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Redskins Insider: August 15, 2010 - August 21, 2010

Larry Johnson struggles against the Ravens

Larry Johnson has been eager all offseason to show not just Redskins coaches, but the entire league, that he's capable of matching the production of his early career. He'll have to wait at least one more week. Johnson's preseason debut was a disappointment. He managed only four yards on eight...

By Rick Maese  |  August 21, 2010; 11:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
 
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Final: Ravens 23, Redskins 3

Updated 10:29 p.m. After dominating the Buffalo Bills in the preseason opener, the Redskins were handed a 23-3 defeat by the Baltimore Ravens in their second tune-up. The fourth quarter opened with Albert Haynesworth collecting his first sack of the preseason, dropping Troy Smith for a seven yard loss on...

By Paul Tenorio  |  August 21, 2010; 9:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (232)
Categories:  Chris Cooley , Donovan McNabb , Santana Moss , Trent Williams  
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Chris Cooley: Redskins' offense improving, but 'I can't say we're there yet'

Quarterback Donovan McNabb and the first-team offense are expected to participate in about 35 plays together Saturday night against the Baltimore Ravens at FedEx Field. In the 42-17 victory over the Buffalo Bills, McNabb played two series and completed five of eight passes - including a four-yard touchdown pass to...

By Jason Reid  |  August 21, 2010; 12:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (103)
Categories:  Chris Cooley , Donovan McNabb  
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Redskins ready to work the zone

Coach Mike Shanahan's strong belief in the zone-blocking scheme is well known. Although all NFL teams incorporate zone elements in their blocking attacks, Shanahan's commitment to the approach sets him apart from most coaches. After organized team activities, minicamps and training camp, the Redskins are now well versed in the...

By Jason Reid  |  August 21, 2010; 12:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Preseason schedule  
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London Fletcher is defensive player of the year again

For the third consecutive year, veteran inside linebacker London Fletcher was recognized as the Redskins' defensive player of the year Friday during the team's Welcome Home Luncheon. Fletcher, beginning his 13th season in the league and fourth with Washington, is the Redskins' emotional leader. The durable player had another productive...

By Jason Reid  |  August 20, 2010; 2:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (197)
Categories:  London Fletcher  
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Fan blog FAQ

For those of you interested in the fan blog we announced yesterday, you still have time to apply. Fill out this form by 11:59 p.m. ET Sunday to be eligible. We'll contact the top candidates next week to ask for a sample blog post; the blog itself will launch in...

By Mitch Rubin  |  August 20, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Donovan McNabb, Chris Cooley developing rapport

Quarterback Donovan McNabb seems to be developing a good rapport with tight end Chris Cooley, who sat out more than half the 2009 season after fracturing his ankle in Week 7. Cooley had three receptions for 33 yards - including a 19-yard gain - in the 42-17 victory over the...

By Jason Reid  |  August 20, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (88)
Categories:  Chris Cooley , Donovan McNabb  
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Sources: Albert Haynesworth plans to play Saturday vs. Ravens

Defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth, who sat out practice recently because of problems stemming from heat exhaustion, plans to play in the upcoming preseason game, people familiar with the situation said Friday. Haynesworth was sidelined the last three days of training camp because he was feeling ill. But the two-time Pro...

By Jason Reid  |  August 20, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (74)
Categories:  3-4 defense , Albert Haynesworth  
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Coach, players welcome regular practice routine

With training camp finished, the Redskins next week will begin their regular-season practice schedule. "What we try to do, at least for the first two [preseason] games, is just go through the normal camp," Coach Mike Shanahan said. "We run a few different defenses and a few different plays that...

By Jason Reid  |  August 20, 2010; 10:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (79)
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Starters will get more playing time against Ravens

Before the preseason opener, Coach Mike Shanahan said quarterback Donovan McNabb would play a maximum of 18 plays. He was on the field for 17. The team plays host to the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday night at FedEx Field, and Shanahan plans to increase the workload for McNabb and...

By Jason Reid  |  August 20, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
 
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Devin Thomas making progress, eager to do more

Wide receiver Devin Thomas was pleased with his progress in training camp, which ended Thursday, and is eager to earn a bigger role in the offense during the remainder of the preseason. "I'm starting to get comfortable with what's going on around here as far as what the standard...

By Jason Reid  |  August 20, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (74)
Categories:  Devin Thomas , Donovan McNabb , Kyle Shanahan , Mike Shanahan , Redskins by Position , Rex Grossman , preseason games , training camp , wide receivers  
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Calling all Redskins fans

In September, The Post will introduce a new reader-driven blog for fans, by fans, focused solely on Washington sports. To fill out our roster of fan bloggers, we're looking for two of our best, most diehard Redskins fans to weigh in on whatever's happening in the world of the Skins....

By Mitch Rubin  |  August 19, 2010; 5:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (116)
 
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Mike Furrey placed on injured reserve

Veteran wide receiver Mike Furrey, sidelined after suffering a concussion early in training camp, has been placed on the season-ending injured-reserve list, a person familiar with the situation said Thursday. Furrey, 33, did not return to training camp, which ended Thursday, after the injury Aug. 2. Coach Mike Shanahan said...

By Jason Reid  |  August 19, 2010; 4:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Training camp ends, competition continues

And finally, training camp is finished. The Redskins for the first time worked without shells and pads while ending camp Thursday in a light morning practice at Redskins Park. "Everybody disappointed that camp is over with?" Coach Mike Shanahan asked jokingly while addressing reporters after practice. "Everybody looks disappointed. I...

By Jason Reid  |  August 19, 2010; 12:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (169)
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Albert Haynesworth misses second straight practice

Redskins defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth missed all of practice for the second straight day Thursday, and Coach Mike Shanahan said it's possible he will miss Saturday's preseason game against Baltimore. Haynesworth originally left Tuesday's practice because he wasn't feeling well, and on Wednesday - when Haynesworth stood to the side...

By Barry Svrluga  |  August 19, 2010; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (103)
Categories:  3-4 defense , Albert Haynesworth , Mike Shanahan  
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Malcolm Kelly misses practice, court date

Updated 12:07 p.m. Malcolm Kelly was not at practice Thursday. Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said Kelly had to deal with a personal matter and, like tight end Fred Davis, Kelly had a court date Wednesday to answer to traffic charges. According to court records, Kelly did not show up for...

By Rick Maese  |  August 19, 2010; 11:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Malcolm Kelly  
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Josh Bidwell plans to make most of opportunity

After sitting out all of last season due to hip surgery, punter Josh Bidwell wasn't sure if there was another team out there that would give him a chance to play. That was out of his hands, he said. But if Bidwell did get a shot, he knew he'd be...

By Paul Tenorio  |  August 19, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
Categories:  Special teams  
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Donovan McNabb knows he has plenty of room for improvement

Quarterback Donovan McNabb participated in the entire offseason program and has reached the end of his first training camp with Washington. The Redskins have three preseason games remaining and many practices before the Sept. 12 season opener against the Dallas Cowboys at FedEx Field, but McNabb has had enough time...

By Jason Reid  |  August 19, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (77)
Categories:  Donovan McNabb , quarterbacks  
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Malcolm Kelly must heal, but quickly, says Keenan McCardell

Redskins wide receivers coach Keenan McCardell has made things clear to Malcolm Kelly, who has been sidelined since early in training camp because of a hamstring injury. Kelly still has time to impress Coach Mike Shanahan in his bid to make the opening 53-man roster, but it's getting late in...

By Jason Reid  |  August 19, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (122)
Categories:  Malcolm Kelly , wide receivers  
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Court appearance kept Fred Davis from practice

Tight end Fred Davis missed the first half of Redskins practice Wednesday because he was in court answering to misdemeanor charges related to separate incidents earlier this year, court records show. Davis issued guilty pleas to a pair of misdemeanor charges, one for falsifying his identity to authorities and another...

By Rick Maese  |  August 18, 2010; 10:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Fred Davis  
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Hitting intensifies as training camp nears its end

The Redskins postponed practice until Wednesday afternoon because of rain, completing their work in a steady shower at Redskins Park. The field conditions were less than ideal during the almost two-hour session, but Coach Mike Shanahan and his assistants made due while continuing to prepare for Saturday's preseason game against...

By Jason Reid and Rick Maese  |  August 18, 2010; 6:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
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Trent Williams faces reckless driving charge

The Redskins offensive lineman, the team's first pick in this year's draft, is accused of driving 90 mph in a 55 mph zone in June. For more information, see this post:...

By Washington Post editors  |  August 18, 2010; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  Trent Williams  | Tags: Trent Williams, Trent Williams reckless driving, Washington Redskins, left tackle, offensive lineman  
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The Redskins' wide receivers: another breakdown

With practice pushed back until this afternoon, there's no news yet on whether Albert Haynesworth returned to work out or whether Malcolm Kelly has taken his customary spot on the sidelines, running through agility drills and trying to strengthen his balky hamstring. So why not talk more about what, perhaps,...

By Barry Svrluga  |  August 18, 2010; 11:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (266)
Categories:  Devin Thomas , Malcolm Kelly , Santana Moss , wide receivers  
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Redskins morning practice postponed

The rain has postponed today's morning Redskins practice until 2 p.m., wiping out the normally scheduled afternoon session. The session remains open to the public and will last approximately two hours. Parking and admission are free. The forecast calls for rain in Ashburn throughout the day, so please check back...

By Barry Svrluga  |  August 18, 2010; 7:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (140)
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Carlos Rogers embraces role in Redskins' 3-4 defense

Coach Mike Shanahan has had a positive influence on cornerback Carlos Rogers, who opened up about his improved outlook in the most recent On Football. Rogers, beginning his sixth season with the Redskins and in the NFL, is excited about the team's 3-4 defense because "I'm a physical corner. I'm...

By Jason Reid  |  August 18, 2010; 6:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Bruce Smith remembers his Redskin days

Bruce Smith played the final four seasons of his 19-year career - a career that put him in the Hall of Fame -- with the Redskins. Though he was winding down and played his final season at age 40, he still managed 29 of his 200 sacks - the most...

By Barry Svrluga  |  August 17, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
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Position shuffle no problem for Dennis Morris

A sixth round pick in April's draft, Dennis Morris came out of Louisiana Tech as one of the nation's most accomplished and versatile college tight ends. But the Redskins were in search of a backup for Pro Bowler Mike Sellers and told Morris to line up at fullback to begin...

By Jorge Castillo  |  August 17, 2010; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Shanahan stops practice to recharge team

Frustrated with the Redskins' performance, Coach Mike Shanahan stopped practice to express his feelings to the team Tuesday at Redskins Park. Coaches and players encircled Shanahan as he delivered his message about remaining focused during the final days of training camp, which ends Thursday. Although Shanahan declined to reveal specifics...

By Jason Reid  |  August 17, 2010; 12:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (116)
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Albert Haynesworth ends practice early

Defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth cut practice short Tuesday morning because he wasn't feeling well, but the details are a bit murky. Haynesworth participated in individual drills, but when the team went into 11-on-11, he didn't last long. For much of practice, Haynesworth could be seen without his pads and with...

By Rick Maese  |  August 17, 2010; 12:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
Categories:  Albert Haynesworth , Mike Shanahan  
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Johnson ready to take his turn in backfield

Larry Johnson, like Clinton Portis and Willie Parker, is going to get a chance to start a preseason game behind the No. 1 offensive line.

By Jason Reid  |  August 17, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Clinton Portis , Larry Johnson , Running backs , Willie Parker  | Tags: Clinton Portis, Larry Johnson, Mike Shanahan, Willie Parker  
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Speedy Banks hoping to run his way onto the roster

Brandon Banks might be little, but his speed makes him a threat to make an NFL roster

By Jason Reid  |  August 17, 2010; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (92)
Categories:  Special teams , wide receivers  
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Wide receiver situation might be more settled than it seems

In today's editions of the paper, Barry Svrluga takes an in-depth look at the Redskins' wide receiver situation. Although it is widely believed top wide receiver Santana Moss is the only member of group guaranteed a spot on the opening 53-man roster, the situation may be more settled than it...

By Jason Reid  |  August 17, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
Categories:  Devin Thomas , Malcolm Kelly , Santana Moss , wide receivers  | Tags: Devin Thomas, Joey Galloway, Malcolm Kelly, Santana Moss  
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Brian Westbrook joining 49ers, not Redskins

Free agent running back Brian Westbrook will not be joining the Washington Redskins. The San Francisco 49ers announced Monday evening that they have signed the former Philadelphia Eagle running back to a one-year contract. The deal was first reported by the Sacramento Bee. Westbrook was released by the Philadelphia Eagles...

By Rick Maese  |  August 16, 2010; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
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Willie Parker moves up the depth chart

There are a couple of interesting changes on the updated depth chart the Redskins released in advance of Saturday night's preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens at FedEx Field. Veteran running back Willie Parker, listed at the bottom of the first depth chart, moved to third string, ahead of young...

By Jason Reid  |  August 16, 2010; 5:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
Categories:  Running backs , Special teams , Willie Parker  
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Fumbles, muffs, interceptions plague team at practice

The Redskins had problems with ball security during the morning session Monday at Redskins Park. There were many fumbles, muffed catches and interceptions. Coach Mike Shanahan would prefer things to run more smoothly as Washington prepares to play host to the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday at FedEx Field. During punt...

By Jason Reid  |  August 16, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (164)
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Malcolm Kelly's chances Saturday: 'very, very slim'

Asked whether Malcolm Kelly will be available for Saturday's game against Baltimore, Coach Mike Shanahan pegged the wide receiver's chances as "very, very slim." Kelly, hampered by a sore hamstring, was again relegated to sidework at Monday morning's practice, which has been his daily routine since the opening day of...

By Rick Maese  |  August 16, 2010; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
Categories:  Malcolm Kelly , training camp , wide receivers  
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Darrel Young adjusting to new position

As Darrel Young walked into the linebacker meeting room on the first day of Redskins training camp, he was greeted with words you probably never want to hear as a second-year player fighting for a spot on the roster. "Who are you?" a chuckling Young recalled a coach asking him....

By Paul Tenorio  |  August 16, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
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Devin Thomas is staying optimistic

Wide receiver Devin Thomas has remained optimistic despite being listed as the third-string X receiver, or split end, on the opening depth chart. The third-year player had 64 yards on three receptions and teamed with backup quarterback Rex Grossman on a 44-yard touchdown in the Redskins' 42-17 victory over the...

By Jason Reid  |  August 16, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (99)
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Shanahan stays focused on the big picture

Coach Mike Shanahan has experienced the NFL's ultimate success, so it wasn't surprising Washington's leader played down the 42-17 rout of the Buffalo Bills. Preseason openers don't mean much in the big picture, and Shanahan definitely is a big-picture guy. So while many fans may be excited about the Redskins'...

By Jason Reid  |  August 16, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
Categories:  Albert Haynesworth , Malcolm Kelly , Mike Shanahan , Offensive line  
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Johnson excited to start on Saturday against Ravens

Veteran running back Larry Johnson is scheduled to start Saturday night's preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens at FedEx Field. "I've been pressing a little bit, but I'm trying to get it going because it's my turn now for Saturday, so I'm excited about that," Johnson said. "That's the rotation....

By Jason Reid  |  August 15, 2010; 6:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
Categories:  Larry Johnson , Running backs  
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Long snapper James Dearth joins Redskins

In nine seasons with the New York Jets, James Dearth, who signed with Washington Saturday, did his job the way a long snapper should -- he was consistent and consistently unnoticed. He didn't miss one game over the nine seasons -- that's 144 consecutive contests -- despite the physicality of...

By Jorge Castillo  |  August 15, 2010; 5:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Brown returns to practice; Kelly still on sidelines

In Sunday's first practice for the Redskins since Friday night's victory over Buffalo, right tackle Jammal Brown returned from his hip injury, but receiver Malcolm Kelly still isn't fully back from the hamstring problem that has caused him to miss almost the entire training camp. Brown, who was replaced with...

By Barry Svrluga  |  August 15, 2010; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Jammal Brown , Malcolm Kelly  
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Redskins remain interested in Brian Westbrook

The Redskins have been through their first preseason game and got a good look at young running backs Ryan Torain and Keiland Williams. But Coach Mike Shanahan said after Sunday's practice that the club remains interested in veteran free agent Brian Westbrook. "Like I told you, I'm not sure what...

By Barry Svrluga  |  August 15, 2010; 4:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Healthy again and happy to be back

A handful of Redskins saw their first game action in quite a while on Friday night. Guys like Chris Cooley, Chad Rinehart, Clinton Portis and Jeremy Jarmon saw their 2009 seasons cut short due to injury. Others -- Maake Kemoateu and Adam Carriker -- spent all of last season on...

By Rick Maese  |  August 15, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  3-4 defense , Albert Haynesworth  
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Haynesworth's performance looked pretty good on film

In case you missed it, Rick Maese wrote an excellent piece on Albert Haynesworth after Friday night's 42-17 rout of the Buffalo Bills at FedEx Field. Haynesworth appeared to play well in the preseason opener, and afterward he addressed reporters for the first time since the start of training camp....

By Jason Reid  |  August 15, 2010; 12:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  Albert Haynesworth , DeAngelo Hall  
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'Vanilla' defense still impresses

The Redskins switched to a 3-4 defense because coaches wanted to wreak more havor and cause more turnovers. In the debut of their new scheme, they did that pretty well against the Bills Friday night. "We've been saying that from the jump. This is a whole different coaching staff, different...

By Rick Maese  |  August 15, 2010; 10:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
Categories:  3-4 defense , DeAngelo Hall  
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Pluses and minuses for Devin Thomas

Entering his third NFL season, Devin Thomas is fully aware that he has been under the microscope during training camp and will be throughout the preseason. Heading into Friday night's preseason opener against Buffalo he hadn't particularly impressed his new coaches. Thomas went into the contest listed as a third-string...

By Jorge Castillo  |  August 15, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  Devin Thomas  
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