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Afternoon Practice – Almost A Trashcan Challenge

Posted by Matt Terl on August 5, 2009 – 5:50 pm

Afternoon practice was more interesting for the insanely long injury report than for anything else notable that happened. Again, many of these guys would’ve been able to play if this were a regular season game, almost all of them did conditioning drills on the side, and some of them are already scheduled to return to practice tomorrow, but here’s the list:

  • Lorenzo Alexander (foot)
  • Alfred Fincher (groin; also now sporting a stylish mohawk)
  • Malcolm Kelly (hamstring)
  • Anthony Montgomery (knee)
  • Reuben Riley (ankle)
  • Carlos Rogers (calf)
  • J.D. Skolnitsky (hamstring)
  • Devin Thomas (hamstring)
  • Randy Thomas (knee)
  • Eddie Williams (hamstring)
  • Mike Williams (groin)

Phillip Daniels, Cornelius Griffin, and Albert Haynesworth didn’t practice, but that’s what’s become expected at second practices.

Kelly, as you can see above, was one of the ones who did some work on the side — and after practice as well.

The post-practice drills were particularly interesting, mainly because they replaced a promising trashcan challenge between Jason Campbell, Colt Brennan, and Chase Daniel. The trashcan was set up in the back corner of the endzone, and the quarterbacks were out around the 10-yard line. Campbell went first, dropped back, and missed. Brennan was next, and he hit on his first try. Read more »

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Jim and Joy Zorn's Yogurt Shake

Posted by Matt Terl on August 5, 2009 – 2:09 pm

Becky’s Place is a really impressive Seattle Seahawks fan site that’s been around for more than a decade, with an excellent selection of material about the team’s past. As a result, it’s also an excellent place to dig up old Jim Zorn stuff. I stumbled across this Yogurt Shake recipe there months ago, wasn’t sure how best to use it, and moved on with my life.

But Coach Zorn’s wife Joy was at practice today, and we were exchanging pleasantries when I found myself saying, “I came across a recipe of yours online,” and calling up the website on my phone. (Click to enlarge.)

The first thing Joy Zorn spotted was her kids, of course, marveling at how much younger they were. “This was a long time ago,” she said. Read more »

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Jason Campbell Is On The Cover Of Sports Illustrated, 2005 Edition

Posted by Matt Terl on August 5, 2009 – 1:32 pm

When Jason Campbell was asked after practice how he felt about being on the cover of Sports Illustrated, he actually seemed slightly unimpressed. I mean, there are 52 issues or so a year, with the players from 120-odd professional sports teams (along with golfers, cyclists, Olympians, and so on) competing for the spots. It seemed like it should be a big deal.

Here’s Campbell, though: “I’m honored to be on the Sports Illustrated cover. I remember when I was on it before, when I was at Auburn. But it’s definitely a great honor and thanks to the guys around me, my teammates and everything.”

So here’s that earlier cover, courtesy of the SI Vault.

I like that the cover quote here is ALSO about people questioning Campbell’s abilities. Adds a nice sense of continuity to the whole thing. Hopefully the headline of the article about him will prove equally prophetic: “Senior Quarterback Jason Campbell Came Of Age When It Mattered Most”

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Morning Practice – Clinton Drives The Equipment Cart

Posted by Matt Terl on August 5, 2009 – 1:14 pm

It happens at least once a year: a bunch of players commandeer the equipment cart, load themselves onto it, and drive back up to the facility after practice. Bloggers and local network sportscasters love this sort of thing. Today was one of those days. Here’s the still, and look for the video at the end of the evening sports segment of your local news.

Meanwhile, before that: guys missing or limited in practice included (alphabetically): Stephon Heyer, Malcolm Kelly, Anthony Montgomery, Casey Rabach, Rueben Riley, Carlos Rogers, J.D. Skolnitsky, Devin Thomas, Randy Thomas, and Eddie Williams.

Statistically speaking, that’s 3/5ths of the projected starting offensive line, two of the projected top four wide receivers, 2/3rds of the team’s current quotient of guys named Thomas, and 1/3rd of the guys named Williams. (It would’ve been 1/4 of the guys named Williams, but Roydell Williams was let go to make room for D.J. Hackett. Although Hackett’s addition also means that half the guys on the roster with first names consisting only of the letters J and D were out.)

This, quite understandably, is being seen as at least a slight cause for concern by some fans, but I’m assured that the vast majority of these injuries would not keep guys out of actual regular season action. In fact, in the case of Devin Thomas, Coach Zorn said that his hamstring was just sore, not pulled, and that Thomas was only kept out because “I don’t want it to pull.” Zorn continued, talking about Thomas and Kelly, “It is frustrating, for them and for us — but it’s not quite as big of a sting as it was last year.”
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Wednesday, August 5: Hey, Look! It's D.J. Hackett and … Some Other Guy!

Posted by Matt Terl on August 5, 2009 – 9:21 am

Jumped in from the practice field to update this for those of you not following my practice updates on Twitter: walking out today, I was behind a few wide receivers. It took a second to register, but one of them was wearing number 18, which was a little strange since — as of yesterday — there was no 18 on the roster.

So, yeah, a year and a half after he was a vaguely buzz-y free agent possibility for the team, D.J. Hackett is onboard as a Redskin.

Also onboard is Michael Marquardt, a second-year defensive lineman out of Arizona State who spent time on the Eagles practice squad (along with a few other teams). Marquardt is notable because — after misreading the name on his jersey as Marquand — no one on the sidelines could find any information about him at all online during five minutes of frantic Googling. Once you spell his name right, though, he’s there.

More after practice. Read more »

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