Minicamp Notes

Sean Taylor is glad to have his legal problems fading into the past and he's looking to improve on the field this year. John Keim looks at this and other happenings around Redskins Park as minicamp got underway.

...Safety Sean Taylor said he's happy that his court case is decided and that he can focus on football. We stress that he said that because it was difficult to tell he was actually feeling any joy. Maybe that's because he was surrounded by reporters asking questions about such things.

Actually, the questions were fairly tame: does he feel good to have this behind him; why did he feel it was important to attend offseason workouts (after his case was decided) when he felt the opposite last year. Stuff like that.

'‘In my case it's best to put it away and let me focus on football and be here [in minicamp] for three days,'' Taylor said, ''so you don't have to ask me why did you miss camp again when I show up for training camp and you butcher me.''

OK.

But Taylor did say he thought it best to attend because of ''chemistry.'' The one thing that this team has in abundance is chemistry, and that's why more than a few players were upset that Taylor missed time last year.

Taylor still missed a decent amount of time while his case was being finalized.

‘'He's behind because of a lot of the stuff he's missed,'' Redskins coach Joe Gibbs said. ‘'That's tough for us and for him. We've talked about that. Hopefully from here on the road smooths out. He needs to be here and he understands that. He belongs here working out all the time.''

...Taylor worked out with the second unit, behind safeties Adam Archuleta and Pierson Prioleau. Remember, Taylor started last training camp with the No. 2 unit.

...Incidentally, Taylor had a baby around the time his case was decided.

... More Taylor. On entering his third season and if there are things he can do

3rd year: Nothing man. Everything's still the same. Just sharpen up your tools and try be better players. I wasn't the best player last year. I'm always looking for improvement. I'm not the best until you say I'm the best.

...Injury update: Right tackle Jon Jansen (thumb) and center Casey Rabach (leg) were limited -- both participated in individual drills, but not in full-team work. Quarterback Mark Brunell (finger), offensive lineman Tyson Walter (high ankle sprain) and defensive end Nic Clemons (arthroscopic knee surgery) did not participate. But linebacker Lemar Marshall (shoulder), who was supposed to be limited until training camp, did participate.

Walter suffered his ankle sprain on May 17 and is expected to be ready for training camp.

...Defensive lineman Joe Salave'a will not be here this weekend; his mother apparently is very sick.

...Receiver Brandon Lloyd wore black tights, for you fashion-conscious fans. Actually not a bad look on him; it wouldn't be a good look on, say, Jon Jansen. Lloyd showed some of his athleticism, leaping for a few catches early in the workout. Though Antwaan Randle El garnered more attention with his signing, Lloyd is the most intriguing.

...Linebacker Marcus Washington was flying around defensively. On one toss to the right side to running back Ladell Betts, Washington flew in and would have drilled him -- if this were a game. Instead, he pulled up, but let out a holler, knowing he would have blown the play up. Earlier, he dove to try and deflect a pass to Randle El. Washington missed, but that's not the point; he's fun to watch.

...The Redskins still say they plan to use Andre Carter at right end and Phillip Daniels at left end, where Renaldo Wynn also will play.

...James Thrash made the catch of the day, reaching over defensive back Chris Hawkins on a ball in the end zone.

...Tough day: Defensive back Dimitri Patterson. In one-on-one drills with receivers, he pushed off receiver Jimmy Farris to make an interception, drawing a flag; He slipped on ground covering David Patten; and he got turned around by Taylor Jacobs.

...Second-year corner Carlos Rogers was close to breaking up a few passes that were completed in the one-on-one sessions. Heck, they should be completed in these drills so give Rogers credit for being so close. Rogers appeared to be doing a nice job breaking on balls.

...I'm curious to see third corner Kenny Wright in camp. It's an important spot and he was up and down this afternoon. But, with no pads on, it's hard to tell much about any of these players.


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