By Ishita Singh
Sunday, August 2, 2009
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 | Scott Burley
Players come into training camp with different goals. Veterans come to refresh their memories and get back into the swing of things. Young stars come to show their chops and build on seasons past. Rookies come to impress, to hopefully catch the eye of a coach or two and nab valuable playing time. But for rookie Scott Burley, Redskins training camp is an opportunity, above all, to improve.
"My goals with camp is to get better every day," Burley said. "You know, every day I just try to get better and better."
The 6-foot-5, 335-pound tackle is one of two rookies from the University of Maryland trying for a spot on the Redskins' offensive line (the other is center Edwin Williams). Both have the advantage of familiarity with Washington's line ¿ each spent two seasons at College Park with tackle Stephon Heyer, who is now a regular in the Redskins' o-line. Burley said that the transition from college to the pro level has been made easier by all the help he's received from current linemen.
"It's a bunch of great guys," Burley said. "I've played with Stephon Heyer before in college, and overall it's a welcoming group of guys, pretty good guys."
Burley said that the linemen had helped him considerably with his biggest challenge, learning the Redskins' offensive schemes.
"Getting down the playbook, getting down the plays, just being confident in my assignments, that's about it," Burley said.
Burley, who hails from Baltimore, has a decent shot to make the team. Physically, the undrafted free agent is NFL-ready, and he said that that after organized team activities, which took place in June, he was able to acclimate himself with the much faster pace of professional football. He said he also felt comfortable on his first day hitting with the pros (yesterday was the team's first practice with full pads) and that putting on pads was a good reminder that no matter what, "football is football."
Whether he makes the team is not in his mind ¿ it is something for the coaches to decide, Burley said. His only focus? Improvement.
"I just go out and try to get better every practice," Burley said. "Every practice just keep getting better, get the playbook down better, communicate, talk to the guys and just fit in with the team more."
@TrentShelton: I'm tired boss
@dcsportsbog: Reading Maisy books in kids room at air conditioned library >>> sweating outside in Ashburn.
@Redskinsblog: Malcolm Kelly catches the ball over the middle, takes a hit, bounces back up. No sweat. (Figuratively.)
@rockym52: Practice was funnnnnnnn some more tomorrow n tomorrow n tomorrow ......... Don't forget about the other tomorrow....
@RickMaese: Football needs pads. So much more fun w/ pads. Heard Portis put big hit on Haynesworth but I was watching secondary. More intensity today...
CB Carlos Rogers, sore calf; FB Eddie Williams, sore hamstring; G Rueben Riley and T Mike Williams were treated with fluids.
"We haven't had a fight out here in a long time, and I thought Coach was going to jinx us last night because he said we know how to practice with each other and not fight. You just know the first day with pads on somebody's gonna hit somebody where they're not supposed to be hit and there it goes. But that didn't happen. So I guess it's too hot and guys are too tired to think about wasting energy."
-- Jason Campbell
vs. Baltimore Ravens
When: Aug. 13, 7:30 p.m.
Where: at Baltimore