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Redskins in no rush to fill 80th roster spot

The Redskins are in no rush to fill their 80th roster spot and have the luxury to wait and see whether any injuries occur during camp, head coach Mike Shanahan said Wednesday at a news conference after morning practice.

The Redskins have an open roster spot after cutting quarterback Colt Brennan Monday.

"This time of year usually you'll lose a guy, unless there's somebody that we really want we'll usually wait, see if there's an injury here or there and just bring somebody in," Shanahan said. "Usually you'll lose somebody else and you've got a little more depth in one position. So right now we do have that extra spot and we're kind of wait-and-see depending on who's healthy and who's not."

Shanahan touched on a number of other subjects, including...

--- The prospect of an indoor practice facility, which Owner Dan Snyder said he hoped to build eventually in Ashburn. "It'd be great...If you have a foot of snow or you have water, there is no place to practice. ...In the middle of the week in the season all of a sudden we've got a situation where you can't go outside, how do you get ready for a game? So that'd be the ideal situation for me."

--- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's visit to Redskins Park this afternoon and whether he'd meet with Goodell: "I'm not sure what time he's coming in. I know he's going to meet with our team at 3 o'clock and if he comes in early enough obviously my game plan is to spend some time with him."

--- The progress of new quarterback, John Beck, who was acquired in a trade with the Baltimore Ravens on Monday. "It's going to take a while but John is very sharp. He took some reps today in our 7-on-7...so he's picking up the offense very quickly even though the terminology is very different from what he used in the past. But I'd be surprised if it takes him a long time."

--- And, of course, the continued wait-and-see with defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, who again did not attempt his conditioning test due to irritation in his knee. Shanahan said he did not know when Haynesworth would next attempt the test. "The knee is still getting a lot of treatment. He's in here early getting treatment three times a day. He's getting a lot of work on that treadmill so hopefully he passes it in the near future."

By Paul Tenorio  |  August 4, 2010; 1:14 PM ET
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Studs and Duds 8/4/10

By: John Keim
Examiner Staff Writer
08/04/10 1:19 PM EDT

Studs

LB Brian Orakpo. He hasn’t been as visible this camp as he was last summer, perhaps because expectations for him are a bit higher for obvious reasons. However, he was very noticeable today, especially in one-on-one situations. I loved the way he exploded into the linemen on his rushes. He gets into their pads quickly. He got inside Trent Williams on one rush to beat him to the quarterback.

C Edwin Williams. He’s better at center than at guard and his strong lower base allows him to anchor. In the one-on-ones he was solid and he did a nice job helping Chad Rinehart in pass protection. Williams picked up one blitz and did so with power.

DL Jeremy Jarmon. When I looked back at my notes, kept seeing stuff like this: “90 went right past 77; speed….90 gets past 63; holding.” So that means only one thing: a good day for Jarmon. He really focuses on staying low. On occasion he gets a little too low and it’s then hard for him to get much going, yet he keeps driving. However, I’d rather have that issue than occasionally getting too high. In full-team work Jarmon was fine, but in one-on-ones he was pretty good.

RB Ryan Torain. Liked the way he cut today and he had a good strong run at the goal-line (looked like he squeezed over the line, but I had a bad angle). He seems rather economical with his cuts; he’s decisive. Again, just stay healthy.

QB Donovan McNabb. He was a little ragged early, but once it became a competitive, game-like situation he was much, much different. Had some throws that were spot-on bullets, like a seam throw to Chris Cooley in which he first looked right and came back to the left. Earlier McNabb hit Roydell Williams on a deep cross just in front of LaRon Landry. Maybe that’s the key for McNabb; put him in competitive situations.

Posted by: TWISI | August 4, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Duds

LT Trent Williams. I don’t think he was awful. I just think he had a tougher day going against Orakpo. Oh, and this, too: Curtis Gatewood got around him twice in full-team work. Sluggish day for the kid; you could especially see it with his footwork. Though there was one nice play in which Kedric Golston bumped him aside and headed inside. Williams, though, recovered because of his excellent feet. However, a faster end would have been at the quarterback.

RT Stephon Heyer. I was going to leave this one alone today, but couldn’t. On one rush in a full-team drill, Adam Carriker went around Heyer’s right. Heyer wanted to slow him down, but instead of moving his feet even a little bit he simply stuck out his arm. That’s not going to cut it against someone who is 315 pounds.

LS Nick Sundberg. Continues to have some issues on his snaps. Left a couple short – and that was without a rush. Trust me on this: Ethan Albright is staying sharp and working out just in case. It wouldn’t surprise me if they’ve stayed in contact with him. Listen, it’s tough for long snappers to gain footing in the league and Sundberg is only in his first year. They will give him a game or two, but after watching him this week I can’t imagine the leash is too long.

C Will Montgomery. I lost count of the number of times Montgomery resorted to holding during the one-on-one work. That’s two days in a row where he’s had that issue. Like they say, it is what it is.

WR Terrence Austin. OK, this is for one play but it’s possible that examples such as this will keep him off the field. He went to block Anderson Russell on a run, but Russell flung him quite easily to the ground. In this system, receivers had better be able to block or they won’t play – especially if they’re rookies.


Posted by: TWISI | August 4, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Repost

Jacoby should be in the Hall, It's a travesty that only one HOG is in.

Jake's resume
4× Pro Bowl selection (1983-86)
2× Associated Press first-team All-Pro selection (1983, 1984)
NFL 1980s All-Decade Team
3*x Super Bowl champion (XV,XXII,XXVI)
70 Greatest Redskins
1991- a part of an OL that gave up 7 sacks in an entire season.

Posted by: Diesel44 | August 4, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

opening reserved for Westbrook, or slowly paring down the roster to focus on the final 53?

Posted by: moodlymoodlymoo | August 4, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Anybody else think that the open roster spot is being held for a certain reciever...on a certain team...that would instantly become our best reciever the day he lands into Dulles Airport?

"This time of year usually you'll lose a guy, unless there's somebody that we really want we'll usually wait"

They must be waiting to see if that certain 6ft 5 reciever becomes available...

Posted by: roccoskins | August 4, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

ups, TWISI...

Posted by: RedDMV | August 4, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

A good reason to be optimistic. Mike Shanahan is heeding Yogi Berra's advice on how to handle player psychology. Yeah. THAT Yogi Berra.

http://www.nfldraftdog.com/nfl-team-columns/washington-redskins.html

Posted by: TheCork | August 4, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Stephon Heyer has been on the Duds list everyday since camp started....Yikes

Posted by: TWISI | August 4, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Stephon Heyer has been on the Duds list everyday since camp started....Yikes

Posted by: TWISI | August 4, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

He was on the Dud list a long time before Camp started. Im so glad we actually are drafting lineman now instead of drivin over to College Park to pick up scraps.

Posted by: Stu27 | August 4, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

What is up with this Sundberg guy? Cut him and get the Red Snapper in camp. He can practice for a year and try out again in 2011.

As shaky as the WR's might be, we have to see if Devin Thomas can play. Trading more draft picks for a suspended malcontent looking for money isn't in our best interests.

Posted by: ToddStinkston | August 4, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Heyer isn't even a capable backup. I really don't understand the optimism over this guy, if there is anyone with any left...

No way he makes the team. Dude is sorry.

It's sad when the highlight of your career is blowing up Darnell Dockett... after the whistle... which negated a 40 or 60 something yard TD pass to Devin Thomas.

If they weren't injury plagued along the offensive line like they were at the time, I would've outright cut him the next day, maybe after the game... maybe on the plane...

Posted by: RedDMV | August 4, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Don't expect too much from newb Williams. He's got a lot to learn and Samuels (who we're all comparing him to, like it or not) was a rare find. Not every first rounder pares out like that. And if we get even a servicable lineman, that'll be great.

Also, take into account he's playing out of position. Give him some time to grow into it...

HAIL!

thx for the updates, folks!!!

Posted by: DikShuttle | August 4, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

That's disappointing to hear about Heyer. Nobody expected him to be a starter, obviously, but I think most of us were holding out hope that he would be a decent backup.

This shows you how truly awful our line was last season. We even had a game where Heyer, Batiste, and a broken-down BMW were in at the same time. Ugh. Never want to live through that again.

Posted by: psps23 | August 4, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Stephon Heyer has been on the Duds list everyday since camp started....Yikes

Posted by: TWISI | August 4, 2010 1:41 PM
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Since he's a young guy with starting experience they probably won't be too quick to pull the trigger, but I think just about all of the nails are in his coffin. All I can say is, if he is not the guy at backup tackle, they had better find the guy quickly.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | August 4, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

beeps

Posted by: DikShuttle | August 4, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

I don't recall the Red Snapper having one bad snp in his tenure as a Redskin. We ned him back.

Posted by: wireman65 | August 4, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

I agree with roccoskins - the 80th spot is reserved for VJ, just a matter of executing the trade and VJ passing his conditioning test.

Posted by: coparker5 | August 4, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

How is there an extra roster spot after releasing Brennan, cause we subsequently signed John Beck?

Posted by: iubiquity | August 4, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

bc we traded a cornerback for Beck. genius.

Posted by: jk_05 | August 4, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

bc we traded a cornerback for Beck. genius.

Posted by: jk_05 | August 4, 2010 4:32 PM

You can't expect iubiquity to actually read the articles!! There's a lot of words in there and stuff.

Posted by: Painful_priapism | August 4, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

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