Training Camp Report: August 15

A familiar face continues to work with the first string defense, while a training camp phenom from last year had one of his best practices. And what's up at left guard?

Ouch: Rock Cartwright (hamstring) and Stephon Heyer (hamstring) both ended practice early because of injuries. Antwaan Randle El (quad) is probable for Saturday's game while Todd Wade (shoulder) and Anthony Montgomery (hamstring) are questionable.

Best guess: Mike Pucillo starts the season opener. Tonight, in the offensive drills, Wade worked with the second unit while Pucillo worked with the starters. He just looks better at left guard than Wade, who has admirably tried to make the switch from tackle. Guard is just not his best spot. Pucillo looks more comfortable at guard; teammates agree.

Switching around: In the 11-on-11 portion, the starting corners were Fred Smoot and Carlos Rogers. Looks like it's going to be a year of rotating starters at this spot with those two and Shawn Springs. Smoot made a nice break on a Jason Campbell pass intended for Jason McAddley, knocking the ball away.

Who's hot: Receiver Mike Espy made two nice grabs tonight, making him the star of the practice. On the first, Espy jumped and reached over corner Ade Jimoh to make a downfield grab from Todd Collins. Later, Jason Campbell threw to the back of the end zone where Espy made a leaping grab and got both feet down. He needs more practices like that to show he's worthy of a roster spot.

Struggling: The passing offense, with a few exceptions, was not exactly operating at peak efficiency (or so the Redskins had better hope). Early on, the only passes the offense seemed to be completing were short passes in the flat (though Espy had his grab and Campbell did make a nice throw down the right sideline to an open McAddley, who beat David Macklin).

The defense seems to have a good read on what they're doing in practices and have been breaking very well on the ball. Could be this is a sign that the defense is ready for a good year.

Impressive: Gonna gush about LaRon Landry some more. The kid made a nice pick of a Campbell pass and consistently has shown he belongs with the starters. Even guys on the offensive side of the ball have really taken to him, which is rare for a rookie to have that kind of respect so early. He's smart, tough and a good kid. By the end of the season, we're guessing no one will second guess the decision to draft him over a defensive lineman.

One-on-one: We love Marcus Washington as a linebacker; we'd still like to see him do something at rush end. Jon Jansen didn't seem to have much trouble stopping him in the one-on-one sessions. Washington's presence does allow Phillip Daniels to rush from the inside, but we're not sold that Washington will make a big difference in the pass rush -- aside from blitzing, that is. By the way, on one rush, DT Lorenzo Alexander burst through RG Randy Thomas.

Return?: Joe Salave'a has been working with the first team this week, ahead of second-year Kedric Golston. Salave'a would not have lost his starting job last year if he had not gotten hurt and was mentally fatigued after dealing with the death of his mom. Salave'a is having a good camp.

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