Thursday, June 11, 2009
As organized team activities come to a close, wide receiver remains a position in question yet crucial to the success of Coach Jim Zorn's offense in its second year.
The Redskins hope someone can step into the No. 2 spot and provide quality production to help ease the pressure on Santana Moss, who faced countless double teams last year with no true threat opposite him. There are a number of players on the roster fighting to fill that role.
WRs Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelly must have more of an impact after disappointing rookie seasons. QB Jason Campbell said yesterday that some newcomers also have an opportunity to make an impact this season.
"Roydell Williams came in from the Tennessee Titans, he's an experienced guy," Campbell said, citing Williams's success with the Titans in 2007 when he caught 55 passes for 719 yards and four touchdowns before an ankle injury suffered in January 2008 stunted his career. "He's fast, he can run, he can catch the ball real well in short areas, so I think he's a guy with a great opportunity to make the team. There are some other guys, [Marko] Mitchell, we drafted late in the seventh round, he's a guy that's got strong hands. But it's all about learning for him at this standpoint."
-- BRENNAN AIMS HIGH: Colt Brennan won over Redskins fans with his play last year in the preseason, and though he remains a project and the third quarterback on Washington's depth chart, the former Hawaii star has lofty goals.
Brennan was taken in the sixth round of the NFL draft last year by Washington, higher than many pundits had the record-setting college quarterback rated. During limited playing time last preseason, Brennan, who was coming off hip surgery, showed flashes of the playmaking ability that had made him so successful in college -- albeit against many fringe defensive players.
This year, Brennan is expected to get more of an opportunity as he battles Todd Collins for the backup role behind Campbell.
"Obviously you want to do what the coaches tell you because that's what they're asking for and that's what you've got to," Brennan said. "For me, though, I think you've got to play the game. You look at me, Todd and Jason, I mean that's three pretty diverse quarterbacks, there are not very many similarities, but we're all being asked to play the game the same way.
"So I think . . . what it comes down to is, what do you have success with? And I think that if I ever do something with my style that hurts the team, that hurts the offense and what they're doing, then obviously I gotta change that and know not to do that. But if I get a chance to make a play and do kind of what I do and it benefits the team, helps the team, then you got to know how to balance those right times out."
-- Paul Tenorio