After spending several hours today grading the films of Saturday's 26-23 scrimmage victory over the Baltimore Colts at Memorial Stadium, Washington Redskins coaches noted how certain positions are becoming more defined on the depth chart.
"Some guys elevated some and some guys went down some," Coach Joe Gibbs said, adding the standard, "It's still very early. This is just part of the evaluation process."
It is becoming more and more clear that Darrell Green, first-round draft pick from Texas A&I, has played well enough in the first week of training camp to be considered the top candidate to take Jeris White's left cornerback position.
White is a 10-year veteran who is currently unsigned and who officially became a holdout when he did not report by Saturday's deadline date.
"Darrell really has a football sense and he's really just starting to scratch the surface," said Richie Petitbon, who runs the Redskins defense. "If (White) doesn't come back, Darrell will have the opportunity to work out there (left cornerback) during the exhibition season."
Meanwhile, Bob Holly, second-year quarterback from Princeton, seems to have taken firm possession of the No. 2 spot behind starter Joe Theismann. Holly led the Redskins to all but six of their points Saturday, threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to rookie free agent Ray Arnold and left Gibbs saying today, "I think Bob Holly had the best scrimmage of the three."
At this early juncture, it seems Tom Owen, a 10-year veteran, and Babe Laufenberg, drafted in the sixth round from Indiana, will battle for the final quarterbacking position.
Joe Bugel, coach of the offensive line, said today, "If we played the Dallas Cowboys tomorrow, Mark May would start at right guard."
At the end of last year, May split that position with Fred Dean, who since has departed to the U.S. Football League. Bugel said he was very impressed with the scrimmage play of Don Laster, 6-foot-5, 300-pounder, at right guard.
"He was magnificent," said Bugel, adding that Laster will likely play some at both tackle positions and at right guard during the exhibition season. Behind Laster, a second-year player, Bugel rated Nathan Newton, rookie free agent from Florida A&M, and then Bob Winckler, drafted in the sixth round from Wisconsin.
Bugel said he still is considering the head coaching offer from the new Pittsburgh franchise in the USFL. "Hopefully, I'll talk to them some time this week," he said. Bugel is among four offensive and/or defensive coordinators considered for the job, said George Heddleston, Pittsburgh's general manager . . .
Bobby Beathard, general manager, said he does not expect White to go to the USFL. "Jeris is after money and the USFL is not going to pay him. I'd be shocked if they did," Beathard said. He said there is no news on talks with the agents for defensive end Dexter Manley and wide receiver Charlie Brown.