- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 14, 2002

Punch/counterpunch
CARLISLE, Pa. Washington Redskins cornerback Fred Smoot likes to pretend he's pulling down the quarterback's pants after an interception, but quarterback Patrick Ramsey wasn't undressed for long. The two hooked up on three plays yesterday, with Ramsey gaining redemption.
Smoot opened with a sharp interception intended for receiver Reidel Anthony that ended with Smoot's dance. On the next series, Ramsey countered with a 30-yard completion to Anthony with Smoot far behind. Receiver Justin Skaggs knocked Smoot off the line on the next matchup, but Smoot batted away Ramsey's pass.
"Smoot has such an ability to know where the ball's going, and he made a good play," Ramsey said of the interception. "The next play, we were able to make a good play."
Ramsey has learned quickly not to trade verbal jabs with Smoot, now the team's leading wordsmith following the offseason loss of defensive tackle Kenard Lang.
"You can't play that game with Smoot," Ramsey said. "I'm not on his level of trash-talking."

Pick 6
Defense dominated the morning session with six interceptions, including three by Smoot. A couple bounced off receivers' hands, but cornerback Champ Bailey snared a pair, and rookie Rashad Bauman grabbed one. Smoot and Bailey also dominated the afternoon session with several combined pickoffs.
"Competition, baby," Smoot said. "We didn't feel like we had a good outing against Carolina [last Saturday], so we had to come out and set the tempo. We want to get around the ball."
However, the offense occasionally punched through. Receiver Darnerien McCants' touchdown catch over smothering linebacker Jeremiah Trotter left McCants spiking the ball to the boos of defenders.

Who's your daddy?
Maybe guard Ross Tucker heard that line once too often, but defensive tackle Dan "Big Daddy" Wilkinson and Tucker fought briefly on the field before being separated. Tucker is easily the camp leader in fights as he tries to become a starter, but Wilkinson is usually slow to anger.
"Tuck likes to fight," guard Jon Jansen said. "I have to teach him how not to fight on 95-degree days."

Extra points
Receiver Kevin Lockett scored a touchdown on a Hail Mary that went through the arms and off the chest of Rod Gardner. Lockett spiked the ball in celebration.
Several players made leaping grabs in afternoon team drills, including rookie running back Robert Gillespie (a one-hander near the right sideline) and young linebacker Donte Curry (in deep coverage against tight end Robert Royal).
Dan Frantz hasn't quite mastered the onside kick. He scorched one about 20 yards downfield far too fast for any of his teammates even to try for it.
Defensive tackles Del Cowsette and Donovan Arp looked like ninjas as they waited their turn for one drill. One would try to get a hand on the other's chest, and the other would deflect the hand away. They went on for minutes hacking at each other.
Darrell Green made a nice play to break up a pass to Reidel Anthony, but the ball bounced up in the air and Anthony came down with it anyway.
Fullback Bryan Johnson popped linebacker Jeremiah Trotter as he blocked one play. Too bad it was a passing play Johnson thought it was going to be a running play and apologized to Trotter.

At a glance
Today's practices: 9:30 a.m., 4 p.m.
Weather:
94 degrees, sunny
Injuries:
LT Chris Samuels (knee) will miss at least two games. DT Daryl Gardener (back) and CB Mark Washington (knee) are doubtful against Pittsburgh on Sunday. TE Zeron Flemister (calf), LB Antonio Pierce (ankle) and WR Jacquez Green (ribs) missed both practices, while DE Bruce Smith was rested in the afternoon.

Rick Snider and Jody Foldesy

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