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Seems like Fitz is forever the starting QB that fans are happy to have while simultaneously hoping he gets beat out by the 2nd stringer. 

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  • Rookie wideout Dyami Brown came up with the morning's splashiest play. The North Carolina product was matched up with Troy Apke — who was lined up at corner for this particular snap — on the right set of numbers, and he ended up running a deep route down toward the middle of the field. Taylor Heinicke, who was tasked with taking the second-string reps at QB, lofted a pass 50-plus yards in the air for Brown, who skied for it and ended up bringing it down despite Apke attempting to come over his back for it. Coach Ron Rivera has already pointed multiple times to Brown's ability to convert in contested situations, and that major gain was evidence that Brown does thrive in those spots. Heinicke was sharp throughout the two-hour get-together, by the way.
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  • Ryan Fitzpatrick's aggressiveness was apparent from the jump. The veteran was — and this isn't a shock — not afraid to attack the defense, at times hitting Adam Humphries and Cam Sims for significant chunks. The strike to Sims in particular stood out, with Fitz dropping in a sweet back-shoulder toss that Rivera gushed about in his press conference afterwards. That was a very advanced completion for late-May. 
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  • Let's take attendance... Two extremely notable names were missing from Tuesday's action in Chase Young and Montez Sweat. Afterward, Rivera said the pair of pass rushers had been in touch with assistant coaches, so the boss wasn't that upset about their absences, but he certainly would've preferred to see them in person. Charles Leno Jr. was also not in Ashburn, but his wife just gave birth to their child and he's expected to return soon. Lastly, Steven Sims Jr. wasn't around, either.
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  • Landon Collins, Kyle Allen, Matt Ioannidis, Kelvin Harmon, Saahdiq Charles and Antonio Gandy-Golden were all in uniform as they returned from various injuries that plagued them in 2020. Collins didn't do any 11-on-11 stuff, but he was still active during those portions, standing well behind the safeties to visualize his role and interacting with secondary coach Chris Harris. Allen was third up in the QB rotation and wasn't sheltered in any way. Charles received some reps at tackle to fill in for Leno Jr.
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  • The practice fields themselves were in tremendous shape, despite some recent and heavy rain in the area. In previous years, any precipitation would really damage the playing surface and send the players inside the bubble for indoor work, but Rivera and Co. have made a point of seriously improving the conditions at the franchise's Virginia headquarters and that effort appeared to already pay dividends on Tuesday. There were tons of gnats in the air, though. Billions maybe. Bug spray will be a precious commodity for the next round of OTAs.
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  • Sam Cosmi, the second-rounder who will have a legit chance to replace Morgan Moses at right tackle in 2021, wore No. 62 at rookie minicamp... but is now wearing Moses' old digits, 76. That's cold, even by pro football's chilly standards.
  • If Tuesday was any indication, Curtis Samuel is going to get his touches in Washington. The ex-Panther was all over the place on offense and coordinator Scott Turner already deployed him in many ways. Samuel, Antonio Gibson and JD McKissic are gonna be a splendid, versatile trio to watch — and a difficult trio to stop. 
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  • Rookie Darrick Forrest had the defensive highlight of the morning, as he snared a deflected pass for an interception in 9-on-9 drills. With the way the entire defense blasted off the sideline to swarm Forrest once the sequence concluded, you would've thought he hauled in a Powerball ticket. That was no doubt a special moment for him.
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  • Lastly, Tuesday was a bit of a rough outing for Sammis Reyes, which is fine, because he's at the absolute beginning of his career in the sport. But still, he had a few notable mistakes, including coming in motion at the wrong time pre-snap (Heinicke had to send him back) and an unfortunate drop on a well-thrown dart that would've resulted in a first down. Fitzpatrick was impressed by Reyes' athleticism and physique, though, which is a worthwhile thing to relay, since Fitzpatrick has seen his fair share of gifted athletes since entering the league.

https://www.nbcsports.com/washington/football-team/dyami-brown-produces-biggest-highlight-wfts-first-ota-session

 

 

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Young and Sweat being absent isn’t that concerning but it is surprising. Especially Chase. 
 

Steven Sims not showing up doesn’t seem like a good idea... unless he knows he’s already out the door anyway. 

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That response from Collins on the whole LB thing makes perfect sense to me. Asking him to be a full time LB wouldn’t have been a good fit. Playing a LB type of role in certain packages does make sense though, and it sounds like he’s perfectly open to that. Getting more DBs on the field will be beneficial for us in most situations. 

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I love how Fitzpatrick said in his presser that he has so much experience with where the holes are in different defensive coverages and how tight the windows will be that he is throwing to those spots in camp and making the WR's adjust their timing/breaks/routes to those windows.

 

 

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19 minutes ago, terpfan said:

Young and Sweat being absent isn’t that concerning but it is surprising. Especially Chase. 
 

Steven Sims not showing up doesn’t seem like a good idea... unless he knows he’s already out the door anyway. 

Yep.  Both Sims could be goners especially Jr.

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2 hours ago, Skinsinparadise said:

 

 

 

 

Going back over decades there are certainly tons of one day wonders that fizzle out after a big first day at OTA/mini-camp.

 

But there are also true diamonds in the rough that were overlooked or underappreciated for whatever reason that, from day one, are determined to SHOW they belong.

 

I hope we'll look back at this as a "show I belong" moment for the young buck.

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37 minutes ago, Skinsinparadise said:
  • Sam Cosmi, the second-rounder who will have a legit chance to replace Morgan Moses at right tackle in 2021, wore No. 62 at rookie minicamp... but is now wearing Moses' old digits, 76. That's cold, even by pro football's chilly standards.

 

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17 minutes ago, Burgold said:

So, I take it the real reason Moses was cut was because he was asking too high a price to switch jersey numbers?

I thought maybe it was the only number in the 70s available but 70 and 79 appear to be free too. Just cold blooded, Sam. 🤣

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1 hour ago, PartyPosse said:

Gotta give credit to Apke showing up knowing he’s dunzo here. 

Could make a good corner. Hes definitely got the size and speed. 

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If he can’t cover at safety I’m not sure why you’d expect he could cover at CB, but sure why not. He’s not making the team at safety so I don’t see the downside of trying him somewhere else. Maybe see if he can gain 30 lbs and play linebacker. 😂

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