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Redskins Insider: May 3, 2009 - May 9, 2009

Griffin Likes Line's Depth, Experience

Veteran defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin has been a key member of the Washington Redskins' defensive line for five of his nine NFL seasons, and he believes the current edition could be the best in his tenure with the team. Washington lured two-time All-Pro tackle Albert Haynesworth from the Tennessee Titans,...

By Jason Reid  |  May 9, 2009; 9:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (144)
 
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McIntosh, Thomas Updates

It's Friday, which means Mark Maske is trolling for news. Drew Rosenhaus's Twitter feed revealed that he still expects Anquan Boldin to be traded and a couple of Redskins tidbits: Rosenhaus's tweets: We've had success in dealing with the Redskins and I'm hopeful we can negotiate an extension for OLB...

By Cindy Boren  |  May 8, 2009; 4:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (107)
 
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Zorn Rocks His Socks, Explains That Smooch

Redskins Coach Jim Zorn and his former boss in Seattle, Mike Holmgren, chatted for a few minutes before a banquet hosted by Zorn and his wife, Joy, last night in the owner's lounge at FedEx Field. Then, a few minutes later, when called up to speak to the crowd of...

By Cindy Boren  |  May 8, 2009; 11:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (159)
 
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Holmgren on Campbell: 'Have Some Patience'

As he sat in the owner's lounge at FedEx Field last night, former Seattle Seahawks Coach Mike Holmgren looked across the room at Jim Zorn and said he hoped the Redskins will give their coach the time to develop quarterback Jason Campbell. "Here you have a young quarterback and a...

By Les Carpenter  |  May 8, 2009; 8:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (112)
 
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Haynesworth Impresses

Pro Bowl defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth made a good impression on his new teammates during minicamp and the first session of organized training activities, which ended today.

By Jason Reid  |  May 7, 2009; 4:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (205)
Tags: Albert Haynesworth, Jason Campbell, Tennessee Titans, Washington Redskins  
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Zorn: 'We're Further Ahead' This Year

After the Redskins' last organized team activity of the month, Coach Jim Zorn praised the work of starting quarterback Jason Campbell and expressed satisfaction with the progress shown this week. "We kind of slowed things down and then we worked on technique, coming in and out of breaks, how to...

By Paul Tenorio  |  May 7, 2009; 1:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (104)
 
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Horton Works to Build on His Rookie Success

Safety Chris Horton was the standout of the Redskins' 10-member 2008 draft class. While most in the group were ineffective as rookies, Horton, the team's final selection of that draft, quickly emerged as an effective member of the secondary Now, no longer a rookie, Horton has worked hard to improve...

By Jason Reid  |  May 7, 2009; 6:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (236)
 
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Bridges Looks for Fresh Start With Skins

Hoping to revive his career by joining the Washington Redskins, veteran offensive lineman Jeremy Bridges, arrested twice while with the Carolina Panthers, plans to prove "I'm not this animal that people think I am," he said today at Redskins Park. Bridges, who signed Sunday with Washington, addressed his previous legal...

By Jason Reid  |  May 6, 2009; 3:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (190)
 
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Skins Add Defensive Lineman, Linebacker

The Redskins announced that they've signed defensive lineman J.D. Skolnitsky and linebacker Darrel Young, both of whom participated in the recent minicamp as tryouts. Skolnitsky (6-foot-5, 263 pounds) left school after three seasons at James Madison University. As a junior, he had 61 tackles, 4.5 sacks, one forced fumble and...

By idJason Re  |  May 6, 2009; 1:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
 
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Skins Sign Bridges

The Redskins have signed former Carolina Panthers offensive lineman Jeremy Bridges, as was expected as minicamp drew to a close. Bridges has started in the past; his footwork was particularly impressive in minicamp last weekend and the team hopes he could make a push at the unsettled starting right tackle...

By Cindy Boren  |  May 5, 2009; 7:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (286)
 
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Shelton Hopes to Find a Special Teams Spot

Trent Shelton had entered discussions with the Seattle Seahawks about returning to the team and did not know the Redskins were interested until his agent called to discuss the Redskins, Shelton, who has family from the area and was familiar with the offense from Coach Jim Zorn's connections with the...

By Zach Berman  |  May 5, 2009; 3:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
 
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His Head 'Spinning,' Roydell Williams Starts Anew

Although Roydell Williams spent last weekend at the Minnesota Vikings' minicamp, his agent told him to accept an offer that came from the Redskins. Williams, 28, tied for a team-high 55 catches with the Tennessee Titans in 2007 before an ankle injury in the playoffs stunted his career. He was...

By Zach Berman  |  May 5, 2009; 2:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
 
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Rogers Hopes to Practice Tomorrow

The Redskins' organized team activity today was closed so not much can be deduced from the session that lasted more than 90 minutes at Redskins Park. Cornerback Carlos Rogers remained sidelined, although he indicated after practice that he expects to return to the field tomorrow. Receivers Roydell Williams and Trent...

By Zach Berman  |  May 5, 2009; 2:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Haynesworth Sued in Connection with Accident

A Nashville man has filed a lawsuit against Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth stemming from injuries he suffered in an auto accident involving Haynesworth in December. According to the Nashville Tennessean, Corey Edmondson filed suit in Williamson County (Tenn.) Circuit Court on Friday, asking for $7.5 million in compensatory damages...

By Cindy Boren  |  May 5, 2009; 1:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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Zorn's Sox, M. Williams's Weight, The Longshot

Despite organized team activities, the offseason -- when you guys traditionally do the heavy lifting -- is upon us. So, while your man Zach Berman monitors the OTAs at Redskins Park, let's catch up on some randoms. There were some playoff pux in la ciudad last night and it brought...

By Cindy Boren  |  May 5, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (120)
 
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Skins Sign Roydell Williams, Shelton

The Redskins have signed wide receivers Roydell Williams and Trent Shelton and released offensive lineman Isaiah Ross, wide receiver John Halman, linebacker Ronnie Palmer, tight end Devin Frischknecht and defensive tackle Brigham Harwell.. Williams, a fourth-round pick by Tennessee in 2005, broke his ankle before a Titans' playoff game in...

By Zach Berman and Jason La Canfora  |  May 4, 2009; 3:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (172)
 
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Roll Call from OTA (Updated)

Missing from the OTA, which was voluntary and just ended, were Clinton Portis, LaRon Landry, Mike Sellers, London Fletcher, James Thrash and Santana Moss. Thrash has a neck injury and Moss has shin splints. Carlos Rogers took it easy today because of swelling in his knee. Zorn on the missing...

By Zach Berman  |  May 4, 2009; 12:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (96)
 
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OTAs Begin the Way Minicamp Ended

Despite another cold, rainy day, the Redskins are conducting their organized team activity. Among the players who are present but not participating are, no surprise, Malcolm Kelly (recovering from microfracture surgery) and Devin Thomas (who tweaked his hamstring in minicamp Friday). Also, Carlos Rogers is not participating and we'll find...

By Zach Berman  |  May 4, 2009; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
 
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Skins Agree To Terms With WR Trent Shelton

The Redskins have agreed to terms on a three-year deal with free agent receiver Trent Shelton, according to a league source, and he will sign with the team today pending a physical. Shelton, who played college football at Baylor, will be at Redskins Park in time to participate in...

By Jason La Canfora  |  May 3, 2009; 9:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (150)
 
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Hackett Signing Not Imminent

The Redskins offered wide receiver D.J. Hackett a contract after his tryout this weekend at minicamp, and wanted him to join the team tomorrow for the first of this week's four organized team activity sessions. Hackett was interested in signing, but a personal matter will preclude him from being here...

By Jason La Canfora  |  May 3, 2009; 6:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
 
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Wynn Looks Lean and Mean, Thanks to Strahan

Veteran defensive end Renaldo Wynn looked better ever at this minicamp. He has trimmed down considerably from his first stint here and looks cut and taut. He wasn't overweight before, but over the past year he has changed his approach to training. Wynn, 34, was released by the Redskins before...

By Jason La Canfora  |  May 3, 2009; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
 
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Credit Dockery with Mike Williams's Return

Tackle Mike Williams, who is trying to cut down from 410 pounds to about 370 to get on the field with the Redskins, continued his workout regimen during mini-camp but did not take part in real drills. Williams is still surprised be back in the NFL, after not playing since...

By Jason La Canfora  |  May 3, 2009; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
 
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Skins Offer Deals to Washington, Hackett (Updated)

The Redskins have offered contracts to veteran free agent wide receivers Kelley Washington and D.J. Hackett, who participated in minicamp this weekend, a league source said. Washington is expected to decide on the Redskins' offer after visiting the Baltimore Ravens this week. Hackett was expected to take a physical this...

By Jason Reid and Jason La Canfora  |  May 3, 2009; 12:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
 
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Minicamp Ends with Talk of Cowboys, Orakpo

Drenched players just came off the field at Redskins Park after a slightly abbreviated practice on the final day of minicamp. Coach Jim Zorn cut two periods of work to keep things streamlined, but said that despite the soggy conditions, "We actually got some work done." Zorn said that members...

By Jason La Canfora  |  May 3, 2009; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Skins Agree to Terms with Bridges (Updated)

The Redskins have agreed to terms on a deal with veteran offensive lineman Jeremy Bridges, Coach Jim Zorn said, and will sign him tonight, pending the results of a physical. Zorn also said that the team could sign either Kelly Washington or D.J. Hackett, veteran wide receivers who were brought...

By Jason La Canfora  |  May 3, 2009; 10:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Zorn Still Not Wild About the Wildcat

As he promised last fall, Coach Jim Zorn has taken a look at the increasingly popular Wildcat formation and considered whether to use some of its single-wing principles in his offense. It turns out he's still not a big Wildcat guy. After careful examination Zorn said he will not be...

By Jason La Canfora  |  May 3, 2009; 9:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Rain, Rain Go Away

It's coming down like crazy here. As best we know the final practice of mini-camp is still on. No one has come into the media room to tell the shlubs otherwise. So I guess we'll see. I would imagine a lot of the injured guys won't even be out on...

By Jason La Canfora  |  May 3, 2009; 9:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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