Leonard Williams found himself in Todd Bowles’ doghouse Wednesday afternoon. Making contact with the quarterback during minicamp will do that.
During team drills, the defensive lineman got to quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and stripped him, leading to an angry response from Bowles. From a distance, Williams protested that he didn’t do anything wrong.
“We should not touch the quarterback,” Bowles said following practice. “There is no fine line. We don’t touch the quarterback in shorts and T-shirts. Ever.”
“We talked about it. It was handled on the field,” he added. “It’s not a big deal. It doesn’t carry over. And he wasn’t the only one.”
The hit was part of a chippy practice with a few near scuffles. There was also a strong amount of good-natured trash-talking, particularly between safety Jamal Adams and running backs coach Stump Mitchell.
“As long as they know what they’re doing, they can talk as much as they want,” Bowles said. “If they don’t, they probably need to shut up.”
Wide receiver Terrelle Pryor was out of the walking boot on his right foot on Wednesday, but Bowles cautioned against reading too much into the development. Pryor, who has had two surgeries on his right ankle since last November, the second one in early June, remains a question mark to be ready once training camp begins in late July.
Bridgewater had a rough practice, throwing three interceptions. One of them came on a deflection off the hands of fullback Lawrence Thomas. Kevin Pierre-Louis, Doug Middleton and David Bass had the picks.
Bowles said he was pleased to see the Redskins present their replacement players from the 1987 season with Super Bowl rings. During the strike, the Redskins’ replacement players went 3-0, and most of them were cut once the regular players returned. They received cash bonuses from the title, but not rings until Tuesday.
Bowles was on the team, which topped the Broncos, 42-10, in Super Bowl XII.
“I think it’s great,” he said. “At that time, it was my second year, and when you’re on strike and somebody has your job, obviously you want them to fail and you want to get back to work. Over time, as you [look back on it], if they don’t win those three ballgames, who knows what happens during that year. They worked hard for it, they earned it, and I’m glad they got them.”