At least during the early part of training camp, Danny Buggs and John McDaniel, the Redskins' top two receivers last season, will be competing for the same starting position.
In a change from 1978, McDaniel has been moved over to split end, where Buggs played last season. Ricky Thompson, who also played extensively last year as a split end, has been installed at McDaniel's flanker spot.
"We ant to see how it works out," Coach Jack Pardee sait today. "The flanker spot is the one that goes in motion and we wanted to find out if John was better off going from a stationary position instead of moving.
"This is subject to change, of course. But we have a lot of faith in Ricky Thompson. Our main goal is to find the three best receivers by the time camp is over and then work out a routine for them. They are interchangeable, just about, anyway."
Buggs, who signed a new contract the day before camp started, will report with the remainder of the veterans this weekend. He caught 36 passes for 575 yards last year, good for two touchdowns.
McDaniel, picked up last August in a trade, caught 34 passes for a team-high 577 yards and four touchdowns. He started the last seven games of the season.
Thompson likewise joined the club in an August trade. He caught 23 passes for 326 yards, primarily as a split end while bringing plays from the bench for Buggs, although he started four games. Right now, he is being backed up by veteran Terry Anderson and rookie Kris Haines.