Dunbar worked with the corners in drills on Thursday,then went through full-team work with the defense on Friday. The Redskins like his length (he's 6-foot-2) and the fact he once ran the 40-yard dash in 4.29 seconds. But what impressed them was how Dunbar, an undrafted rookie from Florida, fared when blocking the flyers in punt drills.
Rather, in a drill where the offense had it first-and-goal from the 10, the Redskins gained five yards on a first-down Alfred Morris run. That success enabled Washington to still keep Houston guessing as to what was coming next -- and that left receiver Pierre Garcon one-on-one with cornerback Kareem Jackson. Griffin took advantage with a pretty fade for a touchdown.
Saw a little difference in rookie lineman Brandon Scherff during one-on-one drills; saw him let the rusher get into his chest once, but for the most part he was quicker with his hands. Because he plays with a strong base, that's all it took for him to win. Scherff must work on his timing with his hands -- when you move inside, it's even more pronounced. He can be more patient at tackle; at guard you must get the hands up right away.
The run game. Last year vs. New England the Redskins and Patriots had a walk-through on their final day together, mainly because they were playing a preseason game the next day. Not so this time, as they'll be in full pads Saturday. That's good because the run game needs more work, especially as the Redskins shuffle their line around. It's tough to find a rhythm, but I like what they're doing with this group as far as creating competition. If you think Morgan Moses has a shot to start at right tackle, then put him in vs. legitimate starters. These few days are better than a fifth preseason game because of how many snaps Moses has taken. Whether or not he sticks with the starters, I don't know. But I do know the coaches can make a strong evaluation after these three days.
In any case, it's doubtful that Garçon will ever catch 113 passes again, at least not on this team. They plan to run the ball much more than they did last year and that will mean fewer passes and fewer opportunities for Garçon. But he could be a more effective than he was this year by gaining more yards per catch (he had a career low 11.1 average last year) and moving the chains more frequently.
If the alignment is permanent then the Redskins have to consider a reshuffled group of linemen to keep when they decide on the 53-man roster on Sept. 5. It is likely that the team will keep nine offensive linemen. The five starters, Trent Williams, Shawn Lauvao, Kory Lichtensteiger, Scherff and Moses from left to right, now appear to be set. Then they should keep two interior linemen and two tackles as reserves. But with the move of Scherff from the outside to the inside there suddenly is one more guard in the picture and one less tackle.