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Randle El Expects to Start (Updated)

Despite having a broken bone in his left hand, wide receiver Antwaan Randle El expects to start in the opener against the Giants, Jason Reid reports.

"It's doing good," said Randle El, who plans to wear a protective brace in the game. "We're going to protect it as much as we can in practice, but it's nothing that's going to hold me out."

The Redskins only have five wide receivers on the 53-man roster: Randle El, top wideout Santana Moss, No. 3 receiver James Thrash and rookie backups Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelly.

Thomas - the Redskins' top pick - struggled throughout the preseason and Kelly, still recovering from arthroscpic surgery, sat out the preseason. Washington does not expect Thomas and Kelly to contribute early in the season, Jim Zorn said, and Kelly's knee problems are such a concern that the team has considered putting him on injured reserve, which would end his season.

Washington cut wide receiver Billy McMullen, who led the team in receiving in the preseason and was among the players coaches praised often. "We were kind of like, 'Well, are we going to keep one of the other guys?' But we're only keeping five. Let's roll, Big Three."
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Jon Jansen is in full pads and practicing, so it isn't clear how bad his injury is. He seems to be going at full speed, Jason La Canfora reports. ... LaRon Landry was on his back on the sidelines getting his hamstring "stretched like crazy," La Canfora texts me. He's back on his feet now, jogging back and forth and seemingly testing his leg. And now he's back in practice. ... Kelly is riding the bike, not taking part. Owner Daniel Snyder is walking with Kelly and talking to him now.

By Cindy Boren  |  August 31, 2008; 1:42 PM ET
 
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...first?

Posted by: Bryan | August 31, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Big Three? Moss, ARE, and Thrash? Yeah, that evokes memories of the Posse.

Posted by: Get Serious | August 31, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

I'm curious to here what Zorn's presser will be after the Frost brouhaha. Hope he keeps his candor now that the honeymoon is over.

Posted by: Bryan | August 31, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Ahem -- hear!

Upon further review, keeping Kelly and Thomas as the #4 and #5 is a lot like the Falcons giving the keys to Ryan and saying go start.

Dance with the one who brung ya.

Posted by: Bryan | August 31, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Bornen,

Who is the quote at the end of the post attributed to?

"We were kind of like, 'Well, are we going to keep one of the other guys?' But we're only keeping five. Let's roll, Big Three."

Posted by: isnadd | August 31, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Sorry about all the posts; there's a bunch of news. (Wait, news is a good thing ...)

Posted by: Cindy | August 31, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

I think rolling with the "Big THree" speaks volums on the offenses idenity in the beginning of this year. We're going to get a lot of CP and Betts. We're going to get a lot of Double TE packages. We're going to see Cooley in the Slot like Dallas Clark. This will give the rooks some time to heal and develop, and it will help JC and the passing game development.

Posted by: MJ | August 31, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

and is a special teams stud).

Did I miss something? When did Mason become a special teams stud?

Posted by: jm220 | August 31, 2008 1:56 PM

Posted by: jm220 | August 31, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Oh that right. Now that Mason is with JLC Ravens he is a special teams stud. What a damn joke!

Posted by: jm220 | August 31, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

CHadJackson got released from the Pats. Any takers?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

jm220 - i think they were talking about Rock as the ST stud.

Posted by: [cc] | August 31, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

me thinks keon lattimore could head to bmore to be with BB Ray Ray

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Did I miss something? When did Mason become a special teams stud?

Posted by: jm220 | August 31, 2008 1:56 PM

simply a typo -- they meant to write "special teams dud"

Posted by: talent evaluator | August 31, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Our draft doesn't look so good now, huh? Out of shape, underachieving rookies as backups to the 'big three'? No wonder I have a bad feeling about this year. MJ is right about double TE and a lot of CP. I hope we don't overuse these guys and get one hurt trying to protect a glaring weakness in the decision making of the front office.

Posted by: splitbill | August 31, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Sorry about that; it's Randle El.

Posted by: Cindy | August 31, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Luckily Snyder will be able to cajole Kelly's knee back to health. And if he doesn't do that, I'm sure he'll be able to scout an equally talented WR next year.

Posted by: TB | August 31, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

From the previous post:

Then again, maybe I was chris larry that day.

Posted by: scampbell1976 | August 31, 2008 1:44 PM
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Hey, I post as that ahole chrIS lArry!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Anyone know if Mix, Mann, or Mcmullen have been offered practice squad contracts by anyone else yet?

Posted by: will_ga | August 31, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Zorn and company kept 24 offensive players and 26 defenders. They kept five wide receivers when most thought it was certain that they would keep six, choosing instead to go with a sixth defensive end. And the luxury of having a fourth running back on the roster to stockpile some talent there was sacrificed in order to keep an extra defensive back around.

And, in reality, a number of offensive players either aren't ready to play or won't play if all goes as planned. Colt Brennan and Todd Collins go into the latter category while the likes of Malcolm Kelly, Devin Thomas, Chad Reinhardt, and Justin Geisinger fall under the designation of those who aren't playing at prime-time levels yet. That leaves just 18 players to man the 11 offensive positions.

On the other hand, most of the defensive players will be counted on to contribute, either in situations from scrimmage or on special teams.

Zorn, the offensive-minded head coach, the ex-quarterback, is being practical. Instead of collecting extra weapons for his side of the ball, he opted to give Greg Blache and Danny Smith a couple more tools with which to do their jobs.

It seems that Zorn knows that he has his work cut out for him in crafting this offense into a well-oiled machine. He knows that in order to stay in games while the offense is in on the job training mode he'll need a defense that can constantly rotate in fresh linemen to keep pressure on the other team's quarterback and that he'll need plenty of hands in the backfield to cover multiple-receiver sets.

The West Coast offense is supposed to replace a lot of running plays with short passes. I don't see Zorn doing that to the extent that, say, Andy Reid does in Philadelphia. While we won't see a Gibbs-like power running game, it's safe to say that Zorn will rely heavily on Clinton Portis and Ladell Betts to move the chains. Still, there will be a high number of three and outs and the defense has to be ready to take the field after only a short rest on frequent occasions.

In other situations such as this, many new head coaches would be uncomfortable going in with a relatively small number of players on the side of the ball that represents his specialty. It looks like Jim Zorn has checked his ego at the door and is dealing with the reality that his offense isn't likely to score points by the bucket in 2008.

Rich Tandler blogs about the Skins at RealRedskins.com and he is the author of the

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Owner Daniel Snyder is walking with Kelly and talking to him now.
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He's asking him if he prefers LSD or plasma.

Posted by: Not Anonymous | August 31, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

U, I meant "LDS" or plasma (NOT a freudian slip!)

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Actually, it is LCD = "liquid crystal display". Sheesh.

Posted by: upwards | August 31, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

I think he had it right the first time.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 31, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Cindy, you guys are great w/the updates--much appreciated.

I would like to offer a suggestion (which I am seriously just putting forth for consideration): since you guys do multiple updates, denoted by ellipses, why not enumerate the "(Updated)" notations also, e.g, (Updated 2), "(Updated 3), etc.?

I know I speak for others when I say I understand that you guys are doing these posts as supplementary news updates, but it would be helpful to be able to quickly determine if there are additional updates.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

That's easily doable, but not for an Anonymous poster :)

Posted by: Cindy | August 31, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know:

1) What was the highest draft pick who didn't make his team's roster? Dre Moore from Maryland was cut by Tampa after they traded up in the fourth round to get him. Anyone else? Any third- or second-round washouts?

2) Did any other team keep all of its picks, or just the 'Skins?

3) Have any of the 'Skins cuts been signed to a roster? Wade, maybe?

4) Have any of the 'Skins cuts, other than Mason, been signed to another team's practice squad?

Posted by: talent evaluator | August 31, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

That's easily doable, but not for an Anonymous poster :)

Posted by: Cindy | August 31, 2008 2:28 PM

Love it, Cindy. Why don't you do it just for us so-called regulars, and let the anons and those who don't yet have logos on their RI helmets just imagine how good it could be?

Okay, that's probably less easily doable.

Posted by: talent evaluator | August 31, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

talent. You won't hear about the people we cut NOT getting picked up. That would prove the skins made the correct choice. That is completely unacceptable for this writer!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

That is completely unacceptable for this writer!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 2:38 PM

Re-worded to be more credible: "That is completely unacceptable for this schlub!"

Posted by: talent evaluator | August 31, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

You know I'm done defending Jason LaConfora. I know that he writes alot of negative sh*t about the Redskins. I am not that sutpid.

I am not one to throw jabs at people cause he is only doing a job. Have at him guys, he should be on the Ravens beat.

Posted by: Skip in Va | August 31, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

talent. You won't hear about the people we cut NOT getting picked up. That would prove the skins made the correct choice. That is completely unacceptable for this writer!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 2:38 PM

Yeah. Probably most of the ones we cut will be starting somewhere else next Sunday. And Frost is headed to the Pro Bowl.

Posted by: motivator | August 31, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

I don't get signing Tyler Ecker to the practice squad. Could it be that one of the medical interns hasn't finished his dissertation on sports injuries? I mean he probably has enough info on hamstring injuries and just needed more info on groin injuries.

Posted by: RITCA | August 31, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

BOLD PREDICTIONS:

1) Jacksonville will have #1 defense this year.
2) After the season, Gregg Williams will be named new head coach of San Francisco.
3) After floundering for 3 years, Gregg Williams will be fired.
4) After winning the Super Bowl in 2012, Greg Blache retires as defensive coordinator for the Skins.
5) Gregg Williams returns as D-coordinator for the Skins in 2012.
6) Chase Williams a top linebacker in college announces he is going pro.
7) The Dallas Cowboys swoop in and draft him one spot ahead of the Redskins.

Posted by: RITCA | August 31, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

That's easily doable, but not for an Anonymous poster :)

Posted by: Cindy | August 31, 2008 2:28 PM


My bad. I was focused on typing my suggestion (and my lunch plans).

Posted by: Not Anonymous | August 31, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

I don't get signing Tyler Ecker to the practice squad.

Posted by: RITCA | August 31, 2008 2:47 PM

I'm figuring that the one day that he practiced in pads and healthy he was a better-than-Cooley beast.

But, yeah, why not Goode? Or Dre Moore?

Anyway, they're not done with either the roster or the practice squad. The idea is to get a squad together and then try to upgrade.

Posted by: talent evaluator | August 31, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Talent,

I believe KC kept all of it's draft picks. Maybe it's something tribal?

Posted by: CLEGG | August 31, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

+++Only problem with having Springs at FS should the Skins go to a dime package, Tryon The Liability, could be on the field and get exposed...
Posted by: JinxMan | August 31, 2008 12:36 PM+++

The only way Tryon gets on the field is if the kid who fetches the kickoff Tee doesn’t show.

Posted by: Corkczar | August 31, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

But, yeah, why not Goode? Or Dre Moore?

Posted by: talent evaluator | August 31, 2008 2:51 PM

Yeah, Goode would let the intern study turf toe injuries. Just doesn't sound as exciting as groin injuries. Plus, I don't think Moore is injured.

Posted by: RITCA | August 31, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm not sure what to think about the cuts. Not super surprising and yet. . . as I'm sure was already said . . . did they keep all the draft picks because the Spaghetti Gang orderd it so?

Posted by: sfskin | August 31, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

So my horse broke his leg and I had to shoot him. Now he's got a bullet hole and a broken leg. I guess it's supposed to help the healing process. If he doesn't get better soon, I'm gonna shoot him again.

Posted by: Larry the Cable Guy | August 31, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: jm220 | August 31, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Didn't the Giants keep all their picks last year. Perhaps in this copy cat league, the Skins and Chiefs are on to something.
Washington vs. KC in the Superbowl.

Posted by: RITCA | August 31, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

CLEGG--

This is what I got off of ESPN:

"Many league observers believe this class will end up being one of the best in the NFL this decade. Ten of Kansas City's 12 draft picks are on the 53-man roster with seventh rounder Michael Merritt landing on the injured reserve."

Posted by: talent evaluator | August 31, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

That writer at ReadRedskins.com knows how to write. Wish he was the beat reporter.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

http://realredskins.com/2008/08/stirring-frosty-pot.html

Posted by: jm220 | August 31, 2008 3:04 PM

JM--Thanks for posting this. Wise is generally good but this column was a disaster and Tandler did a great job of putting it into perspective.

Posted by: talent evaluator | August 31, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

McMullen led all receivers in the preseason (not just on the Redskins) - Cerrato should be strung up for cutting him to save face on his terrible picks.

That being said I think McMullen will end up on an active roster somewhere like Cincinnati rather than a practice squad ... and I hope he gets a chance to play the Skins.

Posted by: SadSkin | September 1, 2008 12:32 AM | Report abuse

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