Thomas’ absence allowed second-year player Chad Rinehart to take the bulk of reps with the first team.
Rinehart, a third-round pick in 2008, didn’t play a single offensive snap as a rookie but may play a role if he has a good preseason and Thomas breaks down.
“Absolutely, I have to look at it like it’s the regular season,” Rinehart said. “The only game film I have from last year is preseason, so I have to prove that last year isn’t what I look like this year and that I’ve gotten a lot better.”
Rookie Brian Orakpo has been with the starting defense since he arrived for the second day of training camp. Now that he’s into the flow of camp, two things are apparent: He has won his share of one-on-one matchups with left tackle Chris Samuels, and he’s not as stiff as expected in coverage.
“It’s not bad at all - it’s basically 50-50 with lining up at defensive end and linebacker,” Orakpo said of the transition to strongside linebacker. “I just have to know what I’m doing out there - the different reads and the different formations the offense is giving you.”
Quarterback Jason Campbell is on the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated, the first time since 2001 a Redskins player is out front. Campbell was on the cover of a special Auburn season-in-review issue in 2004.
Before this week, the last time was Dec. 3, 2001, when Chris Samuels and Stephen Davis were featured.