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Redskins Insider: May 30, 2010 - June 5, 2010

Cooley goes back to camp

Redskins tight end Chris Cooley worked up a sweat on Saturday morning running routes, a couple slants and a few hitches and saw only one pass thrown his way hit the ground -- it was thrown way behind him. It wasn't another day at organized team activites at Redskins...

By Paul Tenorio  |  June 5, 2010; 2:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (118)
 
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Kicker Graham Gano looking to secure his spot

Does anyone remember that the Redskins' placekicker secured a championship for his team last season with a 33-yard field goal in overtime? OK, so it was the inaugural UFL Championship Game and he was kicking for the Las Vegas Locomotives. Graham Gano's impressive season with the Locomotives ended November 27,...

By Washington Post editors  |  June 5, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
 
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McNabb working overtime to grasp new offense

The Redskins didn't have any practices scheduled for Friday or this weekend, but they'll be back at Redskins Park on Monday for another round of organized team activities (OTAs). And that means they'll continue learning a new offense. It hasn't always been easy, and even though quarterback Donovan McNabb came...

By Rick Maese  |  June 4, 2010; 5:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
Categories:  Donovan McNabb  
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Poll: Which RBs will survive?

The Redskins have made an offer to free agent Brian Westbrook, raising the possibility that the team could soon have four veteran running backs in camp. poll by twiigs.com...

By Washington Post editors  |  June 4, 2010; 2:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (75)
 
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McCardell adjusting from player to coach

During the latter part of his 17-year-career, Washington Redskins wide receivers coach Keenan McCardell would see Donovan McNabb and McNabb, then the quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles, would try to convince McCardell to play in Philadelphia. McNabb is now with the Redskins, and McCardell has witnessed what could have been...

By Zach Berman  |  June 4, 2010; 2:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  wide receivers  
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Reed Doughty breaks bone in hand, will continue to work out

Safety Reed Doughty suffered a broken bone in his hand during organized team activities but plans to participate in the remainder of the Redskins' offseason program, a person familiar with the situation wrote in a text message to a reporter Friday. The injury occurred during Wednesday's OTA session and prompted...

By Jason Reid  |  June 4, 2010; 9:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (152)
Categories:  3-4 defense , Jason Reid  
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Keenan McCardell charged with improving wide receivers in first year as assistant coach

There are 11 wide receivers on the Washington Redskins' roster. More than half will likely be gone by opening day. In the meantime, their improvement is the responsibility of first-year wide receivers coach Keenan McCardell, a 17-year NFL veteran who played for the Redskins in 2007. "All the guys understand...

By Zach Berman  |  June 4, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (74)
Categories:  Santana Moss , wide receivers  
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The Allen brothers, together again

Among those happy with the Washington Redskins' off-season moves is George Allen, former U.S. Senator, Virginia governor and one-time presidential candidate. Allen is the older brother of Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen. The two grew up with the sport as the children of 1970s Redkins Coach George Allen. The...

By Zach Berman  |  June 3, 2010; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (104)
 
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Andre Carter is ahead of schedule

Outside linebacker Andre Carter has returned to the field sooner than expected. Carter had surgery in January to repair the torn biceps he played with in December and was not expected to take part in drills until the mandatory three-day minicamp that begins June 16. But Carter, who is...

By Jason Reid  |  June 3, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
Categories:  3-4 defense  
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Trent Williams growing more comfortable each day

Retired Pro Bowler Chris Samuels has publicly expressed excitement about the development of rookie left tackle Trent Williams, who occupies Samuels's former position. And Samuels has told teammates privately that Williams could soon become a top-notch lineman. "Chris told me, 'Man, anything you would want in a tackle, he...

By Jason Reid  |  June 3, 2010; 10:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (120)
 
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Players slowly learning new system during OTAs

The Redskins will conclude their third set of organized team activities Thursday at Redskins Park and then take a much-needed breather this weekend. "I've never been a part of so many OTA practices," quarterback Donovan McNabb said with a laugh. "At this particular point, you're coming in, working out and...

By Washington Post editors  |  June 3, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (64)
 
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Redskins give Oxon Hill senior $25K scholarship

Kiana Hardy was sitting in traffic when she received a call on her cell phone from Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder. Her mother does not like when she speaks on the cell phone in the car, but she was not punished this time.   Snyder was calling to personally tell...

By Zach Berman  |  June 2, 2010; 5:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
 
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Snyder optimistic about a D.C. Super Bowl

Washington Redskins Owner Daniel Snyder sounded optimistic Wednesday that Washington could host a Super Bowl. Snyder, speaking to reporters after announcing that Kiana Hardy of Oxon Hill High School will receive the annual scholarship from the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation, said the award of the 2014 Super Bowl to New...

By Washington Post editors  |  June 2, 2010; 5:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Albert Haynesworth , Daniel M. Snyder  
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Shanahan noncommittal on O.J. Atogwe

If the Redskins have any interest in free agent safety O.J. Atogwe, head coach Mike Shanahan isn't tipping his hand. Atogwe, a five-year veteran, became an unrestricted free agent Wednesday when the St. Louis Rams chose not to extend him an offer. "Well, even if I did [have interest], I...

By Rick Maese  |  June 2, 2010; 4:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
 
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McNabb unconcerned about Santana Moss's link to Galea

Washington Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb said Wednesday he's not concerned about Santana Moss's connection to Anthony Galea, the Toronto-based physician charged with unlawful distribution of human growth hormone. McNabb tried to diffuse the situation with levity. "I don't think he took anything to get taller, "McNabb said of his 5-foot-10-inch...

By Washington Post editors  |  June 2, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  Chris Cooley , Donovan McNabb , Santana Moss  
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Shanahan: Skins have made offer to Brian Westbrook

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan made his most emphatic public overtures to free agent running back Brian Westbrook Wednesday, saying Washington has made Westbrook an official offer to join a full stable of running backs that already includes veterans Clinton Portis, Larry Johnson and Willie Parker. Asked after Wednesday's offseason workout...

By Barry Svrluga  |  June 2, 2010; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
Categories:  Albert Haynesworth , Donovan McNabb , Free agency , Mike Shanahan , Running backs  
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Clinton Portis is the starter heading into camp

Just in case there was any question, we can clear up this much: the Redskins' starting running back right now is Clinton Portis. "Clinton has been the back here, and he's definitely the starting back going into training camp," said offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. "We don't really talk about that...

By Rick Maese  |  June 2, 2010; 1:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  Clinton Portis , Donovan McNabb , Kyle Shanahan , Larry Johnson  
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Some things to watch at Redskins' practice today

Media is permitted to watch practice today at Redskins Park, and there are a few things I think we'll be looking for. -- The running back reps. Redskins' official blogger Matt Terl noted Tuesday that Clinton Portis was getting the majority of the reps. It's probably just as important see...

By Rick Maese  |  June 2, 2010; 10:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (75)
Categories:  Clinton Portis , Donovan McNabb , Kyle Shanahan , Larry Johnson , Offensive line  
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Chris Cooley's football camp is this weekend

We've told you about Donovan McNabb's football camp on June 12 -- which, incidentally, is expected to move to the Washington area next year -- so it's only fair that we tell you about one that's taking place a bit closer to home. Redskins tight end Chris Cooley will host...

By Rick Maese  |  June 1, 2010; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (169)
 
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Rogers, McIntosh situations could be addressed soon [UPDATED]

There should be some movement soon regarding cornerback Carlos Rogers and linebacker Rocky McIntosh, a pair of restricted free agents.

By Rick Maese  |  June 1, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (94)
 
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Johnson ready to play -- on the field, and in video games

Larry Johnson is ready to start gaming in Washington. In fact, he recently set up 73-inch and 85-inch televisions and a thumping sound system in his townhouse, perfect for his favorite video games. "We're big TV people; we're big into audio," Johnson said. "If it ain't going to make you...

By Mark Viera  |  May 31, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (68)
Categories:  Larry Johnson , Running backs  
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Horton hoping to get healthy and impress new coaching staff

Coach Mike Shanahan has promoted competition and a fresh start throughout the Washington Redskins' roster, a philosophy that would bode better for safety Chris Horton if he was fully healthy. Horton is recovering from a toe injury that forced him to miss half of the 2009 season. He's progressed, but...

By Zach Berman  |  May 31, 2010; 1:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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