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Jason Taylor - No. 55 In Your Program ... (Updated)

Jasno calls from the practice field to report that the dudes are in pads today. Ladies and gentlemen, stand by for some hitting. Real football commences. ...

Or at least it did for a while. The players were being told to leave the field, fans were being sent to their cars because of storm and hail (literally, "Hail to the Redskins") warnings. (Take that, Weather Gang!)

The team did get in a few 11-on-11 drills, offense vs. defense in full pads. The offense was notable mostly for a series of prodecural penalties. On defense, Demetric Evans was in with the starters with Jason Taylor still rounding into football shape. As he said during his presser Monday, it'll take a few days. He wasn't preparing to report to camp with the Dolphins until Friday. ...

Kareem Moore was back on the field. ... Rocky MacIntosh was present, too, as he continues his recovery. ...

For what it's worth, the Skins are denoting Taylor as a LB/DE on their roster. And he's wearing No. 55 for now and perhaps for good. Taylor has always favored repetitious digits: he wore 33 in college and 55 in the Senior Bowl. Jasno says that Taylor's brother-in-law, a guy named Zach Thomas, is wearing No. 55 with the Cowboys, so perhaps that number will stick for Taylor. For now, Andre Carter remains 99 -- the number, obviously, worn by Taylor in Miami.

Everyone has said he will line up at left end, but he is something of a tweener who could flip-flop between positions. And the LB playing behind him, Marcus Washington, has been asked to play on the edge with his hand on the ground frequently the past few years. (He spent most of last offseason and training camp working with the defensive line in individual drills, in fact.)

No doubt coordinator Greg Blache is going to find several way to fit Taylor into various packages. ...

Missing from the practice field is London Fletcher, but we believe that is likely to be because his wife is giving birth to their second child (they have a little girl). He'd said she was due at any nanosecond. We'll confirm that asap.

By Jason La Canfora  |  July 22, 2008; 9:45 AM ET
 
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Double Nickels...sounds scary

Posted by: Cheyenne, WY | July 22, 2008 8:45 AM | Report abuse

oh yeah...and

FIRST

Posted by: Cheyenne, WY | July 22, 2008 8:46 AM | Report abuse

3rd (or 4th)

Everyone is cooked...

Posted by: Troy Fakeman | July 22, 2008 8:51 AM | Report abuse

uh oh! do we have a Mr. Nickels on our team now? could be a scary thing. IF he keeps 55, we're gonna have to come up with a name for him and Andre because they have double numbers LOL

Posted by: Tamika | July 22, 2008 8:52 AM | Report abuse

I'll keep updating this entry as the Jasons call from the practice field...note the official beginning of football this morning.

Posted by: Cindy | July 22, 2008 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Someone likes the symmetry of numbers.

Posted by: alex35332 | July 22, 2008 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Over under for Taylor/Carter is 25 Sacks. I'm going over.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 22, 2008 8:53 AM | Report abuse

I would think that the pressure coming off the ends will create more opportunities for the fellas in the middle as well. could be a good year for the Defese (yet again)

Posted by: Cheyenne, WY | July 22, 2008 8:55 AM | Report abuse

It feels great to talk football again. I can not wait until the season starts.

Posted by: jm220 | July 22, 2008 8:55 AM | Report abuse

55 Double-Mint 99

Posted by: Alex35332 | July 22, 2008 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Lot of age on the left side. Springs, Marcus, Taylor. Along with Griffin and Fletcher it's do or die time.

Posted by: skinfanman | July 22, 2008 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Griff is a great player but hasn't been consistant since 05. He has flashes of that since then but this should be his year. If it's not he might be at the end of his career as far as playing at a high level. Overall he is still a great player though. I guess we will see what he has left.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 22, 2008 9:01 AM | Report abuse

I like the trade, but I'm not quite ready to drink the Kool-Aid. I'll go under on 25 sacks.

Posted by: etrod | July 22, 2008 9:02 AM | Report abuse

uh oh! do we have a Mr. Nickels on our team now? could be a scary thing. IF he keeps 55, we're gonna have to come up with a name for him and Andre because they have double numbers LOL

Posted by: Tamika | July 22, 2008 8:52 AM


Duh, that would be the Doubleteam Twins

Posted by: Hombre Secreto | July 22, 2008 9:05 AM | Report abuse

I like the trade, but I'm not quite ready to drink the Kool-Aid. I'll go under on 25 sacks.

Posted by: etrod | July 22, 2008 9:02 AM

Fair enough. It is quite upsetting to get into it then be hit with a season like 06. I feel like 25 isn't that far out of the question though. If they skins play up to any kind of potential 12 and 13 sacks shouldn't be a problem or even 11 and 14.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 22, 2008 9:06 AM | Report abuse


uh oh! do we have a Mr. Nickels on our team now? could be a scary thing. IF he keeps 55, we're gonna have to come up with a name for him and Andre because they have double numbers LOL

Posted by: Tamika | July 22, 2008 8:52 AM


Duh, that would be the Doubleteam Twins

Posted by: Hombre Secreto | July 22, 2008 9:05 AM

Duh! why didn't i think of that.

Posted by: Tamika | July 22, 2008 9:08 AM | Report abuse

With the added Speed/Flexibility of Taylor I like our options of changing the defensive packages while keeping the same squad on the field. It reminds me of what someone mentioned with the option of having 2 receiving TE's. You can line a bunch of guys up anywhere, yet audible into another formation with the same guys. Imagine you think your going up against a 4-3 and then Taylor stands up and goes to essentially a LB position and its essentially 3-4, so the other QB has to change the blocking and stuff, then Taylor and Washington move into a down stance and its a 5-2, or, you bring up a SS/FS in the box put Taylor down again and its a 4-6. So long as the corners stay solid thats a lot looks for a QB to suddenly deal with while the same group of guys is out there.

Posted by: Alex35332 | July 22, 2008 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Just don't ride a motorcycle on 495 and open up a really bad sports bar in the hood of PG.

Posted by: js4 | July 22, 2008 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Duh, that would be the Doubleteam Twins

Posted by: Hombre Secreto | July 22, 2008 9:05 AM

Sounds more like a pair of teen crime fighters on a really bad after-school special. Every time a teen buys meth, it makes their braces tingle.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 22, 2008 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Wow - the spelling and grammar need some work.

Posted by: james | July 22, 2008 9:12 AM | Report abuse

I don't know about a nickname, but every time Taylor gets a sack we could say he "dropped a dime" on them.

does that play?

Posted by: Dik | July 22, 2008 9:16 AM | Report abuse

All this talk of 25 sacks and multiple packages is making me giddy. Now please stop. If there's one thing I've learned the last few years, it's that harsh reality sucks and we tend to get more than our share. There's definitely potential for all of these things to happen but I'm not ready to call in the Pro Bowl jersey orders just yet. I'm definitely excited but trying to keep it tempered for now. Sorry for pi$$ing in the Kool-Aid...

Posted by: [cc] | July 22, 2008 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Congrats London-Fletcher-Baker-Butcher- Cobbler on the new addition.


Hitting begins today. Let's just hope we don't need to trade more draft picks by the end of the day.

Posted by: Skinz | July 22, 2008 9:20 AM | Report abuse

I hear ya, CC - but Carter & Taylor can both break down a double team, so it's kinda sick. I saw someone on the team's reaction was that Taylor could take them to the superbowl - and for a player to say that, that's intense.

Posted by: Dik | July 22, 2008 9:21 AM | Report abuse

I think 25 sacks for the D this year will be no problem. Everything is going to open up this year.

Zorn is on his first year and eager to prove himself. He will let the players play. I love Joe Gibbs but in this day and age, the conservative approach does not work.

I cant remember the number of times where I was able to know in advance which play they would run. I think Zorn will be able to mix things up early on in the season. It will take opposing teams a couple of weeks to find out their tendencies and adjust.

I think with the pressure off the Skins, because people arent expecting much from them, they will be loser and just have fun with it.

Posted by: Cheyenne, WY | July 22, 2008 9:22 AM | Report abuse

I am going over

Posted by: jm220 | July 22, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

I got a nickname for them: Havoc and Chaos

Posted by: Alex35332 | July 22, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

I hope a few people can make it out to Ashburn today...to duct tape Redcoat to a telephone pole and make him shout "Hail to the Redskins" at passing cars.

Now THAT would make a great Redskins Unrestricted.

Posted by: SMACK | July 22, 2008 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Wait nevermind

Posted by: Alex35332 | July 22, 2008 9:30 AM | Report abuse

I don't know about a nickname, but every time Taylor gets a sack we could say he "dropped a dime" on them.

does that play?

Posted by: Dik | July 22, 2008 9:16 AM

I love it.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 22, 2008 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Havoc and Disarray

Posted by: Alex35332 | July 22, 2008 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Double Pillage

Posted by: Alex35332 | July 22, 2008 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Carter looks extra ripped up this year. When you see the guns it invokes memories of last year when he arm hooked the tackle flipped him and got a safty.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 22, 2008 9:34 AM | Report abuse

I agree with Smack. Some one needs to tape RC. LOL

Posted by: jm220 | July 22, 2008 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Congratulations to the Fletcher family on their new addition

Posted by: Buckley | July 22, 2008 9:36 AM | Report abuse

I am looking for synonyms for the word Sack:

Roget's II: The New Thesaurus
Main Entry: sack
Part of Speech: verb
Synonyms: depredate, despoil, havoc, loot, pillage, plunder, ransack, rape, ravage, spoliate, strip

Posted by: Anonymous | July 22, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

D-line ... not just 9 to 5 ... its 99 to 55.

I got nothing (other than well wishes for the little Fletch off the old block).

Posted by: dcsween | July 22, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Ends Meet.

Posted by: etrod | July 22, 2008 9:38 AM | Report abuse

J. Taylor and Carter

Beauty and the Beast

Posted by: Anonymous | July 22, 2008 9:38 AM | Report abuse

I am looking for synonyms for the word Sack:

Posted by: | July 22, 2008 9:37 AM

rabach luggage

Posted by: dcsween | July 22, 2008 9:38 AM | Report abuse

J. Taylor and Carter

Beauty and the Beast

Posted by: | July 22, 2008 9:38 AM


LMAO!

Posted by: jm220 | July 22, 2008 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Dirty dirty boy.

Posted by: Alex35332 | July 22, 2008 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Really good stuff there in tha last few posts! Plenty of catch phrases to shout at Bootz when Romo goes down!!! hahahahahah

Posted by: Dik | July 22, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

J. Taylor and Carter

Sleek and Destroy

Posted by: Cheyenne, WY | July 22, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

http://store.redskins.com/productinfo.asp?item=1680&deptcode1=626
Order your Taylor Jersey today, okay we don't know his number but get him with no 1

Posted by: Alex35332 | July 22, 2008 9:44 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

I remember thinking that when I heard Zorn talk. I completely agree with your assesment......

Posted by: 4th | July 22, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

"Double Trouble"

Posted by: T | July 22, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Jason Tango Taylor.

Posted by: Alex35332 | July 22, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse

For those who don't know, the AMAZING Dik Shuttle's wifey to bee (Sept 27) is a CowPatties fan.

.. and she's cuban.

yes I'll probably get stabbed sometime

Posted by: Dik | July 22, 2008 9:46 AM | Report abuse

In Zorn's defese, he was not here last year when all that went on. I would imagine that someone has mentioned it to him since then.

Tragic is kind of a voodoo word considering what happened.

Posted by: Cheyenne, WY | July 22, 2008 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Hit refresh. Players pulled from the field...fans told to go to their cars...Hail to the Redskins warnings...literally...

Posted by: Cindy | July 22, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse

It Takes Two to Tango?
Zorn's use of "tragic" made me catch my breath, too, in the same way as "maroon and black" did. I think you're going to have to get used to this quirk in his speech. It's his "up here." Les Carpenter, who has known him for a long time, and I discussed this after "maroon and black" and his wardrobe choice for his introductory presser. He just isn't wired to give second thought to those sorts of things.

Posted by: Cindy | July 22, 2008 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Anonymous | July 22, 2008 9:55 AM | Report abuse

The Pillars of Pillage

Posted by: Dave | July 22, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Sleek and Destroy
Beauty and the Beast


AMAZING !!!! Both are great nicknames for Taylor & Carter

By the way,,,,gimme under on the 25 sack totals.

Posted by: cej75024 | July 22, 2008 9:57 AM | Report abuse

I don't mine the Maroon and Black thing, or this stupid thing on the new WR's not knowing the nicknames of our old great WR groups. Honestly, there is only one or two "nicknames" worth remembering from Skins history for non-diehard fans, that's the Hogs and the over the hill gang.

Posted by: alex35332 | July 22, 2008 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Still, I feel real bad for Daniels. That's no way to end a long and productive career. Tragic only in the modern American sense ... like the guy who saves his whole life to retire without worries ... then dies from a heart attack after his retirement party.

Posted by: dcsween | July 22, 2008 10:00 AM | Report abuse

So, JLaC has hated on the GM, a coach who won 3 superbowls, and is mad the skins didn't take his advice in a 'I told you so' way without saying it. All in 3 days so far. That is way higher than last year. Keep up the good work..........

Posted by: 4th | July 22, 2008 10:00 AM | Report abuse

How about: Ouch and Don't Hurt Me

Posted by: Alex35332 | July 22, 2008 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Ummm, I was just there, front row...and they were NOT in full pads.

They were in the spandex type shorts...not contact during the 11 on 11...

WTF? What practice were you at?

Posted by: the_squire | July 22, 2008 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Duh, that would be the Doubleteam Twins

Posted by: Hombre Secreto | July 22, 2008 9:05 AM

Sounds more like a pair of teen crime fighters on a really bad after-school special. Every time a teen buys meth, it makes their braces tingle.

Posted by: | July 22, 2008 9:12 AM

I was thinking about the last thing Romo, McNabb and LBM see before they're on their backs--a white, minty smile behind a gold mask.

But that was a nice point, maybe stealing a tagline from chewing gum's not so fearsome after all. Catchy still, but not the "Steel Curtain."

Posted by: Hombre Secreto | July 22, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

That's what Jasno said on his call, but it can be difficult to hear....I'll doublecheck with him, squire.

Posted by: Cindy | July 22, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Don Banks is making facts up. He is using old stats for the redskins and new ones for the other three teams. Carter did not have 6 sacks last year.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 22, 2008 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Um, hail?

Could we please hear from the snowcam on this?

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | July 22, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

How about Big Red?

Posted by: Alex35332 | July 22, 2008 10:11 AM | Report abuse

How about: Ouch and Don't Hurt Me

Posted by: Alex35332 | July 22, 2008 10:00 AM

LMAO! Oh that is a good one right there.

Posted by: jm220 | July 22, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse

I am writing my best friend from college a forecaster for the USAF.

Posted by: Alex35332 | July 22, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Cindy | July 22, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Please note that the snow/hail cam is in Arlington, not Ashburn....

Posted by: Cindy | July 22, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | July 22, 2008 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Beasts of Burden

Posted by: Cheyenne, WY | July 22, 2008 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Just lost directv...
Jasno sez the dudes had on upper and lower pads and helmets, not just shorts and shells.
I'm adding a new post now....so beep beep in five...

Posted by: Cindy | July 22, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Clear skies, muggy, 80% chance of mulch.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | July 22, 2008 10:19 AM | Report abuse

I like Pillage and Plunder. Somehow, that just sounds like Redskins kicking the Boys' @$$.

Posted by: frediefritz | July 22, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

going a little old school here but how about the Bash Brothers?

Posted by: Buckleycj | July 22, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Can someone get a picture of Carter and Taylor flexing so we can get a t-shirt of them that just reads The Gun Show?

Posted by: Alex35332 | July 22, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: Anonymous | July 22, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse


That's what Jasno said on his call, but it can be difficult to hear....I'll doublecheck with him, squire.

Posted by: Cindy | July 22, 2008 10:08 AM


No biggie, they has shoulder pads on, but weird hybrid spandex mini football pants thingys with no pad....so contact was very light....not full pads/full contact.

Can't wait to hear the first CRACKKKK! Sellers takes on Landry....

BTW...Fred Davis BROKE Landry's ankles on a double move....then 3 minutes later Fred Davis did a spin move and left Marcus Washington in the dust for a TD....This guy and Cooley will be SCARY!

Posted by: the_squire | July 22, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Over under for Taylor/Carter is 25 Sacks. I'm going over.

Posted by: | July 22, 2008 8:53 AM

Have you seen a Redskins game in the last 5 years? I'll be ecstatic if THE TEAM gets 25 sacks!

Posted by: brownwood26 | July 22, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

In all seriousness, I have a feeling that Taylor is going to open things up for other guys, but won't necessarily post big numbers himself. I think Carter gets about 12-15 sacks this year and the DTs are freed up to make plays. But with Carter getting the attention, I think he gets about 8-10 sacks this year.

Posted by: brownwood26 | July 22, 2008 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Shock & Awe? Double Trouble?

Posted by: birdytom | July 22, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

They'll be making QBs see double even before the concussions. Doublevision coming at cha!!!!!!

Posted by: scooty7s | July 22, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

how many yards for a "prodecural" penalty?

Posted by: sc skinsfan | July 22, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

I am so excited that the redskins picked up Jason Taylor from the Dolphins and I hope he will be as great of an asset to the team as the late Sean Taylor, an unforgettable player on the team. Check out this video from COmcast SPortsNet on Jason's thoughts on his upcoming season...

Posted by: DCSportsFan | July 22, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Taylor + Carter = Double Trouble

Posted by: wonsapnatm | July 22, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

You tell Taylor I said that he is only worthy of the number 55 if he plays like the "Hangman" Chris Hanburger.

I hope he wears that number with pride. Those of us who have been around for awhile got stories about that number.

Go Skins!

Posted by: Mark (Old School) McKnight | July 22, 2008 11:52 PM | Report abuse

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