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Countdown to Kickoff

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Countdown to Kickoff

26

Days until the Redskins play the Vikings in the Monday night season opener at FedEx Field.

Camp Closes

Practices are now closed to the public.

Next Up

Preseason Game

vs. New York Jets

8 p.m. Saturday

at FedEx Field

SUMMER STORY LINES {vbar}The 2005 Draft Class

With the exception of Carlos Rogers and Jason Campbell, none of the five remaining 2005 draft picks is guaranteed a spot on this year's roster. Fullbacks Manuel White (fourth round) and Nehemiah Broughton (seventh round) are battling starter Mike Sellers. Linebacker Robert McCune (fifth round) spent most of his rookie season on the practice squad, but played in seven games, including both playoff games.

During the last preseason game in 2005, White fractured his left fibula and tore ligaments in his ankle and was unable to play the entire season.

"I got a chance to sit back and learn the game from the meeting room," White said. "Now I'm out here learning on the field. Obviously, I wish I was out here last year, but you have to take the positive out of it."

In Sunday's preseason game, White caught three passes for 24 yards and said it felt good to be back out on the field.

Broughton was activated for just four games in 2005, though he too tried to take away the positive.

"Any exposure is good exposure," said Broughton, who has switched from halfback to fullback.

If White, McCune and Broughton are cut, the only remaining draft picks from 2005 will be Rogers and Campbell, both drafted in the first round. Linebacker Jarred Newberry, the team's sixth-round pick in 2005, was cut during camp last year.

Fresh Face

MIKE ESPY, Wide receiver

Rookie receiver Mike Espy was posing for pictures when Antwaan Randle El called him over to be a part of a post-practice photo shoot and, as the two bantered for the camera, it seemed like Espy was having a good time.

Signed as an undrafted free agent in May, Espy impressed in Sunday's game against Cincinnati, leading the team with four catches for 56 yards. Espy called the game a fun experience, saying that he was mostly just concentrating on making sure he got his assignments right.

"We're doing drills and plays to the point where it's automatic but, of course, I had to deal with all the jitters that I experienced and I was just trying to shake all that off and go out and play," Espy said.

Like many of the rookies vying for roster spots, Espy has been working on his technique and on running his routes better, smarter and more efficiently. He has had a good selection of role models.

"Santana Moss, a hundred percent every play," Espy said. "Very fast, very smart. If I was a coach I'd want him on my team. Then you have Brandon Lloyd, a Spider-Man -- he can make any catch. David Patten, a hundred miles per hour and James Thrash, a hundred miles per hour."

Espy, who attended Mississippi, said he's been able to adjust to going from college to being a Redskins rookie. As Randle El summoned him for more photographs, Espy diligently picked up his teammate's helmet.

Quotable

"C.P., C.P., you gotta get treatment now. C.P., C.P., Bubba's [Tyer] looking for you."

Mike Sellers , shouting to Clinton Portis as he was surrounded by media after Tuesday's practice

INJURY REPORT

Out

CB Shawn Springs (abdominal surgery)

T Jim Molinaro (knee surgery)

RB Clinton Portis (partially dislocated shoulder)

Questionable

T Jon Alston (knee)

WR Ataveus Cash (hamstring)

CB Curry Burns (hamstring)

DE Nic Clemons (knee)

CB Ade Jimoh (sternum)

T Chris Pino (sore shoulder)

LB Kevin Simon (abdominal strain)

DB Aric Williams (hamstring)

DE Phillip Daniels (back spasms)

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