By Jason La Canfora
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, August 3, 2005
One of the Washington Redskins' first-round picks signed a contract yesterday and headed straight for the field for afternoon practice. The other first-round pick signed his deal as well, but it remains unclear when he will be able to put on his pads.
Quarterback Jason Campbell, the 25th overall pick, took part in his first NFL training camp after signing a five-year deal with $5.3 million guaranteed and incentives that could approach $25 million should he become the starter and perform well, league sources said. Campbell said his agent, Joel Segal, understood the need to get to camp quickly. "I was glad to get back in camp before we started putting new things [in the playbook]," Campbell said.
Carlos Rogers, whose five-year deal includes $11.2 million in guaranteed money and could be worth up to $17.5 million, league sources said, had been working out in Auburn and was scheduled to report to the team for last night's meetings.
"Carlos will be in as many packages as we can," said Gregg Williams, assistant head coach-defense, "that we think will make us a good defense. But we're not going to jeopardize his learning curve just because of where he was drafted or how much money he makes, because we don't care about those things."Praise for Marshall So Far
Linebacker Lemar Marshall was one of a handful of players who went from complete obscurity to regular contributor last season, filling in admirably with Pro Bowl linebacker LaVar Arrington out for most of 2004. But despite all that, linebacker coach Dale Lindsey is doling out each bit of praise for Marshall with a caveat.
"As far as today, yes, Lemar is a starter," Lindsey said. "By this afternoon, I don't know if I'll feel that way."
Marshall, 28, had never started a game before last season but started 14 in 2004 and showed Williams he is fast and smart enough to play in the middle. He is one of 13 linebackers on the roster. "It's a good group, and they're working good," Lindsey said, "but there are a lot of unknowns in there."Feedback for Portis
Running back Clinton Portis's assessment of Washington's 2004 offense Monday did not go unnoticed by the staff. Portis said that the offense was not suited to its personnel last season. Williams sarcastically demurred to the runner yesterday afternoon.
"He's smarter than all of us coaches," Williams said. "I wouldn't want to second guess Clinton."
Coach Joe Gibbs took exception with Portis's claim that after taking his opening carry 64 yards for a touchdown the play was never called again. "Clinton's forgot a few things," Gibbs said.Brown Looking Good on Offense
Return specialist Antonio Brown continues to make an impression as a wide receiver and could be featured in some packages on offense, Gibbs said. The speedster is also the front-runner to return punts, with wide receiver Santana Moss, who actually beat him in a college track meet, spelling him at times.
"It's an open challenge," Brown said, "and I'm looking forward to the challenge." . . . Safety Sean Taylor, who disappointed the coaches with his offseason antics including a felony arrest, had the trainers tell Williams he weighed in at 246 pounds to invoke his wrath, when he was actually in outstanding shape at 232 pounds. "He got a good joke in," Williams said, adding a cautionary. "I'll remember it." . . . Wide receiver James Thrash, who missed the opening day of camp because of the death of his father, was back on the field yesterday. . . . Redskins Hall of Fame quarterback and radio announcer Sonny Jurgensen made the most of the afternoon by tooling around the parking lot at Redskins Park on his Segway. Jurgensen said he has mastered the elementary parts of the personal transportation device but, "I'm still trying to figure out what some of these buttons do." . . . The Redskins, already short on two-a-day sessions, have changed tomorrow's schedule to one afternoon practice, canceling the morning practice. . . . Parking lots and gates at Redskins Park will open at 6 a.m. Friday for Fan Day. Gibbs will address fans at 8:15, with a two-hour practice scheduled 15 minutes later and autograph sessions planned following practice.