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Heyer Learning

The Redskins face an interesting week of decisions at left tackle with star Chris Samuels out. Stephon Heyer fared well over the weekend in Baltimore, but then again it was a controlled scrimmage, and QB Jason Campbell never took part in 11-on-11 drills, which means Heyer never had to protect his blindside (lefty QB Mark Brunell worked with the starters). Heyer has a lot of promise but I know a lot of people around here would be biting their nails if he was the guy out there watching Campbell Saturday night in Tennessee, even if only for a series or two (it doesn't always take long for disaster to strike, just ask Portis about a year ago).

Heyer is showing well and could be a real find, a player the Skins took a chance on after serious knee problems derailed his draft ambitions. But to put him in now? Might be too much too soon. Problem is, they don't want to move Todd Wade from guard - by all accounts at least the third-best tackle on the team - and the other experienced tackle on the team, Jason Fabini, has not looked good and now he is nursing a groin problem. When Fabini has practiced, it's been mostly on the interior of the line.

My gut instinct is that if Fabini is okay by the weekend, he'll play left tackle while Campbell is in there (although that's hardly ideal itself). Right tackle Jon Jansen said he'll switch to the left for the preseason games or do whatever he has to do to help the team, and that might end up as an option as well. Bottom line is that the Redskins might be facing the Titans with only two of their offensive line starters from a year ago on the field - depending on how much work Randy Thomas (knee) takes this week, so it bears monitoring.

The last thing they want to do is expose JC to injury.

Did some probing around on Heyer with some other NFL execs as well over the weekend. The Ravens watched Heyer closely as well in the offseason, sources said, but he failed their physical due to the knee problems and they ended their pursuit of him then. Had Heyer's knee passed their inspection, the Ravens would have considered signing him after the draft but did not view him as a prospect worth taking in the draft, sources said.

Baltimore did end up taking another Maryland tackle, Jared Gaither, in the fifth round of the supplemental draft, however, and the team has been ecastatic about his progress since. Gaither had issues with his work ethic, dedication and conditioning in college, but is an extraordinary athlete at 6-foot-9, 350 pounds and has wowed Baltimore's brass with his early returns. "He's been unbelievable," one member of the organization said. "We're keeping out fingers crossed but it looks like we got a real good one there."

Heyer at the very least is eligible for the practice squad, and he could end up being quite a find. Has a lot still to prove just to make the team, but I have a feeling he and Gaither could be apprenticing at tackle just a few miles from one another this season.

Randoms: The Skins had pretty decent reports on K Tyler Fredrickson but had to cut him last week in a roster crunch. Fredrickson was kicking well, although he was a little too cocky for some, but I think the Skins would have considered re-signing him now that they finally got down to 4 QBS. Problem was Fredrickson had a good workout in Oakland last week and signed with the Raiders Sunday ... Anybody see Bad Brains at the Virgin Fest yesterday? Any reports? Last time I saw the original lineup was like 6-7 years ago when HR had re-dubbed (intention pun there) them Soul Brains, and while the kids in the crowd loved them, as someone who remembers them in their absolutely prime, it was hard to watch them slowing down. Anyway, hope they kicked booty over the weekend ...

Pretty lame Flight of The Conchords last night, but not nearly as horrid as Entourage. Building the entire show around a stupid Mary J. Blige appearance? Seriously? That's the best they could do. I'm done with it. That's the last time I'll watch, so someone drop me a line when they finally put that show out of its misery with a final episode in which E, Drama and Vinny are all sitting around the pool at the W in Beverly Hills ordering onion rings and listening to Journey, when a series of nefarious-looking, concealed-weapons carrying topless bikini models come strutting past one by one, and all the while Turtle is finding it impossible to find a parking spot for the Bentley across the street from the hotel ... and then the screen suddenly goes blank.

By Jason La Canfora  |  August 6, 2007; 1:19 PM ET
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Hmmmm. Looks like more INSIDER info.

Oh, and 1st! (F me) (SJK) lol

Posted by: 4-12 | August 6, 2007 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Chris Samuels is "Banned in D.C."

Posted by: Anonymous | August 6, 2007 1:30 PM | Report abuse

That's just mean JlaC :)

Posted by: Cheyenne, WY | August 6, 2007 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Start up the old O-Line Factory, you can never have too many big guys to fill in the holes.

Posted by: 35332 | August 6, 2007 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Is Pucillo still on the team? He stepped in well last season.

Posted by: sicwidit | August 6, 2007 1:38 PM | Report abuse

" ... Problem is, they don't want to move Todd Wade from guard - by all accounts at least the third-best tackle on the team - ...."

HA! "at least" ... I love the back handed compliment to Samuels and Jansen. After Wade's performance against New Orleans, I the same almost-said-it thought, that Wade could/should be a starter. Jansen had his biggest game against the Panthers, esp. shutting down Peppers, but it WAS Peppers' first game back from injury. I dunno if Samuels had a biggest game last year, and I keep getting the feeling that his Pro-Bowl invitations are based on his previous Pro-Bowl invitations, but still, last year was a great year for the O-line if only that they WAY cut down their offsides penalties.

Wade is definitely AT LEAST the #3 O-tackle, but the question is who would be the #3 if he wasn't -- Samuels or Jansen?

Posted by: dcsween | August 6, 2007 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Complainers now gone;
"Insider" gets the news first,
Jasno feeds them crow.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 6, 2007 1:38 PM | Report abuse

I think it would be best if we moved Jansen to Soup's blind side and put Heyer in at RT. That way Wade could get reps in next to an experience, proven takle, and Heyer could continue to improve and be versitle on both sides. But what do I know..

Posted by: Dman | August 6, 2007 1:41 PM | Report abuse

If only we still had Arch Deluxe. He was fantastic last year as Frost's personal protector. We could have just set him up on JC's blind side for the pre-season and problem solved! Somebody call the Bears and see if they'll take a 3rd and 4th next year to get Arch back...

Posted by: Skeletor | August 6, 2007 1:43 PM | Report abuse

I wish I wore plaid,
I could be an Insider;
Jasno needs a break.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 6, 2007 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Soup's got to learn to get away from a strong rush and to avoid injury. Best that he learn this as soon as possible -- Tennessee this weekend would be a good place.

Posted by: KK | August 6, 2007 1:45 PM | Report abuse

This Fredrickson thing will be a true shabingus. It's got David Akers written all over it.

Posted by: 4-12 | August 6, 2007 1:50 PM | Report abuse

"I'll shuffle you like a deck of cards."

Posted by: Stumped | August 6, 2007 1:51 PM | Report abuse


What up? "but still, last year was a great year for the O-line if only that they WAY cut down their offsides penalties."

How about giving up only 17 sacks and 4.5 yards/carry rush avg?

Posted by: bangkokben | August 6, 2007 1:51 PM | Report abuse

I agree KK;

Time to stop baby stepping our future, time to throw our team in the fire. I am disheartened by the less than intense training camp after all talking heads said our prep last year was lacking.

If we cant handle, then get out of the fire

Posted by: Zebra | August 6, 2007 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Let's just be happy Hall is gone.

Posted by: Dman | August 6, 2007 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Start Heyer. Put a TE over there to help out.

Seriously, is this so tough?

Posted by: Joe in Raleigh | August 6, 2007 1:54 PM | Report abuse

There is a silver lining to the immediate problems at LT, it sounds like we found a decent prospect in Heyer. Samuels should be back by the start of the regular season. I wonder how Wade is doing at the guard position?

Posted by: M | August 6, 2007 1:55 PM | Report abuse

new post

Posted by: Anonymous | August 6, 2007 1:56 PM | Report abuse

bangkokben, agreed ... that's what I meant by "if only". The O-line was money last year, which, by any standard logic, SHOULD have yielded a more dominating year (assuming a QB who does not have a torn labrum, a #1 RB with an unsubluxed shoulder, and a #2 WR who hangs onto the ball).

Posted by: dcsween | August 6, 2007 1:56 PM | Report abuse

" ... Time to stop baby stepping our future, time to throw our team in the fire. ..."

Posted by: Zebra | August 6, 2007 01:53 PM

Yes, isn't that's what the preseason is about? Winning games? I mean, its not like anyone is going to get a season-ending injury, right?

Posted by: dcsween | August 6, 2007 1:58 PM | Report abuse

DC, True. True.

Posted by: bangkokben | August 6, 2007 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Wow! "complainers" as you stated... I can only assume it was directed at me.

I expected as much. Again my point was the blog is considered insider info "the latest news and notes" If you read what I wrote before I have no problem with cute little Haiku's and whatwill be a players nickname. But honestly to ME, that wasn't insider info.

For you over weight jersey wearers, who still live with your mom or alone I will repeat, I NEVER had a problem with reading the Haiku's, in fact they are funny for the most part, and I continue to read the blog even when there is a huge debate over how much weight Williams has lost. BUT... the NAME of the blog is misleading for the most part.

I am not complaining only stating the obvious. So the cute, comparison on complainers and fat chicks is even funny to me, but for some of you, the fat chicks, just might be a step up from what you are dealing with now.

I love the info we got about Heyer and Bramlet today, and that is what I would expect from the "Insider"

I can barely contain myself for when the next "YoYo tip blog appears or what is the best character to be in online dungeons and dragons is.

Keep it coming.

Posted by: Hail to 'em | August 6, 2007 2:04 PM | Report abuse

I can not name blog

scan post sports; all blogs same name

Redskins Outsider?


is blog name end all?

no one blog all things to all

but all news here first


must i blog Sunday?

no news good news for me and ...

chloe and rocco

Posted by: Jason La Canfora | August 6, 2007 2:21 PM | Report abuse

You have to stop putting down my show. Its the best show on Tv. The show was based around us getting offices and becoming a house hold name.

Posted by: Johnny Drama | August 6, 2007 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Hail to em:

You must be new here. Let me explain something to you:

RI is more than just Skins tidbits. RI is a psychologist. RI is a nurse. RI is a TV critic. RI is a form of expression. RI is a girlfriend. RI is a boyfriend (not that there's anything wrong with that). In short, RI is a way of life.


Posted by: CMoney | August 6, 2007 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Hail to 'em -

Just pointing to the obvious:

The Redskins are frauds because there are no Native Americans on the team......

Posted by: Ahmad | August 6, 2007 3:43 PM | Report abuse


Last night's Entourage wasn't really about MJB--it was the twin drama that Ari had to deal with and in true fashion, his "resolution" came back to bite him on the a$$ (SJK). It is supposed to be a show in Hollywood and the agency is key, so why would it be a surprise to have a celeb show up er'ry now and then? It's the only show I have to look forward to now (although Mad Men has my attention) and agreed that some of the storylines are lame. Give it a little more time...

Posted by: Green Baby G. | August 6, 2007 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Heyer is fine for 10 plays. In general none of the players go in for kill shots this early in the preseason.

As Joe said, throw a TE end over there or practice some quick throw plays.

Furthermore, he may have to start a game anyway so might as well get some experience with live bullets.

Posted by: Skinz | August 6, 2007 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Joe Jacoby defensive tackle thought Gibbs.
Undrafted, unheralded, they did not find out.
Offensive tackle from who there were never adlibs.
"Getgo" the starter at left tackle while 1st rounder Mark May and George Starke did pout.

Now comes a say "Heyer" from nowhere it seems?
Might not Buges put his name where Jacoby claimed fame?
In the end we'll see where Buges and Gibbs go with their teams.
Lets just hope it isn't Fabini who seems pretty lame.

Posted by: periculum | August 6, 2007 4:16 PM | Report abuse

"Hail to 'em -
Just pointing to the obvious:
The Redskins are frauds because there are no Native Americans on the team......"

How do you know Ahmad? There may just be? I have native American in me genes ... if your family goes back 400 or so years in this country its actually kind of hard not to. Albeit for most its been mixed.

Posted by: periculum | August 6, 2007 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Yeah! Banned in DC! A Bad Brains shout out, JLC you always impress.

Posted by: Zane | August 6, 2007 10:35 PM | Report abuse

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