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Fitz-Edwards share first-team

Ryan Fitzpatrick worked at quarterback with the first team offense for the first two sessions but not the third in Wednesday afternoon's minicamp practice. Fitzpatrick got the first chance in the 7 on 7 drill and in the 11-on-11 red-zone portion of practice. The team closed with two full-team two-minute drives. Edwards ran the first-team offense in that section, and Fitzpatrick ran the second two-minute drive with the second-string. Brian Brohm was third in the 7 on 7 and the red zone work but did not get a crack at the two-minute drill. I'm expecting Brohm to get more work with the "ones" on Thursday.

In the first two-minute drill, Edwards moved the offense from the 35 to the opposing 15. But on third-down he was hurried into an incompletion by a blitz and on fourth down he threw to the back of the end zone for Roscoe Parrish. It looked like Parrish got one foot down in bounds but not two. Rookie David Nelson caught two third-down conversions on the drive. George Wilson had two pass breakups on throws over the middle. Reggie Corner had a pass breakup on a throw for Lee Evans. Fitzpatrick took the backup offense 65 yards in eight plays, against second- and third-team defenders. He hit tight end Jon Stupar down the middle for a good gain, connected with James Hardy on a short throw to convert a fourth-down play and then hit Chad Jackson at the goal line on about a 15-yard TD throw.

Guard Eric Wood, who saw his most extensive action in the morning practice, rested in the afternoon. Replacing him with the starting line was Cordaro Howard, an undrafted rookie from Georgia Tech. Working with the second-team offensive line were, left to right, Nick Hennessey, Howard, Sean Allen, Kirk Chambers and Jamon Meredith (who also played left tackle with the first team). Kyle Calloway then subbed in for Meredith.

Highlights of 7 on 7 work included a diving sideline catch by Felton Huggins from Fitzpatrick, a good throw down the left sideline from Brohm to Evans, and another pass breakup by Drayton Florence vs. Parrish. Aaron Maybin and Chris Kelsay were the rush linebackers with the starters all afternoon.

Rian Lindell was 6 for 6 on field-goal tries, ranging from 33 yards to 53 yards.

---Mark Gaughan


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