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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 what each back does with them. Larry Johnson has been finishing his runs 20-25 yards downfield, which means each guy has to match the effort.

-- How is Santana Moss looking? A knee scope isn't a big deal but coaches would rather see Moss on the field running routes than on the sidelines doing side-work.

-- McNabb's growth. You don't want to put too much into a couple of hours in May or June, but McNabb didn't look as sharp during media availability at last week's organized team activity (OTA) as he has in the past. His comfort level will be key to this offense.

-- As we explained last week the safety position will see a lot of change in responsibilities. The rotation and assignments will be something to watch closely through training camp, especially as Chris Horton gets healthy.

-- Tight ends. Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is pretty creative, and you've got to think he'll get the most out of two pass-catching tight ends. Cooley has been spotted lined up wide at times and without a clear No. 3 receiver, both Fred Davis and Cooley could see a lot of action, especially with a quarterback who relies so heavily on the tight end.

-- Trent Williams. He joked that at his first snap of minicamp, he was last one to spring into action. He'll need to adjust to the speed and pace of the NFL, and he's had 10 practices now to see just quickly the game moves.

Well, that's a few things we'll be looking for. What are you curious to see?

By Rick Maese  |  June 2, 2010; 10:19 AM ET
Categories:  Clinton Portis , Donovan McNabb , Kyle Shanahan , Larry Johnson , Offensive line  
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Comments

Uno!

Posted by: FunStreet | June 2, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Uno!

Posted by: FunStreet | June 2, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

good stuff, wish they'd split the carries more, but we'll see once the bullets start flying in Sept.

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | June 2, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Uno!

Posted by: FunStreet | June 2, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Most important things to watch, to me:

1) Whether one of the RBs is going to step up and be the man, or better yet, whether 2 will do so. I have a feeling that it's going to be CP and LJ when everything shakes out.

2) With the million and one D-linemen we've signed, exactly what's going to happen on our DL. This is the one I'm most curious about. Who, exactly are our starters here?

3) Trent Williams - is he for real? we won't know for a while, but I'd like to start reading about some signs of greatness from him.

I'm not worried about McNabb - he'll be ready.

Posted by: skinsfan713 | June 2, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

I'm curious to see preseason games, not practices in June.

This season can't come fast enough...

Posted by: brownwood26 | June 2, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Can't say I'm too happy with the Artis Hicks/Heyer platoon at RT.

Gotta trust in the Shanahans though...right?

Posted by: rich20ssu | June 2, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Can't say I'm too happy with the Artis Hicks/Heyer platoon at RT.

Gotta trust in the Shanahans though...right?

Posted by: rich20ssu | June 2, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse
_______

Surely Artis Hicks is an upgrade over Heyer, though, right?

Posted by: skinsfan713 | June 2, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Heres a few...

Is Mike Williams the answer at RG?

Is Artis Hicks ready for full time work at
RT?

How is Rocky transitioning to playing ILB?

What does the early rotation on the DL look like?

Is Kedric Golston ready to play NT or will he see more work at DE?

The battle/growth between Kevin Barnes and Justin Tryon.

Why isnt Ethan Albright back on the team yet?

theres a few Rick maybe one of these peaked your interest.

Posted by: DMoney28 | June 2, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

How's the Angry Samoan lookin' in the achilles and at NT?? Too soon , probably, but hope he's better..

Free Safety- needs intelligence and great closing speed-Is Kareem Moore up to the task?? Will he get over his childhood guilt and stop giving the ball back after he intercepts it??

I have to say, I know that Snyder installed Larry Michaels to be a kinder, gentler, more family-oriented Redskin guy, but watching Redskin Nation is the moral equivalent to nortryptaline (sleeping pills) and is guaranteed to cure your 6 PM insomnia..Jesus, will somebody PLEASE bring back Frank Herzog?? Actually Doc Walker would be a far more charismatic voice then Tortoise Who Stares Blandly aka Larry Michaels..

Posted by: frak | June 2, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

This is for Greg...Ron Swanson is the MAN:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_XcmGuOB2E

Posted by: brownwood26 | June 2, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Wow, finally some media coverage at a practice, it's like Christmas in June, except without the Fat Albert action figure under the tree. At least we get the Santana Moss HGH chemistry kit, syringes not included.........

Posted by: monk811 | June 2, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

haha, thats right bw, thats a great show.....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | June 2, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

I am never a fan of injuries, but...

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=5239640

Posted by: skinsfanintampa | June 2, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

"Cooley has been spotted lined up wide at times and without a clear No. 3 receiver, both Fred Davis and Cooley could see a lot of action, especially with a quarterback who relies so heavily on the tight end."

This is hardly creative.

Most NFL teams 'flex' their tight ends and use them as big wide receivers.

Usually, they run 'seam,' 'hitch,' 'pick play,' or 'crossing' routes where a linebacker is forced to make an athletic play in space.

The wide receiver usually runs deep routes to clear space for them underneath.

And should a team start committing a safety to help out in coverage on the tight end, the deep game to that side is opened up.

This is not creative football.

It's just what everyone has been doing league-wide.

And it looks like that we are finally joining the modern age.

Posted by: MistaMoe | June 2, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Larry Michaels..

Posted by: frak | June 2, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Larry Michael. No S

Posted by: PortisPocketsStr8 | June 2, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Larry Michael. No S

Posted by: PortisPocketsStr8 | June 2, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse


...he leaves off the "S" for SNOOORE!

Posted by: Original_etrod | June 2, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

How are the other QB's looking in OTAs? Are they getting many reps? How's Colt looking? There was a report on another outlet a couple weeks ago that said they(Shanahans) really liked him and that he would likely be the backup. How bad does Grossman look?

Posted by: wagman1 | June 2, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Don't you mean the Fat Albert non-action figure?

Posted by: kaasmaster | June 2, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

I'm curious to know if Jim Haslett has explained to Carlos Rogers that this is American Football, and that he is allowed to use his hands.

Posted by: iH8dallas | June 2, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

This is not creative football.

It's just what everyone has been doing league-wide.

And it looks like that we are finally joining the modern age.

Posted by: MistaMoe | June 2, 2010 11:12 AM


I'll give Maese the benefit of the doubt here...it's creative compared to the "Madden rookie level" football we saw under Jim Zorn the last two years...

Posted by: brownwood26 | June 2, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

"...except without the Fat Albert (Haynesworth) action figure.."


I have this toy.

It also comes with its own cute multi-racial, golddigging stripper and abortion clinic.

Thing is, the $10 million dollars needed to get her to go into the clinic doesn't come with the game.

And if you don't have the money, well, she's not willing to play.

Posted by: MistaMoe | June 2, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

What difference does it make if McNabb is sharp or not? This team doesn't have the personnel to make the playoffs. They'll be lucky to win 8 games, so the acquisition and performance of McNabb is irrelevant and a detriment. With Campbell taking snaps instead of McNabb, the future of the organization would be much brighter because the skins would have had a 2nd Rounder this year and a 3rd Rounder and higher first rounder next year.

Posted by: ZardsFan1 | June 2, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

...he leaves off the "S" for SNOOORE!

Posted by: Original_etrod | June 2, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

I thought he left it off hoping someone would confuse him for George Michael.

Posted by: PortisPocketsStr8 | June 2, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Don't you mean the Fat Albert non-action figure?

Posted by: kaasmaster | June 2, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

When you buy your kid the Fat Albert non-action figure, you can't forget to buy the golf cart and oxygen mask(sold seperately).

Posted by: iH8dallas | June 2, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

I'm curious to know if Jim Haslett has explained to Carlos Rogers that this is American Football, and that he is allowed to use his hands.

Posted by: iH8dallas | June 2, 2010 11:17 AM


LOL...well played. Hopefully, CR comes to that epiphany on his own someday...

Posted by: brownwood26 | June 2, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

we should see continuous coverage on the d-line. what's going on w/ carriker, daniels and those guys? and we haven't heard about fletcher lately. how's he working with rocky in the middle?

Posted by: brocknbone33 | June 2, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

What difference does it make if McNabb is sharp or not? This team doesn't have the personnel to make the playoffs. They'll be lucky to win 8 games, so the acquisition and performance of McNabb is irrelevant and a detriment. With Campbell taking snaps instead of McNabb, the future of the organization would be much brighter because the skins would have had a 2nd Rounder this year and a 3rd Rounder and higher first rounder next year.

Posted by: ZardsFan1 | June 2, 2010 11:21 AM


This is such a loser mentality..."lose now so we can get a better draft pick next year". I can't think of a more idiotic mindset...

How about this: draft better...regardless of where the pick is.

Just crazy enough to work...

Posted by: brownwood26 | June 2, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

From Mat Mossly of ESPN:

But then again, Washington replaced the running jokes of Jim Zorn, Vinny Cerrato, a bingo caller and Jason Campbell with Mike Shanahan, Bruce Allen, Kyle Shanahan and Donovan McNabb.

Props to Snyder and the Skins - but 3 running jokes remain at RP: CP, LJ and WP. Heh, heh.

Posted by: PsyOps | June 2, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

If Larry Michael were a US state, it would be Delaware.

Posted by: skinsfanintampa | June 2, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

If Larry Michael were a US state, it would be Delaware.

Posted by: skinsfanintampa | June 2, 2010 11:32 AM |

What did Delaware? She wore a New Jersey.

Posted by: PsyOps | June 2, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Hey, why pick on Delaware, we didn't do anything to you guys. How about Rhode Island or some state like that, they are Patriot fans up there anyway, screw um!

Posted by: monk811 | June 2, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Why is Alabama? He makes an Illinois.

Posted by: PsyOps | June 2, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

"This is such a loser mentality..."lose now so we can get a better draft pick next year". I can't think of a more idiotic mindset..."

It's 'literally' a loser mentality, look how many times in the last few years the Lions and Rams have picked in the top 5 of the draft, you'd think with that many high draft picks they would hit on at least a few of them. That's what scares me about Trent Williams, if we missed on him then it will set us back years.

Posted by: monk811 | June 2, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

It's 'literally' a loser mentality, look how many times in the last few years the Lions and Rams have picked in the top 5 of the draft, you'd think with that many high draft picks they would hit on at least a few of them. That's what scares me about Trent Williams, if we missed on him then it will set us back years.


Posted by: monk811 | June 2, 2010 11:43 AM


Exactly right...best believe I'll be comparing the careers of Trent Williams and Russell Okung for the next several years. If Okung is a HoFer and Williams is marginal, that's the kinda sh*t that haunts you for years.

Posted by: brownwood26 | June 2, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

With Campbell taking snaps instead of McNabb, the future of the organization would be much brighter because the skins would have had a 2nd Rounder this year and a 3rd Rounder and higher first rounder next year.

Posted by: ZardsFan1 | June 2, 2010 11:21 AM |

Winning through "rebuilding" is a plausible strategy, but not when your QB is a "running joke". See

Posted by: PsyOps | June 2, 2010 11:31 AM |

A correction - Mossly did not say that, he was quoting Adam Shine.

Posted by: PsyOps | June 2, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

I used to think it was Larry Michaels not Larry Michael. The problem is that winy need a nose job voice of his puts a zz sound on the end of a lot of words. So he sounds like he is saying on the radio "Thisz isz Larry Michaelsz"

Posted by: alex35332 | June 2, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

And everyone know Larry Michaels is South Dakota.

Case and point
Larry is boring- South Dakota shaped like a square.

Larry is a redskins homer regardless of what the team is doing- South Dakota, home of Mount Rushmore, so patriotic its carved into a F###ing mountain.

Larry Michael stole his job from Frank - South Dakota stole their identity from North Dakota.

I have never seen a person more annoying than Larry Michael- I have never seen a person from South Dakota.

Posted by: alex35332 | June 2, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

"...best believe I'll be comparing the careers of Trent Williams and Russell Okung for the next several years. If Okung is a HoFer and Williams is marginal, that's the kinda sh*t that haunts you for years."


What if the situation is reversed and Williams proves to be a stud?

Things don't always have to work against you, you know.

And if Williams somehow fails, the job of the front office is to continue bringing in linemen types as a part of a regular practice.

We need to collect 2-3 linemen with each draft every year, that way the failure of one guy doesn't haunt us for years.

Posted by: MistaMoe | June 2, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

I used to think it was Larry Michaels not Larry Michael. The problem is that winy need a nose job voice of his puts a zz sound on the end of a lot of words. So he sounds like he is saying on the radio "Thisz isz Larry Michaelsz"

Posted by: alex35332 | June 2, 2010 11:52 AM |

But in your example he puts a zz sound on the end of words that end in 's'. Michael does not end in 's' so why would he put a zz sound on it? I think a more plausible explanation for you thinking his name was Michaels is you have wax in your ears and shti for brains.

Posted by: PsyOps | June 2, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

well said Moe, its all about constantly drafting linemen, its also about avoiding getting yourself in a situation where you need to draft heavy in any 1 aspect of the game, but the last guy ran by the opposite ideology.

Its a simple premise there are 4 major aspects to the offence; running, passing, blocking and Quarter Back. And 3 major aspects to the defense; the line, linebackers and secondary. Ideally you are using a pick in 1 area every draft. Easier said than done, but its the right notion.

Posted by: alex35332 | June 2, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

I'm curious to see preseason games, not practices in June.

This season can't come fast enough...

Posted by: brownwood26 | June 2, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse


No it can't.

But I'm grateful that I have World Cup soccer this summer to carry me through what is usually the absolutely most boring sports month of the year - June.

Posted by: p1funk | June 2, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

We need to collect 2-3 linemen with each draft every year, that way the failure of one guy doesn't haunt us for years.

Posted by: MistaMoe | June 2, 2010 11:59 AM |

You mean like Campbell, Rogers and Landry?

Signed,

Casper the friendly ghost

Posted by: PsyOps | June 2, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

What if the situation is reversed and Williams proves to be a stud?

Things don't always have to work against you, you know.

And if Williams somehow fails, the job of the front office is to continue bringing in linemen types as a part of a regular practice.

We need to collect 2-3 linemen with each draft every year, that way the failure of one guy doesn't haunt us for years.

Posted by: MistaMoe | June 2, 2010 11:59 AM


I get that Moe...if you look at the line of questioning, you'd see that I was referring to monk's fears of Williams not living up to billing. But you're right...it could go the other way around, in which case that would be a HUGE coup.

And co-sign on the drafting of multiple lineman...the more big bodies you get in here, the more chances to get the right guys in place for years to come. Shanahan has a long track record of making his lines up of late round picks/undrafted players. Hopefully that trend continues without us having to burn a 1st or 2nd rounder on OL every year.

Posted by: brownwood26 | June 2, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

But I'm grateful that I have World Cup soccer this summer to carry me through what is usually the absolutely most boring sports month of the year - June.

Posted by: p1funk | June 2, 2010 12:07 PM |

I have athletic cup soccer and it is right here in DC.

Posted by: PsyOps | June 2, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

I get that Moe...if you look at the line of questioning, you'd see that I was referring to monk's fears of Williams not living up to billing.

Posted by: brownwood26 | June 2, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse


Even if Williams does not pan out as a franchise left tackle, he could always move to the right side. It's not like that spot has been locked down either. That's the beauty of drafting linemen high in the draft.

On the other hand, if Sam Bradford doesn't pan out, what do the Rams do??

I'm all for following the Ravens-mentality of getting lots of linemen big-n-athletic. That's why I was hoping that we'd grab Bruce Campbell. Not only could he have locked down the RT position, but also has a chance to be a top-notch LT in the NFL - could have been nice cover for Trent Williams.

Posted by: p1funk | June 2, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

But I'm grateful that I have World Cup soccer this summer to carry me through what is usually the absolutely most boring sports month of the year - June.

Posted by: p1funk | June 2, 2010 12:07 PM |

Hey now, we have the NBA draft and Strasburg, this may be the most exciting June in DC Sports. But I got some co workers who are looking to skip work to watch the WC, thats what happens when you work in development.

Posted by: alex35332 | June 2, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/teams/page/WAS/washington-redskins

Jun 2 12:14 ET

Redskins defense is giving the offense some interesting looks, including one down lineman and six LBs standing at the line of scrimmage.

Jun 2 12:10 ET

Drawing big cheers from his elders was backup LB Alvin Bowen who just picked off QB Colt Brennan's pass at goal line and took it back for a score.

Posted by: TWISI | June 2, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

"Exactly right...best believe I'll be comparing the careers of Trent Williams and Russell Okung for the next several years. If Okung is a HoFer and Williams is marginal, that's the kinda sh*t that haunts you for years.Posted by: brownwood26"

Haunts you, maybe. Better to be philosophical about it: there are just too many variables outside anyone's control. A broken leg, undiscovered spinal stenosis -- the list is much longer.

Plus there ain't that many left tackles in the HoF. And I'd be surprised if either turned out to be Jon Ogden.

Posted by: Samson151 | June 2, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

No matter who you get in the draft, it's going to be a gamble. There are tons of first round picks that come into the NFL, never to be heard from a gain and late round picks that turn into HoF'ers and vice versa. So no matter who we pick and where, it's all about how they adjust to the NFL. It's the luck of the draw. So no need in stressing big names, some of the best players out there are people you don't see on the highlight reels on ESPN every night.

Posted by: QSkinzfan | June 2, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

"On the other hand, if Sam Bradford doesn't pan out, what do the Rams do?"

They should follow the raiders' lead with Jamarcus Russell and make serious attempts to recover some of the money they gave him.

Wait minute....

I'm endorsing an idea started by the Oakland Raiders.

I can't believe that.

(INSERT image of raider's linebacker Jack Squirek intercepting Moe's joy and scoring yet again in the Loop of Hell from the Raiders v. Skins Super Bowl.)

Posted by: MistaMoe | June 2, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

We're screwed this year...

Posted by: Scoonie97 | June 2, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

I'm all for following the Ravens-mentality of getting lots of linemen big-n-athletic. That's why I was hoping that we'd grab Bruce Campbell. Not only could he have locked down the RT position, but also has a chance to be a top-notch LT in the NFL - could have been nice cover for Trent Williams.

Posted by: p1funk | June 2, 2010 12:20 PM


Agreed. In addition to the Williams/Okung comparison, I'll also be making one for the career paths of Bruce Campbell and Perry Riley. Not saying we didn't choose wisely, but I'm certainly interested in seeing if we did.

And if we did indeed pick well, Bruce Allen will be a hero in and around D.C.

Posted by: brownwood26 | June 2, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

i hate how soccer gets really popular in the US every time the World Cup rolls around. let's be honest people, none of you give a crap about soccer for 95-100% of every year. and i'm not bashing soccer, i think it's a great sport that probably SHOULD be more popular here (although i don't follow it at all). i'm just saying if people think it's so interesting, how come MLS games are still empty? if i was Team USA, i would resent these capricious fans. it's like with the olympics, where once every four years millions of Americans act like their going to kill themselves if we don't win the biathlon or the ice luge.

http://BroodingBurgundy.com
straight arrows on a crooked warpath

Posted by: bcarothers | June 2, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Even if Williams does not pan out as a franchise left tackle, he could always move to the right side. It's not like that spot has been locked down either. That's the beauty of drafting linemen high in the draft.

Posted by: p1funk | June 2, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

He'd better make it as a starting LT for us, because anything else makes him a HUGE bust. We drafted him No. 4 overall, and if he becomes a backup, or even if he becomes the starter at RT he's still considered a bust and we'll be laughed at for years (different than the current laughing they are doing now). Teams don't draft a RT that high, you wait till later in the draft, so we'd all better pray that he takes his lumps early and learns from them. We don't need him being another tackle we drafted from Penn State a few years ago, I think we all remember that SHABACHEL!!!

Posted by: monk811 | June 2, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

"But I got some co workers who are looking to skip work to watch the WC, thats what happens when you work in development.

Posted by: alex35332"

Oh, it's not just in development.

I've already put in my sick leave for upwards of 5 days purely for the sake of the World Cup.

Another friend quit his job for the month of the World Cup, purely to hitch a ride to South Africa and catch the circus live.

A couple more have already planned an extended vacation at the beach with the intention of watching games by day, soaking in the sun by afternoon and evening, and partying at night.

Even DC government is getting into the act, officially allowing bars to open and serve alcohol at 7am from June 11 to July 11, for the sake of World Cup viewers.

Ahh, it's going to be a great month. No other sporting event comes close to the World Cup. Counting the days...

Posted by: psps23 | June 2, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

The quality of O-line play will determine the success level of this team. If it is drastically improved, we may be onto something here. If not, we're limited to a .500 record, max.

Posted by: shanks1 | June 2, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

And if we did indeed pick well, Bruce Allen will be a hero in and around D.C.

Posted by: brownwood26 | June 2, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse


If we switch to gold pants he will be a hero as well.

Posted by: Original_etrod | June 2, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

I'm endorsing an idea started by the Oakland Raiders.

They should follow the raiders' lead with Jamarcus Russell and make serious attempts to recover some of the money they gave him.

Wait minute....

I'm endorsing an idea started by the Oakland Raiders.

I can't believe that.


Posted by: MistaMoe | June 2, 2010 12:27 PM |

It's kinda funny how if you follow the history arc of Al Davis QBs it kinda starts with Daryle L, the Mad Bomber, and it kinda ends with Campbell, he of the 5 and 6 yard completions, the dump-offs and the hive attacks when the call from the sideline comes in to go long.

Posted by: PsyOps | June 2, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Just tell me about Trent Williams and Artis Hicks...maybe a tad about Mike Williams.

Posted by: tgerbracht | June 2, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

I'm curious to see preseason games, not practices in June.

This season can't come fast enough...

Posted by: brownwood26


How quick we forget. Redskins have traditionally DOMIBNATED the 0ffseason. Preseason and regular season, not so much lately.

But I agree, with a real coach and as importantly a real GM trying to undo the past messes, we're all anxious to se how they do one they are in full unis.

Posted by: TheCork | June 2, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Haynesworth to the Raiders for a 2nd in 2013 and and a 2nd in 2015 with a possibility of being upgraded to a 1st if they make it to the Super Bowl before then....


Book it!

Posted by: 4thFloor | June 2, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Just tell me about Trent Williams and Artis Hicks...maybe a tad about Mike Williams.

Posted by: tgerbracht

Aside from whether they seem to know the plays and what string coaches have them at, you can't tell much about Big Uglies until the pads go on.

Posted by: TheCork | June 2, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

2010 is going to be more about direction of the franchise than wins & losses. But boy, would I love to wrong about this!!

Posted by: shanks1 | June 2, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

What should Jason Reid be looking for.........a treadmill

Posted by: grumpybaz | June 2, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

2010 is going to be more about direction of the franchise than wins & losses. But boy, would I love to wrong about this!!

Posted by: shanks1 | June 2, 2010 1:17 PM |

If McNabb is injured in the first game and the Skins end up with another 4-12er and their pick of QBs in the draft, which is it - direction or wins & losses?

Posted by: PsyOps | June 2, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Ahh, it's going to be a great month. No other sporting event comes close to the World Cup. Counting the days...

Posted by: psps23 | June 2, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse
______

Good for you. I, for one (like most of the US), would rather watch paint dry or milk spoil than a soccer game. It's fun to play, but BORING BORING BORING BORING to watch. I guess the world cup is obviously starting soon, but I won't be tuning in, and neither will significant numbers of Americans. Yawn.

Posted by: skinsfan713 | June 2, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

How are the other QB's looking in OTAs? Are they getting many reps? How's Colt looking? There was a report on another outlet a couple weeks ago that said they(Shanahans) really liked him and that he would likely be the backup. How bad does Grossman look?

Posted by: wagman1 | June 2, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abus

Link? Whats the source?

Posted by: VaBeachBlitz | June 2, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

"Al and Tipper Gore's separation makes us fear for our parents, ourselves..."


Who gives up after 40 years?

Al and Tipper, that's who.

Cubs fans don't.

Red Sawx fans almost did.

Saints fans never did--despite the brown bags, Katrina, and Bum Phillips--and will get rings this Fall.

The lions, browns, texans, and jags must find ways to keep their hopes alive.

Dan Snyder lost interest in his squash buddy Vinny Cerrato and kicked him to the curb like he was a cheating baby daddy on the Maury Povich Show.

Their divorce was celebrated in ways their marriage of the mindless wasn't.

Joe Gibbs was in his 40s when he accepted the redskins' coaching job almost 30 years ago.

Have gave up after the second time around proved to less exciting than the first.

mrsmoe and I will celebrate 25 years the same weekend the upcoming NFL season starts.

It's an anniversary I look forward to and dread all at the same time.

"Do you think we'll make it to 40 years of marriage like Al and Tipper?" I asked her the other day.

She responded with lyrics too explicit too label.

Tonite, the globe will be warm, but the bedroom cold.

But like us skins fans, she does hope for a ring this Fall.

And that last hope is one I'll never give up on.

Posted by: MistaMoe | June 2, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

THINGS TO WATCH:

1- When will Kyle sign his first "must have" from Colorado State? (see 1/2 of entire Texans team)
2- Can Austin make us forget about Rock?
3- Will Redskins have any receiver in 2010 to run the deep drag (a la Andre Johnson) to open up the underneath for Cooley and Portis?
4- Will AH play at least half game ea. game at nose if that is what Shanny wants?
5- Can Fast Willie throw the halfback Zorn-jump ball?

Posted by: ElYeah | June 2, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Good to see the soccer haters still out and about, though there do seem to be a lot fewer of them these days. Looks like the fastest growing American sport is catching up to them too.

Hang tough skinsfan713, hang tough.

Posted by: psps23 | June 2, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

move along again... Portis post on next thread.

Posted by: moodlymoodlymoo | June 2, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

How has brandon banks looked? For someone who had 4 KO returns for TDs.. he should definitely have a shot. And when was the last time the redskins had a good special teamer? Brian Mitchell? special teams continues to be one of our weaknesses and i think he can change that.

Posted by: pdtodd12 | June 2, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

I care nothing for the "comfort level" of some damn Iggle, especially when Jason Campbell got sentenced to the ghetto-blasted wasteland of Raidersville to accommodate it. I liked McNabb well enough considering - all props to him for keeping his cool dealing with that bucktoothed monkeyfaced self-centered whiny-b*i*tch drama queen terRELL Owens [that impression nosedived when he finagled a spot on the roster for some scummy dog killer] - but he still Thee Enemy, although #3 on the list behind the Tumbleweeds and the Jy-ants [shades of the time that lizard-eyed Carl Banks come down from Mafiatown talkin' 'bout Me A Redskin Now and looked for a warm welcome, WTF was he smoking?]. So while I don't wish him no ill will, I just cain't clasp his nappy head to my burgundy & gold-clad bosom and whisper sweet Fight For Olde Dee Cee nothings in his well-shaped ear. All I can do is pray he makes his passes count, the ball gets caught effectively and the next-generation O-line keep the opposition at bay better than with Jason Campbell. After all, he certainly ain't no slouch flinging the pigskin around, got a fistful of records to his credit and a certain amount of character that a previous Iggle under center, R. Cunningham the Clown King of Me-I-Me-I, couldn't hold a burnt match to. Go Redskins! - and you too, Donovan!

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