Today was the Washington Football Team’s second practice that was open to reporters(see pictures, videos, and updates here). Dwayne Haskins Jr. had some positives and negatives in today’s practice. Ryan Anderson returned to practice after dealing with a minor injury, but rookie Saahdiq Charles was still being held out. Chase Young was also held out of team drills while he deals with a hip flexor.
Geron Christian Sr. has been taking advantage of his opportunities at left tackle and has impressed Rivera. He is also high on former Stanford RB Bryce Love. Rivera said he is multi-dimensional and could be and every down back for Washington. Alex Smith and Reuben Foster are also progressing in their recoveries from leg injuries, but Love is furthest along.
Training Camp Press Conference - Head Coach Ron Rivera https://t.co/FzAjXAsu1a— Washington Football Team (@WashingtonNFL) August 19, 2020
Dwayne Haskins Jr.:
Rivera said there were some good things from Dwayne Haskins today. He went through his reads and progressions. He's still learning and growing, though.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) August 19, 2020
Rivera said there were "some good things" from Dwayne Haskins in Day 2 of padded practices. There were also times when he didn't do exactly what he was supposed to.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) August 19, 2020
Rivera said that Ryan Anderson fits right into the DL rotation and gives Washington great flexibility. Said he's had a "solid camp" and that they feel comfortable where he's at entering the season.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) August 19, 2020
Rivera said Ryan Anderson "fits right in" with the rotation at DL. He has a versatile set of skills that allows the coaching staff to move him around on the defense. And Anderson has done good things with that so far.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) August 19, 2020
Ron Rivera told us that they held Chase Young back and wanted to be careful with him because of a hip flexor.— Rhiannon Walker (@InstantRHIplay) August 19, 2020
Rivera said Chase Young is dealing with a hip flexor, so that's why he was not out there following individual drills. Rivera said they want to be smart with him and not overwork him.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) August 19, 2020
Chase Young dealing with a hip flexor, per Rivera. The rookie largely watched today out of precaution. Hope to minimize the issue rather than have a 4-5 day problem. So, yeah, we have a new topic.— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) August 19, 2020
Geron Christian Sr.:
Geron Christian has been working with the 1's so far and Rivera is impressed with him. He's caught the coaches' eyes, Rivera said, and they're getting a good look at what he's capable of.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) August 19, 2020
Rivera said he really appreciates how hard Bryce Love has worked to get back. Rivera said he was multi-denominational and said Love could be an "every down back."— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) August 19, 2020
Rivera on Bryce Love. Said it's been "amazing" to watch the RB return from that knee injury. Emphasized Love offers more versatility than he was allowed to show at Stanford.— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) August 19, 2020
Rivera has a ton of good things to say about RB Bryce Love: smart, bright, passionate, hard-working, explosive, dynamic, multi-dimensional.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) August 19, 2020
Said Love did not do a lot of pass-catching at Stanford but that he's capable of it. Said he could be an every-down back.
Rivera said Reuben Foster has progressed exactly how he thought he would so far. Rivera said Foster has gotten a limited number of reps. They want to monitor him, but they're hoping to continue seeing growth from him.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) August 19, 2020
Ron Rivera said Bryce Love "Is a guy who can be an every down back for you." - Didn't have as much experience in the pass game at Stanford.— Chris Russell AKA The Rooster (@Russellmania621) August 19, 2020
With Reuben Foster - "limited number of reps"
Bryce ahead of Reuben...Reuben ahead of Alex in recovery. @WSHFootballSI @theMMQB
Rivera said the biggest thing with Alex Smith is "reintroducing him to 11-on-11 football." Alex only participated in individual and 7-on-7 drills today.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) August 19, 2020
Rivera floats having Smith participate in 9-on-7 to have him see where the extra pressure is coming from. That's a gradual step before having him play in 11-on-11.— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) August 19, 2020
Ron Rivera said he had a conversation with Alex Smith before he returned. He told Smith, "The biggest thing is you have to protect yourself. You have to be able to protect yourself."— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) August 19, 2020
TEs coach Pete Hoener was getting after his guys today. https://t.co/eierRUpcts— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) August 19, 2020
Rivera said there will come a point where there will be about 15 guys on offense and defense that need to be in the rotation and need opportunity. They're not at that point yet, though.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) August 19, 2020
Rivera said some young guys on the defensive line have really stepped up. He still doesn't want to jump to conclusions just yet because it would be premature after two practices, but he does like how they have risen to the challenge.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) August 19, 2020