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On The Field For The Last Day Of OTAs

Posted by Matt Terl on June 11, 2009 – 2:53 pm

It’s another one of those last-day-of-school days here, and — to be blunt — it’s probably a very good thing that LaRon Landry came back today. I have a suspicion that today’s OTA could’ve been a very rote, by-the-numbers affair, and it seemed like Landry’s return gave a little bit of a spark to the team.

That spark was probably clearest when DeAngelo Hall picked off yet another pass and, instead of jogging it out, lateraled it to Landry. Landry took off. It was partially that his legs haven’t been subjected to OTAs for the last two weeks — and his teammates were all shouting “Fresh legs!” at him — but he’s one of those physical specimen kind of players, and you could see it on that return.

He is not, however, the most forthcoming person in the world.

Speaking to the media after practice, he assured everyone that he and Coach Zorn “are on the same page” after talking yesterday. He said that he wasn’t here because “I was doing a couple of personal things and doing what I needed to do in order to stay in shape. I came out today and had a couple of things to catch up with in the playbook, but as far as my physical ability and endurance, it is all there.”

You’re probably thinking, hey, he knew all along that he’d just come in for the last day of OTAs. Not according to Coach Zorn. Here’s Zorn: “He showed up in my office yesterday. I was just coming out of a staff meeting, and all of a sudden he appeared.”

Anyhow, Landry looked to be in his characteristic insanely good shape, and had added a new piercing to his look. His on-the-field look, as mentioned, was still pretty impressive.

Other than Landry’s return, it seemed like a largely uneventful OTA. Fred Davis had a couple of nice touchdown catches, and I suspect he would have more if he had a working drawstring on his practice shorts. People were making fun of Santana Moss‘s low shorts in a picture on the blog a week or two back, but Davis makes Moss look like a stereotypical 1950’s suburban dad.

Kevin Barnes had another big day, again wearing the half-sleeves. I think it’s safe to say he won’t be going back to the long-sleeve look any time soon.

Chase Daniel had a good day — his first work with the full team — but I’ll have more on him a little later.

One last note from the Landry incident, though: Zorn explained part of his conversation with Landry — the part where he figured out why Landry hadn’t been getting back to him. “I said, ‘What phone number do I have,'” Zorn said, “‘And what phone number do you really have?’ Then we synchronized our phones.”

One of the reporters questioned the different phone numbers thing, and Zorn brushed it away. “You know these players, they change their phones. A couple of my texts came back, and I thought, ‘I don’t really have the right number.’ So, we synchronized them, and now we’re good.”

Not at practice today were Mike Williams — Zorn attributes the absence to a pulled quad — along with Clinton Portis and James Thrash.

Thrash, according to Zorn, “has a situation where it is not improving. We have a little time, but certain decisions have got to be made as we go along here.” Which does not sound entirely encouraging for the return of #83. Crank up the competition for the fifth receiver slot.

The end of OTAs means that the players won’t be together on a field again until training camp, and most of them cleared out fairly quickly after the day. “Part of my call to them,” Zorn said, “was to make sure they stay in touch with each other and make sure they continue to encourage each other. There will be a lot of guys here working out, there will be a lot of guys working out together in different places, and I totally expect them coming back here ready to go.”

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