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Training Camp Tracker

Thursday's Schedule | Player Profile | Quote of the Day

Ramsey Watch | Who's Hot, Who's Not

Injury Report | Ranking the RBs


Compiled by Emily Badger

The Washington Post

Thursday, August 14, 2003

Thursday's Schedule

When: Practices at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Where: Redskins Park.

Admission, Parking: Free. Fans are asked to bring a Training Camp Fan Invitation, available at www.Redskins.com.

More Info: 703-726-7411

Player Profile: Ricot Joseph

Position: Defensive back.

Who He Is: The 6-foot, 195-pound defensive back is back in the Redskins' camp after making the practice squad, and eventually the active roster, last season. His chances of making the final roster are about the same as they were last season. "The pressure's the same because every year you're trying to make the team," he said. "Nothing is given, so I'm fighting this year like I was fighting last year." Last fall Joseph made the active roster during the 12th week of the season and recorded seven tackles on special teams. He signed with the Redskins as a free agent out of Central Florida, where he recorded 104 tackles his senior season.

Claim to Fame: Joseph made his debut last season against the St. Louis Rams. On his first play, in the third quarter, he made a tackle on kickoff coverage. "It was my first play ever in the NFL, and it got me going for the rest of the year," he said.

If He Doesn't Make It: "I'd probably look for another team, someone who's looking for a safety or someone to play special teams or backup."

Chances of Making the Roster: Joseph has an uphill battle but could join the practice squad one more time before NFL rules would require the team to either place him on the active roster or send him on his way.

Quote of the Day

"It could be TMI: Too Much Information. That's what my son says."

-- Coach Steve Spurrier, on whether he give advice to his punters.

Ramsey Watch

Quarterback Patrick Ramsey was off on a number of passes yesterday, and he couldn't blame it on bad weather or fumbling receivers. But he also didn't get much help from his new center.

With Larry Moore out two to three weeks with a torn knee ligament, Wilbert Brown took over the snapping duties. With Ramsey in shotgun formation, Brown sent one ball over his head and was off-target on a few others.

"We need to home in our shotgun snap. We're not as good as most teams," Coach Steve Spurrier said. "You watch these other teams play, and that guy hits him right in the hands, and away they go.

"There's a lot of advantages being in the shotgun, but it's a contest to see if we can catch the snap, and all you're doing is hurting yourself."

Who's Hot, Who's Not

Rookie tight end Kevin Ware got into a pair of fights during practice Wednesday morning. He isn't likely to make the team, unlike his two sparring partners (safety David Terrell and linebacker Antonio Pierce). . . . Defensive tackle Brandon Noble stretched out his arm to block an extra point attempt by place kicker John Hall. . . . Backup quarterback Danny Wuerffel had a brief but mistake-free practice. . . . Patrick Ramsey connected with wide receiver Taylor Jacobs on a 70-yard touchdown pass. . . . Fullback Bryan Johnson dropped a pass and had a high pass from Ramsey get through his hands. . . . Wide receiver Laveranues Coles, easily the star of training camp, finally failed to make a play. He couldn't come up with the ball while trying to make a sliding catch in the end zone.

Injury Report

DB Ade Jimoh (heat-related symptoms), G Tre Johnson (sore Achilles' tendon), T Rod Jones (sprained ankle), LB Kevin Mitchell (sore back), C Larry Moore (torn knee ligament), RB Ladell Betts (sprained elbow).

Ranking the RBs

1. Trung Canidate had a strong practice on the first day in which the running back battle appeared to be taking shape with -- finally -- a handful of worthy contenders.

2. Chad Morton had one of the best runs of training camp, shaking two defenders in a two-on-one drill to break through the pack virtually untouched for what would have been a touchdown.

3. Kenny Watson also had one standout run, making a break up the middle and then scrambling for the left sideline. It was the best sign yet that his sprained knee may finally be recovering.

4. Sultan McCullough, the rookie wild card, will have a tough time surviving this contest if all the veterans perform as they did yesterday.

5. Ladell Betts is close to being able to play, Coach Steve Spurrier said, but he added that Betts will be held out of Saturday's game.

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