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Friday's Schedule  |  Player Profile  |  Quote of the Day
Ramsey Watch  |  Who's Hot, Who's Not
Injury Report  |  Ranking the RBs  |  Ranking the WRs

Compiled by Emily Badger
The Washington Post
Friday, August 8, 2003

Friday's Schedule
Travel day. No practice.
More Info: 703-726-7411

Player Profile: Chris Clemons
Position: Linebacker.
Who He Is: The linebacker left the University of Georgia after his junior year, only to wind up signing with the Redskins as an undrafted free agent. His brother Nic, a defensive lineman currently sidelined because of a hip injury, also joined the Redskins during the offseason out of Georgia. Chris said he left college early for "a bunch of reasons. The grades weren't going well, and I feel like I had a pretty good year, good enough to get drafted. Of course that didn't happen, so I've just got to stick with what I'm doing and try to make the team."

During his junior year at Georgia he started 10 games, recording 53 tackles (26 solo) and a sack, and helped anchor a squad that ranked fourth in the nation in scoring defense.
Claim to Fame: Clemons started as a sophomore in a game when Georgia came back to beat Tennessee with 44 seconds left. "It took a defensive effort to establish the whole game. I feel like [the Tennessee offense] thought I wasn't going to play up to my potential, but I came out and proved them wrong."
If He Doesn't Make It: "Hopefully somebody else will give me a call and I'll be able to go to somebody else's camp," he said. He may even take his brother with him.
Chances of Making the Roster: The Redskins will probably consider keeping one of the undrafted rookie linebackers for the practice squad, leaving Clemons to battle Clifton Smith for the job.

Quote of the Day
"If you've seen the best of me, then you've seen the last of me. I don't want anybody to see me in decline."
-- Linebacker LaVar Arrington, on whether he has reached his full potential.

Ramsey Watch
Quarterback Patrick Ramsey spent a lot of time yesterday throwing the ball around the sidelines as Danny Wuerffel and rookie Gibran Hamdan were inserted in drills. The extra time off -- especially after the team held only one practice on Wednesday -- freed Ramsey for one of the other duties associated with his newfound popularity: signing autographs.

He was one of a handful of players who approached fans after practice and then had a hard time escaping. "You can hear they're very eager to get autographs over there," he said, as the squealing nearly drowned him out in the background. He added that all of the demands on his time aren't distracting him from football, at least not yet.

Who's Hot, Who's Not
It was wet yesterday, but not that wet: Center Larry Moore sent consecutive snaps sailing over quarterback Rob Johnson's head as a steady drizzle spoiled the cool morning. . . . Danny Wuerffel didn't have the same excuse when he threw a number of ugly passes later in the day. "It stopped raining half an hour ago!" one fan yelled, as the crowd started to turn against the backup quarterback. Wuerffel did have one deep completion to Patrick Johnson at the end of the afternoon session. . . . Cornerback Rashad Bauman intercepted a Patrick Ramsey pass. . . . Scott Cloman had another strong day in his bid to be one of the Redskins' six wide receivers. He made one diving catch and caught another 30-yard pass with three defenders in tow.

Injury Report
RB Ladell Betts (sprained elbow), DL Nic Clemons (hip flexor strain), K John Hall (slight groin pull), G Tre Johnson (Achilles' tendon), OL Rod Jones (left ankle, turf toe), WR Darnerian McCants (hamstring), CB Alex Molden (illness), DE Regan Upshaw (knee) and WR Patrick Woodcock (knee sprain).

Ranking the RBs
1. Trung Canidate will enter the first exhibition as the top tailback, a spot he's earned both by his own consistent performance and because of injuries to the rest of the corps.
2. Chad Morton and Kenny Watson are neck and neck, but Morton gets the edge yesterday for having a sense of humor. He isn't happy with the daily running back rankings, but then he grinned and declined to put together the list himself.
3. Kenny Watson said he expects to play Saturday night despite spraining his knee earlier in camp. Coach Steve Spurrier, on the other hand, said he intends to use nicked up players sparingly.
4. Ladell Betts . . . What can we say? He'll be watching Saturday's game from the sidelines.

Ranking the WRs
1. Laveranues Coles -- Free agent signed from Jets.
2. Rod Gardner -- Led Redskins with 71 catches last year.
3. Taylor Jacobs -- 2nd-round pick from Florida.
4. Cliff Russell -- Sat out rookie season because of knee injury.
5. Darnerien McCants -- 21 catches for Redskins last year.
6. Patrick Johnson -- Free agent signed from Jacksonville.
7. Scott Cloman -- Arena, NFL Europe and XFL veteran.
8. Richmond Flowers -- Joined Redskins' practice squad last November.

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