We’re still three hours from practice but the media room is nearly full — everybody got here early for fear of last year’s traffic debacle that clogged up the Loudoun County Parkway and Waxpool Road with a crowd of nearly 25,000.
This morning at the Park, I drove through the gate around 8:45 and there was a line of fans (more than 100) waiting at the entrance for the 1:20 p.m. individual work and the 2 p.m. intra-squad scrimmage.
Here are some leftovers from the past couple days while we wait to watch a scrimmage that won’t include close to 12 starters.
*CB Carlos Rogers enters the second week of inactivity because of a left calf injury.
“It’s concerning because he needs repetition as well but I’m not alarmed and I’m not panicing or anything like that,” coach Jim Zorn said. “He’s coming along slowly – it was more of a significant pull than a strain. We’re going to wait, be patient and he’s going to be back.”
*Count rookie CB Kevin Barnes among those impressed with WR Santana Moss.
“I don’t get to cover him too much but his speed is elite –and he probably has the best feet I’ve ever seen for a receiver,” Barnes said.
*The pass protection will almost be a daily topic for Zorn to address.
After Thursday’s first practice, he said: “We had a couple of whiffs out there today. Buges doesn’t tolerate it and the line doesn’t tolerate it but we have to let them know we know what’s going on and urge them to make a difference on the very next play. It is going to be a key to our success in the passing game.”
*Zorn on S LaRon Landry: “LaRon is very ready to play. He’s very confident in his skill level but also confident in the calls being made. He’s much further along in his career, being his third year. He has much more of a feel for what he’s preparing for and what he has to do in the games.”
*Offensive line coach Joe Bugel on facing the Redskins’ defensive front: “If we can ever block our defensive line, we’ll be OK in the NFL. Our d linemen are warriors – it may take five guys to block Albert. They have a salty bunch over there and have great speed. When you practice against that every day, you’re going to get better or worse. We get a little bit better each day. Sometimes, we don’t touch them, sometimes we do touch them. It’s a great experience to have.”
— Ryan O’Halloran