Coach Steve Spurrier said yesterday he is getting rookie Patrick Ramsey about one-quarter of the practice-field work at quarterback, readying the Washington Redskins' first-round draft pick for some playing time during the season's final four games.

Danny Wuerffel is taking the bulk of the snaps during practice, Spurrier said, and is scheduled to start Sunday against the New York Giants at FedEx Field. Spurrier indicated that Ramsey could play Sunday, saying: "It depends on how the game goes."

Spurrier said this week that Ramsey's next start could come Dec. 22 against the Houston Texans. The rookie hasn't had any extensive playing time since struggling in his first two NFL starts in October after leading the Redskins to a win in Tennessee in relief of Wuerffel in his pro debut.

"He said I'd be the number two guy and he'd give me an opportunity to play at some point," Ramsey said of his conversations with Spurrier. "I'm anxious to have an opportunity to play again. . . . I didn't really play well the last game I played in. I would love to go in and play better and feed off of that in the offseason."

Coaching Shuffle?

Some members of the organization believe linebackers coach George Edwards would receive strong consideration to replace Marvin Lewis as defensive coordinator if Lewis leaves for a head coaching job in the offseason. Edwards is listed as the Redskins' assistant defensive coordinator. He spent four seasons on the Dallas Cowboys' coaching staff before coming to the Redskins, and played for Spurrier at Duke University and coached for him at the University of Florida.

It is unclear how much consideration the Redskins would give to their other defensive assistants, line coach Ricky Hunley and secondary coach George Catavolos. Lewis says he would be receptive to a college head-coaching job, and he appears to be a top candidate at Michigan State. But it's uncertain if he'll be in line for any NFL head-coaching opportunities this winter, and some Redskins officials believe they will be able to retain him. . . .

The Redskins signed linebacker Orantes Grant, formerly of the Cowboys. . . . New punter Craig Jarrett is serving as the holder for new place kicker Jose Cortez.