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Zorn: Kelly Earns Right to Start

After practice today at Redskins Park, Coach Jim Zorn finally confirmed the obvious: Malcolm Kelly is the team's starting flanker.

While recovering from offseason microfracture knee surgery, Kelly began camp behind fellow second-year wide receiver Devin Thomas and veteran Antwaan Randle El - Washington's No. 2 receiver the last three seasons - in the competition to start opposite top wideout Santana Moss. But Kelly took the lead early in the preseason. He displayed his athleticism and knack for making plays in traffic, gained the confidence of the coaching staff and quarterback Jason Campbell and never looked back.

"He's gone all training camp really improving along the way," Zorn said. "His overall explosion off the line of scrimmage has been very good. I can't tell you everybody just stepped back and watched him go. But we're going to give him the opportunity to be out there."

After being limited to only five games in his rookie season because of knee problems, Kelly said he views the 2009 season as a new beginning for him. "Even when it was hard, when you know people are saying you don't belong here, I knew I could do it as long as I could get healthy," Kelly said. "I'm not even thinking about that now. For me, it's all about this season."

Kelly (he's listed at 6-feet-4, 227 pounds) adds a dimension of size and athleticism missing the passing game last season.

"This is what we've been waiting for," Zorn said. "We wish we would have had what he's doing now last year. He's earned the right to be out there."

By Jason Reid  |  September 9, 2009; 4:50 PM ET
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Posted by: noonefromtampa | September 9, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully he becomes another Andre Johnson

Posted by: noonefromtampa | September 9, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Maybe they see tackle as a very important need and decided to go with a stop gap solution this year and use a 1st or 2nd rounder on it next year? That is my guess. We'll wait a year and roll the dice for now. Then next year we draft starting quality elite offensive linemen.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | September 9, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Maybe so, if they do that then whatever I guess. I just get tired of their solutions to problems always being all or nothing big splashes....we need some pass catching options despite having a great #1 in Moss and a pro bowl TE in Cooley, what do they do? draft two receivers and a TE. we need some big plays on d? they spend 100 million on the d and 4 of their 6 picks on D. A DE gets hurt in camp lets ship two picks for an old name....and the list goes on...just once I'd like them to "stay medium" and go with the not flashy but solid moves that help across the board not just the one spot they arbitrarily decide they want to fix. (which coincidentally usual coincides with the biggest name/move out there)

Posted by: zjfr2 | September 9, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: zjfr2 | September 9, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

In fact that's been a key factor in Kelly coming along as far as he has to date. Their chemistry is just fine.

Posted by: pgugino

Apparently Campbell underthrew Kelly on a long pass vs Pitt and two end zone opportunities I saw vs NE looked pretty weak. To say their chemistry is fine is a simple case of ignoring the facts

Posted by: zcezcest1 | September 9, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

"While recovering from offseason microfracture knee surgery, Kelly began camp behind fellow second-year wide receiver Devin Thomas"

"After being limited to only five games in his rookie season because of knee problems"

one short post, two knee mentions.
wait, Malcolm Kelly had knee problems??

Posted by: AdamCr | September 9, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Look for multiple OL moves next year, and probably a young RB or 2

Posted by: pabrian2003 | September 9, 2009 4:50 PM |

that certainly better be some of them, in the next two years we'll need a T (Samuels), a G (Thomas), a C (Rabach), maybe a T (Heyer isn't established yet as a perennial starter), a DE (Carter), a DE (Daniels although I think Jarmon may be that guy and Orakpo long term may be Carter's replacement), a MLB (Fletcher), and LBs if Rocky's knees go or Orakpo goes back to putting his hand down. That's a lot.....

Posted by: zjfr2 | September 9, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

not to mention JC, CR22's contract, and the longevity of CP and Betts.....

Posted by: zjfr2 | September 9, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

I mean happy that Kelly is starting too, but dizzzam, how many Kelly post are needed in one freakin' day?

Good to hear about all the hype surrounding Kells too though. As a fan, you should just be a little optimistic.

Posted by: RedDMV | September 9, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

You are correct. But we had already picked up Portis in 2004. Investment already made.....

Posted by: smurff1 | September 9, 2009 3:13 PM

That's true. But both runners have different running styles. I'd like to have Portis for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd long situations while having Jacobs for short ones. They'd make a great 1-2 punch. I remember back in 1982 when we had John Riggins and Joe Washington and 1991 with Earnest Byner and Gerald Riggs.

Posted by: RedCherokee | September 9, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

" I can't tell you everybody just stepped back and watched him go. But we're going to give him the opportunity to be out there."

WTF does that even mean?

Posted by: McMetal | September 9, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else feel like they have read this same post 7 times in the past week?

Posted by: chrislarry | September 9, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Andre Johnson is the best receiver in the NFL, and that's not even debatable.

Larry Fitzgerald had two other guys playing along side him that 1K in receptions.

Andre Johnson had... he had... um...

Nobody.

I envision Malcolm Kelly becoming a healthy Marques Colston, but at this point I'd settle for Malcolm Kelly becoming a healthy Malcolm Kelly.

Posted by: RedDMV | September 9, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

campbell is a joke

Posted by: prescrunk | September 9, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

zJack, I agree re: Samuels, Thomas, CR22, and Portis, but disagree about Rabach, Heyer, Carter, and DE and MLB.

On Rabach and Carter, I figure the team can push those positions off for another year. Heyer is under contract (for a prayer), young, and only getting better. Jarmon might be the answer to replace Daniels (and that probably would be the thought process on burning off a third round pick). And Blades, for better or worse (I say better) is penciled in at MLB after Fletcher hangs up his cleats (and Fletcher I put in the same category as Rabach and Carter ... at least one more year).

Rogers, even if he has an All-Pro year, is facing an uphill battle to get D Hall money (unless Rogers has more picks than Hall ... just to get the average picks per year closer), and I think Barnes was picked for that reason. Portis is working on getting his name changed to Eric Dickerson ... and the Betts on third downs and Mason as weekly practice RB is a sign of the times.

Posted by: dcsween | September 9, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

but at this point I'd settle for Malcolm Kelly becoming a healthy Malcolm Kelly.

Posted by: RedDMV | September 9, 2009 5:07 PM

Amen to that. MK12 has a reputation of catching nearly every pass thrown his way according to draft report last year.

Posted by: RedCherokee | September 9, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

" I can't tell you everybody just stepped back and watched him go. But we're going to give him the opportunity to be out there."

WTF does that even mean?

Posted by: McMetal | September 9, 2009 5:03 PM

That it wasn't easy, but they coached him up.

RedDMV, Marko Mitchell is the next Marques Colston. Malcolm Kelly is the next Jerry Rice. Get your comparisons straight.

Posted by: dcsween | September 9, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

What is a microfracture on a bone and, when they operate, how do they get the needle and thread through the bone?

Posted by: dcsween | September 9, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Wrong, sween.

Marko Michell is the next Randy Moss.

Posted by: RedDMV | September 9, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse

More than anything the Giants game is a giant question mark. We have been hearing from RI that the passing game is a big upgrade over last year because:

1. Campbell knows the WCO now and has improved his QB skills.
2. Kelly and to a lesser degree Davis and Thomas have taken a big step forward. Plus there is MM as well.
3. The OL is younger and has better depth.

Hearing is not the same as actually doing it.

And as for the defense there are question marks as well:

1. Will Haynesworth be worth the guaranteed $41 M?
2. Will the Skins D coaches get the most out of him?
3. Will Fletcher hold up another year?
4. Will the CBs shape up?

The Giants game will probably go a long way towards answering a lot of those questions, the Giants being who they are. Let us hope the answers are ones we like.

Posted by: BiggerVance | September 9, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse

" I can't tell you everybody just stepped back and watched him go. But we're going to give him the opportunity to be out there."
WTF does that even mean?
Posted by: McMetal | September 9, 2009 5:03


Look, the quote is what it is and it means what it means. Nothing more, nothing less.

We must strive to elucidate or our pontifications will become confabulations and our desire to illuminate RI will be for naught as we simply obfuscate.

Posted by: will_ga | September 9, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Very happy that Kelly is given the start. He will prove me right and I can say told all you haters from last year. I told you so.

Posted by: jm220 | September 9, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Very happy that Kelly is given the start. He will prove me right and I can say told all you haters from last year. I told you so.

Posted by: jm220 | September 9, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

On the Kevin Barnes comparisons, have there ever been any elite CBs who are tall and skinny?

Posted by: dcsween | September 9, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

that certainly better be some of them, in the next two years we'll need a T (Samuels), a G (Thomas), a C (Rabach), maybe a T (Heyer isn't established yet as a perennial starter), a DE (Carter), a DE (Daniels although I think Jarmon may be that guy and Orakpo long term may be Carter's replacement), a MLB (Fletcher), and LBs if Rocky's knees go or Orakpo goes back to putting his hand down. That's a lot.....

Posted by: zjfr2 | September 9, 2009 5:00 PM

Well, it is a lot. Fortunately we don't have to rely on the draft for all of the needs. As we've always done, we can get a lot of guys through free agency.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | September 9, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Well, it is a lot. Fortunately we don't have to rely on the draft for all of the needs. As we've always done, we can get a lot of guys through free agency.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | September 9, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

If BMW eventually comes around and is serviceable and Rhino can slide in at RG (and its looking like he can) and Edwin Williams is viable as a center and guard who can be a swing backup and eventually replace Rabach and Heyer proves to be a legit durable starter at tackle things are aren't that bad. We still would need another backup guard, and a starting caliber backup at tackle for Samuels as well as maybe one more tackle for depth. I hope Heyer proves to be legit and durable but I see only Rhino taking over for Thomas and Edwin Williams panning out as our legit outcomes, BMW is a great story but really, come on....but if the above IFs don't pan out then things get interesting quickly.

Posted by: zjfr2 | September 9, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

we could need as few as 2 acquisitions and as many as 6, but I think it will be more like 3, two tackles and a backup guard as I think Rhino and E. Williams stick.

Posted by: zjfr2 | September 9, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Andre Johnson is the best receiver in the NFL, and that's not even debatable.

That is where scouts.com places him.

Posted by: periculum | September 9, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Andre Johnson is the best receiver in the NFL, and that's not even debatable.

Posted by: RedDMV | September 9, 2009 5:07 PM |

campbell is a joke

Posted by: prescrunk | September 9, 2009 5:10 PM

Everything's debatable Red, especially that statement.

...and thanks for the wonderful, insightful, and fact based analysis prescrunk. Your d-baggery hasn't gone unnoticed.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 9, 2009 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Nice....good to hear...he's worked hard.

Gee, who'd have thunk that showing some patience with first year players could actually pay off??

Posted by: BeantownGreg1

Patience? How about embarrassment and humiliation? Your coach calling you out publically for showing up to camp out of shape isn't exactly "patience." And this is Kelly's second year, not first.

Who knows if he'd have contributed last year if he (and Thomas) had bothered to be in shape for the jobs they were well compensated for.

That said, congrats to Zorn for using the right psychology on this kid. He may have known Kelly was "good people" who'd screwed up.

Jury's till out on Thomas, his million dollar body and five cent head.

Posted by: TheCork | September 9, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse

What no one is talking about is the 3rd round OL we picked last year...Chad Rinehart. Yes, he is unproven but he's a THIRD round pick. He could be key this season as I don't think Thomas will last the season.

There was an obvious committment the the defensive side of the ball this year. Is suspect OL should be committment next year.

Posted by: rickyroge | September 9, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

On the Kevin Barnes comparisons, have there ever been any elite CBs who are tall and skinny?

Posted by: dcsween

Yes, but not for an entire game.

Posted by: TheCork | September 9, 2009 6:21 PM | Report abuse

All of you who have been dogging kelly and Thomas from day 1: what will you ever do if they turn I'm good seasons this year?

Still pretend to know everything or start off each comment with an apology, let's have some responses.

You all know who you are hating all the players because you don't like the owner.

You haters will feel so good if Kelly gets hurt wont you ?

Try being real fans this year

Posted by: pabrian2003 | September 9, 2009 6:32 PM | Report abuse

pabrian it does seems some want Kelly to be hurt or not productive they have another thing to complain about. Funny how they never come on her and admit when they are wrong. They just move on to the next thing to bash the team about

Posted by: jm220 | September 9, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

I like the idea of Kelly being the only one of the young WRs to play a major role this season.

Don't want 2 inexperienced WRs on the field at the same time. It'll happen, but its better if its not very often.

Next year, add either Mitchell or Thomas to the starting mix, with the other added in 2011. That will give the Thomas/Mitchell time to develop in part time roles. And it saves us from having multiple inexperienced WRs on the field together.

This plan has the potential to result in strong WR group every year for a long long time.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | September 9, 2009 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Someone was wondering why people were picking the Eagles...Here's what CHFF has to say...basically no faith in Jason Campbell and the process of elimination.

"That leaves the Eagles. Philly was one of the more interesting teams in football last year – statistically dominant in many ways, but they ended the year just 9-6-1. They even suffered the indignity of a tie with Cincinnati, which was 1-8 at the time. But Philly did battle into the NFC title game. With eight games against the weak AFC West and the marginal NFC South, and a big injection of playmaking talent in recent drafts and in the form of Michael Vick, the class of the NFC East should feast on its schedule here in 2009.

Division champ: Philadelphia
Wildcard: None

Posted by: _Stumped_ | September 9, 2009 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: dcsween | September 9, 2009 4:43 PM

Well I couldn't have been more wrong on MK12's attitude and character.

Though I have shown only support since he was drafted by the Skins. (though a review of RI may prove more reliable than my memory!)

Posted by: Curzon417 | September 9, 2009 6:56 PM | Report abuse

jm200, pabrian, you have to admit that picking THREE pass catchers in the second round of last year's draft was an astounding move... it indicated that the front office truly believed this team was just one player, one tall pass catcher, away from greatness, coming off that last Gibbs playoff season. I will always have that in the back of my mind when I think about Kelly, Thomas and Davis. My beef there was with the front office, not with the dudes themselves.

But you have to admit these dudes did not impress last season. Yeah, Kelly was hurt, but I didn't exactly get the impression Thomas or Davis (lame alarm clock jokes aside) was setting the world on fire from training camp through the regular season. Even given the very limited game reps they got, and how dysfunctional the offense was later in the season when DT11 got some looks, I admit I wanted to see more from these dudes.

And now that we HAVE seen more, to the extent that Kelly has earned the starting flanker spot opposite Santana, I'm thrilled to see some return on that mystifying WR-TE-WR second round. Absolutely thrilled. Hail to 'em. (And F the front office anyway.)

Posted by: NateinthePDX | September 9, 2009 7:00 PM | Report abuse

I never said Kelly was a "bust". I think most of us felt that the guy would never play an entire NFL season ... perhaps not even start one because of the injuries to his knees. No one doubted his heart, of the 3 draft picks, character wise, he was clearly the best.

Having suffered those sorts of knee injuries its pretty amazing the guy has made it back as far as he has? Will he last an entire season? 2 or 3? I wouldn't bet money on it but here's to hoping for the best. At least this time he has Marko Mitchell, ARE, and perhaps Devin Thomas to jump in if need be. Devin Thomas continues to treat the NFL as a kind of personal joke. So, he would be the last to go in I suspect.

Posted by: periculum | September 9, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Everything's debatable Red, especially that statement.

Posted by: scampbell1975

No everything isn't debatable, and that's isn't debatable.

So enlighten a dude, who's better?

Larry Fitzgerald? Nope. Has two other receivers that gained 1K in reception yards. That takes a lot of pressure off him.

Randy Moss? Nope. Has Tom Brady throwing him the ball. Remember that TD he put over LaRon Landry. There isn't too many QBs that are able to make that throw.

Who else is there? Maybe Steve Smith, but they have in running game in Carolina that defenses have to account for.

Who ya got?

Posted by: RedDMV | September 9, 2009 7:02 PM | Report abuse

jm, I just inadvertently lopped 20 pounds off your weight. Tell me you've been fasting recently.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | September 9, 2009 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Mitchell should start. Thomas and Kelly are mediocre.

Posted by: nadeemsx | September 9, 2009 7:07 PM | Report abuse

you have to admit that picking THREE pass catchers in the second round of last year's draft was an astounding move...

No not is wasn't astounding it was straight crazy. lol Yes, I have been fasting and drop weight. (people been telling me the last two weeks like that's what I really want to hear) My thing with picks was give them time. A lot of people was ready to dump them after just one season. I said the same about Rogers. To give him time. He played much better last year.

Posted by: jm220 | September 9, 2009 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Someone was wondering why people were picking the Eagles...

Eagles:

Plus -

1. Better OL - Runyon gone, hello Peters.
2. Good Draft.
3. Beat Giants in playoffs, in their yard.
4. Michael Vick.

Minus -

1. New DC.
2. Lost D leadership.
3. Injuries.
4. Michael Vick.

Posted by: BiggerVance | September 9, 2009 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Actually, I suspect we may see Mitchell and Kelly over Moss at some point soon. Moss hasn't really been the premier receiver he once was. Be nice if Devin Thomas were to decide to join the party.

Posted by: periculum | September 9, 2009 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Why can't they start 3 receivers like they did with Monk, Sanders and Clark back in the day? Come out throwing the ball. Then setup the running game. I would start Moss, Kelly and Mitchell. Bring Sellers off the bench.

Posted by: TheJury | September 9, 2009 7:16 PM | Report abuse

And now that we HAVE seen more, to the extent that Kelly has earned the starting flanker spot opposite Santana, I'm thrilled to see some return on that mystifying WR-TE-WR second round. Absolutely thrilled. Hail to 'em. (And F the front office anyway.)

Posted by: NateinthePDX | September 9, 2009

Davis is actually one to watch as well Nate. His blocking must be improved ... and he may potentially be as good a blocker as Donny Warren at that position. Warren made a huge difference in the Gibb 1.0 running attack. The difference is Davis is a pretty good pass receiver as well.

If this were a Gibbs offense it would have freed up Cooley to focus entirely on the position he was drafted for: H-back.

So, in a sense Casserly pretty much drafted with a Gibbs offense in mind. He even drafted an OT in Rhinehart. At this point, the biggest flop of that draft perhaps?

Posted by: periculum | September 9, 2009 7:16 PM | Report abuse

And now that we HAVE seen more, to the extent that Kelly has earned the starting flanker spot opposite Santana, I'm thrilled to see some return on that mystifying WR-TE-WR second round. Absolutely thrilled. Hail to 'em. (And F the front office anyway.)

Posted by: NateinthePDX | September 9, 2009

Davis is actually one to watch as well Nate. His blocking must be improved ... and he may potentially be as good a blocker as Donny Warren at that position. Warren made a huge difference in the Gibb 1.0 running attack. The difference is Davis is a pretty good pass receiver as well.

If this were a Gibbs offense it would have freed up Cooley to focus entirely on the position he was drafted for: H-back.

So, in a sense Cerrato pretty much drafted with a Gibbs offense in mind. He even drafted an OT in Rhinehart. At this point, the biggest flop of that draft perhaps?

Posted by: periculum | September 9, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

I think they picked three pass catchers because the odds of finding at least one of them that would pan out were improved. A lot of them just don't make it. Davis was a surprise because we couldn't read Zorn's mind at the time.

In any case, I'd like to see Tana, Bro M, and Marco, along with Cooley on 3rd down and in the red zone. If only Jason has enough time to make all those reads.

Posted by: _Stumped_ | September 9, 2009 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Larry Fitzgerald? Nope. Has two other receivers that gained 1K in reception yards. That takes a lot of pressure off him.

Posted by: RedDMV | September 9, 2009 7:02 PM

This is debateable. Fitzgerald caught half of his TDs last season when Boldin was injured. That shows he can do it even when it's just him. And he was otherworldly in the playoffs and the SB.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | September 9, 2009 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Peri,
Moss has been doubled. Campbell, who obviously is risk adverse, hasn't thrown to him that much.

I suspect Santana will see more long balls this year.

Posted by: _Stumped_ | September 9, 2009 7:25 PM | Report abuse

jm200, pabrian, you have to admit that picking THREE pass catchers in the second round of last year's draft was an astounding move...

Posted by: NateinthePDX

Would have preferred the skins go after OL.

But I liked the two WR move. 2nd round WRs are not slam dunks and picking 2 guys in order to get 1 made sense to me. I recall that of the last 30 or so 2nd round WRs, only 3 are very good (Boldin, Chambers and ??) and only about 1/4 are solid starters.

Hated the Fred Davis pick, though. If the thought was to solve the WR issue, shoulda gone for a 3rd WR instead.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | September 9, 2009 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Actually, I suspect we may see Mitchell and Kelly over Moss at some point soon. Moss hasn't really been the premier receiver he once was. Be nice if Devin Thomas were to decide to join the party.

Posted by: periculum | September 9, 2009 7:12 PM |

Better scouting would have avoided the DT fiasco. He had only one good year and it was in the Big Ten where pass defense is an afterthought, in a program (MSU) of dubious qualilty. We aren't talking Santonio Holmes and OSU here. Plus I wonder what his Wonderlick scores were.

Posted by: BiggerVance | September 9, 2009 7:26 PM | Report abuse

I suspect Santana will see more long balls this year.

Posted by: _Stumped_ | September 9, 2009 7:25 PM |

Which will beget a CampbellLongballs poster?

Posted by: BiggerVance | September 9, 2009 7:33 PM | Report abuse

"Marko Michell is the next Randy Moss."


I'd prefer he become the 1st Marko Mitchell.

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 9, 2009 7:35 PM | Report abuse

I have to think jm200 would still be pretty imposing, certainly more so than NateinthePDX's beer-flabby 205.

Our buddy Redskin Willie out here has regularly reminded me that Fred Davis was the best tight end in the country, and that Malcolm Kelly was a great, great receiver, playing big time college ball. So he's been reminding me to have faith in these kids even when I've been frustrated with them...

Posted by: NateinthePDX | September 9, 2009 7:36 PM | Report abuse

biggervance

"Plus, I wonder what his Wonderlick scores were."

Be honest.

Would you want to know some guy's performance results for something with a gay porn title like 'Wonderlick'?

That's a score I'd prefer not to know.

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 9, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

"I suspect Santana will see more long balls this year."


Actually, given his quickness and punt returner skills, I'd like to see Santana catching balls on a few crossing/pick play patterns where a slower dude is chasing him.

That's a race our Mr Moss will win from time to time.

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 9, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: freakzilla | September 9, 2009 7:50 PM | Report abuse

"Marko Michell is the next Randy Moss."

I'd prefer he become the 1st Marko Mitchell.
---------

All right, who let Mark Mitchell's mom in here? :P

Posted by: cali_snowboarder | September 9, 2009 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Rock Band?

With the Beatles?

I like the Beatles, but when will the following groups get some Rock(Funk) Band props?:


Earth, Wind and Fire
James Brown
Motown
Classic Disco 1976-80
Classic Funk 1972-80
Prince (Purple Rain)


Posted by: MistaMoe | September 9, 2009 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Actually, I suspect we may see Mitchell and Kelly over Moss at some point soon. Moss hasn't really been the premier receiver he once was. Be nice if Devin Thomas were to decide to join the party.

Posted by: periculum
______________________

Well certainly we could see MM+MK when Moss is injured, which is really his problem (not a general decline... yet). And as someone alluded to, would love to see MM+MK with Moss in the slot.

Posted by: chasgiffen | September 9, 2009 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Cindy Boren says:

"Will the knees of Samuels and Thomas hold up? Can those situations be effectively managed? If so, they don't need no stinkin' free agents."

lol

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/discussion/2009/08/31/DI2009083102209.html?hpid=discussions

Posted by: RedCherokee | September 9, 2009 8:09 PM | Report abuse

MM and MK in the red zone will be hard to defend

Posted by: iH8dallas | September 9, 2009 8:13 PM | Report abuse

dcsween,

Wasn't Deion Sanders a skinny tall corner? Still couldn't tackle.

Posted by: bangkokben | September 9, 2009 8:35 PM | Report abuse

I suspect Santana will see more long balls this year.

Posted by: _Stumped_ | September 9, 2009 7:25 PM |

Def: long balls - a rare phenomenon in which a person is cursed with an unusually long nut sack which unfortunately more often then not will get caught in the zipper of a pair of pants and cause excruciating and unbearable pain.

So Tana is going to be cuing up the "There's Something About Mary" DVD?

Posted by: BiggerVance | September 9, 2009 8:36 PM | Report abuse

dcsween,

Wasn't Deion Sanders a skinny tall corner? Still couldn't tackle.

Posted by: bangkokben
_________________________

Then again, in his prime (time), no one could catch any passes on him anyway, so little need for tackling.

Posted by: chasgiffen | September 9, 2009 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Rock Band?

With the Beatles?

I like the Beatles, but when will the following groups get some Rock(Funk) Band props?:


Earth, Wind and Fire
James Brown
Motown
Classic Disco 1976-80
Classic Funk 1972-80
Prince (Purple Rain)

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 9, 2009 7:56 PM

Prince?
James Brown?
Rock BAND...BAND

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 9, 2009 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Maybe MistaMoe should pitch a video game called Session Player. ;-)

Posted by: freakzilla | September 9, 2009 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 9, 2009 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Jeremy Bridges was signed by the Cardinals. Russ Grimm must have liked him... anyone heard of this Grimm guy? Does he know anything about evaluating O-linemen?

Posted by: chasgiffen | September 9, 2009 9:15 PM | Report abuse

scampbell1975

Prince?
James Brown?
Rock BAND...BAND

You are aware that James Brown's band--the JBs, the Fabulous Flames, Maceo Parker, Bootsy Collins, et al-- is probably responsible for just as much sound and music as the Beatles?

And you must remember that at age 20, Prince Rogers Nelson didn't need a band for Purple Rain as he played many of the instruments you hear--drums, guitar, bass, piano, vocals?

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 9, 2009 9:27 PM | Report abuse

"...should pitch a video game called Session Player."

Heck no...

But an Old School "Hip Hop Battle" Tracks game might make a mint.

Think of the contests:

Biggie v. Pac
Nas v. Jay-Z
KRS-One v. MC Shan
Whitney v. Bobbie
EasyE v. Ice Cube
Queen Latifah v. Keeping it in the closet
Flava Flav v. a crack pipe
50 v. a fading career
Lil Kim v. plastic surgery
The Roots v. being underrated


Posted by: MistaMoe | September 9, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse

I do understand that Moe, still, Prince is not a band, neither is James Brown. I was really just poking fun at symantics though. There is a Rockstar.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 9, 2009 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Nooooobody is picking us to win against the Giants!

Posted by: rickyroge | September 9, 2009 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Jeremy Bridges was signed by the Cardinals. Russ Grimm must have liked him... anyone heard of this Grimm guy? Does he know anything about evaluating O-linemen?

Posted by: chasgiffen | September 9, 2009 9:15 PM

We've heard of him. He said he would rather have Rinehart, but if be can't get him he'll reluctantly have to settle for Bridges.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | September 9, 2009 9:36 PM | Report abuse

But an Old School "Hip Hop Battle" Tracks game might make a mint.

Think of the contests:

Biggie v. Pac
Nas v. Jay-Z
KRS-One v. MC Shan
Whitney v. Bobbie
EasyE v. Ice Cube
Queen Latifah v. Keeping it in the closet
Flava Flav v. a crack pipe
50 v. a fading career
Lil Kim v. plastic surgery
The Roots v. being underrated

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 9, 2009 9:33 PM

Might be hard to do but those last few would sure be funny. I can just picture Queen Latifah trying to beat the door shut on a giant rainbow.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 9, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

kelly 7 catches for 69 yds
thomas 7 catches for 67 yds

last year Thomas comtributed on Teams and scored a TD for the O

so don't be hatin' on thomas just because Kelly is a more polished receiver, everyone knew that before last years draft.

there will be plays and series designed to get Thomas the ball.

it's only a matter of time before one of these big strong receivers runs over a DB and takes it to the house.

Posted by: pabrian2003 | September 9, 2009 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Nooooobody is picking us to win against the Giants!

Posted by: rickyroge

good, our only chance is to fly in under the radar, and surprise 'em

Posted by: pabrian2003 | September 9, 2009 9:43 PM | Report abuse

so don't be hatin' on thomas just because Kelly is a more polished receiver, everyone knew that before last years draft.

there will be plays and series designed to get Thomas the ball.

it's only a matter of time before one of these big strong receivers runs over a DB and takes it to the house.

Posted by: pabrian2003 | September 9, 2009 9:42 PM |

I don't give a sh!t who is more polished. Just catch the fu(kin ball, score and lets WIN! Just win.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 9, 2009 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Bridges must have been cut due to character, because he was pounding his guy vs. the jags from the LT spot, run or pass

Posted by: pabrian2003 | September 9, 2009 9:45 PM | Report abuse

On the Kevin Barnes comparisons, have there ever been any elite CBs who are tall and skinny?

Posted by: dcsween

Yes, but not for an entire game.

Posted by: TheCork | September 9, 2009 6:21 PM

Deion Sanders and Rod Woodson were both tall skinny CBs not a bad starting pair

Posted by: noonefromtampa | September 9, 2009 9:46 PM | Report abuse

let's not start moving Marko up the depth chart OK

sincerely, Colt & Marcus

Posted by: pabrian2003 | September 9, 2009 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: scampbell1975

well i'm sick of hearing skins fans complain and cry, instead of root and support.

the team isn't what it was in the late 80's and early 90's and neither are the fans.

so are we going to start it back up with grass roots support, or just whine our way down to last place

Posted by: pabrian2003 | September 9, 2009 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Oh and how about Herb Adderley?

Posted by: noonefromtampa | September 9, 2009 9:50 PM | Report abuse

define tall and skinny

Posted by: pabrian2003 | September 9, 2009 9:51 PM | Report abuse

they're all skinny

Posted by: pabrian2003 | September 9, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

ARE READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?

Posted by: peaceful2008 | September 9, 2009 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: scampbell1975

well i'm sick of hearing skins fans complain and cry, instead of root and support.

the team isn't what it was in the late 80's and early 90's and neither are the fans.

so are we going to start it back up with grass roots support, or just whine our way down to last place

Posted by: pabrian2003 | September 9, 2009 9:49 PM |

I say phuk whining and let's WIN!
I am not a whiner or a hater. I'm a homer...HTTR!

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 9, 2009 9:55 PM | Report abuse

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?

are you ready for Redskins 20 -Giants 17 this Sunday?

Hail to the Redskins

Posted by: peaceful2008 | September 9, 2009 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Lem Barney for another

tall and skinny = at least 6 foot and 195 or less

Posted by: noonefromtampa | September 9, 2009 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Tall skinny elite CB. Former EAGLE and REDSKIN JOE "BIRD" LAVENDER.

Posted by: glawrence007 | September 9, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse

we are due to beat the Giants, f those guys.

Haynesworth started it up with Jacobs

Now we got recivers and they don't

we got a pass rush too now

the league is setting us up for a loss, f them too

Posted by: pabrian2003 | September 9, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse

easy now. no need to bring up how the beans got above the frank.

Marko Mitchell is a poor man's R. Moss like Lenny Kravitz is a poor man's Prince. And I like Kravitz just fine, but he's not going to make Campbell a 32 TD guy. Though it'd be a lot cooler if he did.

Posted by: RomoLongballs | September 9, 2009 10:01 PM | Report abuse

most of the 6' + guys are over 200, so those are weird constraints

Posted by: pabrian2003 | September 9, 2009 10:01 PM | Report abuse

16-7 last year, another TD or FG in the 1st half and it's a whole new ball game.

add in Hayney, Hall, Orakpo, Kelly, and Thomas

Posted by: pabrian2003 | September 9, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

there will be plays and series designed to get Thomas the ball.

it's only a matter of time before one of these big strong receivers runs over a DB and takes it to the house.

Posted by: pabrian2003 | September 9, 2009 9:42 PM

I like where your head's at. Maybe a little downfield blocking, a little end around, a little this and that. I might not even mind a WR screen or two...mmmm, yeah I would.

Posted by: RomoLongballs | September 9, 2009 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Here is to "one of them receivers taking it to the house"

Posted by: peaceful2008 | September 9, 2009 10:09 PM | Report abuse

DT11 should read this Kubiak talking about Andre Johnson

Kubiak, a longtime backup for the Denver Broncos, was around great wideouts like Ed McCaffrey, Rod Smith and, for a season, Jerry Rice.

“People ask about what the great ones have in common,” said Kubiak. “The great ones are workers. Everyone sees the final product but they don’t see the rest of the week. His work habits are as good as I have ever been around. Quality. As a coach, you feel a lot of pressure and an obligation to provide for a player like that.”

Posted by: noonefromtampa | September 9, 2009 10:34 PM | Report abuse

My call for the Skins-Giants:

27-20 Skins, with a surprising pass-oriented attack opening up the running game.

Skins take control early; teams trade scores in the third; Giants scramble to get back into the game in the 4th, but their comeback falls short.

JC's passing rating: 95

3 TD passes (Cooley, Kelly, Moss), two field goals

Defense bends but doesn't break. 3 sacks, 1 INT

Star of the game: JC

Honorable mention: Andre Carter, Heyer, Malcolm in the middle. Haynesworth doesn't have a big impact in terms of stats.

Huge, non-fluky W boosts team's and coach's (and GM's) confidence--toe to toe, on the road, Skins flat-out beat the Giants.

Posted by: farstriker | September 9, 2009 10:58 PM | Report abuse

James Thrash had great work ethic...

My prediction (though dcsween showed that my prognostication skills need some work!)is that Thomas will have better numbers than Kelly.

Thomas worked during the off season with JC and my guess is that he was out there after practice working with JC, MK & MM.

At worst I will be wrong again!

Posted by: Curzon417 | September 9, 2009 11:02 PM | Report abuse

I am very happy and excited for Malcolm. Think he's a star in the making. But we mustn't understate ARE's continued importance to this team. Think about it - Thomas is improving but needs more time. Kelly is almost there but has knee issues. It is not a stretch to say that ARE could be starting flanker again this year. I hope not but could happen.

Heard someone talking about how he was complaining about not starting- any truth to that? My thought is that one good thing about overpaying for him is that he shouldn't be crying too loud about his revised slot role...how many #3 WR's in the league make $5 million/yr? Know your role ARE. Plus now that he's the de facto #3 QB...well, you're as valuable to this team now as ever.

HAIL

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | September 9, 2009 11:09 PM | Report abuse

all the skins coverage you'd want

http://www.csnwashington.com/pages/multimedia_videos

Posted by: nattylite88 | September 9, 2009 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Coming tomorrow ....ZEKE'S UNIQUE PERSPECTIVES, Season Opener Edition, brought to you by the purple people of Yahoo!

In the preseason edition of ZEKE'S UNIQUE PERSPECTIVES, I made 6 LONGSHOT predictions:

ZEKE's 6 long shot predictions for 2009:
1. Robert Henson gets a start at OLB
2. Roydell Williams becomes a legit #2 WR
3. Carlos Rogers gets 5 picks
4. No less than 3 different guys start at RT
5. The Skins beat the jints
6. But lose to the Raiders

So far, I got toasted on #2 and am barely hanging in on #1. But hey, I've gone down in flames before. Or was it a flaming redhead?

Posted by: zcezcest1 | September 10, 2009 12:13 AM | Report abuse

Sure would like to see #5 this Sunday...

Posted by: siris | September 10, 2009 12:46 AM | Report abuse

You're in luck, Siris! It looks like the Giants have a fellow named "Rhett Bomar" who wears jersey #5. He's listed a QB on their practice squad. Keep a sharp eye on their sideline, and you may see him!

http://www.giants.com/team/player482.html

Posted by: NateinthePDX | September 10, 2009 1:08 AM | Report abuse

3. Carlos Rogers gets 5 picks

Do you realize how many times teams would have to throw the ball his way to see that happen?

Inconceivable!

Posted by: daggar | September 10, 2009 1:37 AM | Report abuse

I'd prefer to spell his name "Rhett Bhomhar." I mean, as long as you're silent H-ing, why not live it up?

Posted by: freakzilla | September 10, 2009 2:15 AM | Report abuse

Frankly, my zilla, I don't give a damn how he spells his silly name.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | September 10, 2009 2:44 AM | Report abuse

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?

are you ready for Redskins 20 -Giants 17 this Sunday?

Hail to the Redskins

Posted by: peaceful2008
_________________________

A 3 point win? That's your wish? I'm ready for a 14+ point win! Let's smoke em! Not saying it'll happen, but I think this is a strong Skins team, and it could happen. So I'll wish for that. But I'd take the 3 if I gots to.

Posted by: chasgiffen | September 10, 2009 2:52 AM | Report abuse

Congrats to Kelly for locking up a starting spot. Now go out there and make us proud, kid!

Can't wait for this weekend...

Posted by: brownwood26 | September 10, 2009 5:18 AM | Report abuse

kelly 7 catches for 69 yds
thomas 7 catches for 67 yds

last year Thomas comtributed on Teams and scored a TD for the O

so don't be hatin' on thomas just because Kelly is a more polished receiver, everyone knew that before last years draft.

there will be plays and series designed to get Thomas the ball.

it's only a matter of time before one of these big strong receivers runs over a DB and takes it to the house.

Posted by: pabrian2003 | September 9, 2009 9:42 PM

Finally....someone who actually knows something.

Posted by: eazy413 | September 10, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

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