Cornerback Carlos Rogers Embraces Redskins' Offseason Workouts

Cornerback Carlos Rogers was out sick Monday but was back yesterday. "This is fun. . . . I'd rather be here," he said of offseason workouts.
Cornerback Carlos Rogers was out sick Monday but was back yesterday. "This is fun. . . . I'd rather be here," he said of offseason workouts. (By Toni L. Sandys -- The Washington Post)
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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

CB Carlos Rogers is a mainstay at offseason workouts, and when he wasn't around for the Washington Redskins' first organized team activity Monday at Redskins Park, Coach Jim Zorn said, "That was one of the surprises."

Rogers, though, was back yesterday, and said he was sick Monday. "Just throwing up," he said. All's well now, and the fifth-year player from Auburn put in his endorsement for these workouts.

"It's real important," Rogers said. "Any time you can be with the team, and we're putting in defenses, then it refreshes your mind for defenses that we did last year. You come out here, some stuff you're going to remember. If you're just playing single, or you're playing cover-2, that's easy. But some of the trap things, this can help your mind be fresh when you come to training camp. You don't have to go through the coaching of it. It's automatic. You sit there, and you're like, 'I don't have to write this down in my notebook, because I know it.'

"I enjoy being around the guys. This is fun. In the offseason, instead of sitting at home doing nothing, just working out and chilling, I'd rather be here. I don't have no problem being here."

Rogers is coming off a season in which he set a career high with 24 passes defended, though his shaky hands yielded only two interceptions. He will be paired with DeAngelo Hall, who joined the Redskins midway through last year and was signed as a free agent in the offseason.

-- SAMUELS IS BACK: Veteran T Chris Samuels returned to the field for the first time Monday, and was back at it again yesterday, after missing the team's minicamp and the first round of organized team activities as he recovered from the torn triceps he suffered in the 13th game of last season.

"I feel pretty healthy," Samuels said. "Still limited in practice. I'm not going against any defensive guys. It just feels good to be back around the guys. I'm healthy, moving around and punching the bags, and overall feeling pretty good."

Samuels, who battled a nagging knee injury last year, is entering his 10th season, and with the release of fellow T Jon Jansen last week, has been a Redskin longer than any current player. He will turn 32 the day before the team reports to training camp, and he said he took care of himself this offseason -- working out in Arizona -- in an effort to extend his career. He looks noticeably slimmer, and he said he's down to 308 pounds.

"I haven't been this weight in years," he said. "It's just a different program. I'm being more serious about my diet, and I'm trying some different kinds of training. So far, it's working."

Samuels said he is taking things slowly during these offseason workouts just to be cautious. "But by the time training camp's here," he said, "I'll definitely be a full-go."

-- Barry Svrluga

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