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Friday eve. practice is short, not so sweet

The open portion of today's afternoon practice only lasted about an hour. It was short.

And also short on highlights.

It's not a good thing when I'm going to tell you about the kicker competition first.

In that competition, incumbent Dan Carpenter is looking good. He connected on four of five kicks in kick drills. He missed a 36-yarder to start the kicking drills, but then connected from 40, 41, and 45 yards.

The first team offense didn't do Carpenter any favors in the two-minute drill. Working via mostly dink and dunk checkdown passes, the first-team O put Carpenter in range for a 53 yard winning FG. He missed it as it is obviously at the edge of his range.

Connor Barth, meanwhile, made all his kicks in the kick drills -- from 36, 40, 41 and 45 yards. But at the end of the two-minute drill, after the third-teamers had gotten him a chance at a winning 43-yard FG, Barth hit the left upright and the ball bounced back onto the field. No good.

By the way, the only reason the third-team offense got down the field is because the tipped pass that resulted in a Tyrone Culver interception and TD return the first play they ran in the two-minute drill was seemingly overlooked and the unit continued working.

Pat White then connected on three consecutive passes to Chris Williams and Anthony Kimble to set Barth up for his makeable but ultimately failed field goal.

I would say this practice was interesting in spurts only. The first-team offense scored on a goal line situation when Chad Pennington scrambled and connected with rookie John Nalbone in the back of the end zone for the TD.

The second-team offense also scored in the goal line situation when Ricky Williams rumbled over from 2 yards out.

So let's see if you've been paying attention. Are you not wondering why Barth had to take his shot at a game-winning FG with the third-team offense? Well, that's because the second-team offense was ineffective in the two-minute drills.

How ineffective? First down pass from Chad Henne to Patrick Turner is ruled out of bounds and therefore incomplete. Second down pass from Henne falls incomplete. Then the sack on third down. Then another incompletion on fourth down, which was the good news because Courtney Bryan might have intercepted the pass had he held on to it.

There's no big injury update to give you at this time. Matt Roth ... never mind. And everyone else, including Donald Thomas, Will Allen and Chad Pennington are taking all of their repetitions. Good news.

[BLOG NOTE: Come back later for the Classic Training Camp Moment. It's a Don Shula classic.]

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