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I'm Back

After a few weeks of vacation and time to tend to some family issues, I am happy to be back among the blog faithful. So, real quick, what did I miss??


Okay, not much, just as I suspected. I'm pretty much cool with the tack Vinny Cerrato has taken with free agency thus far, though I do believe self scouting has always been a significant problem with this organization and the powers that be may be grossly overestimating their ability to fill all remaining holes via the draft (and there are some big ones). But, regardless, it was about time the Skins didn't set all kinds of spending records for mostly average players, and this free agent class was indeed without much steak for all the sizzle.

Now, while I applaud them for getting guys like Derrick Frost, Rock Cartwright and Jason Fabini back at bargain prices, only time will tell if they struck out at the position Cerrato and owner Daniel Snyder deemed to be most in need of an upgrade - wide receiver.

They wouldn't offer Reche Caldwell and DJ Hackett anything over the veteran minimum, not willing to lavish either with a mil or two as a signing bonus. SO basically both would be coming here with no guaranteed money at all .... That wasn't going to happen and Vinny had to know that wasn't going to happen. They fully expected someone else to emerge and in both cases it happened. Would it have been worth a little bit of cash to ensure at least of those guys was here? I think so.

But of course, I also fully expect them to continue their covert longing for Cincy's Chad Johnson. As I reported a day after Jim Zorn came on board as coach, Johnson was the major player the Skins hoped to acquire. He's the splash they hope to make after weeks of barely a ripple. In June, when his cap hit to the Bengals would be halved the Skins will be there to pounce should Chad force his way out of Cincy.

Look, Cerrato and Snyder cleared about $9 million in cap room for a reason. They knew they would not be active in the first few waves of free agency, save for re-signing Collins and some of their own players. Sure, they sniffed around on DeAngelo Hall, Larry Fitzgerald and a few other trade options, but nothing ever got too serious. The primary issues on defense - D Line in particular - will be addresses early in the draft, they have told DC Greg Blache as much (Blache has been adamant about his want, sources said, to his credit).
And it's unlikely you will find the kind of big, athletic, stud WR Snyder/Cerrato want in the mid rounds, or even with the 21st pick for that matter).

I still see WR as the position where the Skins most likely do something big beyond drafting players and signing role free agents. Right now you have cut bait with Brandon Lloyd, Caldwell and Keenan McCardell from last season, and top guy Santana Moss hasn't really been fully healthy since 2005. Anthony Mix is a nice prospect, but for a team banking on a flashy new offense to piggy-back off its playoff trip, well, not sure you can just pencil him in as a legit 2-3 guy right now. When healthy Antwaan Randle-El had a great start to the season, but he tailed off as well and has yet to post that true, full breakthrough season (and his punt return work has been pedestrian in two seasons here). The old staff was split on whether it believed Mike Espy would develop into a player, sources said, and successive season-ending injuries can't help his cause).

Offense if Snyder's bag. It's what he loves. According to sources, Snyder pushed long and hard to draft WR Ted Ginn Jr. with the sixth overall pick last year (what a disaster that would have been had Gregg Williams not saved the owner from himself - RB Clinton Portis's constant lobbying of Snyder and Joe Gibbs for Landry had some impact as well, team sources said), and the Skins have flirted with Calvin Johnson and Braylon Edwards in the draft the last few seasons. Snyder made it known in no uncertain terms that he wanted Johnson when interviewing coaching candidates this off season, and I await Johnson and agent Drew Rosenhaus's next move to try to force an exit from Cincy.

Other than that, hard to imagine a whole lot of roster activity the next few months save for more depth additions. At some point they will sign a few CBs along the lines of guys like Butler a year ago, to add some veteran depth. I would not be surprised to see a veteran punter brought in to challenge Frost at some point later in the off season, too, and look for offensive line to be a prime target in the first three rounds of the draft as well, particularly with the third-round comp pick awarded.

Randoms: Rocco turned 1 on Thursday, my how time flies. He is now adept at gnawing on steps, cords, lamps and any and all furniture he can get his hands on. Chloe is 3 and, seriously, now sings her own theme songs which she also concocts. "I Can't Do That," has become my personal favorite and a ditty she breaks out about once an hour these days, while, "Nobody Cares What I'm Doing" (sung with a tinge of woe-is-me should mommy and daddy both be fixated on Rocco for a moment) is growing on Lauren ... I will still have to use some more time off the next few weeks to continue to tend to a family matter, so Jason Reid is taking the lead with the draft coverage. I'll be back on the case as well, though, contributing to the blog and the paper ... Anyone looking to buy a house in Arlington, within walking distance to Shirlington, totally rehabbed and spotless (we've been staying with the kids at my parent's house as much as possible in a total effort to maintain this pristine condition), shoot me an email. Perfect for couples or families of 3, we've just outgrown it.


By Jason La Canfora  |  April 1, 2008; 10:04 AM ET
 
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Comments

First! Shabingus!

Posted by: daytradeforcash | April 1, 2008 10:15 AM | Report abuse

I have no problems with the way the handled FA. After a couple of weeks off I see JLC still has some hate in him. lol

Posted by: jm220 | April 1, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse

jm220, welcome back ... so does this mean you didn't wallop the co-worker and get put in double secret probation that kept you off the blog?

Posted by: dcsween | April 1, 2008 10:50 AM | Report abuse

I see he is still pushing that trash about Ocho Stinko, which I think is crap.

Posted by: kmdp4 | April 1, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

JLC seems to be suffering from poolmanitis

Posted by: SETH.LEMASTER | April 1, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Did anyone else have troubles getting on the blog this morning, I could not get on for hours, I just got a blank page.

Posted by: kmdp4 | April 1, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

yeah, the blog was posted three times, seems like there are some technical difficulties going on.

Posted by: SETH.LEMASTER | April 1, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

dcsween no I didn't give him the beat down. lol

Posted by: jm220 | April 1, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

I still think Chad Johnson will find his way out of Cincinnati (and notwithstanding the theatrics, I don't think he's in the same diva class as T.O., Jerry Porter, or Randy Moss) ... and its a jersey number reserved for "charismatic" receivers anyway. I would love, love, love if the Skins were able to get him on board. Its a drag that we'd have to wait till after the draft to find out, esp. if they use a high pick on a receiver. Receiver seems like the most hit/miss position in the draft. For every Marques Colsten in the 7th round, there is a Mike Williams in the 1st round. Its an unslottable position, thus best acquired through free agency.

Posted by: dcsween | April 1, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

This is officially the closest I've been to first.

Posted by: brownwood26 | April 1, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

From the previous different thread (the one about three picks), this is the one that thread thinks is the "next" one ... the other intervening two likely will be removed.

Posted by: dcsween | April 1, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

JLC's back....bring on Barno.

I agree with most of what JLC said. I thought it would've been smarter for the team to make stronger offers for Hackett/Caldwell, and to bring back Mccardell in order to at least provide depth at WR. I like that JLC sees the team looking to push the defensive and offensive lines in the first 3 rounds of the draft, IMO those will be the most crucial positions to secure for this team. And I like the idea of bringing in veteran depth at DB rather than spending more high draft picks on the secondary. Not quite so confident in the idea of the skins being the major player in the Chad Johnson sweepstakes, particularly after the draft when we'll only have future picks to offer. Although it wouldn't surprise me if we did make a move. All in all, this has been a solid offseason, and the draft has now become ever-more important for this team. Hopefully Vinny will give us a great rookie class to work with.

Posted by: psps23 | April 1, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

I was having blog-withdrawals this morning.

Not sure how much stock I put into the skins wanting CJ, or Snyder wanting Ted Ginn for that matter as well. Maybe he talked about Ginn, or brought his name up, but how far it got after that I'm not sure of.

"And it's unlikely you will find the kind of big, athletic, stud WR Snyder/Cerrato want in the mid rounds, or even with the 21st pick for that matter"

What if they used a first rounder on a DE, a second on a WR, and both their thirds on G/T types? That solves the problem of wanting a stud WR.

Welcome back just the same J-La.

Posted by: gregmarino88 | April 1, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Rams sign Reche Caldwell
By Bill Coats
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
03/25/2008

The Rams have added to their corps of wide receivers by agreeing to terms Tuesday with free agent Reche Caldwell, a six-year NFL veteran who was San Diego's second-round draft choice in 2002.
The 6-foot, 210-pound Caldwell reportedly will receive a one-year deal worth $645,000.

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Sounds like he took less to go to the Rams, so you can't blame this on the FO.

Posted by: kerzon417 | April 1, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Finally!

Posted by: RedDMV | April 1, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Not that I'm comparing their greatness... but didn't the same situation happen with Barry Sanders? He wanted to get out of Detroit (and how?) and the team would not let that happen. He walked away from football with the potential to shatter every rushing record imaginable. I understand why Detroit was so stubborn in trying to keep Barry Sanders, but why is Cincy giving Ocho-Cinco such a hard time about this? Doesn't seem to me like either side is playing nice at this point.

For the record... I wouldn't mind a new #85.

We put up with Michael Westbrook and Albert Connell... why not give a proven play-maker a chance?

Posted by: Dorf | April 1, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

blog unavailability this morning

worst. April Fool's prank. ever.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | April 1, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Good morning! We've had Loseable Type issues (stop the presses...) and I managed to slam the car door on my thumb. So God knows how the posts are gonna read. But I continue to BMGO. Or, BTMYFO. (blog till my thumb falls off.) Phyllis the WaPo nurse gave me some ice and told me to soak the thumb in whiskey sauce.

Posted by: TheCindy | April 1, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

It seems like all of the big media outlets, SI/ESPN, don't have anything in regard to CJ coming to the Redskins. Until someone/something comes out that speaks in contract to what Cincinnati has stated, I'm not giving this story legs.

Posted by: gregmarino88 | April 1, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

One of our news aides yesterday suggested we post an item "Joe Gibbs changes remind, will return as Redskins coach."
I thought this would be good to go with our defibrillator giveaway.

Posted by: TheCindy | April 1, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Cindy,

If you want, I'll drive up to DC and hold the ice on your thumb for you... in a strictly platonic manner.

:)

Posted by: Dorf | April 1, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

that should have read, "in contrast" not, "in contract"....sorry.

Posted by: gregmarino88 | April 1, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

I thought all alcohol, including whiskey was sauce.

Posted by: RedDMV | April 1, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Wow, if Snyder gets Ocho Stinko, I'm going to lose it. Aside from being a cancer, he can't even speak proper Spanish--85 in Spanish is ochenta cinco. Every time he says "ocho cinco" and wears those damn gold grills, he sets black folk back 40 years. The last thing I need to see is him wearing burgundy and gold. If you have to push a trade for a receiver, please look at Roy Williams or Anquan Boldin.

Posted by: brownwood26 | April 1, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Welcome back JLC. Its always right to take care of your family. Plus, you've had a nice year on the reporting front, well above and beyond the normal call of duty.

About Chad Johnson. I just can't see adding this potential cancer to the team. Can someone rationalize this for me? I know he's a good receiver, but only when winning (moreso than Moss/Owens). We have been through the non-team conformity years, do we need to revisit? If thats the case, I think Jeff George still wants to play.

I totally agree, its no way we can fill all the holes on this team thru the draft. I assume we can patch a few with mid-level free agents. Also, assume the pool of free agents gets better after June 1 cap hits are taken, correct?

I'm expecting(predicting and not liking the idea) a big trade come draft day for Chad Johnson. There go our draft picks and salary cap, all in 15 minutes. I hope Dan&Vin can keep it together for the draft. Just get some young blood, please. No Chad Johnson......esp for sacrificing our draft.

Posted by: Rando | April 1, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Thank you Dorf. I actually need someone to follow me around and type my every utterance into my BlackBerry. You could do that.
Jasno's reply (since I was trying to 'Berry him and Maske at the owners' meetings in Florida at the time) was classique: "Ouch. Put some ice on that puppy."


Posted by: TheCindy | April 1, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Well that explains the headline "WaPo Editor Sucks Thumb All Day."

The only obvious question back to Jasno based on this thread is ... so who does Clinton Portis want the Skins to draft with the 21st pick?

I'm not up for April Foolery on the blog today. Every day is April Fool's day here, but April 1 was Sean Taylor's birthday.

Posted by: dcsween | April 1, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

We put up with Michael Westbrook and Albert Connell... why not give a proven play-maker a chance?

Posted by: Dorf | April 1, 2008 11:11 AM

Because the one thing going for this roster is chemistry. That would officially end with the acquisition of Chad Johnson.

Posted by: brownwood26 | April 1, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

I was under the impression that Santana Moss and Chad Johnson were old pals. Not sure where I heard that. Sound familiar to anybody?

Posted by: dcsween | April 1, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

dc, I might have heard that as well, however I still want no part of CJ.

I'm curious about the hit/miss ratio of receivers that were taken in the second, or third round of the draft?

Posted by: gregmarino88 | April 1, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

I was under the impression that Santana Moss and Chad Johnson were old pals. Not sure where I heard that. Sound familiar to anybody?

Posted by: dcsween | April 1, 2008 11:32 AM

I never heard that. But you might be thinking of another 89, Steve Smith. They played together in either high school or community college, I believe. Besides, guys from "The U" tend to only hang out with guys from "The U".

Posted by: brownwood26 | April 1, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

the Skins information/update piece of this post was quality - nice work.

Posted by: makalb18 | April 1, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Just say no to Ocho Stinko! Any truth to this rumor would throw cold water on the whole theory of an newly responsible, forward-thinking FO. I do think they could have /should have signed at least a couple mid-level free agents to add depth at WR and LB, but if my only choice is between overpaying for big-name FAs or getting none at all, I will gladly take none at all. Judicious acquisition of talent via FA will have to be an upgrade to version 2.0 of this front office - if they can have a successful draft next month, then version 1.0 will be considered a success for the time being.

Posted by: PDXskin | April 1, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

I have a theory (two really).

A big plash FA signing at this point will upset the fans (most of them anyway).

Any big plash FA signed will be embraced by the fans, if said FA puts up big numbers this season.

If they sign 85, I'd be okay with it. I just wish that he was younger player with an upwardly sloping career arc.

Posted by: _Stumped_ | April 1, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Sween and Dorf, please slide over and make room for me on the Ocho Cinco bandwagon. Jasno is right in that $9M is a lot of cap space to clear...no way that's 'Just in case' money. They're going to make a move.
My only hope is that they don't allow Cincy to fleece them in a trade a-la the Denver Donkeys. No more than a 2nd for Chad.

Ocho Cinco would look good in Maroon and Black.

Posted by: Original_etrod | April 1, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

brownwood26, just FYI...

"I like what those guys do," Moss said. "Me and Chad are close friends. T.O., I know of him. I like their game, but that's why there's T.O. and that's why there's Chad Johnson -- because they're their own guy. I'm going to do what I do, and so far it's been getting me along. I'm 27, and I haven't had any problems."

http://cbs.sportsline.com/nfl/story/9702311/rss

I really don't think Chad is a cancer in the locker room. He's going about the whole Cincy thing the wrong way but I don't think he's a bad person. Briggs, T.O., R. Moss, all have done some questionable things making matters what should be private public, but that's just how it is these days.

Posted by: RedDMV | April 1, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Speaking of big plashes, here comes Jasno in big plaid baggies, arcing upward high over the deep end of the pool and screaming:

Cannonball!

Welcome back, we missed you.

(Oh, and next time don't forget to take your glasses off before you hit the board)

Posted by: _Stumped_ | April 1, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

I usually agree with JLac, but not on this one. DJ Hackett was damaged goods and I'm glad the Skins showed some financial restraint. Perhaps they wanted him to prove he could stay healthy, then offer him a larger contract. Good call by Vinny on that one. Caldwell produced well, but the Skins need a game breaker at the #2 slot. They still have time to address the WR position.

I for one would like the Skins to get Chad Johnson. The guy makes plays and catches touchdowns. Johnson is nowhere near the diva that TO is.

Posted by: rickyroge | April 1, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Yo- Anyone want to buy my house? hit me up.

i love it.

Posted by: Barno1 | April 1, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

I really don't think Chad is a cancer in the locker room. He's going about the whole Cincy thing the wrong way but I don't think he's a bad person. Briggs, T.O., R. Moss, all have done some questionable things making matters what should be private public, but that's just how it is these days.

Posted by: RedDMV | April 1, 2008 11:59 AM

First of all, thanks for the link. I only half-remember reading that somewhere before.

Let's be real about Chad Johnson here: the guy (allegedly) physically fought his coaches during halftime of the most important game of his career. Doesn't exactly show that he plays his best with a lot on the line. That's been the staple of this team the last 4 years; playing their best ball with their backs against the wall.

Let me also point out that you don't have to have a prima donna WR to get a talented one. Art Monk and Santana Moss have done pretty well for themselves not being selfish dogs in my opinion. Marvin Harrison is another example of a guy who can keep his mouth shut and put up numbers.

And that leads me to another issue with this team: why can't you just set up a standard for what a Redskin in supposed to be and hold to it? Joe Gibbs and George Allen don't have to be the only coaches to do that. As a matter of fact, it's up to the organization, not the coach, to uphold that standard. The FO is responsible for hiring a coach that fits within that standard, and the rest should trickle down. The Redskins of the 70s and 80s wouldn't pursue a Chad Johnson. Nor would a team with a firm identity like the Steelers. I just hope this team is done selling its soul in the name of a quick fix at WR or to sell jerseys.

Posted by: brownwood26 | April 1, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

rroge, agreed on Hackett, had they signed him to a deal with guaranteed money, they were taking a big risk.

No trades. Use all 9 of their draft picks, and try and get younger in a lot of spots. Build depth. Try and make a splash in the Post-Season, not the Off-season.

Posted by: gregmarino88 | April 1, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Not on the CJ bandwagon. However comma he would demand attention and with a healthy Moss and ARE, this could make the Skins offense scary. Not to mention "shorts" and both Portis and Betts.

Knowing this FO, we should prepare for him in the yellow & black. As stated above, hope the FO does not get fleeced of all of too many picks.

Posted by: kerzon417 | April 1, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Welcome back, Jasno, hope you're tanned and rested and ready to rumble.

While you were away, the 'Skins were finally getting it right, placing greater reliance on the draft. So, yeah, by all means, criticize them for weak "self scouting."

I have a hard time following your logic here: The 'Skins can't get a big, stud, athletic wide receiver in the later rounds, so they should have signed D.J. Hackett or Reche Caldwell? What is wrong with this picture? Neither one of them is a big, stud, athletic wide receiver.

The simple fact is that in the later rounds you can get receivers just like them. Hackett was a fifth rounder with injury problems who drew little interest in free agency, and Caldwell was a second rounder who's been dropped by three teams. Why should we give them signing bonuses when we can get receivers like them in the draft? And if the guys in the draft don't work out, I think that we signed McCardell and Caldwell after the season had started. These sorts of depth players are always available.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | April 1, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

JLC- Great blog. I miss reading your work and I look forward to your regular contributions. Best wishes w/ the family matter.

Posted by: WahooTim | April 1, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Yes, it is indeed Sean Taylor's birthday. His 25th.

Posted by: TheCindy | April 1, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Any chance the Skins are looking at Takeo Spikes at LB to fill in for Rocky McIntosh?

Posted by: WahooTim | April 1, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

And one more thing about Chad Johnson: the guy plays with a solid RB in Rudi Johnson, a #2 WR who could probably be a #1 elsewhere (Houshmandzadeh), and a Pro Bowl QB in Carson Palmer. If you think he's going to catch as many passes and as many touchdowns here as he did in Cincinnati, you're VERY wrong. It won't quite be Randy Moss in Oakland, but it won't be what he's used to either.

Posted by: brownwood26 | April 1, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

So if were looking for a proven, big play wide receiver, we're talking about a pretty small pool of players.

What, maybe 10 players, plus 5 that might be emerging or on the bubble?

I'm a church goer, but I don't think any team can afford to wait for a choir boy/all pro WR; they're just too rare.

(Hail! Art Monk's pending enshrinement.)

Posted by: _Stumped_ | April 1, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

ta, nicely done. I might start sounding like a broken record, but draft a WR in the second round, and roll. The more I think about it, with Albert getting more, and more attention, I think the Redskins will go with Phillip Merling at 21.

Posted by: gregmarino88 | April 1, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

I saw a little snippet the other day about Zimmerman and Jason Campbell being friends and attending each others games. How about a story on that Mr. Jason? Sounds like it would be interesting and not something that I have ever heard of before.

Posted by: MKadyman | April 1, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Ginn comment is scary. I agree that Ocho Cinco is a decent receiver, but he's 30, dropped a lot of passes last year, and was injured. Probably not the legit #1 WR he used to be. A trade for Ocho would be OK with me but only if the price is reasonable (unlikely). I could see a #3 and #5 for Ocho and a $5-6M/yr deal, but anything more would be a screw job.

Snyder needs to understand that by the time he likes a player and that player is available, he's usually an on-the-downside sucker's play. The future stars are in the draft. Will someone give Snyder the V-8 head slap. In fact, give him an extra one for the Ginn thing.

Posted by: chris_zz | April 1, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Maske reports from Florida:

NFL owners today approved a proposal to connect one defensive player per team to a coach on the sideline via a wireless communication device during games.
The proposal was ratified by a vote of 25-7. It needed at least 24 votes to be enacted.
It will take effect next season.

Posted by: TheCindy | April 1, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

greg,

I just hope that if we draft a WR in the second round, we don't get this year's Reche Caldwell.

What I don't understand (and I wish Jasno would place a call) is why he signed with St. Louis. Al Saunders hardly used him at all last year and now he follows Al for less money than the 'Skins offered. There should be a story -- or at least a blog post -- in this. I might call Reche, myself. Does anyone up here have his number? 703-RICOCHET?

Posted by: talent_evaluator | April 1, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

T_E,

I'm with you on your take on the WR situation. The fact that the Panthers signed him spells trouble; I can't remember the last time they hit on a free agent.

This situation just highlights how hard it is to get a quality WR in this league. Big, physical, athletic WRs are about as tough to get as a big pass-rushing DE. They aren't awful at WR, they just have to be patient and hope the right guy comes along next year.

Posted by: brownwood26 | April 1, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Happy BDay to Rocco and good luck to Chloe!

Now, JLaC, go back to what the Giants did last offseason and the patriots before them. Both were not key players in FA. What's the problem?

1st, you bag on them for giving away draft picks and signing average FA to big contracts. Now ,you are bagging on them for having 9 draft picks and not signing any FA to big contracts?!?!?

Wow...Just wow......

Posted by: 4thFloor | April 1, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

bwood,

For the record, I agree. Patience is critical. Assuming the class of 2009 has been scouted and some good prospects are coming along, the best thing might be to draft a top WR prospect next year.

The next Calvin Johnson would be nice.

Posted by: _Stumped_ | April 1, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

ta, agreed. Again, not to sound like a broken record, but this is the most draft picks the team has had in 6 or 7 years. They can't have too many misses, one, maybe two, in the later rounds, but they have to work this draft in their favor.

Posted by: gregmarino88 | April 1, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

I haven't posted in a while but I figure why not. The Chad Johnson thing is interesting but how could it possibly happen after the draft? It seems that Cinn. would want draft picks this year for him if they even allow him to go.

Just a thought.

Posted by: JoeyV | April 1, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

I realize this is the skins blog, but since they don't have a terps blog...i'll post today's tragic news here-

March 31, 2008

Press Conference Scheduled for 3:00 at U-M Athletic Dept
Coach Gary Williams Expected to Step Down as U-M Basketball Coach after 19 Seasons

COLLEGE PARK, Md. Maryland Terrapins head basketball coach Gary Williams, who returned to coach his alma mater in 1989 and later led Maryland to back-to-back Final Fours, including the 2002 National Championship, is expected to step down as head coach today at a 3:00 p.m. ET press conference. Under Williams, the Terrapins made 11 straight NCAA tournament appearances from 1993 to 2004, but have been NIT bound in three out of the past four seasons.

Both Maryland Athletic Director Deborah Yow and Maryland President C.D. Mote Jr. were unavailable for comment. Maryland returns 11 scholarship players, including 2nd team All ACC guard Greivis Vasquez, Maryland's leading scorer at 17.2 points a game, to a squad that exited the second round of the NIT with a loss against Syracuse.

The press conference can be heard on the following Terrapin Sports Radio Network affiliates and on the Audio/Video page of www.umterps.com: ESPN Radio/WJFK 1300 AM (Baltimore), WTBO AM 1450 (Cumberland), WFMD AM 930 (Frederick), WARK AM 1490 (Hagerstown), WMSG AM 1050 (Oakland), and WQMR FM 101.1 (Ocean City).

-30-


Posted by: Barno1 | April 1, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

If the Skins don't use all their Cap space for this year, does it carry over?

Or can they use it to buy down there future cap obligation?

Posted by: _Stumped_ | April 1, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

brownwood26, I agree with some of the things you're saying. I am sort of on the fence with CJ. While I don't think he is the dirtiest of dirtbags, he still has dirtbag tendencies. I think they should at least listen if the Bengals put him on the block. Listening never hurt anyone or anything.

Sorry, had to comment on this one...

"Every time he says "ocho cinco" and wears those damn gold grills, he sets black folk back 40 years."

1) I think when Chad Johnson says Ocho Cinco, he's referring to eight, five. Like how Portis says two, six.

2) Gold grills? Set black folk back? have you ever been to Atlanta? Houston? Miami? Anywhere in the south? Gold and platnium grills are everywhere in the black communties in the south. Besides I can think of a number of other things that can or has set "black folk" back 40 years.

Crime, degenerate fathers, and the number of uneducated to me are far worst than gold grills.

BTW, I'm not attacking or bashing. You're just posting somethings I want to comment on.

Posted by: RedDMV | April 1, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

bwood,

For the record, I agree. Patience is critical. Assuming the class of 2009 has been scouted and some good prospects are coming along, the best thing might be to draft a top WR prospect next year.

The next Calvin Johnson would be nice.

Posted by: _Stumped_ | April 1, 2008 12:40 PM

That's the thing: there's all this clamoring for Chad Johnson here. He was a 3rd round pick, if I recall correctly. So why don't we just draft a guy this year or next year, coach him up, and hope that he develops into a Pro Bowler like Chad Johnson without the turdish tendencies? It's risky and nothing's promised, but then again, that's the same situation you get with signing Chad Johnson.

There's something to be said for drafting your own guy and teaching him the Redskin way as opposed to signing someone else's baggage just because he's got some nice numbers in someone else's system.

Posted by: brownwood26 | April 1, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Yes, it is indeed Sean Taylor's birthday. His 25th.

Posted by: TheCindy | April 1, 2008 12:19 PM

Happy BDay MEAST!

Posted by: 4thFloor | April 1, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Because the one thing going for this roster is chemistry. That would officially end with the acquisition of Chad Johnson.

Posted by: brownwood26 | April 1, 2008 11:29 AM

I don't necessarily agree with this. There are certain players deemed "cancers," and it's automatically assumed that these players will destroy the locker room. That's just not true. CAN it happen? Sure. T.O. in Philly and Moss in Oakland/Minny are two decent examples. However, that doesn't mean these guys are that way forever. TO seems to have found his home is Dallas, and Moss seems to have found his home in NE. Both, actually, look like they IMPROVE their locker room, rather than destroy it.

Now, are you taking a risk with acquiring 85? Absolutely. But you can't ignore the talent, and proven production, that he has. And you can't just assume that he'll be the same troublemaker here as he is now in Cincy. IMO, if he gets out of Cincy, he'll be good for whoever gets him.

And remember, this is a STRONG locker room. CP, Fletcher, Daniels, Washington, Samuels, Sellers, etc. There is a lot of veteran leadership in that space. Brandon Lloyd was a "cancer", but he didn't end up killing the locker room. For the right price, I would be all for 85. That type of production is not duplicated easily.

Posted by: psps23 | April 1, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

I love Joe Gibbs, but he had some divas on his teams also (John Riggins, Gary Clark). I'm just saying that Chad Johnson is better than both ARE and Santana Moss. His end zone antics are annoying, but it's 6 points on the board.

I thought the Hackett deal was good shrewd business. The guy hasn't played a full season and you want to give him guarunteed money??? No way!!!

...don't get me started on Reche Caldwell. He can still see the playbook from St. Louis with those peepers!

Posted by: rickyroge | April 1, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Crime, degenerate fathers, and the number of uneducated to me are far worst than gold grills.

Posted by: RedDMV | April 1, 2008 12:46 PM

Agreed. But he portrays himself in a less than flattering light. I probably overstated it, but the guy is an embarrassment.

Posted by: brownwood26 | April 1, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

If I remember correctly, Lisa mentioned that Santana was close with Chad Johnson. (Chad is originally from Miami, unlike Steve Smith who is from the L.A. area.)

Someone should mention to JLa that Espy was let go.

Posted by: tafka | April 1, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

"IMO, if he gets out of Cincy, he'll be good for whoever gets him"

He wont be putting up anywhere near the stats that he did in Cincinnati. I think the first time he only catch's 1 or 2 balls in a game, that they lose, you'll see the "real" CJ on display.

Again, until something more concrete comes out from his current employer, then I don't think this story has legs.

Posted by: gregmarino88 | April 1, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

psps23,

Santana is the #1 receiver. If you think Chad is coming here to play #2, you're nuts. The Skins need a young player to play #2 and eventually develop into a #1. Chad Johnson is 30 with an ego as long as his legs. Take him if you want, but I'll steer clear, thanks.

Posted by: brownwood26 | April 1, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

brown, agreed. If CJ isn't #1, then I can't see him taking that well. If you bump Santana out of the #1 spot, I also can't see him taking that well.

Draft Jordy Nelson, put ARE in the slot, and see what happens.

Posted by: gregmarino88 | April 1, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Wow!!!

Redskins trade for Chad Johnson

ASHBURN, VA. (AP) -The Washington Redskins, in a blockbuster trade, signed wide receiver Chad Johnson on Tuesday to fill a major hole in their receiver corps.

Johnson, 30, reportedly became disgruntled with the Cincinnati organization which eventually led to his trade to Washington.

Johnson has 559 receptions for 8365 yards with an average of 15.0 yards per reception and 49 touchdowns.

The Redskins fans appeared excited even though this is simply and April's fools joke.

Posted by: JoeyV | April 1, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

The FO is responsible for hiring a coach that fits within that standard, and the rest should trickle down. The Redskins of the 70s and 80s wouldn't pursue a Chad Johnson. Nor would a team with a firm identity like the Steelers. I just hope this team is done selling its soul in the name of a quick fix at WR or to sell jerseys.

Posted by: brownwood26 | April 1, 2008 12:14 PM

Chad Johnson sure does remind me of Gary Clark at times.

Posted by: tafka | April 1, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

I would personally just like to wish my favorite skin of all time Sean Taylor a Happy Birthday...it should be acknowledge by all skins fans,local media, and anyone else within the area that today is his day....R.I.P Sean T

Posted by: cgass21 | April 1, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Jordy Nelson sounds good, so he would be a 3rd rounder?

Posted by: _Stumped_ | April 1, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Offense if Snyder's bag. It's what he loves. According to sources, Snyder pushed long and hard to draft WR Ted Ginn Jr. with the sixth overall pick last year (what a disaster that would have been had Gregg Williams not saved the owner from himself
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oh my god - Dan Snyder is the new Al Davis...

Posted by: kjwags156 | April 1, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

If Snyder really liked Ginn last year, I'll bet he also likes Devin Thomas this year.

Posted by: tafka | April 1, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Strange Coinkidink Department

I'm looking at the 2002 draft, the one in which Caldwell was drafted in the second round.

The Redskins had the 18th pick and traded down twice, taking Patrick Ramsey with the 32nd pick. Atlanta got the 18th pick, and they chose T. J. Duckett.

In the second round, the Redskins had the 52nd pick. Denver had the 51st pick and they chose Clinton Portis. The Redskins traded down with Baltimore and with the 56th pick they chose Ladell Betts.

The Redskins third round picks? Rashad Bauman (they moved up to get him) and Cliff Russell.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | April 1, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Greg,

As normal I agree get Jordy Nelson 2nd round and go to work, forget CJ we do not need him. I also agree Albert is going to be gone by 21 so I would take Merling if he is there. Then use the two 3rds on O-Line. CB is very deep you could get one in the 5th, then use the 6th and three 7ths on whatever more O-line another DE or DT, maybe a young QB.

Posted by: kmdp4 | April 1, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

What is Merling's injury? How long is he going to be before he's healthy?

Posted by: marlonjohn | April 1, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Merling had to have surgery for a sports hernia. He should be ready to go by training camp.

Don't forget - word has been around that the Redskins have been looking at LB candidates in the draft also. It's time to draft Marcus' replacement - maybe in the 3rd round.

Posted by: tafka | April 1, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Marlon,

He had surgery for a sports hernia, I think he will be fine by OTA's, I am no doctor but I do not think a sports hernia is that serious.

Posted by: kmdp4 | April 1, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

How long is he going to be before he's healthy?

Posted by: marlonjohn | April 1, 2008 01:15 PM

Doctors say he'll be 8 to 10 inches long before he's fully healthy.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | April 1, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget - word has been around that the Redskins have been looking at LB candidates in the draft also. It's time to draft Marcus' replacement - maybe in the 3rd round.

Posted by: tafka | April 1, 2008 01:19 PM

Don't forget Fletcher either. I know he's still at the top of his game and hasn't really showed signs of slowing down, but you never know when that age bug will catch you. And we all remember what the defense looked like before Fletch came on board. I wouldn't be surprised if we grabbed a MLB to provide security for LBF.

Posted by: psps23 | April 1, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

brownwood...

what makes you such a guru of character analysis? Whether you're black or not, I do not know... but it seems fairly ignorant to use "gold grills" and bad Spanish to English translations as an argument against someone.

It wasn't well known to the national eye and even to a lot of Redskins fans just how much Sean Taylor meant to people. He was a menace, a thug and a criminal to many, but to those who knew him personally he was loving and amiable, albeit guarded. Don't throw out generalizations and blanket statements without keeping that in mind.

RIP Sean Taylor.

Posted by: Dorf | April 1, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

http://was.scout.com/a.z?s=71&p=2&c=742293

Here's a link comparing Malcolm Kelly to Devin Thomas. Greg I'll post its content for you.

Posted by: marlonjohn | April 1, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Agreed on Fletcher, psps. But I think they drafted Blades last year with MLB in mind.

Posted by: tafka | April 1, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Well said, Dorf.

Posted by: tafka | April 1, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Here you go Greg. It's a long one

Who's the best WR in the draft:
Malcolm Kelly or Devin Thomas?

When he lines up on the outside, defenses fear his presence, and they know something big is about to happen. The defender has the daunting task of trying to stop this physical specimen from breaking free in the open field and notching a quick-six on the scoreboard. Good luck...

Oklahoma's Malcolm Kelly has struck fear into the hearts of many defenders during his three-year stint with the Sooners and was a dangerous offensive weapon since his arrival in Norman.

As a true freshman, Kelly displayed his talents and was a key contributor on a team that was a run oriented offense, with Adrian Peterson receiving the bulk of the touches. During that season, Kelly had 33 receptions for 471 yards and two touchdowns.

The following season, Kelly emerged as one of the elite wide receivers in the country and showed the promise everyone anticipated when he was recruited by LSU, Nebraska, Texas, Tennessee and Oklahoma. He led the Sooners in receptions (62), receiving yards (993) and touchdown catches (10). Kelly played in every game during his sophomore season, but suffered a knee injury early on in the Fiesta Bowl, which caused him to miss most of the game. The injury he suffered against Boise State required surgery to repair the cartilage damage.

He was slowed during spring drills following the surgery, but when the season started, he was ready to go. Kelly got his junior campaign off to a sensational start hauling in 14 catches for 301 yards (21.5 YPC) and seven touchdowns in the Sooners' first three games. But after that three-game stretch, Kelly's production faltered dramatically. Although, he still finished the season with 49 receptions for 821 yards and nine touchdowns. Just like the previous season, Kelly endured another leg injury, this time a thigh contusion, in the Fiesta Bowl. Kelly played one series in the first quarter and was forced to leave the game.

Despite leaving another big game early without having a major impact while the entire country watched, Kelly decided to leave Oklahoma early, after only receiving a second round grade from the NFL advisory committee.

"We're excited for Malcolm and his family," Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops said. "He was an outstanding player in our program, and we appreciate all of his efforts. We look forward to watching him in the NFL. He is well-suited to professional football in many ways, and we are sure that the attributes that made him such a success for us will serve him equally well on that level."

Those attributes have yet to be seen as Kelly is still nursing the thigh bruise he suffered in the Fiesta Bowl. Kelly showed up at the Scouting Combine in good spirits, but was unable to work out in front of scouts. He measured in at 6-foot-4, 224 pounds, which only made him more intriguing to NFL personnel, but not being able to show his ability on the field was a disappointment.

Kelly said at the Combine that he didn't anticipate on working out at Oklahoma's Pro Day, which was held on March 11th, due to his thigh injury. It was announced at OU's Pro Day that Kelly would hold a private workout on April 9th, which didn't please many NFL personnel in attendance.

Kelly's inability to work out this off-season hasn't done much for his draft status. Teams are starting to wonder about his health, and anytime someone questions your physical prowess, it's never a good thing, especially when you play a skill position. The biggest obstacle Kelly faces is to prove his critics wrong and run a sparkling 40. He's a long-strider with good speed, but after Devin Thomas' surprising 4.4-time in the 40, the stakes have been raised for Kelly.

One positive note for Kelly thus far is that he's scheduled to meet with the Minnesota Vikings on April 10th at their practice facility.


When you have a big-time wide receiver in an offense, it makes everything else better. A player who commands attention on the outside opens up the entire field for the other playmakers to make an impact.

Michigan State's Devin Thomas has the unique ability to make other players around him better and be a dominant force on the outside. Not only does Thomas star as a receiver, but he's also capable of rushing the ball and being a big-play return specialist on special teams.

"When he has an opportunity to come in and make plays, he makes plays," Michigan State Head Coach Mark Dantonio said. "Whether it's kickoff returns, catching the deep ball, running reverses, or whatever; when he's hot, he plays football at a different level."

Thomas may play football at a different level, but it wasn't always at the top level. Prior to suiting up for the Spartans, Thomas was a JUCO standout at Coffeyville Community College. He spent two years at Coffeyville; redshirted his first-year and played in his second-year. As a redshirt freshman, Thomas led Coffeyville to a 9-3 record and immediately showed his skills by catching 33 passes for 674 yards and five touchdowns.

In 2006, Thomas transferred to Michigan State and was a relative unknown. He saw limited playing time during his first season with the Spartans and only managed six receptions for 90 yards and a touchdown. But most of his statistics were accumulated in a game against Indiana, where he displayed his talents by recording four catches for 82 yards and a touchdown. After that game, his promise was evident, and it blossomed into superstardom.

This past season, Thomas, who's nickname Showtime matches his game, emerged as one of college football's most dominant receivers, as he collected 75 receptions for 1,226 yards and eight touchdowns, which in turn led him to the decision to leave Michigan State after only starting one-year.

"He has exceeded my expectations in the way he has approached things," Dantonio said. "He has just blossomed into a playmaker. He's been the total football player for us in every respect."

Thomas continued to exceed expectations this off-season at the Scouting Combine. He measured in at a solid 6-foot-2, 215 pounds and displayed great measureables and skills during his workout. Thomas ran a surprising 4.40 in the 40-yard dash, which silenced scouts who had doubts about his game, and also performed well in shuttle drills. Thomas showed his athleticism in the broad jump with a 10'6" effort, but didn't do as well in the vertical jump with a 28-inch attempt. He redeemed himself in positional drills, as he flashed great hands and ran precise routes.

At Michigan State's Pro Day, Thomas elected to stand on most of his numbers from the Combine, but since he didn't take part in the bench press, he decided to show his strength in front of scouts and tried to improve his vertical jump. He showed scouts in attendance that he has solid strength by putting up 225 pounds 16 times and bettered his vertical jump by eclipsing his mark from the Combine by five inches with a 33-inch performance.

Thomas is a big receiver that teams will covet in the first round. The battle between him and Oklahoma's Malcolm Kelly will certainly heat up after Kelly's Pro Day on April 9th, which will be the first time he's worked out in front of scouts all off-season due to an injured knee. Thomas has already met with the Buffalo Bills and Minnesota Vikings, two teams that could use a big receiver in their offense, and may have the upper-hand over Kelly at this point.

If Thomas continues his impressive play during private workouts with teams over the next four weeks and interviews well, he will be the first receiver taken in the draft.


SCOUTING REPORT

Strengths: Kelly has great size, good speed and is a big-play threat. He has a good feel for the position, recognizes coverages and is able to get separation from the defender. He's a physical route runner who doesn't mind contact and will challenge defenders over the middle, as well as get vertical and make highlight reel receptions. He catches the ball effortlessly running at full speed and shows good timing. He catches the ball with his hands and rarely allows the ball to get into his body. He's a strong receiver who breaks tackles in the open field and has great YAC ability.

Weaknesses: He doesn't have elite straight-line speed. He tends to lose focus on intermediate routes and drop catchable passes.

NFL Comparison: Braylon Edwards, Cleveland Browns


Strengths: Thomas is a quick receiver who consistently makes plays on offense. He uses his size to his advantage, runs physical routes, and makes tough catches in traffic. He gets a quick release off the line, is quick in and out of cuts, and flashes vertical speed to make big plays. He's a sure-handed receiver who adjusts well to errant throws, leaps to make acrobatic receptions, and finds soft spots within a defense. He plays with great awareness and instincts and is a capable blocker downfield.

Weaknesses: He has to run more precise routes. He tends to lack focus on intermediate routes and will occasionally drop easy passes. He started just one-year at Michigan State.

NFL Comparison: Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs

CONCLUSION

Kelly has the size and skill to become one of the elite wide receivers at the next level. If he's able to stay healthy and ends up in a favorable situation, look for him to be a perennial Pro Bowler. Thomas is an intriguing athletic wide receiver with a lot of upside. The scary part is that he's still learning the game and performed extremely well during his lone season as a starting WR. He's not a polished receiver yet, but he's close, and his ability to get vertical and catch the ball consistently excites scouts. In three years, I expect Kelly to be a physical presence on the outside who will emerge as a team's No. 1 WR, while Thomas will develop into one of the game's elite game breakers and be voted to at least one Pro Bowl.

Posted by: marlonjohn | April 1, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

I wonder which colors JLa used to paint his house in preparing it for sale: Colts' blue and white, or Ravens' purple and black.

Posted by: tafka | April 1, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Agreed, Dorf.

Posted by: RedDMV | April 1, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

I think Jasno went with a Rocco-friendly "The Wire" theme for his rumpus room.

Posted by: Dorf | April 1, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the article, Marlon - nice job. I like what I have seen in Thomas, and Kelly has the injury issue which is still unresolved. If Kelly doesn't do well at his private Pro Day, Sweed is likely to move back up the board.

Posted by: tafka | April 1, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Maske reports from Florida:
NFL owners today approved a proposal to connect one defensive player per team to a coach on the sideline via a wireless communication device during games.
The proposal was ratified by a vote of 25-7. It needed at least 24 votes to be enacted.
It will take effect next season.
Posted by: TheCindy | April 1, 2008 12:27 PM
Anyone else curious about how this will work? Sounds like you need an all-package player who will be on the field for every defensive snap to take advantage of the communication......unless they let more than one player have the device, and make sure that the guys are never in the same defensive package. I believe London Fletcher doesn't come out of the game on D for us, but what if he goes down? Landry might play every down, and it might make best sense to give the radio to your deep safety....Let's jut hope that the skins treat this as a luxury, and do not use it as a substitiute for signals and savvy.....

Posted by: dlhaze1 | April 1, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

"Rocco friendly theme" - LOL.

Hey JLa. Time to get Chloe some "Rage" CDs.

Posted by: tafka | April 1, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

dlhaze...

could you imagine the Spurrier era with defensive wireless communication devices?

Shabingus!

Posted by: Dorf | April 1, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

i wouldn't give up our first round pick for CJ. but i would consider just our 2nd and nothing else, or one of our thirds and maybe something else (like a 5th or 6th, or a 4th next year.

as for people thinking he's only good cuz of palmer and tj...he was putting up the same numbers with kitna before palmer was starting. and yes, he had tj, but here he'd have santana.

and while i like santana a lot, as a no. 1 receiver, he's average...slightly above average when healthy. cj is a top 10 receiver. probably top 5. out of 7 seasons, the man has gone 6 straight for over 1000 yds, 5 straight for over 1200, and 4 of those 5 for over 1300. 5 straight years of more than 85 catches. the man produces.

so yeah, if he came here, he'd be the "no 1" receiver. but what does that mean? if as the "no. 2," santana produces numbers like tj, they'll be on par with some of the best of his career.

Posted by: segastyle | April 1, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

dlhaze...

could you imagine the Spurrier era with defensive wireless communication devices?

Shabingus!

Posted by: Dorf | April 1, 2008 01:55 PM

He probably wouldn't have known about it. Kind of like that thing they call a blitz.....

Posted by: dlhaze1 | April 1, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

We've had the "Curse of the #2 Receiver" thing going on... when was the last time we had 2 go-to guys lining up on either side of a QB?

Okay, we've had a lot of curses for that matter. Just one of many.

Posted by: Dorf | April 1, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

dlhaze, I read somewhere (PeKing?) that for the very reason you cite, it's likely there will be two or three D dudes with headsets.

Also, I seem to remember Marvin Lewis' D being just about the only post-Osaka positive that first Spurrier year.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | April 1, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

marlon, thanks for posting. Kelly, with a strong workout on the 9th, could jump into the top spot for receivers. If he runs anything close to a 4.4, then I think he's the first WR off the board, followed by Thomas then Sweed.

Posted by: gregmarino88 | April 1, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Random comment here, but Randy Thomas got in a quick jab at Brandon Lloyd on todays broadcast of "Redskins Radio", essentially saying that he liked making rap CDs more than he liked football. Good stuff.

He also said that they should draft lineman in the first rounds of the draft and that he'd be fine with them drafting his replacement. Although, he did say he's got a lot left in the tank

Posted by: -swb | April 1, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

In a effort to "Hear the voice of the fan" the entire draft is to be done via poll questions on Skins web site.

Posted by: tdskinz | April 1, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

could you imagine the Spurrier era with defensive wireless communication devices?

Shabingus!

Posted by: Dorf | April 1, 2008 01:55 PM

I read this differently than some of you. I thought the shabingus would be the devastation which the other D's wreaked on the Old Ball Coach's offense. Ramsey would have been sacked like 30 times a year.

No wait, that's how many times he was sacked. I meant 50 times a year. Or 60.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | April 1, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

sw, did Randy mention how his rehab is coming along, or anything like that?

Posted by: gregmarino88 | April 1, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Did some research this weekend, regarding the draft, and here is what I came up with, my lead-pipe lock for success:

1. Brandon Albert-G
2. Jordy Nelson-WR
3a. Jason Jones - DE Eastern Michigan
3b. Brandon Keith - G Northern Iowa

Vinny, are you taking notes....??

Posted by: gregmarino88 | March 31, 2008 08:38 AM

Greg, love this mock draft. I could go w/Merling if Albert is not there and replace 3a with another OL pick.

Posted by: kerzon417 | April 1, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

swb, thanks for the info from rhe Randy Thomas interview. did anyone ask him which G in this year's draft he thought might make a good replacement for him?

Posted by: RedskinWillie | April 1, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

OCHO SINKO

Hmmmm. The guy (SNYDER) who REALLY wanted Ted Ginn last year now REALLY wants Chad Johnson?

This is NOT reassuring.

The skins have more draft picks than in recent history but they have the same owner, now even more dominant over the head coach, and the same "GM" (VINNY), now even more dominant over he head coach, making the key picks.

If Blache and Buges get to have influence, good linemen may result in the draft.

But with those two proven personnel-picking hacks Snyder and Vinny making the selections, the 'skins could have ninety picks, not nine, and still Fark up the draft,

Posted by: corkczar | April 1, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

++++Greg, love this mock draft. I could go w/Merling if Albert is not there and replace 3a with another OL pick.

Posted by: kerzon417 | April 1, 2008 02:28 PM++++


Mayock is having a cow over Albert, sees him going top ten.

Posted by: corkczar | April 1, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Randy's rehab seems to be going fine from everything he said. He's been working out at Redskins Park and doing all of the drills that everyone else is doing, so it sounds like he'll be good.

He also briefly mentioned that Jon Jansen showed up today for workouts and that he seems to be doing well. Said he did all of the drills, so hopefully that's a good sign.

Posted by: -swb | April 1, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

kerz, agreed, if Albert goes early, and I think he will, I think that Merling is a solid choice at 21.

Swap Merling for Albert
Swap Jones for Nicks

Although if they could pick up Jones later on in the draft that would be huge.

Posted by: gregmarino88 | April 1, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Round 1, Pick 21 (21)
Round 2, Pick 20 (51)
Round 3, Pick 21 (84)
Round 3, Pick 33 (96)
Round 5, Pick 19 (154)
Round 6, Pick 20 (186)
Round 7, Pick 21 (228)
Round 7, Pick 35 (242)
Round 7, Pick 42 (249)

Posted by: Sports_Guru | April 1, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Hmmmm. The guy (SNYDER) who REALLY wanted Ted Ginn last year now REALLY wants Chad Johnson?

This is NOT reassuring


Cork, considering that the Dolphins drafted Ginn, what exactly is not reassuring? Its ok to want something, just as long as like last year he doesn't act on it.

Posted by: gregmarino88 | April 1, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Whoever it was that mentioned Gary Clark in reference to CJ was right on the money. Clark regularly argued with coaches and sulked on the sidelines about not getting enough passes by his own admission and yet we love him here in Washington. His teammates loved him and from what I've heard CJ's teammates don't have a problem with him either. With the JAILHOUSE they've been running in Cincy for the past few years CJ is the least of their problems and I don't blame him for trying to force his way out. If we can get him for no more than a 2nd then I'm all for it. The issues with CJ's behavoir seem to me to mainly come from the media and not players.

Posted by: jeffjh67 | April 1, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Gary Clark ever throw a punch at a coach?

Posted by: gregmarino88 | April 1, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

"Sween and Dorf, please slide over and make room for me on the Ocho Cinco bandwagon. ..."

Posted by: Original_etrod | April 1, 2008 11:58 AM

Seems like some other folks have jumped on since then, but there's room for everybody. [Less so on the Cindy bandwagon ... its me and Dorf and he's trying to clear the decks and push me off.]

I'm not wedded to the idea of CJ -- I just don't see the Phantom Menace that lots of guys do. I see only results (and as someone else mentioned, a clean police blotter in a down with a blotter otherwise messy with teammates). I'm just thinking that Santana, CJ, ARE would be SICK!! and also would take some pressure off Jason Campbell ... and open up the running game. Simple matter of dcsweengreediness. The offense equivalent of lust for mayhem.

The idea of one defensive player with the miked helmet makes more sense than me than two guys, i.e., whoever the defensive coach otherwise gets floppy arms for. It also reminds me that Sean Taylor was on the field not only for every defensive down, but also every special teams down. [Sorry to be downer boy about him today, but it IS ... or at least would have been ... his birthday.]

Posted by: dcsween | April 1, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

I hope CJ knocks Zorn the f out.

Posted by: sams3 | April 1, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Maske is getting some gems today. I feel a little ungrateful for posting this here, Cindy, so if WaPo holiday bonuses are tied to post count on blogs, add one for Maske on my behalf ...

Posted at 2:41 PM ET, 04/ 1/2008
Redskins Among No Votes on Coach-to-Defense Rule

PALM BEACH, Fla.--The Washington Redskins were one of the seven teams to vote against the coach-to-defense proposal that was ratified today.

The other six no votes came from the Green Bay Packers, Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

All seven teams have offensive-oriented head coaches.

Posted by: dcsween | April 1, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Beep Beep

Posted by: gregmarino88 | April 1, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

More Maske solidness about Sheriff Goodell ... [and in comments on this post, Maske responds that the owners are likely to vote on eliminating the force out tomorrow.]

"The competition committee and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had endorsed the [miked defensive player] proposal. Goodell included his backing of the proposal in a memo sent to the competition committee last month outlining a series of proposals to crack down on cheating within the league. Goodell said here Monday that he would enact some of his other proposals -- including unannounced inspections by league officials of teams' locker rooms, stadium press boxes and in-game communication equipment, and a lowering of the burden of proof required for discipline to be imposed for infractions--whether they're supported by the owners or not.

New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick said earlier today that the Patriots would vote in favor of the coach-to-defense proposal. They'd opposed it in the past."

Posted by: dcsween | April 1, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

its an offensive game and you need play makers...johson is a proven play maker ....its more what give up (hopefully little) to get him, if we make the move.... if we win and he gets the ball he will be a good soldier.... a foregone conclusion since any other any other outcome, ie he doesn't produce , we don't win, means we made a bad deal......

Posted by: Oldschool | April 1, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

oldschool,

What do you think? Should we have gone after Randy Moss when we had the chance? ;)

Posted by: talent_evaluator | April 1, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: talent_evaluator | April 1, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

all i know is chad johnson doesn't have to catch any passes to have a big impact. in like seconds he can stretch the field and have a CB and a S about 20 yards deep. that will open a lot of stuff up underneath for cooley, ARE, portis, even JC can run a lil bit.

i would love to see this deal happen. come on rosenhaus. work your magic

Posted by: supuradam | April 1, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

EXCELLENT point, supurdam (and welcome to the blog)! Its not that CJ actually has to BE good, just that defenses need to worry that he COULD be good. Its called respect ... and no one knows this better than Wes Welker, who was the primary beneficiary of defenses' respect for Randy Moss.

[Also, "beep beep" means there is a new thread posted and all the commenters have jumped over.]

Posted by: dcsween | April 1, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Redskins are holding off making any trade for Ocho Cinco until after the draft....they want to use their 1st rounder to help the DL and their 2nd and two 3rd rounders to add depth on the OL and LB. Don't be surprised if C. Griffin and/or Daniels are released after June 1st if they draft a DT in the 1st round who can start right away.

BTW, who was the last WR picked in the 1st round who had any real impact his 1st year in the league? Last one I can remember was Randy Moss. Better to wait until after June 1st when Ocho Cinco is available via trade or another veteran WR who gets cut.

Posted by: wizfan89 | April 1, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

" ... BTW, who was the last WR picked in the 1st round who had any real impact his 1st year in the league? ..."

Posted by: wizfan89 | April 1, 2008 03:54 PM

maybe Calvin Johnson?

Posted by: dcsween | April 1, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

" ... BTW, who was the last WR picked in the 1st round who had any real impact his 1st year in the league? ..."

Posted by: wizfan89 | April 1, 2008 03:54 PM

maybe Calvin Johnson?

Posted by: dcsween | April 1, 2008 06:07 PM

Answer is Dwayne Bowe who led all rookies in catches with 60+. I believe he also had 7 tds to lead in that category. Picked 23rd overall.

Posted by: jperkmd82 | April 1, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Todays post from JLA included refreshing poise, rationality, and insight. He makes the blog go.

I can see Ocho Cinco getting a big deal somewhere.

Posted by: DownTownClown | April 1, 2008 11:51 PM | Report abuse

Gary Clark ever throw a punch at a coach?

Posted by: gregmarino88 | April 1, 2008 02:48 PM

No, but he went nose to nose with Gibbs on the sidelines during a game or two. To most Skins fans that would be the equivalent.

Posted by: tripz | April 2, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

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