Training Camp Comes to a Close

Redskins quarterback Jeff George will start Friday and play about a quarter. George threw in practice Tuesday and felt no pain Wednesday. He threw in practice Wednesday and looked much sharper than any other quarterback. His longest pass was about 25 yards.

PLAYER ON THE RISE

Rookie receiver Rod Gardner hasn't commanded the spotlight during training
camp, a rarity for a first-round pick. That could soon change.

Gardner has practiced with the first string most of the week and spent more
time with this group than Kevin Lockett against Atlanta. While Redskins coach
Marty Schottenheimer stopped short of saying Gardner would start, he is
clearly impressed with his rookie.

Gardner made three exceptoinal plays in practice Tuesday, all coming against
corner Darrell Green. He swung past him at the line of scrimmage to beat him
for one pass. He outmuscled Green and another defender to grab another and
another time he reached down near his ankles to catch another pass, without
breaking stride.

``It's been a long time since I've seen a guy make a catch like that,"
Schottenheimer said. ``He just reached down there knee-high and caught the
thing and kept on running."

Gardner has impressed teammates.

``As a quarterback, you look at how [young receivers] run routes, if they get
open, how intelligent they are and do they understand the offense,"
quarterback Jeff George said. ``[Gardner] has all of that. He has the total
package. It's going to be exciting."

GOING UP

Redskins quarterback Jeff George will start Friday and play about a quarter.
George threw in practice Tuesday and felt no pain Wednesday. He threw in
practice Wednesday and looked much sharper than any other quarterback. His
longest pass was about 25 yards.

Fullback Bryan Johnson will start ahead of Donnell Bennett on Friday.
Schottenheimer said not to read much into that, but how can't you? Johnson
has split time with Bennett over the past week. Clearly, he's gaining ground.

FALLING DOWN

Guard Mookie Moore continues to plummet. He's worked mainly with the second
unit at right guard and was demoted from the kick protection unit, replaced
by Ben Coleman. Moore entered camp as a potential starter and leaves without
a chance of starting.


SILLY ROOKIE

Backup quarterback Sage Rosenfels was reminded, once more, that he is a
rookie. And rookies should not mess with veterans. Wednesday, running back
Stephen Davis collected signatures from all the players. So Rosenfels wrote,
He Hate Me, on the back of Davis' jerseys--after the infamous player in the
XFL.

Davis got his revenge. After practice he, and a few other veterans, wrapped
Rosenfels in tape and doused him with water. Schottenheimer broke it up.

THEY'RE OUT
Running back Stephen Davis (toe) and tackle Chris Samuels (pulled muscle)
won't play against the Browns.

HE'S IN

Rookie corner Fred Smoot will play Friday then return to Mississippi for his
aunt's funeral.


John Keim covers the Redskins for The Journal Newspapers and is a
correspondent for Pro Football Weekly.

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