Receiver DeSean Jackson (hamstring) did not practice on Saturday, though coach Jay Gruden said they're just trying to keep him fresh. Jackson missed time during spring workouts with a left hamstring injury. It's not the same hamstring. Left tackle Trent Williams returned after missing Friday with a sore shin. Linebacker Rob Jackson had his right shoulder wrapped late in practice, but Gruden was not yet sure what was wrong with him.
Robert Griffin III already has played against elite quarterbacks -- ones with Super Bowls in their past and Hall of Fame speeches in their future.
The Washington Redskins appear to be set at inside linebacker with Perry Riley and Keenan Robinson. That is, as long as Robinson plays in the preseason the way he's played through the offseason and training camp. But this position remains an interesting one because of the backups. The Redskins likely will keep nine linebackers, so they'll either keep four or five at this spot. Here's how it's shaping up:
The last couple of seasons the Redskins defense has been the weak link of the team and has hurt the Redskins chances of being competitive. That continued to be the case last season despite strong years from Brian Orakpo, Ryan Kerrigan, Barry Cofield and DeAngelo Hall. The problem was that while those four players played good-to-great football, no one else really came close to their level of play. That left the Redskins defense with numerous holes opponents could exploit and just about every week they did just that. The question becomes now just how much this unit can improve in just one season.
Sacks tend to get blamed on the O-line but a back who misses a blitz pickup can be responsible for the QB going down just as well. Jay Gruden was asked to evaluate how his backs have been doing in pass protection. "In the team period, it has not been bad actually," he said. "[Running Backs Coach] Randy Jordan has done a good job with them and the one-on-ones, it's always tough. You guys look at the one-on-ones and you see they got a chance to go inside, gap outside, gap in. In team periods, they don't have much space to work. But I think we're just working with technique on them and they're going to get better. It takes time and it takes work.
On the list of concerns for the Redskins coming into training camp, one was David Amerson. He was slated to take a step up from the nickel cornerback spot he occupied last year to being a starter this season. The 2013 second-round pick had some ups and downs as a rookie and nobody was certain that he would be able to make the move and take on more responsibility.