Friday, so lots of special teams work, lots of installing the goal line and red zone offenses for this week, and lots of Coach Zorn saying things like “It’s NOT a walkthrough! Put a little hop in your step!”
- Game balls from last week were given at the end of practice. Clinton Portis for the offense, Shawn Springs for the defense, and Shaun Suisham for special teams. So I guess it’s safe to say they’re still counting that field goal as good.
- London Fletcher had a fantastic day of practice, batting down multiple balls in both goal line and red zone, and stuffing the run in the backfield on at least one goal line play. Quietly, Fletcher is having a very, very good season.
- Practice squadder Horace Gant made a one-handed grab downfield over Carlos Rogers, which led to a few plays worth of friendly jawing. Fred Smoot also made a nice one-handed interception down at the ground; coincidentally or not, the cornerbacks are catching the ball much better ever since that day of extra drills.
- Same play as Smoot’s interception, Colt Brennan did a heckuva Donovan McNabb impersonation leading the scout team, scrambling to his right away from pressure and then turning and throwing the ball the whole way across the field to where Smoot intercepted it. I certainly hope the interception is an accurate part of the impersonation as well, not just the evasiveness.
- Fred Davis had a couple of nice catches and looked good in the open field. I’m really looking forward to seeing what he can do in a game situation at some point.
- Zorn injury updates! It’s “not looking good” for either Stephon Heyer or Jason Taylor, although he wasn’t ruling either of them completely out. He did rule out Malcolm Kelly, although more for understanding the offense than for injury. “What he has done,” Zorn said of Kelly, “he’s been able to go full speed.” Shawn Springs is a question mark, with Zorn noting that he’d consider playing him without the practice reps, and Marcus Washington is another gametime decision — one that Zorn expects to be a go.