Rivera said two retirements in one training camp is not unusual.
“This is happening,” he added. “This is already happening.”
Although the departure of an unformed newbie may seem simple, this departure is noteworthy. Walker had a real chance to make the list. Since enlisting, Rivera emphasized that the team wasn’t going after a veteran player because it wanted more picks for three promising rookies (Walker, Drew White of Notre Dame and Brice Notre of southern Illinois).
But now – after Walker is retired and rupture of the white anterior cruciate ligament – Only Notree remains. Washington has six other players on the roster, with a clear hierarchy between the first (Cole Holcombe and Jamin Davis), the second (David Mayo and Khalki Hudson) and the third (Dijon Harris and Milo Effler). Washington implemented a goal-line package on Friday with Holcomb and Mayo, not Davis, on the field, but it didn’t last 11-on-11.
“we will, [this is] It will prompt us to look at it clearly [linebackers]Rivera said. “[Walker’s] A guy we liked, we thought had some ability. Really good bar coming out of Idaho. It’s unfortunate, but if the young man had something else he wanted to do, he would go on and do it.”
Washington does not have many options for upgrading one of its weakest positions. Dallas secured one of the best remaining midfielders on the market Thursday with the signing of Anthony Barr on a one-year deal worth up to $3 million. If leaders are targeting veterans, candidates could include Joe Schubert, AJ Klein and Reggie Ragland.
Wide receiver Curtis Samuel (conditioning), cornerback William Jackson III (hamstring), right guard Trey Turner (quadriceps), defensive leg James Smith Williams (hip), tight leg John Bates (calf), tight end Sammis Reyes (hamstring) and wide receiver Dyami Brown were among those who missed part or all of practice.
Rivera said the swing handling of Cornelius Lucas, who remains on the list of non-football related illnesses, is “progressing well”.
During one-on-one drills, Cole Turner was braving a path on wet grass and flinched in pain after a single cut, apparently preferring his left leg. At 11-on-11, Percy Butler’s safety hit Turner hard on a short trail, and Turner came out limping holding his left hamstring. Turner sat in the medical tent, and Bates, who had not yet trained during camp, came and sat beside him. Turner eventually returned to the field.
Dirty attack during physical training on the goal line
In Washington’s first lined goal-line exercise, the offense looked sloppy, with many falls and twists. In a fourth-and-a-goal position, full-back Antonio Gibson and quarterback Carson Wentz missed the exchange, and Gibson flopped. On the other hand, a pass passed from the hands of reserve running back Reggie Bonaphon and landed in the hands of reserve corner Channing Stribling.
At other intervals Gibson flopped again, back-to-back Jonathan Williams flopped, and the corner threw Kendall Fuller’s potential interception that Wentz had thrown straight. Part of the inaccuracy may be due to the staff. One example: With several tight limbs injured, uncut rookies Curtis Hodges and Armani Rogers captured the majority of the first-team reps.
Wentz looked up and down all camps, and he struggled noticeably on Friday. It was more pronounced during seven over seven. In previous practices, Wentz usually excelled at seven-for-seven, even when he later struggled during rehearsals with a rush of passes (nine on nine or 11 on 11). But on Friday, Wentz missed several easy throws in seven-for-seven, including a short path to Terry McLaurin that Wentz skipped behind the wide kick.
Even when offensive coordinator Scott Turner tried to plan easier looks for Wentz, say during play or a bootleg game, he couldn’t find a rhythm. Once, as a defensive method, Montez chased Swift Wentz right, Sweat shouted something that could be interpreted as sarcasm or real advice: “Get rid of it! Get rid of it!”
Sheriff plays down the importance of the Washington meeting
Reporters in Jacksonville, Thursday, asked right-hand guard Brandon Sheriff if he feels extra motivated to face his former team in the season opener. Washington Scherff was drafted fifth in 2015 and signed to the franchise twice before Let him walk in March.
“Actually, it’s not like that,” Scherf said. “I had a great time and a great experience in Washington, and I wouldn’t be here without all the coaches I played with…there. For me, the first week is another game that I have to prepare for, and you know, we just have to show up and get ready to play because they are a structural team.”