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Hmm. In spite of losing a LB and placing Chris Clemons on Injured Reserve, the Redskins continued to load up on cornerback signings. They now have Springs, Harris, Rogers, Patterson, Jimoh and Morton on the regular roster, and now Ellick on the practice squad. :)

Redskins | Ellick added to the practice squad

Wed, 28 Dec 2005 08:35:31 -0800

ESPN.com reports the Washington Redskins have added free agennt CB Dwight Ellick (Saints) to the practice squad.

Redskins | Morton promoted to 53-man roster

Wed, 28 Dec 2005 08:34:25 -0800

ESPN.com reports the Washington Redskins have promoted CB Christian Morton from the practice squad to their 53-man roster.

SCOUTING REPORT:

Christian Morton

Position: Cornerback/return specialist

College: Illinois

Height: 6-0

Weight: 188

OVERVIEW

Enigmatic talent who arrived on campus with great fanfare, had a banner freshman campaign as a return specialist, followed by an equally impressive sophomore year as a cornerback … Struggled as a junior and was replaced in the starting lineup midway through that year … Returned to the lineup as a senior, but did not show the flashes of brilliance he displayed earlier in his career … Came to the Illini as a quarterback, switching to the defensive backfield while sitting out the 1999 season due to academic ineligibility … Started 25 of 45 games at weak-side cornerback, recording 120 tackles (95 solos) with an 8-yard sack and two stops for losses of 9 yards … Intercepted five passes for 104 yards in returns with two touchdowns and deflected 41 passes … Only Eugene Wilson (60, 1999-2002) had more pass breakups in a career for the Illini … Also blocked two kicks … Gained 337 yards with a touchdown on 30 punt returns (11.2 avg.) and 671 yards on 35 kickoff returns (19.2 avg.).

ANALYSIS

Positives: Has adequate muscle development with good calves and nimble feet … Keeps a tight relationship with the receiver in the open … Despite his size, is effective jamming the opponent at the line of scrimmage … Keeps himself positioned between the receiver and the ball … Smooth and fluid turning out of his backpedal … Has the burst needed to cover ground … Plays good angles and shows top-end speed … Makes proper body adjustments turning and flexing for the ball … Has the hip snap and body control to position himself low before delivering the hit.

Negatives: His leaping ability is only marginal and certainly not enough to compensate for his lack of size … Plays too deep and conservative in the zone, which makes him late in handling the switch-off … Will extend for the ball in traffic, but his slight frame sees him get bounced around quite a bit in those attempts … Hesitant to throw his body around when asked to step up and fill the rush lanes.

AGILITY TESTS

4.46 in the 40-yard dash … 4.04 20-yard shuttle … 11.23 60-yard shuttle … 6.72 three-cone drill … 31-inch vertical jump … 10-foot-1 broad jump.

HIGH SCHOOL

Attended Riverview Gardens (St. Louis, Mo.) High … USA Today Missouri Player of the Year and named St. Louis Post-Dispatch Player of the Year … Earned all-region, all-metro and all-district honors … Chicago Sun-Times "Top 100" selection … Led Riverview Gardens to the Missouri Class 5A state championship as a senior, throwing for 2,543 yards … Passed for 4,957 yards in his career to set Missouri state prep records for Coach Darren Sunkett … Racked up 40 total touchdowns as a senior, throwing for 26 and running for 14 … Rushed for 746 yards that year to lead Riverview Gardens to 13-1 record … Threw for 211 yards, ran for 153 and accounted for four touchdowns in 41-34 state championship title game victory at the TWA Dome … Threw for 200 or more yards in eight games and ran for 100 or more yards in three games as a senior … Earned six varsity letters, including three in football and three in basketball … Also earned all-conference honors in basketball.

PERSONAL

Graduated in May 2003 with a degree in Speech Communications … Brother, Jeff, played defensive back at Southern Illinois … Son of Craig and Pamela Morton … Born April 28, 1981, in St. Louis, Mo.

NOTRE DAME'S PRO DAY WORKOUT:

DWIGHT ELLICK:

Dwight Ellick CB Ellick (5-10 3/8, 182) ran his 40s in 4.38, 4.40 and 4.37 He had a 36-inch vertical jump, 10-foot-2 long jump, did 17 reps and ran a 4.13 short shuttle and a 6.95 three-cone drill.

BIG EAST TRACK MEET:

The Irish men were led by strong showings in the 60-meter dash, the 60-meter high hurdles and the 600-meter run. Notre Dame's Dwight Ellick won the men's 60-meter dash in a time of 6.81 seconds, his fastest time of the season and the fastest in the BIG EAST this season.

Hmm. This guy is almost as fast as Santana Moss (6.77) and faster than Antonio Brown (6.87). :D

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Williams definitely seems to take the non-traditional approach to building defenses... starting in the secondary with your talent, then on to linebackers, then to the line... in that order.

At least it seems that way

I don't think so. In Tenn and Buffalo GW had good, if not great, D lines. I think that our CBs are so badly dinged up that we need as much help in that position as possible. Springs is sore, Harris i think is the healthiest of the regular 3, Rogers tore a muscle.

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I don't think so. In Tenn and Buffalo GW had good, if not great, D lines. I think that our CBs are so badly dinged up that we need as much help in that position as possible. Springs is sore, Harris i think is the healthiest of the regular 3, Rogers tore a muscle.

The big cap numbers on this team that Williams is responsible for is almost exclusive to CB, Safety, and just one LB (Washington) and one DL (Griffin). Other than that, he's filled the Dline and LB spots with blue collar talent i.e. pierce, marshall, clemmons, salavea, etc.

I'm not complaining, but strikes me as odd because most D coordinators start with the line of scrimmage and work backwards.

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Williams definitely seems to take the non-traditional approach to building defenses... starting in the secondary with your talent, then on to linebackers, then to the line... in that order.

At least it seems that way

Correct. I think that fact is often overlooked by fans. Including myself.

I'm not sure where we are right now in that process though. It would be an interesting question to ask Gregg Williams in a future chat.

(1) Are we solid in the secondary (safeties)?

- Is Ryan Clark the long-term answer? Or is the team seaking an upgrade? Williams brought a lot of safeties into camp last offseason.

Does Williams seek a permanent players to outright win the position? Or does he seek a deep rotation of capable reserves? Is it a consequence of the Redskins placing increased importance on signing Safeties and Linebackers to comprise Danny Smith's special teams units?

We should know at the conclusion of the upcoming offseason since - I'm positive - Clark's contract is up.

(2) Are we solid in the secondary (corners)?

Shawn Springs has been playing at a Pro Bowl level in his 2 seasons at Washington. However, to begin the '06 season, Springs will be 31 years old. The contact he signed would indicate the Redskins made a 4-year commitment. One would expect him to solidy the Redskins secondary for the next 2 years.

Carlos Rogers has made terrific strides in his rookie season. Unless he starts reading his own press clippings, he should solidify the other cornerback position for the next 10 years. The kid is going to be real popular in Washington very soon.

What is to come of Walt Harris et al? Harris is the best nickelback on the team in '05. However, he had a couple of unforgivable meltdowns in games. Although Harris has had some good moments in Washington, I wouldn't be surprised to see the Redskins attempt to upgrade the position still.

Does anyone know if Walt Harris plays special teams? If not, I cannot see his return.

(3) Are we solid at linebacker?

Marcus Washington may be the Redskin's best free agent acquisition - alongside Wilbur Marshall - in team history. By the time his career is done, Washington will be jnown as one of the Redskins all-time greats. If the team wants to overhaul its image, it would start marketing Washington (on defense) and Cooley (on offense).

The question at middle linebacker is very similar to question #1 (ie. safeties). Marshall has had a relatively quiet season at MLB, although, he has enjoyed a few moments. Marshall brings lots of experience after 2 full seasons in Williams' defense and also adds plenty of depth with his ability to play any of the linebackers positions.

Marshall signed a 2-year contact last year correct?

Assuming he's still under contact next year, it'll go without mentioning he will be on the team next season. However, the extent of his role might be determined this offseason. Do the Redskins make a long-term commitment to Marshall? Will the contract offer be similar to the one the Redskins offered Antonio Pierce?

With the liklihood that Arrington is given his walking papers this offseason, what will be the Redskins approach to filling the position of weak-side linebacker? Holdman will be a free agent.

There should be some holes open in the linebacking corps. Will the Redskins opt for a more permanent solution? Or fill the majority of slots with players who can also play special teams?

(4) Are we solid along the defensive line?

To be continued (lunch break).

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I think we are thinking too much into this. This is a one game only move.

We are in a must win position against a bad team (at this point anyway). Pretty much the only way our defense can give up a lot of points in this game is if we get a few injuries to our DB's. The Eagles are pretty much a pass first team, so GW wants to make sure we have enough insurance incase Springs, Rogers, Harris go down with injuries during the game.

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- Is Ryan Clark the long-term answer? Or is the team seaking an upgrade? Williams brought a lot of safeties into camp last offseason.

I think Williams is always looking to upgrade positions. That being said, I expect that Clark will be back again. I don't expect that someone else will give him a big contract with someone else in the offseason.

What is to come of Walt Harris et al? Harris is the best nickelback on the team in '05. However, he had a couple of unforgivable meltdowns in games. Although Harris has had some good moments in Washington, I wouldn't be surprised to see the Redskins attempt to upgrade the position still.

Does anyone know if Walt Harris plays special teams? If not, I cannot see his return.

I expect that we will draft someone to develop behind these guys. Uncertain if Harris will be back, but he's a solid veteran who probably would make a decent nickle guy.

Marshall signed a 2-year contact last year correct?

Three year contract, actually. Personally, a smart move on the part of management. How long he stays is probably up to him, and if McCune ever develops. Course, neither is young.

There should be some holes open in the linebacking corps. Will the Redskins opt for a more permanent solution? Or fill the majority of slots with players who can also play special teams?

Why is it an either-or? Washington plays ST.

The interesting thing about this signing is that it means that it isn't likely Arrington isn't going to be benched over his latest thing...

Jason

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I know you're at lunch.. but it looked like fun to play with.

I'm not sure where we are right now in that process though. It would be an interesting question to ask Gregg Williams in a future chat.

(1) Are we solid in the secondary (safeties)?

- Is Ryan Clark the long-term answer? Or is the team seaking an upgrade? Williams brought a lot of safeties into camp last offseason.

Does Williams seek a permanent players to outright win the position? Or does he seek a deep rotation of capable reserves? Is it a consequence of the Redskins placing increased importance on signing Safeties and Linebackers to comprise Danny Smith's special teams units?

We should know at the conclusion of the upcoming offseason since - I'm positive - Clark's contract is up.

Solid at safety is an intresting concept, but I think the deep rotation may be more the key, not only for special teams, but for his aggresive style of defense. If you think of the number of injuries the entire secondary dealt with both last year and this year, I think it becomes more apparent that the depth is needed. Clark, Bowen, Harris, Rogers, Taylor and Springs have all missed games or parts of games because of injuries. Williams requires them to play so hard and aggressive, that to not have quality depth in the secondary would be suicide. We've all heard the names Jimoh, Stoutmire and Prioleau being called out repeatedly, outside of ST play, in numerous games this year. He's adopted a 6 DB package that he has used the last three games, and it's worked very well.

(2) Are we solid in the secondary (corners)?

Shawn Springs has been playing at a Pro Bowl level in his 2 seasons at Washington. However, to begin the '06 season, Springs will be 31 years old. The contact he signed would indicate the Redskins made a 4-year commitment. One would expect him to solidy the Redskins secondary for the next 2 years.

Carlos Rogers has made terrific strides in his rookie season. Unless he starts reading his own press clippings, he should solidify the other cornerback position for the next 10 years. The kid is going to be real popular in Washington very soon.

What is to come of Walt Harris et al? Harris is the best nickelback on the team in '05. However, he had a couple of unforgivable meltdowns in games. Although Harris has had some good moments in Washington, I wouldn't be surprised to see the Redskins attempt to upgrade the position still.

Does anyone know if Walt Harris plays special teams? If not, I cannot see his return.

I think you've kind of answered it. Short term we are set. But there is need to start digging to see if we can find a gem. I'm not so sold on Harris being gone next year, ST or not. He is the only real quality depth we have, and unless Patterson or Morton makes some huge strides soon, I think Harris will be back for at least another year. Jimoh would be the more likely canidate to disappear. Like Wilds, he has flashes, but is too inconsistant to be counted on. Williams will ride the Harris coaster as long as he can get away with it or until the next gem is found.

(3) Are we solid at linebacker?

Marcus Washington may be the Redskin's best free agent acquisition - alongside Wilbur Marshall - in team history. By the time his career is done, Washington will be jnown as one of the Redskins all-time greats. If the team wants to overhaul its image, it would start marketing Washington (on defense) and Cooley (on offense).

Oh I soooo agree. The guy has been all fuss, no muss and pure production for 2 seasons straight.

The question at middle linebacker is very similar to question #1 (ie. safeties). Marshall has had a relatively quiet season at MLB, although, he has enjoyed a few moments. Marshall brings lots of experience after 2 full seasons in Williams' defense and also adds plenty of depth with his ability to play any of the linebackers positions.

Marshall signed a 2-year contact last year correct?

Assuming he's still under contact next year, it'll go without mentioning he will be on the team next season. However, the extent of his role might be determined this offseason. Do the Redskins make a long-term commitment to Marshall? Will the contract offer be similar to the one the Redskins offered Antonio Pierce?

He isn't Pierce by any means, but you have to admit he has made huge strides as a MLB in the past year. He is solid enough and has a firm hold with his ability to manage Greg's defense. His numbers improved acrossed the board over last year, which is what you would want to see with that kind of change in position. I don't see anyone in any real position to challenge for his job. Inside the Org, there is no one even close and anyone from the outside will be at a disadvantage over Lemar's knowledge. I think next year will decided whether he is long term or not. If he improves, even just a little.. then yes, he will be resigned.

With the liklihood that Arrington is given his walking papers this offseason, what will be the Redskins approach to filling the position of weak-side linebacker? Holdman will be a free agent.

There should be some holes open in the linebacking corps. Will the Redskins opt for a more permanent solution? Or fill the majority of slots with players who can also play special teams?

The hole left by Arrington will be intresting to see how they fill. I just can not see them keeping Holdman. If he was worth anything, Arrington would still be on the bench. If he stays, it'll be simply as a backup type. Clemmons has done well in a reserve role, but without seeing him play an entire game, it's hard to say if he could be the replacement either. McCune isn't fit to be a Weakside and Campbell.. well, let's just not go there! That will be the intresting story to see unfold this offseason. It'll be sad though if it prevents us, from once again, getting a better DE.

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Originally Posted by Die Hard

Marshall signed a 2-year contact last year correct?

Actually, Marshall signed a 3 year contract, which ties him up for 2006 and 2007, and which averages only about $600k per season. The real question is whether Marshall is going to want a significant raise now, being that he is a starter instead of a backup?

Also, keep in mind that he will be 31 when his contract expires at the end of 2007. Mike Barrow was an exception, but there aren't too many LB's playing at a high caliber at age 31 and 32. I doubt the Skins are going to give any LB that age another long term contract, although they did for Mike Barrow.

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I like the fact that we are getting talented guys on the reserves.

with the talent there 4.4&4.3 40 speed,maybe williams can mold them into solid nickle corners,and possibly a starter.

greg williams began the crafting of the bills terrance mcgee who is a very good corner who was taken in the 4th round but supposed to go undrafted.the guy who chris berman was felating all week. int TD return for a TD along with KR TD.

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