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Washington Redskins Wideout Malcolm Kelly ÂNot Thinking About Last Season'
Malcolm Kelly couldn't wait for the Washington Redskins' preseason opener in Baltimore.
Kelly had high expectations as a rookie last season, but his knee wouldn't cooperate. He had microfracture surgery in the offseason and, finally, believes he is ready to become a significant contributor to the Redskins.
"I'm ready to go," Kelly said. "I've just been working to get here. I'm not thinking about last season. I'm not saying anything. I'm just" going to play.
Many in the organization are rooting for Kelly to have a strong preseason. The Redskins, however, are leery of having Kelly play a lot in the preseason and risking a setback with his knee.
Because of Kelly's knee, Coach Jim Zorn might give him many fewer reps early in the preseason than second-year wideout Devin Thomas, Kelly's main competition for the Z-receiver, or flanker, position.
-- HOLMES AIMS TO IMPRESS: It wasn't that long ago Lendy Holmes's success was unquestioned and on display for anyone who paid attention to college football. Playing safety, Holmes was a defensive leader of the Oklahoma Sooners last season, helping the team to the national title game.
Now with the Washington Redskins -- and who knows for how much longer -- Holmes's success hinges on his performance at training camp, where as an undrafted free agent he is trying to crack an established rotation in the secondary. His five interceptions, which led the Sooners, don't carry over to camp, where he is essentially starting over, trying to impress a new set of coaches and teammates.
Still, with cut dates looming, Holmes said he is confident he can stick with the team.
"I'm nervous but at the same time still confident," the 6-foot-1 Holmes said. "I never put in my mind negative stuff. I always think positive."
For his positive thoughts to turn into a spot on the regular season roster, Holmes will need to show he deserves time in a rotation that includes starters LaRon Landry and Chris Horton as well as prove he can be a factor on special teams.
Knowing that, Holmes, who played wide receiver, cornerback and safety in four years at Oklahoma, said there's no time for the kind of messing around that might have been acceptable in college.