Today was the Washington Redskins' annual Fan Appreciation Day, which drew 20,477 fans (per ESPN). Here's what you missed from training camp today:
Keenan Robinson possesses the type of talent that can completely change a defense. Robinson still has to prove he can stay healthy, and be productive once the real games start. However, Robinson has shown throughout camp that he is the big, fast, athletic inside linebacker the Redskins have lacked for some time now. The third year linebacker had a solid day today, batting down a pass that resulted in a Perry Riley interception, and flying around the field throughout the day. Robinson looks flat out bigger and faster than any other linebacker on the Redskins' roster, and he will play an essential role in Jim Haslett's defense in 2014.
Bacarri Rambo had an up-and-down day today for the Redskins. He made a few plays throughout 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills. However, the Georgia product whiffed not once but twice in one-on-one tackling drill. Tackling was Rambo's biggest problem in 2013, and as a safety part of your responsibility is being the last line of defense (AKA tackle the damn ball carrier). For a player that was drafted by the previous coaching staff, and finds himself on the roster bubble, I'd really like to see more of a sense of urgency from Rambo.
One of Rambo's biggest competitors will be Akeem Davis, who has no issues giving 110% throughout practice. Davis is a raw prospect, but he possesses ideal measurables for a safety, standing at 6'1 200 pounds while possessing 4.48 speed. What I love about Davis is that although he makes mistakes, he does so while playing his hardest. The newly acquired safety has also shown a willingness to perform on special teams (something Rambo did not do well in 2013), and is making a great case for a roster spot this season.
Lache Seastrunk had an up and down day as well for the Skins. The rookie had a great catch, and an even better move to score in an 11-on-11 drill. However, Seastrunk was also blown up badly by a linebacker (I could not see who it was. Editor's note: It was Jeremy Kimbrough) in pass protection drills. Seastrunk was knocked completely backwards onto his back, and into the tackling dummy that was posing as the quarterback. This is one of the many areas that Seastrunk must improve quickly if he wants to make the roster this season.
Richard Crawford looked good today, both in coverage and especially in special teams drills. Crawford was in just about every other drill of the special teams' portion of practice. Crawford knows that special teams is his best chance to make an impact with this team, and I love the way he has embraced that role.
Andre Roberts has continued to show a connection with Robert Griffin III. Griffin connected with Roberts on a bullet of a pass in a tight window that could not have been thrown an inch in any other direction. Andre Roberts is going to be a big part of this offense, and could develop into Griffin's go-to target from the slot.