Defensive end Ray Edwards attended the early portions of Saturday's morning practice but did not participate. He arrived late, wearing only a visor while those practicing were in shorts and helmets, and went to the locker room early.
After going through Friday morning's walk-through, Edwards missed the first minicamp practice Friday afternoon for a doctor's appointment, according to head coach Brad Childress, and Saturday defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said there might be an issue with Edwards' health.
"(Head trainer) Eric Sugarman was telling our staff this morning there's something going on with him," Frazier said of Edwards. "They're doing some exams and trying to figure out what's the problem, so we're waiting to see exactly what's happening with him."
Asked if he thought it was something serious, Frazier said, "No, I think it's something minor and just precautionary. You know, minicamp."
With Edwards out, defensive end Jayme Mitchell took his place, just as he did in Friday afternoon's practice.
On the interior of the defensive line, defensive tackle Fred Evans filled in for Pat Williams, who sat out a number of team drills, as has become his custom during many spring practices. On Friday, Kenderick Allen was getting many of Williams' practice reps.
Wide receiver Bernard Berrian was an oft-used deep target on Saturday morning.
Quarterback Gus Frerotte found Berrian in stride long down the left sideline during individual drills and Tarvaris Jackson continued to look Berrian's way on the first play of full-team work. Jackson underthrew Berrian on a deep route, but the receiver adjusted to the ball, fended off cornerback Cedric Griffin and made the long reception. Jackson found Berrian in stride later during situational drills as well.
"That's definitely something we have to work on," offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said of the deep passes. "It's not good to just throw them out there and have them be long foul balls. We can do that all day, but we need to make sure that we're hitting them. We're working on that. With our running game the way it is right now, we're going to have one-on-one matchups outside that we have to win. That's something we're working on, and we have to get better at it.
On Saturday morning it looked like they were doing just that.
"I think he's better in every area from this time last year to where he is now," Bevell said when asked if Jackson was getting better at throwing the deep pass. "He's made great improvements, and that's a credit to him and how hard he's wanted to work to get better."
In addition to connecting with Berrian on two deep passes, Jackson also hooked up with second-year receiver Aundrae Allison for a long gain.
Maurice Hicks is expected to be the frontrunner for the kick return job, but special teams coach Paul Ferraro said Chester Taylor and Adrian Peterson will get some looks there as well. However, Ferraro admitted that neither of top two running backs would likely become a regular in that role.
Quarterbacks coach Kevin Rogers was wearing the headset Saturday morning. In past practices open to the media, offensive coordinator Darrel Bevell had been relaying the offensive calls to the quarterbacks.
Tight end Visanthe Shiancoe had his second straight very solid minicamp practice, hauling in everything we saw thrown his way. To borrow a phrase from the coaching staff, Shiancoe was making the routine plays routinely.
Wide receiver Sidney Rice didn't take part in many team drills, as he appeared to be dealing with a minor injury.
Center Matt Birk continued to get the bulk of the work with the first-team offense. Birk had missed all of the optional organized team activities before minicamp started Friday. When it wasn't Birk with the first team, rookie John Sullivan was occasionally inserted on Saturday morning.
Rookie quarterback John David Booty demonstrated several times what Childress said he liked about the quarterback – despite not possessing the strongest arm, Booty has shown a knack for getting the ball where it should be when it should be.
Cornerback Cedric Griffin jumped high and battled the ball loose from the grip of taller receiver Martin Nance during one play and earlier in the practice knocked a ball out of tight end Braden Jones' grasp before he could gain complete control of it.
Defensive end Otis Grigsby had one pass defensed and received praise for his work on at least one other play.
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