- The Washington Times - Friday, July 31, 2009

THURSDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS

*The morning practice lasted one hour, 50 minutes, and it was the first of four straight workouts not in full pads. The crowd seemed smaller than in previous years, and the first hour didn’t give them much to cheer about (or even watch) as the Redskins went through individual drills.

*Once the offense and defense began working with each other, there were segments of four-on-four, seven-on-seven and 11-on-11, in addition to one-on-one receiver/defensive back drills. DeAngelo Hall and Reed Doughty had interceptions. The only penalty (no referees were present) was a false start by Fred Davis. Right tackles Stephon Heyer and Jeremy Bridges had a few bad snaps in pass protection.

*The second practice was led by who wasn’t participating. Expect the veteran defensive line group of Albert Haynesworth, Phillip Daniels and Cornelius Griffin to be treated with caution throughout camp. The Redskins’ seven-week camp in 2008 was the longest in the NFL, and it showed at the end of the season.

*Sign of the day: “DC WANTS VICK.” Not going to happen - at least this year.

FOUR DOWNS

With LB Rocky McIntosh

1. On Albert Haynesworth’s expected impact: “It will help a lot. With me, I keep on telling him that if he keeps those offensive linemen off me, we’re going to do great. He’s a great addition for everybody - he’s going to help everybody from the front end to the back end.”

2. On playing a second year after knee surgery: “Definitely [feels] better. I had the whole offseason to train and rehab and just get better. I was able to get some rest [instead of constantly rehabbing] and was able to get ready for this season.”

3. On gauging his progress as a starter: “The pivotal thing would be to make the Pro Bowl like everybody wants to, but that’s a popularity issue, or else London [Fletcher] would have made it. That doesn’t matter to me. I’m focused more on team goals than individual goals. I know if we do well as a team, those individual accomplishments will come.”

4. On Jim Zorn’s second season: “Hopefully, he’s tuned up on his pregame speeches a lot this offseason because a couple of them weren’t very motivational. [laughs] Sorry, Coach.”

NUMBER OF THE DAY

32

Practices left in training camp before the unofficial end Aug. 20.

TODAY’S SCHEDULE

8:30 a.m.: Practice (open to public)

3 p.m.: Practice (closed to public)

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