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Skins Look to Beef Up D Line

From Jason Reid and Jason La Canfora:

The Washington Redskins released running back Shaun Alexander yesterday and were expected to re-sign defensive tackle Ryan Boschetti in an effort to bolster their injury-weakened defensive line, a league source said.

The 2005 NFL MVP with the Seattle Seahawks, Alexander signed with the Redskins on Oct. 14 after productive backup running back Ladell Betts suffered a knee injury. But with Betts having returned to the lineup recently and the Redskins concerned about injuries along the defensive line, Alexander was let go and Boschetti, who visited Redskins Park yesterday, could soon rejoin the team he originally signed with as an undrafted free agent from UCLA in 2004.




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The Redskins could be short-handed at defensive tackle against the New York Giants on Sunday at FedEx Field. Cornelius Griffin (shoulder) needed a cortisone injection in order to complete Sunday's 20-17 victory over Seattle at Qwest Field and Kedric Golston played despite the pain of a bone spur in his foot. Reserve defensive tackle Anthony Montgomery has sat out a few games because of an Achilles's tendon injury, though he could return this week, Coach Jim Zorn said. Vinny Cerrato, Washington's executive vice president of football operations, and his staff have moved to bolster the position with Boschetti, who was released on Aug. 30.

Boschetti is well versed in Washington's defensive scheme. Defensive coordinator Greg Blache was formerly Washington's defensive line coach, and Boschetti was among his favorite players. At the team complex yesterday, Boschetti left without speaking to reporters. Contacted on his cell phone, Boschetti declined to discuss his situation with the team.

To make room for Boschetti or another defensive lineman on the 53-man roster, the Redskins could have cut defensive end Erasmus James, who has not been active recently and is not expected to contribute this season, Blache said, or rookie defensive end Rob Jackson. Instead, Washington released Alexander, who has gained only 24 yards on 11 rushes (a 2.2-yard average) in five games with the team.

Slowed by injuries after his career-best 2005 season - in which he scored a then-record 27 rushing touchdowns, 28 touchdowns overall and had an NFL-leading 1,880 yards rushing - Alexander, 31, was out of the league the first six weeks of this season, relaxing with his family at their home in Seattle. First-year Redskins running backs coach Stump Mitchell and Alexander shared a strong bond when they worked together in Seattle, and Coach Jim Zorn, formerly the Seahawks' quarterbacks coach, also had a good relationship with Alexander, so they brought him in to fill a reserve role behind top back Clinton Portis.

Alexander had his most productive game with the Redskins in a 25-17 victory over the Detroit Lions on Oct. 26, gaining 11 yards on six rushes and catching one pass for nine yards. The nine-year veteran has 9,453 yards rushing and 112 total touchdowns in his career.

By Cindy Boren  |  November 25, 2008; 3:20 PM ET
 
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first....my first..... first :)

Posted by: gmckfn | November 25, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

now that i got that out of the way. I like boschetti. He was always a hard worker and did some great things during preseason. Now lets stop the Giants!!!! GO SKINS!!!

Posted by: gmckfn | November 25, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Repost from the beep.

You guys might be forgetting, but there was a stint where Blades came in and did pretty well for Fletch last year. I'm not saying it's and ideal situation, but we should be grooming Blades to step in for him sooner or later.

The obvious downside is that Fincher and Khary Chambhell are going to have to man the weak side. Unless Washington can go... Obviously.

Posted by: LarryBud | November 25, 2008 3:29 P

Posted by: LarryBud | November 25, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Skins are winning this one big. Like real big. Like 35-7 big. Breakout game from a depleted squad. Shock game of the week.

Posted by: psps23 | November 25, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Does anybody know if Neal Olkelwicz is available? I still think its a crime that they gave Rocky his #.

Olky for the ring of fame! Hmmm... maybe he's already there... I forget.

Posted by: LarryBud | November 25, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

psps,

I sure hope there's a large block of wood you could run your head into right now.

You're making bad juju, brotha! Knock that sjk off, fa real!

Posted by: LarryBud | November 25, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

We are running a 3-3-5 or 4-2-5 all game me thinks.

Posted by: alex35332 | November 25, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

I think of Sunday we should mix the line up, play 4 DT's on obvious running downs and 4 DE's on passing downs.

4 DT's
Griffin
Monty
Golston
Alexander

4DE's
Carter
Taylor
Wilson
Evans


This could work. if we play the run first and make them pass then we play to our strength of DE's and our secondary

Posted by: GreatOne1 | November 25, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Skins are winning this one big. Like real big. Like 35-7 big. Breakout game from a depleted squad. Shock game of the week.

Posted by: psps23 | November 25, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Find some wood to knock on, please.

Posted by: PBL4 | November 25, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Us scoring 35 against anyone would be a shock... against the Giants? That's Buster Douglas territory. 1980 USA ice hockey... dare I say Giants-Pats Super Bowl 42? I don't think it's gonna happen but I appreciate the optimism.

Posted by: outsider6 | November 25, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

4-2-5 is colloquially known as the "nickel" and you can't do it all the time agin the gints. They'll knock our slobber off.

Posted by: LarryBud | November 25, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

now that i got that out of the way. I like boschetti. He was always a hard worker and did some great things during preseason. Now lets stop the Giants!!!! GO SKINS!!!

Posted by: gmckfn


Yeah, me too. Lots of admiration for the guy. That said, I dont' think O'Hara and Snee are suddenly quaking in their boots with the thought of having to block a guy who was cut in camp.

If Fletcher is out, it won't make much difference anyway.

Posted by: TheCork | November 25, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

We'll be fired up after The Reaper's induction...I just hope we keep it up beyond the initial wave of emotion. The Giants know this and are going to try and temper us. If we can keep our fire going we will win.

Posted by: P00P | November 25, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Funny how it always goes back to not drafting a decent D lineman in the 2nd round. Maybe they could put Fred Davis on the D line since he was the best available player to draft at the time.

Posted by: ga8085 | November 25, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Cork's been drinking. Cork's been drinking.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | November 25, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

yesterday = earlier this afternoon?

Are they posting while visting Kost52 or Mark from the future?

Posted by: 4thFloor | November 25, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

If Erasmus James is not likely to play this year, can he put on IR, or is there some reason why that cannot be done?

Posted by: Markin21132 | November 25, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

so corky you've thrown in the towel already?

Posted by: BeantownGreg | November 25, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

This might sound crazy, but what about KGB? (Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila?) Packers cut him a while back, maybe he'd look for a chance to jump in.


Posted by: Veretax | November 25, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

They have not been to see me, must be some time warp. Maybe they borrowed Calvin's time machine.

Posted by: Markin21132 | November 25, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

"I respect everyone up here, even if I don't show it. But some of you can be intolerable d0uches at times--Looking dead into in the retinas of TheTruth11.

Posted by: RedDMV"

wow Red, was that supposed to scare me?


I'll agree with you though, some of you can be intolerable d0uches at times.

Posted by: TheTruth11 | November 25, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

If Erasmus James is not likely to play this year, can he put on IR, or is there some reason why that cannot be done?

Posted by: Markin21132

It can't be done because he's not hurt.

Posted by: psps23 | November 25, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Wow it sounds like Jasno would have preferred us to keep SA and cut Erasmus or our draft pick (Jackson). Would it be so that he could then take a shot at Vinny for a wasted 7th round pick for either of them. I mean the SA cut makes the most sense here. How much could he have helped us over what we already have.

Plus, like I said before, I do think he'll be around next year and we'll pick him up again just to see how he responds to a full training camp and conditioning.

Apparently Blache sees something in James that he doesn't want to part with. At least I hope he does. And I like Jackson, I think he has potential.

Posted by: Predator48 | November 25, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

"Skins are winning this one big. Like real big. Like 35-7 big. Breakout game from a depleted squad. Shock game of the week.

Posted by: psps23 "


That'd be awesome!

Posted by: TheTruth11 | November 25, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

I can't be the only one who had a panic moment thinking this was Lorenzo Alexander getting cut...

Posted by: NateinthePDX | November 25, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

No, I had the same panic moment.

Btw, you people are ridiculous. Why it gives you joy to pile on someone who just lost their job, possibly ending their career, 2 days before Thanksgiving is beyond me.

What goes around comes around.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 25, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

cORK, with fletcher in it prolly wont make much of a difference either.

It sucks to say, and i wont be here to defend the slings and arrows, but sit fletch, get him ready for bmore, a much more winnable game.

there i said it, we wont beat the gmen with him, so give him his rest and make sure he is ready for the second week of the playoff when we go to NY... and break their necks!!

Posted by: Zeebs | November 25, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

"Funny how it always goes back to not drafting a decent D lineman in the 2nd round. Maybe they could put Fred Davis on the D line since he was the best available player to draft at the time.

Posted by: ga8085 "

when did it "go back" to that? Must've missed it. Looks more like you're obsessed over it and imagine that, but whatever.

Posted by: TheTruth11 | November 25, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Bring the old crew back...Wilkinson, Bruce Smith, Stubblefield, etc. Now that's a formidable D line!

Posted by: ga8085 | November 25, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Cyn,

Any thing on Malcolm Kelly and an expanded role in the offense this week?

Posted by: Gweez | November 25, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

about time we started scraping off some dead weight. Alexander's career ended when we knocked him out in the first quarter of the playoff game ... in 2005.


Dont tell Dan & Vinny but I just visited my Great Grandfather in the "Home" and he told me Ron McDole is available

Posted by: squammy | November 25, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Maybe we can mover John Jansen to D line and put heyer at o-line?

Posted by: alex35332 | November 25, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

"Btw, you people are ridiculous. Why it gives you joy to pile on someone who just lost their job, possibly ending their career, 2 days before Thanksgiving is beyond me.

What goes around comes around.


Posted by: Barno1 "

for some reason that made me imagine RedDMV getting fired at the local DMV and an announcement coming on stating that met with a roar of cheers as RedDMV sulks his way out of the DMV forever.

Posted by: TheTruth11 | November 25, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

when did it "go back" to that? Must've missed it. Looks more like you're obsessed over it and imagine that, but whatever.

Posted by: TheTruth11 | November 25, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I'm obsessed with the fact that they're still weak at D line and totally ignored it in the draft and that mistake is coming to fruition or has all season. Yeah, I imagined all of that. Just like you seem to be doing, I'll ignore the "Truth".

Posted by: ga8085 | November 25, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Who makes anything two words any way?

Posted by: Gweez | November 25, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Olky for the ring of fame! Hmmm... maybe he's already there... I forget.

He took up the whole lower level of the ring, but that was largely due to the first couple of attempts being misspellings.

I dont' think O'Hara and Snee are suddenly quaking in their boots with the thought of having to block a guy who was cut in camp.
But Boschetti will be fresh! That's gotta count for something?!

Posted by: daggar | November 25, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Nate, Freak: How was the Seattle get together? Sorry I couldn't join you guys this time. Actually, I'm glad I didn't as the skins are 0 for 2 with me in Seattle!

Posted by: puttinforbird | November 25, 2008 2:55 PM


Hey, dude! Good to see you "up here" on the blog even if we couldn't see you "up here" in the Pac NW. It was a great weekend.

Don't worry about the 0-2 thing. I had the same 0-2 record, but that curse is now broken. You're free to return to Qwest. :-)

Posted by: freakzilla | November 25, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

I'll take my chances with Barno's 'goes around comes around'...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/11/25/ann-coulters-jaw-wired-sh_n_146248.html

Posted by: 4-12 | November 25, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Alexander signed a 8 year 62 million dollar contract with the Seahawks back in 2006, I don't think he is going to be on the street.

Posted by: alex35332 | November 25, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Cork's been drinking. Cork's been drinking.

Well, hydration is very important...

Posted by: daggar | November 25, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Cutting Alexander tells me the 'skins expect Portis to play.

NOT going into the game with only two healthy TBs.

Posted by: TheCork | November 25, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

So what is the ideal conditioning for a football player in Novemember? All you ever hear is everyone is "nicked up", but a guy off the street wouldn't be in "game shape". But don't you get "nicked up" trying to get into "game shape". I'm confused.

Posted by: PatM1 | November 25, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

stop talking about not drafting a d lineman in the 2nd round. everybody clowned the texans for drafting marion williams and made fun of him in his rookie season for not making an impact but look at his second year 13 sacks. my point is even if we did draft a d lineman in the 2nd round would it really have made a difference. how many rookie d-lineman are tearing up the league right now?

So give it a break

Posted by: GreatOne1 | November 25, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

"Yeah, I'm obsessed with the fact that they're still weak at D line and totally ignored it in the draft and that mistake is coming to fruition or has all season. Yeah, I imagined all of that. Just like you seem to be doing, I'll ignore the "Truth".

Posted by: ga8085"

No, you're just crying about something that's been beat to death. Why is the 2nd round the ONLY way we could've/should've solved our pass rushing problems? What about signing a guy who hadn't missed a game in years and who was what, 2 years removed from DPOY? That was a good move. Did it work out? Apparently not, but it was still a good move.

And what if we had drafted a couple pass rushers and they didn't work out? With how bad our offense is, we'd be talking about how we should've gotten some productive offensive players.

Posted by: TheTruth11 | November 25, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

yesterday = earlier this afternoon?

Are they posting while visting Kost52 or Mark from the future?

Posted by: 4thFloor | November 25, 2008 3:50 PM


Methinks this was a preview of the story that will run in tomorrow's Post.

Previews. Just one of the perks of being a Redskins Insider!

Posted by: freakzilla | November 25, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Btw, you people are ridiculous. Why it gives you joy to pile on someone who just lost their job, possibly ending their career, 2 days before Thanksgiving is beyond me.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 25, 2008 3:56 PM |

You're warped. This man has made multi-millions and we're supposed to feel sorry him? Save your sympathy for someone who deserves it.

I think we have the same sense of relief that many will feel when George Bush loses his job. Sean Alexander couldn't do the job, now it's time to let someone more competent, more deserving have a chance at it.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | November 25, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

menat to say mario williams

Posted by: GreatOne1 | November 25, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Cutting Alexander tells me the 'skins expect Portis to play.

NOT going into the game with only two healthy TBs.

Posted by: TheCork | November 25, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

There's also Rock. And Sellers seems to be earning Zorn's confidence, too.

Posted by: PBL4 | November 25, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

now it's time to let someone more competent, more deserving have a chance at it.

that mans name just so happens to be, Marcus Mason....

Posted by: BeantownGreg | November 25, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

So give it a break

Posted by: GreatOne1 | November 25, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

It's not about tearing up the league. It's about having quality depth at D line instead of picking up guys like Boschetti, Erasmus James, etc. You know what your getting with those guys,obviously not much. With those draft picks, atleast you get the prospect of more potential and game experience which coincides going into next season. So I won't stop talking about it until smarter moves are made, "Great One", or "The Truth", whichever you prefer.

Posted by: ga8085 | November 25, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

"now it's time to let someone more competent, more deserving have a chance at it.

that mans name just so happens to be, Marcus Mason....

Posted by: BeantownGreg "

Leigh Torrence, actually.

Posted by: TheTruth11 | November 25, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Mason and Torrence? Who mentioned Boldin? That makes sense. Then there are all of those talented Oakland Raider former 1st and 2nd rounders who want out. Send Greg not Vinnie to talk to them.

Posted by: periculum | November 25, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

I'm definitely encouraged by the increased use of Sellers this past Sunday. I'd like to get him the ball in the seam this week like that play against Detroit last year where he trucked Kenoy Kennedy. Big Mike with a head of steam is a beautiful thing to see.

Posted by: freakzilla | November 25, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

"Cutting Alexander tells me the 'skins expect Portis to play."

Tells me he doesn't block, he doesn't play on the specials, he wasn't productive in the offense. Rock does all of that.

Posted by: periculum | November 25, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

There were 8 DT/DEs drafted last April before the skins first pick.
Do you want the #9 DL, or the #1 WR (Avery was the only other WR off the board at the time)?
Exact same thing for OL, too -- eight selected before we got our choice.
Now, Vinny could've kept our original pick, but trading for the two 2nds was a pretty good value. And he could've reached for the position of need. But you can see the logic.

Posted by: daggar | November 25, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

smarter moves are made, "Great One", or "The Truth", whichever you prefer.

Posted by: ga8085 | November 25, 2008 4:16 PM


There are a lot of things that you can call me in life but " the truth" will not be one of them. being called the truth is worse than being called a racial slur. So I prefer you refrain from calling me either

Thank you,

Great One (never to be confused with the "truth")

Posted by: GreatOne1 | November 25, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Btw, you people are ridiculous. Why it gives you joy to pile on someone who just lost their job, possibly ending their career, 2 days before Thanksgiving is beyond me.

What goes around comes around.


Posted by: Barno1 | November 25, 2008 3:56 PM

SA37 was already a multi-millionaire and has set up his family for generations.

So, I am not mad his carrer ended after he earned 10s of millions of dollars.....

Posted by: 4thFloor | November 25, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

There were still several DE/DT that were rated high. Campbell, Groves, Trevor Laws, Jones, etc. I can see the logic of getting the WR's but I can't see the logic of getting a pass catching TE when they already have one of the best in the league. You can only put so many WR's on the field.

Posted by: ga8085 | November 25, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Beep beep

Posted by: PBL4 | November 25, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Alexander signed a 8 year 62 million dollar contract with the Seahawks back in 2006, I don't think he is going to be on the street.

Posted by: alex35332 | November 25, 2008 4:06 PM |

You're warped. This man has made multi-millions and we're supposed to feel sorry him? Save your sympathy for someone who deserves it.

I think we have the same sense of relief that many will feel when George Bush loses his job. Sean Alexander couldn't do the job, now it's time to let someone more competent, more deserving have a chance at it.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | November 25, 2008 4:12 PM

Oh, I see now where you guys are coming from. Money is the only thing in life that matters. Eddie Jordan had a multi-million dollar contract with the Wizards, so no one should feel sorry for him that he was unjustly fired this week. Shaun Alexander's career has probably now ended, and in humiliating fashion, but it's perfecting fine to pile on him today because he's got money in the bank.

Seriously, some of you are truly warped human beings.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 25, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

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