Minicamp Report: Day Three

The Redskins final minicamp practice was cancelled. Which, of course, led to lots of boredom among those assigned to write about these workous. Thank goodness for LaVar Arrington. He at least provided a few moments of levity as the rain poured down outside the building at Redskin Park.

Q: Are you devastated that practice was cancelled?

A: I'm telling you, we really needed this practice. I don't know how we'll recover from this. But we'll have to try and bear down and work hard to catch up and make this practice up.

Q: Think you'll do an extra one in Japan to compensate?

A: I don't know. Somewhow we'll have to get this practice in.

Q: What's the most important thing you missed?

A: It's hard to say. It could be a couple of things. Maybe a blitz period. We really needed work on our blitzes. Maybe picking off the rookie quarterback a little bit. Maybe the rookie quarterback throwing us the ball a little bit. I say, Let's go in the rain and forget about it.

Q: Was it emotional when coach told you practice was cancelled?

A: Yeah, people cried. I saw a couple of tears. I saw a few giving each other hugs. A few high-fives.

Q: Now that we're serious again, what are your impressions of Steve Spurrier?

A: He's a real laid-back guy. I really like that about him. He's one of those guys who we believe that he'll come through with what he says he's going to do. I don't know that we've felt that way here in years past. That's the type of person he is. Guys are really sold on just how he approaches the game. He approaches it like we're going to go pitch the ball. He's so laid back and coach Lewis is so laid back. At the same time they get after it. It's just the chemistry I see forming here. It looks pretty good. We've got to throw it in the fire and see what happens.

Q: Did you see some wide-eyed looks from rookies?

A: It gets to be pretty cool to meet the rookies now, especially after having had a pretty good year. Guys look at you like, 'Man, there's LaVar.' It's a cool thing to be at the highest level of competition in your sport and to have guys in there with you look up to you. You won't see me hazing them or doing anything. I believe in making sure I spend time trying to encourage them so they understand we will need them. I like our group of rookies. They seemed to be hungry. No one came in here with any anger or arrogance. It's cool to watch them come up to me like the way they approach Bruce or Darrell. It's a good feeling.

Q: Do you think the Redskins should be favored in more games based on the finish?

A: I don't want to be favored. We're going to come into the season with a chip on our shoulder. It's a healthy chip. I don't want to be favored. We're going to come in and play like we're the underdogs.

. . . OK, back to the grind with some leftover observations. And one thing sticks out about Jeremiah Trotter. His, um, rear end. It's big. Which is great, giving him a base for his explosive hits. We can't wait to watch the linebackers in action.

. . . Two rookies who drew the attention of coach Steve Spurrier were running back Ladell Betts and receiver Clifford Russell. Betts' darting style should fit this offense well. And Russell, if he can become an effective route-runner, could be a nice find because of his speed.

. . . My favorite rookie: fullback Rock Cartwright. Nothing like watching a 240-pound, 5-foot-7 football player. His shorts hung just above his knees and his socks went up to his knees, leaving about a half-inch of skin showing. Trust us, when you see this kid play, you'll like him.

. . . Corner Darrell Green did lots of grabbing of jerseys this weekend. Lots more than we remember in the past. . . . The Redskins still have not expressed an interest in extending tackle Jon Jansen's contract. Let's just say he isn't pleased. . . . QB observations: rookie QB Patrick Ramsey still has a ways to go, mainly learning where the receivers will be and when; and it's clear that Danny Wuerffel is the leading candidate to start. Sage Rosenfels too often tries to guide his passes to receivers, which will lead to big trouble in games.

. . . Don't fret over the defensive line. Marvin Lewis isn't. He thinks the defense can match what Baltimore did.

''We had a lot of guys there that a lot of people didn't want,'' Lewis said. ''All of a sudden, they seemed to want them.''

John Keim covers the Redskins for The Journal Newspapers.


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