I was able to make it out to the Jets/Redskins joint practice this past Tuesday and wanted to briefly share my thoughts and observations from the session.
Alex Smith was accurate as hell and I continue to be in the minority in thinking he can be a short term upgrade over Kirk Cousins at the position. Vault me. Smith was placing it where only his receivers could catch it and moved the ball down the field efficiently during the two minute drill. Colt McCoy did some good things, including hitting Trey Quinn on a well-placed 35 yard strike, and it's easy to see why the team likes him as a veteran backup who could lead in a pinch. Kevin Hogan, on the other hand, was abysmal. Hogan tossed back-to-back red zone interceptions and isn't doing himself any favors as a potential developmental project.
From the bottom of the barrel depth guys, Kapri Bibbs was the most impressive. Bibbs was getting the reps ahead of Byron Marshall and broke what would have been a nice touchdown scamper form the 30 in 11 v 11s. Bibbs was highlighted yesterday in a nice article by Ben Standig (@BenStandig) of the The Sports Capital and "the relentlessly positive human" is making a strong case to take advantage of the roster spot opened up from Derrius Guice's season-ending injury.
It's very evident to see that Trey Quinn is a player that Jay Gruden has huge plans for in this offense. Quinn was running extremely crisp routes and created nice separation as he displayed very good chemistry with Alex Smith, which is good to see because Quinn was getting bodied at the catch point. In familiar Josh Doctson fashion, the former Horned Frog and first round pick flashed some highlight-reel plays, but was largely inconsistent throughout the day and had trouble creating separation on shorter routes.
We've all seen Terrelle Pryor get sonned by DJ Swearinger by now, and it was obvious that Pryor wasn't popular among his teammates during his stint with the Redskins. The starting defensive flashed dominance, but the chasm between the first and second team units it wide. Hopefully the injury bug has stopped chomping on this team, because any injury to the starting unit will be difficult to overcome.
I can confirm Josh Norman's opinions that Rookie QB Sam Darnold was impressive in his reps, but the Jets were doing him no favors by making him run for his life the entire scrimmage. Darnold was "sacked" or hurried almost every play against the Redskins first-team defense, and I'm not sure trotting the rookie out behind a below-average offensive line (in my opinion) is the best move for Darnold. We see what that got Andrew Luck. It will be interesting to see how Darnold does in tonight's game playing behind the first team offensive line.
Teddy Bridgewater played well against the Redskins second-team and it will be interesting to see what his fate is for the 2018 season, especially with Darnold seemingly taking the reigns as the starter.
One player on defense that stood out to me was cornerback Rashard Robinson. Robinson is suspended for the first four games of the season, but he was active in coverage and not afraid of being vocal.
Robinson Also punted the ball away after breaking up a potential TD.
Overall, it was a tense and heated practice, and you definitely could feel a sense of deflation among the fans from Guice's ACL injury.