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Last OTA Of The Week

Four down, four to go. The highlights:

Coach Jim Zorn said that Clinton Portis and Jason Fabini missed practice with excused absences and that it's "nothing serious." He said Fabini would definitely be back for Monday's session but Portis's situation could prompt him to miss some practice next week. Portis has been experience a little discomfort in his hip, but the team says that is not related to his need to be out of practice today.

Cornerback Shawn Springs is still absent and has not communicated with the team. There's a chance he could be here next week, and I'll write more on that as I hear it.

The group of injured players was the same - so no new injuries through the first week of OTAs.

Center Casey Rabach was attempting some sort of plausible deniability concerning his rig being parked on a grassy highland patch near the driveway into the facility. "I don't know what you'r'e talking about," he said coyly. Rabach did readily admit to hazing the kickers and punters, however. In fact, I think he may have chatted about that topic all day if given the chance, but it was pretty hot out there today and, alas, there are 90 players out here so you kind have to scoot around from scrum to scrum.

Zorn was very excited about the way his running backs are executing pass patterns and praised their ability to catch. It's been a particular strong suit of Ladell Betts, and Zorn said he did not envision being a team that threw an inordinate amount of passed out of the backfield, but thinks it will be a productive wrinkle for the Redskins.

Rookie WRs Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelly are still dealing with grasping the concepts of this offense and some of the techniques, like how Zorn wants them to come off the line of scrimmage in certain patterns. Those problems come through most in team drills, but in one-on-one situations Zorn said it's easy to get excited about their athleticism and hands.

By Jason La Canfora  |  June 5, 2008; 12:59 PM ET
 
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Comments

black thongs!

Posted by: Anonymous | June 5, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

TWENTIETH??

Posted by: Anonymous | June 5, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

leopard print g-strings!

Posted by: Anonymous | June 5, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Commando?

"but Portis's situation could prompt him to miss some practice next week"

Let me start the ranting soon to follow this:

"Zorn has lost control over the team"

"Portis is injury prone, we should have never traded Champ"

"Zorn=Spurrier"

"We should have never let Pierce/Clark/Dockery walk away"

Did I miss any...

Posted by: Greg | June 5, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

LaVar ForeVer, Greg.

-Nate in the PDX

Posted by: Anonymous | June 5, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

dan snyder sux?

Posted by: Anonymous | June 5, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

You forgot "Greg is a giant douche."

Posted by: BB | June 5, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Greg,

At least let the man get the first pre-season snap off till you use the S word.

Posted by: Alex35332 | June 5, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

What is worse the S word or the N word?
S-Spurrier
N-Norv

Posted by: Alex35332 | June 5, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse


GREG URT ME TO THE QUICK ON PREVIOUS THREAD. THIS IS MY RESPONSE. THE REST OF YOU CAN SKIP IT.

+++Cork, stop patting yourself on the back.+++--Greg, offering corkczar unsolicited advice.

THANKS FOR THE SHADENFREUDE, DUDE. --CORKCZAR responding with German word Greg will have to look up..


+++Portis raced LL AFTER practice, so its safe to say he was warmed up.+++---GREG, acting as Redskin Trainer.

AH! SO IT IS SAFE TO SAY HE WAS WARMD UP, HE DIDN'T GET A HIP FLEXOR, AND HE DIDN'T JUST TWEAK IT AND MISS A DAY OF PRACTICE, AND A DAY OF LEARNING A NEW OFFENSE. MY BAD. GUESS IT WAS JUST HARMLESS FUN. COACH DIDN'T MENTION PORTIS MAY MISS SOME PRACTICES NEXT WEEK, TOO---Corkczar, being overly sarcastic, despite himself.

+++Seriously, get over yourself.+++--Greg, cutting to the quick.

YOU REALLY KNOW HOW TO CUT TO THE QUICK. THAT HURT.---Corkczar, his quick seriously cut.

"hey you guys, don't you see I was right, I was right, I'm super smart, and know more than EVERYONE"--Greg, doing his Corkczar impression.

CERTAINLY NOT MORE THAN EVERYONE, BUT IF THE FOO SH!TS...

I AM SMART ENOUGH TO KNOW I'VE MADE MY POINT WHEN THE RESPONSE IS SCHOOLYARD AD HOMINUM ATTACKS. THIS BLOG AIN'T MY FIRST RODEO, GREG.--Corkczar, snarking back with Rodeo reference.

++take that crap elsewhere.++++--greg, advising Corkczar on crap taking.

ZINGER!! I GOT NOTHING, SO I'LL JUST SAY "NO, YOU TAKE YOUR CRAP ELSEWHERE." AND HAVE A NICE DAY!

HEY!!! IT'S ONLY FOOTBALL!!!

PANTIES! BONG!--Corkczar, finishing up with silliness, after humanistic appeal.

Posted by: CORKCZAR | June 5, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

This is the first time I've used "urt," "shadenfreude," and "Ad himunum in the same post. Apologies all around.

Bong!

Panties!

Thong!

First!

Posted by: Corkczar | June 5, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

"Ad himinum"? Time to remedicate, he said self-deprecatingly.

Posted by: Corkczar | June 5, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

I think the team will go as far as our offensive line will take us. Alot of people are talking about how good the other teams in our division are, and how we don't measure up and have no hope this year. My answer to this is check last year when we spanked the Giants and the Cowgirls to get into the playoffs. They are essentially the same teams as last year and we played the entire year with a make shift offensive line. Our line is deep this year. Just FYI.

Posted by: Tru_Skin | June 5, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

"but Portis's situation could prompt him to miss some practice next week"

Great! Zorn has clearly lost control of the team, and it's becoming more and more obvious that he's Spurrier 2.0. Why did we even every trade for CP? We should have kept Champ and paid him and we wouldn't be in this Springs mess to begin with. On top of that, I'd like our chances alot better if we hadn't let Pierce/CLark/Dockery walk...Snyder sux!

Posted by: Are you happy Greg? | June 5, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

"but in one-on-one situations Zorn said it's easy to get excited about their athleticism and hands."

JaLa, this could be understood in a myriad of ways.

Posted by: Innuendo | June 5, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

The Skins OL should be a strength this year -- assuming they can stay healthy. They played almost the entire year with backups on the right side and just getting the starters back should significantly improve the rushing offense. Even so -- the depth is much better than last year, the running formations have not changed, and quicker passing decisions should help the protections.

It could be an advantage if the Skins opponents actually underestimate their competition, but I bet those reports are simply local media hype.

Posted by: Siris | June 5, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

why do fans continue to pine over champ bailey...everyone seems to forget that he refused to sign a deal, was a free agent, and was absolutely leaving. AT LEAST WE GOT SOMETHING. champ was and is a great player but had decided that the coaching carousel and idiot owner were enough. and Lavar was a self-serving over-rated hype machine who had been coddled since childhood and was too lazy to read his own contract. wake up you idiots

Posted by: chris | June 5, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

I agree Chris. The most important thing about that trade was that Champ did not want to be here anymore. Portis is here and one of the faces of the franchise. As a Skins fan I'm happy where Chump is and I'm happy where portis is.

If JC gets some protection we will be ok on offense. I honestly believe that we have the most talent on that side of the ball compared to others in the division. This rookie wide receivers were hand picked by JC which is why they got them.

The defense will be another story. No pass rush this year will certainly equal Blow out or nail biter. We will be more like Cinci was last year.

Posted by: Tru_Skin | June 5, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Will you guys get off the Champ trade? god that was four years ago!!!!! That is a career for most people in the NFL. I think Danny - boy has found his guy ( Zorn ) like JKC found his in 1980 ( Gibbs ). This is going to be a good year. More offensive firepower and the defense will be good again. I'm looking at 11-5 or at worst 10-6 which gets to the playoffs

Posted by: Tom | June 5, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

oh yeah greg>>>

pierce was good here but not worth $24 mil

clark was a average safety and a great locker room guy...how much is that REALLY worth? they are supposed to be "proffessionals" lol

buffalo overpaid two times for big ol' dockery.....they wouldv'e gladly resigned him for what HE WAS worth.

THERE REALLY ARE NO CONSPIRACYS IN THE NFL FELLAS.....SOMETIMES REALITY BITES

Posted by: chris | June 5, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

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