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Redskins Team Report

July 3, 2003

Paul Woody

Richmond Times-Dispatch

DT Dan Wilkinson is a proven veteran who is quick and strong, can play end or tackle and can generate an inside pass rush. But he still hasn't reached his potential. He needs to work on getting low and using his leverage with more consistency.

QB Brad Banks, an undrafted rookie, is a long shot to make the team. Fellow rookie Gibran Hamdan, a seventh-round pick, has a stronger arm and is a dropback passer; Banks is more of a scrambler. Hamdan also was a personal choice of coach Steve Spurrier, who seems to enjoy finding diamonds in the rough.

Running backs analysis

With the bruising Stephen Davis gone, the team is moving to a quick-hitting running game. Trung Canidate, who has great speed, gets the first shot at the starting job. But he has to prove he has corrected his past fumbling problems and can gain yards consistently inside. Kenny Watson is a tough, durable, versatile back who is a capable receiver. FBs Bryan Johnson and Rock Cartwright are solid. Johnson is a punishing blocker and has become a decent receiver. Cartwright is undersized but tends to make things happen with his quickness and power.

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Hamdan also was a personal choice of coach Steve Spurrier, who seems to enjoy finding diamonds in the rough.

While I'm guessing most any coach enjoys finding 'diamonds in the rough', for the life of me, I can't think of any support for that statement. Was there some player last year that Spurrier touted as a 'diamond in the rough'?

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Originally posted by Bufford

DT Dan Wilkinson is a proven veteran who is quick and strong, can play end or tackle and can generate an inside pass rush. But he still hasn't reached his potential. He needs to work on getting low and using his leverage with more consistency.

Sorry, Woody, but Big Daddy is entering his 10th NFL season. He reached his "potential" about 6 years ago, it just wasn't as good as everyone thought it was going to be.
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