- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 2, 2009


• Training camp officially began when the players reported Wednesday. But things were ratcheted up several levels during a two-hour, 15-minute morning practice Saturday, the first in full pads. The first offense vs. defense jousting was one-on-one lineman drills. Suffice to say, the defense held the advantage. In no particular order, it was Brian Orakpo beating Chris Samuels, Albert Haynesworth beating Derrick Dockery, and Rob Jackson beating Jeremy Bridges. The offensive line’s highlight was Stephon Heyer’s pancake block of Andre Carter.

• Orakpo was busy during his first full-scale NFL practice. He rotated between defensive end and linebacker drills and was decent in coverage on tight ends Todd Yoder and Fred Davis. On one play, a pass went through Orakpo’s hands, allowing Davis to grab it.

• Fifty-five of the 80 players were on the field for the 60-minute special teams practice that started in rain and finished under a broiling sun. The line of the day came from special teams coach Danny Smith when asked about Mike Sellers giving out pointers. “Mike does a lot of coaching because Mike don’t want to do a lot of running,” Smith joked. “I have to remind Mike sometimes he’s not the first Redskin to go to the Pro Bowl.”

- Ryan O’Halloran



1. On the differences since the Redskins changed coaches and defensive coordinators from when he was last on the team two years ago: “Being here in the offseason helped me bridge the gap. Coach [Greg] Blache has simplified things from when coach [Gregg] Williams was here. The playbook is definitely cut in half. He’s a man who believes you don’t have to do as much - just do what we do good.”

2. On working for Jim Zorn instead of Joe Gibbs: “Each guy brings his own feel to it. Gibbs had that stature, that demeanor. Not to say anything against Gibbs, but Zorn’s very approachable. He’s got a comfort zone with his players.”

3. On being a backup with the Redskins for the first time: “I want to win a ring, first and foremost. I’m fortunate to be playing this long, and I want to contribute in any way they ask.”

4. On being one of the few players who was part of a Redskins training camp away from the team facility: “It was a great tradition in Carlisle, [Pa.]. The people there were very welcoming, but I’d definitely rather be here.”


8:30 a.m.: Practice (open to public) | 3 p.m.: Practice (closed to public)


75 Plays of offense vs. defense during the final half of Saturday morning’s practice.

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