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Kelly Keeps a Positive Attitude

Jason Reid reports:

Rookie wide receiver Malcolm Kelly said he still has hope. Despite his knee problems, Kelly believes he could contribute to the Washington Redskins this season. But Kelly also is a realist and he knows that the Redskins must do what's best for the team. He is running out of time, and that's frustrating.

"I'm really just trying not to worry about it, really trying not to be down in the dumps about it, but it's hard," Kelly said today. "They're going to give me this week and the bye week to just rest. After that, we'll just see where it's at."

Initially slowed because of a hamstring injury during training camp, Kelly underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Aug. 4 and missed the preseason. Fluid has been drained from Kelly's knee several times, Zorn said.

Kelly has been active in only two of eight games and has one catch for six yards. If his knee does not improve significantly soon, the Redskins would strongly consider assigning Kelly to the season-ending injured reserve list.

"I know Malcolm is trying to get back, and hopefully he can, but he's got to do what's best for his body," rookie wide receiver Devin Thomas said. "I was hoping we both could be out there at the same time, but he's just got to stay strong mentally. He's just got to keep pushing through it."

Much more was expected of Kelly after the Redskins drafted him from Oklahoma with one of three second-round picks. The biggest receiver (6 feet 4, 227 pounds) on the roster, Kelly made a good impression in training camp with his receiving and blocking skills. Coach Jim Zorn envisioned Kelly being a major part of the offense, but things have not developed as Washington hoped.

Concerned being short-handed at wideout, the Redskins considered putting Kelly on injured reserve before the season. The Redskins included Kelly on the 53-man active roster, but the team cannot wait for him much longer, Zorn said. Kelly understands.
"Hopefully, it'll get better with the rest," Kelly said. "We've just got to wait and see what happens."

By Cindy Boren  |  October 28, 2008; 12:30 PM ET
 
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Comments

"good to see cL on keyboard, tone, and convo patrol... again... thank you for all you do."

What did I do now?

"question though: what brand of cigars do you have?"

blunts

Posted by: chrislarry | October 28, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

I'm not worried about Thomas or Kelly. They're both rookies.

Thomas has 5 catches (and 1 TD that was called back on a Stephon Heyer penalty).

In his rookie year, after 8 games Jerry Rice had 18 catches and 1 TD.

Conversely, through 8 games Donnie Avery has 20 catches and 2 TDs.

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | October 28, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Guess that makes Avery the next Jerry Rice?

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | October 28, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

answer the question then Curzon417? how do we plug the holes? Free agency again? Or do we just not care because we're 6-2.....

Posted by: zjfr2 | October 28, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: zjfr2 | October 28, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

My guess is that they did prioritize their "needs" and positions.

Posted by: Curzon417

My guess is that you're guess is wrong. Vinny himself came out and said he was simply choosing "best player available". Tell me that any logical person believed TE was the 2nd most important need for this team. In fact, "my guess" would be that TE was probably the 2nd to last position in terms of need (ahead of only RB).

Posted by: spizzle | October 28, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

And welcome to the newest version of Beating a Dead Horse. The new blog thriller written and directed by Jason La Canfora!!

Posted by: Lacantwrite | October 28, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

"I know its hard to accept Truth, but people like to have fun with Sports and have different views, and be emotional, and change their minds, and argue, and react quickly, come up with wacky theories, experience extreme highs and lows....

I think its called, "liking sports...."

Posted by: chrislarry | October 28, 2008 12:05 PM "

that's what I've been doing myself chrislarry. You should realize things work both ways...

Posted by: TheTruth11 | October 28, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

please put him on IR. Stop wasting the roster spot!

Posted by: kmichael76 | October 28, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

I have stayed medium all morning long.

Let's hope it last through the rest of the day. Seriously; Today (MVP, Rankings, Contract Extension Talks) = Power Rankings = 'America's' Team

Posted by: 4thFloor | October 28, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

*huff, puff*

Can't.....


keeep......


up.....


all.....


these....


new......


posts!

Posted by: charley42 | October 28, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | October 28, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

answer the question then Curzon417? how do we plug the holes? Free agency again? Or do we just not care because we're 6-2.....

Posted by: zjfr2 | October 28, 2008 12:43 PM

What holes? Every year teams have to replace players for one reason or another (contracts are up, retirement, injuries), I just don't see the relevance of discussing it here now.

We are 6-2 and the only draft choice that was hurting this teams chances is gone. Just tired of hearing from all the smart GM on here (not sure why your not the GM for a team with all of your knowledge) talking from hindsight what the Skins should have done.

But to answer your question, we will fill the holes either through FA or the draft.

Posted by: Curzon417 | October 28, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

nice to see the sage productive Thomas mentoring young Kelly on life in the NFL, oh wait....

Posted by: zjfr2 | October 28, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

I say keep him on the active roster until the very last minute. We could use him quite possibly in the pla...ffs.......


Also, did anyone else notice that 4 of our last 6 games are on the road? That's a pretty tough stretch......

Also, someone was talking oin an earlier thread about us making the wildcard. Why? Why? Why not shoot for the division? We are right in the brunt of it at the moment. The Giants looked prime to fall in the 2nd half.

Did anyone else see Manning pull a Gibbs trying to call back to back timeouts? That was just Eli being Eli......

Posted by: 4thFloor | October 28, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse


answer the question then Curzon417? how do we plug the holes? Free agency again? Or do we just not care because we're 6-2.....

Posted by: zjfr2 | October 28, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

There are people on this team that have already stepped up for these guys...except Kendall and you have a Rhinehrest on the bench as the future for Kendall.

Smoot could move up for Springs. then there is Richardson that could play dime or maybe nickle.

Giffine- Monty was drafted to replace him. They could also swing Demetric in there. They'll to draft a DT next year.

Washington- Blades can and has replaced him. Doc Walker raves about Khary Campbell.

Posted by: TWISI | October 28, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: CindyBoren | October 28, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

In fact, "my guess" would be that TE was probably the 2nd to last position in terms of need (ahead of only RB).

Posted by: spizzle
I disagree, I think that TE was the last position of need on the roster and that RB was 2nd. You always want to have as many young RB's as you can, look at what is going on in Pitt, they are down to their no 3 RB arent they?

That saidm I don't care that they took Davis, as I am pro-drafting BAP, it leads to a team having a higher % chance of drafting more star players IMHO. But you then must be using FA for filling the gaps. I just wish we kept more picks for this year, we have a 1,3,4,5,6 I think, maybe no 3. Personally I would use them all on the lines and us FA to find some young LB prospects, we are 8-12 games away from the post season.

Posted by: alex35332 | October 28, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Curzon417, again, as I said earlier, winning fixes a lot of things and gets people like you to completely ignore that we just started a guy at safety we signed a week and a half ago. We have little to no depth at linebacker, we're thin at corner, we are still thin at oline, and we still are at the bottom of the league in pressuring the QB. I will give credit that Gholston, Montegomery, and Alexander have provided good rotation depth at DT and I guess we'll just cross our fingers that Thomas and Kelly get it and legitimize our receiving core behind ARE and Moss next year. We are very good right now because for the most part we've been healthy. Springs and Taylor really have to date been our only serious injuries. Let's just pray it stays that way so you can continue to ignore the holes that are there just like Vinny does.

Posted by: zjfr2 | October 28, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

we have a 1, 3, 6, 7. 2 and 5 for taylor, 4 for kendall

Posted by: zjfr2 | October 28, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

alex, please help, having trouble with "we are 8-12 games away from the post season."

Do you mean the Skins are going to play 8-12 more games (reg season plus up to four postseason games) before it's their offseason and we start focusing most of our energy on roster changes/player acquisitions up here?

Posted by: NateinthePDX | October 28, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

My vote: Root for Giants to grease the Pukes skid and concentrate on beating Giants ourselves and letting their schedule catch up with them later.

You?

Posted by: chrislarry | October 28, 2008 10:16 AM |
=============================================
The first best thing to come out of a regular season is you get a playoff game at the end.

What's better than that? A home playoff game.

So I'd prefer that the Cowgirls win, as unlikely as that seems (and I can't call it 'rooting for the 'girls...I just can't).
~

Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | October 28, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

this blog needs more suddenness

Posted by: SirAnonymoustheGreat | October 28, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

oops and no 7 for James

Posted by: zjfr2 | October 28, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

this blog needs more suddenness

Posted by: SirAnonymoustheGreat | October 28, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Zjfr2.
We don't have a 7, we lost that for James.

Posted by: alex35332 | October 28, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

It's interesting to see so many gloomy posts/blogs regarding the Redskins, when they have a 6-2 record with every road division game now behind them.

Not to say there aren't things to improve..but there are ALWAYS things to improve, and ALWAYS holes to fill, and positions that need more depth. No team in the league has everything covered, and given the way the league looks right now, the Redskins have things covered better than most.

Look, the vast majority of us complained about building through free agency...then Snyder/Cerrato stayed quiet in free agency...and now, so many of us are complaining about our draft. For the umpteenth time, the draft is a wait and see deal. Some guys simply aren't needed to play much yet- which is a good thing - and we won't know what they are made of for a while.

I'm just surprised that so many folks here are grousing about what we are going to do about NEXT year when we have some very big possibilities for THIS year.

Posted by: shaunsherman12 | October 28, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Pretty sure 'Skins have 1,3,5,6.

2nd to Phins for Taylor.
4th to J-E-T-S for Kendall.
7th for Erasmus James.

Which is a long winded way of saying Beep Beep.

Posted by: 4-12 | October 28, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Going back some posts in relation to parking at Fed Ex, when I had season tickets we used to always park at this little auto-shop right at where Landover Mall was/is. Than we'd just walk right down the road to the stadium. Was cheap parking (maybe $15) and the good thing was post-game all you had to do was take some less-traveled back roads to route 50 than it was smooth sailing up 495/95 back home to Rockville.

I'd suggest trying that.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 28, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

I can't root for either the Jints or the Boys.

Either way, the winner helps us, either by pushing Dallas further down in the standings, or by bringing us into a tie (assuming we beat Pitt) for first place.

So it's all good.

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | October 28, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

It's pretty obvious by this post that you hate injured reserve Jasno. You should quit.

Posted by: Gweez | October 28, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

kelly was damaged goods from the get go. Vinny neglected to obtain complete physical information in his rush to draft a receiver. All the excuses about the wrong turf effecting his 40 yrd dash times were a smokescreen designed to cover up the fact that he really had a disabled knee. his vertical leap was subpar also. All other teams passed on Kelly for a reason but Vinny put his blinders on and reached for the brass ring. Now we r paying Kelly a 4 year 4 mil. contract so he can wait until his knee gets better which might be never. He may never play a down in NFL. Damaged goods.....Devin Thomas appearently cannot learn his assignments and practiacally knocked Santana over b4 he had chance to return punt for TD. We need players not spoiled rookie primadonnas

Posted by: congero | October 29, 2008 1:33 AM | Report abuse

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