Reporting Grant Paulsen
1. Niles Paul and Markus White got into the first fight of training camp.
A few plays before Paul and White went after each other, London Fletcher and Will Montgomery hooked up in the first real tussle of training camp. But unlike Fletcher and Montgomery, who were shoving and grabbing face masks, the scrap between Paul and White ended with Paul being pulled away from a growing pile of bodies as he attempted to land punches.
“It’s camp, things happen,” Paul said. “I’m expected to keep my poise a little better. I realize I’ve got to keep my poise but I just kind of snapped.” According to Paul, he thought a play was over (an interception was being returned the other way) when White approached him at full speed and he defended himself. “I definitely feel like I went too far. It shouldn’t have went to that level at all. I should’ve been the bigger man and just let that go.”
Paul says he and White are good friends and that they “don’t have a problem now. On the field, stuff happens.” When asked about his part in the fray, White — a second-year backup linebacker — said he is just trying to keep his job.
2. Dan Snyder spoke to the Redskins’ media corps for the first time in over a year.
Snyder stopped on his way back into the building at Redskins Park, speaking to the local media for about 90 seconds while answering five questions. He spoke primarily about his new franchise quarterback, Robert Griffin III, but the owner was complimentary of the 24,000 plus fans who attended fan appreciation day.
“There’s a lot of people out here and a lot of great fans,” Snyder said. “It’s been a great day. We’re just happy to come out healthy. It was a good day for us.”
As for Snyder’s thoughts on Griffin, the new face of his franchise?
“It’s obviously exciting for everybody, it’s a big deal. We’re just thrilled with him as a person and what he stands for as a Redskin. It’s exciting for all of Redskins nation.” Snyder later added, “Everything takes time. We’re just excited to have [Griffin] and with Coach Shanahan and everything we’re building right now we feel pretty good about the future.”
3. Free agent guard Tony Moll was signed to add offensive line depth.
Moll, 28, has spent his six NFL seasons with the Green Bay Packers, Baltimore Ravens and San Diego Chargers. The 6-foot-5, 310-pound lineman has played both guard and tackle, but head coach Mike Shanahan said the Redskins view him as a guard. Moll started one game last season and four games over the past two seasons. During his career he’s played in 63 games, starting 22.
“We were talking to several teams but [considering] who we were talking to I think was the right decision,” Moll said about signing with Washington. “I’ve been in the zone scheme since college. [It's] definitely something that I love and I’m happy to be back running.”
Moll is from Sonoma, California. He was not training with any other teams earlier in camp, so league rules will prohibit him from participating in a padded, full practice and taking part in contact drills until Tuesday.
Punt: Redskins who did not participate in Saturday’s practice: WR’s Anthony Armstrong, Josh Morgan, Lance Lewis, FB Darrel Young, safety DeJon Gomes, linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, and offensive lineman James Lee…. Kerrigan sat out of a second practice in three days. He said he’s suffering from a minor heat-related illness and was told to take Saturday off…. Kickers Graham Gano (5-for-6) and Neil Rackers (6-for-6) kicked again on Saturday. They are now both 16-for-19 on field goal tries during camp practices…. RB Tristan Davis made a short catch that he turned into a 60-plus yard touchdown, out-racing the Redskins’ secondary during drills between a couple of the team’s reserve units….