The Redskins return for their last round of practices in Richmond, starting with Saturday’s Fan Appreciation Day work at 1:30 p.m. Here are three areas of interest for your wake-up call:
Quarterback play. Now that Jay Gruden and the coaching staff have been able to watch the film, we’ll get a better feel for what he felt went right and what went wrong in the preseason opener. As I’ve written, starter Robert Griffin III did some good things, but also had areas that must be corrected. Gruden has been very positive about Griffin since the offseason began; there’s been a turnaround in his public approach with him and that’s better for the organization. Still, I always like hearing what they have to say after watching the film. That, of course, applies to other positions as well.
Injury updates. Found out Friday night that running back Silas Reddsuffered two torn ligaments in Thursday’s win and is out for the season. But there are always guys who have nicks and bruises that show up the next day. Plus there will be updates on others who sat out, among them receiver DeSean Jackson, corner David Amerson, tight end Jordan Reed and receiver Jamison Crowder. Also, will Junior Galette do more work and possibly play Thursday?
Tight ends. Obviously a big focus with Niles Paul (ankle) out for the year and Logan Paulsen (toe) likely joining him. The Redskins need to add more players to this position; one they won’t add is former Seattle tight end Zach Miller (not sure he’s considered healthy at this point). There will be attention paid to Je’Ron Hamm and Chase Dixon and undrafted free agent Devin Mahina. And, yes, this puts more pressure on Reed to stay healthy, something he hasn’t done.