This morning’s practice wasn’t crisp on the offensive side. There were dropped passes by running backs Clinton Portis and Ladell Betts. Offensive line coach Joe Bugel chewed out guard Rueben Riley loud enough for all the fans to hear after Riley missed a block. Jason Campbell had a screen pass batted down by safety Reed Doughty. Colt Brennan fumbled a snap. Left tackle Chris Samuels committed a false start in 11-on-11 drills. You get the idea.
I believe some of this results from practicing against one of the NFL’s best defenses. I mean, we all know what the defense and offense did last year. Match them up against each other, and who do you think is going to come out on top? That said, it was obvious this morning’s practice by the offense was only the third of training camp.
First-round pick Brian Orakpo was in uniform for the morning session but he was mostly a spectator. He’ll participate fully this afternoon, less than 24 hours after agreeing to a five-year deal that includes $12.1 million guaranteed. He said he was dining at a sushi restaurant with his fiancee last night when his agent called. Asked if he left a big tip on the bill, he said ‘no’ because she paid. Good stuff.
Devin Thomas was working with the first team as the outside reciever, replacing incumbent Antwaan Randle El, for the time being at least. Thomas looked good, too. In 1-on-1 drills, he stutter-stepped Carlos Rogers out of the play and caught an uncontested deep ball from Campbell. I’ll have more on Thomas in tomorrow’s paper.
Before I get cracking on stories for tomorrow’s paper, here’s a question for you: Ideally, who do you want as the Redskins’ No. 2 wide receiver, Thomas, Randle El or Malcolm Kelly? Drop me your answer in the comments.