The Washington Football Team practiced in shells today, but the the hits kept on coming. Troy Apke and Terry McLaurin had a huge collision during today’s session. Rivera said he will remind them that they’re not in pads, and let Apke know that the offense should get the right of way in those situations. The team is still flying around and playing aggressive since Rivera’s after-practice speech on Saturday tearing down their poor practice habits.
Chase Young was doing team drills for the second day after a hip flexor kept him sidelined since the middle of last week. Rivera said the pass rush ability is obviously there, that’s why you draft defensive ends that high. The coaches are now working on helping him understand how plays are run, understand how to shut down the edges, and keep everything in front of him and inside of him.
The team is still making mental mistakes, and Rivera said players have to build up mental callouses to be prepared for game day. He praised 7th round rookie DB Kamren Curl because he doesn’t make the same mistakes in practice. He also grabbed his 2nd interception of training camp today. Rivera also loves him some Jimmy Moreland, and he’ll smile whenever he talks about him.
Dwayne Haskins Jr. ended today’s practice with a pick-six by Landon Collins on a pass to RB J.D. McKissic. Rivera pulled both of them aside after practice to discuss what went wrong on the play. Haskins needed to get the ball out faster, and put it on the outside where only his guy could get it. Rivera said Haskins is critical of himself, but has a strong desire to win, and a willingness to learn from his mistakes. He appreciated his head coaches direct approach, something Rivera said other players respect from his group of “old school” coaches.
Training Camp Press Conference - Head Coach Ron Rivera https://t.co/f6lSY8leop— Washington Football Team (@WashingtonNFL) August 25, 2020
Rivera said he has seen the pass rushing ability from Chase Young. That's what you're looking for when you draft someone that high, he said. Now, they're trying to round out his game and gradually get him back into practice. And so far, Young has handled that well.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) August 25, 2020
Rivera time.....on Chase Young: "He's had a good couple days."— George Wallace (@GWallaceWTOP) August 25, 2020
Rivera on Young: "We've seen the pass-rush ability, obviously."— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) August 25, 2020
Now it's about understanding how to play the run, how to shut down the edges and keep everything in front of him and inside him. Said Young is doing a great job picking everything up.
Rivera said there were some mental mistakes today, so he said they have to build a "mental callous" to get prepared for game days.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) August 25, 2020
Ron Rivera happier with pace the last few days...— Chris Russell AKA The Rooster (@Russellmania621) August 25, 2020
Says they had several occasions where they only had ten in huddle because players were 'tired" and have to continue to build "calluses'
Rivera said the biggest area where the team has made strides is that the players are learning to practice at his tempo. However, said they were a little mentally fatigued today after three straight padded practices.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) August 25, 2020
Position flex is a point Rivera has emphasized since Day 1. Ismael has that experience working at guard and center. He was working with the 1s today at LG, and Rivera said the coaches wanted to make sure he could get some exp. at guard and with the 1s.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) August 25, 2020
Rivera said putting Keith Ismael at left guard is more about getting him work at multiple positions. He's been working at second-team center, but he replaced Wes Martin at left guard for most of today.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) August 25, 2020
Fans in stands:
Ron Rivera says unless 80 K are in the stands, it's not really going to make a huge impact.— Chris Russell AKA The Rooster (@Russellmania621) August 25, 2020
"I don't know how much of an impact in terms of noise...You gotta play. That's the way it is. "
Says @WashingtonNFL will do it "based on those rules"
Rivera on the mic. On the idea that some team might have 10-20K fans at games and other going with empty stands. Basically, shrugs.— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) August 25, 2020
Dwayne Haskins Jr.:
Rivera said Haskins' desire to win has stuck out to him. Haskins is critical of himself, but he knows when he makes a good play and gets excited when he does it.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) August 25, 2020
Rivera said one of the biggest things that has stood out about Haskins is his "desire to learn and win." He's a tough self-critic but also knows when to get excited after positive plays. Rivera said it's been fun watching Haskins and the other young players grow.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) August 25, 2020
"As they go, we go" on the quarterbacks says Ron Rivera.— Chris Russell AKA The Rooster (@Russellmania621) August 25, 2020
Young players like Haskins and Allen are still learning and growing.
Says Haskins & Ron have had conversations & "he's responded very well."
Rivera said Haskins is working on stepping and learning to lead. Rivera and Haskins have had conversation about him being more of a leader and Rivera said Haskins has responded well to that challenge.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) August 25, 2020
Rivera says Kamren Curl has learned as camp has gone along. "You haven't seen him make the same mistake," he said.— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) August 25, 2020
Ron Rivera on Kam Curl - "He's got good range...playing with good vision." Mentions early in camp he made a mistake in his "landmarks" but has grown. Can play CB/S and has ball skills. @RazorbackFB @WSHFootballSI— Chris Russell AKA The Rooster (@Russellmania621) August 25, 2020
Rivera likes what he has seen from 7th-round safety Kamren Curl. Said he's taller than they expected and has good range, quickness and eye discipline. Make some mistakes early, but he's learning from them. Curl made his second interception today.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) August 25, 2020
Rivera said there's something about Jimmy Moreland. He said Moreland has a knack for being around the ball, and it's fun to see him play.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) August 25, 2020
Troy Apke/Terry McLaurin collision in practice:
"Bang-Bang play" On McLaurin & Apke collision.— Chris Russell AKA The Rooster (@Russellmania621) August 25, 2020
Says "I'll talk to Troy later about that" but in shells wants guys to yield to offense.....
"We've just gotta be aware that we're in helmets & shells"
Rivera said he wished Apke gave the right of way to the receiver on this play especially with the team in shells. But, he likes the aggressive nature. https://t.co/LASMxQEogf— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) August 25, 2020
Rivera on the Apke/McLaurin collision. defense needs to "give the right of way to the offensive guy. I'll talk to Troy about that later. It's hard to default guys playing hard, but it's a matter of knowing how to play in shells and being aware of who you're playing against."— John Keim (@john_keim) August 25, 2020
Rivera has been really pleased with the performance of CB Ronald Darby.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) August 25, 2020
Darby has been strong from the first padded practice.
TEs Coach Pete Hoener:
Words Rivera used when describing Pete Hoener: Old school. Rivera said Hoener has coached some of the great TEs in the league. Rivera said Hoener is going to keep it honest and real with his coaching style. And Rivera said players appreciate that.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) August 25, 2020
Ron Rivera on TEs Coach Pete Hoener: "His coaching style is old-school, and he's going to keep it honest and he's going to keep it real. Like [OL] Coach [John] Matsko, they're old-school guys, they're boisterous ... they're direct."— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) August 25, 2020
Rivera calls Hoener's coaching style "old school. He's going to keep you honest." Mentions Hoener helped the likes of Vernon Davis during his career. In other words, these tight ends better listen to Coach Pete. https://t.co/fsZE3a0nqX— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) August 25, 2020
Dwayne Haskins Jr. Pick-Six:
"From my perspective you were late and it was a poorly thrown ball. " - Ron Rivera on what he told Dwayne Haskins after pick-six INT.— Chris Russell AKA The Rooster (@Russellmania621) August 25, 2020
Says it was correct decision by Dwayne. @WSHFootballSI
Rivera spoke to Haskins and McKissic after practice. Said he told Haskins he was late with the throw. Said Dwayne appreciated the direct approach. https://t.co/mbdmZ757Q0— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) August 25, 2020
Coach Ron Rivera said he told Haskins he thought the pass was late, and if he’s going to make this throw, gotta do it so only the RB can get it. Rivera said he appreciated them working to figure out what happened after practice. https://t.co/KEFWueyvVy— Rhiannon Walker (@InstantRHIplay) August 25, 2020
Ron Rivera just addressed this. Told Dwayne it was a good decision but that he was late and it was a poor throw. Said he needed to throw it faster and to the outside. But he appreciated Dwayne staying after practice to work through it. https://t.co/8rZrF6jkzn— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) August 25, 2020
Rivera said the coaching staff is moving players around to see how they respond. Rivera said you want this kind of camp, because you're able to put players in different situations.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) August 25, 2020
Practice at FedEx Field:
The Washington Football Team will practice at FedExField on Thursday in shells.— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) August 25, 2020
Ron Rivera on Latimer: I'm not going to get into specifics, but when Cody's issue came up, there were some things we had to check out...and he was placed on the Commissioner Exempt list." .— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) August 25, 2020
Said his case will keep him out of camp for a while so they needed to move on.