Training Camp Report: Day 12

You can see it in Patrick Ramsey's eyes. And in his body language. It's almost as if he wants to tell everyone just how much he's had to re-learn this season, but he won't.

In going from Steve Spurrier's offense, which had no progressions and until late in the year no hot reads, to Joe Gibbs', Ramsey has had to change his thinking. He won't use that as an excuse, but it's certainly contributed to his rocky start.

He says he doesn't see himself pressing when he watches tape. But, he added, ''it's evident that I am pressing too much on several things and need to go back and run the offense. Rather than trying to make things happe, I have to just let them come to me and let them happen.''

''There are a lot of comments floating around [about Ramsey],'' Redskins coach Joe Gibbs said. ''Sometimes you work hard to try to get in a groove and things don't go well for you.''

So far he hasn't done that. And it's why Mark Brunell is probably ahead in the QB race at this point -- not by what he's done so much as what Ramsey has done.

But the general bad play by the quarterbacks has turned into a concern.

''I'm always concerned at this point when we're not playing well,'' Gibbs said. ''We've got real talent at quarterback and in the past week we made some real good plays. But we didn't play smart. That's the best way to put it. All three had a chance to make a play that should have, or a play that they should not have tried.''

. . . Corner Fred Smoot stayed after practice and worked with receiver Taylor Jacobs. Then he spent the long walk back to the facility talking football with Jacobs, giving him pointers about certain routes and how Jacobs could improve at running them.

. . . Corner Walt Harris was activated off the physically unable to perform list and practiced. The former starter with the Bears and Colts could be a good addition as a nickelback, if he's 100 percent.

The Redskins weren't certain that he'd even return before the regular season, so getting him back now is a little bonus. Harris has drawn rave reviews by those who have worked with him. The surgery he had to repair the tendon in his knee is considered to have a 50-percent success rate. But so far Harris is on the right half of that equation. He's a hard worker and hasn't missed a day of work since joining the Redskins this offseason.

. . . Running back Ladell Betts finally returned to practice today. He missed the first two preseason games with a hamstring injury. And it's safe to say he'd better look good over the next three.

. . . End Phillip Daniels also returned to practice after missing the first two games with an abdominal strain.

. . . Lots of little things take place during special teams drills with those not involved in those areas. Though safety Matt Bowen usually is, he wasn't part of what they were doing this afternoon. So, while they practiced, he and safeties coach Steve Jackson, worked on how to properly strip the ball.

Bowen would stand with his back to a passer and Jackson would catch the ball. As he did, he worked with Bowen on where he should come down with his hands. Or when he should simply try to grab the ball from his hands.


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