The A.M. Camp Report: Day 3

Add this to the list of reasons why Joe Gibbs, and his staff, was successful for so many years: attention to detail. It's easy to see in practice and it's easy for the players to see it off the field, too.

Tackle Jon Jansen said he's not used to being singled out for tiny mistakes as coaches have figured the way he was doing it was still good enough. Not for Joe Bugel. Jansen said during a film session Saturday night, Bugel pointed out that Jansen's hand was on the ground opposite the defender's armpit. It should have been six inches over, across from his numbers.

''If you're on the armpit, you don't have as much leverage,'' Jansen said. ''I know that. But I'd never had the emphasis to get it inside to make myself do that. These guys are doing that.''

And in a team meeting last night, Gibbs went over the impact of penalties with his players. He rattled off the records of teams when they had fewer penalties in a game than their opponent vs. when they had more.

But it's not just Gibbs and the offense. The defensive coaches are like that, too. Corner Fred Smoot said they've tinkered with his alignment and hand position.

. . . Another example of the detail: Special teams coach Danny Smith will have final say in at least several players making the roster. It's the same power Wayne Sevier used to have, but it's not what coaches here have had since Gibbs left. So a player had better impress Smith if they're on the bubble. It's more important than ever.

. . . Linebacker Billy Strother knocked rookie guard Jim Molinaro backwards on a collision during a drill involving both lines and the linebackers. Molinaro quickly re-set his feet, but he had clearly lost this meeting.

. . . Fellow rookie linemen Mark Wilson had his troubles, too. End Ron Warner went right around the tackle in a nine-on-nine drill.

. . . Warner flashed on another play, one that actually resulted in a touchdown. But had it been a real game, it would have been a sack. Warner ran a stunt inside, going through guard Daryl Terrell, and getting close to quarterback Mark Brunell.

But Warner had to hold up, allowing Brunell to throw a deep ball over the middle to running back Clinton Portis in the end zone. It drew the biggest applause of the day, but it wouldn't have been a successful play because of Warner.

. . . End Phillip Daniels sat out the morning practice with his abdominal strain.

. . . Hard to know what to expect from defensive end Regan Upshaw. At times he's looked better than last year, but then other times he's getting buried by H-back Brian Kozlowski. A healthy Upshaw -- he wasn't right for at least the first month of the season because of a lingering knee injury -- would be a big help in the pass rush.

. . . Who knows how effective Brandon Noble will be this season. Even though he's out here, he's still coming off incredibly major surgery. But what I like is this: he does as good a job as any linemen at staying low and getting underneath an opponent's pads. If only he were a bit more explosive. But it's why he's lasted this long.

. . . ESPN's Len Pasquarelli is at Redskins camp today.

. . . Hit of the day: Safety Matt Bowen, blitzing off the edge, drilled running back Ladell Betts in the backfield, knocking him over.

. . . Receiver Sean Dillard made a nice grab over defensive back Ralph Brown, reaching high for the pass from Patrick Ramsey.

. . . Tackle Jermaine Haley, no longer with the first unit, went right past tackle Pita Elisara on one play. But Ramsey threw over the middle to running back Chad Morton, who easily ran away from safety Todd Franz.

. . . Another sign that the offense is different: hot reads. The Redskins didn't start using them until midway through the 2003 season and then didn't run them that often. But in practice today, Taylor showed blitz, prompting Laveranues Coles to run a slant route and haul in a pass from Ramsey.

. . . Linebacker LaVar Arrington lined up at right end again today, causing tackle Chris Samuels to commit a false start on one play.

. . . Corner Fred Smoot made a nice recovery on a deep post to receiver Taylor Jacobs, batting the ball away. I love Smoot and would like to see nothing more than him do well -- he's such a genuine guy it's hard not to root for him. But I'm still not sure about his ability to consistently handle No. 1 wideouts; I'm still bothered by Laveranues Coles easily getting past him twice Sunday.

. . . Look for more half rollouts by the quarterbacks. Once again, it's something the Redskins started using more of halfway through last season. But Ramsey does not throw as well on the run.


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