By Mark Viera
Monday, July 28, 2008
COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF
Days until the Giants host the Redskins in the NFL opener on Sept. 4TODAY'S SCHEDULE
When: 8:30 a.m. practice open to the public.
Where: Redskins Park, Ashburn.
Admission, Parking: Free.
Updates: 703-726-7411.FRESH FACE Jason Goode
When practice ended yesterday, TE Jason Goode found his position coach Rennie Simmons standing under the goal post. The two chatted briefly, recapping Goode's morning on the practice field. Their discussion has become an almost daily routine, serving as a way to assess Goode's performance and improve his game.
"I just try to mind my Ps and Qs, if you will," said Goode, an undrafted rookie trying to work his way onto the Washington Redskins' roster. "Try to do the right thing."
Goode made himself stand out yesterday at Redskins Park. He ran a short out pattern during 11-on-11 drills, reached up and using only his left hand made a beautiful grab amid a cluster of defensive backs. More than a few spectators asked a variation the same question: "Who's that?"
"I'm loving it," said Goode, who grew up in Maryland and attended Archbishop Curley High School and Woodlawn High, both in Baltimore. "Loving this whole experience, being out here, wearing the burgundy and gold."
The 6-foot-3, 238-pound Goode signed with the Redskins in May, after playing at Maryland. He appeared in 38 games and totaled 36 receptions for 401 yards and three touchdowns in his collegiate career. For his first two seasons with the Terrapins, Goode found himself buried on the depth chart behind all-America tight end and future NFL first-round draft pick Vernon Davis. Goode made his only four starts at tight end during his senior year and also played special teams.
He's now hoping to crack Washington's roster. Making a one-handed catch like he did yesterday -- "it took some concentration," Goode said -- might help him on that path.
"I just come out here and do the best I can," Goode said. "And hopefully make some more plays the next day."ZORN WATCH
Coach Jim Zorn's first week of training camp is complete and he and the Redskins are one week away from their first game, even if it is only a preseason affair.
"We got a lot accomplished, but our guys are very tired," Zorn said of the first week. "My encouragement to them is to push through."
With the Hall of Fame game upcoming, Zorn canceled yesterday's afternoon practice to give players a rest after Saturday's scrimmage. He admitted he might have been "a little overzealous" in working the players during the first week.
He also outlined what will lie ahead in practice this week at yesterday's news conference. Still left to accomplish: install two major elements to the passing game, sharpen the running game, have another red zone session, have another goal-line session and continue to work on blitz protection.
"We still have a lot of work to do, and the mental part gets hard," Zorn said. "The mental strain wears on the players and that is when you begin to see mistakes. Overall, I am very pleased with how hard guys are working, but now they must dig down."QUOTABLE
"It looks like I got a boxing glove on."
DT Anthony Montgomery, on the wrap covering his broken right hand. He'll have surgery today.INJURY REPORT
RB Eric Shelton was held out of practice today after suffering a shoulder stinger in practice yesterday.NEXT UP
What: Hall of Fame Game
Who: Redskins vs. Indianapolis Colts
When, Where: 8 p.m., Sunday, Canton, Ohio