...Linebacker Marcus Washington was limited in practice because of a bad hamstring. Coach Jim Zorn said he's optimistic about Washington's chances for Sunday. But, he added, he was optimistic about Shawn Springs playing last week.
...Tight end Chris Cooley was limited as well. We're guessing he'll be much more involved in the passing game this week.
...Reserve LB Khary Campbell (quad) also was limited. Zorn expressed the same opinion of his chances, though we're not certain that Campbell shares the optimism.
...RB Ladell Betts missed practice because of a death in the family. He's expected to return Friday.
...Fred Davis, Malcolm Kelly and Devin Thomas all took snaps with the first team today. Gotta say, Davis had another good day, also working on scout team. His hands have been more reliable. But we're still not sure he or Kelly will be active Sunday. Kelly looks healthy, but Zorn isn't sure he's ready to contribute.
...The DBs stayed after practice to work on their hands. They stood with their backs turned about 10 yards from the quarterbacks. The DB would then turn around quickly and take five throws from four different QBs. Carlos Rogers, who dropped two picks vs. New York, caught all five. The worst? Fred Smoot, who dropped three of the first 10 passes. A third turn finally gave him a perfect ending. But Santa na Moss blamed it on the way he catches the ball, saying he's doing it too much with his hands. Moss likes to use his body to corral the ball.
...Reed Doughty dropped one ball in practice, settling for a knockdown of a Colt Brennan pass. "Catch the ball!" Zorn said. "We need to finish it!"
...The Redskins like how Chris Wilson and Erasmus James have performed inside at tackle. Neither can play there much and only in pass situations. But both caused some disruption vs. the Giants and the Redskins need their quickness inside.
...Wilson destroyed Jason Fabini with an inside rush during one-on-one drills.
...Anthony Montgomery made Justin Geisinger look silly a couple times in one-on-one drills.
...Gotta like Ol' Monty. After one play during team drills he turned to the stickholders and told them, "That's a good job holding that stick right there. Good job." One of them was strength and conditioning coach John Hastings. Monty is a good guy.
...The Redskins worked a lot on third-down situations and also on their two-minute drill.
John Keim covers the Redskins for the Washington Examiner and is a contributing editor for Warpathinsiders.com. He has covered the team since 1994. Some of his other stories can be found at dcexaminer.com
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