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News & Notes: Campbell Continues Hot Hand

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Jason Campbell and the Redskins' first-team offense played the first quarter of Saturday's game against Buffalo, leaving with a 7-3 lead.

Campbell turned in a solid performance, completing 7-of-10 passes for 71 yards.

On his first drive, Campbell threw perfectly to Santana Moss on 3rd-and-4, picking up 14 yards. Moss was well-covered, but Campbell's pass was on target as Moss absorbed a hard hit by linebacker Paul Posluszny across the middle.

Campbell's next third-down attempt was a slant to Moss, but his pass was off target.

On Campbell's next drive, Campbell converted two more third-down passes, one to Antwaan Randle El for 19 yards and another to James Thrash for 10 yards, to move into scoring range.

At the Bills' 4-yard line, Campbell handed off to Clinton Portis to the left three times, but he could only get to the 1-yard line. On the fourth attempt, Portis followed a block by Randy Thomas and dove into the end zone for the touchdown.

On the scoring drive, Campbell and the offense had to overcome a 10-yard holding penalty on Jan Jansen and an offensive pass interference penalty on James Thrash.

"I was really proud of our guys because we were able to overcome those penalties and make some key third-down conversions," Campbell said. "It was important to score a touchdown. It got us going early. We wanted to set a certain tone and tempo."

Campbell said he wanted to approach the Bills game as if it were the regular season.

"The one thing we have to do is just continue to stay focused," he said. "It doesn't matter if we are in there for a series, two series, a quarter--we have to approach it like it like it is a regular season game because the regular season is fast approaching.

"We have to continue to build together with Coach Zorn, get used to his play calls and get use to the verbiage on the sidelines."

Campbell has been impressed with the young wide receivers.

McMullen led with six catches for 55 yards. Horace Gant and Anthony Mix had one catch apiece.

"There are a lot of guys out there competing," Campbell said. "Billy McMullen is making some plays. Anthony Mix made some plays coming back from his [hamstring] injury. There are just different guys that stand out sometimes."

Moss, Randle El, Thrash and rookies Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelly are expected to earn roster spots. The rest are battling for the sixth wide receiver spot.

"Everyone is working hard and everyone is working to compete," Campbell said. "We understand there are a lot of players at that position, so there are a lot of guys fighting to stay here."

-- ZORN'S FEDEXFIELD DEBUT

Jim Zorn quietly made his way out of the tunnel and onto FedExField.

It was his first game as Redskins head coach at the 92,000-seat stadium.

"I am very excited about coaching a home game, although I felt like we had a home game in Canton," Zorn said. "There are no expectations other than having great fans and a great atmosphere.

"What I expect of myself is that I am very prepared and having the players very prepared."

Coming out of the tunnel, Zorn had the offensive players introduced to the crowd at pre-game festivities. Defensive players were introduced at the Hall of Fame Game last Sunday.

It's the first time that players were introduced at the stadium since 2003. Joe Gibbs preferred that the Redskins be introduced as a team.

-- RANDLE EL, MIX INJURIES

Antwaan Randle El suffered a wrist injury in the first half of Saturday's preseason game against the Bills. He was taken into the locker room for X-rays, which were negative.

"Somebody stepped on his wrist," Jim Zorn said.

Randle El finished the game with three catches for 30 yards.

Anthony Mix suffered bruised ribs in the second half. He was also taken in for X-rays, which were negative.

Mix caught one pass for seven yards in the game.

-- PUNTER UPDATE

Derrick Frost took all of the punts in Saturday's preseason game against the Bills. Durant Brooks had all of the punts in last week's game against the Indianapolis Colts.

Frost had four punts for a 34-yard average, but he had a short field to work with each time. He placed three punts inside the 20-yard line.

Last week, Brooks had four punts for a 46-yard average, with two inside the 20-yard line.

-- CARTWRIGHT SITS OUT

Rock Cartwright was on the field at pre-game, fielding kickoffs and running through drills. Once the game started, he was in a baseball cap, watching from the sidelined.

Cartwright suffered a rib injury in practice last week and it was decided he would sit out the Bills game.

With Cartwright sidelined, Marcus Mason fielded kickoffs and had the bulk of carries with the second- and third-team offense.


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