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Redskins hire Ike Hilliard to coach wide receivers

MOBILE, Ala. - The Redskins have hired former NFL wideout Ike Hilliard to coach their receivers, Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said Monday.

Hilliard, who played for the New York Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1997 to 2008, replaces Keenan McCardell, who the team did not rehire.

Shanahan, his assistants and members of the South Team held their first practice of Senior Bowl week Monday afternoon.

Working with the staff was Raheem Morris, who was hired earlier this month as Washington’s new defensive backs coach. The team officially announced Morris’ hiring Monday afternoon.

Bob Slowik, who coached Washington’s DBs the last two seasons, worked with the linebackers, filling the void left by Lou Spanos, who has been hired as defensive coordinator at UCLA.

Hilliard was not at the practice. Offensive assistant Richmond Flowers and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan worked with the South team wideouts.

The three quarterbacks on the team are Arizona’s Nick Foles, Oklahoma State’s Brandon Weeden and San Diego State’s Ryan Lindley.

Mike Shanahan stopped Foles briefly to demonstrate how to bark out signals with authority. The coach yelled “White 80! White 80!”

Shanahan also said that linebacker Brian Orakpo is recovering well from surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle but that safety LaRon Landry has opted not to have surgery on the Achilles’ tendon that forced him to end the season on injured reserve the last two years.

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.



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