The Washington Redskins had welcomed their visitors today, the Houston Texans and HBO. The Texans are on hard knocks this year, so the network is traveling with them documenting their camp. Today was the first day of their joint practices in Richmond, Virginia. Things went well for the first practice against Houston for the most part, there were two key players that went down with injuries though. There hasn’t been any official timetable on their injuries, will update when that information is released.
DeSean Jackson separated his shoulder, expected to miss a couple weeks, per @diannaESPN. DeAngelo Hall injured his groin, out about a week.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 6, 2015
Hall went down in 11-on-11 drills, clutching his leg per several reports. The good news is that it’s not his achilles, obviously the bad news is that he’s going to be out for some time now. The Redskins are already down a starter in that group with Breeland going down last week, so it’ll be interesting to see who steps up and if they’ll get another body in camp to round out that group.
Had a minor setback in camp today. Wasn’t anything serious. Achilles is perfect feels good. I had a slight groin strain. I’ll be good #HTTR
— DeAngelo Hall (@DeAngeloHall23) August 6, 2015
As for DeSean, he was going all out for a deep pass in 1-on-1 drills and hit a blocking sled after making the catch. Reports indicate that he injured his shoulder upon hitting the ground, not the sled. Either way, he’ll be missing time. The good news here is that it means more snaps for some of the youngsters at the position like Evan Spencer and Jamison Crowder, apparently Crowder showed out today. He’s been having a good camp thus far, but it’s always a little different hearing that without pads versus padded practices and today was the latter. Below is what he did to starting Texans corner Kareem Jackson, or what was Kareem Jackson:
Well Damn Crowder… https://t.co/2yapBxzngv
— Furious Styles™ (@Chris_Worthy_) August 6, 2015
Last week in a press conference after a practice, Jackson was asked about Crowder and if he saw any similarities between Jamison and a younger DeSean. Jackson lavished praise upon the rookie and it’s evident that it’s well deserved. While Jackson is out, look for Crowder to continue displaying his speed and quickness.
Obviously if the Texans are in town, that means J.J. Watt is on the field. The Redskins got a chance to let their young offensive lineman get reps against arguably the best defensive player in the league. In the 11-on-11 drills where the first teams went at each other the Washington offensive line was Williams, Lauvao, Lichtensteiger, Scherff , and Moses left to right per Lake Lewis Jr. The right side of the offensive line got the pleasure of dealing with Watt, there were obviously teaching moments as J.J. got a sack early on and destroyed Scherff on another play, But overall, it doesn’t sound like Week 1 of the regular season last year where Watt was walking uninhibited to the quarterback.
It’s no surprise that the Redskins first team defense got after the Texans, as Dashon Goldson got an interception and Ryan Kerrigan got a sack. This is a different unit than the Redskins have seen on their side in some time. It’s a physically imposing, fast unit that wants to force turnovers. It’s only the first day of joint practices, but keep your eyes on the youngsters for Washington. If you got nothing out of today besides the injuries to Hall and Jackson, learn Jamison Crowder’s name. He might earn a role in Washington’s offense this season.
Coach Jay Gruden shared time tables in his press conference this afternoon. Jackson is out with an AC sprain, 1-2 weeks. DeAngelo Hall’s groin injury is day-to-day. Chris Culliver also is day-to-day with a groin injury and Jeron Johnson is out for a week with a hamstring injury.