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It was relatively cool and cloudy at Redskins Park on Tuesday afternoon as the Redskins took the field in half pads for a lively session that focused on the passing game. Several Redskins sat out the practice, including guard Ray Brown. Trainer Bubba Tyer gave us an update, sort of, on Brown and on Santana Moss.
As the drills progressed, Patrick Ramsey showed both his great potential and some flaws in his game. One of the flaws was a knack for following his primary receiver down the field with his eyes, giving the defense a big tipoff as to where the ball is going. It's a flaw that has been an issue ever since he came into the league and if he is going to take the proverbial next step, he's going to have to look the defenders off if not on every pass then often enough to keep them honest.
Later on, Ramsey showed the good and the bad on consecutive plays. One play he threw a perfectly-timed pass to Darnerien McCants, releasing the ball just as the receiver made his break. Unfortunately, the ball sailed over the head of the wide-open McCants. As I was describing that play, Ramsey stepped up into the pocket and, lofting the ball artfully over the defenders dropped a pass into the hands of James Thrash, who snared it about 25 yards downfield.
Ladell Betts is having his best training camp as he enters his fourth year in the league. That's not really much of a bold statement as he has spent a good chunk of the time in his three previous camps injured. He's developing into a solid North-South runner who hits the holes with authority. After practice I talked to Betts about his camp and asked what his role in the offense will be this year.
One player who continues to impress everyone is David Patten. While Ramsey and the other quarterbacks occasionally have trouble getting the ball to him, the man gets separation and catches the ball play after play, in pitch and catch, in seven on seven and in full scrimmages. From the first minute of the first interview he gave back at minicamp, the view here was that he would be a fan favorite because of his intensity. Thus far, he's proving that to be true.
Jason Campbell looked good running the ball on one play and Nehemiah Broughton showed some good burst. On the defensive side of the ball, with Shawn Springs sitting out and Carlos Rogers not seeing any action yet, Ade Jimoh got considerable action at cornerback.