Here’s a quick update on the first practice of training camp.
* Unlike 2008, when defensive ends Phillip Daniels and Alex Buzbee went down with season-ending injuries on the first day, all 79 players on hand made it through the opening session unscathed. That included Daniels and Buzbee.
* With top draft choice Brian Orakpo the only absent player, still unsigned, Alfred Fincher was a surprising member of the starting defense. H.B. Blades, who started five games last season at strong side linebacker, has been switched to the middle behind London Fletcher.
* While Mother Nature cranked up the heat and humidity just in time for camp after an unusually comfortable July, coach Jim Zorn is giving his players a break by easing them into drills. The Redskins won’t don full pads until Saturday morning, the first practice of August.
* Unlike 2008 when second-rounders Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelly each flunked the pre-camp conditioning test, no one failed this year. However, Zorn said he passed some near-misses whom he wouldn’t name.
- David Elfin