Gruden hinted that Cravens, listed at 6 feet 1, 226 pounds, could branch out into nickel packages and possibly safety down the road. The 20-year-old said the Redskins want him to learn the defense from the inside out, but he's going to remain at inside linebacker for now. He carries a unique ability as a "moneybacker," a relatively new designation in the NFL. It started in 2014 with Arizona's versatile and athletic Deone Bucannon , whose game Cravens said he emulates.
Doctson had a hard time getting an accurate pass thrown his way Saturday. He routinely got separation, but on one red zone play, rookie quarterback Nate Sudfeld led Doctson out of bounds on a fade, and another time, Doctson broke to the inside and Sudfeld threw to the outside. At one point, Gruden told the quarterbacks that he was going to just throw the passes himself if they couldn't do better. Gruden later chuckled and said it was "a meaningless threat," but added, "When we have a 6-2 1/2 wideout, who has a 40-inch vertical, there's nothing more that drives me crazy than having it be thrown out of bounds, so I got a little upset."
Keith Marshall's speed: He ran the fastest time (4.31 seconds) in the 40-yard dash at the combine earlier this offseason. That's one reason Washington drafted the running back; the Redskins spent the weekend drafting what McCloughan likes to call "football players," but Marshall's speed clearly mattered here. Nothing wrong with that: It gives Washington something it wanted in the backfield. But how does that speed translate to the field?
"He's giving me the confidence that I need to stay in my playbook and not worry about making mistakes and just to play fast," Cravens said. "It's different. [Friday] it was like I know the play and I brain fart and I let it go. I was telling Preston about that and he said, ‘You're good. It's only your second day, just calm down and you'll be OK.
The only caveat is Galette's health. General Manager Scot McCloughan said as recently as two weeks ago that Galette "looks excellent" and that his "explosion is back." And for now, there's no reason to question McCloughan's optimism. But it will be interesting to see how much Galette does—or doesn't do—once OTAs begin in earnest on May 24. But I will say this: the decision to transition Trent Murphy to defensive end seems to indicate that the teams is confident Galette will be 100-percent come Week 1.
Sudfeld also was more polished than the two other quarterbacks at Redskins Park for the camp, Zach Oliver out of Northwestern and Vernon Adams from Oregon. He seemed to be more comfortable under center and his passes were better timed and more accurate than those thrown by the other two.
"Just because of how far technology has just came," he said. "Back in the day if you get micro people think your career is over. But just the subtleties about my surgery, it wasn't that extreme. Not getting into details...we know I'm going to get back to 100-percent."