Defense dominates offense in day 3 of Washington’s minicamp

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The Washington Football Team wrapped up its three-day mandatory minicamp on Thursday, and the team is now finished until training camp begins on July 27.

There were plenty of highlights during the minicamp, some of which was quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick owning Twitter with his “back-to-school” picture on Tuesday or the cicada in his beard on Wednesday.

Things happened on the field, too.

Chase Young returned to Ashburn on Monday after missing the voluntary OTAs due to other commitments — something he communicated to the coaching staff. As soon as Young returned, he made an impact.

Over the entire three days, there was more of that with the defensive line putting pressure on Washington quarterbacks leading to many tipped balls and interceptions.

On Wednesday, rookie third-round pick Benjamin St-Juste was the star of the day, breaking up several passes, including one intended for Terry McLaurin.

On Thursday, it was Bobby McCain’s day. McCain was all over the place, picking off at least two passes during Thursday’s practice.

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The quarterbacks struggled at times, but some of that is expected, with Fitzpatrick still getting acclimated and facing Washington’s ferocious defensive line.

For Washington head coach Ron Rivera, it was all about getting on the field and getting some good work in, something that did not happen in 2020.

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Now, Washington will get around six weeks off before reporting for training camp on July 27. The first week of camp will be held in Richmond, and the team will then return home to Ashburn for the duration.