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News & Notes: Zorn Sets the Bar High


Fifty minutes before the start of Saturday's intra-squad scrimmage, Jim Zorn addressed the fans assembled at Redskins Park.

"We're trying to put out the best 2009 football team we possibly can," Zorn said in his opening comments.

He praised the defense for its performance early in training camp. As for the offense, he said, "We're getting better."

"I think our run game has really excelled, but I think our passing game is still continuing to come [along]," he said.

Zorn went on to explain the script for the scrimmage.

Jason Campbell would run two offensive series and Todd Collins, Colt Brennan and Chase Daniel would run one offensive series.

The offense would also run a series of red zone plays, something that has been an emphasis all training camp.

Said Zorn: "What we really need to see, and our objective, is to see some of those new young guys like Brian Orakpo, like [Kevin] Barnes, like other young players--we've got some linebackers we need to see.

"Our objective is to get those guys out and get them to hit."

Zorn also praised new punter Hunter Smith.

"If you have a stopwatch, check out his hang time and look at his distance [during the scrimmage]," he said.

Zorn closed out the address saying that the Redskins' goal is to "win a championship."

"And we want you to be as big a part of it as you are here today," he said.


The Redskins' depth at right tackle became a little more tenuous on Saturday when Jeremy Bridges left Saturday's scrimmage with a sprained ankle.

Also, rookie offensive tackle Scott Burley suffered cramps during the scrimmage.

Bridges was able to walk off the field on his own. Jim Zorn called Bridges' injury a "low ankle sprain."

The offense was already without Stephon Heyer, nursing a knee injury, and Mike Williams, who has a groin injury.

"Those guys that sat out--we're going to try to get them geared up," Zorn said. "I don't know if Mike Williams is going to be ready, but we're going to try to have him ready for Thursday. I'm trying to rest him.

"Stephon Heyer will be back on Sunday. I'm trying to get him geared up so he can play as well."

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