"It was pretty much what I expected," Head Coach Jim Fassel said. "In some aspects our pad level was better. There are some things we wanted to look at. We put a number of things in so we can get them on tape.
"I thought our defense attacked pretty well. Offensively, we did some things well running the ball. We mainly wanted to run. When it's our offense versus our defense, I'm not interested in using trickery. We have to learn to play football fundamentally. It's pretty much a head-on-head deal."
*As he did in yesterday's short-yardage drill, Fassel kept Tiki Barber on the sideline. His goal extends beyond keeping Barber healthy.
"I want to find out about the other guys," he said. "I know Tiki. I need to get Ron Dayne work. I need to find out about Dorsey Levens and Brian Mitchell and Joyce, and there aren't enough reps to go around. And I'd like to have all of those guys work behind the first line."
*Fassel's daily update on first-round draft choice William Joseph, who has now missed 12 practices while contract negotiations continue.
"Hopefully, we'll get something done real quick," Fassel said. "We got real close and then it faded, and then it got back real close again. It's time to pull the trigger. That's my opinion. That may not be their opinion. If they don't share that opinion, we're a long way away, because they have to sign the thing."
* Wide receiver Tim Carter left practice early when his surgically-repaired Achilles tendon began to get tight. Fassel seemed unconcerned...
Defensive end Keith Washington sat out with a tight hamstring...
Brandon Short drew a big cheer from the crowd when he batted down a pass for Shockey, who was racing down the field for a sure TD...But the biggest cheer of the day occurred when Shockey slipped past Barrow and caught a touchdown pass from Kerry Collins in a red zone drill...
Ponder, a sixth-round draft choice from Southeast Missouri State, made three difficult receptions.