- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 13, 2008

THE BUZZ

TRASH TALK [up]

No scraps but some lively debate sparks practice

SHAWN SPRINGS [sideways]

Misses another day of practice but says he is close

BILLY MCMULLEN/MAURICE MANN [UP]

Both receivers have been impressive but could face numbers crunch

MOTHER NATURE [up]

Second straight day of seductive cool breezes

SEEN AND HEARD AT REDSKIN PARK

At the end of the morning session, coach Jim Zorn pitted the starters against each other in team drills, and the intensity increased. It started with Fred Smoot and Marcus Washington on defense, but soon after Randy Thomas started chiming in as well. Even when the backups went against each other, every play elicited some sort of loud taunt from the veterans watching. It made watching the end of practice a little less mundane.

QUOTABLE

“It is not like we’ve got a bunch of Toyotas or Pintos out here; we’ve got some Mercedes and some Ferraris that we’ve got to take care of.”

- Defensive coordinator Greg Blache on Rocky McIntosh and Carlos Rogers practicing but not playing in the two preseason games

LONG SHOT OF THE DAY

OG Andrew Crummey, 6-5, 301, Maryland

The undrafted free agent started 36 games in his career with the Terrapins. He earned second-team All-ACC honors in his junior and senior seasons. While Stephon Heyer won a roster spot and started some games after as an undrafted player last year, Crummey’s chances of making the team are slim. He wasn’t part of the second-string offensive line against the Bills - and that was with two players hurt.

- Corey Masisak

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