Friday, March 19, 2010;
Bradford scheduled for private workout
Top draft prospect Sam Bradford is scheduled to have a private workout with the Redskins before next month's draft, according to Ben Dogra, one of Bradford's agents. The Redskins are one of two teams who have scheduled private workouts and will see Bradford in Norman, Okla., on April 15, one week before the NFL draft.
Bradford is the second quarterback confirmed to visit with the team in person, joining Florida's Tim Tebow. The Redskins could also take a closer look at Notre Dame's Jimmy Clausen.
It's not unusual for a team with a first-round pick as high as the Redskins -- No. 4 overall -- to check out the top prospects in person, but the visit does seem to confirm the team's interest in Bradford, rated by most as the best quarterback available in the draft.
Many expect Bradford to be off the board by the time the Redskins make their first selection. The St. Louis Rams, who hold the draft's No. 1 pick, also have scheduled a private workout with Bradford for April 12.
Bradford is still recovering from shoulder surgery and did not throw at last month's NFL Scouting Combine, nor did he participate in Oklahoma's Pro Day earlier this month. Clausen's pro day is scheduled for April 9 in South Bend, Ind., while Tebow participated in Florida's pro day earlier this week.
Tebow is reportedly scheduled to visit five teams.Grossman wants to start
New Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman believes he still is capable of being an NFL starter, he said Thursday at Redskins Park.
"That's my goal. I want to start in this league at some point [again] and get back there and play," said Grossman, who is participating in the offseason conditioning program at the complex.
"Every quarterback that plays in the NFL wants to start. . . . I definitely think I can. I've got a lot of confidence in myself. Hopefully, this is a steppingstone to the second half of my career."
Grossman, who signed with the Redskins on Thursday, spent the 2009 seasons as a backup with the Houston Texans, where he played under offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, the Redskins' lead offensive coach and play-caller.
Grossman's best season as a starter occurred in 2006 when he helped the Chicago Bears reach the Super Bowl, where they lost to the Indianapolis Colts. He was drafted out of Florida in the first round in 2003.
"I think this is a great opportunity for me," Grossman said. "I loved working with Kyle Shanahan last year. I think his offense fits what I do best. That's the main reason I'm excited to be here."
Grossman said the Redskins have given him no assurances about playing time and that he just wants to be "in the mix."Fletcher endorses Porter
Free agent linebacker Joey Porter is expected to get to town Thursday evening and will make his way to Redskins Park on Friday. He'll meet with Coach Mike Shanahan, defensive coordinator Jim Haslett and linebackers coach Lou Spanos, the latter two of whom coached Porter in Pittsburgh.
It will be interesting to see how the Redskins might use Porter. He has played essentially his entire career on the right side, so it's doubtful he'd suddenly shift to the left. Then again, Brian Orakpo is more comfortable chasing the quarterback from the right side, so you'd hate to knock him out of his comfort zone.
One guy who apparently wouldn't mind Porter's presence: London Fletcher, which would seem like a pretty important of vote of confidence to have. Regardless of where he plays, Fletcher sees him as a guy who can contribute.
"He's a play-making linebacker -- outside linebacker," Fletcher said. "He had nine sacks last year? That's a lot of sacks for an outside linebacker. He didn't even play a whole lot toward the end of the year. So that's still a lot of pressure on the quarterback."
Porter, who spent the past three seasons with the Dolphins, visited last week with the Arizona Cardinals. The Arizona Republic reported that the Cardinals have made an offer to Porter.
-- Rick Maese and Jason Reid