July 31, 2010

Camp Notes From Day Three

-Albert Haynesworth was on the sidelines observing the defense in individual drills. Didn't see him during 11-on-11's. He worked out on his own after practice as has been the norm so far in camp.

-I have been sipping the Larry Johnson Kool-Aid, but while talking with John Pappas from Skinscast he told me that he felt Portis would remain the top RB option for the Redskins. Right after he said it, Portis ripped off a couple of nice runs. He looks quicker, faster, and more focused.

Pappas mentioned that Portis is an all-around back who is a warrior on gameday. I couldn't argue that. He can block, catch, and run. Johnson is having a monster camp, but he can't catch and isn't quite the jack-of-all trades Portis is in the backfield.

-The mood has improved each day at the Park. Mike Shanahan had a 17-minute presser today (his longest of camp) and cracked a few jokes; Chris Cooley was jawing with LaRon Landry after Landry tackled him in 11-on-11's; and special teams coach Danny Smith was his usual vocal self.

-DeAngelo Hall intercepted an errant Donovan McNabb pass, which led to a Hall TD. McNabb missed some throws and wasn't nearly as good as yesterday where the entire offense was clicking.

-Cooley dropped several passes. Not a whole lot to worry about. We've seen his abilities and we know he can catch. Just an off day.

-Ryan Torain continued to impress. He and Johnson sprint an extra 20 yards everytime the play is blown dead on one of their runs.

-Graham Gano entered camp as the lone placekicker on the roster. He kicked for about 15 minutes today from about 45 yards out. He missed just two according to Shanahan. Rich Tandler, Pappas and I estimated that he missed no more than three.

Gano has the leg strength, but it will be the accuracy and mental aspects of the job that will determine if he can be successful in this league.

-It seemed as if every receiver got reps with the first team. Santana Moss is the clear cut number one WR, but behind him it's a logjam. I think Devin Thomas has the right combination of athleticism and experience to be the split end, but we'll see.

-I had a great interview with rookie draft pick Terrence Austin earlier today. Great guy. He runs fantastic routes, learns fast, and returns kicks. He should make the team. I'll post something on him tonight.

More to come later after practice number two.

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