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Ron Rivera Presser: Hitting will come natural, and collisions are inevitable in practice

Ron Rivera speaks to the media after today’s practice

Ron Rivera talked about the amount of hitting that has been going on in practice over the last few days. Rivera dressed the team down on Saturday, and since them it seems there has been an aggressiveness to the team that has affected everyone. This is the physicality that Rivera and the other coaches are hoping to get from the team.

Chase Young returned to practice today after being held out with a hip flexor for over a week. He was only put in for a series of goal line drills, and Rivera said it was a good situation for him where he could protect himself. Young mad two big plays during this session, batting down a pass, and blowing up a play for a sack.

Is Troy Apke due for a breakout year? He’s been getting most of the work with the starters at free safety, and has been making a lot of plays in training camp. Rivera has taken notice of the 3rd-year safety, and said he has stepped into the forefront. Hes handled the situation very well and is showing growth.

Logan Thomas is another player who seems to be making plays every day, and is catching the eye of reporters and coaches. Rivera likes the rapport between Thomas and starting QB Dwayne Haskins Jr. He has been a good red zone target, and continues to catch TDs. Marcus Baugh is the most athletic tight end in camp, and Jeremy Sprinkle is the most stout.

Rivera once again praised Dwayne Haskins for his improvements and taking leadership on the team. He has been getting the majority of the snaps with the starters, and continues to make the right plays, which Rivera said is more important than the big plays.

This is the strangest NFL season in a long time, and Rivera said the biggest thing he misses is preseason games, but he also misses the intimacy of OTAs and mini-camps where you can look into a player’s eyes to see their frustration as they learn new things. The Washington Football Team is installing new everything across the board, and every practice is crucial for the team to succeed. Some positions are harder than others to evaluate with limited practice and contact. Rivera listed special teams, linebackers, and tight ends as examples.

The offense had several fumbles today and Rivera was not pleased. The goal is to avoid turnovers on offense and force turnovers on defense. One side has been winning that battle. Rivera looked at the stats for Carolina and Washington over the years, and saw a need for improvement, and a lot of that is the mentality of the team.

Hitting in practice:

Chase Young:

Team President Jason Wright:

Troy Apke:

Logan Thomas:

Big, physical WRs:

Evaluating players in training camp:

Dwayne Haskins Jr.:

Lack of preseason games:


Physical mentality: