- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 31, 2003

Welcome to the NFL, rook

Ah, the rites of training camp. Two-a-days, 7-on-7 drills, getting hog-tied to the goal posts.

In what has become a tradition, several Redskins veterans yesterday corralled a rookie and tied him up against the north end post at Redskin Park. The victim was second-round draft pick Taylor Jacobs.

As the morning practice ended, tackle Jon Jansen put his arm around Jacobs and said he wanted to talk to him. Jansen escorted the wide receiver toward the end zone, where a group of teammates headed by cornerbacks Fred Smoot and David Terrell was lurking. With Jansen holding Jacobs down, the others wrapped him up in masking tape, then began dousing him with cold water and Gatorade.

“I heard they did it last year, so I was expecting it,” the shivering Jacobs said afterward. “I just sat back and took it.”

Actually, Jacobs got off pretty easy. He was cut down by quarterback Patrick Ramsey after no more than three minutes. Last year in Carlisle, Pa., Ramsey endured the same prank and was left alone with nothing but his thoughts for about 45 minutes.

Jumping the gun

Yesterday’s session featured the first full-contact, 11-on-11 drill with officials, and the four hired zebras wasted no time making their presence known. The Redskins were flagged several times for false starts or offsides. The miscues clearly bothered coach Steve Spurrier, but he wasn’t surprised.

“We were using a hard count a little bit, so we had a few more offsides on offense and defense,” Spurrier said. “But we’ve got to keep doing that. We’ve got to keep living through our errors, and hopefully they’ll go away soon.”

The drill had a few nice moments, such as a pair of deep balls from Ramsey to receiver Laveranues Coles, but it also featured its share of sloppiness with several dropped passes and some missed blocking assignments.

Giving back

Several players stopped on their way off the field to visit with a group from the Hospital For Sick Children, a leading facility for patients with complex medical problems and disabilities.

“Doing stuff like this makes us realize how fortunate we are to be even walking,” cornerback Champ Bailey said. “To give back to them, that’s a little thing we can do. That means a lot to them, and whatever I can do to help them feel better about their day, I’m going to do that.”

Overheard

“All the sacks from high school helped me learn how to take a fall.”

— Quarterback Patrick Ramsey on his deft slide yesterday into a gravel patch just off the sideline.

“You can’t get no contract like that!”

— Anonymous Redskins fan to Champ Bailey after Laveranues Coles out-leaped the contract-seeking cornerback on a deep route.

BY THE NUMBERS

5 — Number of passes dropped by usually sure-handed fullback Bryan Johnson in the last two days.

21 — Age of rookie linebacker Chris Clemons, the youngest man on the roster.

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

Thunderstorms. High: 82 degrees. Chance of rain: 60 percent.

— Mark Zuckerman and Jody Foldesy


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