Paul Lanham, the consultant to assistant coach Chuck Banker, showed up yesterday wearing a new Redskins jacket. He could be here five days or five weeks, depending on when the special teams shape up.

David Jones showed up yesterday to do what he always does -- snap to a punter. He says the kids in his neighborhood never used to let him play football with them until they found out he could snap. Same with the Redskins.

Jeff Bostic showed up yesterday to do what he has rarely done lately -- play center. Joe Bugel, offensive line coach, said Bostic "definitely" will start Sunday against the New York Giants.

Just another manic Wednesday at Redskin Park, where calm is suddenly out of style. For instance, Bobby Beathard, the general manager, pointed out yesterday that the real Redskins are only 4-3 this season.

"We're all thinking we're a 7-3 team, but -- in reality -- we're not close to that," Beathard said. "We have a lot to prove. And the way to prove it is to go out and play as hard as we can."

Revitalizing the special teams has become a high priority. A blocked punt and a 95-yard kickoff return gave the Los Angeles Rams two touchdowns Monday night, and the Rams returned Doug Williams' fumble for a touchdown.

"It's tough to beat Northwestern when you give up 21 points like that," guard R.C. Thielemann said yesterday.

Lanham is here supposedly as "another set of eyes," according to Coach Joe Gibbs. Lanham and Gibbs go way back together, back to their days at the University of Arkansas in the early '70s. Lanham always has been considered a special teams expert, so here he is. He and the regular special teams coach, Banker, visited throughout the day yesterday and spent most of their time on punt protection.

"It's not uncomfortable {between Lanham and Banker} because I have a clear understanding of what my role is," Lanham said yesterday. "I'm not here to take anyone's job or here to second-guess anyone. I'm just here as a guy who's a hard worker and will try to help out wherever I can."

Lanham was hanging around his home in Mission Viejo, Calif., when Gibbs called for help. He was with Detroit last year, but took this year off so he could see his son Steve play his senior season at the University of Delaware.

"He played his last game last Saturday, so this timed out reasonably well," Lanham said.

He said he and Gibbs have not spoken about the length of his stay. Asked if he has been offered a full-time assignment, he said no. Asked if he'd be interested, he said: "Oh, that would be presumptuous on my part."

One of the first things he inspected yesterday was Jones, 26, a center from the University of Texas. Beathard had worked out Jones two weeks ago, along with six other deep snappers. And at the time, Jones showed tremendous velocity on his snaps.

When Bostic bounced a snap to punter Steve Cox Monday night, that was it. Beathard called Jones Tuesday morning.

"I think {snapping} is just a matter of practice makes perfect," said Jones, who was the Lions' starting center part of the 1985 season. "It's just something a lot of people don't want to do. But I just found I liked it."

Bostic has said he thinks he'll be back snapping in "a couple of weeks." But Gibbs said yesterday that the plan is for Jones to snap on punts Sunday, and perhaps on field goals, too.

Bostic, the starting center last season, was demoted during training camp and was later passed over by two rookies when Russ Grimm injured his knee. Bugel decided to move guard Raleigh McKenzie from left guard to center and move rookie Ed Simmons to left guard. When Simmons hurt his knee, Bugel moved rookie Darrick Brilz to left guard.

But, with the Giants coming to RFK Stadium Sunday, Bugel will move McKenzie back to guard and Bostic back to center. So Sunday's offensive line will be Joe Jacoby and Mark May at the tackles, McKenzie and the slightly hobbled Thielemann at guards, and Bostic.

Redskins Notes:

The weekly injury report: Thielemann (sprained ankle), linebacker Rich Milot (mildly sprained knee) and May (sore ankle) all probable. Cornerback Darrell Green missed practice because of flu, but is feeling better. Jess Atkinson, who dislocated his non-kicking ankle in the season opener, expects to begin kicking seriously next week. Center/guard Grimm (arthroscopic knee surgery) will be eligible to come off the injured reserve list for the Cowboys game, Dec. 13, and Simmons (arthroscopic knee surgery) can be activated for the Dec. 20 Miami game.