ASHBURN - Darvin Kidsy Jr. had both hands on the ball. All of a sudden, it wasn't his anymore.

Rookie Jimmy Moreland, from JMU, had ripped it out and was headed the other way.

"You gotta get in the weight room, kid," taunted another safety, Jeremy Reaves, from the sideline.

It was that kind of day for the Washington Redskins defense, which dominated the offense from start to finish in one of the four offseason workouts open to reporters.

With practice winding down, and the third-string defense on the field, the offense ran for a "touchdown" during a no-contact red zone drill, then celebrated it loudly. The defense was not amused, to say the least.

Coach Jay Gruden offered up a best-of-three competitive red zone sequence to end the workout. It ended, fittingly, with another Moreland interception, his third, and a 100-yard celebration by the defense as he trotted towards the other end zone.

"He's aggravating," said quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who offered up the interception. "I'm glad he's on our team."

Haskins and fellow quarterback Case Keenum struggled to get any kind of momentum going, making it tough to draw any conclusions in the offseason's top ongoing storyline.

One reason was a defensive line that was nearly at full strength, while the offensive line was mostly a patchwork one as players continue to recover from 2018 injuries. Morgan Moses and Brandon Scherff were on hand but only spectators, while Trent Williams wasn't at the workout.

"The defense is pretty good right now," coach Jay Gruden said. "They're at full strength. The offense we've got right now, it's not full strength. We just added two tackles today."

Perhaps nobody enjoyed the session more than defensive lineman Jonathan Allen, who stood right next to the quarterback almost every time he threw the ball. Once, when Keenum extended a play despite being "sacked," Allen gave him a little bump, to let him know he was there.

That drew immediate shouts and an appearance by position coach Jim Tomsula, who ushered Allen back to the sideline. He'll have to wait another four months to finish a tackle.

Other OTA observations:

-Ereck Flowers was playing at tackle, but only out of necessity, according to Gruden. He'll move back to guard when the starters get healthy.

-Multiple times Haskins broke a huddle with only 10 players, causing one of the coaches to shut down a drill prematurely.

"Dwayne's still processing everything," Gruden said.

-Haskins had the day's best passes, including a pair of head-turners that were absolutely of a Pro Bowl caliber. A lot will go into the starting QB decision, but the "wow factor" absolutely exists.

-He's also a rookie quarterback. During a drill where the quarterbacks were running an option play, Haskins put too much juice on a toss to his running back, causing the ball to fly away. Little things that will be easy to correct throughout camp.

-Keenum hasn't been exempt from coaching either. The staff was working with him on putting the ball in the right spot to allow the backs to continue running once they catch the ball out of the backfield. He's the more polished of the two by far, but on the practice field, it would be unfair to say he was significantly better than Haskins.

-Gruden was intense throughout the practice, at one point yelling at his team for walking back to the huddle instead of running in the 95-degree heat.

-Gruden was also in midseason form on the press conference podium. He was asked about the potential of the HBO show "Hard Knocks" filming the Redskins this season.

"If we're forced to do it, we'll make it work," Gruden said. "But if they were smart, they'd go to Oakland."

The Raiders, of course, are coached by his brother Jon.

Jay suggested the Redskins could do it next season. Teams can only be forced to participate if they don't make the playoffs.

"If we don't make the playoffs, I probably won't be here anyways," Gruden said with a chuckle. "Then they can do it here all they want."

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