Training Camp Report, Aug. 9 By Warpath staff …Right tackle Stephon Heyer returned to practice today, working with the first unit. He looked a bit off as Rob Jackson and Renaldo Wynn both went by him.
…Mike Williams still thinks he can win the starting job at right tackle. He's taken a bunch of hits from observers (trust us on this: the players aren't sold on him either). But Williams, to his credit, stays after practice for extra work just about every day. He wants to be better and knows he has to be. Some of it is technique related. Some may just be a function of who he is as a player.
…Receiver Marques Hagans had a good day. He does a nice job using his hands to catch the ball, better than some others who have played receiver much longer. He's a slippery guy, but man is he small. He made a sliding catch downfield against DeAngelo Hall this afternoon.
…Chase Daniel was behind on a lot of his throws, which could be a function of not knowing the offense completely. The passes would be completed, at least in some drills, but they would not allow the receiver to catch and run in stride.
…Mike Sellers caught the ball well in the morning session.
… Fred Davis had a good afternoon work. The Redskins are excited to see what he does this season. Davis does not run like a tight end. If he can get matched against linebackers one on one this season he should benefit.
…Chris Wilson still has a ways to go before he can cover as a linebacker.
…Yes, it was hot. Guessing that doesn't come as a surprise considering it was hot all over. But the heat index for the afternoon practice was 107 degrees. Standing on the turf, or at least walking on it, felt even hotter. Fortunately for the players they don't practice on the turf. They also have their Z shades, which makes it a bit cooler. They let the media stand underneath them during individual drills. Trust us, that's much appreciated.
…Randy Thomas (knee), Devin Thomas (hamstring) and Carlos Rogers (calf) were limited. Santana Moss (hamstring), Kevin Barnes (knee), Anthony Alridge (toe) and Jeremy Bridges (ankle) were out.
…Joe Bugel worked for 10 or so minutes after practice with LT Devin Clark. It's hard to imagine the Redskins really believe he could be the backup. Clark works hard and tries hard, but he is not shaped at all like a left tackle and has struggled.
…Edwin Williams worked at guard again today. He has looked much better at center.
…Malcolm Kelly stayed afterward to catch passes from the Jugs machine with receivers coach Stan Hixon.
…DT Antonio Dixon had a good pressure vs. RG Chad Rinehart this afternoon. Dixon remains a longshot to make the team.
…Rookie Brian Orakpo still has a tendency to overrun plays a little bit in practice; did20it again this afternoon. It'll be interesting to see if that happens in games. Teams will test him on the ground.
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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