Two weeks ago in Houston, Trent Williams and many Redskins offensive linemen worked. Running under the hot sun, working on footwork through "scorching" sand and using yoga rolls, the group gathered at O Athletik, a facility owned by Williams and Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, wearing shirts that read Hogs 2.0.
Cornerback Bashaud Breeland had an impressive day. While most of the attention at the position has been on Josh Norman this offseason, Breeland thrived during the one-on-one period Friday, jamming wide receiver Dez Stewart at the line of scrimmage and preventing him from running his route. It caused secondary coach Perry Fewell to sprint over to Breeland and yell, "You wicked, boy! You wicked!" During the same period, Breeland recovered against DeSean Jackson on a deep ball to break up an underthrown pass from quarterback Kirk Cousins.
"There's no doubt that you have more comfort when you've played and been the starter and been out there and had experiences," Cousins said on Thursday. "What we went through last year has helped me now having confidence going forward. Hopefully it translates into a great offense and a lot of production, but it's just talk right now until you go out there and prove it."
"I just have to jam him when he starts breaking me down," Cravens said. "When he starts coming out and making his move, I have to get my hands on him. Ultimately it's a three-yard gain. We want to take away as much as we can. The out route from the backfield with the back is one of the hardest routes you guard in one-on-one situations. You want to take away the inside and hopefully with your athleticism and you get your hands on him, it slows him down for the out routes."
"We crack up all the time because [Jones] knows when he comes to that hole I'm looking for that ball," said Norman. "I'm punching; I'm looking to get it out of there."
Back returning punts are Rashad Ross, Chris Thompson, Will Blackmon, Jamison Crowder, and, yes, Pierre Garçon. They are trying challenging situations, holding a football in one hand while fielding the punt with the other and standing with their backs to the punter and not being able to turn around and locate the ball until the coaches yells go.
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