Highs and lows from the fourth day:
...Maybe it was because of the rain during the first practice, but there were a few dropped passes. Roydell Williams, who had impressed the coaches thus far, had two. A handful were dropped during individual work on swing passes to backs (Clinton Portis, Dominique Dorsey). And Dorsey later fumbled on one run.
...Anthony Alridge looks quick around the end, but he had problems holding onto handoffs in the afternoon work. Can't do that and make the team.
...Receiver Keith Eloi is an interesting player, but he seems to let the ball get too close into his body.
...Chris Wilson continues to do well against Mike Williams. Williams did have a better day, but he also is not going up against the top ends. He's admittedly rusty, but how much of what we're seeing is rust or simply who he is?
...Chris Samuels said rookie Brian Orakpo reminds him of DeMarcus Ware. He loves Orakpo's combination of strength and speed on rushes. Orakpo does not look like a rookie. We're guessing at some point he will, but that time hasn't yet come. At least not to the non-coaching eye.
...Rookie Jeremy Jarmon has flashed enough to warrant a long look. He tipped one screen pass for an incompletion and he went around Williams during one two-minute drill rush. And he lit up Williams again in the afternoon practice.
...The Redskins like Marques Hagans as a slot receiver. Doesn't mean he'll make the team, but he'll be one of the top guys vying for the fifth spot. He has good speed.
...Orakpo played one snap at defensive tackle today, with Albert Haynesworth to his right. Now that would be interesting. The versatility Washington has on the line is impressive, with Phillip Daniels' ability to move inside as well.
...The offense continues to look sloppy and far behind the defense.
...In the morning, Jim Zorn did his throw-the-bags-at-the-QB routine. Jason Campbell got knocked down by one toss.
...Justin Tryon had excellent coverage on one pass to receiver Malcolm Kelly. However, because of the way Kelly used his body, Tryon could not deflect the pass.
...Devin Thomas dropped a deep ball from Jason Campbell on which he beat double coverage. Can't let that happen. But there's no doubt about this: the Redskins need Thomas' explosion on offense.
...Thomas did make one nice grab, going up high vs. corner Byron Westbrook to make a grab.
...The Redskins worked on the two-minute offense this morning. Bad day. Neither the first nor second offense could even get inside the other 30-yard line.
...Colt Brennan has a knack for putting passes where only the receiver can get it, even in tight areas. If he's off a smidgen some of those balls would be picked. So far, none have been.
...London Fletcher tipped a pass that Chris Horton intercepted in the two-minute drill.
...Mike Sellers threw his helmet at Kedric Golston in the afternoon. A shoving match led to Sellers trying to break up the fight. Apparently someone must have shoved him so he threw his helmet and shouted, "I'm trying to break up a damn fight!"
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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