Prep: Most of the practice was devoted to going over plays for the Baltimore scrimmage. Though it seemed unusual to some observers, it's actually something the Redskins have done in the past. Some are anxious to read into anything that might be new this preseason compared to last year. But if the Redskins gave a big whoop about this scrimmage, they would likely play most of the starters on the offensive line. Instead, from what we hear, all but Todd Wade will sit this one out. And, of course, Stephon Heyer.
Jiggle: Guard William Whitticker once excited the Redskins because he was such a good athlete for a guy his size. Now his size works against him. We noticed that as he pulled around left end today, his belly was working as hard as his feet. That's not a good sign, folks.
New guy: Now, instead of Whitticker, it's Taylor Whitley that the Redskins like. The fifth-year Whitley has worked at tackle and guard. Of course, they like Stephon Heyer, too. He hit the weights hard after minicamp and it's paid off. Some players doubted he'd even make it to training camp based on his spring performances. One thing he does very well is listen to what Joe Bugel wants. That takes players a long way.
They're out: CB Jerametrius Butler (Hamstring), TE Tyler Ecker (Groin), WR Mike Espy (Knee), RB Clinton Portis (Knee), T Chris Samuels (Knee), LB Dallas Sartz (Hamstring), FB Pete Schmitt (Shoulder).
What to expect: The Redskins anticipate getting about 30 plays in the scrimmage. Typically, each side gets at least three possessions of 10 plays each. Depending on the day, they'll often go with four possessions.
Still clicking: The Redskins really do expect/hope that Chris Cooley will catch around 80 passes. That was the prediction of one coach before camp opened and after a week of practice, it's hard to believe that thought would change. Cooley and Jason Campbell connect on a daily basis. The seam route appears to be their favorite. It seems to work every time.
Work in progress: Quarterback Jordan Palmer might beat out Casey Bramlet for the No. 4 job, but that only gets you to the end of camp. It's really hard to believe that Palmer would unseat Todd Collins for the No. 3 job, given that Palmer often struggles to complete deep balls when there's no defense on the field. That's what took place today. Our prediction is that he lands on the practice squad and they re-evaluate him next summer.
Training Camp Report: August 3
Breaking Burgundy Top Stories
What We Learned: Redskins Draft SetupThe Redskins' Director of College Scouting met with the media Monday and shed some light on the process and plan for the 2017 NFL Draft following Scot McCloughan's dismissal.
Breaking BurgundyYesterday at 11:52 AM
Redskins Re-sign LB Compton and RB ThompsonCould this alter Draft Day plans at all?
Breaking BurgundyYesterday at 9:42 AM
Redskins Schedule: Primetime GaloreThe Redskins are going to be on your TV plenty of times this season outside the usual Sunday at 1:00 p.m. slot and often against NFC East foes.
Breaking BurgundyThursday at 5:11 PM
Morning Manny: Redskins QB and WR ReviewManny Benton reviews the Redskins Quarterback and Wide Receiver positions prior to the NFL Draft.
Jamison Crowder's 'Explosive' TalkJamison Crowder went from being the young kid among Washington's wide receiver to its most productive returnee.