Training Camp Report, Day One: AM Report
Safety Sean Taylor was told he only needed to make a statement. He wanted to say more. He wanted to take his pounding, such as it was, in the form of questions.
Not that he said much more than he already has. But it's a start as Taylor at least faced the so-called heat.
But he said he doesn't regret not being here in the offseason.
''I don't think anyone should have regrets,'' he said, ''especially me. If I do it, I do it for a reason. I'm here. I'm happy to be here and happy to be working. . . If everyone had a time machine and could go back a couple hours and seconds, they would do it but there's no time machine. You're living right now and going on from right now.''
He could not address certain aspects of his case, other than to say it would be handled in court. He said he stayed away because it was the offseason. Period. And that's the same reason he said he didn't return the calls from coach Joe Gibbs.
And he said he wouldn't be bothered by having to work his way back fulltime into the lineup.
''I don't mind working,'' he said. ''I've been working 21 years to get to this level. If I'm not here working, then I'm never gonna get better.''
. . . A tribute to Lance Armstrong? The quarterbacks wore yellow jerseys, after usually wearing a mesh pullover in previous years.
. . . Receiver James Thrash missed practice because he had a death in the family.
. . . Punter Andy Groom has a heck of a leg and he showed it off this morning. He'll be one to watch this summer.
. . . As players went through their individual drills, placekicker John Hall did something unusual, at least for a kicker. He ran laps, then ran down the field, first sideways and then backwards. Just staying in shape and wanting to show the others that he takes his job seriously, rather than always standing around.
. . . Right tackle Jon Jansen looks a bit trimmer than usual, after working so hard to return.
. . . Rookie Nehemiah Broughton might help on special teams, but I doubt he'll help from scrimmage. He runs too upright, making him an extra large target.
. . . For the record: Patrick Ramsey's first pass in the nine-on-nine drill was tipped at the line. But his first pass from shotgun formation was a bullet to receiver Jimmy Farris, running a slant. But he dropped the ball.
. . . DT Ryan Boschetti ripped through veteran guard Lennie Friedman on one play. Later, Aki Jones got a pressure going through Ray Brown, who was playing right guard.
. . . WR Taylor Jacobs was the first to get in the end zone, catching a short inside pass from Mark Brunell. Jacobs looked pretty good overall, catching more passes than anyone.
. . . RB Ladell Betts had a strong run up the gut.
. . . CB Artrell Hawkins broke up a pass to Farris, leading Ryan Clark to shout, ''That's what I'm talking about!''
The Redskins placed linebacker LaVar Arrington and defensive tackle Brandon Noble on the active/physically unable to perform list.
What it means: neither player passed their physicals yet. But they can be activated off the list at any time, unlike if they went on the PUP list to start the regular season. Then, they couldn't be activated for six weeks.
The Redskins seem optimistic that Noble will return soon. But it makes you wonder about Arrington and when they might get him back. Redskins coach Joe Gibbs said Sunday that he expects him back for the start of the regular season. It would be nice if he returns before then.
. . . One ''brave'' fan shouted at Arrington that, ''We don't need no benchwarmers this year!'' Of course, Arrington was about 100 yards away from the fan.
. . . Former Redskins wideout Leslie Shepherd attended part of the practice. He's the offensive coordinator at Gwynn Park High School. He's also spent time coaching in the Arena League. Shep likes Taylor Jacobs; says he has a lot of talent and, like many, can't figure out why it hasn't yet clicked for him.
. . . But Jacobs did look good today. He finished pretty well in 2004 and a strong start in the preseason, and early in the regular season, would be a huge boost to him -- and the Redskins. Jacobs juked corner Ade Jimoh for one long catch today. We know: it's Jimoh. But, hey, it was also a nice move. He also caught a TD pass in the morning.
. . . Receiver Antonio Brown made a nice catch this afternoon, an off-balance grab. He later sizzled corner Garnell Wilds on a deep ball, but Patrick Ramsey's pass was overthrown.
. . .Receiver David Patten got inside corner Walt Harris, hauling in a pass from Mark Brunell.
. . . Safety Sean Taylor's first time lining up against a receiver in the afternoon didn't go so well. He tried to cover Santana Moss, a bad matchup. Moss made him pay, stutter-stepping, getting him off-balance and cutting across the middle for a wide-open grab.
. . . It's hot. Not sure what the temperature is, but I know heat and that's what we have. Lots of it.
. . . Safety Matt Bowen had a terrific day, using some of that pent-up frustration built over missing 11 games. He consistently broke well on the ball and looked sharp. Good to have him back.
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