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Jason Taylor Press Conference

"I am very excited to be a Washington Redskin right now," Taylor said in his introductory remarks. Like coach said, it's been a whirlwind the last 24 hours ... "We're happy to be here, and very excited about the possibility of playing for the Washington Redskins."

Taylor thanked the team's owner and management for acquiring him. "I look forward to making you guys look like geniuses one day," he said.

Taylor said his heart will always be in Miami to some degree - "Miami will still be home," - but he is eager to learn more about this area and get started with the Redskins.

He spent Friday at Miami's facility on Friday, setting up his locker, and was set to open camp with the Dolphins, then got a call from his agent telling him a deal was in the works on Sunday. "I was ready to go play football in Miami," Taylor said.

Taylor mentioned the injury to Phillip Daniels early-on as well. "My heart breaks for a guy who was getting ready to go," Taylor said.

Taylor said that his statements in June that he we would play just one more season, but said he will in fact play out the two years left on his contract. "I'll be here for more than one year, God-willing, unless something bad happens (health-wise)," Taylor said. "I'm here to play ball, and play ball as long as I can."

While making it clear this offseason that he is very interested in future pursuit in entertainment, Taylor said "Dancing With The Stars" is far from his mind, now. "It's football season; there is no entertain business stuff right now. There is no dancing."

Taylor said he is cool with playing on the left side - moving from right end - and has done it in the past. "While it will be different from what I've done the majority of my career, I have done plenty of it," Taylor said, "and had some success over there, too ... We'll find a way to do it very well."

As for getting to wear his No. 99, Taylor said: "I have to talk to Andre (Carter)" who wears that number now. Taylor said he does not plan to go crazy-deep into his pocket to secure No. 99, however. As for playing at FedEx Field, Taylor said: "It's big and it's loud."

Taylor will meet his teammates at a team meeting tonight at the National Conference Center, and then jump right into training camp. He will be on the field for practice at 8:30 on Tuesday.

By Jason La Canfora  |  July 21, 2008; 6:02 PM ET
 
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Posted by: Jeff R. | July 21, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

SECOND! FIFTH!

Posted by: worstSeat | July 21, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Just take #72 Jason...Dexter could use the cash.

Posted by: sicwidit | July 21, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

POOP

Posted by: Anonymous | July 21, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Zorn introduces Taylor after mentioning the "tragedy" that was the Daniels injury. Get some perpective, you maroon.

(And black. And yellow.)

Posted by: Wes Mantooth | July 21, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

5th

Posted by: Anonymous | July 21, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

How long does it take to set up your locker? It's something like three feet wide by six feet high. I thought they just had, like, their uniforms, their street clothes, and some toiletries? Maybe a lock box for their jewelry? What's he setting up exactly?

What's he got, some posters and stuff to hang up? A shrine to assemble?

I guess this question is better suited for Steinbog...

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | July 21, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

why does he have to wear 99? that was his dolphins number. let him wear #2, the number of years he will play

Posted by: Anonymous | July 21, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Didn't realize he had played on the other side before. Thats a good thing because its not easy to switch sides.

The guy is ready to go and knows what this is about. How about him and that #1 jersey at the end of the presser. Does he do placekicking as well? Can he kick a 100 yard FG? Be kinda cool to see a DE wearing #1

Posted by: AL Zeke etc | July 21, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

maybe he was pinning up that newsday article about brothels in nevada

Posted by: Anonymous | July 21, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

perspective*

Posted by: Wes Mantooth | July 21, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

I'm so mad that Taylor didn't look at me during the press conference!!!! He didn't even address my question and I'm sure he lied to us "media schlubs."

Posted by: Jason La Canfora | July 21, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Stay tuned for my next Redskins Unrestricted, when I update you about Jason Taylor not even looking at my man J-La or taking his question.

Posted by: Jason Reid | July 21, 2008 6:34 PM | Report abuse

sicwidit, per redskins.com, that Crummey rookie snagged #72. So even that would be a deal.

All the nineties are in use right now (90-Buzbee and 93-Daniels are now on DL), and all the seventies are in use except #70. Erasmus James and Kerry Brown are both wearing #78, though I'd guess they wear different colors offense/defense.

Training camp... we'll see how it shakes out...

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | July 21, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

I liked the article, but I wish they would have used a different picture of my girls, the better looking ones.

Posted by: Dennis Hof | July 21, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

The pattern of behavior, i.e. trading for a player after an injury is repeated. Hope Taylor is better than Duckett.

Posted by: keyskonnection | July 21, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Funny, whilst checking the roster on that critical jersey number issue, I saw Danny-on- the-spot is already hawking pre-sale of a J-Tay jersey, "number to be determined."

The pic has a TAYLOR jersey sporting #1, which would actually be pretty cool if it were allowed, which it isn't.

http://store.redskins.com/productinfo.asp?item=1680&deptcode1=626

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | July 21, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Taylor mentioned the injury to Chris Larry early-on as well. "My heart breaks for a guy who was getting ready to go," Taylor said.

Posted by: Jason Taylor | July 21, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

As for getting to wear his No. 99, Taylor said: "I have to talk to Chris (Larry)" who wears that number now.

Posted by: Jason Taylor | July 21, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

BONG!

How flipp'n sweet would it be to have 2 DE's have double digit sacks in one year?

Is it unreasonable to think that both Carter and J-Taylor both have 10 sacks a piece?

Our corners could stop off for Gatorade while they cover receivers....lol

BONG!

Posted by: BigMurf08 | July 21, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

not this crap again

Posted by: Anonymous | July 21, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Zorn introduces Taylor after mentioning the "tragedy" that was the Daniels injury. Get some perpective, you maroon.

(And black. And yellow.)

Posted by: Wes Mantooth | July 21, 2008 6:28 PM

*****************************************

A real tragedy is that Mr. Mantooth's mom didn't opt for the "a-word," the one that rhymes with "shmish-mortion." Just too bad she didn't go get a "shmish-morshmion"
at the "shmish-morshmion" clinic.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 21, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

ugh. that's the cue to call it a day.
out.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 21, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

I think they should have his jersey say J.Taylor, out of respect for S.Taylor. Hopefully someone will think of this, I can't think they wouldn't want to do it.

Posted by: Joe | July 21, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

pressed nads

Posted by: Anonymous | July 21, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

why? he's not wearing #21

Posted by: Anonymous | July 21, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe this. I mean, I really have a lot of respect for Jason Taylor. I can't believe someone would do this on this post about him.

Posted by: chris LArry | July 21, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

commence secret plan B

Posted by: Anonymous | July 21, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

um, that was obviously not me....

Posted by: chris larry | July 21, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Joe, I see where you're coming from, but that just seems a little extreme to me.

Nobody is going to forget Sean Taylor or mistake Jason Taylor for him. I would imagine #21 has been "officially-unofficially" taken out of the rotation, and that should be enough by way of uniform-based, team-sanctioned remembrance.

Making Jason Taylor or anyone else named Taylor who might come along have an initial seems like an odd notion.

Just my opinion.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | July 21, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Also, "Dorothy Mantooth is a saint!"

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | July 21, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | July 21, 2008 6:31 PM

Maybe he has a locker like Pedro Cerrano. Had to pour some whiskey for Joe Bu and what not.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 21, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Jason has already been mistaken for Sean. Someone in the "local media" reffered to Jason as Sean.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 21, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

how could someone mistake jason reid for sean taylor?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 21, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

you may not like reading my posts, but you do read them...saavy

Posted by: Jack Sparrow | July 21, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

So, if Erasmus James gets healthy and plays to his full potential (a big if) and we have Jason Taylor and Andre.

At some point we would have the guns at DE.

Which side does (did) Erasmus James play?

Posted by: Stumped | July 21, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Switched from right to left in 2003.

Posted by: Stumped | July 21, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

hey "n*ds" posts got taken down.

Posted by: chris LArry | July 21, 2008 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Agreed that it is eerie that there is another Taylor all of a sudden on our defense--especially one with such strong ties to Miami.

Posted by: Brody'sDad | July 21, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse


+++I read "Olive Branch" and thought "Olive Garden", and now I'm hungry. :-)

Posted by: P Diddy | July 21, 2008 6:00 PM+++


Enjoy the Endless salad. The use the Endless Breadsticks to keep the Endless salad from squirting out the other end.

Posted by: Corkczar | July 21, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse

I see that things are going down to the Nads guy

Posted by: Alex35332 | July 21, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

So if you were Andre Carter, what would you need to get give up #99 to Taylor?

Posted by: Stumped | July 21, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

If he plays 3/4 his potential he's a steal. Good trade, brings a big time pass rusher on the left side, to compliment Carter, he has great range. Skins D will be scary good, he will demand a double team and free up the tackles & linebackers. Big time move....

Posted by: Anonymous | July 21, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Loved his answers. He's media savy but seemed to be somewhat geniune in his answer about run stopping and playing football. Give us your best and we'll cheer. You'll always be a Skin but who knows maybe we can win a trophy together.

Posted by: Skinz | July 21, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

cL, seriously Ms. Soprano don't got a tight body like the one blonde over there but her personality is what sets her apart from everyone else...

jTay: waah waah waah waaah waah happy to be here waah waah waah

jasno: you have an HOFer career on the right side and AC isn't all that great on the left side so how is vinny, the GM sure that this will work?

uncle joon: jTay, don't talk to him. he's nobody.

Posted by: dealer | July 21, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

dudes, the pic on wapo's homepage of him...he looks JUST like the silver surfer

Posted by: dealer | July 21, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

giants traded shockey to saints for two picks...dude, they won a superbowl without your a$$ what was he thinking?!

Posted by: dealer | July 21, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Silver surfer!
dealer that choice stuff.

Posted by: Stumped | July 21, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

As long as the name of Washington's football team continues to offend Native Americans, I am not sure how important this is.

Posted by: Karl | July 21, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

pressed nads

Posted by: | July 21, 2008 6:45 PM

"hey "n*ds" posts got taken down.

Posted by: chris LArry | July 21, 2008 8:00 PM

I see that things are going down to the Nads guy

Posted by: Alex35332 | July 21, 2008 8:25 PM"

... huh?

confused nads?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 21, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Stumped | July 21, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Funny thing Karl,

It actually doesn't, have Bill Clinton's people do a poll for you - more % white people are offended by the team name than % of actual Native Americans. According to Brownwood26, part NA himself, the actual % of offended NAs are around 14-18%. So there. Nanny Nanny Boo Boo Sticks and Stones and what have you.

Posted by: bangkokben | July 21, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

ITA bang ben

Posted by: chris larry | July 21, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if the redskins would go better from now on.

Posted by: Viorel Oprea | July 21, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

I agree with the post about giving him #72

Posted by: rclow | July 21, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

or #71

Posted by: rclow | July 21, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Hahaha..Jason Taylor thinks JLC is a chump already. Probably read the other blog.
I just imagine JLC stomping his feet like Rumplestiltskin.

Posted by: D | July 21, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Here's the WASHINGTON REDSKINS D-Line.
Jersey #, player, height, weight, univ., years pro, birthdate, age, and projection.

79 Alexander, Lorenzo DT 6-1 300 2 California 05-31-1983, 25, on team
91 Askew, Matthias DT 6-5 302 2 Michigan State 07-01-1982, 26, practice squad
73 Boschetti, Ryan DT 6-4 311 4 UCLA 10-07-1981, 27, 2nd in DT rotation
99 Carter, Andre DE 6-4 252 7 California 05-12-1979, 29, starting RE DVP 2008 pro-bowl
92 Evans, Demetric DE 6-3 275 7 Georgia 09-03-1979, 29, 1st in DE rotation
64 Golston, Kedric DT 6-4 320 2 Georgia 05-30-1983, 25, 1st in DT rotation
96 Griffin, Cornelius DT 6-3 311 8 Alabama 12-03-1976, 32, starting LT pro-bowl alt
97 Huntley, Kevin DE 6-7 270 2 Kansas State 04-08-1982, 26, practice squad
98 Jackson, Rob DE 6-4 259 R Kansas State 11-03-1985, 23, makes team as do ALL 10 picks
78 James, Erasmus DE 6-4 266 3 Wisconsin 11-04-1982, 26, PUP 'til playoffs
75 Mapu, J.T. DT 6-4 290 R Tennessee 04-16-1984, 24, first cut is the deepest
94 Montgomery, Anthony DT 6-6 315 2 Minnesota 03-08-1984, 24, RG starter Pro-bowl alt.
95 Wilson, Chris DE 6-4 246 1 Northwood University 07-10-1982, 26, 2nd in DE rotation
99 Taylor, Jason DE 6-6 255 12 Akron 9-1-1974, 34, LE starter pro-bowl
90 Buzbee, Alex DE 6-3 265 2 Georgetown 11-27-1985, 23, IR
93 Daniels, Phillip DE 6-4 276 13 Georgia 03-04-1973, 35, IR

Jersey #'s available 73, and 70 IF Sam Huff let's one of the ends wear his #; my prediction of Carter getting the #70 mojo and becoming Devensive Player of the Year along with the entire d-line making the pro-bowl comes true. Jason Taylor make each of these guys better all we needs is Sammy ponying up that glorious #70. Someone get the man some Johnnie Walker Platinum or whatever the hell is the good stuff.

Posted by: bangkokben | July 21, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Big White Nads

Posted by: Anonymous | July 21, 2008 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Cliff notes:
#70

The two practice squad guys - intrigued by hieght at their positions. Starting-line makes the pro-bowl in some fashion and Andre Carter is DPY due to the #70 mojo and Jason Taylor making everyone better. BTW, the near future looks good barring injury.

Posted by: bangkokben | July 21, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if SI's Banks needs a new calender, I don't think he realises last year was 2007-

"The Redskins? They finished far back in the NFC East in terms of sacks, with just 19, or considerably less than half of the average of the other three teams in the division. Defensive end Andre Carter led Washington with just six sacks, and his fellow end, Phillip Daniels, was second with three"

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/writers/don_banks/07/21/redskins/index.html

I'm pretty sure we had 33 as a team, Carter had 10, and Marcus was second with 5.

Posted by: kost52 | July 21, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Jason LaCanfora = Danica Patrick


...without the looks of course.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 21, 2008 10:09 PM | Report abuse

this is awesome. the redskins needed an upgrade on the line and taylor for a 2nd round pick is incredible. what a steal.

Posted by: Jesse Rakusin | July 21, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Or even a Calendar.

Posted by: kost52 | July 21, 2008 10:13 PM | Report abuse

don banks and his editor should be fired. not only do these media "experts" not know jack, they can't even look up stats correctly.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 21, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Yes, on the CNNSI article, the ever wise Mr. Banks was I believe using number from the 2006 season - doesn't someone fact check his articles? Carter definitely had 10 sacks last season.

Posted by: Vincent in Brooklyn | July 21, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Banks is a hack. Kost send him an Aussie calendar.

Posted by: bangkokben | July 21, 2008 10:20 PM | Report abuse

F Banks!

And nowhere on the site to send email, comment.....puke.

Posted by: chris LArry | July 21, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Banks is a hack. Kost send him an Aussie calendar.

Posted by: bangkokben | July 21, 2008 10:20 PM


That way he'll have his stats a day early, rather than a year late!!

Posted by: kost52 | July 21, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

CL, I just sent an email to his Mailbag.

Posted by: kost52 | July 21, 2008 10:31 PM | Report abuse

From ESPN Insider-

The fact that the Washington Redskins were able to bring in Jason Taylor now is a huge advantage. Leadership and camaraderie are built in the first weeks of training camp before preseason games begin and some semblance of a game-week routine develops. Taylor can move out of a bad situation in Miami and start adapting to a new system and building chemistry with his new teammates, giving him a chance to maximize his impact both on and off the field. This is not how things usually work on the personnel side, and both teams got lucky with the timing.

Taylor will be a three-down player, will have to be accounted for on every snap, and will make the entire defense better. Offensive coordinators will be forced to slide protection toward Taylor, which will give DEs Andre Carter, Demetric Evans and Chris Wilson and DT Cornelius Griffin plenty of one-on-one matchups in third-down, sub-passing situations. Defensive coordinator Greg Blache also will be allowed a lot more versatility within his pressure packages.

The Redskins ranked 16th in the league with 33 sacks last season and were 27th in third-down defense at just 36 percent, but Taylor's ability to penetrate the line of scrimmage and pressure the quarterback will help in both of those areas. He is a tall, lean player with excellent athleticism who shows great range in pursuit as well as edge speed to close on the passer. Taylor registered 11 sacks and four forced fumbles last season despite being the focal point on a subpar Miami defense.

Washington does face an interesting dilemma, though. Taylor played last season on the right side and sometimes was used as a stand-up outside linebacker in Miami's 3-4 system. But Carter is an undersized end who is best suited to play on the right side as well, and it would be difficult to move him to the left side because his lack of size would make him vulnerable against the run, especially considering that most teams run to their offense's right side. The Redskins no doubt would like Taylor to play with his hand in the dirt and simply rush the passer from the right side, but he could end up playing on the left side on rushing downs and moving to the right side in passing situations. Regardless, Taylor's experience and versatility should allow Blache to resolve the issue early in camp.


Taylor also makes middle linebacker London Fletcher and the secondary better because Blache will be able to use more coverage schemes and designs on the back end. And the Redskins won't have to take as many chances with blitzes because the front four should be able to create pressure by itself, which will allow CBs Shawn Springs and Carlos Rogers to be more physical on the outside.

For the Dolphins, giving up one of the premier pass-rushers in the NFL is not as bad a move as one might think. They receive a second-round pick (2009) and a sixth-round pick (2010) in return for a player who could have been a tremendous distraction in camp and during the regular season, and Bill Parcells is spared the chore of addressing Taylor's situation with the media. It now becomes easier for first-time head coach Tony Sparano to move forward with the difficult task of rebuilding the Dolphins, a plan that Taylor didn't really factor into, and rookie DE Phillip Merling can play an expanded role. The Dolphins would struggle whether or not Taylor was on the roster, so moving on makes sense for everyone.

In the end, Taylor should be more productive in Washington than he was in Miami because he will have better players around him. The Redskins are bringing back the bulk of their starters on both sides of the ball, and this addition puts them right in the mix in the NFC East, the best division in football. New head coach Jim Zorn has never called plays in the NFL, and it remains to be seen how his offense will perform, but he has the players on that side of the ball to be successful. But there are no such questions about Washington's experienced, explosive defense, and the Redskins are squarely in the hunt after this move.

Posted by: kost52 | July 21, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse

a hunting we will go

Posted by: Anonymous | July 21, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

9/4 @ Giants - Big Game for the Superbowl Champs, Skins lose a close one
9/14 vs. Saints - Skins rebound thanks to a key drop by Jeremy Shockey
9/21 vs. Cardinals - Skins receivers might actually be better, another win
9/28 @ Cowboys - sorry folks, C-pukes take this one
10/5 @ Eagles - and the iggles take this one two
10/12 vs. Rams - Bulger still stuck in a 700 page playbook, Chris Long gives Campbell a long day, but Skins prevail
10/19 vs. Browns - Brady Quinn's first start gives him his first lost
10/26 @ Lions - Skins in a blowout
11/3 vs. Steelers - Big Sunday night game, playoffs on the line for both teams, Skins go down in a heartbreaker
11/16 vs. Cowboys - but rebound nicely handing the cowpokes an a$$ whupping
11/23 @ Seahawks - the student beats the master because we know their playbook
11/30 vs. Giants - Skins get revenge
12/7 @ Ravens - Ray Lewis is playing for a new contract, somehow the Ravens pull this one out
12/14 @ Bengals - Bungles always fade in the stretch, skins in another blowout
12/21 vs. Eagles - we even the series agains all of our divisional opponents with a win here
12/28 @ 49ers - Mike Nolan's last game as coach is a loss.
Final record: 11-5, Division Champs

Posted by: Wizard | July 21, 2008 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Kost, thanks for the cut and paste.

Wizard, may not agree on the path but end sounds right.

Posted by: bangkokben | July 21, 2008 11:09 PM | Report abuse

why do they always have to do the whole #1 jersey picture? that's so gay...

i think AC and JT should enter the thunderdome for #99. my money's on AC all the way.

Posted by: dealer | July 21, 2008 11:11 PM | Report abuse

thanks stumped...so my last post should read...

AC aka Double Barrel Vs. the Silver Surfer in thunderdome...two men enter one man leave

Posted by: dealer | July 21, 2008 11:12 PM | Report abuse

Um, wow, kost. "No such questions about Washington's experienced, explosive defense"?

I sure do like the sound of that, but I wouldn't agree that there aren't questions about a D with a new coordinator, a D whose best player was murdered last year, a D with a starting linebacker and second or third corner (ergo, a starting corner) coming back from major injuries...

I want to hope for the best, of course! But to say there aren't any "such questions", that'd be silly.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | July 21, 2008 11:12 PM | Report abuse

Like tryin' to drink from a firehose Up Here!

Impossible to guess whether this trade is a good one or not, but the wide wide wide range of opinion probably indicates that the price was reasonable. My only standard for evaluation: 'does what the brain trust did make sense in a man-on-the-street sort of way'... in that sense, they knew what Taylor's price was, obviously needed to do something, and felt like the deal wasn't going to get any better. Hard to argue with that logic.

It'll be interesting to hear what Blache is thinking (if you could poke your beak in there, LaToucanfora, I'd be obliged). Taylor is not a substitute for Daniels, and if you're thinking of him in that way, you're probably missing the point. Blache has to be looking at him as a weapon, one that might require some significant changes to the way the defense works, but one that can pay huge rewards if he pulls it off.

Posted by: cload & daggar | July 21, 2008 11:13 PM | Report abuse

I don't if this has been discussed before but here an article from NFL.com claiming the skins as the 4th deepest team. With the addition of Taylor, this team should be a force.

http://www.nfl.com/trainingcamp/story?id=09000d5d80962efc&template=with-video&confirm=true

Posted by: MJ | July 21, 2008 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Some questions. Enough Jason Taylor. We've had 2 days and 4 practices and i see almost notihing of interest in this blog or elsewhere on so many other issues. Let's go:
1) Anthony MOntogmery - did he add to his 2007 body transformation this offseason and get even stronger and faster or did he revert?
2) John Jansen - how is he moving?
3) Randy Thomas - last time he tried to comeback his arm fell fell apart. He was a beast in the weight room in years past. Tearing the tricep off the bond sounded pretty awful. Is he relaly back?
4) Stephon Heyer - did he reshape his body in his first offseason. He looked reall promising last year but seemed to need to add muscle (frame looked huge).
5) Lorenz Alexander - ok so he's practicing with the D, where? Is he looking good? Wasn't it he who was lifiting with Daniels (or using Daniels program)? Does it show? What does that mean for us?
6) Maybe only part of the offense is in but if Day 1-2 is rehash of what was installed in mimicamps--does it look like we have that stuff down? Are we at all smooth on stage 1 stuff?
7) How is Portis's knee- remember all the drama last preseason? We were all worried about his shoulder and then it was his knee--who knew?
8) We have a lot of receivers. Is a vet going to have to get cut? Thrash? I'd hate it but . .
9) Have we seen any 2-back sets yet with CLinton and Ladell? Remember all the talk about that idea?
10) How does Reed D look? They brought in a guy that could take that spot from OAK.
11) Who looked stronger or faster from the practice squad last year? Any major transformations?
12) Marcus Washinton had a full season w/o surgery after some tough years. How does he look? More agile? Weight?
13) Rocky---is h practicing? Not a word. Wasn't it going to big news if he did?
Let's get some comments from our reporters on more than just the early release of what we can read on ESPN.

Posted by: Cookie | July 21, 2008 11:18 PM | Report abuse

Just for you Nate, an ammendment:

But there are no such questions about Washington's experienced, explosive defense, except what about a D with a new coordinator, a D whose best player was murdered last year, a D with a starting linebacker and a second or third corner (ergo, a starting corner) coming back from major injuries. The Redskins are squarely in the hunt after this move.

Posted by: ESPN Editor | July 21, 2008 11:18 PM | Report abuse

Great questions Cookie. Cindy, please see if you can get the Jasons on this tomorrow. Also try to find out when the next race between Portis and Landry will be.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 21, 2008 11:21 PM | Report abuse

nfl.com is lucky to have Pat Kirwan as a writer. He breaks down info the same way Jaworski breaks down QB's.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 21, 2008 11:26 PM | Report abuse

MJ,

Once again fantastic take from Pat Kirwan - except for speling Golston like Gholston.

Posted by: bangkokben | July 21, 2008 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Awesome, thanks, ESPN Editor.

I'm just so unaccustomed to reading content from your site that's not unequivocally critical of the Skins. It reads better now, really reads like an ESPN piece on the Skins.

Again, thanks.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | July 21, 2008 11:31 PM | Report abuse

dont thank ESPN. Its NFL.com content brought in by espn. Other than the agreement on content, ESPN has no editorial control.

Posted by: chris larry | July 21, 2008 11:49 PM | Report abuse

cL,

Don't be a hater

Posted by: Anonymous | July 22, 2008 12:14 AM | Report abuse

Not hater, I like Kirwan, simply pointing out the connection between the NFL.com content on ESPN is all.

Posted by: chris larry | July 22, 2008 12:21 AM | Report abuse

Strange feeling of peace, a day after losing Daniels and Buzz... Jason Taylor is in town, all's well... weird.

So... what the hell actually happened in camp today (Monday)? I realize Taylor was the big story, but there were the other 79 or however many dudes out on the field doing stuff, right? How'd that go?

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | July 22, 2008 12:46 AM | Report abuse

STUD!

Jason Taylor, that is.

Posted by: Chia Pet | July 22, 2008 1:28 AM | Report abuse

I *heart* Jason Taylor

Posted by: Chia Pet | July 22, 2008 1:31 AM | Report abuse

Nate, the 79 other dudes were talking about Jason Taylor

Posted by: AL Zeke etc | July 22, 2008 1:35 AM | Report abuse

What will Jason Taylor do for Jason Campbell's ego? Being an elite quarterback in the NFL, which is Campbell's goal, sort of depends on being the face of the franchise, does't it?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 22, 2008 2:22 AM | Report abuse

Big Black Nads

Posted by: Anonymous | July 22, 2008 3:20 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Leevi | July 22, 2008 3:24 AM | Report abuse

"CARDS INK CALAIS
Posted by Mike Florio on July 21, 2008, 7:31 p.m.
The Arizona Cardinals have announced that they have agreed to terms with Miami defensive end Calais Campbell, a second-round pick in the 2008 draft.

The team's only remaining unsigned rookie is first-round cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

Campbell was regarded by many draftniks as a potential first-rounder, with some linking him to the Redskins. But the Redskins traded out of round one and no one else drafted him in the opening tour of picks. Then, the Redskins passed over him not once but twice in the second round, taking receiver Devin Thomas and tight end Fred Davis.

Meanwhile, the 'Skins have given up next year's second-round pick for defensive end Jason Taylor, who has maybe one or two years left in the tank.

So if the six-foot, eight inch Campbell becomes a beast, the 'Skins deserve to be criticized for not taking him when they had their chance.

"

Posted by: 4th via PFT | July 22, 2008 3:24 AM | Report abuse

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Redskins Training Camp: Day 2
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John Keim
WarpathInsiders.com Jul 21, 2008

John Keim reports on his observations from the Redskins' second day of Training Camp under Jim Zorn. John touches on a lot of different subjects including some lighter sides of the players and coaches.

Thoughts and observations:

...Vinny Cerrato angered members of the media when he, um, told less than the truth about the Jason Taylor situation. At 5 p.m. Sunday, Cerrato said he hadn't talked to the Dolphins and denied anything was imminent. A little more than an hour later the trade was finalized. And a day later he told several outlets that he had talked to Bill Parcells three times during the afternoon practice.

There's two things here: one, it's nothing new; two, it'll always happen. Just the way it is.

...Demetric Evans knocked over Jon Jansen during an 11-on-11 session. Jansen appeared to set awkwardly, leading to the trouble. But Jansen got the best of him the next play, setting much better.

...The guy I want to see more of is rookie end Rob Jackson, who shows flashes of quickness and seems to have a few moves. Who knows how he'll be with the pads on, but he bears watching.

...Malcolm Kelly seems to make an acrobatic catch every practice. Did it again this afternoon, with a leaping grab over Byron Westbrook down the side. Jason Campbell is learning that all you have to do is lob it up to him and he'll make a play. Red zone anyone?

...The defense did an excellent job against the screen pass this afternoon. Evans and London Fletcher blew up a couple, particularly Fletcher.

...I like what I see of Justin Tryon so far. Kid has attitude - cocky, but confident - and his exuberance will make him a fan favorite if he ever gets to play a lot. He seems to make a decent number of plays in practice.


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Story URL: http://was.scout.com/2/771030.html
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Posted by: 4th | July 22, 2008 3:35 AM | Report abuse

"CARDS INK CALAIS
Posted by Mike Florio on July 21, 2008, 7:31 p.m.
...

Campbell was regarded by many draftniks as a potential first-rounder, with some linking him to the Redskins. But the Redskins traded out of round one and no one else drafted him in the opening tour of picks. Then, the Redskins passed over him not once but twice in the second round, taking receiver Devin Thomas and tight end Fred Davis.

So if the six-foot, eight inch Campbell becomes a beast, the 'Skins deserve to be criticized for not taking him when they had their chance."

Posted by: 4th via PFT | July 22, 2008 3:24 AM

And, by the way, 30 other teams passed on Calais Campbell so most of them deserve criticism as well.

And if the 6'4" Fred Davis becomes a beast the Cards deserve to be criticized for not taking him with their first round pick.

Do the Redskins also deserve criticism for not seeing that their starting DE would go down on the first play in preseason?

Posted by: talent evaluator | July 22, 2008 6:05 AM | Report abuse

Like tryin' to drink from a firehose Up Here!

Posted by: cload & daggar | July 21, 2008 11:13 PM

Nice change from the last month when it was like drinking from a urinal.

Posted by: talent evaluator | July 22, 2008 6:07 AM | Report abuse

Whoever said JT looks like the Silver Surfer yesterday...HILARIOUS!!

Then in his column, Wise says JT looks like Xerxes from 300.

I just hope the guy looks like a Pro-Bowler in Burgundy and Gold. (fingers crossed)

Posted by: brownwood26 | July 22, 2008 6:36 AM | Report abuse

And, by the way, 30 other teams passed on Calais Campbell so most of them deserve criticism as well.

And if the 6'4" Fred Davis becomes a beast the Cards deserve to be criticized for not taking him with their first round pick.

Do the Redskins also deserve criticism for not seeing that their starting DE would go down on the first play in preseason?

Posted by: talent evaluator | July 22, 2008 6:05 AM


Yeah TE, it does go both ways but not many teams had such a glaring need at DE than the Skins did going into the draft. That's why they will get beat up for that if Calais becomes a beast.

And the Skins (and every other self-respecting NFL team) can't just assume a guy is going to play all year, especially not a 35 year-old with an injury history as long as my arm. You should always aim to get quality depth at every position. You won't always get it (mainly because of free agency), but you should always be striving for it. The Skins have mostly ignored the D-line for years (at least in the draft) and hopefully that doesn't come back to haunt them.

Posted by: brownwood26 | July 22, 2008 6:45 AM | Report abuse

On the flip side, if Calais turns out to be a bum, the Redskins will still get criticized because they're the Redskins.

Posted by: etrod | July 22, 2008 7:01 AM | Report abuse

The Skins have mostly ignored the D-line for years (at least in the draft) and hopefully that doesn't come back to haunt them.

Posted by: brownwood26 | July 22, 2008 6:45 AM

Brownwood,

I guess I see it differently. This year the 'Skins took a defensive end in the draft and they traded for one with Minnesota.

Before, they added Montgomery and Golston through the draft. They got Andre Carter in free agency. Lorenzo Alexander? Chris Wilson? This is not "ignoring the D-Line."

And, while the Post hasn't had anything to say about what's going on in practice -- except injuries -- if you look at the Examiner John Keim said of Rob Jackson, "...The guy I want to see more of is rookie end Rob Jackson, who shows flashes of quickness and seems to have a few moves. Who knows how he'll be with the pads on, but he bears watching."

Posted by: talent evaluator | July 22, 2008 7:15 AM | Report abuse

Before, they added Montgomery and Golston through the draft. They got Andre Carter in free agency. Lorenzo Alexander? Chris Wilson? This is not "ignoring the D-Line."

Posted by: talent evaluator | July 22, 2008 7:15 AM

That's why I said "mostly ignored". The Skins have never been ones to pass up talent in free agency, so I'm not even addressing that. In the draft, they throw some late round picks at it, but nobody (not even the Pats who some seem to think they PLANNED to take a franchise QB in Tom Brady in Round 6) takes someone in later rounds and thinks they're going to become solid starters (at least not right away). The Golston/Montgomery/Wilson combo panning out is the only reason they're even competitive on defense.

I'm not bashing anyone, all I'm saying is that they went a long while thinking the Wynn/Daniels combo was good when in fact is wasn't (at least not on 3rd down). And they had ample opportunity to address it before they got desperate and made this trade. This may be classic 20/20 hindsight, but taking Carlos Rogers over Shawne Merriman really hurt this team.

Posted by: brownwood26 | July 22, 2008 7:33 AM | Report abuse

By the way, is anyone else bothered by the fact that Zorn and a couple other people are calling the Daniels injury a "tragedy"? Really? Tragic? Unfortunate, inconvenient, even depressing. But how can the one team that had their best player murdered less than a year ago use the word 'tragic' so carelessly?

Posted by: brownwood26 | July 22, 2008 7:42 AM | Report abuse

Morning all. It looks like the press have mostly positive things to say about all this.

Posted by: Redcoat | July 22, 2008 7:56 AM | Report abuse

I forgot to mention this yesterday, but that piece on Jason Campbell. Watch this space, somethign is not right there.

It's always impossible to convey 'tone' in a written piece, but Campbell's choice of words seems like someone who's trying to bolster their own confidence. He shouldn't need to do that, and if that's really what he's doing, you guys may have some trouble there.

Fingers crossed that isn't so for my 'official' 2nd favo(u)rite team now that you guys have JT!!

Posted by: Redcoat | July 22, 2008 7:58 AM | Report abuse

Brownwood, I think that the people who are calling it a tradegy are probably looking at it from Daniels' perspective. They care and respect him and know that this could be the end of his career.

But I suppose eveyone's definition of a tradegy is different. I reckon it's a tradegy when people leave an inch of beer in the bottom of their stubby! (Notice how I said inch, I went for the imperial measurement just so I didn't confuse you all!)

Posted by: kost52 | July 22, 2008 8:00 AM | Report abuse

Nice change from the last month when it was like drinking from a urinal.

Posted by: talent evaluator | July 22, 2008 6:07 AM

Hey, the water may taste funny, but I sure like those breath mints. It makes me mad when they put them in those plastic cages...

Posted by: cload & daggar | July 22, 2008 8:01 AM | Report abuse

What do you mean, "those aren't breath mints"?

Posted by: cload & daggar | July 22, 2008 8:05 AM | Report abuse

Good morning and beep beep. We'll have another post at 830, when practice begins.

Posted by: Cindy | July 22, 2008 8:06 AM | Report abuse

I understand that Kost, but it just doesn't sit right that THIS team would use that word so out of context. If Miami or Jacksonville or Pittsburgh used that term I wouldn't care. But this team saw first hand what tragedy REALLY is, and even though that is a devastating injury (especially for a 35 year-old player), Daniels can still play with his kids, walk again and his wife won't have to rely on NFL films and home videos to give his daughter an idea of what her father was like. I would think that the Redskins of all teams would have better perspective than that.

Posted by: brownwood26 | July 22, 2008 8:10 AM | Report abuse

It's a good thing he spent Friday in Miami on Friday, 'cause if he'd done that on Saturday, it'd been all bolloxed up!

Posted by: Dik | July 22, 2008 8:22 AM | Report abuse

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