They finished with one practice this morning under cloudy skies, a cool way to end a camp that's otherwise run hot. Here are a few quick hitters for the afternoon:
-- The offense returns intact, but if there's a new guy who'll make a difference, it's TE Gary Barnidge. He's more of a pass-catcher than Jeff King, but not quite the blocker. He looks stronger than a year ago, but he's not stout enough yet to take first-down duties away from the incumbent. He is, however, much more of a receiving threat, and will find his niche.
In other TE news, it might not be any fault of his own, but his ill-timed back problem could render Dante Rosario a forgotten man. He's having surgery tomorrow (instead of, I don't know, January maybe), and he's supposed to be fine for training camp. We'll see.
He's a bit of a one-trick pony, and the addition of FB Tony Fiammetta could make him obsolete, especially if they like Kevin Brock or some other TE who's not here yet.
-- Couple of former Panthers found new jobs Sunday, and the list might be growing soon. OL Jeremy Bridges signed with Washington after going through a minicamp on a tryout basis. He could end up starting there. The Redskins might also sign WR D.J.Hackett, who was trying out this weekend as well.
(Side note: It must have been cloudy in Greater D.C., because readers of this spot know we refer to Hackett as "The Groundhog." When he tried to practice on a sunny day here last year, he'd see his shadow, hurt himself and spend the next six weeks on the injury report.)
Also, St. Louis signed DT Gary Gibson, a restricted free agent who wasn't tendered an offer here.
-- Line coaches on both sides of the ball are generally loud, but with new DL coach Brian Baker, it's a different, maybe more hard-boiled loud. That's no offense to former assistant Sal Sunseri, who said things I had to go look up before I realized I couldn't print them.
Baker's on his group hard, very demanding. It's a young group, so they need it, too.
-- New QB coach Rip Scherer has been putting his guys through several new drills, but Sunday he added a twist. As he's teaching footwork by running them through a series of bags on the ground, he took a blocking dummy and whacked each of them as they passed, to get a little ball-security in as well.
He wasn't quite as efficient as injured RB DeAngelo Williams, who forced fumbles by rookies Jamall Lee and Markus Manson during individual work.