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Kelly on Knee, Pressure to Perform

Second-year wide receiver Malcolm Kelly said he's been running routes for a month, so in that sense today's organized team activity appearance wasn't anything remarkable. He's already been cutting on his knee--on which he had microfracture surgery this winter--and could have participated in last month's minicamp and OTAs, although Daniel Snyder and Vinny Cerrato told him to take his time.

Still, he said getting out on the field with his teammates felt considerably different than running routes by himself.

"It's one thing to run against air; then when you have actual DBs, it makes it a little more complicated," Kelly said. "When I rolled out of bed this morning, I was like, 'Man, this has been a long time coming.' ... I was just anxious to go out there and run a route and feel the ball hit my hands."


Kelly said what you'd expect about the knee; that it felt fine, that it's reacted well to the routes he's run over the past month, and that he wasn't worried about how he'd feel tomorrow. He did take a detour from the expected answers when asked whether he felt any pressure to perform after his quiet rookie season.

"I guess I can say I feel the pressure," he said. "They don't really pressure me, the coaches; [it's] more me myself. It's a pride thing. You can say it isn't, but you don't want to sit there watching. ... That's what pushes me every day, kind of an ego thing."

After the microfracture surgery, he spent about three weeks on crutches, mostly playing video games, but said the surgery wound up being less serious than expected. Still, front-office officials have urged caution, he said.

"As soon as I got it done, Vinny and Dan said from the get go, 'We've got to take it as slow as possible, we're not gonna rush you back,' " Kelly said.

And he said he's been talking with fellow second-year receiver Devin Thomas every other day during the offseason, pledging to "really come in here this year and really, really do something."

Kelly, whose freestyling session after the Big 12 title game at Oklahoma became something of a YouTube hit, also made a promise: "After I get my first touchdown catch," he said, "I'm gonna [freestyle] in the middle of the locker room."

(For the lighter side of Skins updates, visit Dan Steinberg at the D.C. Sports Bog.)

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 1, 2009; 3:17 PM ET
 
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Comments

1nd?

Posted by: jmicrodoc | June 1, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Don't you dare accept the RI gig Stein! Unacceptable.

Posted by: fushezzi | June 1, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

from the 'Goodbye JaLaCa post' :

"Jasno,

I think all of us regulars -- even those who pound on you the hardest -- are indebted to you for bringing us together. Redskins Insider: "Come for the football, stay for the jibba jabba." It won't be the same shabingus without you.

Hope your new job is everything you're expecting.

Posted by: talent_evaluator |"

LMAO talent_evalu-moron. You stinkin' brown noser, wipe your nose off you stupid mutt. Groupie wannabe.

And wishing another human being the best? Yeah, you'll do that as long as it isn't A KID GETTING HIS HEAD CHOPPED OFF, in which case you LAUGH ABOUT IT

Posted by: TheTruth11 | June 1, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Steinberg has got to go. I'm so sick of his constant negativism.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | June 1, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

I am mixed on that Stein would be great for the RI gig, but he would have to tone down the funny

Posted by: alex35332 | June 1, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

I'd be the best on Redskins Insider.

Posted by: TheTruth11 | June 1, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

I am mixed on that Stein would be great for the RI gig, but he would have to tone down the funny

Posted by: alex35332

Agreed. I'm indifferent on Stein for R.I.

Posted by: jmicrodoc | June 1, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

beep

Posted by: alex35332 | June 1, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

There's no pressure at all; just 90,000 drunken Skins fans who will KYFA if you don't show up this year

Posted by: ElYeah | June 1, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

There's no pressure at all; just 90,000 drunken Skins fans who will KYFA if you don't show up this year

Posted by: ElYeah

KYFA all up and down 95...

Posted by: jmicrodoc | June 1, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

"my first touchdown catch"

Ha. That's a good one.

Posted by: peterandmeredith | June 1, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Wait a second ... Vinny and Dan told Kelly to take it easy? Doesn't Coach Zorn have anything to say about taking it easy?

Posted by: semicolonpowell1 | June 1, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

I'm usually more optimistic than most, but does anybody else see the obvious here-i.e., M. Kelly is a huge bust? This guy won't catch more than 50 passes in the league. When your 'developing' 2nd round draft choice WR is "just glad to feel the ball hit my hands", you've have to be concerned. You can hear the lack of confidence in his statements. This dude is a dud – and I’ll bet my next paycheck on it. (I make a lot of money.)

Posted by: all_star_0013 | June 1, 2009 7:44 PM | Report abuse

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