Training Camp Report: Day 15

As Don Breaux passed through the line of stretching players, he stopped near receiver Scott Cloman. It was time for a quiz. <br><br> ''We've got three new passes in the red zone, give me one of them,'' Breaux asked.

Cloman delivered. Then Breaux wanted another. And Cloman got it again. Then Breaux told Cloman to ''remember to write those things down.'' Finally, he asked him one more thing, wanting to know why the Z receiver lined up tight in a certain formation.

It's just another example of why this staff is so good. They ask as many questions as any coaching staff I've been around. And that helps players learn.

. . . After talking with Joe Bugel for about 15 minutes after practice, I was reminded for the umpteenth time why I like this job -- because I get to talk with coaches like Bugel. The guy is sincere, he looks you in the eye, he shakes your hand, he's always happy to meet people. He's the genuine article.

It's no wonder Joe Gibbs wanted him around. And it's no wonder that Gibbs won while surrounded by guys like him.

. . . Bugel's reaction when he heard the league would crack down on holding by defensive backs?

''Yum, yum.''

That's what Bugel said he thought, knowing the Redskins penchant for throwing fade routes.

. . . Injury update: linebacker LaVar Arrington has a first-degree sprain of his left knee and won't play against Miami. But the Redskins hope he'll practice Monday. Others who won't make the trip to Miami: Mike Barrow (knee), Rashad Bauman (hamstring), Fred Baxter (knee), Chris Clemons (hamstring), Cliff Russell (hamstring) and Ladell Betts (hamstring). Darnerien McCants (ankle/knee) will be re-evaluated Friday morning to determine his status.

. . . Arrington on defensive coordinator Gregg Williams: ''He's unconscious.'' In other words, he'll call any defense at any time. Arrington said he used to watch buddy Keith Bullock as a linebacker with Tennessee and want to be in his spot. Now he is: playing for Williams as a weakside linebacker.

. . . Every morning, running back Clinton Portis works on his pass-catching skills. Today, he lined up about 10 yards from running backs coach Earnest Byner, with his back turned to Byner. Then Byner would throw a pass and Portis would turn to catch it at the last second, further developing his hand-eye coordination.

. . . Gibbs wants to get more of a look at receiver Gari Scott, who got lots of looks against the Panthers. He looked rusty returning punts -- indecisive, no burst. Still a longshot, though.


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