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Camp Practice Blog: Training Camp, Aug. 1

Redskins.com's training camp practice blog comes to you as action happens, from the practice fields from Redskins Park.

Day 2 of Redskins Training Camp is here. It's another sweltering afternoon at Redskins Park. Hydration is the buzzword here, for players, coaches and fans. A lot of fans are carrying bottled water. That's a good thing. REMINDER: the practice time for the Wednesday, Aug. 2 session has been moved to 7 p.m. ET. The practice remains open to the public. 3:14 p.m. ET

It's a very quiet, almost serene setting compared to Monday. The heat has something to do with it. Players and coaches have not come out on the practice field yet. They are still in meetings. 3:35 p.m. ET

Here come the players. For the second day in a row, wide receiver hopeful Mike Espy is the first on the practice field, along-side fellow rookie Kedric Golston. Despite the heat, Taylor Jacobs and Andre Carter jogged out of the training facility and onto the practice fields. 4:25 p.m. ET

Who's here? None other than ESPN's Joe Theismann. He stopped to sign autographs on his way out of the building. 4:28 p.m. ET

Players are wearing shorts for the afternoon practice, but they are in pads. Hopefully that will help them stay somewhat cool. Count Clinton Portis and Santana Moss among those players who jogged out to the practice field. It may be hot, but players seem spirited and ready. 4:30 p.m. ET

No David Patten today. The veteran wide receiver missed Monday's practice due to a viral infection. Stay tuned for more on Patten's status. 4:40 p.m. ET

As usual, it's special teams drills early on in practice. Special teams coordinator Danny Smith put his players through a drill that always looks like great fun: players would run cross-field and take on blockers, bouncing off of them until they get to the next blocker. Smith ran along-side linebacker Spencer Havner, encouraging him. Havner had to back out of the drill momentarily after he appeared to get something in his eye. Trainers quickly took care of him, and Havner returned to his unit. 5 p.m. ET

It's offense versus defense in 9-on-9 drills. Coaches continue to spend a lot of time on run plays. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Rock Cartwright spun off a tackle, and turned upfield, only to be met head-on by safety Pierson Prioleau.
  • Ladell Betts showed surprising speed on one run play. He took a pitch to the left and dashed around the end. He sped past linebacker Chris Clemons, who is nimble of foot himself.
  • Clinton Portis had some of the best runs of the drill. Taking the ball, he ran up the gut and powered past blocks by Mike Pucillo and Jonathan Alston. Portis burst into the secondary and cut past safety Sean Taylor.
  • Assistant head coach-offense Joe Bugel still shows plenty of energy and enthusiasm. He slammed his shoulder into the arm of 6-4, 338-pound Ikechuku Ndukwe, congratulating the young lineman on a fine block.
  • Rookie safety Reed Doughty continues to make a good impression. He shoved aside a blocker and showed solid tackling form in holding up Portis and pushing him out of bounds.

Time for a break. At the midpoint of practice, players huddled up for five minutes, taking a break amid 100-plus degree temperatures. 5:29 p.m. ET

Best part of practice is always 11-on-11 drills. Here we go:

  • Antwaan Randle El showed no ill effects of his lower back pain from Monday. He caught a pass, bobbled it for a moment, then pulled it back in. Fortunately, he was wide open across the middle of the field, and no tackler was in reach. Randle El raced down the sideline for a solid gain.
  • Ryan Boschetti leaped high to tip a Mark Brunell pass. The ball fell into the arms of linebacker Robert McCune for an easy interception. Credit that turnover to Boschetti.
  • Jason Campbell threw a high pass to wide receiver Mike Espy in the flat. The trajectory of the pass turned out to be a good thing: linebacker Rocky McIntosh was standing in front of Espy and nearly intercepted the pass. The ball was just out of McIntosh's reach, but 5-11, 195-pound Espy showed great leaping ability to haul it in.
  • In the red zone, Mark Brunell was forced to roll to his left because his primary receiver Santana Moss, was well-covered. Moss broke out of coverage, rolled right. Brunell saw him, and fired a completion to Moss. Pushed out of bounds, Moss gave an energetic first-down signal. "That was AWESOME," Al Saunders shouted out. "That's the way to make a play."
  • No surprise: Al Saunders is a fan favorite. After Rock Cartwright persevered to get a first down, Saunders raced over and gave him a hug. "You're the man, Al!" one fan shouted. Another fan: "I love you, Al!"

Wouldn't be surprised if practice ended early due to the heat. Redskins.com TV's Larry Michael is calling it record-breaking heat today. 5:57 p.m. ET

Yep, practice is over. For almost everyone, that is. For the second day in a row, running backs coach Earnest Byner had his charges work against the blocking dummy. Up first: Mike Sellers. The fullback made it through both of Tuesday's practices after experiencing heat cramps on Monday. 6:03 p.m. ET

After practice, Chris Samuels was stopped by a 10-year-old boy for an autograph. Samuels had to take his glove off to sign, and so he gave the glove to the boy. 6:15 p.m. ET

Several players stayed on the field after practice, continuing to work in the oppressive heat. Catching passes from a machine were young defensive backs John Eubanks and Chris Hawkins. 6:18 p.m. ET

"Santana, what are you going to do Dallas this year," one fan asked the Redskins' wide receiver. Moss's reply: "Same thing I did last year." Among the players and coaches to stay and sign autographs: Adam Archuleta, Ryan Boschetti, Moss, Carlos Rogers and Sean Taylor. 6:32 p.m. ET

Just received word from head coach Joe Gibbs that wide receiver David Patten is in the hospital. Patten will likely be hospitalized for several days, Gibbs said, with a viral infection. "Doctors don't think it's anything serious, but it will probably take him a few days to come back," Gibbs said. 6:50 p.m. ET

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