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Thomas makes a move in the WR battle

With Malcolm Kelly sidelined Sunday morning because of a sore hamstring, Devin Thomas made a move in the wide receiver race at Redskins Park.

Thomas had his second strong practice in as many days. His nifty catch on a go route, against tight coverage, was the highlight of 11-on-11 drills. Thomas, who may be battling Kelly for a spot on the opening 53-man roster, demonstrated improved concentration overall.

Coach Mike Shanahan noticed.

"Nice catch he had, especially on that big go route," Shanahan said. "He's had a couple good days."

Thomas and Kelly began camp near the bottom of the wideout depth chart. They have a lot of work to do if they hope to earn a first-team job, and Thomas has shown some encouraging signs recently. "Every time they come on the field, they're being evaluated," Shanahan said. "He's had a couple good days in a row. He's made big plays. That's what we're trying to see."

Joey Galloway and Roydell Williams opened camp listed at the co-starters at the X receiver, or split end, position. Santana Moss, still the Redskins' top wideout after all these years, is the starter at the Z position, of flanker.

But Galloway is 38 and has a total of 20 catches the last two seasons. Roydell Williams has been out of football the past two seasons. The Redskins wideout corp hasn't impressed.

"He's got to compete everyday and he's got to win a position," Shanahan said of Thomas. "He's got to be better than the guys that are in front of him consistently. That's how you win a position.

"The last couple days, he's done just that. He went out there, he's made some plays. It's a combination of everything. Just not the passing game but the running game, too. Just going out there, everything."

Kelly sat out after aggravating his hamstring injury. "He's much improved from the last couple days," Shanahan said.

Shanahan also confirmed that Albert Haynesworth was sidelined because of his lingering knee soreness. The all-pro defensive lineman did not take the conditioning test he must pass before Shanahan will permit him to practice. He is expected to be tested for a third time Monday morning before practice.

"There's not change from yesterday," Shanahan said. "Still sore. Irritated. Getting treated. Working."

When Shanahan reviews the running back depth chart, he sees three veterans who are almost interchangeable, although Clinton Portis has received most of the first-team reps. Larry Johnson and Willie Parker definitely are in the mix for prominent roles with the team.

Further down the running back depth chart, second-year player Ryan Torain is fourth and rookie Keiland Williams is fifth. Torain has impressed the past two days.

By Jason Reid  |  August 1, 2010; 1:41 PM ET
Categories:  Albert Haynesworth , Clinton Portis , wide receivers  
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Comments

NO!!....I want more Haynesworth news...

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

shanny is a good coach

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

Shanny is an autocrat.

Posted by: abxinc | August 1, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

for once were getting some sort of insight on how players are duing in the practices. Let's see more of this WaPo "pros". It's a shame that we have gotten our most in depth reporting from the amatuers on our end of the blog. Big thanks to all the peeps who have been giving us reports from camp. The Post should be giving you guys the paychecks.

Good to see that DT is not getting a free ride to the roster this year. He seems to be responding well, and doing all the things he needs to be a valuable member of this team. MK better hope he can do the same. Austin and Armstrong look like they want his job. Davis seems too be in full swing. Haven't heard much about Cooley making plays. Colt doesn't seem to be making much of a case for himself.

Would like to hear more more Special Teams news. Hows the competition for KR/PR going? Has anyone begun to stand out there?

Posted by: kaasmaster | August 1, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

shanny is a good coach

Posted by: BMACattack | August 1, 2010 1:53 PM
Shanny is an autocrat.

Posted by: abxinc | August 1, 2010 2:07 PM

Good coaches need to be autocrats! Football ain't no freakin democracy. Players have to know that the Coach rules the roost. Seems like theres only ONE player on the team who isn't down with that concept. Have you heard a single negative thing about Coach Shanahan from any other player? All I have heard is resounding praise.

Posted by: kaasmaster | August 1, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Whatever you think of Kelly, it's clear that Thomas has more upside. If you can get him the ball underneath the coverage so he can turn upfield, he's a weapon. Like Moss, that kick return background can only help. Unlike Moss, he's a legitimately big guy, RB-size and almost overmuscled.

Posted by: Samson151 | August 1, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

The way I see it, Shanahan is giving Fat Albert exactly two choices.

1.) To expose himself as the complete fraud that he has been his entire career. In which case he will be gone before the season.

OR

2.) To actually work his butt off to become the truly dominant TEAM player that he could be. In which case he could be a powerfull force for the Redskins.

Shanahan won't achieve either of these by letting up on Fat Albert. Shanahan Knows what he is doing.

So far, all I have seen from Fat Albert is the FRAUD.

Posted by: kaasmaster | August 1, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Make or break preseason for these two wideout busters. I doubt they make the roster especially mmmalcom. DT, 2 decent games against oakland and new orleans last year, and no shows the rest of the games. We'll see... I think we're gonna see alot of cooley and davis on the field at the same time.

Posted by: bhoang888 | August 1, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Truth be told, the Skins haven't had a productive #2 WR since Albert Connell. With Moss and the TE's demanding safety attention, all the #2 has to do is beat man-to-man coverage. Somebody has gotta "stretch the defense", whether it be Devin, Galloway or whomever. I actually think Malcolm Kelly might be more of a beast in the slot...

Posted by: bernard_thompson | August 1, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Truth be told, the Skins haven't had a productive #2 WR since Albert Connell. With Moss and the TE's demanding safety attention, all the #2 has to do is beat man-to-man coverage. Somebody has gotta "stretch the defense", whether it be Devin, Galloway or whomever. I actually think Malcolm Kelly might be more of a beast in the slot...

Posted by: bernard_thompson | August 1, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

How can you have 2 receivers drafted in the 2nd round who are both buried on the depth chart? Nice scouting work, Vincent. On the other hand, I think one of these 2 needs to be on the roster if only because they're the only receivers that have any size. Every other team has seen the virtue in having big receivers except for the Redskins, apparently.

Posted by: randysbailin | August 1, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Truth be told, fraud or no fraud, Albert is our best defender.

Posted by: abxinc | August 1, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

"He's got to compete everyday and he's got to win a position," Shanahan said of Thomas. "He's got to be better than the guys that are in front of him consistently. That's how you win a position.


The man can Coach.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | August 1, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

I don't know why everyone is killing our young WRs...what did you expect drafting a wr? instant success? It takes normal receivers at least 3 years to become productive. DT showed flashes of it last year. On top of that, MK was injured all his first year. Look it how long it took Roddy White or Sidney Rice or everyone's sweetheart Vincent Jackson...

Posted by: merajc86 | August 1, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

You're right marajc86 - plus you can't discount the fact that Campbell's cautious style of play may have stunted the growth of Thomas and Kelly. Regardless, it is put or shut time for both. I think they'll both have break out seasons this year.

Posted by: coparker5 | August 1, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

IMO, The two young recievers should have a breakout year. I just wish Kelly could stay healthy! The man needs to add some bulk to that toothpick of a body! I also think Big Al will be good for the D-Line when he gets in there!

Posted by: vexed50verizonnet | August 1, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Devin Thomas is a sure-fire young NFL wide receiver. The head coach didn't see that on film, cool but what does he see in any other receiver that makes Devin a back-up. The only other sure-fire NFL receivers on the team is Santana Moss and Bobby Ross. Just ask the opponents.

Posted by: CTaylor42 | August 1, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Kelly and Thomas are both in the "show me phase". Need to quite talking about upside and potential. They have been around long enough to judged by what they do, not what they may do someday. Shanahan appears to be taking that approach and that is a good thing. If they make the final roster it will be because they are doing it, not talking about it. I am not against them but cheering them on. Would love for them to both break out and create a flying circus out there.

Posted by: skins50 | August 2, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

I don't know why everyone is killing our young WRs...what did you expect drafting a wr? instant success?
Posted by: merajc86 | August 1, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

_____________________________

It could of been instant success, had Vinnie drafted by TALENT instead of SIZE... How good would it of looked, if he drafted Thomas, DeSean Jackson, & Davis... We wouldn't be worried at all about our WR's... We'd have Jackson #1, Moss #2, & Thomas #3 to go with 2 pro bowl type TE's... we would just be missing the receiver with size, but that hasn't kept Peyton Manning from reaching the SB twice.

Posted by: tony325 | August 2, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

i disagree with albert being our best defender! i think we can win without him! but i also believe in time he will be a decent DE for the football TEAM! i am 300 plus pounds and 40 years old and i could pass that conditioning test!

Posted by: jamly7733 | August 2, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

personally, I root for Devin because of what I saw when I met him. His rookie year after the panthers/redskins game in charlotte, i had a family pass that let me down to where the team bus was located. Devin came out to where the fans where to sign autographs and hang out. Not only was he extremely nice and polite, he was not in any way shape or form arogant. Just a friendly, yes sir, no sir type of guy who shook hands and gladly took pictures, etc. In todays "thugs inc league" that is most sports, i found it refreshing and I will always root for a guy who went out of his way to treat fans nicely. mingled ,talked etc. He, along with others signed my "dallas sucks" shirt that I wore to the 1982 NFC championship game at RFK and it is now retired and behind glass. Thanks Devin and I hope you can step up and win that job,I will always root for you dude......just a nice young man!

Posted by: klangley69 | August 2, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

"Albert is our best defender". The writer proves that people do still take hallucinogens. FA isn't on the field long enough to the best anything. He is a self centered, self deluding cretin. He is months behind in learning this defense. In terns of his NFL experience, he has shown nothing to me. A guy who makes a couple of grand stand plays but takes himself out every 3-4 plays is worthless. How often did Dave Butz or Darryl Grant take themselves out of a game? Never! He should be practicing (when he passes the physical tests which could be never)with the 3rd unit. I bet he does not pass the endurance test for a couple of weeks, if ever. It bears mentioning again, as long as Napoleon owns this team, they are going nowhere but it will be an expensive trip nonetheless.

Posted by: chopin224 | August 2, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

kaasmaster

Actually when he plays he makes plays. So you cant call him a fraud based on his actually performance on the field. The problem is keeping him on the field. He was out of football shape even last year. But when he was in games he made some plays. Thats a guy who hasn't given 100 percent dedication to becoming a great player who is worth the great player money he is being paid. Not sure if that constitutes fraud just yet. Lets wait and see what he does on the field before we make a declare him anything that final. Remember, the Patriots and Jets gave up on Jim Plunkett and John Riggins as washed up.

Posted by: ged0386 | August 2, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

You're right marajc86 - plus you can't discount the fact that Campbell's cautious style of play may have stunted the growth of Thomas and Kelly. Regardless, it is put or shut time for both. I think they'll both have break out seasons this year.

Posted by: coparker5 | August 1, 2010 9:49 PM
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bull.

Malcolm Kelly = Michael Westbrook. Funny that Fred Davis had no problems catching balls from JC.

JC is not around and they are both still buried on the depth chart, and Kelly is once again unable to practice. They both failed to impress coaches during the OTA's and minicamps which prompted Shanny to go get one WR who caught 20 balls in the last two NFL season and another who hasn't been in the league in 2 years.

Posted by: ProfessorWrightBSU | August 2, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

skins50

Todays football players are judged differently by fans and media alike. Now we give the a 2 year window to become superstars or we start labeling them bust because they were not as successful as the small minority of guys who were in their first 2 years or less. Now we expect every rookie QB to be like Ryan and Flacco, every rookie WR to be like DeSean Jackson or Fitzgerald and every RB to be Chris Johnson in two seasons or less or we want to cut or trade them like fantasy league GM's

Posted by: ged0386 | August 2, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Making Devin Thomas compete is just what a young stud receiver needs. He needs to feel hungry and go after every ball like a dog who has just had a juicy steak taken away from him. DT has shown flashes, but just hasn't been able to produce consistently. If he stays healthy, look for a break-out year.

What's the deal with Malcom Kelly? He too has shown flashes but hasn't ever been able to stay on the playing field long enough to make an impact. The longer he remains on the sidelines, the greater the likelihood he's not going to be on the 53 man roster. If not MK, who's going to be the Skins' possession receiver this year?

Posted by: dannykurland1 | August 2, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

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