- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 29, 2003

Take that, Champ

It’s always a challenge to gauge performance during training camp, when a player can stand out just by being matched against some soon-to-be-cut stiff. So if Richmond Flowers had burned, say, rookie Ade Jimoh in one-on-one drills yesterday, it might not have caught many eyes.

Instead, when Flowers laid out for a nicely lofted pass along the right sideline, it was three-time Pro Bowler Champ Bailey he beat. A beautiful play, to be sure, from the tenacious little pass-catcher best known for his stint as the “Singing Cowboy” last summer, when Dallas’ camp was broadcast on HBO’s “Hard Knocks” series.

And Flowers wasn’t done. On his next turn in the drill, he ran a nice “out” pattern and plucked one from over the cornerback, who had gotten turned around.

Of course, on the latter play, the corner was Jimoh.

Say what?

Training camp always brings out some unusual fans to Redskin Park, but one such fellow yesterday really stood out.

A young man — he appeared in his 20s — stood along the ropes at the end of the afternoon practice with other autograph seekers, trying to get players’ attention as they walked by. This particular chap especially wanted to get Champ Bailey (he happened to be wearing a No. 24 jersey), but the Redskins’ Pro Bowl corner wasn’t listening.

So our boy dug deep and broke out what had to be his last-ditch line: “C’mon, Champ! I gotta go to jail tomorrow!”

Bailey still never acknowleged him, but if Champ is looking for his No. 1 fan today, he might want to try his local maximum security facility.

I can’t get no satisfaction

Patrick Ramsey, like most quarterbacks, holds himself to some high standards. But this is ridiculous.

During his daily post-practice get-together with the media, Ramsey was asked whether he was satisfied with his play during his rookie season. Ramsey, who was shuffled in and out of the starting lineup on a seemingly weekly basis and still managed to play well enough to be named the unchallenged starter this year, didn’t see the positives.

“It would be fun to say, ‘Yeah, [I was satisfied,] but I didn’t play well,” he said. “I played poorly in a few games, and I’m never going to be satisfied with that. If I’m 60 and I had a Hall-of-Fame career, I’ll still remember that last year there were some games that I learned a lot from, which in hindsight was very good for me. I’ll never be satisfied, though.”

Geez, Pat, let’s hope you never win a Super Bowl. Even if you threw five touchdowns and led your team to victory, you’d probably be cursing yourself for that one overthrown pass in the first quarter.

By the numbers

2 Former Florida Gators (WR Taylor Jacobs and RB Robert Gillespie) among the current Redskins. Last summer coach Steve Spurrier had six of his old Gators (QBs Danny Wuerffel and Shane Matthews, WRs Jacquez Green, Reidel Anthony and Chris Doering, and Gillespie).

9 Starts DT Jermaine Haley has made in three NFL seasons. Haley is expected to take over for released DT Dan Wilkinson.


“When you weigh 300 pounds, it doesn’t matter anymore. You can have all the hair on your body you want. You’re going to sweat regardless.”

— DT Brandon Noble, on why having a beard doesn’t affect his comfort.

“I played three years for Coach Spurrier. If I can handle him, I can handle anybody.”

— Rookie WR Taylor Jacobs, who played collegiately at Florida.

Today’s Schedule

Full-squad practices scheduled from 9 to 11 a.m. and 4 to 5:45 p.m. Gates at Redskin Park open at 8 a.m. Go to www.redskins.com or call 703/726-7411 for directions and daily updates.

Today’s Weather

Mostly sunny. High: 83 degrees. Chance of rain: 10 percent.

Mark Zuckerman

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