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Kelly is likely to start against Cowboys

With first-team flanker Devin Thomas (ankle) sitting out practice again today, Malcolm Kelly is on track to start Sunday night against the Dallas Cowboys at FedEx Field, Coach Jim Zorn said.

"I will say that he's had an excellent week of practice thus far," Zorn said of Kelly. "He's looked explosive. He's got fresh legs, obviously. He's been working to try to fill that ... to close that gap [between him and Thomas] that's there.

"I wouldn't flip that position, because Devin hasn't done anything to have that position flipped. He's just got a sprained ankle. But Malcolm Kelly is going to show. He's going to show what he can do."

Kelly won the position out of the preseason while Thomas struggled. Kelly was demoted earlier in the season, in large part, because coaches were dissatisfied with his route running. Since Kelly has been a backup "I've seen him play better at the top of routes," Zorn said. "Where these breaks are coming into plays, he's much more aggressive. And I think he understands the offense better, to be honest with you, and I feel like he's playing faster."

Kelly is eager to start again. "It's going to be good to get back out there" as a starter," he said. "We've been splitting time, but to actually be able to start the game off, get into the groove of the game and get a little bit more playing time would be good. When you can get into a groove in a game and stay out there and stay in it, it helps you out a whole lot. I just have to take advantage of the opportunities."

Right tackle Stephon Heyer (knee) and defensive tackle Anthony Montgomery (hip) fully participated in practice. Defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin (shoulder), end Andre Carter (biceps) and cornerback DeAngelo Hall (knee) were limited. If Thomas sits out, Rock Cartwright would return kickoffs against the Cowboys.

By Jason Reid  |  December 24, 2009; 3:21 PM ET
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Comments

So will Marko Mitchell be active? Let's see what he can do against the Cowpukes.

Posted by: TDawg1 | December 24, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

TDawg1, Marko Mitchell will be active if Devin Thomas doesnt play. He will be the 4th WR behind Moss, Kelly, and Randle El.

Im more pumped to see if Mitchell can make some plays than I am to see Kelly starting. I think Kelly was a terrible draft pick and will be a bust. If Thomas cant go I hope Kelly can step up his game vs our hated rival.

HTTR!!!

Posted by: redskinssince96 | December 24, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

I think its too early still to know if Kelly is bust-- like Davis before Cooley went down, he hasn't really had a chance to succeed yet. That said, I really want to see what Marko can do-- he showed some flashes in pre-season and if he could develop, we could have a nice core of receivers with him, Kelly, Thomas, Cooley, Davis, and (hopefully less) Moss.

Posted by: TDawg1 | December 24, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

There is a mole inside of Redskins organization that feeds the NYG of all our game plans.
Second, Greg Blache, please don't come back.

Posted by: abxinc | December 24, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

kelly is NO bust just needs to play and get the ball thrown to him this guy has talent good speed and hands. As a matter of fact all 3 of the teams top choices last year will turn into good players. cerrato though should have took one of the picks and drafted a OT. hopefully they will drop down in the draft and draft LT and RT. GET m. mitchell on the field and throw him the ball if d. thomas can't play this week.

Posted by: wathu19 | December 24, 2009 6:40 PM | Report abuse

i think kelly can begin to put a stamp on his legacy if he starts playing to his size. he's in the same mold of a t.o. and/or brandon marshall. the only thing in don't like about kelly is that he doesn't play with aggressiveness like the aforementioned players. he's got the size and with a good offseason program, maybe pick up 5-10 lbs of muscle, he'll be extremely difficult to bring down. he tends to let the corners dictate to him instead of the other way around. when he starts to let some of the "big man" arrogance show, i think he'll be a feared receiver in the league.

Posted by: charronegro1971 | December 24, 2009 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, still early to say Kelly's a bust.

I like his effort with the ball in the air - he JUST missed turning a couple of Ints into highlight reel catches this year.

Put some air under it and see what he can do - hopefully, not another Int.

I can't believe we're this far into the season and haven't seen squat from Marko, either. Not ONE fade in the end zone. Not ONE jump ball to him.

That's GOTTA be poor coaching. The guy has obvious skills at attacking the ball. WTF?

Posted by: Thinker_ | December 25, 2009 7:14 AM | Report abuse

Marko Mitchell Please....

Posted by: DesiHungama | December 25, 2009 9:52 AM | Report abuse

now all he needs is a quarterback that can throw him a catchable ball. like maybe todd collins, because i have yet to see campbell throw any of his receivers a ball they can catch in stride and run.

Posted by: cavalieri10 | December 25, 2009 10:28 AM | Report abuse

now all he needs is a quarterback that can throw him a catchable ball. like maybe todd collins, because i have yet to see campbell throw any of his receivers a ball they can catch in stride and run.

Posted by: cavalieri10 | December 25, 2009 10:28 AM | Report abuse

There is a mole inside of Redskins organization that feeds the NYG of all our game plans.
Second, Greg Blache, please don't come back.

Posted by: abxinc | December 24, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

INTERESTING... The games do seem weird when we play them, its almost like they have NO worry about beating us.. as if they are cheating. To bad this will never be Proven.

Posted by: 15600_sknfan | December 25, 2009 11:57 AM | Report abuse

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