This and that from the Saturday practice (in 90-degree heat by the way; but, hey, it's Redskins weather, right?):
...Two offensive players keep being mentioned by coaches: running back Ladell Betts and receiver David Patten. Offensive coordinator Al Saunders said today that Betts has been a pleasant surprise adn that he'll find a way to work he and Clinton Portis onto the field at the same time. Remember, both can split out and have done so in the past. Another defensive coach talked about Betts the other day, mentioning how good he's looked.
And Patten has drawn positive reviews from teammates. That said, he looked terrific last year, too, in the summer and then fizzled once the season started. Just not sure where he'll fit in.
...And Taylor Jacobs has looked good. Unfortunately for him, however, this usually is the time of the year where he's played his best. Barring a Patten trade it's hard to imagine Jacobs landing a roster spot. He just hasn't produced during games.
...Warrick Holdman apparently has come into camp in better shape than a year ago, which coaches say led to problems during the season. They hope this translates into an ability to make more plays. Otherwise, they'll have to turn either to rookie Rocky McIntosh or unproven Chris Clemons.
... Speaking of McIntosh, assistant head coach/defense Gregg Williams said the rookie made three or four plays in the OTA's that he said were among the best by any linebacker since he's been here. Granted, things will change for McIntosh once training camp opens, but what Williams liked is that he picks things up quickly. He'll definitely be one to watch this summer. Just remember this: Williams does not start rookies immediately.
...Linebackers coach Dale Lindsey showed Kevin Simon how demanding he is this afternoon. During one zig-zag running drill, Simon had to do it over four times because Lindsey did not like the way he was running it. Ultimately, Lindsey was pleased with the results.
...It's fun to watch Al Saunders in practice. In a seven-on-seven drill, quarterback Jason Campbell lofted a perfect pass to wide-open h-back -- or, I guess he's now an F-back -- Chris Cooley. Before the pass landed in his arms, Saunders was walking around with his arms raised for a touchdown.
...Saunders popped his hamstring during an OTA drill last week while running downfield after a ballcarrier. The man is intense -- but he's also intensely positive.
...Run of the day: After catching a swing pass, tight end Mike Sellers ran over safety Adam Archuletta. Can't wait to see that in full pads.
...The receivers will move around a lot this season. In Pittsburgh, Antwaan Randle El often stayed in the slot. That won't happen in Washington.
...This offense should be really good for Santana Moss. Of course, many would be that way, but here's why this one is: because it rewards route-runners and guys who can separate because the ball is thrown to a spot. Moss is one of the best route-runners in the NFL and one of the fastest. That'll make him extremely dangerous.
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