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Training Camp Report, August 5 Morning Practice


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Training Camp Report, August 5 Morning Practice


The Redskins practiced for two hours this morning, with players beginning to settle into their training camp routine. While the offensive and defensive linemen practiced against each other at one end of the field, the rest of the team held 7-on-7 drills at the other.

Later, special teams practiced place-kicking, with Fred Smoot among those trying to block John Hall’s field goal attempts.

“I’m coming for you, John Hall,” he shouted several times.

“Brace yourselves, they’re bringing it,” responded Hall.

He got off his kicks, but not without some pressure from Smoot and others.

Here’s a look at some of the highlights from Tuesday morning’s practice:

Player: With running backs Ladell Betts and Kenny Watson slowed due to nagging injuries, rookie Sultan McCullough has had plenty of work the last few days. Offensive coordinator Hue Jackson, who coached McCullough at USC during the 1999-2000 seasons, frequently shouts out words of encouragement to him—as well as a few corrections. McCullough should see significant playing time in Saturday’s pre-season game against Carolina.

Play: Smoot is always one of the more animated players during practices. He had plenty to celebrate this morning. During a brief scrimmage, Smoot came in untouched on a corner blitz and would have had a sure sack of quarterback Patrick Ramsey. But he saved his best for later: He darted back into coverage, read the pass pattern, used his strength to separate from the receiver, and intercepted a Danny Wuerffel pass, prancing all the way into the end zone for a TD.

Quote: “Matt Bowen reminds me of John Lynch (Tampa Bay’s Pro Bowl safety). If you’re on offense, you can’t stand him. But on defense, you know he’ll be there every play.” – linebacker Kevin Mitchell

Atmosphere: Training camp continues to be a fan-friendly environment. During field goal practice, several dozen children stood 20 yards behind the goal post catching Hall’s kicks—to varying degrees of success.

Notes: Head coach Steve Spurrier said he expects most starters will get in about 10-15 plays in Saturday’s game against Carolina.

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