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Derrick Blaylock Worth Watching

Got off the phone with Blaylock's agent and he feels like there is a real chance here. Barring something crazy happening this weekend, Blaylock's agent, Michael Huyghue thinks he'll start talking contract with the Skins next week. "We're very optimistic about getting something done after this weekend," he said.

Injuries took Blaylock out of the Jets' plans last season, but even with the Ports/Betts axis in tact, the need for another depth RB could be intersting. Also, couldn't help but notice Rock Cartwright looking out at rookie camp today from afar with partiicular interest, peering down at the practice fields. Blaylock has been healthy since January and Al Saunders is in his corner. We shall see.

Also, kicker is heating up, They want a few guys to push Suisham in camp and we'll see who, if anyone, emerges from this rookie camp.

Random Tidbits: Skins are $5.1 million under the salary cap ... Will try to post something on the DE's tonight as promised. Wil do it Sat. at the latest. Contrary to what some shills would have you believe, there is stil a definite and well-accpeted need along the D Line among the staff. Obviously, Coach Joe and the gang don't come right out in front of cameras and say what's still flawed with their team, and of course they would not publicly speak ill of their work this offseason, but that's where reporting and critical thought come in. Seems easy enough to grasp, but, alas, for some who love nothing more than to puff on the team's corproate cigar, well ... Still think there's any chance the Yanks fire Torre? Man, as a Sox fan nothign would me more filled with glee than to watch Larry Bowa ot Don Mattingly try to manage the Bronx Zoo. My pal Casey Husband, one of my favorite people at the the Park by far, is already cracking under the pressure of his Yanks horrid start, honing in on Dustin Pedroia today. Dude, let's see your team beat someone other than Texas and the we'll talk ... Speaking of fires coaches, Mourinho is a goner at Chelsea, Wonder where he lands? Oh, and if you're wondering, DC United still has no one capable of delivering a decant cross from the flank (freddy who used to provide service?) and the US National Team is still stuck with an interim coach 11 months after the start of the last World Cup. But no need to rush.

By Jason La Canfora  |  May 4, 2007; 6:13 PM ET
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1st. I know that was so lame. Smack to the back of my own damn head. lol

Posted by: jm220 | May 4, 2007 6:33 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Anonymous | May 4, 2007 6:40 PM | Report abuse

This may be a stupid question but why do we need another RB? We have Portis, Betts, and Rock Cartwright. Bringing in someone else is a slap at Rock and reminds me too much of the Duckett episode from last season. We have far greater needs.

Speaking of Duckett.....didn't he go to Detroit? If so, I predict Detroit to be a red hot team. Calvin Johnson will be an amazing receiver and Duckett will rush for 1500 yards. I say this because whenever we release a player, he goes to another team and lights it up (ala Walt Harris).

Posted by: Lisa | May 4, 2007 6:43 PM | Report abuse

3rd. I feel bad for Rock if Blaylock comes in. I'm sure he's hoping to be the #3 but as loyal as we should be to these guys, I would love nothing more than to go deep into the playoffs and sometimes, change is whats needed. I just don't see where Blaylock fits though. I guess he would fit in where Duckett was last year. Not doing much at all. But we will see. I wonder if there are trade ideas out there being that the Chargers RB is off the market. HMMMMM, I wonder.

Posted by: Anthony (los angeles) | May 4, 2007 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Duckett only had one year left on his contract when we brought him in. And I feel the same about Rock but reference my previous post above.

Posted by: Anthony (los angeles) | May 4, 2007 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Note on Landry: He was interviewed by Comcast after today's practice....he said it was "hard" - when asked what he meant by that he said the speed of the game was a lot quicker than he is used to. Oh is the just the first day. How many of us had our jobs down pat on the first day?

Posted by: Lisa | May 4, 2007 6:48 PM | Report abuse

...whenever we release a player, he goes to another team and lights it up (ala Walt Harris).

Posted by: Lisa | May 4, 2007 06:43 PM

I'm thinking of Taylor Jacobs, Rod Gardner, Patrick Ramsey, Darnerian McCants, Trung Canidate. About the only thing they ever lit up was a Weber grill.

Posted by: KK | May 4, 2007 6:53 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Anonymous | May 4, 2007 7:00 PM | Report abuse

KK, besides Walt there was also Brad Johnson, Champ Bailey, Antonio Pierce (who actually played better when he was with us but is still good), Jeremiah Trotter, Trent Green. I'm sure I'm forgetting others as well.

Posted by: Lisa | May 4, 2007 7:00 PM | Report abuse

I've seen a lot of talk about the June 1 cuts. Does anyone remember any good players falling victim to June 1 cuts last year? I'm trying, but my memory must be failing me because I'm not coming up with anything.

Posted by: JustMe | May 4, 2007 7:01 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure the Redskins coaching staff see Rock as much more than a good special teams player and occasional fill-in at RB. And they're probably right. These days it's popular to rely heavily on two RB's which seems to be the Redskins strategy as well. Blaylock then makes complete sense in case Betts or Portis gets injured.

Rock has proven he belongs on the Redskins roster, but is he good enough to get a fair share of carries if injury moves him up to #2?

By the way, Duckett's now in a pretty crowded backfield in Detroit and will have to compete with Tatum Bell and Kevin Jones. I personally can't see him breaking out of the 2nd back, short-yardage role he's played his entire career so far. Not this year at least.

Posted by: Johnnie Futbol | May 4, 2007 7:21 PM | Report abuse

DarCarian should could play.

Posted by: S.Spurrier | May 4, 2007 7:34 PM | Report abuse

It'll be interesting to see if any of these LBs stick around. I wonder if the lack of development with our recent backers is one of the reasons why we have a new LB coach this season.

Posted by: David | May 4, 2007 7:55 PM | Report abuse

DC United has play down the flanks, but Adu hardly excelled in that role.

As for the Skins, I'm rooting for Rock. The guy works hard and is underrated.

Posted by: noptov52 | May 4, 2007 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Any idea what happened to the local CB (Geoff Pope) who was in for tryouts before the draft? I am pretty sure he wasn't drafted, but was hoping we would bring him in as an undrafted rookie FA.

Posted by: drbatch | May 4, 2007 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Just off the phone with Sunil...Mourinho to take my job, Klinsmann as technical advisor.

United dark side. Simms is absolute crap. That horrid Chivas goal in the away leg still haunting Perkins. Facu guaranteed $115k (per Soccer Insider) this year to play ole defense - laughing all the way to Buenos Aires. Emilio a non-factor since CONCACAF ended and MLS began. New owners facing Jackson/Sharpton-esque shakedown by "concerned" ministers who oppose what would be the greatest football ground in the land...oh and the revitalization of the most downtrodden area of DC.

United bright side. God bless the "old" man Benny Olsen. Fred starting to come on (just in time to blow a knee). Kasey Keller's available after Bundesliga side was relegated. Kpene and Addlery are promising. RBNY now only 9pts up. MLS Cup is in RFK this year. South Africa may balk on 2010, hello FedEx Field! And finally, win, lose, or draw...the Stella is still flowing! Cheers Mate

Posted by: Bob Bradley | May 4, 2007 8:42 PM | Report abuse

So if we get another runningback each of them will have 500 yards this year? why don't they trade for a DE with all the cap they have

Posted by: Alexander | May 4, 2007 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Will Smith.....he would get jiggy with it at Fed Ex.....

Posted by: Big Murf | May 4, 2007 9:10 PM | Report abuse

I dont think Rock has anything to worry about...He turned out to be one of the better kick returners in the league last year...

Posted by: Rob | May 4, 2007 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Carson Palmer's brother Jordan isn't the only rookie on hand for Rookie Camp. Byron Westbrook, the brother of Philadelphia Eagles running back Brian Westbrook, is participating as a tryout.

Byron Westbrook is a 5-10, 195-pound cornerback out of Salisbury (Md.) University, a Division III school. He had 18 interceptions in his career at Salisbury and he also returned punts and kickoffs.

Posted by: Rob | May 4, 2007 9:44 PM | Report abuse


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Posted by: Rob | May 4, 2007 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Rock will get a roster spot just for special teams play regardless if Blaylock is around or not. He is the main KR and covers kicks. If Saunders boy Blaylock is as worthless as Todd Collins we may as well pass anyway.

Posted by: cdubb | May 4, 2007 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Redskins are $5.1 million under the cap, but HAVEN"T signed their draft picks yet. Landry's contract should take care of about $5.0 million, so that leaves about $100,000 to sign the rest of the draftees, any undrafted free agents, anyone else they find on the side of the road, and your prototypical starting defensive end.

Sure, no problem - the Redskins can make anything happen.

Posted by: Price, Waterhouse | May 4, 2007 9:48 PM | Report abuse

I like that Westbrook thing. Never seen the guy play but his brother is a great back. Maybe a practice squad guy to develop for CB help down the road.

Posted by: cdubb | May 4, 2007 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, much of the 5.1 mil will go quick signing the rooks and free agents like Blaylock. Wouldn't it be something if the Redskins didn't get around to signing a d-linemen just like they didn't get around to drafting one?

I guess that's probably unlikely, but in the end I'm sure there won't be much available to spend.

With Blaylock, at least we're not giving up draft picks to get him like Duckett. He's just insurance - a decent backup who may or may not get much playing time. Good teams have players like that.

Posted by: Johnnie Futbol | May 4, 2007 10:11 PM | Report abuse

I've watched Westbrook at several games. I was thrilled to see them bring him in. He just might be a sleeper. About time the Skins find one.

Posted by: Rich from Salisbury | May 4, 2007 10:33 PM | Report abuse

You can't complain with the FO trying to add depth to the team.

Posted by: monkalicious | May 4, 2007 10:41 PM | Report abuse

I hate that Ian Scott got picked up by the Eagles.

drbatch, Geoff Pope signed with the Dolphins. click above the news at

Posted by: dcsween | May 4, 2007 11:08 PM | Report abuse

They got Scott for cheap too. I think I read it was $1mill for 1 year.

Posted by: JustMe | May 4, 2007 11:52 PM | Report abuse

That's right, a million dollars. Hopefully we won't have another Stallworth situation next year. Cheap one-year deals come back to bite after the season is over.

Posted by: Gonzo, MD | May 4, 2007 11:58 PM | Report abuse

FU@K the Eagles. This is a Redskins blog.

Posted by: Gajay Feeley | May 5, 2007 12:43 AM | Report abuse

Duck Fuke

Posted by: TerpFan | May 5, 2007 1:07 AM | Report abuse


The most recent reports emanating from Stamford Bridge actually suggest that Mourinho will have one more year to bring home the Champions League title. It's a marriage of convenience, but both Roman and Jose have realized that they can't really do better for themselves in the short run -- especially after Klinsmann reportedly turned down the job. But it does look like another summer of big spending and big name signings, particular with the loss of Drogba, Essien, Kalou, Mikel, et al., to the African Cup of Nations for two months. And with the contract situations of Terry and Lampard unsettled, and Robben on the outs with Mourinho, it could be an off season of massive upheaval at the Bridge.

Posted by: Simon | May 5, 2007 1:19 AM | Report abuse

I actually understood all of that. That cannot be good.

Posted by: SMACK | May 5, 2007 1:25 AM | Report abuse

Walt Harris played for San Fran, alot of people looked like they lit it up for San Fran, just ask the redskins last year (ie: Carter, Lloyd, Rumph) when Kenny wright lights it up then we have a problem, the skins had more injuries then almost if not more then any team in the league last year, they got beat deep because Pierson Prioleau tore his acl the opening kick off the first game. Archuleta was brought in because there was a serious chance taylor was going to go to jail, just ask paris hilton, so archuleta was out of place in the first place, Duckett was brought in just in case portis couldn't go, which did happen and we would've loved duckett if anything happened to betts, springs was also out the first four games and kenny wright, who we know how good he is, was signed as a 3rd string corner, not a starting corner, the reason the dline or linebackers couldn't blitz and didn't get much movement up the field and also didn't get as many sacks as other teams is because our secondary was so banged up. The best player on the team is portis and he played in less then half the skins games. This team has the talent to go far on both signs of the ball, everyone believes everything they hear on espn, very rarely is espn ever right at anything, kiper thought ryan leaf was god and this happens every year, if these guys were so good they would be nfl gm's, they'll say whatever to get ratings, because they aren't hired for there opinion, they are hired to entertain and bring in ratings, no ratings no money, the skins will go far next year, they have more talent player by player then any team in the nfc, its putting it together and not having the injuries they had last year and if you dont think so then you never played the game and/or only listen to the "experts" who all picked carolina to win it all last year. They dominated the eagles in the 2nd game, beat the cowgirls and if we had anyone who could cover deep we could've stopped tiki and put 8 men in the box. eagles beat us because of a young qb, dallas we beat, thanks t.o. and the giants we had what 6 starters on defense play, come on, look at the film, this team isn't nearly as bad as everyone thinks, if you aren't influenced by other sources and actually played the game you would know how close they really are.

Posted by: Uncle Spence | May 5, 2007 2:23 AM | Report abuse

Ditto, SMACK

WTF with English soccer anyway? They want to keep Arsenal, English???! Has anyone looked at the roster or the coach. So they want Englishmen owning them. The Brits hate to not be in charge - even if their not. Go USA, buy all their football teams!

On a 'skins note...nothing. Still waiting to hear about the DE's. Although, to answer previous posters about Wynn's alledged value. He can play both end and tackle and knows the defense. Probablly no one else out there that can say the same.

Posted by: bangkokben | May 5, 2007 2:25 AM | Report abuse

Man, I hope you don't speak like you write.

Posted by: Take a Breath | May 5, 2007 2:29 AM | Report abuse

More than likely the 'Skins are going to carry 4 RBs again this year because of Portis' injury concerns and also because Betts' injury history isn't exactly stellar either.

I don't think they trust Cartwright as the 3rd RB because of his fumbling issues.

But they DO want to keep him around for special teams and kick returning, plus he's one of their leaders. I read somewhere he runs all the scout plays for them during the week as well. So I seriously doubt he's going anywhere, just like he wasn't when they got Duckett. Gibbs loves him.

So Blaylock more than likely is Duckett's replacement more than Rock's. They also signed a couple rookie free agents who could make a push, but I'm betting Blaylock makes the team.

Posted by: Cliff Huxtable | May 5, 2007 6:10 AM | Report abuse

If Sean Taylor was a matador,the rodeo clowns would have to protect the bull.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 5, 2007 8:45 AM | Report abuse

The Boogeyman sleeps with a nite-lite on because he thinks Sean Taylor is under his bed.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 5, 2007 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Rock is a great "teams" guy but I do not want him carrying the rock. He is undersized and has a terrible fumble per carry ratio. I would like to see Blaylock on the field first before I decide on him. The bottom line is that at least the Skins won't be giving up any draft picks to sign him!

Posted by: Jimbo | May 5, 2007 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Redskins are $5.1 million under the cap, but HAVEN"T signed their draft picks yet. Landry's contract should take care of about $5.0 million, so that leaves about $100,000 to sign the rest of the draftees, any undrafted free agents, anyone else they find on the side of the road, and your prototypical starting defensive end.

Posted by: Price, Waterhouse | May 4, 2007 09:48 PM

I think the rookie pool is only 3.7MM, so you figure landry takes up 3.2 of that, with the balance going to the other guys

Posted by: GM | May 5, 2007 9:27 AM | Report abuse

I don't come here to read about freakin baseball and definitely not soccer. You could have had the DE news up in the time that you wasted talking about pansy soccer, the Yankees and the Sox. Stick to football JLC!!

Posted by: Anonymous | May 5, 2007 10:11 AM | Report abuse

That's about right. Vernon Davis (sixth pick last year) got about 2.69 mill in 2006, salary and bonuses. It would be unusual for that to jump to 5 million the next year ...

Posted by: Gonzo, MD | May 5, 2007 10:29 AM | Report abuse

I just think that Joe Gibbs "EGO" and Rock Cartwright "EGO" wouldn't co-exist...If you have noticed Rock Cartwright has a big HUGE "EGO".

Posted by: Shawn | May 5, 2007 10:30 AM | Report abuse

What about another scenario: There had been all these rumors about Portis going to the Jets for Jonathan Vilma. Maybe that trade is still in the works and Blaylock is being considered as the top backup to Betts.

Anyone know if those Jets rumors are still alive?

Posted by: Joe The Fan | May 5, 2007 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Whatever happened to the idea that guys have to compete for their jobs? Is there a special exemption for Rock Cartwright? Heck, not even Mark Brunell was exempt.

Posted by: KK | May 5, 2007 11:48 AM | Report abuse

JLAC .. where did u learn to write ? You don't need an apostrophe to denote something as plural. DEs, not DE's !!! I'm constantly amazed that journalists (see ? not journalist's) like you still make these kind of mistakes.

Posted by: GramPo | May 5, 2007 11:53 AM | Report abuse

portis- STARTER
Betts- BACKup (not a bad one either)
Blaylock- 3 string ( rock fumbles too much like betts)
Rock- KR (Amazing and i love the guy but hes fumble prone on Offense great KR tho)
Blaylock- preatty good could've started some games for the JETS last year

Posted by: brandon H | May 5, 2007 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Randle El for kick returner, punt returner, trick-play wide receiver?

Posted by: Gonzo, MD | May 5, 2007 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Randle El for kick returner, punt returner, trick-play wide receiver?

Posted by: Gonzo, MD | May 5, 2007 12:01 PM

If we put Randle El to do trick-plays then the other teams would know that everytime Antwaan Randle El is on the field it will be a trick play...It would give it away

Posted by: Anonymous | May 5, 2007 1:04 PM | Report abuse

JLAC .. where did u learn to write ? You don't need an apostrophe to denote something as plural. DEs, not DE's !!! I'm constantly amazed that journalists (see ? not journalist's) like you still make these kind of mistakes.

Posted by: GramPo | May 5, 2007 11:53 AM

According to the Purdue University Online Writing Lab:

The apostrophe has three uses:

1) to form possessives of nouns
2) to show the omission of letters
3) to indicate certain plurals of lowercase letters.

JLC's use falls under #2, no?

Posted by: Johnnie Futbol | May 5, 2007 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Stop typing your blog with the kids on your lap. The typos on your latest blog were unbearable.

Posted by: John Fosback | May 5, 2007 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Universally every major sports news outlet rated the Redskins draft the worst of the entire league.

The Redskins have added (an older short Linebacker) Fletcher, Smoot (a third corner), and another rookie safety Landry. Insurance policy third tier O-linemen can't even rgister the name, Macklin- a throw-away corner. And now Blaylock (a fourth RB). A seventh round Rookie QB. A seveth round blocking tight end rookie.

They lost, a starting offensive lineman (Dockery), and may lose Springs to June cuts.

Please remind me why with a starting QB with about 8 games experience, no pass rush, a rookie saftey that Grilliams won't play, linebackers coming off major surgeries (Washington - Macintosh), star running back coming off of major surgery, we expect to be any better this year> Uncle Spence step in....

Is it because the players have had another year to learn Saunders play book? Because we fired the linebackers coach? Because we learned corners and safteies don't even meet together? Why are things going to be any different this year?

Posted by: Devil's Advocate, eternal spring of hope has run dry | May 5, 2007 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Joe The Fan, I don't know where that rumor about Portis surfaced and why people keep bringing it up. As it has been stated MANY times on this blog (even Jason stated this) - Gibbs LOVES Portis. He also loves having two quality backs. After the season ended, he was repeatedly asked about keeping both Portis and Betts and he was adamant about keeping both of them.

Posted by: Lisa | May 5, 2007 1:35 PM | Report abuse



Posted by: BIG J | May 5, 2007 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Lisa: Have you noticed a lack regulars in the last few days? No Nate, Cload, etc., very little DCSween. Are they all on another blog somewhere? Weird. I did not like the implication in Jason's article today that perhaps Portis will not be ready for training camp or something to that effect. I did like the admission, albeit not for public consumption, that the powers that be do recognize they need some help on the dline. I will keep the faith for now. Will be rooting for the Blades kid.

Posted by: Mad Dog | May 5, 2007 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Universally every major sports news outlet rated the Redskins draft the worst of the entire league.

Posted by: Devil's Advocate, eternal spring of hope has run dry | May 5, 2007 01:22 PM

Big whoop. We knew ahead of time the Redskins could get only so much out of the draft after trading away so many picks. But nonetheless they got the best defensive player in the draft that can help fill a need (even if he doesn't start right away), and potentially 2 linebackers who may (or may not) provide extra depth at LB and help on special teams. Whatever the "experts" are saying, why frown about the Redskins draft.

Otherwise on defense the Redskins have arguably improved both at linebacker and in the secondary. On offense, their young QB who looked promising in a half-season last year will have more experience this year and will play with a team more in sync with Saunders offensive scheme?

Sure the Redskins might have another losing season. But why bank on it? Frankly I can see any of the four NFC East teams tanking this year, and likewise any of the four breaking out with a great year.

So we'll see. But as a Redskins fan, why not have some optimism? What's the point in following sports otherwise?

Posted by: Johnnie Futbol | May 5, 2007 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Johnie Futbol -

Yes, the apostrophe can be used to to show the omission of letters (e.g., Government => Gov't), but that was not JLac's intention. He was not trying to shorten DEnds to DE's. Thus, DEs, not DE's.

I remember JLaC writing that he was the guy who was good in English in school. Are you kidding me ? Which school did he go to ?

Posted by: GramPo | May 5, 2007 2:33 PM | Report abuse

"Hey Rock, thanks for you time bruh."

Posted by: ArtMonkToTheSticks | May 5, 2007 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone see "The 10 Best Drafts in NFL History" last night on the NFL Network? The 1981 (I think) Redskins was #7. It was the year we drafted Mark Maye, Russ Grim, Dexter Manley, etc. Times have really changed, huh?

Also, Beathard has definitely had some work done. They showed clips of him last night (he was the mastermind of this draft) and he looks vastly different than the Beathard on the NFL Network Draft Show last weekend.

Posted by: Lisa | May 5, 2007 3:04 PM | Report abuse


You know about the most boring posters on any blog are the twerps who criticize spelling, grammar, apostrophes, etc. What is especially tedious in your own case is that you make worse errors than the ones you criticize. For example, it is incorrect to write "make these kind of errors." "These errors" would be correct. Or "this kind" would be correct. But "these kind" is just plain wrong.

Lighten up, GramPo. People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. It's a blog, not a newspaper article. You read it for the news or the ideas, not for apostrophes. Jason does a great job of putting out stuff you won't find anywhere else. If you want to pull your taffy, why don't you go over to the Marc Fisher blog where that's the norm?

Posted by: KK | May 5, 2007 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Fatality...KK wins.

Posted by: ArtMonkToTheSticks | May 5, 2007 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Nice smack down KK!!!!

F grammer police

and by the way newbie....its a blaw to NOT CORRECT GRAMMER!!!!!!

Posted by: chris larry | May 5, 2007 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Wow, criticizing Jla is the best way to bring out the regulars and long time bloggers. Nate can't be far behind. Absolutely beautiful day here in Gotham. Just took a walk up Madison Ave to get a haircut. Nice scenery.

Posted by: Mad Dog | May 5, 2007 3:46 PM | Report abuse

And apparently, a post by me is the best way to halt all activity on this blog.

Posted by: Mad Dog | May 5, 2007 4:01 PM | Report abuse

chris larry,

I hate to do this, but it's actually "grammar." I know, I know... F JustMe

I won't do it again. I just couldn't help myself. LOL

Posted by: JustMe | May 5, 2007 4:03 PM | Report abuse

I just listened to Grilliams' talking w/ the media after today's rookie camp practice. He made some really interesting comments. Hopefully, they'll give us something to talk about since it's a little slow in here.

1) He plans to classify his safeties this year, with The Reaper at the free safety spot and L2 at the strong safety spot once he works his way into the line-up.

2) He doesn't think it will be long before L2 works his way into the line-up.

3) He wants The Reaper more in a position to "go get the ball."

4) When they went to LSU to work out a couple of players, they took Jason Campbell. Grilliams said he teased Coach Gibbs that JC had the best workout of the day. He hadn't seen JC since the end of last season until then, and that it is immediately evident how much work JC has done in the off-season.

5) He talked a good deal about how much HB Blades can learn from London Fletcher. Said HB's sharp mentally.

6) Golston and Montgomery have had a really good off-season, and he's anxious to see how they've developed on the field.

7) Off-season isn't over. They're still in the market to take a look at situations as players become available. This was said when he was talking about G & M, so it seemed as if he was talking about adding to the Dline.

8) To his understanding, the players coming off surgery are coming along fine. No mention of any concern regarding Marcus Washington's hip.

Those were the highlights.

Posted by: JustMe | May 5, 2007 4:06 PM | Report abuse

My money is on chris larry.

Posted by: Mad Dog | May 5, 2007 4:08 PM | Report abuse

J-Lac, please provide us a new post so that we don't have to listen to these worthless arguments. Thanks Homie!

Not sure about the rest of you, but I would love to trade a mid-round pick for a nice D-End. One mid-round pick gone from a full supply next year would not be that bad.

Does anyone know how much Shawn Springs' cap figure is and what happens if we cut him after June 1st?

Be nice to see us trade him & a draft pick for a D-End. Nothing against 24, but he is getting up there in age and is not going to be cheap to keep......

Posted by: BIg Murf | May 5, 2007 4:11 PM | Report abuse

JustMe: Thanks for that update. Everything you reported sounds great. Grilliams doesn't strike me as a guy who bullsh@ts much so I am definitely encouraged.

Posted by: Mad Dog | May 5, 2007 4:12 PM | Report abuse

My money is on chris larry.

Posted by: Mad Dog | May 5, 2007 04:08 PM


So is mine. LOL

Posted by: JustMe | May 5, 2007 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Big Murf: We've gone round and round on this blog re Springs, his cap number and the ramifications of cutting him. Suffice it to say, in large part in deference to Lisa and her Springs crush, the majority opinion is keep him and pray he stays healthy. In light of the increase in the salary cap and the concomitant increase in salaries across the board, his cap number is manageable and he is by far our best corner.

Posted by: Mad Dog | May 5, 2007 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Wow, again I've flatlined the blog.

Posted by: Mad Dog | May 5, 2007 4:49 PM | Report abuse

happy cinco de mayo people! who's ordering the fight?

The Black Maybach (a la My Moby Dick)

so i'm getting gas and guess who pulls in to get gas? Mr. Snyder's Maybach. So i'm thinking what are the chances that he might be in there. NONE! because that driver would be fired at that moment if he didn't have gas.

so apparently i'm not the only one salivating at this car. i'm undressing that hot piece of [machinery] as soon as it pulls in... like i would if Ms. White's daughter bent over to pick up her tennis ball.

the dude parks next to me (at the pumps) and as soon as he gets out a towncar pulls up asking him what i was wondering. is the [danny] BOY in the car [cuz of course the windows are not only tinted they gots curtains]? nope he aint...

so another dude comes up to my man[he looked like he was a native/indigenous to the region] and wants to look in the back (at the back seat). so the guy's nice he opens the door and i thought i was salivating...

so the native starts telling him about how he lives right next to chris cooley, samuels(and he's a big guy! no shti!), joe gibbs wife and that he knows someone who plays tennis with gibbs wife (pat?) or was it weird al wife cuz he mentioned her name and it didn't sound like it "pat".

so after my man gets away from him, someone else stops him and starts asking him questions. the guy was a celeb.

he had very nice things to say about everyone. total class. he should be in the PR dept. at the skins park.

Posted by: dealer | May 5, 2007 4:53 PM | Report abuse

You're trying, Mad Dog. Everyone must be out and about. Perhaps we should take the hint. LOL

Posted by: JustMe | May 5, 2007 4:53 PM | Report abuse

JustMe: Are you saying that I'm trying to flatline the blog or trying to revive it? I guess you are saying we are losers. Can't argue. I did get out for a walk before. I'm at work and going out to dinner in the City later.

Dealer: Thanks for joining us. We can always use some of your humorous stream of consciousness. Riff on.

Posted by: Mad Dog | May 5, 2007 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Mad Dog, where do you live in the city? I'm moving to the lower east side in July. There is a strong group of skins fans who will watch the contests and make merry. Holler.

JLC beat me to the punching on my dog HB Blades. I have been emailing with my boys about this since his selection by my beloved squadron. I LOVED this kid all year in college football. With all the pre draft hype and whatnot, I kinda forgot about him. I was thrilled to see that name come up. The dude is awesome. He is the defensive Rock Cartwright. Smart as all get out and will do whatever must be done.

'Yo, HB...take this ring to Mordor son.'

HB Blades: 'Aight...'

This is a guy we can be proud of.

AMTTS out.

Posted by: ArtMonkToTheSticks | May 5, 2007 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Well, while I have been basically blogging by myself today, I guess at least I can take credit for the first use of the word "concomitant" on this blog. My 9th grade English teacher would be so proud.

Posted by: Mad Dog | May 5, 2007 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Mad Dog,

I meant trying to revive it, but this thing appears to be firmly on life support today.

At least you've been out of the house. I've been inside all day without the slightest inclination to go outside. The highlight of my day has been beating my 4-year old at a Nintendo Wii game. I really need to get out more. Really.

Posted by: JustMe | May 5, 2007 5:14 PM | Report abuse

I have a question, not sure why this popped into my head... JustMe, are you a guy or a gal? For some reason, at some point, I had some gender confusion from one or two of your comments, but unlike sfskin (gal) and MV Dame (guy) I don't remember the answer.

No offense, I pray.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | May 5, 2007 5:15 PM | Report abuse

and it means...?

Posted by: Anonymous | May 5, 2007 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Great J-La free-associative misspelling festival up top; classic dealer rant; good solid work from SMACK, AMTTS, Mad Dog, JustMe and others; even an "F something" from chris Larry... there's nothing wrong with this post aside from its slow pace.

F grammar queens.

F anonymous trolls.


Posted by: Nate in the PDX | May 5, 2007 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Nate to the rescue. And AMTTS too. Wow, I think I now know how my wife felt when she gave birth. Apologies in advance to the women of the blog. I believe I remember JustMe saying she was a she.

Posted by: Mad Dog | May 5, 2007 5:20 PM | Report abuse

No offense taken. LOL I'm a woman.

Posted by: JustMe | May 5, 2007 5:21 PM | Report abuse


Way to go! I don't know how you read all that into the blog. I really don't. I'm going to have to go back and read it all again with you as my guide.

Posted by: KK | May 5, 2007 5:24 PM | Report abuse

AMTTS: Don't live in the City just work here. Lower East Side seems to be a happening area these days. Lots of new restaurants etc popping up. I believe Nate was down there drinking beer recently. Also have high hopes for the Blades kid.

Posted by: Mad Dog | May 5, 2007 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Ah, yes, thanks, JustMe. Sorry for that.

See, Captain Obvious' main weakness is not paying enough attention to detail. Hence his focus on the obvious, the general, the simple. Painting with broad strokes. Y'know.


Posted by: Nate in the PDX | May 5, 2007 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Mrs. Nate has college friends who live in the East Village, and I dine and drink with them every time I'm in Gotham for work -- about every other month.

Somebody recommended excellent German joint Zum Schneider up here, and I did have a good time drinking their fine beer and trying to remember my college German. Remembering anything got harder and harder after each stein of those delicious but potent libations.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | May 5, 2007 5:29 PM | Report abuse

No problem. Captain Obvious wouldn't have had to make an effort to recall my gender had Queen Generic done a better job of coming up with a name to call herself.

I've read message boards online for years, but rarely post on them. So, I'm not too good at the whole alias thing.

Posted by: JustMe | May 5, 2007 5:30 PM | Report abuse

KK: Nate seems like a glass half full kind of guy.
Before you go back and read today's postings, I just painted a wall and you are welcome to come by and watch it dry.

Posted by: Mad Dog | May 5, 2007 5:31 PM | Report abuse

This is the first blog I ever regularly read, and the first I ever commented on more than once. Could have done a much better job with my nickname, which I've been asked to explain about a dozen times, but that would feel like starting over now that I have all this 'brand equity' tied up in the current one. Oh well.

It's exactly four months to the start of the NFL season, right? First weekend in September. Can't get here quickly enough, can it?

And yes, I always see my plastic souvenir stadium cup, with the Skins logo on one side and a Papa Johns logo on the other, as at least half full.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | May 5, 2007 5:37 PM | Report abuse

I seriously did not even know what a blog was before this one. When I picked my blog name my first post began something like " long time reader first time poster" which I thought was original and hysterical to boot. Mad Dog was a nod to Mike and the Mad Dog the drive time sports duo on FAN in NYC. In short, I could have done better myself.

Posted by: Mad Dog | May 5, 2007 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Mad Dog--

You serious? A fresh wall of paint? How long ago did you paint it? What color? How big is the wal? I live in Adams Morgan -- do you think I could make it over there before it's completely dry?

Failing that, maybe I could watch your grass grow. Or the pollen coming down from your trees.

Better yet, I should have some of what Nate's drinking.

Posted by: KK | May 5, 2007 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Ha! I also used the long time/first time thing, during the thrilling march to 10,000 comments. So young we were.

I found this while I was looking for my first post; it's a guest column from Megskin (who I am certain is a gal) with "blog FAQs":

Pretty cool.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | May 5, 2007 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Touche, KK.

Posted by: Mad Dog | May 5, 2007 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Yankee pitcher has no no through 7 going.

Posted by: Mad Dog | May 5, 2007 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Big Murf -

Why do you continue to prattle on like an idiot here regarding the DE issue? It has been noted by several posters that your "4th rounder for a starting DE" trade scenario is absurd. Maybe that kind of trade happens in your fantasy league or in Madden, but it doesn't happen in real life.

There are two kinds of DE's (F GramPo too) in the NFL - Stud Starters and Scrap Heap Starters. Stud Starters get franchised and require high compensation in trade. Scrap Heap Starters get cut because they are old, slow, and/or hurt, and often can be signed for the veteran minimum.

Given the state of the salary cap and the need to retain future draft picks, the Redskins can only afford to shop in the Scrap Heap Starters aisle.

Still not clear? Okay, try this -

A man is selling his Maserati. You call him and offer to give him your 1992 VW Jetta in exchange for the Maserati. He laughs at you and hangs up.

Get it?

Posted by: The Mole | May 5, 2007 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Saturday naptime (for our almost-three-year-old), barring any onerous chores, is one of my favorite blog interludes. It's quiet and calm in the house, sometimes there are mild shenanigans going on up here on the blog... and all of us who ARE up here, whatever time zone we're located in, are at least a little bit guilty for spending Saturday on the interweb. Which is inherently funny.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | May 5, 2007 6:05 PM | Report abuse


Thanks for resurrecting Megskin's from last October. Best guest blog ever.

Posted by: KK | May 5, 2007 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Mole, I should confess that I may have kind of started that '4th rounder for a starter' idea when I pondered whether the Randy Moss trade was an anomaly or perhaps a sign that draft picks are rising in value relative to veteran players. So please don't pile on Big Murf.

Murf is doing what we're all doing, trying to make sense of the offseason neglect for the D line which we've witnessed thus far. Like me, Murf wants to believe there's a Plan to get help. We shall see...

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | May 5, 2007 6:12 PM | Report abuse

tell the Quenn to watch out for Reggie Jackson

Posted by: Nordberg | May 5, 2007 6:14 PM | Report abuse

ummm Queen

Posted by: Nordberg | May 5, 2007 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Anybody watching the Kentucky Derby? The boxing match? Funny to have two 'big' events from dead/dying sports on the same day.

Speaking of, anybody watching hockey playoffs?

(This post is my revenge on whoever complained about non-football topics up here.)

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | May 5, 2007 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Greg William said that Laron is going to have no problem cracking the starting lineup very soon....

Posted by: Rob | May 5, 2007 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Nordberg, that was doubly hilarious... kudos for the Naked Gun reference.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | May 5, 2007 6:22 PM | Report abuse

What you say? The hockey playoffs are on?

Just kidding. Although I don't really follow hockey anyway ...

Posted by: Gonzo, MD | May 5, 2007 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Your writing is offensively bad. I understand that this just a blog, but you're a Washington Post staff writer and it looks like you haven't even bothered to run a spell check. What gives- are you actually trying to lose a dream job?

Posted by: S | May 5, 2007 6:27 PM | Report abuse


Your attitude is offensively bad, and I'm betting you're ugly and you have bad breath, too. You have lost you right to post to this blog. Have a nice day.

Posted by: KK | May 5, 2007 6:30 PM | Report abuse

too bad I can't spell...

Posted by: RBD202 | May 5, 2007 6:31 PM | Report abuse

S: I think you left off the beginning part of your blog name. Allow me "AS".

Posted by: Mad Dog | May 5, 2007 6:32 PM | Report abuse

last name Munch

Posted by: Anonymous | May 5, 2007 6:33 PM | Report abuse

I know, ITA.

Posted by: Mad Dog | May 5, 2007 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Okey dokey, naptime's over. Smell ya later, blog peeps.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | May 5, 2007 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Nate, how's the new house?

As for me, never thought I would become a blogger but I've been here almost from the beginning. Saw the blog "advertised" and thought I would check it out to satisfy my Skins fix, and became addicted. There are some wonderful, insightful people on the blog.

Posted by: Lisa | May 5, 2007 6:40 PM | Report abuse

and some not so wonderful, inciteful people.

Posted by: Mad Dog | May 5, 2007 6:44 PM | Report abuse

F the grammar police.
F Chris Larry (LOL)
F Nate in the PDX (LOL)
A really big F to so called athletic cut suites.

Posted by: jm220 | May 5, 2007 6:47 PM | Report abuse

suites? LOL

Posted by: Mad Dog | May 5, 2007 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Agreed, Mad Dog! And just wait until the season starts.....

Posted by: Lisa | May 5, 2007 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Off to din din.

Posted by: Mad Dog | May 5, 2007 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Mad Dog that was for Mr., Mrs, or Miss grammar police.

Posted by: jm220 | May 5, 2007 6:57 PM | Report abuse

What is with these churlish moonbats that have showed up today -- S, GramPo, and that other nut?

I just went back and ran JLaC's post through the spell checker. There were six misspelled words: accpeted, offseason, partiicular, intersting, corproate, nothign. Six lousy words, all of which were typos rather than misspellings.

Posted by: KK | May 5, 2007 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Why does Tony do that little tiny swoop/combover thing? Is that for real or is that comedy?

Posted by: SMACK | May 5, 2007 7:05 PM | Report abuse


Your spell check missed:
-- in tact
-- wil
-- stil
-- ot
-- decant
-- Yanks (with no apostrophe when needed)
-- would me more filled with glee
-- the we'll talk
-- Speaking of fires (instead of fired) coaches
-- the the
-- honing in on

I just gave myself a double smack on the forehead, so no one else has to.

Posted by: grinning | May 5, 2007 7:49 PM | Report abuse

I love how everyone hates picking up the best defensive player in the draft with the 6th pick. The skins def shoudl have wasted the pick on one of the trash d linemen in the draft. Because we all know that if you insert one rookie into a line that gets no presure, presure will undoubtedly come.

Has anyone stopped to think that there are 2 ways to get sacks? you can either cover long enough to get pressure or you can get it with the line. Does anyone think maybe we are closer to having better coverage then expecting one player a rookie non the less to fix all the problems on a defensive line?????

Posted by: Anonymous | May 5, 2007 8:05 PM | Report abuse


God, you're right. Worse, my spell checker picked up some of those, and I didn't even see the squiggly red lines. I need reading glasses, and probably a hearing aid too.

My apologies to the aforementioned moonbats. They were right all along.

Posted by: KK | May 5, 2007 8:15 PM | Report abuse

someone must have shart. This blog smells like sh!#.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 5, 2007 10:11 PM | Report abuse

KK -

Ok, I made a typo. Unintentionally missed a letter. But, I'm not a beat writer of a national newspaper. On the other hand, JLac is. I don't think JLac put that apostrophe in DE's unintentionally though. Face it, he just cannot write English properly, at least at this point in his career.

I think you all secretly agree that Howard Bryant is a much, much better writer than JLaC. I have no idea how JLaC got this job in the first place.

Posted by: GramPo | May 5, 2007 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Now you've got it! JLaC, blogmaster extraordinaire of RI, is really Jason La Canfora in disguise! Mild mannered Jason works his regular Redskins beat and writes Official Articles that are checked by a full Editing Crew for Correct Statements, Good Sources and grammar and spell-checks, according to the high standards of the Washington Post. What no-one realizes is that he also moonlights as JLac in the shifty, moonlit online world of the blog, where an unsubstantiated whisper is as good as gold, and the twenty seconds it might take to run that spell checker is better spent listening to the latest word-on-the-street from Deep Cover. Get it? So if you like the fully edited, official stuff, read the fully edited, official stuff. And feel free to run your spell-checker on it.

Posted by: Gonzo, MD | May 6, 2007 12:12 AM | Report abuse

Hey there! While we're waiting for rookie minicamp to finish up, give Howard Bryant's nice story on LaRon Landry a read:

Posted by: Cindy | May 6, 2007 12:55 PM | Report abuse

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