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Redskins Insider: June 7, 2009 - June 13, 2009

Redskins Sign WR Mitchell

The Washington Redskins announced today that they have signed seventh-round draft pick Marko Mitchell. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Mitchell is the fourth of the Redskins' picks to be signed in the past two days, along with LBs Cody Glenn and Robert Henson and FB Eddie Williams. The...

By Paul Tenorio  |  June 12, 2009; 7:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (191)
 
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Redskins Sign Henson, Cut Cain, Smith

In addition to the release of veteran wide receiver James Thrash, the Redskins announced today they signed sixth-round draft pick Robert Henson. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Henson is the third draft pick to sign with Washington in the past two days. Cody Glenn and Eddie Williams signed...

By Paul Tenorio  |  June 12, 2009; 4:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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Thrash Released by Skins (Updated)

The Redskins have released wide receiver James Thrash, who failed a physical. "I talked with James and we agreed that this was the best way to proceed," Redskins Coach Jim Zorn said in a statement released by the team. "James can focus on getting healthy and we can move forward....

By Cindy Boren  |  June 12, 2009; 12:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (171)
 
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Skins Sign Glenn and Eddie Williams

The Redskins announced that they have signed two of their picks in April's draft: linebacker Cody Glenn and fullback Eddie Williams. Glenn was a fifth-round pick (No. 158 overall) out of Nebraska. Williams, the 221st overall pick in the seventh round, played at Idaho. Contract details were not availalble....

By Cindy Boren  |  June 11, 2009; 6:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (85)
 
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Zorn Praises Offense's Development

Jim Zorn, for all of his curiosity and innovation, has never been one to proceed carelessly. In his first months as the Redskins' coach last spring, he gingerly installed his offense, holding back the more expansive elements until he felt his players understood what they were doing. This spring, with...

By Les Carpenter  |  June 11, 2009; 5:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
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Count Zorn Out of that Rainier Expedition

Jim Zorn, an avid outdoorsman, said he will not be joining NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and Seahawks coach Jim Mora on their hike up Washington state's Mt. Rainier next month. The climb is something Mora has been wanting to do for some time, even before he replaced Mike Holmgren as...

By Les Carpenter  |  June 11, 2009; 3:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
 
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'Personal Issues' Kept Landry Away

LaRon Landry's absence from organized team activities had drawn speculation that the third-year safety was unhappy in Washington and might be posturing for a trade, but Landry, who participated in the final OTA today at Redskins Park, said that he had been taking care of "personal issues." "I was doing...

By Paul Tenorio  |  June 11, 2009; 3:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
 
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Quad Pull Keeps Mike Williams Out

The Redskins kept tackle Mike Williams out of practice today after he was diagnosed with a pulled quadriceps muscle earlier in the week. "There was no reason to put him out there," Coach Jim Zorn said. "When we get to camp, he will be better and he will be in...

By Les Carpenter  |  June 11, 2009; 3:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Barnes Is Catching on to Pro Game

Rookie cornerback Kevin Barnes led defensive backs with four interceptions on the final day of OTAs, winning the defense's daily competition for the first time since he was drafted in April. Though Barnes had a rough start in the OTAs, the former Maryland star finished strong. He said it took...

By Ishita Singh  |  June 11, 2009; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Landry Takes Field for Final OTA

As has been reported and tweeted this morning (and documented photographically by Matt Terl), safety LaRon Landry is indeed on the field at Redskins Park for the final organized team activity of the offseason. Last Thursday, Coach Jim Zorn said he had been unable to reach the third-year player by...

By Paul Tenorio  |  June 11, 2009; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (80)
 
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Waiting for WR Picture to Come Into Focus

As organized team activities come to a close, one position still surrounded by question marks and yet undoubtedly crucial to the success of Jim Zorn's offense in its second year is wide receiver. The Redskins hope someone can step into the No. 2 receiver spot and provide quality production to...

By Paul Tenorio  |  June 10, 2009; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (143)
 
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Brennan Seeks Balance with His Style of Play

Colt Brennan won over Redskins fans with his play last year in the preseason, and though he remains a project and the third quarterback on Washington's depth chart, the former Hawaii star has set his sights on another big preseason. Brennan was taken in the sixth round of the NFL...

By Paul Tenorio  |  June 10, 2009; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
 
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PBA Eagerly Awaits Smoot

Somehow, you knew this is where it was going to go when Fred Smoot said he wanted to try pro bowling. The deputy commish of the PBA sent official liaison/bogger Dan Steinberg a statement saying it would welcome -- welcome as in "it's so on" -- Smoot's appearance at an...

By Cindy Boren  |  June 10, 2009; 10:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (123)
 
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Taylor Trial Now Set for Jan. 18

The men accused of killing Sean Taylor were back in a Miami courtroom today, appearing with their lawyers before Circuit Court Judge Dennis J. Murphy for a hearing that lasted fewer than 15 minutes. The only major order of business was pushing back the trial date for the third time....

By Amy Shipley  |  June 9, 2009; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (125)
 
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Skins Call Off Today's OTA

The Redskins have canceled today's organized team activity. Instead, the team says there'll be "a private activity away from Redskins Park." There'll be no media access today, so we won't know whether they decided to see "Up" or "The Hangover." Meanhaps, you're going to want to follow up on this...

By Cindy Boren  |  June 9, 2009; 9:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (132)
 
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Buzbee Ready to Take Another Shot at a Spot

Alex Buzbee's season ended last year on the first day of Redskins training camp when he ruptured his Achilles' tendon and was subsequently placed on injured reserve. Now, the former Georgetown defensive end is on the field trying again to earn a spot on a roster that features several new...

By Paul Tenorio  |  June 8, 2009; 2:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (94)
 
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Haynesworth's Case Continued to July 21

Washington Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth's hearing today in Williamson County (Tenn.) Circuit Court on two misdemeanor traffic charges was continued to July 21. An agreed order was entered prior to the date and signed on June 4, according to Roberta Faulkner, deputy clerk of the Williamson County Circuit Court....

By Paul Tenorio  |  June 8, 2009; 2:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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Landry Still Absent (Updated)

The first of this week's organized team activities is underway with LaRon Landry still absent. There's also no sign of Anthony Montgomery, Cody Glenn or James Thrash at the moment. Albert Haynesworth is not present, but that most likely is in connection with a court date in Tennessee in connection...

By Paul Tenorio  |  June 8, 2009; 12:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
 
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Timeout for Cooley ... Nancy Cooley

By now, you know Chris Cooley's mom and among the things you know about her is that she's a pretty good interview. It turns out she's pretty eloquent when it comes to her own story as well. On Saturday, Mike Wise detailed her battle with breast cancer, a double mastectomy,...

By Cindy Boren  |  June 7, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (100)
 
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