- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 6, 2006

Punter Derrick Frost was supposed to be the Washington Redskins specialist in danger of losing his job, but Frost clearly outshone rookie David Lonie in yesterday’s scrimmage with the Baltimore Ravens while kicker John Hall missed two of three field goal tries.

“Derrick pounded some things,” Redskins coach Joe Gibbs said.

“This was [Lonie’s] first taste of it, but he has to execute under pressure,” special teams coach Danny Smith said. “We’ll see how we can develop him from here. Derrick had a good day. We’ve got to establish a consistency there. We can’t be up and down.”

Smith was hoping to give Hall’s camp competition, Tyler Jones, a field goal attempt but opted to let the veteran try a third one after his first two kicks sailed wide left from 45 and 46 yards.

“One for three ain’t good enough,” Smith said of Hall, who missed 14 of 32 games with muscle pulls the past two seasons. “I love him. He has been a great kicker and I think he’ll have a great year.”

Lumsden stands out

With running back Ladell Betts sidelined with a hamstring injury, rookie Jesse Lumsden took advantage of the extra work, gaining 32 yards on six carries, including a 12-yard touchdown.

“I’ve been playing this game a long time and I wanted to stay calm and not get over pumped up so I wouldn’t burn energy,” he said. “I had a lot of fun out there and I learned a lot of things.”

On the Redskins’ lone offensive touchdown drive, Lumsden had carries of 4 and 3 yards before running around the right side.

“You could have driven a bus through that hole,” he said. “It was a pretty deal. The line did a heckuva job on that play.”

Lumsden, though, knows Betts is the backup running back and knows he’ll have to shine on special teams starting next week at Cincinnati.

The kick/punt teams didn’t go full contact yesterday.

“Danny [Smith] likes the guy on special teams and he could fill some key roles,” Gibbs said. “There hasn’t been a scrimmage where he doesn’t catch somebody’s eyes. He looks like a promising young guy and he deserves some more work.”

N. Clemons hurts knee

Reserve defensive lineman Nic Clemons went down early in the 11-on-11 period with a strained left knee, the same knee on which he had arthroscopic surgery June 8.

Clemons was limping around the locker room afterward and said he would be back in three to four days.

“I’m not very concerned,” he said. “I’ve been rehabbing it to get stronger and then something like this happens. We’ve got a great d-line group so I want to get back in there and help the starters.”

Tight end Robert Johnson twisted an ankle during 7-on-7 work but later returned. Defensive tackle Anthony Montgomery and safety Curry Burns both injured hamstrings. Ravens running back Mike Anderson suffered a mild concussion when he was hit as Marcus Washington returned an interception of Steve McNair’s pass.

Cornerback Carlos Rogers (back spasms), receiver David Patten (who missed the first week of camp with viral meningitis) defensive tackle Joe Salave’a, still trying to get regain his conditioning in the wake of his journey to and from Samoa, also were on the sidelines. Starting defensive linemen Phillip Daniels and Cornelius Griffin were rested.


Remember when rock concerts were often general admission affairs, before a few fans were trampled to death before a Who show in Cincinnati in 1979? That’s what FedEx Field resembled when the gates opened shortly after 10:20 a.m. yesterday. Fans raced into the seating bowl to claim the best spots in a rare chance for the hoi polloi to bask in territory usually reserved for the big-bucks crowd.

Home crowd

Although FedEx Field isn’t far from hard-core Ravens territory, the crowd of 47,258 was overwhelmingly pro-Redskins, at times chanting anti-Cowboys and anti-Ravens taunts. The jerseys of 34 current and former Redskins were spotted with the most obscure being those of Jeff George, Ricky Ervins and Stephen Alexander.

Molinaro, iron man

Because the first-team offensive line did not see any action in 11-on-11, reserve tackle Jim Molinaro played all 36 snaps for the Redskins.

“It was a good test — it was a lot of plays, but I put my head down and went to work,” he said. “I thought my run blocking was OK. This helps me get better. I’ll take every snap I can get.”

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