Fall Sports Week in Review: 8/19-8/28

Women’s Soccer vs. Northwestern at JMU Invitational (8/19)  

Records: Northwestern 1-0, VCU 0-1

  • The VCU Rams started their season off with a loss to Northwestern last Friday night. Both teams went the whole 90 minutes without scoring a goal, but eight minutes into overtime, Northwestern’s Brenna Lovera scored the game winning goal to give Northwestern the 1-0 win over the Rams.
  • VCU had a total of 10 shots for the game with seven of those coming in the second half.
  • Northwestern had six shots on goal compared to only one for VCU.

 

Women’s Soccer vs. Arkansas at JMU Invitational (8/21)  

Records: Arkansas 3-0, VCU 0-2

  • In the Rams second game of the season they suffered another heartbreaking loss, this time to Arkansas. After a first half goal from junior Amanda Hallesjo, VCU’s intensity dropped off in the second half. The Rams allowed to second-half goals to Arkansas to give the Razorbacks a 2-1 win in VCU’s final game of the JMU Invitational.
  • Junior Megan Dell contributed four of the team’s seven shots, with two on net.
  • Arkansas had 13 corner kick opportunities throughout the match with nine of them coming in the second half.
  • VCU only had four corner opportunities, all coming in the first half.

 

Women’s Soccer at Old Dominion (8/25)

Records: Old Dominion 1-2, VCU 1-2  

  • The VCU Rams Women’s soccer team picked up their first win of the season on August 25th with a 2-1 win over Old Dominion University Monarchs. Natalie Robles and Sarah Gibson each scored their first goals of the season in the win.
  • VCU put many opportunities together from the corner holding the advantage 5-2 over the Monarchs.
  • Goalkeeper Audrey Sanderson earned her first win of the season, recording a save on two shots.
  • VCU returns to action next Friday, September 2 when they face Sacred Heart in their first game of the VCU Invitational at 7:30 p.m.

 

VCU Volleyball: Hampton Inn Invitational (8/26)

Records: VCU 0-1, Bowling Green 1-0

  • VCU dropped their season opener to Bowling Green on August 26th losing three sets to zero (25-17, 25-19, 25-22). Junior outside hitter Alicia Kandler had a match-high 15 kills and provided nine kills.
  • Junior Iibero Rebekah Strange led VCU’s back line with 15 digs.
  • Freshman outside hitter CeCe Madison added nine kills and seven digs for the Rams, while freshman setter Tyler Sroufe handed out 25 assists.

 

VCU Volleyball: Hampton Inn Invitational (8/26)

Records: #23 Louisville 2-0, VCU 0-2

  • In their second game at Bowling Green’s Hampton Inn Invitational, VCU faced off against the 23rd ranked Louisville Cardinals. The Rams put up a great effort but fell short to the Cardinals three sets to zero (25-22, 25-23, 25-23).
  • VCU stayed in the match thanks to stout defense. The Rams dug 66 balls in the contest and limited the Cardinals to a .173 hitting percentage. In addition to Strange, junior Alicia Kandler recorded 15 digs.
  • Junior libero Rebekah Strange collected 24 digs to lead VCU
  • Freshman outside hitter CeCe Madison booked her first career double-double with a team-high 10 kills and 10 digs for the Rams.
  • Freshman Jasmin Snead added four kills and four blocks, while freshman setter Tyler Sroufe contributed 26 assists.

 

Men’s Soccer vs. Stetson (8/26)

Records: VCU 0-1, Stetson 1-0

  • VCU loss their season opener to Stetson 2-1 in overtime on August 26th. The Rams dominated the game taking 21 shots with 10 on goal, but somehow Stetson found a way to sneak out the win. The game-winning goal from Stetson came from Gabriel Diniz with the assist by Luke Ferreira.
  • Junior Gerald Vargas scored his first goal for VCU toward the end of the first half, with Junior Steven Dal Molin getting the assist.
  • VCU took 13 shots in the first half, along with a total of 13 corner kicks throughout the game.
  • Both Fortia Munts and Ryo Shimazaki played good games as well, combining for nine shots, five of them on net.

VCU Volleyball: Hampton Inn Invitational (8/27)  

Records: VCU 0-3, Oakland 2-1

  • VCU fell to Oakland for their third consecutive loss at Bowling Green’s Hampton Inn Invitational on August 27th.
  • Junior Alicia Kandler hit .400 on 25 swings and added a pair of blocks for the Rams to go along with 13 kills. She hit .221 and averaged 3.67 kills per set in three matches this weekend. Kandler was making her VCU debut after transferring from Daytona State College.
  • Freshman setter Tyler Sroufe dished out 26 assists and added three kills and three blocks for VCU.
  • Freshman CeCe Madison kicked in eight kills and eight digs, while junior libero Rebekah Strange dug seven balls.
  • The Rams will head to Fort Myers, Florida and the campus of Florida Gulf Coast for the FGCU Hilton Garden Inn Invitational Sept. 2-3.

Men’s Soccer vs. UNLV (8/28)  

Records: VCU 0-2, UNLV 1-1

  • After a tough overtime loss in their season opener, VCU had the chance to correct their wrong; however, it turned out to be the same outcome. The Rams lost to UNLV 2-1 in double overtime on Sunday night, with UNLV’s Timo Mehlich scoring the game winning goal in the 103rd
  • Junior Rafael Andrade Santos scored his first goal of the season in his first appearance for the Rams this season.
  • UNLV outshot the Rams for the game 14-11, gaining their advantage in the second half with seven shots.
  • Both teams came away with four corner kicks apiece, while UNLV led the way in fouls with 17 compared to VCU’s eight.
  • VCU will return to action this Friday, September 2 when they hit the road for the first time this season against Coastal Carolina. Game time set for 7 p.m.

 

My Training Camp Experience Covering the Washington Redskins

Today was the Washington Redskins last practice here at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center and I must say it’s been a great two weeks having the opportunity to cover the Redskins for WVCW.  Getting the chance to be around a lot of professionals in the media, observing and learning how they work, is something I will take with me once I enter the sports media profession.

Being around the athletes iIMG_0393[1]s also something I will cherish forever. This training camp was my first experience being that close to professional athletes and it was hard not to act like a fan. You don’t realize how big those guys are until you are standing beside them because the TV does them no justice. But going to the press conferences, interviewing the players, and seeing the behind the scenes of training camp made me appreciate the opportunity even more because a lot of people don’t get the chance to do what I have done over the last two weeks.

Watching practices, observing players, taking notes, writing articles, all the things that came with covering the Redskins, taught me how to be a professional, especially writing the articles in a timely fashion. It gave me an inside look of what the media does on an every day basis.

What made the experience even more gratifying was that I was covering my favorite National Football League team in the Redskins. Not too many college students can say they had the chance to cover their favorite sports team, but I can. And I can honestly say it was what I thought it was going to be and more.

Whether it was a blistering hot day or pouring down raining, it was truly a pleasure being out there at every practice and I hope someday in the future I can do it again.

Practice Notes from Day 12 of Redskins Camp

It was Fan Appreciation Day at Washington Redskins practice today and with the heat index reaching a high of 109 degrees, that didn’t stop Redskins’ faithful from coming out and supporting their team.

Coming off their preseason loss to the Atlanta Falcons, head coach Jay Gruden made it a point of emphasis during the first half of practice, to work on the running game. During the early portion of team drills the running backs got a lot of reps.

“We worked on it good today. I think we had 12 straight runs today in a period but we’re going to keep working on it,” Gruden said.

There wasn’t much to be excited about though as the backs still had trouble finding any room to run against the front seven of the defense and Matt Jones may be No.1 on the depth chart but his play has to improve.

“With Matt [Jones], it would be nice to get him two, three, four carries in a row to get a rhythm going and see how he does then,” Gruden said.

On the other side of the ball, the first team defense continues to impress and improve each day at practice, especially the front seven. In practice today, the front seven forced two pass deflections and sacked quarterback Kirk Cousins as well.

“Our defense played well today,” Gruden said.

In the secondary, cornerback Greg Toler is making a name for himself at Redskins camp. Toler had a nice interception on backup quarterback Colt McCoy. While covering tight end Vernon Davis, Toler made a nice play on the ball coming away with the interception as he was falling to the ground tussling with Davis for possession. Whether it was a catch or not, Toler finds ways to make plays and may play himself onto the 53-man roster.

After a good professional debut Thursday against the Falcons, linebacker Su’a Cravens aggressive play, shows why he can be a difference maker as he continues to get more experience.

“When he’s around the football, he makes plays…Sometimes he’s out of place, but he’s out of place with great effort,” Gruden said.

Cravens also intercepted McCoy in practice, drawing cheers from the guys on defense.

But what might have been the catch of the day was made by rookie wide receiver Kendall Thompson making a diving catch down the right sideline on a fly pattern during two minute drills. Of course on Fan Appreciation Day, the fans appreciated that effort and catch by Thompson, giving him a nice round of applause from the sidelines.

Other News and Notes from today’s practice

  • Tight end Niles Paul did not practice today after hyperextending his knee Thursday against the Falcons
  • Wide reIMG_0377[1]ceiver Jamison Crowder returned to practice after missing a week due to a pulled hamstring
  • Offensive tackles Trent Williams and Kevin Bowen both missed practice today. Gruden says Williams should be back on the practice field tomorrow
  • Offensive tackle Ty Nsekhe and wide receiver Maurice Harris both tweaked their knees during practice, but nothing too serious

Takeaways from Washington Redskins Preseason Opener

In the Washington Redskins preseason opening lost against the Atlanta Falcons, 23-17, like any game, there were some positive things you could take away as well as negatives. Let’s start with the positives first.

Positives from tonight:

Quarterback Kirk Cousins and the first team offense didn’t miss a beat in their only series of the game. They didn’t score but Cousins went 5-5 for 39 yards and the offensive line gave Cousins great protection, which enabled him to survey the field and find open receivers.

The first team defense held up their end of the bargain as well. They were able to create pressure on Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, not allowing him to complete a pass in his two series on the field. The first team defense forced consecutive three and outs before their night was done.

A lot of young guys had the opportunity to play tonight and four in particular stood out to me. First was rookie quarterback Nate Sudfeld. Sudfeld was impressive in his professional debut. He went 10-15 for 89 yards and a touchdown. Head coach Jay Gruden said he had great command of the huddle and no delay of game penalties, which is half the battle for a quarterback coming out of college.

Second was rookie linebacker Su’a Cravens who played with high energy and aggression when he was on the field. Cravens made plays both on defense and special teams showing flashes of his versatility that excites Redskins’ fans. He finished the night with four tackles, two for a loss, and a pass deflection.

The final two players that impressed me were rookie running backs Robert Kelley and Mack Brown. After a non-existent running game in the first half, Kelley and Brown both provided a spark for the offense in the second half. Kelley did most of his work in the third quarter, scoring the first touchdown of the game for the Redskins. Kelley finished with 7 carries for 40 yards and a touchdown. Brown took over in the fourth quarter and took advantage of his opportunity. Making guys miss and running through tackles, Brown found ways to gain positive yards on the ground earning 7 carries for 28 yards.

Worth Noting: Kicker Dustin Hopkins and punter Tress Way look to be in midseason form already.

Negatives from tonight:

After the first team defense night was over, the Redskins’ secondary struggled giving up big plays down the field, in particular cornerback Quinton Dunbar. Dunbar was beaten twice by Falcons wide receiver Aldrick Robinson, leading to a field goal and touchdown respectively.

I mentioned it earlier, but the Redskins running attack didn’t look good. Matt Jones and Keith Marshall struggled to hit the hole and gain positive yardage, combining to rush for zero yards in the game. Backup quarterback Colt McCoy had the longest run of the first half for the Redskins for eight yards and as a team finished the first half with only 12 yards rushing. Not the start Jones and Marshall wanted for the start of the 2016-17 season, all be it’s only the preseason.

Special teams also has work to do, in particular the kickoff coverage team. They gave up a 101 yard kickoff return touchdown to start the second half. The Redskins had a day of practice dedicated to special teams only so far this training camp, but Gruden stressed after the game that special teams has to be fixed.

Yes it was only the first preseason game, but no coach wants to see the amount of penalties the Redskins amounted tonight. The Redskins finished the game with 14 penalties, showing a bit of undisciplined by the young guys playing in their first National Football League (NFL) game.

Takeaway from preseason opener:

Other than the first team offense and defense, Gruden and the rest of the coaching staff will have a lot of uncertainty when it comes to filling out their 53-man roster.

Day 11: Redskins’ Final Practice before their preseason opener on Thursday

Today marked the Washington Redskins’ final practice before their preseason opener on Thursday against the Atlanta Falcons. Much of the team wasn’t in pads and the Redskins’ held a mini walkthrough near the end of practice to go over their game plan for Thursday.

Head Coach Jay Gruden has already said the starters won’t play much, so the second and third team offense/defense got a bulk of the reps. During his press conference after practice, Gruden said he’s excited to see how the rookies perform in their first National Football League (NFL) game.

With guys like wide receiver Jamison Crowder and tight end Jordan Reed out on the offensive side of the ball, there will be plenty of opportunities for rookies to make a name for themselves.

But one rookie who continues to catch my eye is running back Keith Marshall. After having a great practice yesterday, he continued that great play during 1-on-1 drills against the linebackers. Marshall made a nice catch against linebacker Carlos Fields, who was tight to Marshall’s hip, which got a cheer from the crowd and the coaches keeping their eye out for Marshall.

There were also two skirmishes during practice, nothing big, but it brought a little bit more excitement to the practice field.

Other News and Notes from Day 11 of Training Camp:

  • Jordan Reed won’t travel with the team to Atlanta, he will stay in Richmond to receive treatment on his sprained thumb.
  • Linebacker Preston Smith injured his shoulder during practice, nothing too serious. Gruden says he will receive treatment and see how he is when Thursday comes.
  • Offensive tackle Trent Williams will travel with the team, but Gruden still isn’t sure whether he’ll play Thursday.
  • Guard Shawn Lauvao will play against the Falcons Thursday.

Day 10: Kirk Cousins Struggles and Redskins Release their First unofficial depth chart

The rain didn’t stop the Washington Redskins from getting on the field today. It rained for the majority of practice, with heavy downpours at time, but with the team having their first preseason game on Thursday, every rep they can take is essential.

In situational 11-on-11 drills Saturday quarterback Kirk Cousins was nearly flawless. However today, not so much. He did throw a touchdown pass to wide receiver Desean Jackson, but the football was underthrown and cornerback Bashaud Breeland had a chance to make the interception, it’s just Desean made a better play on the ball. Then working on their two minute offense, Cousins threw a pass out to the flat off his back foot which was intercepted for a touchdown by safety DeAngelo Hall. Not one of Kirk’s best days, but I’m sure he’ll bounce back.

One person on offense who did have a good day was rookie running back Keith Marshall. During team drills he had two big runs against the defense that shows why he has a hold on the No. 3 running back spot on the depth chart right now.

Overall, today’s practice was a win for the defense. In a goal line situation with chants of “Defense” coming from defensive tackle Chris Baker and others, the second unit defense was able to keep the second team offense out of the end zone forcing Colt McCoy to throw the ball out of bounds. All three defensive units also continue to get pressure on the quarterbacks, forcing them out of the pocket and making them feel uncomfortable.

The Redskins released their unofficial depth chart today as well ahead of their preseason game on Thursday. Take a look at below (Courtesy of: Redskins.com):

POS FIRST SECOND THIRD OTHER
WR1 DeSean Jackson Maurice Harris Reggie Diggs Dez Stewart
LT Trent Williams Ty Nsekhe Kevin Bowen
LG Spencer Long Shawn Lauvao Arie Kouandjio Cody Booth
C Kory Lichtensteiger Spencer Long Josh LeRibeus Austin Reiter
RG Brandon Scherff Josh LeRibeus Nila Kasitati
RT Morgan Moses Takoby Cofield Al Bond Isaiah Williams
TE Jordan Reed Vernon Davis Niles Paul Logan Paulsen
Marcel Jensen
WR2 Pierre Garçon Rashad Ross Jarvis Turner Kendal Thompson
QB Kirk Cousins Colt McCoy Nate Sudfeld
WR3 Jamison Crowder Ryan Grant Valdez Showers T.J. Thorpe
RB Matt Jones Chris Thompson Keith Marshall Mack Brown
Robert Kelley
Kelsey Young
Joe Kerridge

 

POS FIRST SECOND THIRD OTHER
LDE Ricky Jean Francois Kendall Reyes Corey Crawford Anthony Lanier
NT Kedric Golston Matt Ioannidis Jerrell Powe
RDE Chris Baker Stephen Paea Ziggy Hood
SLB Preston Smith Trent Murphy Houston Bates Ejiro Ederaine
Lynden Trail
Shiro Davis
MLB Will Compton Martrell Spaight Carlos Fields Steven Daniels
MLB Mason Foster Perry Riley Jr. Su’a Cravens Terence Garvin
WLB Ryan Kerrigan Willie Jefferson Mike Wakefield
CB Bashaud Breeland Greg Toler Dashaun Phillips Lloyd Carrington
CB Josh Norman Kendall Fuller Quinton Dunbar Jeremy Harris
Mariel Cooper
SS David Bruton Jr. Duke Ihenacho Geno Matias-Smith
FS DeAngelo Hall Will Blackmon Deshazor Everett

 

POS FIRST SECOND THIRD OTHER
P Tress Way
K Dustin Hopkins
H Tress Way
LS Nick Sundberg
KR Rashad Ross Chris Thompson Keith Marshall
PR Jamison Crowder Will Blackmon Rashad Ross

 

Other News and Notes from Day 10 of Training Camp:

  • Wide receivers Reggie Diggs (knee) and Jamison Crowder (hamstring) will not play in Thursday’s preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons, along with tight end Derek Carrier and receiver Josh Doctson who are both still on the physically unable to perform list (PUP).
  • Offensive tackle Trent Williams returned to practice today only participating in individual drills, but is also not likely to play in Thursday’s preseason opener against the Falcons.
  • Chris Baker was held out of practice today due to an ingrown toenail.
  • Redskins waive rookie linebacker Steven Daniels, who is out for the season with a torn labrum.

News and Notes from Day 8 of Redskins Training Camp

The Washington Redskins held a 1 pm practice today, eliminating the morning walkthrough, but even with a change in schedule, there wasn’t a drop off in the teams’ mindset on the field.

A lot of the reps today in practice went to the 2nd and 3rd team guys as Head Coach Jay Gruden wants players to have the chance to prove themselves on the field. The defensive line looked good in 11-on-11 drills at the end of practice forcing three interceptions by rookie quarterback Nate Sudfeld.

“It was a team effort by the defense. They had great pass rush, number one, which made [Nate] Sudfeld a little uncomfortable, and then they had good coverage to boot so it was a good all-around effort by the defense,” Gruden said.

And with a lot of depth at the defensive line position, Gruden wants them as well as other positions, to have opportunities to show what they can do as decisions on the roster loom with the Redskins first preseason game next Thursday against the Atlanta Falcons.

“Yeah, I want to get them some more reps. Yesterday, I had a really long drive with the ones. They were out there for about an 18-play drive, so today I wanted to really feature the twos and the threes and make sure they got the reps,” Gruden said.

Third year wide receiver Ryan Grant continues to have a solid camp in a crowded group at the receiver position. Grant made a nice leaping catch over linebacker Will Compton during 7-on-7 drills for a big gain.

While devastating news came at the end of practice for rookie linebacker Steven Daniels as the team says he suffered a torn labrum and probably will be out for the remainder of the 2016-17 season. A decision on surgery will be made soon.

“Steven Daniels has a labrum [injury]. He’s probably going to have surgery. We’re going to probably decide that today, but [it] looks like he’ll have surgery,” Gruden said.

Other News and Notes from Day 8 of Training Camp

  • Offensive Tackle Trent Williams missed his second day of practice due to rest. He should be back when the team practices again Sunday.
  • Tight end Jordan Reed was held out of practice for precautionary reasons due to a slightly sprained thumb.
  • Receiver Jamison Crowder has a slight hamstring pull and missed practice.
  • Matt Jones was back in action today after missing yesterday’s practice.
  • Rookie running back Keith Marshall looks to have a hold on the third running back role as of now, behind Matt Jones and Chris Thompson.
  • The Redskins have the day off tomorrow and will resume practice again Sunday at 1 pm.
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Day 7: Can this group of Redskins’ receivers be elite?

A week into training camp for the Washington Redskins, and the expectations to repeat as NFC East champions continue to grow, especially when you look at the group of pass catchers the Redskins have.

With guys like Desean Jackson, Pierre Garcon, Jamison Crowder, and Jordan Reed, the Redskins have one of the most talented group of receivers/tight ends in the National Football League (NFL).

“Well, I think with me and Pierre [Garcon] being like the veterans of the group, he’s had some great success and I’ve had some great success in this league too. We try to set the bar high,” Jackson said.

The offense showed signs of what they could be last year and as training camp continues Jackson knows the progression of the offense can only get better.

“Like you said, we’re a week in. It’s hot weather in this heat, really been putting in work and doing everything we need to do to better ourselves and take steps to get to where we got to from last year,” Jackson said.

Now it’s just a matter of how will they produce on the field this year with Kirk Cousins trying to prove he can be a starting quarterback in this NFL. According to Jackson, Cousins has to be consistent this IMG_0263[2]year to take the next step in his growth at quarterback.

“Last year was his first year starting and having a full year under his belt and not really having to be behind RGIII like he was for the first couple of years. Towards the end of the season is really what he has to build off of,” Jackson said.

Also adding a top-5 corner like Josh Norman has helped Jackson and other receivers get better and bring a more competitive spirit to practice.

“You know, it’s practice. That’s what we’re out here for, to get better and to challenge each other. It’s not like he’s going against a guy that’s not capable of winning matchups and one-on-ones,” Jackson said.

Other Training Camp Notes:

  • Governor Terry McAuliffe made a guest appearance at Redskins camp today, signing autographs and posing for pictures with the fans.
  • Running back Matt Jones, rookie linebacker Daniel Stevens, and offensive lineman Kevin Bowen all missed practice today with injuries
  • For Friday’s practice, head coach Jay Gruden decided the team won’t have a morning walkthrough and there will just be an afternoon practice.

 

Special Teams Take Center Stage in Day 6 of Redskins Training Camp

The Washington Redskins held an hour long special teams’ only practice today, while a lot of the veterans had the day off and the big guys were doing some conditioning work off to the side.

With the focus on special teams, I was able to get a good look at kicker Dustin Hopkins and his leg strength. While practicing his field-goal kicking, maDay 6 of Training Campking 9 out of 10 attempts, Hopkins drilled a 63 yard field goal that ignited a cheer from his teammates. Who knew watching a kicker could be so exciting.

With the new 25-yard line touchback rule in affect this season, today’s practice provided strategy on how the Redskins will handle kickoffs as well.

“You know, we’re going to try some of the pooch stuff and try to pin them back. You know, we don’t want to just succumb to the 25-yard line,” Head Coach Jay Gruden said.

Also today, wide receiver Rashad Ross and running back Chris Thompson worked on fielding kickoffs and punts, alongside second year receiver Jamison Crowder and safety Will Blackmon. It looks like Crowder will be the main guy returning punts and the coaching staff wants to find better ways to utilize Crowder’s punt returning ability this season.

“We’ve got to give Crowder some better looks; that’s our No. 1 goal. He’s too of a punt returner to average—I think it was three-point whatever yards per return—so I think that’s something we’re really working hard on,” Gruden said.

In non-special teams related news, rookie wide receiver Josh Doctson was seen in a walking boot during practice, but nothing Redskins’ fans should be worried about.

“Really, they’re trying to work him [Doctson] hard one day and then let him rest the next day and keeping him in the boot is the best option we feel like right now,” Gruden said.

Other News and Notes from Training Camp:

  • Nose tackle Jerrell Powe is having a heart arrhythmia procedure done and will miss about 7-10 days
  • Linebacker Trent Murphy was back on the practice field after missing yesterday’s practice with strep throat

Day 5 of Training Camp for the Washington Redskins

Training Camp so far for the Washington Redskins has been one not too many people are talking about. Other than signing Josh Norman in the off-season, the Redskins training camp has been a relatively calm one. In previous years, with the uncertainty at the quarterback position with Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins, there were a lot of distractions surrounding the team going into the season. Now, with Griffin in Cleveland and Cousins being the guy at quarterback for Washington, the Redskins can just focus on football.

“I don’t know if it’s been like that in the past, probably when I first got here, but our goal is to coach football and play football. We’re just trying to get the best out of our guys. We’re not trying toDay 5 of Camp 2016 do any crazy stunts off the field,” Head Coach Jay Gruden said.

During practice, right tackle Morgan Moses stood out to me as well as to the coaches. Moses is quicker moving his feet and watching him during drills, Moses is doing a better job of squaring up his body and keeping defenders in front of him allowing him to extend his arms and use his hands a lot more without holding.

A lot of the credit goes to offensive line coach Bill Callahan in helping Moses continue to develop. However, you can’t take away the influence Pro Bowl tackle Trent Williams is having on Moses as well.

“I took him [Moses] under my wing. He’s like a little brother to me. I see so much potential in him and so much talent in him, and you know, I’m just pleased to see how hard he works and how much he tries to continue to improve his game on the field and off the field,” Williams said.

In other news at training camp, rookie Su’a Cravens was held out of a practice today with what is believed to be a strained tendon near his hamstring.

“Craven just has a little sprained tendon on the back of his leg. Hamstring-type thing, I don’t know exactly what it is,” Gruden said.

Rookie running back Robert Kelley missed his second straight day of practice with a pulled hamstring and rookie wide receiver Josh Doctson remains on the physically unable to perform list (PUP). Also according to Gruden, tight end Derek Carrier probably won’t practice with the team in Richmond as he is still nursing his way back from a torn ACL and MCL.

Other Notes from Day 5 of Training Camp:

  • Former Richmond Spiders wide receiver Reggie Diggs was activated from the PUP list and participated in practice
  • Wednesday’s practice will hone in on special teams and a lot of the veterans will have a chance to rest
  • Bashaud Breeland intercepts Kirk Cousins for the second straight day during the team scrimmage portion of practice