RICHMOND, Va. – We’ve been very lucky with the weather for the first week of camp, but today the rains finally came.
The rain was heavy at times and lasted most of the nearly two-hour practice. Mike Shanahan and the players didn’t seem to mind.
“It’s kind of nice to get a day like that,” Shanahan said. “We had no lightning, so we had a chance to finish practice in some wet conditions. That doesn’t happen all the time. I thought we got a lot done. It kind of puts those players in positions you don’t get to practice very often but you will probably see some time during the year.”
He went on to say that the fields are in great shape so he wasn’t too concerned.
Barry Cofield agreed.
“You very rarely get this much rain without lightning so you can stay out on the field. It’s good preparation for some weather we will probably see in the future,” Cofield says.
Shanahan said that the team has an off-site facility they can go to if the rains continue or get to be too much.
The concern I would have if I were the Redskins would be having Robert Griffin III out there on a day like this in the rain. Mike Shanahan said they increased his reps to 16-17 during the 7-on-7 drills, up from ten. Griffin even took off sprinting towards the end zone on one play and scored.
Trent Williams was back at practice after the scare yesterday. His wrist was wrapped as precaution. He doesn’t seem too worried about it and doesn’t want anyone else to worry.
“I’m honored you guys care so much about me, but it’s not necessary.”
DeAngelo Hall had his walking boot removed but was not practicing. Some veterans were also given the day off. London Fletcher, Pierre Garcon and Brian Orakpo all did not practice along with Darrell Young, Dante Stallworth (hamstring) and Jordan Reed. Reed has a few blisters on his feet so he sat out. Fred Davis will be given the day off on Thursday.
Rookie Safety Bacarri Rambo helped us understand the story behind his name. He wasn’t always a Rambo.
I bet you didn’t know that. He used to be Goo Fudge.
“When I was in second grade I got my name changed, it was Bacarri Fudge and my parents came to the fact that they wanted to change my last name to Rambo. Some people thought I made up the name,” he said. “My dad wanted me to be named after him so they changed from Fudge to Rambo.”
His mother’s maiden name was Fudge. OK, we got that straightened out. But, where did the nickname Goo come from?
“Goo was a childhood name that I had. So I’m trying to leave that back.”
The Rambo intimidation factor has to help.
“They hear the name Rambo, they think I’m more vicious. So that sounds better when everybody says ‘that’s Rambo back there,’ instead of ‘that’s Fudge.’ That wouldn’t sound right.”
See, you learn something new everyday. Don’t even think about calling him Goo however.
After practice fans were still screaming for Robert Griffin III 45 minutes after it ended. Of course, as he does everyday, he stood there and signed for nearly everyone of them.
The Redskins announced 2,611 fans attended the morning practice and 5,212 in the afternoon. The total so far after six days of camp is 58,958.