By - Paul Tenorio
Tuesday, August 17, 2010; D6
WR Malcolm Kelly (hamstring) continued to do only side work and agility drills, and Coach Mike Shanahan said he would not be able to practice Tuesday, putting his chances of making his preseason debut Saturday against Baltimore in serious doubt. . . . RT Jammal Brown (hip) practiced for the second straight day, the first time in pads. He appears on target to start against the Ravens. . . . WR Mike Furrey (concussion) again did not practice. Shanahan would not say whether the team was trying to work out an injury settlement with the veteran.26
Days until kickoff
The Redskins will open the season Sept. 12 against the Dallas Cowboys.Today's Schedule
When: Closed to the public.
Where: Redskins Park, Ashburn.
vs. Baltimore Ravens
7 p.m. Saturday
at FedEx Field
As Darrel Young walked into the linebacker meeting room on the first day of Redskins training camp, he was greeted with words you probably never want to hear as a second-year player fighting for a spot on the roster.
"Who are you?" a chuckling Young recalled a coach asking him. "I was like, 'I'm Darrel Young.' He was like 'Uhhh' and they put me on the depth chart."
One hour later, Young learned why he hadn't been on the chart when he was summoned to Coach Mike Shanahan's office. Shanahan informed Young that he had been moved from linebacker to fullback. With a number of linebackers on the roster but few players challenging for a spot behind starter Mike Sellers, Shanahan said the team felt the 5-foot-11, 246-pound Young would be able to make the transition and provide competition.
"Just the way he hit, we needed some fullbacks and we thought since he had good hands he might be the ideal candidate," Shanahan said.
The position wasn't completely foreign to Young, who was recruited to Villanova as a running back before he was moved to linebacker. He also had been a part of some goal line packages for the Wildcats - though never in a live game situation.
Young knew the transition would be difficult at the professional level but said he embraced the move because "it's just an opportunity to play."
"It's the same in terms of hitting and stuff; a little different approach in terms of angles," Young said. "But football is football, hitting is hitting. [I am] just trying to understand the concepts now. Not being on offense in a long time, it's just a different approach to the game."
Rookie tight end-fullback Dennis Morris, who has been working mostly with the tight ends, is the only other fullback on the current roster. So Young should have a good opportunity to earn a spot on the team.
Young saw extended playing time and turned in a solid performance in the Redskins' preseason opener against the Buffalo Bills, though his only stat was one catch for minus-two yards.
"He got a chance to play quite a bit and I thought he did a good job for a guy that hasn't played a lot of fullback in his career," Shanahan said. "I thought he gave a lot of effort and I think he grew as a football player."
- Paul Tenorio