SEEN AND HEARD
There’s always one assistant coach with offbeat drills. For a while, it was Norv Turner’s special teams coach, Pete Rodriguez. Later, it was tight ends coach Mike Pope. These days, that man is defensive line coach Greg Blache. Yesterday’s wackiness had Blache’s charges smacking the padded goal post and then putting a spin move on it as if it were a blocker. Not surprisingly, the D-linemen won every time.
LARON LANDRY (HOT)
The sixth pick in the draft didn’t look like a rookie after missing the previous six practices during a holdout.
STEPHON HEYER (HOT)
The rookie free agent from Maryland is getting a serious shot at winning a backup job while four-time Pro Bowl offensive left tackle Chris Samuels is sidelined with a sprained knee.
CLINTON PORTIS (COLD)
The No. 1 running back’s return to health lasted all of six practices before he needed to sit out with tendinitis in his knee.
LONG SHOT OF THE DAY
Ht/Wt: 5-11, 179
Torrence, signed by Green Bay as a free agent in 2004, caught on with Atlanta for 10 games, playing mostly on special teams. Torrence was cut by the Falcons last September. He signed with the Redskins the final week of the season but didn’t play. Torrence is a fine athlete (a sprinter at Stanford) and smart enough (Academic All-Pac 10), but it’s an uphill struggle to displace any of the five veteran corners ahead of him.
HE SAID WHAT?
“I guess it was a little friendly fire.” Rookie safety LaRon Landry on how he got hurt in paintball, missing all of minicamp June 15-17 after being hit in his private parts
9 a.m. practice (closed), 7 p.m. (closed).
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