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McMullen Trying Out in Detroit Today

With the Redskins still mulling whether/when to put rookie WR Malcolm Kelly on IR, let's catch up with the guy who was cut to keep him around - veteran Billy McMullen. The longer the Skins have waited, the more other teams have suffered WR injuries and the fewer talented players remain on the street. A week from now, McMullen might not be around.

He's going to be in Detroit for a WR workout, and the Lions have a roster spot put aside for a receiver, so it could be that McMullen is off the market by the afternoon. Considering he and Anthony Mix are the only receivers out there who really know this system, played for Jim Zorn in the summer and could step right in, it's worth noting.

(Saw the comment about Jimmy Farris, and all-time good dude. He, too, has been up in Canada and his agent has contacted the Skins several times this season and was told that Jimmy is not in the team's plans and they have no plans to bring him in should they IR Kelly or need a WR. They want more size should they opt to end Kelly's season).

McMullen was signed by Seattle shortly after being essentially the last cut by Washington following his strong training camp and preseason. He played four games with the Seahawks and started two, putting up decent secondary production (seven catches for 124 yards). By comparison, the Skins' No. 3 through 5 WRs - James Thrash, Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelly - have combined for 138 yards through 10 weeks.

But McMullen broke his pinky finger in practice with Seattle, and the team, decimated by injuries on offense, wanted to keep him around but ultimately needed the roster spot, so they waived him and he signed an injury settlement, according to his agent, John Rickert. McMullen underwent minor surgery to straighten the pinky, recovering in three weeks, and was cleared to start practicing fully last week.

McMullen raved about Zorn and the coaching staff to Rickert, the agent said, and Rickert has called the Skins several times over the past few months to keep them up to date on McMullen's status, but said he has not received a call from the Skins since McMullen was cut.

"Billy would love to come back to Washington, but he will be in Detroit tomorrow and that could be a great opportunity for him," Rickert said. "But he loved his experience in Washington and he knows that system and can also step right in and play special teams, too.

"I can't imagine there are too many other receivers out there who have his experience and know this system and could play for you that Sunday. Billy could do that."

McMullen, 28, is a five-year veteran. He spent three years in Philly, spent 2007 with Minnesota and then this season with Seattle. He caught two TDs for the Vikings last season and averaged 17.7 yards per catch with the Seahawks. The Skins have told agents for other free agent WRs that, should they replace Kelly, they want size (another bigger target for QB Jason Campbell, especially in the red zone), and McMullen is 6-4, 225 pounds.

Mix played at Auburn with Campbell, played excellent special teams for the Redskins last season and was getting raves in the OTAs. But he was constantly injured in the preseason, fell behind and never made it back. He's been a free agent since being released and he is 6-5, 243.

The only other Skins WR who made a preseason impact, Maurice Mann, signed with the Edmonton Eskimos of the CFL and is under contract until January.

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 10, 2008; 10:17 PM ET
 
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I thank you, Jasno, for alerting teh Redskins to this overlooked opporknockity.
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Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | November 10, 2008 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Wow. LaCanfora's "stories" simply grow more bizarre by the hour.

Posted by: cali_snowboarder | November 10, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

"a gaudy 17.7 yards per catch with the Seahawks"

What the H ell are we waiting for?!!?

Posted by: Curzon417 | November 10, 2008 10:42 PM | Report abuse

I got nothing against Jasno but we are getting way more info on players who have no impact on anything we are doing this week. We get quotes from players agents who obviously are going to talk about how great they are and its only a matter of time till they are signed. This is what happens when you burn all your bridges by continually grinding the same old ax. No one will talk to you and give you any inside or interesting info we can't get anywhere else. Weak.

Posted by: JasonLaTempleton | November 10, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

mcmullen stinks, lets take our chances with malcolm...

Posted by: hender_22 | November 10, 2008 10:50 PM | Report abuse

How's McMullen take his grilled cheese?

Posted by: SMACK1 | November 10, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Okay, I have only been paying attention to what Kurt Warner is doing and not really paying all that much attention to the MNF game - but wow - San Fran is winning?!?!

Posted by: suzannepdc | November 10, 2008 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Out of McMullen's 7 total catches, he also had 1 lost fumble which was not pointed out. He isn't any better than what we have. Hopefully Kelly is healthy.

Posted by: JasonLaTempleton | November 10, 2008 10:54 PM | Report abuse

so much for Alex holding off Nate in FF. Up 33 points, Nedney has 7 already and Warner has 25 -- and there's 20 minutes to go.

Alex, you gotta learn to play defense.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | November 10, 2008 10:56 PM | Report abuse

As for Jasno and this entry, Yup, WR is an issue. He points out what choices we have with experience in this system, and they are limited.

Sounds like Kelly is in a make or break week. If he breaks, we'll need to bring in someone. McMullen is one of the few legit possibilities. His status should be of some interest to the Skins.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | November 10, 2008 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Jimmy Farris is always available.. haha. dont sleep on him

Posted by: kennyisbigk911 | November 10, 2008 11:06 PM | Report abuse

Do you suppose McMullen is calling to ask how much he'd have to pay to not have to go to Detroit?

Posted by: daggar | November 10, 2008 11:10 PM | Report abuse

"I know there's a league minimum, but I think I can get you a rebate -- call it an economic stimulus check"...

Posted by: daggar | November 10, 2008 11:13 PM | Report abuse

Not to put too fine a point on it, but the guy that I wanted, Anquan Boldin, leads all WRs in TDs. Yes, he would have been expensive. But we wouldn't have a WR problem either.

And to think, some on this blog didn't want to part with our draft picks for him.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | November 10, 2008 11:16 PM | Report abuse

SIGN HIM ALREADY! Kelly needs to get healthy on his own time.

Posted by: jgluke | November 10, 2008 11:18 PM | Report abuse

Zeke, he has to be for sale before he could be too expensive.

Posted by: Curzon417 | November 10, 2008 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Would McMullen prefer to be here of in DET. Who is the DET QB these days? Oh yeah, Dante Culpepper. McMullen needs a job, first come first serve. But yeah, he'd rather be here than DET

Posted by: zcezcest1 | November 10, 2008 11:21 PM | Report abuse

OK, Nate has passed Alex in FF, Unless Warner turns it over or Nedney misses something, Nate is gonna be 8-2. Which sucks because I'm 7-3 and there are only 3 games left.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | November 10, 2008 11:26 PM | Report abuse

"By comparison, the Skins' No. 3 through 5 WRs - James Thrash, Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelly - have combined for 138 yards through 10 weeks."
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Blah, Blah, Blah! These guys are too low on the 'Skins Food Chain to warrant comparison. McMullen got 2 STARTS!!!


**'Skins Food Chain**
1. Portis
2. Cooley
3. Moss
4. Randle El
5. Betts(Alexander while injured)
6. Cartwright(Special Teams touches)
7. Thomas
8. Thrash
9. Davis
10.Yoder
11.Kelly


I think Thomas and Davis can start to move up the food chain after the bye and "IF" Kelly stays off IR he's got no where to go but up!

'Skins are just as likely to promote someone like Devin Aromashadu or Horace Gant.

Regardless, we're talking about what?...the #5 WR slot?...# 11 on the Food Chain?...and that's "IF" they IR Kelly.

Zorn will cook it up, Campbell will dish it out but that's a lot of mouths to feed and anyone coming in is going to be at the back of the lunch line!

Bon Apetit!

Posted by: filmchis | November 10, 2008 11:27 PM | Report abuse

jason la canfora is trying very very hard to tell us something...can't exactly put my finger on it yet...maybe it's a cry for help

Posted by: dealer1 | November 10, 2008 11:31 PM | Report abuse

No surprise at all that Torrence was claimed off waivers. Good luck to him. I wouldn't be surprised if he was brought back next season (as I don't think we'll be able to have 4 high-priced CBs on the roster).

As for the WRs, my guess is that McMullen wouldn't be able to add much right now anyway. This offense will live and die by the health of Moss...regardless of whether or not Kelly is healthy enough to stay on the roster.

Posted by: spizzle | November 10, 2008 11:34 PM | Report abuse

The reason why guys like Kelly, Torrence and McMullen matter is because this is a team with little room for error. We're 6-3, but we've actually been outscored this season. When you're winning by such slim margins and your depth is being pushed, even the guys on the fringes of the roster are important.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | November 10, 2008 11:40 PM | Report abuse

correction, we've scored 3 more points than the opposition this season, not less. Same basic point though, our margin for error is slim

Posted by: zcezcest1 | November 10, 2008 11:42 PM | Report abuse

I've spent an hour and a half studying this post (judiciously, if you will).

A week from now, McMullen might not be around.

He's going to be in Detroit for a WR workout, and the Lions have a roster spot put aside for a receiver, so it could be that McMullen is off the market by the afternoon.

So the bottom line is, McMullen has been cut by the Redskins, and then the Seahawks, but now if even the Lions don't want him, ***the Redskins could get him back***.

Whew. No wonder Vinnie does those radio shows, this GMin' stuff is hard work.
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Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | November 10, 2008 11:53 PM | Report abuse

Bring back Michael Westbrook. He has the size and speed that the Skins covet!!

Posted by: ga8085 | November 11, 2008 12:05 AM | Report abuse

What a stupid stupid stupid play call by singleterry.

Posted by: dealer1 | November 11, 2008 12:08 AM | Report abuse

+++sween, shame on you! Don't you know that we can only linemen this year?

Posted by: Original_etrod+++

Don't be silly. Linemen don't matter. Ask The Giants and Titans.

Posted by: TheCork | November 11, 2008 12:22 AM | Report abuse

+++Zorn spent Saturday and Sunday biking with President George W. Bush, something that he has done with more regularity. Bush took him to school, Zorn said. "He rode me into the ground," Zorn said. "He's in fantastic shape."+++


Physically, perhaps. Mentally, not so much..

Posted by: TheCork | November 11, 2008 12:24 AM | Report abuse

One thing we know about Michael Westbrook, he's a fighter.

Posted by: PDiddy | November 11, 2008 12:49 AM | Report abuse

Wow, the NFC West is terrible.

Lots of 6-3 teams in the League right now. I'm going to take a not so wild guess and say that of the Cardinals, Falcons, Redskins, and Bucs, two of them will fail to make the playoffs and one of the 5-4 teams will make it instead.

I also have a feeling that the Rams loss is going to figure prominently in the Redskins late season push. It was an inexcusable loss.

Posted by: PDiddy | November 11, 2008 1:11 AM | Report abuse

Westbrook def has the size they're looking for in a wr. I say sign him now

Posted by: dealer1 | November 11, 2008 1:14 AM | Report abuse

reposting your own post from another thread = lame.

Posted by: chinatown

Posted by: chinatown | November 11, 2008 1:19 AM | Report abuse

Considering he and Anthony Mix are the only receivers out there who really know this system, played for Jim Zorn in the summer and could step right in, it's worth noting.

By Jason La Canfora | November 10, 2008; 10:17 PM ET

Isn't it also "worth noting" that the Redskins have two WRs on their practice squad -- Grant and Aromashodu? Is it possible that these guys, who practice everyday with the team, might "really know the system" and be able to step right in? Or does the practice squad just spend their time polishing Mr. Snyder's Batmobile and waxing his Bat Pole?

Jasno, you oaf, if McMullen ever had a chance of getting signed, you just put the Jasno Jinx on it. Can you see Vinnie at the press conference to announce the signing -- "We were going to promote a guy off the practice squad, but then I read on Redskins Insider that McMullen was about to sign with Detroit, and we couldn't let them steal our star receiver away from us."

Posted by: talent_evaluator | November 11, 2008 6:11 AM | Report abuse

No need to worry about McMullen, already have Kelly's replacement on the Practice Squad.

I want to know what's the REAL deal with CP!

Posted by: craig2 | November 11, 2008 6:24 AM | Report abuse

I think we should convince Art Monk to come back.

Posted by: alex35332 | November 11, 2008 7:36 AM | Report abuse

Interview with JC on Comcast, says he the whole team feels better and that he feels how he did in week 3.

Posted by: alex35332 | November 11, 2008 7:47 AM | Report abuse

Since it's Dallas week, I'll post this again:

http://www.theonion.com/content/news/tony_womo_out_three_to_four_weeks

Posted by: HenryHog | November 11, 2008 7:51 AM | Report abuse

Yawn...McMullen...sure, yup, whatever.

More posts about the status of guys currently on the team, less posts about this type of stuff...thanks.

Posted by: BeantownGreg | November 11, 2008 8:00 AM | Report abuse

WOW! It's Dallas week and we can put an end to their playoff hopes and this is what you come up with. CP has a 50/50 chance of playing and this is what you come up with.

Really enjoyed Reid story this morning.

JM220

Posted by: icetotalpackage | November 11, 2008 8:05 AM | Report abuse

jm, agreed. Gotta be more out there than McMullen, Farris speculation....I don't know, off the top of my head it seemed like Zorn stated yesterday that there was going to be some changes, so what did that mean??

Posted by: BeantownGreg | November 11, 2008 8:14 AM | Report abuse

I want to know what's the REAL deal with CP!

Posted by: craig2 | November 11, 2008 6:24 AM

You'll find out on the first offensive series Sunday night, and probably not one minute before then. Best to have the Cowboys studying old tapes of Shaun Alexander.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | November 11, 2008 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Wow...our franchise RB is hurt and JLC is sweating the back 3 spots on the 53 man roster...just wow.

Posted by: brownwood26 | November 11, 2008 8:35 AM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: Cindy Boren | November 11, 2008 8:36 AM | Report abuse

Yo they got to be McMulling this McMullen decision

Think the bears would give up brandon lloyd for a first rounder?

This is one of the least valuable blog posts in a while, IMHO.

Posted by: moo21 | November 11, 2008 8:36 AM | Report abuse

What if McMullen tries out for Detroit today and they decide to sign someone else? Of course, Detroit has to be the dumbest franchise in the league because they didn't even claim Leigh Torrence off waivers.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | November 11, 2008 8:38 AM | Report abuse

t_e -- yeah, that's probably accurate, and best for the team. If the 'Boys don't know what to expect from our backfield, they won't be able to focus on what to do about it either.

From everything I have read from the 'Boys' blogs and news, they are definitely focused on CP, they will most likely be trying to take a page from the Steelers defensive playbook and be aggressive at the line, stop the run and put pressure on JC to make to quicker decisions. I would think that Zorn and the coaching staff know this and will be working to be ready for it.

It should be fun to see what they come up with!

Posted by: craig2 | November 11, 2008 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the info on McMullen. He caught everything in preseason. They should have put Kelly on the PUP list and kept McMullen on the roster from Day 1.

Is the guy Randy Moss? No. But he runs the right routes and has good hands. Skins could use a guy like him.

Posted by: Joe_in_Raleigh | November 11, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

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