Redskins Training Camp: Day 5

John Keim reports on his observations from the Redskins' fifth day of Training Camp under Jim Zorn. Why was Shawn Springs playing at Safety today? Who did Andre Carter put on their back? Who is looking better between Jason Campbell and Todd Collins? It's all here...

...Rookie receiver Devin Thomas pulled his right hamstring and could miss at least two weeks, coach Jim Zorn said. Thomas hurt his hamstring while running a deep route, trying to make an over-the-shoulder catch of a Jason Campbell pass.

...Shawn Springs played safety today, but ignore what you think it might mean. He filled in there because the Redskins were down two safeties – Kareem Moore and LaRon Landry. Springs has played this position before, mostly in Gregg Williams' first season here, and would love to have this role again, where he's blitzing, covering wideouts and dropping deep on occasion.

...Springs loves Malcolm Kelly. Loves him.

...Todd Collins looks off this camp. I thought he'd look sharper than Jason Campbell early on because he's a little more familiar with this offense, but that hasn't been the case. Collins has not looked sharp at all. He's dumped off a number of passes. Campbell has been more aggressive going downfield, looking more confident in this offense.

...H.B. Blades intercepted Collins on one pass over the middle.

...Offensive lineman Jason Fabini took offense to a Mike Wise column the other day that basically referred to him as ugly. But Wise apologized to Fabini today; not that it was all that well received. Guess we'll no longer refer to the line as the Big Uglies.

...Shaun Suisham had two kicks from 37 yards one flew high over the net attached to the uprights; the other bounced off the right upright. We hear that Danny Smith was not pleased. Not time to start looking for more competition yet, but stay tuned.

...Andre Carter bull-rushed Stephon Heyer, forcing Heyer to fall. Carter got to the quarterback. Heyer then missed Reed Doughty on the next play, trying to get out on a screen. That's one weakness in his game. He's not a great athlete.

...Jim Zorn introduced another off-beat drill for his QBs. As one QB dropped back to throw, the others would throw soft blocking bags at him. Before the afternoon practice, he was throwing passes to the quarterbacks who were running routes.


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