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Redskins Insider: May 23, 2010 - May 29, 2010

TE Davis poised for bigger role

Fred Davis is only 24 years old, a number near the age of some incoming rookies and one that still leaves the Washington Redskins tight end with considerable shelf life in the NFL. But Davis is entering his third NFL season, so he knows youth and inexperience can no longer...

By Zach Berman  |  May 29, 2010; 4:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (147)
 
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Lorenzo Alexander impressing again

Lorenzo Alexander is at it again. Alexander impressed the previous two coaching staffs with his versatility on offense, defense and special teams, and Coach Mike Shanahan's crew is raving about the former lineman's work at linebacker. Alexander is making a smooth transition from a three-technique interior lineman, the position...

By Washington Post editors  |  May 29, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
 
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Safeties will be asked to do a lot more

While much of the focus on the Redskins' transition from a 4-3 defense to a 3-4 base has been on the line and linebackers, the implementation of new coordinator Jim Haslett's scheme has brought big changes in the secondary as well. Earlier this offseason, safety LaRon Landry said he would...

By Paul Tenorio  |  May 28, 2010; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (195)
Categories:  3-4 defense  
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Jim Haslett confident his personnel will execute the new defense

We've written a lot about the Redskins' transition from a 4-3 base front to a 3-4 and how certain high-profile players might fare in the transition. After two mini-camps and two sessions of organized team activities, defensive coordinator Jim Haslett says he's confident Washington has the players to execute...

By Washington Post editors  |  May 28, 2010; 10:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
Categories:  3-4 defense  
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Veteran Vonnie Holliday a good fit on the defensive line

This offseason, the Redskins have put a lot of effort into giving themselves options along the defensive line as they transition from a base 4-3 defense to a 3-4 front. The most recent addition to that unit is 13-year veteran defensive lineman Vonnie Holliday, who was signed before the start...

By Paul Tenorio  |  May 27, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (149)
Categories:  3-4 defense , Albert Haynesworth , Mike Shanahan , offseason workouts  
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An editing handoff on this here blog

After almost four years of hanging out up here with you, I'm turning over the keys to the Redskins and the NFL to a new editor. Lenny Bernstein is running the Redskins Insider, the new @RedskinsInsider Twitter feed and The League now, as I transition into a new blog later...

By Cindy Boren  |  May 27, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
 
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Maake Kemoeatu trying to get down to 345 pounds

Redskins nose tackle Maake Kemoeatu said he is "at 90 percent" in his recovery from a torn right Achillies' tendon, but his biggest concern is getting down to his listed playing weight of about 345 pounds. Kemoeatu said he needs to drop 15 to 20 pounds. "The faster I can...

By Mark Viera  |  May 27, 2010; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  3-4 defense , Albert Haynesworth  
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Rogers, McIntosh have not signed tenders yet [UPDATED]

Cornerback Carlos Rogers and linebacker Rocky McIntosh are the only remaining players who have not signed their one-year contract tenders. "I'm not worried about it," Rogers said Wednesday after organized team activities at Redskins Park. "There's still time. It's not about a contract deal...I'm not even looking for a long-term...

By Jason Reid  |  May 27, 2010; 10:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
Categories:  Free agency  
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Reed Doughty signs his contract tender

The Redskins announced Wednesday that safety Reed Doughty has signed his contract tender. Doughty, who received a second-round tender of $1.759 million, is coming off a strong 2009 season and is expected to be among the leaders in the secondary this season. That leaves only linebacker Rocky McIntosh and cornerback...

By Rick Maese  |  May 26, 2010; 6:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (122)
 
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Cooley's Idol thoughts

If you were trying to call Chris Cooley Tuesday night and had a difficult time getting through, there's a reason: He was busy texting in his "American Idol" vote. "I think I voted or text-messaged 20 times last night," Cooley said. "It may be pretty lame, but I sat with...

By Rick Maese  |  May 26, 2010; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
 
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Shanahan says Westbrook is still in the mix

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said Wednesday that free agent running back Brian Westbrook has not determined where he will play, although Washington remains a possibility. It could help the Redskins that brother Byron Westbrook plays for Washington. "I'm trying to talk to his brother a little bit, trying to get...

By Zach Berman  |  May 26, 2010; 4:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  Albert Haynesworth , Donovan McNabb , Larry Johnson  
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Daniels: Moss didn't know what doctor was injecting him with

Defensive end Phillip Daniels was among the most outspoken Redskins last week when news first surfaced that a Redskins' player was linked to Anthony Galea, the Canadian doctor charged with smuggling and distributing human growth hormone. Disgusted by the idea of performance-enhancing drugs, Daniels even said he didn't want to...

By Rick Maese  |  May 26, 2010; 3:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
 
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Moss declines to talk about Galea

Redskins' receiver Santana Moss declined Wednesday to discuss whether he received treatment from Anthony Galea, the Canadian doctor, charged last week with smuggling and distributing human growth hormone. "I already know you all gonna ask me or have a bunch of questions about the allegations last week. Right now where...

By Rick Maese  |  May 26, 2010; 2:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
 
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Albert Haynesworth targeted in $10 million paternity suit, report says

Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth is nowhere near the team's organized team activity (OTA) today at Redskins Park, but he's still making headlines. The New York Post reported this morning that a Brooklyn stripper, Silvia Mena, is suing Haynesworth for $10 million, claiming that she's carrying his child and receiving no...

By Rick Maese  |  May 26, 2010; 11:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (198)
Categories:  Albert Haynesworth  
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A Super Bowl for Washington? Why? Why not?

If New York/New Jersey can land a Super Bowl, why not Washington, D.C., which is, after all, our nation's capital? Redskins owner Daniel Snyder isn't, ahem, opposed to the idea, according to a story by Mark Maske. How do you feel about that? The cold-weather Super Bowl is a hot...

By Cindy Boren  |  May 26, 2010; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  Clinton Portis , Daniel M. Snyder  
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Roger Goodell does not address Santana Moss situation

It's too early apparently for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to comment on Santana Moss's reported connection to Anthony Galea, the Canadian doctor charged last week with smuggling and distributing human growth hormone. During a news conference Tuesday in Dallas, where NFL owners were meeting, Goodell was asked specifically about Moss...

By Rick Maese  |  May 26, 2010; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
Categories:  Santana Moss  
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Is Brian Westbrook still in play for Redskins?

Updated at 3:11 p.m. With the Redskins in the midst of another set of organized team activities this week, Coach Mike Shanahan and his staff are getting another chance to evaluate the running back position. The incumbent is, of course, Clinton Portis. The imported former stars are Larry Johnson and...

By Barry Svrluga  |  May 25, 2010; 2:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (175)
Categories:  Free agency , Running backs  
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Jarmon continues to progress in recovery from knee surgery

When news broke last week that at least one current NFL player had been linked to controversial Canadian doctor Anthony Galea, fans weren't the only ones who raced to computers and televisions to try to figure out who was involved. NFL players did, too. Thus comes the case of Redskins...

By Barry Svrluga  |  May 25, 2010; 6:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (194)
 
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Santana Moss' situation puts Devin Thomas, Malcolm Kelly in spotlight

Media availability for the Redskins' three-day session of organized team activities this week is scheduled for Wednesday, and it is unclear whether wide receiver Santana Moss will comment publicly about being linked with Canadian doctor Anthony Galea, who has been charged with smuggling and distributing human growth hormone. Moss, who...

By Jason Reid  |  May 24, 2010; 11:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (195)
Categories:  wide receivers  
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Redskins back for more OTAs

Players reconvene at Redskins Park Monday morning to begin another set of OTAs (organized team activities). Expected to be among the first players to hit the field are the special teams contributors. While two practice fields are under renovation, the Redskins are confined to one field, which means special teams...

By Rick Maese  |  May 24, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (116)
 
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Haynesworth will have some catching up to do

After the second voluntary minicamp, veteran defensive lineman Phillip Daniels said Albert Haynesworth, who attended neither minicamp, had fallen behind his teammates in learning the Redskins' new 3-4 defensive scheme. Frustrated about the coaching staff's plan to use him as a nose tackle, Haynesworth has skipped all but one day...

By Jason Reid  |  May 23, 2010; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (174)
Categories:  3-4 defense , Albert Haynesworth , Jim Haslett , Minicamp  
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