...Fred Smoot rebounded with a much better showing this morning; all day actually. Smoot is not exactly in jeopardy of losing his No. 3 corner job. But he also must play better than last season. He's been up and down thus far.
...The offense fooled the D with a couple reverses, one in the morning and one this afternoon. Rookie Jeremy Jarmon was fooled in the afternoon session, giving up his containment. On the next play he stayed home, having clearly learned his lesson.
... It appeared that Rob Jackson was fooled on the earlier reverse.
...Marques Hagans made a nice tip-toe catch along the sidelines this afternoon. This came after a nice grab earlier in the session. He's firmly in the running for the fifth receiver spot; the Redskins like him in the slot.
...Antwaan Randle El had a more lively day today. Made a nice double move on Justin Tryon to get free deep.
...Receiver Keith Eloi tripped and fell coming out of one break. Apparently he slipped earlier in the day as well (granted, it was raining steadily in the morning so we'll cut him some slack).
...Receiver Devin Thomas missed the afternoon session after having his early workout cut short because of his hamstring. Thomas said he's not worried and it does not appear that the team is either. They say it's precautionary, but coach Jim Zorn also said Thomas and Malcolm Kelly are still learning what they can, and can't, play with.
Thomas has definitely lost some momentum, however.
...Kelly returned to practice this afternoon. Santana Moss sat out with a tweaked hamstring. There is nothing – and I mean nothing – that Moss likes talking about less than injuries. Just gets annoyed. He sometimes doesn't mind answering one question, but beyond that? Painful for him (no pun intended). Hard to blame him though, considering his past.
...Trent Shelton had a nice morning workout, catching a deep ball from Jason Campbell over Doug Dutch. Shelton also had a nice grab down the seam.
...The Redskins keep saying how much they like Jeremy Bridges. Don't see it. At least not all the time. He's had mixed reviews on the right side (was brutal on the left). Today, he lunged at Chris Wilson, missed him, and stumbled forward. Imagine what Justin Tuck might do. But Bridges did ride out the end on enough occasions and handled the blitz fine. So we'll see.
...Reed Doughty and Kareem Moore both picked off Jason Campbell. In both cases it was an ill-advised throw.
...Mike Sellers buried Doughty on a run around the end.
...The Redskins have worked a lot with LaRon Landry on his footwork and his eyes, getting him to look in the right spot. They feel that there were plays every game that, with better footwork, could have resulted in a big play. It's more about rounding off his path to the ball too much.
...One change in backup C Will Montgomery is that he's playing with more of an attitude this year as opposed to last year when he signed with the Redskins. It's certainly helped him.
...Edwin Williams worked at left guard today.
...There is genuine concern about Randy Thomas' knee. We're now hearing whispers that the Redskins think this could be a season-long issue. Welcome to the Chad Rinehart era.
...Thomas is a good guy, but it's very possible that he is this year's Jon Jansen, the long-timer who is too banged up to be effective anymore in a starting role in the coaches eyes.
...Colt Brennan hit Robbie Agnone with a pass today. Agnone made an over-the-shoulder grab, beating Rocky McIntosh.
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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