- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 28, 2002

Big crowd stays dry
CARLISLE, Pa. Every year, fan appreciation day seems to bring the storms. Last year there was a severe downpour here with dangerous lightning just as the autograph session (then before practice) was coming to a close. It also rained two years ago at Redskin Park. And one year it rained so much in Frostburg, Md., that coach Norv Turner ended camp a week early blowing off fan appreciation day altogether.
Yesterday, finally, the Redskins had a fan appreciation day without rain at least for the most part. There were a few light sprinkles at the end, but spectators were still able to make it through long lines for autographs. This year's session (after practice) was well-coordinated, with tents for signing and clearly marked areas for the lines, though some of the security guards were a bit surly.
The autograph session was the best (and perhaps only) chance for fans to get some of the more sought-after signatures, such as those of coach Steve Spurrier, defensive end Bruce Smith and cornerback Darrell Green.
"Got a big turnout today," cracked Spurrier. "We're going to sign some autographs. Been putting them off all week, but that's OK. I've got my pen ready."
The practice itself saw the club's first full-contact live work and was among the most spirited sessions of camp, largely because the turnout was so large. One Dickinson College official estimated attendance at 7,000.
The marching band and cheerleaders performed before the 2 p.m. practice but many fans were shifting in their seats as the workouts got off to a slow start. Fans, eager for something to watch, focused on the defensive backs, where Green was among those going through a routine pass-catching drill.
Chandler Smith, a first-year cornerback who spent the spring in NFL Europe, really got them going by missing several tosses in a row. He dropped his final attempt, but the crowd gave him an ovation moments later when a player gave him a soft toss from a few feet away. Smith acknowledged the cheering with a slight bow and broad smile.

Errant kick
Kicker Brett Conway has job security if quarterback Sage Rosenfels is his backup. Rosenfels ended the morning practice by badly missing a 30-yarder by at least 20 yards left.
"Sage stinks," Conway said jokingly. "He said the laces were bad. I said they were good. He tried to blame the holder and snapper."
The overflowing crowd razzed Rosenfels with good-natured boos. A former high school kicker, Rosenfels laughed along with the crowd.
"I should have made it. I'm a pro, right?" he said.
Conway converted all four kicks from 26, 37 and 32 yards twice. The crowd booed when the team faked a 53-yarder.

Anthony rolling
Reidel Anthony has made a solid effort for one of the last receiving slots. The former Florida standout caught two long touchdowns during the morning workout after a steady opening week of camp.
"The coaches know me, but I have to prove myself," Anthony said. "When I get an opportunity to touch the ball, I put it on the end zone."
Perhaps this season under Spurrier will make up for the senior season Anthony missed with the Gators when he departed for the NFL a year early.
"I didn't want to leave, but I had to take advantage of coming to the NFL," Anthony said. "But I missed [college] a lot after leaving.''

Extra points
Wide receiver Akihito Amaya, the Japanese addition to the Redskins' squad for the Japan exhibition, ran a reverse on the morning's first play. Spurrier said Friday that he would run Amaya on a reverse against San Francisco, then joked that he shouldn't be giving away secrets.
WUSA-TV reporter and WJFK-FM play-by-play man Frank Herzog watched in the morning from atop the Biddle Field press booth. Herzog later said he was constructing a depth chart and liked the view. He said radio partner and Hall of Fame linebacker Sam Huff would have gotten on his case if he didn't have the depth chart done before they left for Japan.
Think Camp Marty was rough? Defensive end Renaldo Wynn compared Spurrier's camp to the ones he had in Jacksonville under Jaguars coach/dictator Tom Coughlin. Then, three security guards were stationed on every floor of the players' dorm and, at least early on, coaches weren't allowed to wear sunglasses at practice and players had to keep their chin straps fastened at all times.

At a glance
Today's practice: 4 p.m.
Weather:
92 degrees, sunny.
Health watch:
DE Bruce Smith (knees), DT Santana Dotson (calf), LG David Loverne (sprained elbow), S Ifeanyi Ohalete (knee), WR Darnerien McCants (wrist) and OL Wayne Smith (hip) missed practice.

Rick Snider and Jody Foldesy


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