- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 1, 2006

WEIGHING IN

Ryan Boschetti lost seven pounds. Pierson Prioleau lost six, James Thrash five and Chris Samuels four. And that was after one practice Monday. Each day when they arrive at Redskin Park and before they leave the complex, every player is weighed.

Players have to consume 20 ounces of Gatorade for every pound they lose.

No players seemed to struggle during a full-pads practice yesterday morning, when the temperature was 90 degrees and the heat index was near 100.

Plenty of players hit the giant ice tubs after the workout.

“Losing weight is normal for the first day of camp,” Boschetti said. “You try to stay hydrated throughout practice. It’s a matter of getting acclimated.”

Following practice Monday night, Boschetti said he drank a combined six bottles of Gatorade, V8 and water.

“Every time I woke up during the night, I made sure to have a drink,” he said. “And when I eat, I use a lot of salt so I can retain water.”

SCHEDULE CHANGE

In response to the continued scorching temperatures, today’s only practice — originally slated for 4 p.m. — has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. It is still open to the public.

“Our night practices have always been good for us,” coach Joe Gibbs said. “We can go longer and not have to worry about the heat.”

The Redskins joined Philadelphia and Baltimore in adjusting their practice schedules.

IMPRESSIVE ENERGY

Count assistant head coach-defense Gregg Williams among those impressed with the energy associate head coach-offense Al Saunders brings to the practice field.

“Our defensive guys cheer in practice when they see Al chasing them down the field,” Williams said. “They’re starting to think there might be somebody nuttier than me on the staff. … You can see our offensive guys have a bounce to their step. It’s going to be a high-flying offense. I can’t wait to see how many points they put on the board.”

Said running back Clinton Portis: “Whatever workout plan he’s on, I need to be on.”

PLAY OF THE DAY

Fullback Nehemiah Broughton caught a pass in the flat and ran through cornerback Carlos Rogers and around safety Reed Doughty to score a “touchdown.” Chasing him the final 20 yards was Al Saunders, who yelled, “Now we’re playing football on the perimeter!”

NUMBER OF THE DAY

97/108 Degrees and heat index, according to the Weather Channel’s Web site, at 4:30 p.m. yesterday, when the Redskins started their second practice.

QUOTABLE

“This is not like sweat — it’s like grease coming off my head. … It feels like the sun is right on my shoulders and just rolling on my back. I don’t even feel the breeze even though I see the leaves are blowing.”

— Right guard Randy Thomas on practicing in the heat

TODAY’S SCHEDULE

7 p.m. (open to the public)

Ryan O’Halloran

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