''Rod is more comfortable at left guard,'' Redskins OL coach Kim Helton said. ''We're trying to make this puzzle fit as best we can. We'll see if he can do it at left guard and see from there. If he can do it, shoot, that's good. If not we'll put him back at tackle.''
Helton would not discuss specifics, but said that, in this system, left guard is similar to tackle. Which is why Jones might feel better over there. He has started two games at that spot in the NFL.
What about the free agent guards? The Redskins aren't sold on Ben Coleman as a pass blocker, which he must be in this offense. Besides, if they really need him, he'll still be available in a week or so. They want to see their young linemen in a game first.
Matt Campbell isn't better than what they have and Ray Brown might be too expensive. Also, Brown, too, figures to be available in a week or so. If someone else gets close to signing him, the Redskins could always jump in. But know this: Helton hasn't watched much film of him.
. . . At least 2,500 people attended the morning practice at Fan Appreciation Day.
. . . Otis Leverette played left tackle in one pass-rush situation. He didn't do much.
. . . The Redskins have run a lot of no-huddle drills. They also worked on fake punts, something that should be standard but was rarely done last year. At least not in public view. The guess is, Steve Spurrier wants this information to spread, giving other teams even more to think about.
. . . On consecutive passes, Shane Matthews had one ball broken up by Darrell Green (and should have been intercepted) and had another one tipped by Champ Bailey and grabbed by Jeremiah Trotter.
. . . Best throw: Sage Rosenfels to tight end Robert Royal on a seam route. Hit him in stride.
John Keim also has covered the Redskins for The Journal Newspapers for nine years.