- The Washington Times - Monday, August 10, 2009


• A day after scrimmaging, the Redskins practiced for about 90 minutes Sunday morning in shorts and shells. While the special teams practiced extra-point situations following a kickoff return touchdown or offensive touchdown that might be challenged and field goals with the clock winding down, Santana Moss did agility drills behind the end zone.

• During the tight ends/running backs vs. linebackers passing drill, the offense had the advantage, although H.B. Blades did break up a pass. As if further confirmation were required, Chris Cooley made quick work down the middle, creating separation and catching passes in stride.

• It was the most oppressive day of training camp. Even defensive coordinator Greg Blache had short sleeves on. “Just wait until the afternoon,” he said. Blache was right: The temperature was 97 with a heat index between 100 and 107 during that workout.

Ryan O’Halloran



1. On not getting drafted: “I wasn’t surprised. My agent knew what type of guy I was coming into the draft, and I knew I had to work hard to get ready for my pro day. I got quite a few calls after the draft. The main teams were the Redskins, Miami and Green Bay. I chose the Redskins because it was the best opportunity and it was my dream team growing up. I wanted the chance to play here, and I got it.”

2. On playing at Michigan Stadium: “It was a great experience. I remember the first time I ran into the stadium: You realize it’s the biggest stadium in college football and they have the great fans and great tradition. There’s nothing like running out and touching that banner.”

3. On wearing Champ Bailey’s No.24: “I watch his old highlights on YouTube, and I wore his Redskins jersey when I was younger. My father knew about it before I did. I was out one night, and he called and told me I was going to be No. 24.”

4. On attending Gonzaga Prep: “I grew up in Bowie, and I drove every morning down to Gonzaga on I Street — it was about a 30- to 35-minute drive. I got recruited coming out of eighth grade to go there or other Catholic schools, but Gonzaga was the best fit for me all around. My life would have been a little different now if I hadn’t gone to Gonzaga or Michigan.”


107 Heat index in degrees at the start of Sunday’s afternoon practice.


8:30 a.m.: Full squad | 2 p.m.: Special teams

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