The title here is a little bit misleading, to be honest — I wasn’t able to be on the field for all that much of the middle of practice. I was there at the very beginning, though, and if it’s Friday, that means it’s time for Coach Zorn to warm up by tossing the ball around to the quarterbacks.
They were doing this on the other side of the field, which was testing the limitations of my camera, but it’s obvious that Zorn gets a real kick out of this. The QBs seem to be enjoying it as well, as it not only lets them do something a little different, it gives them an excuse to tease their coach a little bit.
“He overthrew me that first time,” Jason Campbell told me about the above attempt. After that first round, though, the quarterbacks elected to increase the degree of difficulty somewhat by making their catches one-handed.
Yes, Colt Brennan actually hauled that one in. And Todd Collins also made an impressive couple of catches — I didn’t get a good picture, but he’s actually a surprisingly nimble receiver out there. “I got one later on,” Campbell told me, but I didn’t see it.
Here’s the quick update on the rest of the practice day that I saw:
- Clinton Portis, Chris Horton, Carlos Rogers, Chris Samuels, and Fred Smoot were all back in for at least limited work, and all look like they should be able to go on Sunday. “Clinton ran around pretty good,” Coach Zorn said afterward, “I saw him make cuts both left and right.” No guarantees, but it’s a good step, and actually ahead of what Zorn predicted yesterday.
- Shawn Springs didn’t practice and is being called a gametime decision, but you have to think it’s not a good sign that he couldn’t go today.
- An amusing play when a mis-hit punt landed in the arms of practice squad offensive lineman Andrew Crummey, who rumbled downfield with it, displaying improbably speed for a guy at his position.
- Coach Zorn was visibly encouraging Malcolm Kelly in practice, and seemed optimistic about him again afterward. “We didn’t have to drain his knee this week,” he said. “He’s starting to be able to do things at a higher speed.” So that situation is progressing, which is encouraging to see.
- LaRon Landry continued his stellar week of practice, intercepting a few passes and being in position to make big hits if, you know, it had been a gametime situation.
- As for the rest of practice … “Business as usual,” Pete Kendall said afterward. I asked if that was in a good way, and gave me a look. “Well, I think business has been pretty good.” I guess so, yeah.