Thursday camp notes: Helu elusive, Cooley still a favorite

Thursday camp notes: Helu elusive, Cooley still a favorite
July 26, 2012, 11:03 pm
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Quick notes and observations from the Redskins first day of training camp:With the heat index over 100, most players ambled onto the field to save their energy. Not rookie free agent wide receiver Brian Hernandez. Even though he head plenty of time to get there he sprinted from the locker room to the practice field. When youre the longest of longshots to make it, you have to do what you can do.No pads are allowed for the first two days of training camp but the players came out in shells, which are light shoulder pads. Apparently they are not considered to be pads by the rules in the CBA.RG3s first long bomb as a pro was a beautiful arch that nestled into Pierre Garons hands about 40 yards downfield. Now is the part where I have to ruin it and tell you that there was no defense on the field to rush Griffin or to cover Garon. But it sure was a nice pass.Jammal Brown was out again as he was in the morning walkthrough. Tyler Polumbus worked with the first unit at right tackle. (Note: After practice, Mike Shanahan confirmed that Brown was on the PUP list after straining his hip during sprints on Wednesday.)Leonard Hankerson appears to be fully healthy after offseason hip surgery. He cut, stopped, and started just fine.Keep an eye on Alfred Morris. They threw him quite a few passes and he showed that he has a second gear after the caught the ball in space. It will be hard to find a spot for a fourth running back but they just might have to figure out a way to hang onto him.Brandon Banks just doesnt look natural catching passes. He lets too many get into his pads, which is understandable since his arms are on the short side. But thats not the way to work your way into the wide receiver rotation.It appears that Kory Lichtensteiger is getting every snap with the first-team offensive line with a heavy brace on his knee.Chris Cooley may not still be a starter but he is still a fan favorite. Every catch brought the old standby Cooooley cheer from the fans.Roy Helu popped out of a crowd for a nice gain on a stretch play. He is clearly the most talented back on the roster, his only question is durability.The WR depth chart looks about like everyone thought it would. Morgan and Garon are the starters, Moss is the next one in, then Hankerson. A lot could change but it wouldnt be surprising if the season started like that.The backup quarterback may be the most popular guy in a lot of towns, as the saying goes, but not in this one. Rex Grossman heard catcalls from the fans on virtually every mistake and incompletion.DeAngelo Hall dropped an interception that was right in his hands. He dropped and did about a dozen pushups as penance.