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Tim Tebow watches Donovan McNabb practice

The Redskins made a couple of players available to reporters today. As they answered questions, we could see some offensive players practicing on the fields behind us. Included in the bunch was quarterback Donovan McNabb, wearing burgundy shorts and throwing to receivers. More on that in a bit.

As the group finished practicing and exited the field, there was one figure in street clothes. As he stepped closer, the crewcut became more visible and we could make out that it was Tim Tebow. So during his visit to Redskins Park today, Tebow watched McNabb and some of the receivers run routes.

As Washington players headed to the locker room, Tebow stepped into the backseat of a Suburban and zipped around to the front of Redskins Park.

Coach Mike Shanahan has spoken glowingly of Tebow, which would seem to eliminate him from draft consideration. Well, that and the team's lack of a second-round pick. We can tell you this: there are some in the organization who do think highly of Tebow and he is considered a legit prospect.

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By Rick Maese  |  April 8, 2010; 12:53 PM ET
Categories:  Donovan McNabb  | Tags: Donovan McNabb, Mike Shanahan, Quarterback, Tim Tebow, Washington Redskins  
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WOW

Posted by: WRBD | April 8, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Before the McNabb trade, I was all for a Tebow 2nd round selection.

But now, we've got our QB.

Sorry Tebow, you won't be a Redskin next year.

Posted by: psps23 | April 8, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

personally would like the idea of sending haynesworth to the lions for their 2nd rounder along with any other pick..

Posted by: zorn_sucks | April 8, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Though I haven't liked several of Shanahan's offseason moves, no way he's going QB with a pick. He just made a big investment in McNabb and knows he's got to protect that investment in order to win.

The #4 pick and trading Albert can upgrade the OL talent a lot. Though a trade would take a strength, the DL and turn it into a weakness.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | April 8, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

It's amazing how you guys have the ability to regurgitate the same stuff over and over again on this blog. Where's the story at this point? Can you tell me what Albert ate for breakfast this morning and how that might make Shanahan feel? Seriously, don't just write another post to fill space. It's tiring.

Posted by: chitownskinsfan | April 8, 2010 1:30 PM

5:30 am: Egg white omelet, a bowl of oatmeal, some fresh fruit and a protein shake.

7:00 am: Hill climbs that would have punished Jerry Rice and Walter Payton in their prime.

8:30 am: 1.5 hours of film study to understand the nuances of 3- D with regards to the role of a NT and DE.

10:00 am - 12:00 pm: Nap to recuperate and be ready for vigorous afternoon training.

12:00 - 1:00 pm: Lunch- Chicken Breast, broccoli, whole grain rice, and a protein shake.

3:00- 5:00 pm: Stretching followed by weight training that would make Phillip Daniels look soft and lazy

6:00 pm: 2 whole chickens, more vegetables, 2 sweet potatoes and a protein shake

9:00 pm: Bed

Repeat

Posted by: Diesel44 | April 8, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

"Oh, so that's what an NFL quarterback looks like."
- Tim Tebow, 4/8/10

Posted by: NateinthePDX | April 8, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

"...there are some in the organization who do think highly of Tebow and he is considered a legit prospect."

Yeah, sure.

He'll be embraced by the now defunct Cult O' Colt.

Posted by: MistaMoe | April 8, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

RE: Picking a QB w/ the 4th PotD

Obviously I'd like to go O Line. But picking a future QB here does makes sense, especially if you're high on the prospects and expect to already be competative in the following season(s).

If you are successful the next (and other) years, when would you get the opportunity to get the Golden Child again? If that's your actual logic, it makes sense to draft a QB at #4.

..again, not my choice, buttttt....

Posted by: DikShuttle | April 8, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Package AH and CP to da Raiders. Switch the #4 for da Raider #8. Get 2nd and 3rd rounder back. Draft Dan Williams @ #8. Draft Tebow @ #40. Draft Veehder in the 3rd. Sign Flozell to play RT. Championship!!

Posted by: TWISI | April 8, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Some in the organization should think highly or everyone who walks in the door. That is why they are visiting as perspective draftees...don't you think...CHILD PLEASE!!!

Posted by: hammer4 | April 8, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Who was on the field and who was working with DMc?!!! That's the STORY!

Posted by: DCV1 | April 8, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

I agree with TWISI's plan. Let's go with it.

Posted by: dc1020008 | April 8, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Dikshuttle- I would have agreed with that 100% pre Mcnabb. However, with Mcnabb in the fold it is pretty obvious that Shanny is trying to put the best team he can on the field this season. We have a lot of holes and, amazingly, QB is no longer one of them. With Mcnabb I just cannot see us taking a QB at 4, unless we acquire more picks... through trading down, trading Haynesworth/Portis/Landry whoever.

Still though, a QB at 4 would be tough to justify now, and with a number of tackles available throughout the first round it just makes too much sense to look for a starting LT with our top pick... right?

Posted by: peoplearestupid1 | April 8, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Package AH and CP to da Raiders. Switch the #4 for da Raider #8. Get 2nd and 3rd rounder back. Draft Dan Williams @ #8. Draft Tebow @ #40. Draft Veehder in the 3rd. Sign Flozell to play RT. Championship!!

Posted by: TWISI | April 8, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

This makes no sense for the Redskins, but what's not to love if you're the Raiders.

Posted by: PortisPocketsStr8 | April 8, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Oh good. We're back to playing chess instead of checkers. This has been a long day.

Posted by: 2ndtierfan | April 8, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Still though, a QB at 4 would be tough to justify now, and with a number of tackles available throughout the first round it just makes too much sense to look for a starting LT with our top pick... right?

Posted by: peoplearestupid1 | April 8, 2010 1:56 PM

I think the goal would be to trade back and add picks. Whatever their plan is they HAVE to come away with a LT.

Posted by: Diesel44 | April 8, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

TWIS... we could get a 2nd and 3rd for Haynesworth and Portis by themselves from the Raiders possibly... doesn't make sense to then also drop back to 8... in that trade were getting hosed pretty badly.

Posted by: peoplearestupid1 | April 8, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

The only way they should trade AH is if it nets at least two picks and it is on their terms. If the deal is not to their liking they need to keep AH. I dont care what Shanahan's ego problem is, you dont trade one of the best defenders in the league especially now when you have payed the lion's share of his contract. As another poster stated its just bad business.

Posted by: KingJoffeJoffer | April 8, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

It wouldn't be a bad thing to let him sit behind Mcnabb for two three years. Which is what most so called experts think he needs.
But alas we have no draft picks

Maybe if we get a second for Cambell.

Who would you rather have Tebow or Cambell?

Posted by: DG28 | April 8, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

HOW MANY OF YOU WOULD BE SURPRISED IF WE WON AT LEAST 9 GAMES THIS YEAR?

Posted by: zorn_sucks | April 8, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

PS1, I'm with you.

But the point I was making was taking the QB now PRECISCELY because you have the QB now in McNabb.

Then you can take the 3-4 years to develop the youngun you got with the best draft pick you expect to have for the foreseeable future.

I'm just trying to make some sense of what they've done. 'Cause it ain't makin' much sense to me now.

Posted by: DikShuttle | April 8, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

HOW MANY OF YOU WOULD BE SURPRISED IF WE WON 9 GAMES THIS YEAR?

Posted by: zorn_sucks | April 8, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

I was being sarcastic. Not a big fan of getting rid of AH or CP. I think the Tebow thing is a whatever story. They may like him, but the Skins shouldn't invest in a QB this year unless they get a few more picks, or they get a undrafted FA type.

Posted by: TWISI | April 8, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

zorn's_gone-

16-0!

Posted by: Diesel44 | April 8, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

HOW MANY OF YOU WOULD BE SURPRISED IF WE WON 9 GAMES THIS YEAR?

Posted by: zorn_sucks

picking won/loss records before we know the roster? Clairvoyant eh? Maybe you should use that skill to find missing children, locate criminals etc...

Posted by: 1965skinsfan | April 8, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

As #2 QB? between the two, Campbell. But you're forgetting Grossman, no?

As #3 QB - rookie. If it's TBone, so be it.

Posted by: DikShuttle | April 8, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

HOW MANY OF YOU WOULD BE SURPRISED IF WE WON 9 GAMES THIS YEAR?

Posted by: zorn_sucks

HOLD ON A SECOND THIS READS AWEFULLY LOUD. There much better...I would.

Posted by: 2ndtierfan | April 8, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

** Masters Post **

TW with a run of the mill 5 under 67 to take a 2 shot lead in the clubhouse

** End Masters **

Posted by: 4-12 | April 8, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

hah ok sorry i asked a simple question..next time ill remember not to cause of the smart remarks on a message board

Posted by: zorn_sucks | April 8, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Its so obvious Tebow is a perfect fit for the Skins. Every expert says he is a 3-5 year project any way. With in those years he will be learning from a Hall of Fame QB. & when Tebow is "NFL Ready" McNabb will be walking away from the game. Perfect scenario ....YOU see how that works?

Posted by: IgorNathanHiggersAKAINateHiggers | April 8, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

my newest revised plan since the Mc5 thing has actually settled in my brain as reality now that he's practicing with the team.

Sign the Flozell and Levi.

Trade JC for a 4th or to the Bills for Lynch.

Trade CP and AH for a 1st and 3rd.

Draft at #4 Berry
Second 1st rounder - Trent Williams, Anthony Davis, Campbell or Baluga

3rd Tebow, Pick, or Lefevour

4th NT or ILB

4th if we didn't get Lynch take a young back.

5th Guard

7th WR

Posted by: zjfr2 | April 8, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

hah ok sorry i asked a simple question..next time ill remember not to cause of the smart remarks on a message board

Posted by: zorn_sucks | April 8, 2010 2:13 PM
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How are you going to do that unless you don't post? Weez all full of smart remarks.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | April 8, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Its so obvious Tebow is a perfect fit for the Skins. Every expert says he is a 3-5 year project any way. With in those years he will be learning from a Hall of Fame QB. & when Tebow is "NFL Ready" McNabb will be walking away from the game. Perfect scenario ....YOU see how that works?

Posted by: IgorNathanHiggersAKAINateHiggers | April 8, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

`


U already know.

+ Tebow will be a bust. the secular media and fans will make sure of it.

Posted by: Vicc | April 8, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

"IgorNathanHiggersAKAINateHiggers"

Just awesome.

How long did it take you to come up with that jewel?

Posted by: RedDMV | April 8, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Yawn. Copy,Paste. So easy a Caveman...

Posted by: oh_boy1 |

And yet, this is the best you got?

Posted by: TheCork | April 8, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: Curzon417 | April 8, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Package AH and CP to da Raiders. Switch the #4 for da Raider #8. Get 2nd and 3rd rounder back. Draft Dan Williams @ #8. Draft Tebow @ #40. Draft Veehder in the 3rd. Sign Flozell to play RT. Championship!!

Posted by: TWISI |

Its like you got drunk halfway through. Up tho the point where you said draft Dan Williams, I was pretty much with you. I don't know who Williams is, but if he's the best OT available, I'm still with you.

But then draft a QB? NOOOO!!! Keep drafting OL. And for crying out loud, He!! NO to first and 15 flozell.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | April 8, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

my newest revised plan since the Mc5 thing has actually settled in my brain as reality now that he's practicing with the team.

Sign the Flozell and Levi.

Trade JC for a 4th or to the Bills for Lynch.

Trade CP and AH for a 1st and 3rd.

Draft at #4 Berry
Second 1st rounder - Trent Williams, Anthony Davis, Campbell or Baluga

3rd Tebow, Pick, or Lefevour

4th NT or ILB

4th if we didn't get Lynch take a young back.

5th Guard

7th WR

Posted by: zjfr2 | April 8, 2010 2:20 PM
------------------------------------------
Here, let me finish your list for you:

8th Cure cancer

9th End global warming

10th Make spandex illegal for any woman weighing more than 120...

Posted by: RedSkinHead | April 8, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

As for AH's league ranking here's who I have listed as better than him FROM A PRODUCTION, NOT TALENT STANDPOINT (in no particular order):

Kevin Williams
Pat Williams
Casey Hampton
Richard Seymour
Vince Wilfork


So no...he's not in my top 5.

Posted by: brownwood26 | April 8, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

OK, brownie.

I don't know what "production" metrics you are using, but here's the breakdown with some actual stats from the last 3 years.

BTW, I left out Richard Seymour b/c he's a 3-4 DE, so I'm not sure how he makes a list of DTs/NTs.

Casey Hampton
2009 - 3 sack, 1 QBhit, 25 tackles, 3 QB pressures
2008 - 1 sack, 0 QB hits, 15 tackles, 1 QB press
2007 - 1 sack, 0 QBhit, 9 tackles, 0 QB press

Kevin Williams
2009 - 5 sacks, 11 QBhits, 17 tackles, 20 QB press
2008 - 9 sacks, 16 QBhits, 48 tackles, 35 QBpress
2007 - 0 sacks, 9 QBhits, 22 tackles, 7 QBpress

Pat Williams
2007 - 2 sacks, 0 QBhits, 26 tackles, 2 QBpress
2008 - 1 sack, 1 QBhit, 37 tackles, 6 QBpress
2009 - 2 sack, 1 QBhit, 37 tackles, 4 QBpress


Vince Wilfork
2007 - 2 sacks, 3 hits, 49 tackles, 8 QB press
2008 - 2 sacks, 3 hits, 45 tacks, 12 QBpress
2009 - 0 sacks, 0 hits, 45 tacks, 9 QBpress


Albert Haynesworth
2007 - 5 sacks, 6 QBhits, 21 tackls, 7 QBpress
2008 - 8 sacks, 15 QBhits, 35 tackles, 18 QBpress
2009 - 4 sacks, 11 hits, 25 tacks, 12 QBpress

So according to the #s, it is wildly outrageous for you to rank Casey Hampton and Pat Williams ahead of Albert Haynesworth from a "production" standpoint.

Pat Williams is run-pluggin tackling machine that gets minimal pressure on the QB.

Vince Wilfork has makes more tackles than AH but gets less pressure on the QB

Casey hampton is laughable. You shuold feel embarassed for mentioning him.

Kevin Williams and Albert Haynesworth are the complete packages - making tackles and putting lots of pressure on the QB.


Why can't you just say that you don't like AH?

Because this attempt to downplay his value based on talent/impact/production is just ludicrous.

Posted by: p1funk | April 8, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Let's get Tebow. I'm diggin it. We should trade AH and JC to the Raiders and pick up their 1st and 3rd. Drop down from 4 to the Broncos for their 1st and B. Marshall. Take a OL @ #8 and Tebow @ the Broncos spot.

Posted by: Copious1 | April 8, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Show what a great coach you are and get AH to buy into your system

Posted by: pabrian2003 | April 8, 2010 1:47 PM

Wow!

This really weird...

I find myself agreeing with pabrian.


Did I go crazy or you go sane? Either way, welcome to the revolution. Grab a gun and a clip, it's gonna be a long day.

Posted by: edvar | April 8, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

All signs point to us drafting Offensive tackle. You don't get Donovan McNabb without telling him that they plan on putting huge dudes in front of him.

I would like to keep Haynesworth, unless someone traded a 1st round pick to us. With which we draft a 2nd offensive tackle, or Ryan Matthews.

Posted by: iH8dallas | April 8, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Let's get Tebow. I'm diggin it. We should trade AH and JC to the Raiders and pick up their 1st and 3rd. Drop down from 4 to the Broncos for their 1st and B. Marshall. Take a OL @ #8 and Tebow @ the Broncos spot.

Posted by: Copious1 | April 8, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Lay off the coke.. its not even 3:00 yet.

Posted by: skinsfanintampa | April 8, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

keep signing/drafting more QBs..soon we will be able to field a complete team of them

Posted by: LightSnowOvernight | April 8, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Tony Banks, Jeff George, Patrick Ramsey, Shane Matthews, Danny Wuerffel, Mark Brunell, Todd Collins, Jason Campbell.

After all these years Redskins fans have been starving for quality qb play.

It's not all the OL.

The Redskins OL was actually quite good from 2004-2007 but the play of the qb was never up to snuff in the big division and/or playoff games.

Nobody is afraid of Jason Campbell in the fourth quarter.

He just doesn't make the plays in crunch time that propels his team to victory in close games.

Posted by: leopard09 | April 8, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

As a proud Gator fan, I wish Tebow the best of luck. And I believe if given a chance, he would make a great all around player. But please, please, please - not the Redskins. Hasnt this organization destoyed enough promising careers? Will Campbell ever recover from his sentence with the Redskins? We've heard it a new era (again) - I reserve my judgement. In the meanwhile - spare Tim.

Posted by: SandraRagsdale | April 8, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

As a proud Gator fan, I wish Tebow the best of luck. And I believe if given a chance, he would make a great all around player. But please, please, please - not the Redskins. Hasnt this organization destoyed enough promising careers? Will Campbell ever recover from his sentence with the Redskins? We've heard it a new era (again) - I reserve my judgement. In the meanwhile - spare Tim.

Posted by: SandraRagsdale | April 8, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

===================================

And as a proud Longhorns fan, I'm wishing the exact same for Colt McCoy. Please, Redskins -- let him go to another team.

Posted by: arizona4 | April 8, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Was the web blog invented for this? A bunch of worthless vents and opinions by people who dont know what they are talking about. I liked it when we just all sat and waited to see what each season would bring and were happy to do so. Now everyone thinks they are experts at everything just because they can post their opinion on a web blog. Takes us back to the days of the NFL today, when brent announced who was playing and where, Irv Cross was the guy with actual NFL experience, Phyllis and Jane did the personal interviews with the players and the only one allowed to predict who would win was Jimmy the Greek. Now we have a thousand shows and blogs filled with sportwriters who want to be all of the above and 10 thousand blogs with bloggers who want to be sportwriters.

Posted by: ged0386 | April 8, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Get Tebow. The kid is a winner. This is a lock - the kid will make the franchise who gets him a winner for a decade once he starts. Money in the bank.

So al the naysayers, go for it. This kid is the needle in the haystack. Oh yeah, I hate the Gators.

Posted by: ScottChallenger | April 8, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Get Tebow. The kid is a winner. This is a lock - the kid will make the franchise who gets him a winner for a decade once he starts. Money in the bank.

So al the naysayers, go for it. This kid is the needle in the haystack. Oh yeah, I hate the Gators.

Posted by: ScottChallenger | April 8, 2010 5:28 PM
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Tommy Frazier was a winner at Nebraska but I didn't see anybody all on his bandwagon. I swear some of you people couldn't tell a winner if it walked up and slapped you in the face. All Tebow did was score from the 2 yd line and now he's better than Barry Sanders. Get over it the man is a bum and the only reason why he's even in the talk is because he is white.

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | April 8, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

For pure leadership qualities in a young QB, you can't get better than Tebow. Sure he lacks mechanics, sure he lacks size, but under Shanahan and McNabb, he could evolve into a pretty good QB in the NFL. There is of course a scenario to get him here, probably looking at him maybe being drafted third round. That would free up the #4 pick for lots of possbilities.

Posted by: bfjam | April 8, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

I think we need to keep Campbell. What if Mcnabb gets hurt, Do you really feel safe with Rex Grossman at QB.

Posted by: Arenas2Portis | April 8, 2010 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Mark this....someone will be traded off this roster to obtain a pick so we can get Tebow.....That plus an OL plus the addition on Donovan equals return of Redskins DOMINANCE in the NFL....now I know why the negativity....the FEAR of the Skins has really returned....I love this!!!!

Posted by: ejharrisjr40 | April 9, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse

It wouldn't surprise me to see the team manipulate players or 2011 picks to get into position to draft Tebow. With McNabb, there would be no rush to play him and Shanahan would have 2-3 years to coach him up.

The kid is a freak of nature, and if he can be fine-tuned could be as good in the pros as he was at Florida.

Posted by: kemp13 | April 9, 2010 8:37 AM | Report abuse

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