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Redskins Mini-Camp Blog: Sunday, May 4

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-- SUNDAY, MAY 4

## 9:10 a.m. ET

Final Day of Mini-Camp

Back for one more practice, and then it's on to Organized Team Activity sessions starting Monday.

Players are starting to filter out to practice right now.

Devin Thomas is back for the Sunday practice after missing all of Saturday to attend the funeral of his grandmother.

Kedric Golston is sitting out the Sunday session due to an ankle injury.

Vernon Fox is back on the practice fields despite suffering a minor knee injury on Saturday.


## 9:45 a.m. ET

Special Teams

After stretch, practice starts with field goal protection. Shaun Suisham, a third-year veteran who is the only place kicker in camp, connected on a series of mid-range field goals.

Suisham had a solid season year for the Redskins last year, making 29-of-35 field goals in the regular season. He also had two game-winning field goals.

Suisham missed a critical 30-yard field goal in the Redskins' Wild Card playoff game at Seattle--certainly a disappointment.


## 9:55 a.m. ET

Danny Smith

Special teams coordinator Danny Smith conducted a rare media session on Saturday after practice.

So how does the punting competition between Derrick Frost and rookie Durant Brooks look early on?

"We haven't punted as a team, to be honest with you, so it's hard to tell right now," Smith said. "Obviously we drafted a guy and he is a talented guy. A lot of rookies come in, at all positions, and have to compete for a job.

"It is just competition and that is what the name of the game is and it makes us all better. We need competition there."


## 10:02 a.m. ET

Colt Brennan

Sixth-round draft pick Colt Brennan looks antsy. The Hawaii product looks like he wants to run, drop back, and throw the ball 50 yards.

Coaches won't let him.

Mid-field, quarterbacks are practicing the fundamentals after snaps, under the watchful eye of offensive assistant Chris Meidt.

Brennan is standing off to the side, watching. Every now and then, he'll simulate what other quarterbacks are doing. He'll toss the ball into the air, and then catch it.

"He wants to throw [with the other quarterbacks], but we tell him, 'You're not ready,'" Jim Zorn said.


## 10:09 a.m. ET

Fred Davis

Rookie tight end Fred Davis is not at practice.

No word on his whereabouts. Our public relations staff says Jim Zorn will address questions on Davis after practice.

For what it's worth, Davis has looked solid in mini-camp, recording a few nice catches.


## 10:15 a.m. ET

Reed Doughty

Reed Doughty's son has fallen ill and he has been excused from practice.

Doughty's son Micah was born Aug. 30, 2006, but developed kidney problems. Micah received a kidney transplant earlier this year.

Let's hope it's not a setback for Micah.


## 10:30 a.m. ET

11-on-11 Work

In a quick-moving practice, the Redskins wrapped up the three-day mini-camp with a spirited 11-on-11 session. Quarterbacks threw deeper passes than the previous two days, and they appeared to be in better rhythm with receivers.

Tryout tight end Jason Goode pulled in a pass from Todd Collins on the first play. Goode, from Maryland, has made a good impression during camp, but he faces a crowded situation at tight end.

Devin Thomas caught a slant pass in stride from fellow rookie Bret Meyer. Thomas weaved his way downfield, showing great form.

Second-year wide receiver Burl Toler has had a solid camp. He pulled in a pass in front of Byron Westbrook.

Maurice Mann, another young wide receiver, hauled in a pass from Jason Campbell. Mann played for Zorn in Seattle and has familiarity with the West Coast offense.

Chris Cooley made a nice grab of a Todd Collins pass, beating linebacker Rian Wallace. Cooley shifted the ball to his left arm, just as Wallace tried to punch the ball loose.

Lined up in the slot, J.T. Tryon was used on a blitz, coming in untouched to pressure Jason Campbell. Tryon was late, though. Campbell got off the pass in time and completed it to James Thrash.

The last mini-camp practice ended in sloppy fashion. Bret Meyer and Sam Hollenbach both fumbled snaps, resulting in botched plays.


## 10:55 a.m. ET

Portis On the Screen

Play of the day from Redskins Park: During 11-on-11 work, Clinton Portis caught a perfectly executed screen, but the defense read the play and converged on Portis.

Portis reversed course, though, and across field he picked up Jason Campbell as a blocker.

LaRon Landry stayed with Portis, though, and eventually pushed him out of bounds for no gain.

One defensive player yelled out that there were about four holding infractions on the play.

Afterwards, Portis and Landry exchanged some verbal jabs with each other.


## 11:10 a.m. ET

Portis vs. Landry

After practice, Clinton Portis and LaRon Landry continued their war of words in the locker room.

At some point, Portis and Landry challenged each other to a 40-yard dash. So they went over to a grass field and set up cones for a race.

A group of Redskins players and media watched from afar.

Photo finish--it was too close to call. Appeared to be a tie to me.

The trash talking continued after the race.

"Be for real," Landry told Portis.

Replied Portis: "If he wants to feel like he won, then he can feel like he won. We're going to keep on running until there's a winner."

Smoot chimed in: "LaRon won."

So did Rock Cartwright: "From what I saw, I thought it was a tie."

Portis said it was the first time that he had run a 40 in about seven years. He hoped that Jim Zorn would count the effort as an OTA workout.

Zorn said: "No. He was on his own for that one. That was strictly voluntary."


## 11:30 a.m. ET

Fred Davis Update

Rookie tight end Fred Davis was a no-show at a team meeting early Sunday morning and did not attend mini-camp session No. 5.

After the practice on Sunday morning, Zorn still was gathering information regarding the player's whereabouts.

The coach said this in his post-practice media session: "I'm very disappointed in this. But this is part of life. Hopefully everybody will learn from the lesson that he is having right now, aout what it going to take to get to a place on time, to be responsible."

Continued Zorn: "Every practice counts. There's no question [Davis] had a setback."

Team security officials eventually located Davis, a second-round selection from USC, who later was at Redskins Park to meet with Zorn.


## 11:33 a.m. ET

Zorn On Doughty

As mentioned previously in the blog, Doughty missed the Sunday morning practice but his was an excused absence due to the health of his child.

Zorn said Doughty was given permission to be with his family, adding: "There are some things that are more important than football."

"They had to take the baby to the hospital to make sure everything is okay," Zorn said.


## 11:33 a.m. ET

Fred Davis Update II

Jim Zorn met with Fred Davis shortly after Sunday's practice. The former USC tight end and second-round draft pick overslept on Sunday morning, which is why he missed the practice, team officials said.

Earlier, Zorn stressed that Davis and other young players need to be more responsible.

"That's a young guy--let's [remember to] set the alarm," Zorn said. "You can call for a wake-up call. Some of these guys are young enough--I am serious--to not even understand that.

"He thought maybe someone else was going to wake him up, but he will learn."

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