The P.M. Camp Report: Day 5

Quarterback Mark Brunell has not been impressive in practices. His deep balls often are underthrown and others are incomplete. On one deep ball down the middle, linebacker Marcus Washington -- once again stride for stride with his man -- knocked away a pass intended for Chris Cooley. Read on for more player updates.

Apparently it wasn't just the heat. It was the stupidity. At least that's why it seems receiver Darnerien McCants lost a battle with the weather today.

Bless his heart, McCants wanted to do extra sprints after practice, something he often does. But here's the problem: the humidity made it feel like 95-degrees. By the end of practice players were dragging.

Why run more? The result was easy to predict. McCants soon was helped off the field, looking like a fighter who had been knocked out in the 12th round and was being helped out of the ring. His knees wobbled, his head swayed a bit.

''He was running after practice when he didn't have to,'' trainer Bubba Tyer said.

McCants wasn't the only player to feel the impact of the heat. Corner Rashad Bauman and receiver Jafar Williams all were treated for heat-related symptoms. But all were fine.

. . . Defensive tackle Brandon Noble broke a bone in his right hand in Tuesday night's practice, but the Redskins don't think he'll miss significant time. Nor does Noble, who says he's played with such an injury before. But the problem is, a linemen without two good hands is at a major disadvantage.

Noble likely will have a splint put on in about four days. The Redskins haven't ruled him out of Monday's game against Denver, but there doesn't seem to be a reason to have him play. Why risk it?

. . . Count Fred Smoot among the growing (?) legion of Andre Lott fans. Lott is starting at safety ahead of Sean Taylor and Ifeanyi Ohalete.

''He's one player people need to watch,'' Smoot said. ''He makes a lot of plays.''

Gregg Williams says Lott has corner cover skills, but wants to see him exhibit safety physical skills. That's why Lott hasn't played more in the past.

. . . Sean Taylor's situation continues to amaze, with the latest news that he's fired his agents for negotiating what he considers a poor deal. Sounds to me like his Miami buddies filled his head with some of these thoughts.

Taylor can't attempt to renegotiate the deal until Aug. 1, 2005. And why would the Redskins redo the deal? If Taylor plays the way he, and they, expect, he'll come out fine. But it's something to consider that the Redskins potentially top two defensive playmakers both have contract issues. And neither trusts management at this point.

We also heard that Taylor doesn't want to pay fired agents Jeff Moorad and Eugene Mato. Sounds like he'll hire Drew Rosenhaus, whom he had in the first place long ago.

Williams said Taylor's situation hasn't spilled onto the field.

''He won't be distracted,'' Williams said. ''On the field, he's a football player.''

Also sounds like some of his teammates aren't sure what to make of him. He doesn't like talking to the media, but it sounds like he's also shy around them. It hasn't been the easiest transition for him. Making a few plays will ease the path.

. . . Linebacker Billy Strother and tight end Robert Royal got into what qualifies as the best fight in training camp. But it wasn't much of a tussle, just some hard shoving and grabbing. The players around them enjoyed the show.

. . . Quarterback Mark Brunell has not been impressive in practices. His deep balls often are underthrown and others are incomplete. On one deep ball down the middle, linebacker Marcus Washington -- once again stride for stride with his man -- knocked away a pass intended for Chris Cooley. Safety Matt Bowen raced over and grabbed the ball out of the air.

One play later Brunell underthrew Laveranues Coles down the left sideline, allowing Smoot to break up the pass.

Later, corner Garnell Wilds -- a guy who has looked good enough to warrant a strong look -- stepped in front of a Brunell pass intended for Rod Gardner. Wilds dropped the easy interception.

Meanwhile, Patrick Ramsey throws a much better deep ball. He threw a nice one down the middle to McCants, who broke free from Ade Jimoh. But McCants couldn't hold onto the ball, continuing an unfortunate trend of inconsistency by the third-year wideout.

. . . Ex-Redskin and current ESPN analyst Joe Theismann attended practice today, as did former tight end Donnie Warren. Look for a Theismann Q&A Thursday. Must say, it was hard to get him to talk. Anyone believe that?

. . . The Redskins signed offensive lineman Dwayne Morgan, who played five games with Atlanta last season. He's 6-foot-3 and 315 pounds.


Breaking Burgundy Top Stories