Sunday marked the third and final day of the Washington Redskins Rookie mini-camp, an opportunity for coaches to evaluate their draft choices for the first time. Seven draft selections, twelve undrafted free agents, and forty-seven other college players were present at the workouts. Head coach Mike Shanahan seemed impressed with the play of his draft picks: “It was real impressive to see our draft choices and see their size and speed and their quickness, the things we were hoping for. Their ball skills were very evident out there the last few days. It was a good practice.”
While this mini-camp is just the beginning of a long process of identifying the players who will make the final roster, there are some noteworthy story lines already developing.
David Amerson is settling in at right corner. According to The Washington Post‘s Mike Jones, Amerson spent the three days playing the right (or outside) cornerback slot almost exclusively. This position best utilizes Amerson’s press coverage abilities. It’s way too early to make conjectures about the final depth chart, but I would not be surprised to see Amerson start opposite DeAngelo Hall on Week 1.
Jordan Reed sat out with a knee injury. The tight end nursed a bruised left knee bone which he suffered during his last game at the University of Florida. The injury is not expected to be serious.
Phillip Thomas and Bacarri Rambo shared the spotlight at safety. The Redskins’ fourth and sixth round selections shared the field at several times on Sunday, with Thomas playing strong safety and Rambo mainly playing the free position. Thomas recorded an interception and a fumble recovery. Rambo showed great closing speed and the ability to assist with run support in the box. In no-contact drills, it is difficult to truly measure the physicality of the players on your team. Still, both safeties displayed speed and awareness in their first practices with the Redskins.
Alfred Morris’ brother, Shawn, was invited to tryouts. After a banner career at Division III Birmingham Southern, Shawn Morris was among the forty seven players invited to the Redskins rookie mini-camp. He was one of the only unsigned players to receive attention during Mike Shanahan’s press conference. When asked the extent he looks like his heralded brother Alfred, Shanahan said, “Same personality, for sure. I’m not sure they both run the same. But what a quality young man.” At 5’8”, 197 pounds, Morris’ small frame will likely keep him from ever playing in the NFL.