The on-field temperature was 140 degrees. Other than that, it was a non-descript scrimmage. And it was as much about individual performance as anything.
Who looked good and bad?
No work: The Redskins saw enough of quarterback Jason Campbell in the seven on seven, sitting him out of the 11-on-11 work. Campbell played 10 of the 15 snaps in the seven on seven. Campbell did a nice job throwing in rhythm and on the correct steps.
He hit James Thrash for a 35-yard score. But we still haven't seen him against a live rush this summer, which could change everything, though his poise in the pocket is an obvious plus. Also, receivers Santana Moss, Thrash, Antwaan Randle El and Brandon Lloyd did not participate in the 11-on-11.
Actually, Lloyd didn't do anything because of his shin splints. Here's what we're wondering -- when are the Redskins going to start working some of these guys? They've had four practices that have been completed in less than 70 minutes. All this talk about camp being harder than last year was just that. Talk.
Who's hot: Running back Marcus Mason gained 34 yards on 12 carries, but did snap off a couple nice runs. I like that he runs hard and makes his cuts while always moving forward. That's a good sign.
He's still a longshot to make the roster, but he does appear to be a strong practice squad candidate. Once, he was trapped in the backfield yet still managed two yards. He seemed to always make positive yards, or at least not lose any.
Who's not: DT Anthony Montgomery did not have a standout one-on-one session. The two times I saw him, he got driven out easily by third-year guard/center Jason Brown. In the 11-on-11 period, Montgomery had one good penetration. But late in the scrimmage he seemed to be out of steam, letting up too easily a couple times.
Also, the guards struggled. William Whitticker is playing himself out a job and Kili Lefotu allowed a pressure on one occasion.
Heyer: Stephon Heyer was OK considering it was his first real action. He handled himself fine in the 11-on-11, but my problem was that he too often was too upright, which would leave him off-balance. And, against better competition, that will get him in big trouble. But, considering he's an undrafted free agent, he's still doing well.
Landry: Safety LaRon Landry tried too hard to make plays, getting him out of position a couple times. Even he admitted as much. The Redskins worked him in with Sean Taylor often, paving the way for a quick starting berth. Landry was late on one pass down the left sideline, resulting in a long gain. He had cover 2 responsibilities on the play, but his slow recognition left the receiver wide open along the side.
Portis update: Running back Clinton Portis likely will be limited for the time being because of his knee. He'll do cardio work, riding the bike, etc., and lift weights. The guessing game is already on as to when he'll play in an exhibition game.
Heat: The field temperature was around 140 degrees at one point this afternoon.
One-on-one's: One guy who has stood out to me is DE Renaldo Wynn. Just looks more spry this camp; he's also finally healthy. He had no problem going past Marshal Yanda on two occasions in the one-on-one. It's hardly a good measuring stick, but Wynn does look better than last summer...
Teammate Andre Carter got driven out and then knocked to the ground by rookie OT Jared Gaither. That's a bad sign. ...
Ravens DT Atiyyah Ellison knocked Todd Wade back, but Wade later knocked Chris Chester back.
Fight: Receiver Devard Darling apparently had a grudge against Redskins safety Sean Taylor, based on something that happened in this scrimmage two years ago. Apparently Taylor drilled Darling after he caught a pass in the seven-on-seven session.
Today, Darling knocked Taylor's helmet off while blocking on a running play; he pushed up on Taylor's facemask. No punches were thrown.
Redskins TD: Jordan Palmer fired a 24-yard strike to receiver Burl Toler. Palmer has been off-target much of camp, but he threw a nice ball to Toler, running a post from the outside. Palmer completed three of five passes for 34 yards. Toler finished with two catches for 29 yards.
The Redskins need to cut a quarterback and it'll likely be either Palmer or Casey Bramlet. The best guess is that it'll be Bramlet. But Bramlet did throw a nice 14-yard out to Damien Linson on third and 3.
Ravens FG: Matt Stover kicked a 22-yard field goal for the Ravens' first points. Two plays keyed this drive. The first was a third and four from their own 36 when Steve McNair threw to Todd Heap over the middle. Heap jumped for the catch. Linebacker Rocky McIntosh, about 5 yards behind Heap, thought the ball was going to be overthrown so when Heap jumped, so did he. That allowed Heap to catch the ball, turn and run past McIntosh for a first down at the Skins' 48. Later, McNair hit receiver Demetrius Williams for 18 yards to the Skins' 16, beating Ade Jimoh.
Ravens TD: Running back P. J. Daniels went around right end for a one-yard touchdown on Baltimore's second possession. On the play before, however, Daniels tried to go through the middle but was hit hard by H.B. Blades. The big play on this drive was a 55-yard completion from Kyle Boller to tight end Daniel Wilcox. But it deserves an asterisk. Had it been a real game, end Alex Buzbee likely would have hit Boller before he threw or as he did.
Hot start: Ravens 10, Redskins 7
Breaking Burgundy Top Stories
Cousins On Contract Talk: Deadlines Do DealsThe starting quarterback held court and stayed poised during his first media session following Wednesday's practice.
Breaking BurgundyYesterday at 1:27 PM
Jones absent, Pryor gelling with CousinsKirk Cousins and Terrelle Pryor gelling, Jordan Reed, Trent Williams and Matt Jones absent from Redskins OTAs.
Breaking BurgundyYesterday at 10:55 AM
Washington Redskins Hold Rookie CampThe Washington Redskins' top draft picks Jonathan Allen and Ryan Anderson headline this weekend's Rookie Camp.
What Can Samaje Perine Do?Can you say steal of the draft? Not yet, but one might in the future when it comes to the Oklahoma runner.