Redskins Training Camp: August 8 observations

The rain fell Monday in Richmond, but practice rolled on plus Jay Gruden on who's out against the Falcons

RICHMOND -- Here we go, one recap of the day at Washington Redskins training camp now that my hands are dry. Observations, then some news.

* Yes, it was a rainy afternoon, but the team powered through practice. As to be expected, execution wasn't always crisp, especially on offense. 

* Quarterback Kirk Cousins stood out during Sunday's practice. Monday, not as much. As the rain came down, heavy at times, several passes were floated. DeAngelo Hall raced in from his safety spot to intercept a mid-range toss down the right side. If the game was real, pick-six. Cornerback Dashaun Phillips nearly picked off a deep throw to DeSean Jackson. Of course, Cousins also had his moments and was largely accurate, but the first practice in the wet stuff made things tricky.

* Of course, it's nice having Jordan Reed to target no matter the situation. The tight end turned in the catch of the day with a brilliant one-handed grab over the middle. Speaking of the tight ends...

* Sticking with the "___ of the day" theme, rookie running back Keith Marshall had the best run, He sped through a big hole, which center Spencer Long and others on the line helped open.

* With Jamison Crowder (hamstring) and Josh Doctson (Achilles) out, Ryan Grant received valuable work with the first unit. There's next-to-no shot Grant works his way into the playing rotation considering the heavy hitters ahead of him. However, his size in the slot gives the offense a different dimension compared to the slithery Crowder. The more work he can receive in camp, the more opportunity for the coaching staff to let their mind wander about using his skill set. Grant hauled in a pass from Cousins in the red-zone Monday.

* Defensive lineman Chris Baker did not practice because of an ingrown toenail. Ouch.

* After coach Jay Gruden announced the next play involving the second-units would be the final play of practice for all, the first string defenders began chanting "D-fense" the way fans will do when they're on the field. The rest of the scenario, hardly memorable. Good coverage in the red-zone scenario forced @Quarterback Colt McCoy to throw the ball deep out of the end zone. 

Now, the news.

Trent Murphy is back to being a linebacker. Though he spent all offseason eating his way to becoming a defensive end, Junior Galette's season-ending changed the plan. That his weight dropped back into the 270 range after an illness in camp helps the situation. "He looks good. He’s stronger," said Gruden, who noted Murphy could still play some on the line.  

* As for Thursday's preseason opener, Gruden ruled out receivers Crowder and Reggie Diggs. Left tackle Trent Williams is iffy.  Don't expect any of the first stringers to play more than a series or two. 

Ben Standig is the Publisher of Breaking Burgundy and the Huddle Report's 2012 NFL Mock Draft champion. You can find him on Twitter @benstandig and on Google+.

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