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Woodson Ready to Help Redskins

The Redskins' new practice squad quarterback is more than a little familiar with Washington's season-opening opponent. Andre Woodson was picked by the New York Giants in the sixth round of the 2008 draft, spent most of last season on their practice squad and spent the entire preseason with the Giants, before being released Saturday.

The good news for Redskins' fans: he's purged everything with a Giants logo from his life. "Absolutely," Woodson said Monday morning. "Left it all there."

The bad news: he also had to turn in his Giants playbook. "Right now, anything to help the Redskins out, I'm willing to do," Woodson said with a smile.

After an emotional couple of days, Woodson arrived in Washington Sunday night and made his first appearance at Redskins Park this morning. His locker didn't even have his name above it, though he had been assigned No. 2.

Woodson was disappointed things didn't work out with the Giants - "I was pretty sure I was making the roster," he said -- but with New York opting to keep seven receivers, there was really no room for a third quarterback.

"I had a great minicamp and OTAs, but when it finally came down to it, they decided they needed a few more receivers," Woodson said. "They don't have the main guy this year like they did last year with Plax."

"The day it happened was a depressing day, a frustrating day. Knowing I have another chance, another situation to possibly get on the roster - or eventually get on a roster - is pretty positive. So we'll see where it goes from there."

Woodson, a University of Kentucky product who broke the NCAA record by throwing 324 consecutive pass attempts without an interception, is big (6-foot-4, 230 pounds), has a strong arm and pretty good accuracy downfield. Critics in New York say he struggled to learn the Giants offense and failed to impress in preseason games.

Woodson finished the preseason 18-of-46 passing for 238 yards, less 40 percent completion percentage. He had no touchdowns and two interceptions and it's no surprising his quarterback rating was just 38.1.

Woodson said he wasn't sure whether the Giants or other teams wanted him on their respective practice squads.

"It's no hard feelings. I know it's the nature of the league," he said. "Now I'm playing for Washington, so I have to root for the Redskins."

"I'm just glad to be here. I have a new situation. Just trying to learn a lot from these guys."


The Redskins rounded out their practice squad by adding Darrel Young and Onrea Jones. They join Rob Jackson, Trent Shelton, Lendy Holmes, J.D. Skolnitsky, Eddie Williams and Woodson.

By Rick Maese  |  September 7, 2009; 12:30 PM ET
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1st, could t be?

Posted by: noonefromtampa | September 7, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Let's hope Woodson learned enough about the Giants offense to give the Skins defense an advantage this Sunday!

Posted by: siris | September 7, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: 4thFloor | September 7, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Practice squad complete
By Ryan O'Halloran on Sept. 7, 2009
Redskins 360

Back here at Redskin Park where the first open locker room session of the season starts at 11:15 a.m., followed by practice at 1 p.m.

The Redskins completed their eight-player practice squad today by signing WR Onrea Jones and LB Darrel Young. They also announced the signing of QB Andre Woodson, which was completed Sunday.

Young was in camp with the Redskins and Jones was with the Arizona Cardinals this preseason.

Jones played at Hampton and is from Williamsburg. He's bounced around, spending time with Arizona, Green Bay, Houston, Indianapolis and San Diego but as far as I can tell, never appearing in a regular season game.

The Redskins have gone local this year. Players from the region include Jones and J.D. Skolnitsky (Fairfax) on the practice squad and on the 53-man roster, Kevin Barnes (Glen Burnie), DeAngelo Hall (Chesapeake), Marcus Mason (Potomac), Will Montgomery (Clifton, Va.), Byron Westbrook (D.C.) and Edwin Williams (D.C.).

Young, an undrafted free agent from Villanova, impressed during the preseason so his inclusion on the practice squad isn't a surprise.

-- Ryan O'Halloran

Posted by: 4thFloor | September 7, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

He's certainly qualified to run the scout team this week...

Posted by: siris | September 7, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Onrea is a 6 ft 200 lb WR from Hampton previously with the Arizona Cardinals

Posted by: noonefromtampa | September 7, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

But wait! Cork just left! Hey, wait up!

Posted by: daggar | September 7, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Matthew Stafford will be the starter for Detroit. His first pro game is at New Orleans and a crazy mad Gregg Williams defense. Oof. Welcome to the NFL.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | September 7, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Not too impressed with the Woodson signing to be honest...the guy sems like a less talented version of JC. He has a slow windup and has struggled to make good reads/decisions not exactly a proto-typical WCO'd think we would have signed Bomar if we wanted a Giant QB with knowledge AND potential.Maybe he's just here for a week or two...if so no big deal. Still think we messed up not going harder after Dixon and Chase...Glenn was meh at best imo but the other two were worth developing and obviously others in the NFL agreed.

Posted by: ezdoesit74 | September 7, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like Woodson wasn't much with the jints -- his passing numbers are downright ugly. He's here for the same reason that the jints grabbed hasselback a few years ago -- to tell us what he knows about the jints offense.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | September 7, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

49ers have signed Jags OT Tony Pashos...

Posted by: chasgiffen | September 7, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Don't know enough about Woodson to claim this as truth, but is it possible that he "posesses similar traits" of JC? It just seems weird to have a 3rd QB that requires a completely separate style of offense than your #1.
When it was Colt, I could convince myself that he might be Zorn's project for the future. With the project on the shelf, maybe they go for a cloning project? Or is this a one-week strategy move?

Posted by: daggar | September 7, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse

IMO JReid is doing a nice job with his updates. BUT, the multiple Darrel Young posts, and praise, sleeper pick, etc. I guess I will temper any of "The Mayors" speculation since I am not seeing prognostication as a strength of his...

Posted by: Club320 | September 7, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Vinny has got to have some sort of plan for backup offensive tackle. Right now we can't even make in-game substitutions if Samuels or Heyer get hurt. Well, I guess Heyer slides over to LT for Samuels (where he is a disaster) and Williams comes in for RT (where he is an even worse disaster). Are Runyon and Tauscher still available?

Posted by: coparker5 | September 7, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: chasgiffen | September 7, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

I'm still surprised indy signed glenn.

Posted by: peteywheatstraw | September 7, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

The Skins play the Giants twice every year, sometimes three when(and if) we make it to the playoffs, The Skins should already know what they're going to do.

Posted by: ccwbambam | September 7, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

it's amazing how many chase daniels experts there are, do you guys have a crystal f'in ball or something?

or is it that you're a bunch of blowhards?


Posted by: pabrian2003 | September 7, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

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