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Skins Could Sign a Veteran Wide Receiver

Over the first two days of minicamp, veteran wide receiver Kelly Washington has made some nice catches and could be a player the Redskins sign at some point. Receiver D.J. Hackett, like Washington a non-roster invitee to camp, also has years of NFL experience. With the Redskins short on veteran wide receivers now because of injuries, this duo is getting lots of reps with the first team.

Washington's special teams ability makes him attractive; Hackett knows Coach Jim Zorn well from their time together in Seattle and has a solid grasp of the system, which is particularly important with so many college receivers in camp. "Hackett is showing his experience in this offense," said Zorn, who is comfortable moving him to different receiving positions.

Both players are unrestricted free agents and the Redskins are not likely to dangle more than one-year veteran minimum contracts at this point. Washington said he has invitations to attend upcoming minicamps with other clubs, and is comfortable continuing to show his ability through that process if he does not get signed quickly here.

"It's just a good opportunity for me to come in and show my skills as a veteran in the league," Washington said, "and keep getting in better shape, because there are other teams in the league that are interested. So it's good to work through the team drills and just get evaluated."

Washington has engaged in a few spirited exchanges with the defensive backs and said that if signed he would look forward to playing special teams, as he has in the past. "I've been a great player on special teams the past couple of years and that's something I love to do," he said.

By Jason La Canfora  |  May 2, 2009; 2:15 PM ET
 
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Posted by: scampbell1975 | May 2, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Washington said he has invitations to attend upcoming minicamps with other clubs, and is comfortable continuing to show his ability through that process if he does not get signed quickly here.

By Jason La Canfora | May 2, 2009; 2:15 PM ET

Washington's talking the talk, because he hasn't walked the walk. Six years in the league and he's started exactly six games.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | May 2, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

I agree diesel. I live in NE and have to watch the pats continually impress while we are the laughing stock. I get tired of people whinning about updates and posts because the are "negative". Dude they are facts. Nothing more. Peaceful and other similar posts need to go.

Posted by: crzyvgs | May 2, 2009 2:19 PM |

Dude, JLC's posts are often not facts. And sometimes when he claims that they are facts they are indeed the opposite. He sometimes does not do his research and reports erroneously. When he does post opinions, which he often does, they are almost always negative. Having said that, this is his blog and a blog calls for opinion. This is NOT an article published in the paper and he may post as he wishes. They always generate conversation and argument so his posts do their job ON THE BLOG. Lets not get confused.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | May 2, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Where's Justin Skaggs?

Posted by: Diesel44 | May 2, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Great! We have all these receivers amd we have to sign more because our draftees are worthless? What's with Thomas? Does he really want to play or is a he a bum?

Posted by: KurtShanaman | May 2, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

All Washington Post blogs must conform to the same standards as stories in the newspaper, which means that, among other things, material attributed to anonymous sources always must be independently confirmed.

Posted by: Cindy Boren | May 2, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Not the biggest JC17 fan, although I hope he has a monster yr, but look who he has had to throw to these last 2 yrs. Outside of a midget in moss he has had other much less productive midgets. Look what happen to Eli when he lost Plax last yr. Maybe we can trade two third rd picks for a brandon loydd type player.

Posted by: Diesel44 | May 2, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

HI FOLKS! I AM MOVING AND HAVE CLUB Level SEASON TIX available. Willing to move at a VERY competitive rate, includes a FREE ORANGE LOT PASS, RIght on the 50. csquaredskins@yahoo

Posted by: Club320 | May 2, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

All Washington Post blogs must conform to the same standards as stories in the newspaper, which means that, among other things, material attributed to anonymous sources always must be independently confirmed.

Posted by: Cindy Boren | May 2, 2009 2:49 PM

I can vouch for this. Last week Jasno quoted me on Orakpo. I was the anonymous "NFL talent evaluator" who told him "He's the wrong size for the Redskins and he's going to be a complete bust."

Not 15 minutes after I gave away that nugget, Jason Reid called to independently confirm it. "Dude, did you say that to Jasno, and did you mean it?" I said "That's a big affirmatory!"

So, they ran my quote in the story the next day.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | May 2, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

HI FOLKS! I AM MOVING AND HAVE CLUB Level SEASON TIX available. Willing to move at a VERY competitive rate, includes a FREE ORANGE LOT PASS, RIght on the 50. csquaredskins@yahoo

Posted by: Club320 | May 2, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

beeps

Posted by: talent_evaluator | May 2, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

This is just the time of year to evaluate the free agency crowd. You can't get lucky if you don't look. I don't think our reciever roster will change for the regular season. This is just a chance to see who is going to play the pre-season, thus sparing your real back-ups while simultaneously evaluating.
I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that the O-line gets some help.

Posted by: Krooz | May 2, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Whaddaya mean needlessly? Read the post above. There's like 105 players on the field and Jasno starts off with "Thomas not participating." How much more negative can you get than that? Guy just gets paid when he writes bad things about the 'Skins.

Posted by: talent_evaluator

I respect a lot of your posts and your sense of humor. If your post above was meant as satire, discontinue reading now.

Otherwise, please stick to areas where you have a modicum of expertese, okay? Because you are clueless about how journalism works.

The fact that Thomas, who missed much of last year with injuries missed the FIRST minicamp with an injury IS NEWS!!!

The fact that Thomas, who was accued by his coach of reporting out of shape last year missed practice is NEWS!!!!

The fact that 105 players were NOT injured is NOT news. (Well maybe with the redskins injury history, it is. But it's not the lead.)

You want to read about that? Go to Redskins.com.

If you were an editor, would YOUR lead go: "Today 2 million residents of the District of Columbia were NOT shot?"

HThe Beat Reporter's job is not to be positive but to report news from camp.

And ripping him for it, is just tiresome.

Someone posted and said they were disappointed I was nasty again. I can't help it. I hate this petty venal sniping at the guy who REPORTS the bad news. It's not like he pulled Thomas's hamstring for him

Posted by: TheCork | May 2, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse


All Washington Post blogs must conform to the same standards as stories in the newspaper, which means that, among other things, material attributed to anonymous sources always must be independently confirmed.

Posted by: Cindy Boren

Cindy, I imagine you could count on the fingers on one hand the number of posters here who have a clue how journalism works.

But then if ignorance stopped 'em from posting, your numbers would plummet.

Posted by: TheCork | May 2, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Moss - shin splints; Thomas - hamstring; Kelly - microfrature surgery; Thrash - neck.
"With the Redskins short on veteran wide receivers now because of injuries, this duo (two non roster invitees)is getting lots of reps with the first team."
When non roster invitees are getting a lot of reps with the 1st team you know it is time to get out the terrible crying towels.


Posted by: AntonChigurh | May 2, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

someone asked about Justin Skaggs - unfortunately, he died a few years ago from brain cancer. He was a good player and a better person.

Posted by: nativedc | May 2, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Corky, (or JLC alias)

I believe you are mostly wrong and occasionally way off-base.

Are you reading the same posts by JLC that I am reading?

Has this guy ever reported a neutral story? I, too thought that going after Cutler or Sanchez was a bonehead mistake by the FO. But it is not JLC's place to report on that story as if HE were the judge.

Orakpo signing at 13? no JLC thinks we should get Oher. Why, is JLC an NFL scout or just a reporter?

It seems it is always something with dude

Posted by: peaceful2008 | May 2, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Thomas not practicing is the biggest news of the day.

JLC is a good reporter but terrible as the Skins beat reporter. He has little football knowledge and a lack of league and team sources, but that is not news.
(I long for the days when Maske had the beat.)

Hackett and especially Washington have the ability to contribute more than Kelly, definitely, and Thomas and Thrash possibly.
This is positive news.

Posted by: hehateme | May 2, 2009 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Thank God they are looking at more wide recievers. Oooopppsss! That was sarcasim. They need MORE wideouts like a hole in the head. Didnt we draft two wide outs and a receiving TE? Now we need more?
What about addressing the O line? maybe pickup someones leftovers. that owuld be better than the hobbled old players we have now.
Geez!

Posted by: dbeins | May 2, 2009 8:47 PM | Report abuse

My nephew Justin Skaggs, died in 2007 of inoperable brain cancer. Thank you for thinking of him Diesel44! The family appreciates it.

Posted by: pinkbike101 | May 4, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

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