One of those days today, overcast enough to make you bundle up before you go out, but not actually cold. I have very little formal knowledge of meteorology, but it sure seems to me that whenever this happens, it’s pouring rain or sleeting within 24 hours. I look forward to tomorrow’s practice.
- Another day of watching Jason Campbell, another day impressed. If I wasn’t watching whichever drill the QB was in, every single time I noticed a pass out of the corner of my eye it was one of Campbell’s. With one exception (a Colt Brennan to Fred Davis connection), every time I heard people on the field get excited about an offensive pass play, it was one of Campbell’s. And Zorn seemed pleased with what he was seeing. At this point, it’s just about what he can do in the game.
- Per a reader suggestion, I tried to focus in on the offensive linemen for a while, but — like the pass rushers — they largely don’t actually get to perform their roles in practice. “For guys like that,” Colt Brennan told me afterward, “practice is mainly about putting in the scheme, not about execution, so there’s not too much to watch.”
- I saw Malcolm Kelly go up high and make a spectacular catch over Justin Tryon, and I noticed Devin Thomas running hard and make a couple of nice catches, but I thought I might’ve just been overinflating their performances in my head. Then I asked Chris Cooley what stood out for him at practice, and he said, “The rookie receivers both had really good practices today,” so I felt pretty good.
- Practice ended today with a two-minute drill, which Cooley had some thoughts about. “There’s a weekly Thursday mystery as to whether or not we will end practice with a two-minute drill,” he told me afterward. “And two-minute drill is hell for everyone involved. It’s basically a sprint the whole time. It’s like a conditioning drill. Every Thursday they bring the clock out, but sometimes they bring the clock out and don’t do the drill. So half the time it’s just to mess with you, and and half the time it’s for real.
“So we have to decide. And, I mean, it looms throughout practice, weighing on everybody whether we’re doing it or not. It gets to a point where they either call everyone together or say ‘Two-minute drill,’ and Zorn yells out, ‘TWO-MINUTE DRILL!’
“Usually, the two-minute drill is the first offense against the first defense. So we get to two minute drill today, and Blache sends out the practice squad defense, but the first offense still has to go out.”
Jason Taylor, sitting at his locker near Cooley, noted, “That’s why he’s sweaty and I’m not,” which was very true.
Cooley continued, “I ran the first six or seven plays, but then I came off and tried to convince Blache that I could play defensive end for the last of the drive, but he said he didn’t want to unveil his secret weapon yet. I would’ve had at least two sacks.”
- One defensive lineman who stood out today was Lorenzo Alexander, who was consistently in good position on runs and screen passes, including one where he stood up Rock Cartwright.
- And, yet again, the starting safeties made their presence felt. LaRon Landry broke up a couple of passes and generally made a nuisance of himself, and Chris Horton put himself in position for another interception.
- Injury update!
- Clinton Portis, Shawn Springs, Marcus Washington, London Fletcher, Kedric Golston, Andre Carter, and Chris Samuels did not practice.
- Fred Smoot was absent for personal reasons.
- Cornelius Griffin and Randy Thomas were limited in practice.
- And, noted Coach Zorn dryly, “everybody else was great.”