- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 6, 2006

Marcus Washington and Sean Taylor appeared to be in regular season form. Jason Campbell provided reasons for optimism with a touchdown drive. And the Washington Redskins concluded the opening week of training camp without any major injuries.

Those are the four positives from yesterday’s scrimmage against the Baltimore Ravens before 47,258 at FedEx Field that was highlighted by who played (Washington’s interception and Taylor’s big hit of Baltimore running back Mike Anderson) and who didn’t play (the entire first-team offense sat out the 11-on-11 sets).

Depending on who you were rooting for, the Redskins won 16-14 on Washington’s 39-yard interception return, Jesse Lumsden’s 12-yard touchdown run and John Hall’s 37-yard field goal (after he was wide left from 46 and 45 yards). But for Baltimore fans, the Ravens won 14-10 on touchdown passes by Kyle Boller and Brian St. Pierre. (There was some debate as to whether interception returns were allowed in the controlled scrimmage.)

While eight front-line defensive players participated for the Redskins, the offensive stars will have to wait until next Sunday’s preseason game against Cincinnati for their first 11-on-11 action.

“I was OK with [not playing],” receiver Santana Moss said. “When it’s 7-on-7, that’s our chance to go against their No.1s and as a receiver, you’re only about getting in and out of routes and looking at the different coverages. This is camp and this was like another practice for us.”

Right guard Randy Thomas said the starting line was prepared to play the 11-on-11 portion of the scrimmage. But they had to settle for individual drills against Baltimore’s defensive line.

“It was a smart move,” Thomas said. “You don’t want to go out there and take too many chances. It gave us a chance to see younger guys compete under the heat and pressure and get more than the 10 to 15 plays they get in practice because we take most of the snaps.”

During the 7-on-7 passing period, quarterback Mark Brunell looked sharp, connecting with tight end Chris Cooley several times over the middle.

“His rhythm and timing was really good,” associate head coach-offense Al Saunders said of Brunell. “This is the first stage where the quarterback is working with receivers he hasn’t really worked with before. I liked the way he got rid of the ball.”

In the competition to be Brunell’s backup, Campbell was 4-for-7 for 48 yards and Todd Collins was 3-for-5 for 37 yards.

Campbell was able to face most of Baltimore’s starting defense. But linebacker Ray Lewis was limited to 7-on-7.

“Their defense was kind of teeing off, but that was a good experience for all of us to have, especially going against their defensive backs,” Campbell said.

Said Saunders: “Jason had a good 7-on-7 and made some good decisions. He’s a work in progress and has a long way to go. We expect he’ll be better next week than he was this week.”

On his second 10-play segment, Campbell completed three of four passes and hit receiver Mike Espy for 21 yards and tight end Robert Johnson for 19 yards, setting up Lumsden’s touchdown.

“I felt comfortable during that drive,” Campbell said. “I wasn’t rushed, I felt relaxed and had fun.”

Gibbs wouldn’t commit to who gets to play second at Cincinnati.

“I thought both guys did some good things,” he said. “We’ve got four more weeks and they’ll get a lot of work and a lot of attention and hopefully it will play itself out.”

The starting defense, minus linemen Cornelius Griffin, Joe Salave’a and Phillip Daniels, played the first 10-play segment. Andre Carter stopped Anderson for a short gain on the first play, Taylor rocked Anderson on the fourth play and Washington intercepted Steve McNair on the fifth play.

It was Taylor’s hit that momentarily ignited the crowd and the Redskins sideline.

“He’s a beast,” Washington said. “He comes in going 100 miles an hour and is going to lay the Ridell [helmet] on you. That’s the way he plays and I wouldn’t have him any other way.”

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