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Redskins Insider: August 2, 2009 - August 8, 2009

Kelly Will Get His Chance on Thursday

After warm-ups, Coach Jim Zorn decided to hold out Malcolm Kelly from the instrasquad scrimmage. With the Redskins scheduled to play the Ravens on Thursday, Zorn exercised caution with Kelly, who underwent microfracture knee surgery in the offseason and is competing with Devin Thomas to be the starting Z receiver,...

By Jason Reid  |  August 8, 2009; 7:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (83)
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Redskins Announce a Record Crowd

I hate to go negative on the annual fan day, but there's one aspect of the day that seems curious -- that's the Redskins' announced attendance. As I'm sure you recall, an announced record number of fans descended upon Redskins Park for last season's scrimmage, jamming roads for miles in...

By Jason Reid  |  August 8, 2009; 6:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Bridges' Injury Keeps Focus on O Line

It seems all I do is write about the offensive line, so I was determined to focus on something other than that unit in today's intrasquad scrimmage at Redskins Park. Then starting right tackle Jeremy Bridges sprained his right ankle and, well, news trumps all. On a play on which...

By Jason Reid  |  August 8, 2009; 5:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Bridges Says Ankle Is Sprained (Updated)

Offensive lineman Jeremy Bridges told Rick maese he suffered a minor sprain of his ankle in today's intrasquad scrimmage. He says he isn't worried about it and, although the left ankle is wrapped, he said it was merely a precaution. Offensive line coach Joe Bugel wasn't happy seeing Bridges go...

By Cindy Boren  |  August 8, 2009; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
 
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Quick Scrimmage Recap (Updated)

Okay, I am going to take a mallet to the head of the guy who invented twitter. Here's a live commentary on the scrimmage, culled from tweets by J Reid, Rick Maese, Dan Steinberg and others: Malcolm Kelly, as you would expect, is in helmet and pads; Santana Moss and...

By Cindy Boren  |  August 8, 2009; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Updates by Blog and by Tweet, by Jove

You may have heard of the epic #fail of social media the last couple of days...just in time to put a damper on Fan Appreciation Day tweets. Undeterred, J Reid (@JReidPost), Rick Maese (@Rick Maese) and Dan Steinberg (@dcsportsbog) will give it another try at the intrasquad scrimmage today at...

By Cindy Boren  |  August 8, 2009; 12:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Will Kelly Outflank Thomas for Playing Time?

Devin Thomas is not expected to play in today's intrasquad scrimmage because of lingering hamstring soreness. Malcolm Kelly, however, is on the list to participate, which could be good for him. Although Thomas had an early lead on Kelly to become the starting Z receiver, or flanker, opposite Santana Moss...

By Jason Reid  |  August 8, 2009; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Mike Williams Will Skip Scrimmage

Tackle Mike Williams is among the group of players who will sit out today's scrimmage at Redskins Park. The five-year veteran has been slowed by an abdominal strain in camp as he continues his comeback attempt, and Coach Jim Zorn decided not to test him today. Williams, who has not...

By Jason Reid  |  August 8, 2009; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Haynesworth, Portis, Moss to Miss Scrimmage

Pro Bowl defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, running back Clinton Portis and wide receiver Santana Moss are among many veterans not expected to participate in Saturday's intrasquad scrimmage at Redskins Park. The Redskins plan to hold out at least nine players in an effort to avoid injury during the scrimmage...

By Jason Reid  |  August 7, 2009; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
 
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'Brady Rule' Will Prohibit Lunging at QBs' Knees

In my earlier entry about rule changes, I did not mention the "Brady Rule" because I wanted to add a few quotes to what I wrote. But I'm still waiting on calls, so I'll explain it briefly and possibly update the entry later. Starting this season, defensive players on the...

By Jason Reid  |  August 7, 2009; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
 
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Haynesworth, Portis, Moss to Sit Out Scrimmage

I thought I had Tweeted this from the field, but something must be wrong with my Twitter: Pro Bowl defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, running back Clinton Portis and wide receiver Santana Moss are among the veterans not expected to participate in Saturday's intrasquad scrimmage at Redskins Park, Coach Jim Zorn...

By Jason Reid  |  August 7, 2009; 3:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
 
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NFL Tweaks Rules for 2009

Just finished meeting with league game officials, who gave their annual media presentation on rule changes for the upcoming season. The 20-minute session began with a video explaining the revised rules and points of emphasis for officials, and included a brief question-and-answer exchange in the complex's auditorium. Beginning this season,...

By Jason Reid  |  August 7, 2009; 2:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
 
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Catching Up With Pete Kendall; Could He Be Back?

After watching several offensive linemen struggle early in camp, I figured it was time to track down veteran guard Pete Kendall. Kendall, the Redskins' starting left guard the past two seasons, was not re-signed and the team brought back Derrick Dockery to fill Kendall's former spot alongside Pro Bowl left...

By Jason Reid  |  August 7, 2009; 11:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (141)
 
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The Rules, They Are a-Changin'

The scribes, TV folks and bloggers who cover the Skins will gather this afternoon at Redskins Park for a meeting with NFL officials about rule changes for the upcoming season. The annual rap session is highly informative and a must-attend function for those of us who are supposed to update...

By Jason Reid  |  August 7, 2009; 8:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (94)
 
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Moss, Thomas Hamstrung at Practice

At least one other wide receiver is not feeling quite as good. After missing two days of practice, Devin Thomas was back in pads Thursday morning -- but not Thursday afternoon.

By Rick Maese  |  August 6, 2009; 5:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (183)
 
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D. Thomas, Kelly Learning How to Handle Injury

Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelly returned to the field today after taking a couple of days to rest their hamstrings. Then Thomas tweaked his hamstring during 11-on-11 drills and missed about the last 20 minutes of practice. With his hamstring wrapped again, Thomas walked back slowly to the field and...

By Jason Reid  |  August 6, 2009; 1:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (117)
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Job of 'Home Run Hitter' Still Open

Clinton Portis rushed for almost 1,500 yards last season despite having no gains of more than 31 yards. And the Skins' top back has had no rushes of at least 40 yards in the last three seasons. No. 2 back Ladell Betts, expected to play a bigger role this season,...

By Jason Reid  |  August 6, 2009; 12:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
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Devin Thomas Limps Off (Updated)

It appears to be rally-cap day for Jim Zorn. (John McDonnell - The Washington Post) Devin Thomas came up limping after catching a pass from Colt Brennan. Thomas went to the trainers' tent and emerged limping noticeably with his right leg wrapped. Doesn't look good. Can't tell if it's...

By Rick Maese  |  August 6, 2009; 10:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (156)
 
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Morning Practice (Updated)

The morning practice is underway and, wouldn't you know it, Twitter is broken. So, while the people at Twitter, Inc. fix it, I'll take email updates from the guys and post 'em right here. Rick Maese, for instance, is trying desperately to convey the info that, although Stephon Heyer is...

By Cindy Boren  |  August 6, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
 
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Rinehart Gets Chance to Step Up

With starting right guard Randy Thomas slowed because of a sore knee, expect to see a lot of second-year guard Chad Rinehart during Saturday's intra-squad scrimmage at Redskins Park. The Skins won't take any unnecessary chances with Thomas, who is coming off offseason surgery again (he had vertebrae work done...

By Jason Reid  |  August 6, 2009; 5:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Of Thomases, Devin Closer to Return

Included among the large group of Redskins who were nursing aches and pains and didn't participate in the full practice Wednesday afternoon were guard Randy Thomas and wide receiver Devin Thomas. Of the two, the receiver seems a lot closer to returning to the field. Randy Thomas has not been...

By Rick Maese  |  August 5, 2009; 5:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (79)
 
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Afternoon Practice Updates

We'll be tweeting from the 3 p.m. practice at Redskins Park, so keep refreshing the page.   MultiTweetUsers = "redskinsinsider, rickmaese, jreidpost, paultenorio"; MultiTweetMask = ""; TweetsPerUser = 2; getUserTweet(MultiTweetUsers, TweetsPerUser);...

By Cindy Boren  |  August 5, 2009; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (89)
 
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Hackett Arrives; Bugel Discusses O Line

It was a busy morning at Redskins Park with the return of wide receiver D.J. Hackett and Joe Bugel's group rap session about the offensive line. Hackett is a familiar face around the complex. The Skins offered him a veteran-minimum contract before the 2008 season, which he rejected, and then...

By Jason Reid  |  August 5, 2009; 1:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (98)
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Marquardt, Any Way You Spell It, Happy to Be Here

The Redskins had two new players at training camp Wednesday morning, and while most observers were familiar with fifth-year receiver D.J. Hackett, the new defensive lineman was a mystery. That's because big No. 78 had a misspelled name - "Marquant" -- stretched across his shoulders. But Michael Marquardt, a 2008...

By Rick Maese  |  August 5, 2009; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
 
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Teammates Preach O-Line Patience

And now, some sage perspective from veteran defensive end Phillip Daniels, who doesn't understand all the fuss about the offensive line's struggles early in camp. "Everybody just needs to relax a little," said Daniels, beginning his 14th season in the NFL. "When you have a D line like ours, that's...

By Jason Reid  |  August 5, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (77)
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Tune in the Tweets From Redskins Park

Too embarrassed/stubborn/verbose to use Twitter? We've got a solution for you. You can follow the blog and our writers right here. All you have to do is refresh, as often as you'd like, to see the very latest on your team in 140-character bites. Onsite are Jason Reid (@JReidPost), Rick...

By Cindy Boren  |  August 5, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (102)
 
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Quick Take on Mike Williams

I know he's the feel-good story of training camp, but it has been painful to watch tackle Mike Williams in pass protection since camp opened, and I really don't expect him to improve much today or anytime soon. His long layoff from football (he last played in a regular season...

By Jason Reid  |  August 5, 2009; 8:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Wednesday Roundup and Reading List

The offensive line continues to be the topic du jour and Rick Maese writes about the unit's slow progress and injuries. Among others, Derrick Dockery and Phillip Daniels are taking the long view: "It's a work in progress," Dockery told Maese. "You just don't come together overnight." As for whether...

By Cindy Boren  |  August 5, 2009; 5:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
 
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No Inquiries About Levi Jones

I just received an e-mail from a league source who wrote the Skins have not been among the teams inquiring about unsigned tackle Levi Jones.

By Jason Reid  |  August 4, 2009; 7:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (76)
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Heyer Day-to-Day

Stephone Heyer is listed as day-to-day, which is another concern for the coaching staff.

By Jason Reid  |  August 4, 2009; 6:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Manupuna Released

The Redskins have released defensive tackle Vaka Manupuna, who also had stints with the team in 2006-07. He signed with them April 30....

By Paul Tenorio  |  August 4, 2009; 3:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
 
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Orakpo Avoids the 'Sucker Route'

Rookie defensive end/linebacker Brian Orakpo knows a "sucker route" when he sees one. At least that's what he tells linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti. "Just not biting on everything, that's the toughest part," Orakpo said about playing in coverage. "You see stuff in front of you going on, but what K.O....

By Jason Reid  |  August 4, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (186)
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R. Thomas Rests as O Line Gets Banged Up

The Redskins rested several players on Tuesday morning with more bumps and bruises flaring up now as the two-a-day training camp grind starts to take its toll. Offensive guard Randy Thomas was rested with a sore knee. Thomas, who had arthroscopic surgery on the same knee this offseason, "felt like...

By Paul Tenorio  |  August 4, 2009; 11:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
 
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Heyer Gingerly Leaves the Field (Updated)

Right tackle Stephon Heyer still was walking gingerly as the team came off the field after the morning practice session at Redskins Park. Heyer, who apparently suffered a leg injury during 11-on-11 drills, declined to discuss what occurred, but Barry Svrluga, who was with the group interviewing Jim Zorn, reports...

By Jason Reid  |  August 4, 2009; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
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Cast Your Vote on the OL Struggles

Ishita Singh, one of our stellar summer interns, has been helping with camp coverage and talked recently to rookie offensive lineman Edwin Williams. Rookie Edwin Williams wants to be like Casey Rabach. The University of Maryland graduate -- Williams was a three-year starter at center for the Terps -- admires...

By Cindy Boren  |  August 4, 2009; 8:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (106)
 
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Will Today Be Better for Offensive Line?

After only practicing in the afternoon on Monday, the Redskins are back at it with two sessions today at Redskins Park. Fans will be permitted to attend the morning practice again, too. Could this be the day the offensive line finally puts it together and at least plays to a...

By Jason Reid  |  August 4, 2009; 6:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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Haynesworth on Injury: 'It's Not Serious'

Both Redskins Coach Jim Zorn and newly acquired defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth tried to downplay the importance of an injection the player received in his left knee Monday.

By Barry Svrluga  |  August 3, 2009; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
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Haynesworth Not Worried About His Knee

I'm sitting in the Green Room at Comcast SportsNet, waiting to join my guy, Ivan Carter, on the set of Washington Post Live in about 10 minutes. Usually, I prefer to just chill before the show and collect my thoughts to try to appear really insightful (it usually doesn't work),...

By Jason Reid  |  August 3, 2009; 4:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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Twitter's No Trouble in Ashburn

The Green Bay Packers may have put the kibosh on player twittering by fining them $1,701 for every tweet they send during an official function, but the Redskins have no plans to do so. "I'm just trying to catch up with 'blog.' I haven't quite got to Twitter yet," Coach...

By Cindy Boren  |  August 3, 2009; 3:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
 
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Zorn Works on Roles for Portis, Betts

Though the Redskins are loath to express public concern about the workload of featured running back Clinton Portis, there is much discussion internally about how to best spell Portis -- both during games and during the season -- so that he can be productive without wearing down. To that end,...

By Barry Svrluga  |  August 3, 2009; 2:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
 
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Devin Thomas Seems to Be Close to Z Role

I promised myself I would not write about Devin Thomas today because we've written a ton about him already and we aren't even a week into training camp. But while speaking to people I trust in the organization last night, three separate sources praised Thomas for his improved approach. They...

By Jason Reid  |  August 3, 2009; 1:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (116)
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Chat Until Skins Hit Practice Field

Mike Wilbon is off the schedule today, but there will be chats. At noon, Samu Qureshi and Valerie Grissom -- collectors of things Redskins -- will take your questions on their story in Sunday's Post magazine. Then I'll be taking your questions at 1 on the Redskins, the NFL and/or...

By Cindy Boren  |  August 3, 2009; 11:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
 
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Defense Strives to Be Different, but Still Dominant

Late in the Skins' second-half collapse last season, defensive coordinator Greg Blache seemed defensive about his group's performance. In his weekly interview session with reporters, Blache often reminded us, "We do have the No. 4-ranked defense." It was Blache's not-so-subtle way of letting the scribes and electronic folks know that...

By Jason Reid  |  August 3, 2009; 9:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (99)
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Skins Get a Bit of Time Off

There will be several changes in the camp schedule today at Redskins Park. The Redskins are off in the morning, fans are not permitted at the complex and media availability will occur after the afternoon practice. The morning practice Tuesday will be open to the public at 8:30 a.m. at...

By Jason Reid  |  August 3, 2009; 5:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
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So Much Will Be on the Line...Again

The coaching staff is confident the offensive line's play will improve through reps. The unit has enough talent to improve on its shaky performance in pass protection last season, coaches and players say, it just needs time to come together. After watching the unit in camp to this point, I...

By Jason Reid  |  August 2, 2009; 7:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
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Landry's Always on the Clock

"It's my time all the time," says safety LaRon Landry. While that might not help explain Landry's 2009 expectations, at the very least, if anyone isn't sure what time it is, Landry is a good one to ask. On the field Landry wears a digital watch on his right wrist....

By Rick Maese  |  August 2, 2009; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Injuries Are Minor after 2 Tough Practices

Nicks and bruises, calves and hamstrings. But still no serious injuries. After a pair of physical practices Sunday, the Redskins have several players dealing with minor aches and pains. Receiver Roydell Williams injured his pinky finger catching a ball in the morning session and wore a splint in the afternoon....

By Rick Maese  |  August 2, 2009; 5:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Afternoon Injury Update

During the second practice of the day, defensive tackles Anthony Montgomery and J.D. Skolinitsky were riding stationary bikes, cornerback Carlos Rogers was stretching on the sideline and not participating and fullback Eddie Williams was working in drills after having a hamstring problem earlier. Wide receiver Roydell Williams was out after...

By Barry Svrluga  |  August 2, 2009; 3:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
 
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Zorn: 'Some Things Good, Some Very Poor'

The Redskins' 11-on-11 drills ended Sunday morning with a thud, with a pass from Jason Campbell thrown at the feet of an intended receiver, an effort merely to get rid of the ball as the offensive line broke down yet again. Campbell threw three interceptions over the course of the...

By Barry Svrluga  |  August 2, 2009; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
 
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Another Day in Which the Defense Rules

The dominance of the defensive line early in camp continued today in 11-on-11 drills at Redskins Park. As we've discussed since camp opened, the defense has been way ahead of the offense, and much of that has to do with the disparity in line play. The addition of all-pro defensive...

By Jason Reid  |  August 2, 2009; 12:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Rogers Sits It Out Again

An injury update from the Sunday morning practice, which was in full pads: For the second straight day, starting cornerback Carlos Rogers sat out all of the team drills -- including the stints when the first-team offense took on the first-team defense in a two-minute drill -- with a sore...

By Barry Svrluga  |  August 2, 2009; 11:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Portis Gets Ready to Run

If the Redskins' offense is going to be more successful this season, a key component has to be the play of Clinton Portis -- we're not exactly revealing the playbook with that one, are we? Barry Svrluga caught up with Portis, who talked about his rep, his practice reps and...

By Cindy Boren  |  August 2, 2009; 8:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
 
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Trending Topic in NFL: Twitter

The Redskins have hit the ground tweeting this morning: @TrentShelton On my way to practice...thank God for waking me up this morning! U should do the same! @RedskinsLB58 Back to work this morning, gotta make this team and make it better!! Speaking of tweets, Twitter is changing the NFL landscape...

By Cindy Boren  |  August 2, 2009; 7:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Campbell Offers Early Assessment

Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell isn't interested in focusing on the offense's shortcomings to this point early in camp. Mistakes have been made, Campbell said, and the players' timing and execution must improve. But the Skins still are way ahead of where they were last year through the same point of...

By Cindy Boren  |  August 2, 2009; 7:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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