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Rookie Offensive Lineman Gets Feet Wet

Posted by Andrew Walker on May 22, 2012 – 9:34 am

(AP photo)

There’s something to be said about that first day of the season when you’re finally allowed to run drills against your teammates — and not go against tackling dummies.

Redskins’ rookie offensive tackle Tom Compton said he felt that freedom Monday in his first-ever round of organized team activites at Redskins Park.

“It was a pretty good day,” Compton said Monday in the Redskins’ new indoor training facility. “It was good to finally go up against the defense to see how they play out with some of these plays.”

Compton — the Redskins sixth-round (193rd overall) pick out of the University of South Dakota — said he noticed almost immediately that quickness is the name of the game in the National Football League.

“The biggest thing is getting off the ball quicker,” he said. “These guys are going a heck of a lot faster than in college so you really got to get out of your stance and be ready for it, because they’re going really fast.”

Compton — who was wearing No. 68 Monday — said he was involved in offensive line drills during Monday’s OTAs, but also was thrown in the fire as part of a special teams unit that was kicking PATs and field goals.

Chalk it all up to an awesome learning experience for Compton and the rest of his rookie teammates.

“The first day or two it’s pretty hard,” the 6-5, 314-pound lineman said. “You have no idea; you’re just looking around, where to go next. It’s good to see everybody get familiar with everybody. It kind of comes as each day goes.”

The team is not participating in OTAs today, but the activities resume Wednesday at Redskins Park.

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