Brian Orakpo worked with the linebackers earlier in the session and with the defensive line later on. In the 11-on-11 he displayed a quick first move and good speed around the edge from a three-point stance. I’m a bit concerned about throwing too much at him with the two positions.
D. J. Hackett, the former Seahawk and Panther that the Redskins tried to sign as a free agent last year, was in for a non-roster tryout. He looked sharp, although he did have the advantage of having a good base of knowledge of Zorn’s offense.
The best-looking receiver out there was Devin Thomas. He certainly seems to be in excellent shape and he’s running sharp routes. It appears that, unlike last year, he “gets it”.
I had a good chat with Zorn with just a couple of other reporters after the main media session had broken up. He walked us through the process of sorting out the tryout players. “First we identify the ones who are going to hurt themselves or hurt someone else. They’re gone today,” he said, smiling. “We didn’t have any of those,” he added.
A few observations from today’s Redskins minicamp:
- As most of you know, I’m not much of a Colt Brennan guy but I have to say that I was impressed during seven-on-seven and 11-on-11 drills. He fired a few intermediate passes over the middle with great accuracy and authority and showed good touch on deep passes. I’m not ready to anoint him as a future star or anything but after today I’ll be a lot less surprised if it does happen.
In his hand was a laminated version of the tryout roster that had been given to us. “It’s kind of hard to sort them out when they just got here,” Zorn said.
He said that everyone probably would stick around until after the second session on Saturday and then they will probably thin some out before Sunday’s single practice.
And, don’t worry, the swine flu is under control at Redskins Park. The fist bump has replaced the handshake as the official greeting and hand sanitizers are all over the place.
If Phillip Daniels’ knee holds out, he could contribute this year. He is in terrific shape. When I first glanced at him up close I thought he was wearing shells but, no, his upper arms are just that big.