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Shanahan: Albert Haynesworth looked "pretty good"

Defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth participated fully in practice for the first time Monday at Redskins Park.

Haynesworth, after finally passing his conditioning test on his fourth attempt Saturday, was limited in his first practice during Fan Appreciation Day in Ashburn. Players were off Sunday, and Hayensworth worked at nose tackle with the second-team defense as practiced resumed.

"I think he looked pretty good," Shanahan said after the morning session. "I haven't had a chance to look at [tape of] practice on the defensive side, but what I saw looked pretty good."

After skipping all but one day of the offseason program, Haynesworth, the Redskins say, is far behind his teammates in learning the new 3-4 defensive scheme. Haynesworth issued a brief statement Saturday and has declined to answer questions.

Initially, the nine-year veteran will back up first-team nose tackle Maake Kemoeatu. Shanahan and defensive coordinator Jim Haslett will not hand Haynesworth anything. But many within the organization envision Haynesworth, barring injury, eventually being the team's starting right defensive end.

It seem doubtful Haynesworth, who has been slowed because of knee irritation, will play in Friday's preseason opener against the Buffalo Bills at FedEx Field.

"I really don't know," Shanahan said. "It all depends on how he looks in practice, what type of football shape he's in. It takes awhile. It's one of the reasons why you do have preseason games: to get back in football shape.

"To try and get acclimated to playing football again, football-related drills. Hopefully, he stays in good shape, there's no setbacks with his knee, and we'll see what he can do in preseason games as he gets in shape."

Haynesworth still is learning the terminology of the new defense.

"Well, it takes time. It's a process," Shanahan said. "He's went through walk-throughs for about a week, so that's helped him out. And he's walked through a little bit afterwards, and that's going to help him out.

"We're going to put him in there when we feel like he's ready to go. We don't want to set him back. He's got to get back in football shape. I'm sure it was a little tough for him like it is everybody the first day of camp. But we'll just keep on pushing and get him ready for our first game."

Players have expressed excitement about Haynesworth being back in the mix.

"I think they're very excited," Shanahan said. "I think they're excited to get Albert back. I thought Albert practiced hard today. Hopefully, he can stay healthy and do everything he can do to help us win."

By Jason Reid  |  August 9, 2010; 1:45 PM ET
Categories:  3-4 defense , Albert Haynesworth , Mike Shanahan  
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For the good of the Redskins, let's hope the Haynesworth story line can shift to his strong play on the field. Obviously he can be a huge (literally) difference maker for the defense. I also hope this means we can hear a lot more about other players...

Posted by: travisloop | August 9, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: JoeyV3 | August 9, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Haynesworth is still a big, fat, overpaid, sweaty, smelly set of wildebeest nuts.

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | August 9, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

With the first week of training camp in the books for the Washington Redskins, I figured I’d try something new. With that in mind, I present to you my first stab at the top 10 Redskins players through Week 1. These are the players who has risen to the challenge and managed to make a strong impression through the first seven days of camp.

One quick note before we dive in – these rankings are completely subjective, biased and, ultimately, meaningless. They simply represent one person’s take on the first week of training camp. If you see things differently and/or feel like I’m forgetting someone, that’s okay. Feel free to leave a comment and share your thoughts on the subject.

1. Kareem Moore, safety – No player has done more to turn heads in the last week than Moore. Don’t believe me? Consider this: in the last two days, Moore has three interceptions. He’s rapidly turning into a ball hawk and appears to be developing more and more confidence every day he takes the field. In fact, he’s looking so comfortable that I’d go as far as to say it’s officially his position to lose.

2. Fred Davis, tight end – Chris Cooley is the man. I’ve got no problem saying it and neither does Davis. But the offensive star throughout this entire offseason has easily been Freddie Delight. The days of oversleeping practice and/or looking lost on the football field are long gone. These days, the third-year pro is automatic – especially when running a seam route. If a quarterback can get the ball near him, Davis has had no problem catching the ball in stride and blowing by defenders. If he can improve his blocking, Davis is going to be a force in this league.

3. Carlos Rogers, cornerback – Before training camp began, I boldly predicted Rogers would set a new career high for interceptions in 2010. After seven days, I’m feeling even more confident in the Auburn product. I’ve heard from a player or two that the cornerbacks under Jerry Gray spent too much time goofing off and cracking jokes. Although Gray was very good at his job, some wonder if he made a mistake trying to be buddy buddy with guys like Rogers and Fred Smoot. With those distractions gone and hopes of a long-term contract in front of him, Rogers has more than enough incentive to come out strong this season.

4. Larry Johnson, running back – There’s no way this is the same guy who half of Kansas City despises. He’s been an absolute model citizen on and off the field for Washington and has managed to stand out in a very crowded backfield. Clinton Portis will likely be the primary ball carrier, but Johnson brings a physical presence this offense needs. At this point, I’m genuinely excited at the prospect of him being the goal-line back this season.

5. Trent Williams, left tackle – Before training camp began and before the highly-touted rookie even signed his contract, I suggested that at some point this season Williams might be swapped with right tackle Jammal Brown...

Posted by: psps23 | August 9, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse


(Trent Williams) Well, if he continues to play like this, that’s not going to be an option. Williams is exactly the athletic offensive lineman that thrives in a Mike Shanahan-led attack and he’s already managing to hold his own against linebacker Brian Orakpo when the two square off. I can’t help but think he’s still playing mostly on pure instincts which means he’ll likely improve once he fully grasps everything the coaches are throwing at him. If that’s the case, Williams is going to be protecting the blind side for the foreseeable future.

6. Adam Carriker, defensive end – Don’t take it from me. Listen to Phillip Daniels, who is competing with Carriker for playing time at defensive end. After calling Carriker the real deal, Daniels went on to say that 26-year-old complements his game and that simply having him around is likely to extend Daniels’ career. Remember, this guy was basically thrown away by the St. Louis Rams even though he was the 13th pick in the 2007 NFL draft. If he’s able to lock down a spot in the starting lineup, he’s got to be considered an absolute steal for the Redskins front office.

7. Santana Moss, receiver – When the Redskins use Moss in the slot, good things happen. He’s able to get a clean break off the line, sneak his way into open territory and give his quarterbacks a go-to target. If the Redskins offense can find two dependable options for the other two receiver slots, this could be another memorable year for the 10th-year pro.

8. Lorenzo Alexander, linebacker – Let’s not forget that Alexander came into our lives as a back-up offensive lineman. And then he was converted to the defensive line. Now he’s a linebacker. And yet, regardless of what the coaches throw at him, Alexander always manages to exceed expectations. At this point, it’s downright foolish to bet against Alexander.

9. Terrence Austin, receiver – When the Redskins used a seventh-round draft pick on UCLA product, it was assumed he was brought in the handle kick/punt return duties. Generously listed at 5-11 and 175 lbs., I’m not sure too many folks were eager to pencil him in the receiver rotation though. But Austin has made the most out of his opportunities on offense and has enough speed to create separation from defenders. With someone as creative as Kyle Shanahan calling the shots, it wouldn’t surprise me at all to see a play or two drawn up for Austin once the regular season rolls around.

10. Kevin Barnes, cornerback – Barnes is a hitter, pure and simple. He’s still hit or miss in pass coverage, but the guy has no issue laying into anyone lining up against him. If defensive coordinator Jim Haslett can play to his strengths and limit his weaknesses, Barnes could be a guy who helps create the turnovers this defense has been lacking.

- Homer McFanboy's blog

Posted by: psps23 | August 9, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Coaches, players and knowledgeable fans know, the only thing that matters is how he plays in game 1 against Dallas. The fat albert comments will hopefully come to an end at that point. He has not done you wrong until he fails to produce on game day.

Posted by: edavis291 | August 9, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

That stuff I posted was from this blog...i thought it was an interesting segment.

Posted by: psps23 | August 9, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

It may seem like an obscure thing to worry about, but I'm concerned about LS Nick Sundberg.

I don't understand why they didn't just keep Ethan Albright. The dude is solid, and makes minimum wage compared to some of the fat contracts the team is currently carrying.

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | August 9, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse


Thanks man! Very nice!

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | August 9, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Good pull psps

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 9, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

That stuff I posted was from this blog...i thought it was an interesting segment.

Posted by: psps23 | August 9, 2010 2:03 PM
Thanks for the news and the link. I am happy to hear about Moore coming into his own. If Barnes can bring the wood, maybe he would be better cast as a safety. He wouldn't be asked to do too much in coverage. I haven't heard much about how Doughty has done in converting to free safety but I cannot believe it is going well. Doughty's strong suit was never dropping back in coverage. He could end up being the second or third guy in the strong safety rotation, but that leaves a void at backup free safety. Since there is quite a bit of talent at corner already, maybe Barnes would fit in better playing free safety...

Posted by: RedSkinHead | August 9, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse


Well done all around.

Posted by: gimmesummoe | August 9, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Good stuff, psps23. Two things jump out there:

- Kareem Moore = Antoine Bethea. If that's even a little bit true our defensive backfield will be just fine.

- Love the "Freddie Delight" nickname. Here's hoping we'll have at least another half-dozen moments to shout it out with glee.

Can't wait to see what this squad looks like on Friday night...

Posted by: brownwood26 | August 9, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Albert Haynesworth is a lazy excuse for a human and he enjoys massaging 4th floor's lame excuse for a ball sack while simultaneously shoving chocolate eclairs into his rear end.

All that said, if he squishes Tony Homo like a worm to the point his poop comes out his mouth, all will be forgiven.

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | August 9, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

all of this albert talk is too much...
now on to more important matters like who wins the starting return job. I noticed on (where they give actual info on what is going on in camp instead of posts about fat al) that byron westbrook is the fourth team kick returner. He looks pretty explosive and last year they used him as a rookie to prepare for steve smith (carolina). I think he has a real nice chance to win it. Out of all of the return men, only he and devin thomas are one cut straight line returners. Every one else seems to do a whole lot of running back and forth only to gain about five yards.

Posted by: nfcBEaST | August 9, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: DCFanatic | August 9, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Trent Williams Beep

Posted by: Curzon417 | August 9, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Oh no...did someone say POOP!

Posted by: PlayAction | August 9, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Did anybody else notice how eager Romo seemed to get on his teammates last night as their drive melted down. He's always been whiney...but last night he seemed to be trying to indicate that his displeasure was with his teammates more than I remember him doing. I love how much the Bovine Cartel is talking about the SB being in that tacky, overblown BestBuy store they call a stadium. Success in the NFL comes from taking it a game at at time...not thinking about February in August. They are putting so much unnecessary pressure on themselves with that crap.
I was a little disappointed to see that their new LT looked to have quick feet and seemed plenty strong.

Posted by: MColeman51 | August 9, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Did someone say poop?

Speaking of which, yesterday I had some Costco pizza for dinner, which in turn, led to some interesting times in the bathroom (on the toilet, obviously) this morning.

Even the plunger didn't want to go into that mess.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | August 9, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

A barnyard substance describes all the quoted stuff in Reid's article: It begins with "b", ends with "t" and rhymes with "spit". The game is football not a course in advanced physics; if a nine-year practitioner of the game must go to "school" to learn it something is wrong with the coaching. And the conditioning business was nothing more than placing the "arrogant" player in his place.

Hanyesworth has taken huge hits because he did not show-up for volunteer practice. I say good for him if he has enough steel in his backbone to say "I am not volunteering for practice." If the practice was so key to a successful season why wasn't it mandatory? But we know the answer to that don't we?

In most professions, a warrior would be congratulated for closing loop holes (which volunteer practice is), but in the professional sports world where inadequate athletes are rendered to the sidelines as spectators and lazy sportwriters look for easy targets to fill their assigned spaces, well paid atheletes become whipping boys, notwithstanding the quality of their play -- witness Hanesworth.

Posted by: JamesDHenry | August 9, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Maybe the WaPo can tell us 20 more times that Haynesworth failed the 300-yard shuffle test 3 times and missed a week of practices. Yea, every article with his name in it needs to lead off with that or mention it prominently, because it hasn't been covered ad nauseum already.

Give me a break. If you've got nothing to write, don't publish a bunch of nothing.

Posted by: JHG_sec405 | August 9, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

I'm not crazy about a guy like Albert Haynesworth who is a train wreck as a human being (ugly divorce, paternity suit, business lawsuits, horrible car accident that left a man disabled), but I think what's happened here is good for him, because he had to earn his way back. Think about it. He got so overpaid by Snyder that he figured he didn't need to work anymore for anything. He was so entitled, that he felt he was above the team, the fans, everyone. Now he got humbled as much as a guy like him could get humbled, and he got motivated, finally, to be an athlete again. He got in shape, then he pushed himself to make the run times Shanahan insisted on. I think that's good for him. Also, I think it's great for the team that no one player can get away with the same stuff that we've been seeing for the last decade. Even if Haynesworth became totally alienated, that alone would have been worth it. The team couldn't function with so many players thinking they could run their own program. It's good to see an arrogant athlete brought back to earth. Good for him (although he probably doesn't know it), good for the team, good for the fans, and even good for our society (even if that sounds a little overblown, I truly believe it).

Posted by: preacherskid | August 9, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

@no-punt-inteded: please lay off albert and let him get into some shape and start trying to play his game. root for him. if, halfway (or earlier) through the season you see trifling behavior, you're free to address it and say "i told you so." aside from that, please just keep your negative thoughts to yourself and root for the team. are you a redskin fan or a dallas groupie?

Posted by: dcjazzman | August 9, 2010 10:47 PM | Report abuse

It would be quite easy for Albert to lash out after hearing Shanahan making comments like that AH needs to get in football shape, that AH is probably mad at Shanahan after the Death Test fiasco, and that AH is on the second team and needs to earn a spot, even though we all know that AH will be a starter against Dallas. AH is wise enough to know that Shanahan needs to assert authority and act the strict coach, and it would not help the team to undermine him. AH is showing himself to be a big man in every sense of the word.

Posted by: Nemo24601 | August 10, 2010 6:24 AM | Report abuse

FACEBOOK USERS.....HELP GET THIS MESSAGE OUT. JOIN THE THE JOE JACOBY FOR HOF GROUP ON FACEBOOK. Seriously, no way Jacoby isn't in the hall already with how he played, how much his teams won, and who he had to block. If facebook can get Betty White on SNL, maybe it can do something useful like get #66 the credit he deserves.

Posted by: factor71 | August 10, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

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