ASHBURN, Va. -- After examining Josh Doctson’s initial dive into the NFL’s deep seas, and also talking one-on-one with undrafted cornerback Lloyd Carrington, whom Scot McCloughan said is someone to “watch,” here are additional observations from Saturday’s rookie minicamp at Redskins Park.
1) It’s clear that Josh Doctson is someone the team expects a lot from, as evidenced by Jay Gruden watching No. 18 closely during multiple drills like a parent watches his or her kid during the child’s first trip to a playground. After a team warm-up, for instance, when the receivers broke off into simple catching drills, Gruden was there to monitor the action. He stayed on that side of the field throughout the group’s progression into route running and, eventually, competitive one-on-one work — and was very unhappy when his quarterbacks wouldn’t give Doctson a chance to go up and snag throws for six. The third-year head coach demonstrated through his location on the field that he likes, and wants to help grow, the TCU product.
2) Speaking of Gruden, he brought his bag of zingers with him, even though it’s only May. During one portion of the practice, more passes were hitting the ground than the hands of receivers, so he unleashed a colorful comment or two in the direction of his signal-callers. Said Doctson afterward: “He’s always talking smack."
3) One of those guys Gruden wasn’t too pleased with at that moment was Vernon Adams of Oregon, who was in Ashburn on a tryout basis. One knock on him is his size, and after seeing him in Washington’s yellow jersey, it’s obvious he didn’t experience any sort of surprise growth spurt (although standing next to Nate Sudfeld, who could absolutely be cast as an NBA power forward in a movie, definitely didn’t do Adams any favors). Unfortunately for Ducks fans looking to see Adams catch on in the league, he did nothing of note, either with his arm or his legs. Sudfeld’s job as the third-string QB is not in any danger, at least from Adams, who was not offered a contract by the Redskins, according to ESPN's John Keim.
4) Gruden wasn’t the only coach willing to verbally mix it up a bit. His offensive coordinator, Sean McVay, lined up at safety for a bit as receivers were running their routes, and after one in which the rookie didn’t run at the right angle, said, “I will KILL you. ... That’s a kill shot.”
5) The Kyshoen Jarrett situation gets bleaker and bleaker with every update. The most recent from Gruden, who spoke afterward in a press conference, isn’t damning, but there was no hint of optimism in his voice as he said, "Yeah, I think that’s coming close. We’re going to get the final reports and all that here shortly, and we’ll address that at another time.” That nerve injury that Jarrett suffered in the 2015 regular season finale is certainly causing a lot of problems.
6) Georgia running back Keith Marshall didn’t get to display his speed much on Saturday, and Gruden later informed the media that he tweaked his hamstring a bit in earlier work. So, for now, the Porsche will be operating below optimal levels.
7) Su'a Cravens is going to move around a lot on Joe Barry’s defense, and he’s already moved around a lot locally since being drafted. So far, he’s visited the campuses of Maryland, Georgetown and Howard, and said that George Washington and America are next on his list. His favorite one so far? Chalk it up to the Hoyas, even though the Terps were on the receiving end of a sunglasses-wearing emoji in one of Cravens’ tweets, which he says is his version of a 10/10.
8) Scot McCloughan has a custom Redskins camouflage hat.
It’s really cool.
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