1. Albert Haynesworth has a large presence. It's hard to tell much about a guy like this from a minicamp, but the dude takes up a lot of space. He looks to be in pretty good shape (as opposed to how Dana Stubblefield was coming off his big contract with Washington; big difference).
2. Brian Orakpo is quick. We saw it a couple times on speed rushes around the end. Had a real nice burst; of course he was working mostly against tryout guys, but still. You could see the burst. He worked a lot at right end, with Andre Carter going to the left side at times.
3. Orakpo has a bit to learn at playing SLB. The few times we focused on that he appeared to be too upright while rushing. Once, paired one on one with Chris Cooley, Orakpo was easy to slow because he was nearly straight up. Cooley had no problem.
4. Chris Wilson is still getting used to SLB. The main thing I saw in him came with his footwork. A few times he struggled to plant and drive on passes; almost tilting backward as he planted,=2 0a sign that his weight was not properly distributed. It'll take time.
5. Phillip Daniels is bigger. He now weighs 305 pounds and most of that weight seems to be in his arms. The man just looks bigger than ever. He's deadlifting 600 pounds, without needing to use any knee wraps. In his mind, this is the strongest he's ever been. How this translates for a 36-year-old man coming off knee surgery remains to be seen. But there's no doubt whose guns are the biggest on the team.
6. Devin Thomas had a good morning. I'm starting to believe the kid might be able to do something. He's been a regular in the offseason workouts and is developing a little rapport with Jason Campbell. A few players used the word mature when describing him. And Thomas agrees that his approach has been much more mature than last year. Some of the tension that surrounded him last year was gone.
7. Greg Blache is unhappy. He does not like talking to the media. We know that. But he was fantastic all the time last year. But today he spoke for 3 minutes, nine seconds. That's it. And most of the answers were short. My read: he does not want to start talking about how much talent they have. He knows, as a coach, that would put an extra burden on him. Besides, he has to see the same holes in this D that we do (linebacker).
8. Jason Campbell was sharp. Threw a few nice deep balls, once hitting20Thomas who had beaten DeAngelo Hall. He also hit Antwaan Randle El on a deep out (he turned around Carlos Rogers). Good start for Campbell. By the way, since we're on the topic of quarterbacks, please don't read much into Chase Daniels' presence. He's a longshot to make the roster. He'd be better as a practice squader, perhaps developing into someone who, in a year, could be a No. 3. People I've talked to question his arm strength and mechanics and size.
9. Poor Cody Glenn. He lied about the reason why he was suspended from Nebraska, a foolish mistake. Now everyone wants to know what he did. If he had simply said from the beginning that it was a matter between he and the Nebraska coaches it would have been over. Glenn did say the Redskins knew the real reason.
10. Colt Brennan looked pretty good. He still has that swagger about him. Brennan hit Kelley Washington – yes, that Kelley Washington – on a deep ball vs. Fred Smoot. Washington made a great over-the-shoulder catch. He's in camp, along with fellow vet receiver D.J. Hackett trying to win an invite to camp.
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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