COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF
Days until the Redskins play the New York Giants in East Rutherford, N.J.
When: 8:30 a.m. (open to the public); 3 p.m.
Where: Redskins Park, Ashburn.
Admission, Parking: Free.
SUMMER LONG SHOTS Doug Dutch
The first session of training camp is always filled with hope. The season is just barely underway, and no dream seems impossible. For players trying to make the Redskins' 53-man roster, Thursday was a day to revel in the sheer fact of just being there, and to gear up for the week ahead.
For cornerback Doug Dutch, trying out for the Redskins holds an added bonus -- he is playing for the team he used to watch while growing up in Bowie.
"I feel as though it's a blessing to come out here and try out for my hometown team," Dutch said. "It feels great."
Dutch brought his parents, a next-door neighbor and a cousin to practice. A 2004 Gonzaga High graduate, he played wide receiver in his first two seasons at Michigan before switching, in 2007, to backup corner and special teams for the Wolverines, the same positions he hopes to fill for the Redskins. He played in 41 games at Michigan, and in all 12 games as a fifth-year senior in 2008. He thought he did pretty well after yesterday's morning session, though he added that there was much room for improvement.
"My eyes were my biggest mistake today -- not looking back at the ball and keeping them on the hip of the receiver," Dutch said in an analysis of his performance.
As an undrafted rookie free agent, Dutch is a long shot to make the team. He is optimistic though, and said he thinks his chances of staying a Redskin were pretty good.
"I feel like I do well under pressure," Dutch said. "I like it. It means I have to go out here everyday and work hard."
At 5 feet 11 and 199 pounds, Dutch has the size and build of an NFL defensive back. But he still has to improve in training camp.
"I just have to come out here and compete to the best of my ability, and hope for the best," Dutch said. "Do my best to make the team."
@Adam_Schefter: Nice conversation w/Jason Campbell. Called it a long offseason but he's fired up to prove himself this season.
@rockym52: Dang it the a/c is broken. . . . Way too hot and humid for practice!!!!!
@thecooleyzone: Had a six inch Sub for lunch and now I'm headed back to practice number 2. Ugh.
@jaimiegraham: please tell Campbell that idiot [the guy with the 'DC Wants Vick' sign] does not represent the rest of us!
@Keloi16: Man breaking in new cleats on the first day of practice might be the worst thing to go thru besides a knee injury!!!!
@TrentShelton: if u want to know what training camp is. like go run around all day then lock urself in a room then do it everyday lol
@redskineddy: redskins should do pretty good this year if we can get a lot of turnovers
"You got some guys who are married, want to lay beside their wife, some guys want to see their kids. But having curfew, sitting off in a dorm room, being miserable, you don't get no phone reception, you got to go to sleep. I think giving us the opportunity to stay home and just be responsible allows the team to grow up."
Clinton Portis, on Jim Zorn giving veterans the freedom to go home during training camp
RB Dominique Dorsey was out with cramps. . . . DE Phillip Daniels and DT Albert Haynesworth sat out 11-on-11 drills with taped left knees. . . . DT Cornelius Griffin had a wrap on his right shoulder.
vs. Baltimore Ravens
When: Aug. 13, 7:30 p.m.
Where: at Baltimore