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Jammal Brown adjusting to the right side

Jammal Brown, who says he's 100 percent healthy, is adjusting to playing football again, meeting new coaches and teammates, learning a new playbook and trying to figure out his new position. But other than that, the first couple days of training camp have been pretty simple.

Brown, who has played in two Pro Bowls as a left tackle but is lining up on the right side in Washington, says he likes how his first couple of days as a Redskin have gone, though there is definitely a big adjustment to be made. There was a point in the early going of training camp, in fact, when Brown walked up to the right side of the line of scrimmage and got down in a left tackle's stance.

"The coach was like, 'Wrong foot back,'" Brown said. "'Oh yeah, this is the right side'."

Brown took the field Thursday for the first time in a year. He suffered a hernia and hip injury last year in the preseason and missed the entire regular season. The Redskins acquired him in a trade last month and intend to start him opposite rookie Trent Williams on the line.

"I got two things to get used to," he said. "I got to get used to playing football again and I got to get used to playing a different position," Brown said.

Brown hasn't played right tackle since he broke into the league in 2005 and says the footwork, balance and weight-shifting takes a bit of time. "A lot of people think it's an easy thing...You got to turn everything the opposite," he said. " I feel right now if I was left tackle, I'd be further along."

"I would love to play left tackle," he added, "but this is what's better for my team. Playing right tackle is what they want me to do [so] that's what I'm going to do.

But he doesn't begrudge the team's starting left tackle anything. Like Brown, Williams is a product of the University of Oklahoma, which gives the two an instant bond. In fact, discussing the mega-contract Williams signed early Friday morning, Brown wasn't willing to settle for the rookie simply buying the other linemen a nice meal.

"I might have him buy me a car," Brown said with a laugh. He said he'd prefer a mid-size, maybe "something old school."

Though Chris Samuels is taking a lead role in Williams' development, Brown said he'll be quick to offer help, too.

Brown said he likes the Redskins' offense and the playbook, but will have to make adjustments on the field. Even the simplest things are different from one team to the next - for example, the quartereback's cadence.

"We don't really go on 'hut.' We kind of go on 'set,'" Brown said. "If you listen for 'hut,' you're going to be late. And if you go on 'set,' just from the mindset, you feel like you're going to false start a little bit. I think the first play of team [drills], I kind of jumped
trying to get it down. But after that, I was pretty good."

By Rick Maese  |  July 30, 2010; 3:52 PM ET
Categories:  Jammal Brown  
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Is anyone else disturbed over how many Haynesworth stories include his potty break?? I read one account where his bathroom break yesterday was 10 minutes and cause him to fail the fitness test.

Posted by: RedskinJim1 | July 30, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

I've got nothing.

Posted by: Original_etrod | July 30, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

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TWITTER
@Adam_Schefter Redskins, Seahawks and San Diego complete three-way trade incluing V. Jackson to Wash. 14 minutes ago

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Posted by: skinshaveaGM | July 30, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

repost...

Studs and Duds
By: John Keim
Examiner Staff Writer
07/30/10 1:03 PM EDT

We’re back! Now, remember this is not based on every single snap of practice. We can only see so much. And sometimes you catch a guy at the right -- or wrong -- time.

From the morning practice:

Studs

LB Andre Carter » He had a little giddy-up today, showing his speed in pass-rush situations from the stand-up position. He made a big stop in the backfield and, shockingly blew up RT Stephon Heyer on another play. He got around him another time as well. Carter did not have to turn and cover much and that’s a big key in his transition.

LB Lorenzo Alexander » He’s working with the first unit ahead of Carter. Like Carter, he’s doing a good job moving forward. Don’t know yet about him in coverage. And his strength is taking on blockers and moving them backwards. He drove Fred Davis back big time on one play. He also had a nice spin move vs. Jammal Brown to get inside. Good balance on the move. He also wasn’t fooled on a bootleg later in practice (maybe because they run them every other play).

QB Donovan McNabb » He was much more on target today, both long and short. Sadly, his wideouts didn’t help him out downfield. But he showed beautiful touch on one scramble to his right, lofting an accurate pass on the move to receiver Terrence Austin about 10 yards downfield.

NT Howard Green » I don’t know how much he’ll play, but I did like how low and balanced he stayed at the point of attack. Made him tough to move. It’s hard to watch the nose tackles too much because of our angle, but he was not getting shoved aside.

WR Bobby Wade » He loves running posts down the seam. Caught a couple passes on that route.

RB Larry Johnson » He’s showing a strong surge through the middle and does as good a job as any back at finishing runs downfield. Clinton Portis is still the best all-around back and has shown some good burst himself, but Johnson should be a clear No. 2.

Posted by: TWISI | July 30, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Duds

WR Anthony Armstrong » You can’t drop passes in individual drills and then again downfield in full-team work. Bad stuff. He got a lot of work with the starters, but did not produce.

RT Stephon Heyer » I won’t pick on him as much this season because he’s just not a good player. He stands way too upright and lacks legit quickness at this position. Because of it, he gets off-balance way too much.

RT Jammal Brown » I’m cutting him slack for obvious reasons. He’s going to have some rust because of the position change and missing a year with an injury so that’s duly noted. But while he works through it, there will be some sloppiness. He’s fine in his stance, but is standing too upright while blocking and therefore gets off-balance and making it tough to adjust to certain moves. A couple guys got him today. Again, credit the rust.

RT Clint Oldenburg » Get the feeling that I watched the right side of the line a little bit? We’re able to watch them more simply because of our vantage point. But he’s had a tough first two days.

Posted by: TWISI | July 30, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

OL will take more than one season to rebuild.

Posted by: moodlymoodlymoo | July 30, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

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@Adam_Schefter Redskins, Seahawks and San Diego complete three-way trade incluing V. Jackson to Wash. 14 minutes ago

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Posted by: skinshaveaGM | July 30, 2010 3:59 PM

You shouldn't follow fake twitter accounts.

Posted by: virtueandvice | July 30, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Here's what Vinny did with the Oline last season...

1) Brought in Mike Williams

Here's what Allen did with the O-line this season

1) drafted a Left Tackle with the 4th pick.
2) draft 2 more olineman with late picks (Capers and Cook)
3) brought in Artis Hicks
4) traded for RT Jamaal Brown

Who knows if they'll pan out, BUT AT LEASE WE ADDRESSED IT!
5) brought in Clint Oldenburg

Posted by: rickyroge | July 30, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

I wish that trade happened...not the biggest S. Moss or MK12 fan, hoping DT11 turns it on this year, hoping McNabb and him light it up like Dsean...have a great weekend everyone.

Posted by: mhartz1 | July 30, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

TWITTER
@Adam_Schefter Redskins, Seahawks and San Diego complete three-way trade incluing V. Jackson to Wash. 14 minutes ago

3 ways are almost always more talk than action. Almost always

Posted by: zcezcest1 | July 30, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

OL will take more than one season to rebuild.

Posted by: moodlymoodlymoo

It was always going to be a 2-3 year project. The 3 interior guys will all be 30 or older come game 1. With not much to back them up.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | July 30, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Is anyone else disturbed over how many Haynesworth stories include his potty break?? I read one account where his bathroom break yesterday was 10 minutes and cause him to fail the fitness test.

Posted by: RedskinJim1


Hey, as I tell my kids...when you gotta go, you gotta go! But quite frankly, the other thing I tell my kids is make sure you go potty before we leave. You would think that Big Al would be up on those things by now. Given that Big Al is apparently the only story at training camp, we need to know exactly what the test is, when he took it, when he can take it again, how exactly he failed it...and why he disappeared for 10 minutes in the middle of it. Are you saying that reporting this is a, um, crappy thing to do?

Posted by: amaranthpa | July 30, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Heidi Montag Files For Divorce From Spencer Pratt


What? I thought they'd last at least as long as Al and Tipper

Posted by: zcezcest1 | July 30, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Am I the only Skins fan who would like to see Chris Wilson start over L. Alexander?

CDubya makes plays and can probably cover RBs and TEs consistently better than Lorenzo.

I really hope he earns his way on to the field as starting OLB.

Posted by: elfreako | July 30, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: zcezcest1 | July 30, 2010 4:30 PM

yep, improved over last season, but more work to be done on OL... and that's ok.

there's some truth to the "win now" talk, but every franchise is in a perpetual state of rebuilding.

we're on the steep part of that curve right now.

Posted by: moodlymoodlymoo | July 30, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

I hope we don't have to hear Jamaal Brown's humble rants about how he is a LT playing the RT position all season... You accepted a trade, knowing your position was going to change & it's like he keeps saying this stuff about LT because he's afraid his value is going to be less. I've heard him on the radio also comment "Make no mistake, I am a LT playing RT."

Rumors still have us talking about Vincent Jackson, although no deal has ever been made, but unless your a newbie, you knew this:

The Vincent Jackson trade rumors were resurrected this past weekend. With that in mind, the rumor mill has gotten cracking on where he could wind up if San Diego Chargers GM A.J. Smith does elect to pull the trigger.

In the hypothetical world where Smith elects to trade Jackson, the Washington Redskins and Seattle Seahawks remain interested, according to what sources have told Jason La Canfora of NFL.com.

While Jackson's situation with the Bolts remains acrimonious, the WR has stayed in shape, including working out with -- and catching passes from -- new Redskins QB Donovan McNabb, per a La Canfora source.

Before anyone hatches up an exotic plan to send disgruntled Albert Haynesworth out to San Diego as part of a trade for Jackson, remember that the Chargers also run a 3-4 scheme, and shipping Haynesworth out to the West Coast puts him farther away from his home in Tennessee. Instead, it's expected that any trade for Jackson -- who would be a nice addition in Washington, at least from an Xs and Os standpoint -- would have to include a similar package to what the Denver Broncos got for Brandon Marshall, which was two second-round draft picks.

- Tim Kavanagh

source is ESPN Insider... as you can see on the main page "How Vincent Jackson goes to DC"

Posted by: tony325 | July 30, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse


Duds

WR Anthony Armstrong » You can’t drop passes in individual drills and then again downfield in full-team work. Bad stuff. He got a lot of work with the starters, but did not produce.

RT Stephon Heyer » I won’t pick on him as much this season because he’s just not a good player. He stands way too upright and lacks legit quickness at this position. Because of it, he gets off-balance way too much.

RT Jammal Brown » I’m cutting him slack for obvious reasons. He’s going to have some rust because of the position change and missing a year with an injury so that’s duly noted. But while he works through it, there will be some sloppiness. He’s fine in his stance, but is standing too upright while blocking and therefore gets off-balance and making it tough to adjust to certain moves. A couple guys got him today. Again, credit the rust.

RT Clint Oldenburg » Get the feeling that I watched the right side of the line a little bit? We’re able to watch them more simply because of our vantage point. But he’s had a tough first two days.


Posted by: TWISI | July 30, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Why can't we get legitimate analyses like this from WaPo? Seriously, I'm pretty shocked at the lack of updates regarding Training Camp. Big letdown Mr. Reid and Mr. Maese, big letdown.

Posted by: Bigfoot_has_a_posse | July 30, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

In other news, I was at a bar at lunch and what was on the tv...x games live! Yes, a thrilling skateboarding exhibition which looked like it was being enjoyed by a throng of about, um, 75 people. Had no idea this ish was still on.

Posted by: stevek20147 | July 30, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

o-line need help let's bring in shawn andrews and give him a shot after two years back should be better

Posted by: robertg238 | July 30, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

o-line need help let's bring in shawn andrews and give him a shot after two years back should be better

Posted by: robertg238 | July 30, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Devin Thomas will NEVER be DeSean Jackson, so get that outta your head. NEVER. We'll be lucky if he can be Randle El at this point. Which I doubt.

and this is interesting:

PHILADELPHIA - A 21-year-old man who intentionally vomited on a spectator and his 11-year-old daughter at a Philadelphia Phillies game was sentenced Friday to up to three months in jail and community service, which the judge suggested be fulfilled by cleaning ballpark toilets and trash.

Matthew Clemmens, of Cherry Hill, N.J., was taken into custody immediately after Family Court Judge Kevin Dougherty imposed the sentence, and several family members burst into sobs as he was handcuffed.

The spectator Clemmens vomited on and punched, Michael Vangelo, of Easton, said his daughter Mikayla is still traumatized.

Posted by: Thinker_ | July 30, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

beeps

Posted by: moodlymoodlymoo | July 30, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

"Why can't we get legitimate analyses like this from WaPo? Seriously, I'm pretty shocked at the lack of updates regarding Training Camp. Big letdown Mr. Reid and Mr. Maese, big letdown.Posted by: Bigfoot_has_a_posse"

I guess I don't think that much of the quality of these updates. Mostly it's the impressions of a reporter. We'd probably get as much from Fred down the street if he happened to get a pass to the sidelines.

There's some usefulness in satisfying people's curiosity, but I'm willing to bet most of the player evals are going to change pretty significantly over the next couple weeks.

Posted by: Samson151 | July 30, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Jammal Brown said he would do what was best for the team! JaBro IS THE MAN!! This is the kind of thinking that takes a team far! BTW,F-Dallas!!!

Posted by: vexed50verizonnet | July 30, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

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