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Redskins Team Report

6/23/2006

By Paul Woody

Richmond Times-Dispatch

PERSONNEL ANALYSIS: WR David Patten once appeared to be the odd-man out in the team's wide receiver mix, but Patten is not giving up his job without a battle. Patten, fully recovered from his knee surgery of last season, has been a standout during the offseason. He has gotten off the line quickly, gotten separation, showed good speed and has been quick in and out of his breaks. He has good hands, is competitive and understands what it takes from every player to be successful as a team -- no small factor for coach Joe Gibbs when he makes decisions on the roster. Patten still faces an uphill battle to get playing time, but he is making a strong case for keeping his roster spot. . . .

The knee injury to rookie OLB Rocky McIntosh has presented an opening for OLB Warrick Holdman, and the veteran is making the most of it. Holdman gave a strong showing during the team's minicamp and is more comfortable with the defense and the team now that he has been in the system for a year. Holdman is not the off-the-edge pass rusher he once was. But he still is a smart, reliable player who can play off blocks when necessary and is capable of sniffing out plays that are coming his way. He will not make spectacular plays, but he will be where he is supposed to be when he is supposed to be there.

SCOUTING REPORT: RB Ladell Betts made a strong impression in the offseason program and has convinced the coaching staff that he deserves more playing time. The coaching staff thinks that time should be more than just in relief of starting RB Clinton Portis. Betts is quick between the tackles, has the power to run through tacklers and has enough speed to get to the outside and turn the corner. He is a solid receiver and is capable of turning short passes into big gains. He has turned what once was a weakness into strength with the way he now picks up blitzes. His career has been hampered by injuries, so barring any injury problems this year, Betts has a chance to have a breakout season.

REHAB UPDATE: DE Renaldo Wynn is coming back from a severely fractured arm suffered in the team's first-round playoff game against Tampa Bay. His progress has been excellent; his range of motion is good, and he is regaining the strength in the arm. He probably will play in some type of cast, partly for protection but more for peace of mind than anything else. Wynn gained confidence in his arm when he got through minicamp successfully. But he is anxious to test the arm in full contact drills so he knows he can play as he always has. Wynn, though, should not be counted out as a starter this season. He is a smart, physical player who uses his leverage well and moves down the line well on running plays. Even if Wynn does play a backup role this season, he will be in the regular defensive end rotation and see plenty of playing time.

INSIDE DISH: Joe Gibbs is making the transition from head coach and de facto offensive coordinator to head coach, team president and big-picture coach much more smoothly than many thought possible. Gibbs has turned the offense over to Al Saunders and long ago gave Gregg Williams complete control of the defense. Gibbs moves from group to group during practice, observing far more than commenting. Gibbs still addresses the team on a regular basis. He always has seen himself as a motivator, intent on making every player aware of the importance of each play and each game. That will not change. Now, though, he can spend time on the draft, free agency and the public relations part of the team without worrying about neglecting the offense.

WIDE RECEIVERS ANALYSIS: B-plus. Santana Moss is a threat to score every time he touches the ball. Antwaan Randle El is a triple threat -- receiver, runner, passer -- but must show he can catch 40-50 passes per season. Brandon Lloyd is a quality outside receiver who could provide big numbers.

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WIDE RECEIVERS ANALYSIS: B-plus. Santana Moss is a threat to score every time he touches the ball. Antwaan Randle El is a triple threat -- receiver, runner, passer -- but must show he can catch 40-50 passes per season. Brandon Lloyd is a quality outside receiver who could provide big numbers.

What does it take to get an "A"?

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Redskins Team Report

6/23/2006

By Paul Woody

Richmond Times-Dispatch

PERSONNEL ANALYSIS: WR David Patten once appeared to be the odd-man out in the team's wide receiver mix, but Patten is not giving up his job without a battle. Patten, fully recovered from his knee surgery of last season, has been a standout during the offseason. He has gotten off the line quickly, gotten separation, showed good speed and has been quick in and out of his breaks. He has good hands, is competitive and understands what it takes from every player to be successful as a team -- no small factor for coach Joe Gibbs when he makes decisions on the roster. Patten still faces an uphill battle to get playing time, but he is making a strong case for keeping his roster spot. . . .

The knee injury to rookie OLB Rocky McIntosh has presented an opening for OLB Warrick Holdman, and the veteran is making the most of it. Holdman gave a strong showing during the team's minicamp and is more comfortable with the defense and the team now that he has been in the system for a year. Holdman is not the off-the-edge pass rusher he once was. But he still is a smart, reliable player who can play off blocks when necessary and is capable of sniffing out plays that are coming his way. He will not make spectacular plays, but he will be where he is supposed to be when he is supposed to be there.

SCOUTING REPORT: RB Ladell Betts made a strong impression in the offseason program and has convinced the coaching staff that he deserves more playing time. The coaching staff thinks that time should be more than just in relief of starting RB Clinton Portis. Betts is quick between the tackles, has the power to run through tacklers and has enough speed to get to the outside and turn the corner. He is a solid receiver and is capable of turning short passes into big gains. He has turned what once was a weakness into strength with the way he now picks up blitzes. His career has been hampered by injuries, so barring any injury problems this year, Betts has a chance to have a breakout season.

REHAB UPDATE: DE Renaldo Wynn is coming back from a severely fractured arm suffered in the team's first-round playoff game against Tampa Bay. His progress has been excellent; his range of motion is good, and he is regaining the strength in the arm. He probably will play in some type of cast, partly for protection but more for peace of mind than anything else. Wynn gained confidence in his arm when he got through minicamp successfully. But he is anxious to test the arm in full contact drills so he knows he can play as he always has. Wynn, though, should not be counted out as a starter this season. He is a smart, physical player who uses his leverage well and moves down the line well on running plays. Even if Wynn does play a backup role this season, he will be in the regular defensive end rotation and see plenty of playing time.

INSIDE DISH: Joe Gibbs is making the transition from head coach and de facto offensive coordinator to head coach, team president and big-picture coach much more smoothly than many thought possible. Gibbs has turned the offense over to Al Saunders and long ago gave Gregg Williams complete control of the defense. Gibbs moves from group to group during practice, observing far more than commenting. Gibbs still addresses the team on a regular basis. He always has seen himself as a motivator, intent on making every player aware of the importance of each play and each game. That will not change. Now, though, he can spend time on the draft, free agency and the public relations part of the team without worrying about neglecting the offense.

WIDE RECEIVERS ANALYSIS: B-plus. Santana Moss is a threat to score every time he touches the ball. Antwaan Randle El is a triple threat -- receiver, runner, passer -- but must show he can catch 40-50 passes per season. Brandon Lloyd is a quality outside receiver who could provide big numbers.

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Patten doesn't see himself as a back-up WR and, in fact, he isn't a back-up, yet. I admire his competitive spirit and his belief in himself. Competition among the WR's can only make the unit better.

Who knows how much Patten's knee adversely affected him last year? Whether he starts or not, he'll play. Injuries happen. Last year, he got hurt. If one of the other WR's goes down this year, we'll all be glad we have David Patten.

As for Ladell Betts, I'm a fan of his but I'd hate to see Al Saunders get carried away with him to the point of upsetting Clinton Portis. Clinton needs to get his carries.

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Redskins Team Report

6/23/2006

By Paul Woody

Richmond Times-Dispatch

PERSONNEL ANALYSIS: WR David Patten once appeared to be the odd-man out in the team's wide receiver mix, but Patten is not giving up his job without a battle. Patten, fully recovered from his knee surgery of last season, has been a standout during the offseason. He has gotten off the line quickly, gotten separation, showed good speed and has been quick in and out of his breaks. He has good hands, is competitive and understands what it takes from every player to be successful as a team -- no small factor for coach Joe Gibbs when he makes decisions on the roster. Patten still faces an uphill battle to get playing time, but he is making a strong case for keeping his roster spot. . . .

The knee injury to rookie OLB Rocky McIntosh has presented an opening for OLB Warrick Holdman, and the veteran is making the most of it. Holdman gave a strong showing during the team's minicamp and is more comfortable with the defense and the team now that he has been in the system for a year. Holdman is not the off-the-edge pass rusher he once was. But he still is a smart, reliable player who can play off blocks when necessary and is capable of sniffing out plays that are coming his way. He will not make spectacular plays, but he will be where he is supposed to be when he is supposed to be there.

SCOUTING REPORT: RB Ladell Betts made a strong impression in the offseason program and has convinced the coaching staff that he deserves more playing time. The coaching staff thinks that time should be more than just in relief of starting RB Clinton Portis. Betts is quick between the tackles, has the power to run through tacklers and has enough speed to get to the outside and turn the corner. He is a solid receiver and is capable of turning short passes into big gains. He has turned what once was a weakness into strength with the way he now picks up blitzes. His career has been hampered by injuries, so barring any injury problems this year, Betts has a chance to have a breakout season.

REHAB UPDATE: DE Renaldo Wynn is coming back from a severely fractured arm suffered in the team's first-round playoff game against Tampa Bay. His progress has been excellent; his range of motion is good, and he is regaining the strength in the arm. He probably will play in some type of cast, partly for protection but more for peace of mind than anything else. Wynn gained confidence in his arm when he got through minicamp successfully. But he is anxious to test the arm in full contact drills so he knows he can play as he always has. Wynn, though, should not be counted out as a starter this season. He is a smart, physical player who uses his leverage well and moves down the line well on running plays. Even if Wynn does play a backup role this season, he will be in the regular defensive end rotation and see plenty of playing time.

INSIDE DISH: Joe Gibbs is making the transition from head coach and de facto offensive coordinator to head coach, team president and big-picture coach much more smoothly than many thought possible. Gibbs has turned the offense over to Al Saunders and long ago gave Gregg Williams complete control of the defense. Gibbs moves from group to group during practice, observing far more than commenting. Gibbs still addresses the team on a regular basis. He always has seen himself as a motivator, intent on making every player aware of the importance of each play and each game. That will not change. Now, though, he can spend time on the draft, free agency and the public relations part of the team without worrying about neglecting the offense.

WIDE RECEIVERS ANALYSIS: B-plus. Santana Moss is a threat to score every time he touches the ball. Antwaan Randle El is a triple threat -- receiver, runner, passer -- but must show he can catch 40-50 passes per season. Brandon Lloyd is a quality outside receiver who could provide big numbers.

I agree.

What makes the early difference is Al Saunders offense!!!!!

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Patten doesn't see himself as a back-up WR and, in fact, he isn't a back-up, yet. I admire his competitive spirit and his belief in himself. Competition among the WR's can only make the unit better.

Who knows how much Patten's knee adversely affected him last year? Whether he starts or not, he'll play. Injuries happen. Last year, he got hurt. If one of the other WR's goes down this year, we'll all be glad we have David Patten.

As for Ladell Betts, I'm a fan of his but I'd hate to see Al Saunders get carried away with him to the point of upsetting Clinton Portis. Clinton needs to get his carries.

Its nice that we have competition at so many spots (WR, DE, DT, LB), and even at spots where there is no competition like RB and QB, there are still guys who are making a good case for playing time.

I like the way things look. I just don't want to jinx them by expecting too much.

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Redskins Team Report

6/23/2006

By Paul Woody

Richmond Times-Dispatch

WIDE RECEIVERS ANALYSIS: B-plus. Santana Moss is a threat to score every time he touches the ball. Antwaan Randle El is a triple threat -- receiver, runner, passer -- but must show he can catch 40-50 passes per season. Brandon Lloyd is a quality outside receiver who could provide big numbers.

I'm not sure ARE must show he can catch 40-50 passes with all the guys we have on offense.

We have guys like Moss, Lloyd, Cooley, Sellers, Portis, Betts, Thrash, and Patten to catch the ball too so it's not going to be neccesary for ARE to catch that many balls.

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I'm not sure ARE must show he can catch 40-50 passes with all the guys we have on offense.

We have guys like Moss, Lloyd, Cooley, Sellers, Portis, Betts, Thrash, and Patten to catch the ball too so it's not going to be neccesary for ARE to catch that many balls.

True....but I hope they all catch 80 balls and get 1600 yards.....we might need 4 QB's to do it though.....LOL

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