- The Washington Times - Friday, August 16, 2002

Camp honors

CARLISLE, Pa. The end of training camp brings some awards from Washington Times beat writers Rick Snider and Jody Foldesy.

Offensive player: Wide receiver Derrius Thompson. He won't start, but no one seemed to make more big plays. Fellow reserve wideout Chris Doering gets a mention.

Defensive player: Cornerback Fred Smoot. A first trip to the Pro Bowl might be coming for the super sophomore. Elder corner Champ Bailey was fantastic, too.

Draft pick: Tight end Robert Royal. He remains raw but has tremendous pass-catching ability. Cornerback Rashad Bauman started fast but plateaued.

Sleeper: Defensive end Ladairis Jackson. A no-name four weeks ago, he was a regular contributor by camp's end. Running back Robert Gillespie also made a strong case.

Most improved: Guard Ross Tucker. This nice kid's mean streak shows how badly he wants to play. Defensive tackle Del Cowsette made solid progress as well.

Steady vet: Tackle Jon Jansen. Contract concerns don't break his focus.

Defense: Linebackers Jeremiah Trotter, Jessie Armstead and LaVar Arrington remain the unit's bedrock.

Still a scout

A week after signing a contract and ending a 16-day holdout, rookie quarterback Patrick Ramsey remains relegated to scout team work.

The odds appear long against Ramsey getting meaningful playing time soon. On Sunday night against Pittsburgh, for example, only a blowout will get him onto the field.

Playing the roles of Kordell Stewart and Chris Weinke in practice hasn't seemed to help. Although his strong arm remains on display in individual drills and at times in team work, Ramsey's throws often sail off-target in 11-on-11, when his top priority is to give the defense a good look for the upcoming game.

Jody Foldesy

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