- The Washington Times - Monday, July 28, 2008

THE BUZZ

NEW GUYS [UP]

Two new players bolster body count in the trenches

JASON GOODE [UP]

One-handed catch adds to positive early work

OVERZEALOUS FANS [DOWN]

Shouting at one player for 10 minutes for an autograph is not cool

ALUMNI APPEARANCE [UP]

Ex-Redskins center Cory Raymer takes in practice

SEEN AND HEARD AT REDSKIN PARK

It was certainly hot enough for a day at the beach, but volleyballs at a football practice? During special teams work, one drill involved a member of the coaching staff tossing a volleyball in the air while players tried to jump in near the goal line and swat the ball backward. The idea is to simulate tracking down a punt and keeping it from being a touchback. Why wouldn’t just using footballs work? Good question.

QUOTABLE

“Hopefully we won’t be punting as much I don’t want it to go too well for them. But we’ll get a chance to see them under duress. They’re both good punters, but we have to pick one.”

— Jim Zorn on the punting battle between incumbent Derrick Frost and rookie Durant Brooks

LONG SHOT OF THE DAY

OG Fred Matua, 6-2, 310, Southern California

Matua officially was added to the roster Sunday in place of injured/departed offensive lineman Kerry Brown. He was a seventh-round pick by Detroit in 2006 but was cut before the season started. He spent 10 weeks of that season on Cleveland’s 53-man roster and was active for one game but did not see any action. He may have the longest hair in camp, but it will be tough for him to earn a spot behind starters Pete Kendall and Randy Thomas.

Corey Masisak

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