The Washington Redskins opened training today under gorgeous skies and a healthy crowd. The 2019 edition of the Redskins are younger than ever, but that presents challenges for the coaching staff. Here are my observations of the opening practice.
Veteran QB’s Shine, Haskins Uneven
The third wheel to the quarterback competition Colt McCoy was back from his knee injury and joined Case Keenum and Dewayne Haskins at practice. Right away McCoy stood out by his mastery of the offense and the audibles that come with it. Colt had two interceptions on the day, one the receiver made a incorrect read, the other was an under thrown ball to an open receiver. Colt was definitely the most aggressive QB. Case was solid and made some plays including a touchdown to Terry McLaurin. Colt and Case split the first team reps. Haskins flashed some potential and some solid arm strength however he threw some bad passes in places where there would have been interceptions or big hits on receivers. However it is only day one so Haskins has time to learn. Colt/Case tied at starter, Haskins behind.
New Leader on Defense
With the sudden release of linebacker Mason Foster on Tuesday, the Redskins had a plan for the next “quarterback” of the defense. Enter Jon Bostic, a signee to replaced the injured Ruben Foster, who had impressed all offseason during OTA’s and mini camp. Bostic by the end of those workouts had shown the ability to call the plays for the defense. That made Mason Foster expendable. Bostic and fellow insider linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton, were all over the field making plays. Bostic just has a gear that Mason did not posses. That will allow him to cover running backs and tight ends. This bodes well for the defense.
Rookies Spotlight- Offense
While Haskins gets most of the attention, other rookies had some good moments as well. Third round pick Terry McLaurin put on a show today. In one on ones he had a couple a deep plays where he shook the DB covering him. And in full 11 on 11’s he had some catches as well, including a touchdown from Keenum. McLaurin is definitely on the rise. Kelvin Harmon had a strong day as well. Another wide receiver to look out for, Steven Sims, he had some moves that are a special type of speed and quickness. He has a good shot of making the roster. Wes Martin started with the first team and was solid. With Chase Roullier looking he may miss some time, Martin and Ross Pierschbacher will become vital to the teams success.
These players I am going to list here are players who were on the roster last season who will have to battle to make it this season. This is still early. WR Cam Sims, has some young quick receivers behind him. DB Adonis Alexander, also has some young talented players coming in with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie as well. RB Byron Marshall, with Perine improving Marshall must continue to shine to keep his spot.