Every training camp has to have a sleeper, and this one is no exception. He's Lee North, a 6-foot-2, 258-pound center from Tennessee who was signed as a free agent but given little chance to make the team.
However, North has been impressive during the early workouts, especially with his quickness. Although it's far too early to consider his chances of making the final roster, at least he has the attention of the coaching staff.
North is not the only player to show up well. Cornerback LeCharles McDaniel, a holdover from last season, is vastly improved after a strenuous program in the offseason. Tight ends Clint Didier, Mike Williams and Cleveland Jackson have also stood out at times while receivers Charlie Brown, Virgil Seay and Alvin Garrett have dominated the defensive backs, with the exception of McDaniel and rookie Vernon Dean.
Defensive end Mike Clark, who will challenge for a starting spot, has shown quickness getting to the quarterback. Other eye-catchers include linebackers Mel Kaufman, Jeff Goff, Lemont Jeffers and Larry Kubin, offensive tackle Donald Laster and guard Gary Sayre.
There will be no public workouts here Sunday. They will be resumed Monday . . . Tackle Tim Norman, a free agent from Illinois, left camp . . . Defensive tackle Randy Trautman from Boise State fell down some stairs and hurt his back slightly. He did not practice this afternoon . . . More veterans, including quarterback Joe Theismann, receivers Art Monk and Terry Metcalf and tight ends Don Warren and Rick Walker, are expected to start practicing Monday . . . Coach Joe Gibbs said more cuts could be made next week before the bulk of the veterans check in. "We're starting to get a good picture of the young players," he said. "We've been lucky, with no injuries or anything bad like that. Our luck needs to keep holding out."