day Jamison Crowder (hamstring) returns to the practice field? I'm still sticking with the idea that Crowder/ or Grant can pass Roberts as the third receiver with Crowder and Chris Thompson possibly pushing Roberts for the punt return job. Crowder is certainly making the final roster, but he'll need to practice sooner than later in order to have the coaches trust a rookie with those big roles in Week 1.

* Third down - We previously noted the tight end options are messy following Niles Paul's season-ending injury. More depth is needed regardless, even if Jordan Reed (hamstring) is back practicing. Who knows how long the injury-prone tight end will last anyway.

* Extra point - Yes, the worst fears for running back Silas Redd Gruden suggested Thursday were confirmed as he will miss the season with torn knee ligaments, according to ESPN's John Keim.. The former USC standout was certainly in the mix for a backfield role, though Thompson seemed to have taken the lead for the third RB job. Trey Williams bumps up as well.

* Wait, did they for two? Tons of other injuries to keep an eye, including in the secondary with Jeron Johnson and David Amerson.


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