CARLISLE, PA., JULY 27 -- The Washington Redskins' offensive line is undergoing a summer facelift. Some well-know veterans are going to be asked to try another position and some younger players will move around as the coaches look for depth and versatility in a unit that has been together for most of the '80s.
Assistant head coach/offense Joe Bugel said today that all-pro left guard Russ Grimm will work at center; right tackle Mark May will try guard, which he has played before; and guard Raleigh McKenzie will play both guard spots and center.
Tackle Dan McQuaid, who is practicing at guard, twisted his left ankle in the morning practice and likely will miss a day or two of practice.
Center Jeff Bostic, tackle Joe Jacoby and guard R.C. Thielemann will stay put, Bugel said.
"Russ Grimm has been having a little bit of trouble with his shoulder when he is pulling, so we thought we'd try him at center," Bugel said. "This is no reflection on Jeff Bostic. He's had a great offseason."
Bugel said tackle Ed Simmons, a sixth-round draft pick from Eastern Washington, has been "the most pleasant surprise" on the line and will work at both tackle positions, while second-round pick Wally Kleine of Notre Dame will stay at left tackle.
Bugel said guard Ron Tilton quit the team after minicamp to get married and move to Florida.
Gibbs on rookie cornerback Brian Davis: "You're looking to see over the long haul what a guy does. I don't think you pay as much attention the first day." But what of the first day? "My initial impressions were good."
The news that owner Jack Kent Cooke married Suzanne Elizabeth Martin last week prompted some thoughts about wedding gifts for a man that Forbes magazine estimates is worth more than $600 millions.
"I wonder what you would get Mr. Cooke," Coach Joe Gibbs asked, smiling. "What kind of gift do you get him? What does he need that he doesn't have?"
Said quarterback Jay Schroeder: "He's probably looking for his wedding gift on Jan. 31st of next year."
That's the date of Super Bowl XXII in San Diego.
Second-year defensive end Markus Koch has come to training camp early at the request of the coaches, who needed bodies on the line to practice . . . The Redskins waived free agent running back Otha Armstrong of East Central (Okla.) and free agent defensive tackle Tommy Parker of Maryland . . . Wide receivers Ricky Sanders and Carl Williams suffered minor hamstring pulls and had limited work in the afternoon practice.