ASHBURN, VA - The Washington Redskins rookie camp kicked off this weekend with headliners Jonathan Allen and Ryan Anderson leading the group.
Practice was held in team's bubble, giving the rookies and tryout players a fair shot to prove themselves while being protected from the rainy conditions outside. Among those in attendance were 9 of the team's draft picks (excluding Fabian Moreau), 8 college free agents, 37 tryout players and 7 first year veterans.
"I was impressed with them all, even the tryout guys that came in here," Head Coach Jay Gruden said after practice. "They had to learn on the fly. The first day, we were throwing a lot of stuff at them offensively and defensively and they picked it up well and competed."
Gruden noted that the tryout guys have a long way to go, but it's not uncommon to see a few get signed after rookie camp concludes. Grambling State DB Jameel Jackson was one tryout guy who could have a shot. He stood out during practice. Although, he'll have a high hill to climb with Washington's depth at defensive back.
"As far as our draft picks are concerned, I’m satisfied," Gruden said. "I’m happy with them. They have a long way to go, without a doubt. They know they have a lot of work ahead of them. They’re behind. They have to catch up, but I like the way they worked, I liked the way they practiced and I like their athletic ability.”
Check back for practice notes on Washington's top draft picks and a potential college free agent sleeper.
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