Sunday's practice times – 8:15 AM and 2:45 PM
Sunday's autograph schedule – QBs, TEs, Specialists
PLAY OF THE DAY ...
During the "live" portion of Sunday's practice, running back Brian Westbrook carried the ball off right tackle and exploded through the line for a 70-yard touchdown.
OFFSEASON TRAINING PAYS OFF…
Defensive coordinator Jim Johnson spoke highly about nine-year vet defensive end Darren Howard at Sunday's press conference, saying, "I think Darren Howard is in the best shape he's been in since he's been here. I think his weight is down, I think he's healthy…I anticipate a good year. I see a player who is in much better shape. His weight is down and he looks quick to me. I think he had a great offseason."
During the 2008 offseason, Howard used a variety of alternative training methods, including mixed martial arts, which helped strengthen his core and improve his balance, and boxing, which helped improve his hand speed, fitness, and explosiveness.
BOOKER'S DREAMS COME TRUE …
After being acquired in a draft-day trade with the Miami Dolphins, running back Lorenzo Booker has enjoyed his first two days of practice with live hitting. "This is a dream come true for me," said running back Lorenzo Booker, "because (the offense) is spread out. The wide-open play suits my style, which is living in space. I really feel like a kid in a candy store."
Booker also takes great pride in working with his uncle, Musa Ramen, to develop a charity called African American Reading Room, which encourages kids to learn about ancient African and Egyptian history. "It's something that is very important to me. Everyone should have the opportunity to learn about his or her heritage." Booker has a tattoo on his left shoulder in African hieroglyphic characters that means "life." Around it is a pyramid shape with his mother's initials in the top corner and his brother's and sister's initials in the bottom left and right corners, respectively.
TOTAL FAN ATTENDANCE FOR THE MORNING PRACTICE: 2,987