FIEDLER COMING ALONG

Coach Dave Wannstedt made it clear after the preseason loss to New Orleans that what Jay Fiedler needed more than anything was some practice time. That's just what the quarterback has been getting.

When asked Monday about Fielder's progress, Wannstedt replied: "Jay was a lot better today. As crazy as this sounds, he'll have more throws at the end of today with an offensive line, just from yesterday and today, than what he had the entire preseason including the two games. He only had 64 plays leading up to yesterday. He'll get close to 60 in two days of practice."

While Monday morning's practice featured virtually no hitting, that certainly wasn't the case on Sunday afternoon when Fiedler was facing a live rush and got some contact.

"It was full-speed blitz drill and pass rush, and anytime the ball was thrown I tried having somebody knocking somebody into him," Wannstedt said. "That's the way it's going to be all week. That's what we need, and it was good."

In other camp news on Monday:

-- DT Larry Chester and OL Mark Dixon again sat out to help their recovery process from broken legs sustained last year.

-- Also missing the morning workout were DE Rob Burnett (hamstring), T Anthony Cesario (quad), LB Scott Galyon (thumb), CB Omare Lowe (ankle) and DT Tim Bowens.

-- Wannstedt said he was happy with the way RB Robert Edwards looked at practice, a day after Edwards told the coach he left about 80-85 percent.

Wannstedt he's hoping Burnett can start practicing on Tuesday or Wednesday at the latest. Burnett has been doing some running the last couple of days.


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