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Jason Campbell on (sigh) Brett Favre

Posted by Matt Terl on August 18, 2009 – 6:12 pm

Jason Campbell was walking back to the facility from the practice fields this afternoon when he spotted a media group waiting to talk to him. He smiled his thousand-watt Jason Campbell smile, said, “What, did something happen today?”

And then he answered a bunch of questions about Brett Favre.

Campbell is something of the resident go-to Brett Favre expert for the local media — Favre and Campbell are from relatively close small towns in Mississippi, although Campbell has thankfully avoided the tedious man-of-the-land mythologizing that has accrued around the new Vikings QB — so he knew these questions were coming, and he answered them patiently.

I waited until after he was done with those questions to ask him the one thing that I was most curious about: doesn’t he ever get tired of answering questions about Favre? Read more »

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Afternoon Practice – Orakpo And Skolnitsky Get Taped As Well

Posted by Matt Terl on August 18, 2009 – 5:14 pm

There are, I’ve determined, two different kinds of hot-weather practices. One is the sneaky, muggy kind, where it doesn’t seem that hot but you wind up drenched with sweat anyhow. Today was the other kind: clear, with a blazing hot sun and a breeze that abjectly failed to cool anything.

It was the most up-tempo shorts-and-shells practice I’ve seen in some time, too, with Jason Campbell throwing the ball downfield repeatedly and the defense frankly demolishing the third-team offense to the tune of three interceptions with several more dropped.

One of those drops belonged to rookie Brian Orakpo, in perfect position back in coverage at strongside linebacker.

So when Orakpo found himself taped — along with fellow (albeit much less heralded) rookie defensive end J.D. Skolnitsky — to the goalposts after practice, he had to shake his head thinking about the missed opportunity. “I think ’cause I dropped that,” he said, “that’s what made it a little worse, too, especially from the DBs.”
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Redskins Late Night Starts Taping Tonight

Posted by Matt Terl on August 18, 2009 – 2:01 pm

Redskins Late Night has their first taping tonight, starting around 6:00 at the Gordon Biersch Restaurant in Tyson’s Corner. The guest on the show will be Joe Theismann, along with Larry Michael, host Chris Paul, and a whole bunch of enthusiastic fans. By all accounts it’s a pretty good time, but I’ve never made it to a taping. I’m planning to change that tonight, though, so be sure to say hello if you’re there. Read more »

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Morning Practice – Filling In

Posted by Matt Terl on August 18, 2009 – 12:59 pm

I was unable to be at morning practice today, but Intern Bryce was more than willing to take a few notes, pay attention to what went down, and write it up for you. For my part, I’m disappointed that he didn’t pay closer attention to the 1-on-1 linemen drills, but that may just be me.

Before we get to that, though: as someone who writes about football, I feel somewhat obligated to do this: Brett Favre Brett Favre Brett Favre Brett Favre Brett Favre Brett Favre Brett Favre Brett Favre Brett Favre Brett Favre Brett Favre Brett Favre Brett Favre Brett Favre Brett Favre.

Great. I just feel bad for Sage Rosenfels.

Anyhow, here’s Intern Bryce with notes from this morning’s full-pads practice.

Standard morning practice today, nothing too mind-blowing.

Practice began with some light stretching and eventually DeAngelo Hall, Santana Moss, and Antwaan Randle El practiced catching kick/punt returns. Nothing strenuous – they were just catching balls that were launched from a JUGS machine in the endzone. For a Hokie fan though, Hall looked like the same player that wowed us faithful as a return man 6 years ago.

Dave Rayner got the most strenuous work of the week for the kicking unit, working as the designated holder for a special teams tip drill. All participants looked good, knocking the ball out of Rayner’s palms and grabbing it in the same motion. Rayner, Shaun Suisham, Ethan Albright, and Hunter “Punter” Smith then moseyed to the third field and spent the rest of the practice stretching and talking. I’m very tempted to bring them some iPods or a hacky-sack and tell them to go nuts.

Forty yards from the kickers, the cornerbacks were practicing hitting a tackle dummy. If the Redskins don’t have one of the best secondaries in the league, they definitely have the funniest.

After Hall plowed through the dummy, Fred Smoot yelled, “Frank Beamer would’ve been proud!” as the group broke into laughter.

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Tuesday, August 18: Portis Will Play On Saturday

Posted by Matt Terl on August 18, 2009 – 7:07 am

The Redskins offense will have at least one weapon on Saturday that they didn’t during Thursday’s disappointing game against the Ravens: running back Clinton Portis will be making his preseason debut against the Steelers.

For a little while, anyhow: “”I’m not going to put Clinton out there for a long time,” Coach Jim Zorn said yesterday. “He is going to play and we’ll just see how it goes. You won’t see him past the first quarter, and you may not see him to the end of the first quarter. I don’t want to say specifically how many plays he’s going to get.”

Portis has has “an awesome camp” when he’s participated, according to Zorn. “He’s worked hard, run hard, and he’s learning as well. This is part of his camp – getting himself game-ready. As we get closer, he’ll pick up his pace and we’ll get him more and more reps. We’re trying to find a lot out about other guys, so I would say for the stuff we’ve asked Clinton to do and the stuff he’s done, I’m very pleased. He’s had to sit and watch because we’ve held him back in order to see some of the other guys.”

Zorn also had some nice things to say about Jason Campbell, although they were couched in an amusing criticism of his first play of last year’s regular season. Read more »

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