Tuesday OTA Wrap Up
Coach Jim Zorn went with his standard practice routine at today's OTA session, though conceded he did cut it one play short due to the heat. He opted not to run consecutive long pass routes with his players torched under the ridiculous heat. Other than that it was standard stuff. Zorn said the crazy heat seemed to impact the young WRs the most, battling to remain explosive in the conditions.
LB Rocky McIntosh, recovering from knee surgery, was working with the first-team defense in the walk-through portion of practice and continues to do more work. Zorn remains enthused about his progress; though McIntosh is not cleared for contact drills yet it continues to appear that he is on target for a return during training camp.
Zorn reiterated that RB Clinton Portis is excused from OTAs - "He has my permission to be gone," Zorn said. Zorn did not speak with Portis today but did earlier this week and I'm guessing he wont be back this week, but we shall see.
DT Cornelius Griffin remains excused from practice as well to tend to a family issue. "It's a great situation and I'll let him explain it if he chooses," Zorn said.
CB Shawn Springs will not be participating in OTAs, as we've been reporting. Zorn still has not spoken to Springs but CB Fred Smoot did speak with Springs and relayed info to Zorn. Zorn has continued to downplay the significance of Springs's absence, and it is not that much different from years past. "He's fine," Zorn said of Springs.
Safety Reed Doughty said his son Micah, who was hospitalized during May's mini camp, is doing well. Jason Reid will have more on that in the newspaper tomorrow.
The Redskins have told the agents for several of their draft picks that they expect to exchange initial contract proposals as soon as next week, according to league sources. The Redskins have 10 draft picks to sign and are already at the limit of 80-signed players, so will have to make a series of cuts as they sign picks. The team has told the agents they want to complete this final series of OTAs - they end Thursday - and then evaluate the roster before beginning contract talks.
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