"There are a lot of things to cover," Fassel said. "We covered some things out here that sometimes we don't cover in a regular practice. We covered a tight punt - how to take a safety when we're backed up, punting the ball at the end of a half. You're covering a lot of what-ifs in the game. And you're doing some fundamental work.
"In the first preseason game, if you don't have half your offense in, or half your defense in, that's okay. But it's pretty hard to go in with half your special teams in. If (the opposing team) is going to kick onside kick at the end of the game and we haven't worked on onside kick returns and we don't have a team ready, or we want to take a safety and we don't even know how to do it (it's a problem). So all of those factors have to be covered. We covered all aspects - little stuff that might pop up in a game."
* Fassel reported no progress in the contract negotiations with first-round draft choice William Joseph. But he made it clear he plans to cut the defensive tackle from Miami no slack once he arrives.
"I know one thing, if he comes in a week late and he hasn't been getting into the grind and we're out there going, he's going to go in there and go," Fassel said. "I don't want to get anybody hurt, but he's going to be behind, no question about it."
*Safety Clarence LeBlanc (recovering from a broken leg) and OT Char-Ron Dorsey (knee), who are both on the physically-unable-to-perform (PUP) list, will begin intensified work with the team's trainers.
"I think (LeBlanc) is getting pretty close," Fassel said. LeBlanc missed the entire 2002 season after breaking his leg in a preseason game in Atlanta.
Wide receiver Ron Dixon, also on PUP while he recovers from knee surgery, is still at least 10 days away from taking the field.