ASHBURN, Va. — Here's essentially all you need to know about the Washington Redskins first training camp practice: The quarterbacks were John Beck and Ben Chappell. And there was no punter.
About 60 players were on the field Friday morning, or roughly two-thirds of the number allowed under the post-lockout rules. The incoming veteran free agents were not allowed to sign their contracts until later in the day according to this year's unusual timetable, and they won't be allowed to practice until Aug. 4 — after a new collective bargaining agreement is ratified.
That meant there was no Santana Moss, Barry Cofield, Donte' Stallworth, Josh Wilson, Kellen Clemens, Stephen Bowen, Chris Chester nor Sav Rocca. All those presents, purchased over the last few days, have to stay wrapped under the tree a while longer.
The Redskins did have all 12 draft picks signed and present, including first-round linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, who agreed to terms late Thursday. Otherwise, everything was so much in flux that the public relations department was scrambling to produce up-to-date rosters to distribute to reporters for practice. Coach Mike Shanahan decided to wait until 6 p.m. to address the media so that he could give a fuller assessment of the state of his team.
Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said the Redskins still plan to re-sign Rex Grossman to compete with Beck for the starting job. For now, however, Beck is getting all the first-team snaps, repetition after repetition, with undrafted rookie Chappell from Indiana mopping up the rest.
"Having this week where I do get the majority of the reps, I'm lovin' it," Beck said. "Because I want all those reps. Because reps for me equal experience, and experience helps me win."
Clemens, the former New York Jets backup, will give the Redskins another quarterback in camp, but he'll start off at third string behind Beck and Grossman.
Nearly every unit on the field Friday was a hodgepodge that won't resemble the team's look when it opens the regular season in September. The offensive line was missing new right guard Chester, and the right tackle spot remains unsettled. The punter and holder? That'll be Rocca, once he's allowed to practice. Meanwhile, special teams assistant Richard Hightower had to hold when kicker Graham Gano was attempting field goals.
Some sported new numbers. Tight end Fred Davis is now No. 83. New safety O.J. Atogwe opted for No. 20 instead of his usual No. 21 out of respect for late Redskins safety Sean Taylor.
The players wore shorts for the practice, but that did little to counter the oppressive heat that was settling in. Linebacker Perry Riley was treated for cramps, defensive tackle Anthony Bryant left the field on a cart, and receiver Leonard Hankerson also suffered from apparent heat-related fatigue.
Note: S LaRon Landry, who has been nursing Achilles' tendon, shoulder and wrist injuries during the offseason, was limited in practice. He said the shoulder and wrist are OK, but he's playing it safe with the leg. "Everything's fine," he said. "Just want to make sure it's strong enough to endure the whole season."
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