Training Camp Report: August 7

Training Camp Report: August 7

A couple of receivers are hot -- and it has nothing to do with the weather; one quarterback is not. And an injured player was cut.

Cut: Guard William Whitticker, who suffered a high ankle sprain Monday, was released and will receive an injury settlement. Whitticker did not impress the coaches before the injury, so the move comes as no surprise. At one point, the Redskins were anxious to see him perform because they viewed him as an athletic player. But any feelings of excitement quickly subsided as camp progressed.

Signed: The Redskins signed running back Dee Brown, who has played in 44 games during his career. He played with Kansas City the past two years, spending one of those seasons with Al Saunders. With Ladell Betts (neck), Clinton Portis (knee) and Derrick Blaylock (ankle) sidelined, they needed another body back there. Brown took some reps today.

Returned: Receiver Brandon Lloyd returned to practice this afternoon after missing the past two practices and the scrimmage because of shin splints. And the world celebrates.

Who's Hot: James Thrash and Antwaan Randle El have had the best camps of the receivers. Thrash is as reliable as they come and can play all three spots. Clearly, quarterback Jason Campbell trusts him. Thrash caught a nice deep ball from Campbell this morning. Randle El has appeared faster to the coaches, evidence of his comfort level with the offense. Though there's lots of talk about downfield plays, they still expect him to be a bigger factor underneath...

Who's Not: Quarterback Todd Collins had a woefully underthrown ball this morning. On the play, he tried to hit tight end Todd Yoder down the left seam. The ball fell about five to 10 yards shy of Yoder and was nearly picked off by Sean Taylor.

Guard Jason Fabini got whipped twice in a nine-on-nine drill by Anthony Montgomery.

Shortened: The Redskins once again had a shortened practice session, though today's reason was the heat. They worked approximately 75 minutes in the morning and a shade under 60 minutes this afternoon, when it was 97 degrees with a 104-heat index. Thing is, it didn't feel that bad thanks to a nice breeze. Of course, it's easy to say that while standing on the sidelines in shorts, no pads and a ballcap. But coach Joe Gibbs said, ''I geared up everything for it to be hot. You try to outguess Mother Nature and we missed.''

Lineups: Corner Fred Smoot lined up with the first unit most of today, with Shawn Springs coming in as a nickel corner. But the Redskins say don't read into that. Secondary coach Jerry Gray is doing that to get Smoot more acclimated to playing with this unit. At least that's the word now. It's the same reason LaRon Landry is working with the first team. But it'll be interesting to see what that means because Landry has progressed very fast very soon. A coaching staff that is reluctant to praise rookies heaps a ton of it on him.

Did you know: According to Stats Pass, Redskins safety Sean Taylor had the worst tackle percentage among players with at least 100 tackles last season. He had 19 tackles broken, leading players in this group, and his percentage of 85 also was the lowest.

Extra work: The defensive backs stayed on the field for an extra 15-20 minutes following the afternoon session, working, in part, on their goal-line pass coverage. The linebackers also stuck around for a few minutes, catching passes from the jugs gun.

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