A short practice today, with a lot of special teams work.
- Based on the conversation that’s been going on here for the last few days, I tried to pay particular attention to the quarterback play in general, and Jason Campbell in particular. Campbell’s throws looked good, and it was difficult to judge reads and releases in a practice situation, but he received compliments from Coach Zorn on at least three occasions for coming off of a receiver, so it seems safe to say that he’s focusing on that. “He looked like he was working hard,” Zorn said afterward.
- (Oh, also, let me quickly answer a question that just came in: there was no noticeable change in distribution of QB reps: Campbell with the first team, Collins with the second team, Brennan making a brief appearance as the scout team QB. The Cult of Colt probably needs to relax for at LEAST a few weeks, I’d think.)
- Shawn Springs was back out on practice, and looking good — a batdown and an interception on back to back plays. “If the game on Sunday, no doubt I would’ve played,” he said, joking that Marcus Washington had kicked him because “he didn’t want me to shine on Thursday.”
- The much-maligned Justin Tryon had a couple of nice plays in coverage today. He didn’t get his hands on the ball in either case, but had great position on the receiver and prevented him from getting to the ball. It was heartening to see, and much more promising than his work in the preseason games.
- Malcolm Kelly claims to be ready to come back, saying that the extra days of rest did him a world of good. Coach Zorn was a bit more hesitant, and wants to see him participate fully in practice, hopefully Wednesday.
- Zorn also commented on his weekend ride with the President, although he seemed mildly surprised at the level of interest it generated. “You know,” he said, “I like to bike ride. Mister President read that and invited me out.” Zorn repeatedly emphasized the degree of difficulty of the ride, and focused on the athletic elements of the whole thing. “With him it’s very competitive, and you have to earn the right to be out there.” No football strategy was discussed, he claimed. In Zorn’s telling, the whole thing sounds surprisingly low-key, like, hey, if you like to ride bikes, sometimes you get to ride with the President.