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Redskins Face Tough Decision on Mitchell

Rookie wide receiver Marko Mitchell made a strong impression during training camp, which could prompt the Redskins to make a difficult decision.

The team's seventh-round (243rd overall) draft pick out of the University of Nevada, Mitchell has made many highlight-tape catches in practices while drawing the ire of the Redskins' veteran secondary. Mitchell did not have any catches in the 23-0 preseason-opening loss to the Baltimore Ravens, but he ran good routes, wide receivers coach Stan Hixon said.

Mitchell, however, does not have a background in special teams, which could derail his bid to make the opening 53-man roster as the fifth wideout. Guys in that position, usually, earn a spot on the strength of their special-teams work. Special teams coach Danny Smith said Mitchell is improving on special teams, but it would appear to be difficult to have him on the opening-day roster, barring injuries or other unforeseen circumstances with the top four wideouts, unless he could make a mark on special teams in the next three preseason games.

"He's the guy that's really stepped it up. He just catches everything you throw to him," offensive coordinator Sherman Smith said. "He's the guy that's producing."

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Posted by: HIRE_MARTY_S | August 22, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: HIRE_MARTY_S | August 22, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Considering the type of production we got from WR last season (and the one before that, and the one before that...) this should be an easy decision.

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Posted by: HIRE_MARTY_S | August 22, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Annoying.

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Posted by: knight1977 | August 22, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Considering the type of production we got from WR last season (and the one before that, and the one before that...) this should be an easy decision.

Posted by: mack1 | August 22, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse


I think so too.

Tryon, Westbrook and the rest of the scrubs can play special teams.

Let the playmakers make the roster.

Posted by: p1funk | August 22, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: p1funk | August 22, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

If he is looking good in camp & considering the question marks (Devin I have a sore hammy Thomas & Malcolm Kelly) he should be kept. Where is it written in stone that a wr has to know special teams? Vinny drafted lb's this year that have hardley a prayer of making the team, let them learn special teams.

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Posted by: HIRE_MARTY_S | August 22, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

"He's the guy that's really stepped it up. He just catches everything you throw to him," offensive coordinator Sherman Smith said. "He's the guy that's producing."

Based on analysis of the 2008 season done by Football Outsiders, the Redskins had the highest number of dropped passes of any NFL
team. Often those dropped passes killed drives. Special teams should be a secondary consideration for this roster spot.

Posted by: fwroy | August 22, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to see the skins play both Mitchell and Kelly in the red zone.

Posted by: scabPicker | August 22, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Based on analysis of the 2008 season done by M_A_R_T_Y_S., the Redskins had the highest number of dropped passes of any NFL
team. Often those dropped passes killed drives. Special teams should be a secondary consideration for this roster spot.

Posted by: fwroy | August 22, 2009 12:29 PM

Great Fact !

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Posted by: HIRE_MARTY_S | August 22, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

I agree with the majority on here. If the guy's showing he's an undeniable talent at WR, he should stick regardless of his ST ability. Stick Devin Thomas back on special teams if need be.

Posted by: psps23 | August 22, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Couldn't he "slip" on some wet turf and hurt himself?

Yeah, I know the league is paying special attention to such things.

George Allen would come up with something. Probably trip the player himself to hurt his ankle.

Posted by: SteveMG | August 22, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

If he catches everything thrown at him it would be foolish to not have him on the roster. I can think of at least 1 receiver on the roster that does not catch everything thrown his way. Hell, isn't this what he was drafted for? Why draft a man if he really doesn't have a shot?

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 22, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

I have two thoughts on Marko Mitchell:

Let's see him emerge in a game before we annoint the second coming of Art Monk, shall we?

If he proves to be as good in a game as he is in practice, then he has to make the roster. The Redskins are running the west coast offense now: they need as many of those big receivers as they can get. Putting any player with potential on the developmental roster is only slightly better than cutting them outright. Some team will snatch him up before the ink dries on the announcement.

I am not implying anything, but it seems that a team in this situation always finds one or two of the players have some kind of injury that forces the team to put them on injured reserve for the season. It keeps the player and keeps other teams from snatching them away. BTW, I thought I saw Keith Eloi limping after practice the other day...

Haggans may have hurt his standing badly with his poor play in the first preseason game, and if I had to choose between DJ Hackett and Marko Mitchell, I think I would take the guy with the bigger upside since we are talking about someone buried on the depth chart. There are other guys on the roster who can do special teams duty until Mitchell is ready to contribute there. So, I think Mitchell makes the roster as the fifth receiver.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | August 22, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

RSH, I somewhat agree with you about play in games before signing him. But I am reminded of a certain horrible corner that has yet to make plays in the preseason and this is his second year of them for us. He made the team.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 22, 2009 1:00 PM | Report abuse

And just so I don't disappoint any of those who have read my numerous pleas for getting rid of ARE, I think it makes a lot of sense to trade him now. He can look good in practice but the guy has a nasty habit of dropping the ball when the team really needs him to make a catch. He is not a big receiver and the team has so many options (albeit largely unproven options) that are bigger guys who fit better with the west coast offense that I don't understand why they wouldn't be willing to trade him.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | August 22, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

I'm almost to the point of agreement on ARE. I don't think he's lived up to the hype and I think we may now have enough options to cut him loose.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 22, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

peebo...peebo...

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 22, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Why not let Mitchell play the entire 1st quarter with the starters - just to see what he can do? Maybe the guy is a play maker. We already know that Thomas and Kelly aren't anything special. Why should they be guaranteed roster spots anyway. Let them compete with Hackett for a spot. Put the odd man out on IR for a bogus injury - it would be easy with Kelly cause the league already knows he's got bad knees.

Posted by: coparker5 | August 22, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Talent Level:

S. Moss
M. Mitchell = M. Kelly
D. Thomas
ARE
D Hackett = K Eloi
Hagans etc

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How about we decide based on that. I'd rather see us go into the season with Moss - Kelly - Thomas - Mitchell and Hackett or Eloi than cut our future in favor of keeping has-beens like ARE in our starting lineup.

Posted by: mac2j | August 22, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Oh and did you guys see Ogletree in the Dallas game ... looks very likely to make their roster.

He WANTED to play here but our awesome FO said "no thanks". Just thought I'd point that out.

Posted by: mac2j | August 22, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Please Redskins!

don't make other stupid decison. One of the greatest needs is WR. Mitchell is your guy

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Posted by: buster_c | August 22, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

F special teams. Some linebacker can fill his shoes. Keep Mitchell. He's hard to cover. What more do you need to know?

Oh, by the way, I think it's...

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Posted by: Thinker_ | August 22, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

If Marko is the one making the plays in practice, then they should put him on the developmental squad. After they have finally confirmed through the first 5 games of the season that Devon and Malcolm can't play, they can bring Marko in as the #3.

Posted by: ProfessorWrightBSU | August 22, 2009 6:36 PM | Report abuse

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