By Ishita Singh
Saturday, August 1, 2009
COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF
Days until the Redskins play the New York Giants in East Rutherford, N.J.TODAY'S SCHEDULE
When: 8:30 a.m. (open to the public); 2 p.m.
Where: Redskins Park, Ashburn.
Admission, Parking: Free.
Updates: 703-726-7411SUMMER STORY LINES Darrel Young
For rookie linebacker Darrel Young, Redskins training camp is a learning process. As an undrafted free agent, he knows that his chances of making the team are somewhat slim, but Young is using this week to become in sync with the NFL.
"Right now it's just a learning process for me, just to change and adapt to the NFL's ways," Young said. "Just being here [has] definitely helped me, just with the learning process, getting the flow of the game -- it's a different speed."
Adjusting from the college game to the professional level has been a challenge for Young. Though Young was a standout at Villanova -- he finished his 44-game career with 244 tackles (113 solo), 19.5 tackles for a loss and six sacks -- the NFL game is much faster than what he is used to, and Young, who stands at 5-11, 245 pounds, is still becoming acclimated with the size and skill of the players on the field.
"Everyone knows what they're doing, so they play a little faster," Young said. "Everyone is a lot faster and more athletic. In college, you have the one good guy and everyone else is a role player, whereas here, everyone else is good too, so that's what I'm trying to adapt to now."
Young said that veterans like London Fletcher had been helping Young focus on the field rather than just one player. The Redskins have a lot of options at linebacker, with Fletcher, Rocky McIntosh, Brian Orakpo -- this year's first-round draft pick -- as well as Robert Thomas and H.B. Blades, so Young said he was more focused on special teams.
"I'm just looking at a spot on special teams right now, just trying to help the team in any way I can," he said.
Though the Amityville, N.Y. native was a Giants fan growing up, Young said he was glad to be in camp with his childhood team's division rivals.
"It's rough knowing that my favorite team, I'm playing against them on Sundays and rooting against them this time, but it's definitely a fun experience," Young said. "The atmosphere here is great, the fans here are great, the football around here is great. I like it down here."TWEETS
@seandkennedy: At first glance, Orakpo definitely looks like a defensive end to me.
@owillis: Clinton Portis has butterfingers. Dropped at least 3 today
@cmc728: I just added "Orakpo" to the dictionary on my computer. I get a feeling I may be typing it a lot in the coming years
@toddml: Starting to get sick of Portis' attitude. It may be time to hunt for a replacement next year
@thecerebralceo: Brian Orakpo is SCARY -- I actually fear for the safety of all NFC QBs this season because of this guy.
@RedskinsLB58: On the way back to practice! Heard there is a storm coming in!! We gonna get better regardless of the weatherQUOTABLE
"You really can't get too caught up in that. It was just like that last year and then as soon as I got hurt then they were all upset. So, I don't really get into all that. I just go out there and play football."
Malcolm Kelly on the crowd's reaction when he makes a big play.NEXT UP
vs. Baltimore Ravens
When: Aug. 13, 7:30 p.m.
Where: at Baltimore