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Zorn to let vets sleep at home

Zorn to let vets sleep at home

Jim Zorn

This story came out last week when I was knee deep in getting the book out, but I do want to address it. According to Jason LaCanfora, now of the NFL Network, Jim Zorn is going to let veteran players--those with four or more years of NFL service—spend the night at home during training camp. After dinner and the evening meetings they will get into their cars and drive home.

I'm not sure what to think of this. On the one hand it's a nice perk to hand to the vets. On the other hand, what about team chemistry, camaraderie, sharing the training camp experience with the teammates? Is this just another way for a team known for having different sets of rules for different types of players to further draw lines of separation?

I think that the latter point has some merit. It's not as bad as it used to be when the likes of Bruce Smith would be invited to enjoy brandy and cigars with the owner but there still is a star system in effect to an extent. This does add a little bit to that atmosphere even though guys like Anthony Montgomery get the same privilege as Albert Haynesworth. Football is the ultimate team and the more the guys are in the foxhole together—even when the foxhole is a multi-million dollar luxury conference center—the better.

But it's not exactly like the time that the vets will be at home is quality team time. They'll be assembled as a team for some 12 hours a day. There isn't a whole lot going on in terms of socialization in the evening. It's not like Clinton Portis would be hanging out and shooting pool with Marcus Mason after dinner or anything. And we're talking about a total of about 18 days.

In reality, the policy is unlikely to have an effect one way or another but, regardless, an effect will be perceived. If the Redskins are successful it will be because the treated the men like grownups. If they are mediocre it will be because the inmates are running the asylum.

This isn't unprecedented. Brian Billick did it his last few years with the Ravens.

Of course, Billick is now a TV analyst and not a coach. If Zorn wants to avoid the same fate as Billick his little favor to his veterans had better not come back to bite him.

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Redskins' Doug Williams presents a special jersey to family of Jim Vance

Redskins' Doug Williams presents a special jersey to family of Jim Vance

On July 22, legendary D.C. broadcaster Jim Vance died at the age of 75.

During the first day of training camp on Thursday, Washington Redskins VP of player personnel Doug Williams, presented NBC4 sports reporter Carol Maloney with a gift for Vance's family.


The gesture by the Redskins was one filled with much respect for the award-winning anchor.

Vance was a staple for many D.C. locals, being a full-time anchor since 1972 for NBC4. 

Last summer, Vance revealed he had been diagnosed with cancer but never stopped working. 

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LIVE Redskins training camp practice report: Day 1

LIVE Redskins training camp practice report: Day 1

RICHMOND—The Redskins took the field for their first practice of the season. Jordan Reed is missing as was the usual stifling heat at the Bon Secours training center.It's warm but the humidity is down from the normal late-July sauna here. 

Here are my observations from practice as it unfolds. Come back and refresh often for the latest:

—Jamison Crowder still appears to be the No. 1 punt returner. Also fielding kicks off of the leg of Tress Way were Maurice Harris, Chris Thompson, and Will Blackmon. 

—The Redskins are practicing without pads per collective bargaining rules. A few are wearing shells. 

—New tight end EJ Bibbs just introduced himself to Vernon Davis as they were getting ready for some individual drills. Reminds me of a few year ago when a just acquired player was participating in stretching and they brought his contract out onto the field for him to sign. He wouldn’t have been able to practice otherwise. 

—Kirk Cousins just acknowledged a fan lined up near the sideline. ‘How’s it going, Derrick?” Derrick’s friends were properly impressed. 

—Maurice Harris showed good form in catching a Cousins pass over the middle against no defense. Nothing spectacular but but a good job reaching forward to pull in a pass that was ahead of him. 

—Harris with another nice catch, this time guarded over the middle by Will Blackmon. He is off to a good start in competing for playing time.

—Torian Gray is admonishing his defensive backs to “wake up, wake up.” On one rep he wanted Tevin Homer to “drive to the ball.”

—It looked like Josh Doctson had a step on Bashaud Breeland on a deep pass but the CB recovered and knocked the pass away. 

—A few plays later Doctson got deep again, this time against Quinton Dunbar. This time the CB couldn’t catch up and Doctson hauled in the pass.

—In the early going in 11 on 11, Will Compton and Mason Foster are the inside LBs with the first team and Joey Mbu is at nose tackle. Both situations could change over the course of the next few weeks. 

—Nice cut by Keith Marshall on a run around right end. He planted his foot and cut upfield with some serious burst. He’s a dark horse when it comes to making the roster but I’m keeping an eye on him. 

—Cousins with a dart to Terrelle Pryor along the sideline. A sharp and accurate throw. 

—Rain is approaching but it should hold off until practice is over. Meanwhile, the clouds and breeze are cooling things down. Nobody is complaining.  

—Pryor was assigned to block Josh Norman on a running play. Norman made a business decision not to contest the block and there was light contact as Norman backed down the field.

—Rookie Robert Davis made a solid back-shoulder catch on the sideline. I’m not sure if Colt McCoy intended for the pass to be back shoulder but that was where it went and Davis reached to make the grab. 

—What was that? Nate Sudfeld heaved one downfield to nobody in particular. Kendall Fuller got an easy interception, his second of the day. 

—That is from Richmond for today. Come on back tomorrow, we’ll do it again.