Redskins wrap up OTAs, await arrival of Albert Haynesworth to minicamp
Friday, June 11, 2010
The Washington Redskins wrapped up their fourth and final session of organized team activities Thursday looking forward to the long-awaited appearance of defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth when the team reconvenes for minicamp Wednesday.
Haynesworth must show up for next week's practices or face fines for his absence.
"I can't wait. I can't wait," cornerback DeAngelo Hall said Thursday at Redskins Park in Ashburn. "I've been talking to him back and forth, texting him, we've been in communication that whole time. It'll definitely be good to see his face around here, get him to kind of see what's going on, and get him to come out here and play some football with us."
Frustrated about the coaching staff's plan to use him as a nose tackle in the team's new 3-4 defensive scheme, Haynesworth has stayed away from the complex since attending the introductory portion of Coach Mike Shanahan's first offseason program.
"It'll be a lot of work for him to come in here and learn the system," Shanahan said. "We've got three days to try to catch him up. Hopefully, he's in shape and we'll utilize the three days to catch him up as best we can."
Shanahan addressed other topics of note, including:
-- Clinton Portis's absence Thursday: Shanahan doesn't go into specifics about why various players miss practices. But he said: "Clinton's been great in the offseason program. . . . This is the first one he's missed all year, and I knew about it."
-- The signing of wide receiver Mike Furrey: "There are some guys that liked the way he played, liked the way he competed. He's caught a lot of balls. He can play inside and outside, that type of player. Now he gets a chance to compete." Shanahan said Furrey would remain on the roster into training camp.
-- Opening of camp: Shanahan had not previously announced the day camp will begin, but he said repeatedly Thursday that it would be July 29. The first practice likely would be the following day. The first preseason game, at home against Buffalo, is two weeks later.
-- Westbrook and Moss: Shanahan said the club still has an offer out to free agent running back Brian Westbrook, formerly of the Eagles, but he didn't know much else.
"I'm not sure where Brian's at," Shanahan said. "As I told you before, we did make an offer to him, and I'm sure he's sitting back and trying to evaluate his offers and come up with the best scenario for him."
He also said he has not had any contact with the league regarding Santana Moss's possible involvement with Anthony Galea, the doctor accused by federal authorities of distributing HGH and other performance enhancing drugs to several professional athletes.
The Redskins closed OTAs with a spirited session in which the offense ran a two-minute drill against the defense. It was, Shanahan said, the perfect way to end things.
"Today was very indicative of what you want in OTAs," he said. "You put them in a two-minute situation and all the coaches are off the field. You want to see if guys can make plays. That was pretty encouraging when you saw the quarterback and a couple receivers come up with some big plays and actually make some big plays as well in the two-point situations."
With that, the Redskins disbanded for a week. They have three more days of work before they get a month off. . . .
John Riggins, the Hall of Fame running back who has strongly criticized Redskins owner Daniel Snyder in the past year, will have a new vehicle for commentary when MASN begins simulcasting the radio show he currently hosts on the HD-3 channel of 103.5 FM.
The live show will be carried on MASN beginning in July. Riggins previously had a radio show carried on MASN from 2006 to '08.