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Notes, quotes and observations from practice (Thu, 7/29)
Here are some other news and notes from this afternoon’s Redskins practice, the first of training camp. I promise you won’t read the words “conditioning test” after this sentence.
*LT Trent Williams, the No. 4 overall pick, did not practice because he has not yet signed.
“I think we’re very close,” coach Mike Shanahan said. “I’d be surprised if he’s not in here quickly in the near future, knowing their agents, knowing [GM] Bruce [Allen], how we run this organization. We’ll just have to wait and see.”
Will Robinson played LT with the first-string in Williams’ absence.
*OL Mike Williams (blood clots) has been placed on the non-football injury list. That move created roster space for CB Carlos Rogers, who signed his one-year, $1.54 million tender earlier today and practiced with the starting unit.
*WR Malcolm Kelly (hamstring) fully participated in practice. He worked with the second string.
*Some depth chart notes:
-WR Joey Galloway practice with the first-string offense opposite Santana Moss.
-The first-string defensive line was: LDE Adam Carriker, NT Ma’ake Kemoeatu, RDE Kedric Golston.
-Kareem Moore was the first-string free safety, ahead of Reed Doughty and Chris Horton.
-Lorenzo Alexander played ahead of Andre Carter as the first-string LOLB.
-WRs Devin Thomas and Kelly practiced with the second team.
-I had the second-string defense as:
LDE Phillip Daniels; NT Howard Green; RDE Vonnie Holliday
LOLB Andre Carter; LILB Perry Riley; RILB H.B. Blades; ROLB Chris Wilson
CBs Kevin Barnes and Phillip Buchanon; Safeties: Reed Doughty and Kareem Moore.
*Lost among the sexier headlines today was that this was Shanahan’s Redskins training camp debut and his return to camp after spending 2009 out of the league. As you might expect, Shanahan didn’t make too much of the occasion.
“It’s nice,” he said. “Anytime you’re with an organization for as long as I was, and then to come in here after six months of hard work and our coaches, it’s really nice to get started. I really enjoyed it.”
Now, some observations from today’s 70-minute practice (in which players did not wear pads):
*Shanahan demands that every player jog from drill to drill. That might seem intuitive, but the increased tempo between drills was noticeable.
*OLB Brian Orakpo dropped into coverage on one play during 11-on-11 drills to try to cover Santana Moss. Moss got open from the slot and caught the short pass. Anyone who expects Orakpo to only rush the passer is mistaken. OLBs have to cover in a 3-4. It’s unavoidable.
*RB Larry Johnson dropped a short pass in 11-on-11. Later, Johnson made a nice read on a cutback run and burst upfield for a big gain. It was one of those typical Shanahan-offense zone-read plays.
*CB Justin Tryon made a nice break on a route to break up a 5-yard hitch.
*S Lendy Holmes picked off QB Richard Bartel on a truly woeful pass into traffic. Moments earlier, CB Doug Dutch should have intercepted an underthrown Bartel deep ball intended for WR Terrence Austin, who had gotten behind Dutch.
*NT Ma’ake Kemoeatu did well to bat down a pass at the line of scrimmage.
*The first-team QB-center tandem of Donovan McNabb and Casey Rabach botched two under-center snaps. Something you might expect on the first day of training camp.