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Malcolm Kelly believes he'll make the team

As the rest of his Redskins teammates made their way off the practice field toward the locker room late Thursday morning, Malcolm Kelly remained behind, catching footballs spit from a passing machine. He didn't run routes because of the strained hamstring that has prevented him from practicing since last week, but he worked on keeping his hands sharp, knowing he won't be able to practice for several more days.

Coach Mike Shanahan said Kelly will have plenty of time to prove himself if he's ready for all four preseason games, but there is some speculation that the third-year wideout is hurting his chances to remain with the team that drafted him in the second round in 2008. Kelly, though, said he can't allow himself to think that way.

"If you don't believe in what you can do, man, if you think you're beat from the start, what's the purpose of even being out here?" he said Thursday. "That's what I really think about every single time somebody asks me that."

Kelly, who has 28 catches for 365 yards and no touchdowns in his two seasons with the Redskins, has admitted repeatedly that his current situation is "frustrating." But he also believes that, if he's ready for all the preseason games, he will have plenty of time to prove he deserves to make the team.

"I mean, why wouldn't it be" enough time? Kelly asked. "You have to go against other competition. That's what [Shanahan] said. He wants to see what you do against other competition. Anybody you bring in here - you bring a guy in here who hasn't practiced all camp, and then he goes out there that last two games and kills it, he looks that much better than the next person, then that's all it's going to depend on."

By Barry Svrluga  |  August 5, 2010; 3:15 PM ET
Categories:  wide receivers  
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Later bro

Posted by: gatorskinz2000 | August 5, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

OK..

So I come onto WaPo to get the RI update, and what do they have on the Redskins/sports page?

A RUNNING CLOCK OF THE DAYS-HOURS-MINUTES-SECONDS THAT AH HAS NOT BEEN IN A PRACTICE!

Are you serious? This is RIDICULOUS!

Now I'm feeling like I'm going to just go and blog on some other sight for a while in protest of this outrageous AH obsession that gets jammed down our throats.

WAPO...PLEASE GIVE IT A REST!

Posted by: p1funk | August 5, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

You can't judge Kelly based upon what happened under Zorn.

Posted by: lavararrington | August 5, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

You can't judge Kelly based upon what happened under Zorn.

Posted by: lavararrington | August 5, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

You can't judge Kelly based upon what happened under Zorn.

Posted by: lavararrington | August 5, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Agreed. However, based on his history of injuries, he will spend more time on the bench because of an injury than he will be on the field contributing.

Why I say again, dont let the door hit you where the good lord split you.

Posted by: gatorskinz2000 | August 5, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse


Malcolm Kelly believes he'll make the team.....
....... and hess thinks he won't.

Posters will go out of their way to make excuses about anything. No excuses here, MK hasn't done anything but get injured since joining the Redskins. I don't see him in a Redskins uniform at the start of the season.

Posted by: hessone | August 5, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Agreed. However, based on his history of injuries, he will spend more time on the bench because of an injury than he will be on the field contributing.

Why I say again, dont let the door hit you where the good lord split you.

Posted by: gatorskinz2000 | August 5, 2010 3:26 PM

No disagreement here, but where exactly do you draw the line?

How many of our key players on offense now have a significant injury history?

Posted by: Alan4 | August 5, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

lavararrington stick to your b.s. radio show

Posted by: TWISI | August 5, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

You can't judge Kelly based upon what happened under Zorn.

Posted by: lavararrington | August 5, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Agreed. However, based on his history of injuries, he will spend more time on the bench because of an injury than he will be on the field contributing.

Why I say again, dont let the door hit you where the good lord split you.

Posted by: gatorskinz2000 | August 5, 2010 3:26 PM
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My only argument for keeping Kelly on the roster is they need a big possession receiver. If he can stay healthy and learn to use that big body to muscle the ball away from defenders, I think he can be a contributor. So far, however, he has shown he cannot stay healthy and cannot use his size to his fullest advantage. That's not good, because he doesn't have the speed to define himself any other way.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | August 5, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Oh, Malcolm don't forget to leave the playbook when you go.

Posted by: jmeaicp | August 5, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

A RUNNING CLOCK OF THE DAYS-HOURS-MINUTES-SECONDS THAT AH HAS NOT BEEN IN A PRACTICE!

Posted by: p1funk | August 5, 2010 3:22 PM

How long has Kelly not practiced?

Posted by: TWISI | August 5, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

You can't judge Kelly based upon what happened under Zorn.

Posted by: lavararrington

Youre right, especially with young players. To all the irrational haters: we thought f davis was bust material until the last half of last year and guess what...

I will make this prediction publically for the fifth time; Kelley will make the team and will start within the first four games. My rationale for this is good coaching+excellent hands+size+motivation (pressure from team)= production from a receiver.

Oh and one more thing, HE CAN'T HELP THAT HE IS INJURED! So quit with the knee-jerk angry analysis and intolerance of Kelley jus' cuz ur p'ssed at others like zorn, vinny, snyder, AH, and 4-12.

Posted by: monkeymayonaise | August 5, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone actually believe this guy will be healthy enough to play in 4 preseason games?

Wapo is acting like Haynesworth isn't even there. He is working on the side with Haslett and learning the D. Soap opera antics that all media outlets are trying to turn sports into. JReid must have developed that icon in between his Egg McMuffin and Big Mac this morning.

Posted by: ToddStinkston | August 5, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

"I just pinched a huge loaf. Actually stopped up the toilet. Now where's my plunger."

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop

Dude, it's getting old . . .

Posted by: rufus_t_firefly | August 5, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

I will make this prediction publically for the fifth time; Kelley will make the team and will start within the first four games. My rationale for this is good coaching+excellent hands+size+motivation (pressure from team)= production from a receiver.

Posted by: monkeymayonaise | August 5, 2010 3:34 PM

Kelly's main problem is that he not a good route runner. If he improves there, he'll make the team. If he struggles, he'll have to impress another staff.

Posted by: TWISI | August 5, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Well he's on one ticket... Even though its preseason game 2... hopefully he at least makes it to that game.

Posted by: NOIS29 | August 5, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

How many of our key players on offense now have a significant injury history?

Posted by: Alan4 | August 5, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

I see your point. But I am just going off of Malcolm Kelly because of this post.

Being a 3rd year receiver with some many issues already isnt a positive sign.

If he can turn it around, that would be great. I think most Redskins fans would love to see some good production out of Malcolm Kelly.

I, however, will not be holding my breath. Wishing yes, but I dont expect him to be the one to breakout. It seems that Devin might be the one to finally break through.

Posted by: gatorskinz2000 | August 5, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Aug 5 2:29 ET
Rookie WR Terrence Austin is having a productive camp. Austin, a seventh-round pick, has caught just about everything thrown his way. He's not a burner; he's quick, runs good routes and has excellent vision. He'll be worth watching in preseason games.

Terrance Cody = Eddie Royal 2008

Posted by: 4thFloor | August 5, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

You can't judge Kelly based upon what happened under Zorn.

Posted by: lavararrington | August 5, 2010 3:23 PM


Can we judge LaVar under what happened under Robiske?

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | August 5, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

You can't judge Kelly based upon what happened under Zorn.

Posted by: lavararrington | August 5, 2010 3:23 PM


Can we judge LaVar under what happened under Robiske?

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | August 5, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

You can't judge Kelly based upon what happened under Zorn.

Posted by: lavararrington | August 5, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

co-sign

Posted by: iH8dallas | August 5, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

"Kelly's main problem is that he not a good route runner"

according to who....are you basing that on what Jim Zorn said?? Really....the guy who wanted routes run 'perfectly'.....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | August 5, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Oh and one more thing, kelley played every week except the bye last year. He is injury prone, but so was ricky williams his first year.Since then injuries have become far less of a factor for him (a phenomenon not uncommon in the NFL), so we should calm down and wait to see what happens with MK.

Posted by: monkeymayonaise | August 5, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Malcolm Kelly=Vinny Guy.

No ties to the current front office.
No time on the practice field.
No production when healthy.
No ability to separate from coverage.
No TD's his entire pro career...

No shot at a roster spot in 2010.

Posted by: Kenbeatrizz | August 5, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

How could the team ever trust Kelly to play a 16 game schedule for them? He's done virtually nothing and still can't stay healthy!

The former "Insider" called this one, three seasons ago...good job Vinny!

Posted by: Jason10 | August 5, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Re: Kevin Barnes and the puke-inducing hit.


Fear the Turtle.

Posted by: p1funk | August 5, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Terrance Cody = Eddie Royal 2008

Posted by: 4thFloor | August 5, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Eddie got man boobs?

Posted by: gatorskinz2000 | August 5, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

beeps

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | August 5, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Terrance Cody = Eddie Royal 2008

Posted by: 4thFloor | August 5, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Think you mean Terrance Austin and I hope your right.

would be funny to see terrance cody line up at WR though.

Posted by: PortisPocketsStr8 | August 5, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

You can't judge Kelly based upon what happened under Zorn.

Posted by: lavararrington

Youre right, especially with young players. To all the irrational haters: we thought f davis was bust material until the last half of last year and guess what...

Posted by: monkeymayonaise | August 5, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse


Apples and oranges.

Fred Davis was stuck behind a Pro Bowl starter. Once the opportunity came for him to get on the field he seized it.

Malcolm Kelly was basically forced into the lineup. They were practically begging him to make plays and retain the opportunity to get regular PT and rolling out the opportunities for him (or DT) to win a starting spot. He just didn't get it done.

Was it Zorn? Was it Campbell? Was it play-calling? Who knows...maybe it was just Kelly. We'll see.

Posted by: p1funk | August 5, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

I understand that Kelly hasn't stayed healthy, butI don't see the logic behind cutting the kid... yet. Lets see how he does when he gets healthy. I really think the last coaching staff misused MK. Lets see how things work out for him and what the Shanny Boys think.

Ps, Am I the only one who remembers a RI post a few months back about Kelly meeting the Shanahans? Something about how they see him fitting in as a major cog in the O? Big time possession receiver or something of that nature? Based on that alone, I wouldn't count on him being cut...

Posted by: sweetsweetlou | August 5, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

I understand that Kelly hasn't stayed healthy, butI don't see the logic behind cutting the kid... yet. Lets see how he does when he gets healthy. I really think the last coaching staff misused MK. Lets see how things work out for him and what the Shanny Boys think.

Ps, Am I the only one who remembers a RI post a few months back about Kelly meeting the Shanahans? Something about how they see him fitting in as a major cog in the O? Big time possession receiver or something of that nature? Based on that alone, I wouldn't count on him being cut...

Posted by: sweetsweetlou | August 5, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

will make this prediction publically for the fifth time; Kelley will make the team and will start within the first four games. My rationale for this is good coaching+excellent hands+size+motivation (pressure from team)= production from a receiver.

Posted by: monkeymayonaise | August 5, 2010 3:34 PM
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Have you even watched Kelly play? He has great hands, but he cannot get open because he cannot run a route and has no speed. A quarterback wouldn't throw to him in traffic because he doesn't know how to use that big body to out-muscle defenders for the ball. On top of that, he is injury-prone.

And yes, a player can help being injured sometimes. Hamstring injuries are linked to improper stretching and inadequate hydration. These are things within MK's control. This guy is a bust. This is his last preseason with the team and possibly in the NFL. It has nothing to do with Vinny drafting him. I think Vinny did okay with DT and FD, but he missed on this one.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | August 5, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Youre right, especially with young players. To all the irrational haters: we thought f davis was bust material until the last half of last year and guess what...


Posted by: monkeymayonaise


Your argument would hold water, except for one thing:

Kelly did see time on the field and he still couldn't do anything worth remembering. It doesn't make you a hater, it just makes you observant.


Again, I hope Shanahan sees something in Kelly that I and many others don't.

Posted by: RedDMV | August 5, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse


Oh and one more thing, HE CAN'T HELP THAT HE IS INJURED! So quit with the knee-jerk angry analysis and intolerance of Kelley jus' cuz ur p'ssed at others like zorn, vinny, snyder, AH, and 4-12.

Posted by: monkeymayonaise | August 5, 2010 3:34 PM

Not hating MK here.

Not being fooled into thinking a guy with potential = game changer.

SHOW ME SOMETHING BESIDES POTENTIAL AND INJURIES.

Posted by: hessone | August 5, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

At a very minimum, start Kelly and make him run fly routes until he pukes or his hammy pops. Worst case, he can tire out the least-best cover guy who will undoubtedly be on him and then you can drop someone fresh on'em.

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | August 5, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

"At eastern Motors, yo job's yo credit.

If haynesworth stiffs us, we'll re-po-sess it.

Four-average-wide-receivers....and one old man (Galloway)....

Hopefully this offense puts some points on the board are you listenin' Shanahan?"

(Spanish trumpets fading out).....

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | August 5, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

I will make this prediction publically for the fifth time; Kelley will make the team and will start within the first four games. My rationale for this is good coaching+excellent hands+size+motivation (pressure from team)= production from a receiver.

Posted by: monkeymayonaise | August 5, 2010 3:34 PM
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If he does, it'll be against big odds.

Injury History
- injured before being drafted
- injured since being a Redskin
- injured again

Draft Status
- not drafted by this coaching staff or front office, no history/loyalty

Onfield Skills
- reportedly a poor route runner
- slow 40 time for a receiver
- has size, but doesn't use it advantageously

Competition
- stacked against some talented veterans who seem to be showing fresh legs, good spirit, and useful veteran knowledge. Santana Moss & Devin Thomas may be lock ins, and Terrance Austin, too, because of his special teams potential. That leaves 2 spots to go to 2 guys from a list of talent. Right now, Kelly isn't able to show anything he's got, he's falling behind on the learning curve both mentally and physically, and he's not getting into proper football shape.

All I can say is that he better make a miraculous recovery quickly and then play like a Jerry Rice/Art Monk/Michael Irvin type of receiver each and every day in the short time he'll have to impress the coaches enough.

I don't know...maybe he's good at PR. He stops by the coaches' offices to say hi and let them know he's still there and how hard he just worked out. He can't wait to get out there and help the team win big this year! He leaves them all with a couple of good jokes to keep 'em laughing.

We'll see. Odds are against him, though.

Posted by: DC2AZ99 | August 5, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

ummmm...Buh Bye Bust!

Posted by: damn1 | August 5, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

All I can say is that he better make a miraculous recovery quickly and then play like a Jerry Rice/Art Monk/Michael Irvin type of receiver each and every day in the short time he'll have to impress the coaches enough.

If this is what is expected out of a mid 2nd rounder, no wonder everyone is so down of Kelly.

I watched him play a lot at OU and I still think he can be a good possession receiver. As guy who coaches and played some ball, I had some concerns with the route combinations that Zorn liked to use. Once I got a chance to see more games in person early last season, I feel even more strongly that Zorn's offense usually called for only 2 players to run routes as an option, while the other receivers were usually decoys or running "pick" routes. Trust me when I say that there were many occasions where looking for a third option rather than dumping it to a back would have meant throwing to a guy who not only did not expect to get thrown to, but most likely had already completed his route and was standing still. At times, it looked like Marty's old offense.

It also meant that precision was emphasized much more than athletisism, which just highlighted DT and MK's weaknesses rather than working w/what they can do, as many teams do with young receivers (see NY Giants).

If he fails to show something, he should be cut. But, I for one, will not be passing judgement until at least 1 month from now.

Posted by: SportzWiz | August 5, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

I had a bad feeling about that whole "Hell Week" thing. Moss, Thomas, and Kelly aren't the most durable guys in the world. I was worried that they'd all come back limping. Oh well, hooray Joey Galloway!

Posted by: coparker5 | August 5, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

I think that he'll make the team, because he's the only quality Large receiver we have, but if he could easily slide down the depth chart.

I hope this is the last time that we draft ANY player that has terrible knees coming out of college...between MK and Rocky, I cringe everytime they hit the ground....

Posted by: impervious99 | August 5, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

I thought the Ticker on AH was completely hilarious!!!!! I hope he pays attention to it. His MRI came back negative, so he has no reason to have shown up to camp unwilling and unable to pass the conditioning test that a 47 year old can jog through. I understand the hand touch makes it more difficult, but look at all the other people in the league that took it once and passed it. If he is as elite an athlete as he thinks he is and/or claims to be he should have shown up passed it and started practicing right away..... Any other true professional in the sport would have and did!!!!!

Posted by: williamlkempjr | August 5, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Don't get me wrong. I think AH will be a hell of a player this year. He wants out of Washington and I think the system benefits him in allowing him to dominate. That said, and although I believe he is still one of the best, I would rather have Darnell Dockett of the Cardinals over AH. I think he plays with more emotion, is more thoughtful of his team mates and cares about the team. Snyder knew what he was getting with Haynesworth and I think the D Line will be in great shape with him, but his power struggle with Shanny and his lack of integrity for the team have been a disappointment. I hope he gets his condition test behind him quickly because him standing on the sideline and walk through mentality is pathetic.

Posted by: williamlkempjr | August 5, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Yeah.. and we all believe in the Easter Bunny too! Time to cut your losses Skins..

Posted by: rlomax67 | August 6, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

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