Training Camp Report: August 8

Stephon Heyer did not have his best practice; maybe it was because Andre Carter was having one of his best nights. And guess who Jason Campbell hooked up with again. Hint: it shouldn't be a surprise.

Ouch: Defensive tackle Vaka Manupana injured his quad during tonight's practice and exited the locker room on crutches.

Tip drill: The receivers spent time working on tipping passes in the end zone, practicing a Hail Mary situation. They want one of the receivers to stop about five yards deep in the end zone, with another one stationed near the back of the end zone, waiting for the tip.

Down: End Phillip Daniels went down with a spasm in his, um, backside during an inside run drill. Daniels spent some time stretching it out before returning. By the way, Daniels has dropped seven pounds and is convinced it's made a difference in his game. He said he just feels younger and quicker. We shall see. But he's now convinced he can play another six years.

Wade update: The one player the coaches probably want most to see play on offense is guard Todd Wade. They've been somewhat pleased with his camp thus far, but really need to see him in a live-game situation to truly measure his progress. He handled himself well against Cornelius Griffin in a one-on-one drill tonight.

Heyer update: Stephon Heyer had his troubles against Andre Carter tonight. Carter had not always looked sharp against Heyer until tonight when he spun past him one time, bull-rushed him the next time and went right by him a third time. The last one would have resulted in a sack. Later, Jamaal Green went around Heyer for a pressure.

Strong connection: Jason Campbell and Chris Cooley continued their summer-long chemistry. Campbell hit Cooley across the middle, putting the ball where only the tight end could get it, allowing Cooley to run after the catch.

Big play: Campbell had another strong pass, this time he stepped up in the pocket, moved a bit to his left and threw a bullet to receiver Santana Moss, running a crossing pattern. A play or two later, Campbell hit a wide-open Antwaan Randle El, who beat Carlos Rogers, for a long score. The pass traveled about 40 yards in the air; Randle El covered the final 40 with nary a defender near him.

Deeeeee!: Newly-signed running back Dee Brown broke up the middle on one run and later broke wide on another. On the latter play, tackle Taylor Whitley turned Anthony Montgomery inside.

INT: Linebacker Anthony Trucks took advantage of Kyle Brown's stonehands. Brown had a ball bounce off his chest and into Trucks arms for the pick.

Found: James Thrash's brother lost his wallet while attending tonight's practice, but he got lucky. A fan found it, turned it over to Thrash who phoned his brother with the good news.

Fandom: Approximatley 5,000 fans turned out on Fan Appreciation Day, braving the near-100 degree temperatures. But once the sun went down it wasn't too bad. Gibbs is probably still signing autographs.

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