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The Other Kick Return Candidate

Posted by Matt Terl on May 6, 2009 – 2:23 pm

In my post yesterday on the potential kick returners, I talked to incumbent Rock Cartwright and new speedster Anthony Alridge. Somewhat conspicuous by his absence, though, was other new speedster Dominique Dorsey, and I can honestly say that this is because Dorsey is very, very fast: he was the first guy off the field at practice, and was back to the facility before I noticed that he was gone.

This omission seemed both glaring and unfair, so after practice today, I positioned myself in his likely path and intercepted him before he could turn on his open-field afterburners. Unfortunately, all that advance planning hadn’t included a whole lot of thinking about my questions, so I started with the basic fallback “How are things going so far?”

“Definitely a lot of fun,” Dorsey told me. “I’m having a great time gettin’ in there and being able to showcase my abilities. For the most part, it’s just been gettin’ in there, starin’ at a playbook, and just coming out here and executing.”

What positions do you see yourself possibly playing?
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Redskins Sign Two More

Posted by Matt Terl on May 6, 2009 – 1:52 pm

The Redskins today signed J.D. Skolnitsky, a versatile defensive linesman out of James Madison, and Darrel Young, a linebacker out of Villanova. Both of these guys tried out at this past weekend’s minicamp, and will each add some more depth at their respective positions as we continue toward training camp.

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On The Field For Practice – 5/6 – Pineapples, Jeremy Bridges, And Chris Wilson

Posted by Matt Terl on May 6, 2009 – 1:13 pm

Warmer weather has returned, and with it unusally grouchy tempers at practice. No major blowups or any drama like that — tough to muster that kind of enthusiasm at a non-contact practice — but things like false starts and the resulting shouting from coaches seemed a bit more common today. Practice was also unusual because the unquestioned offensive star was Todd Yoder, getting more reps than usual because Chris Cooley sat out with a sore quad.

And post-practice was unusual because Colt Brennan got his first shipment of pineapples this minicamp.

Back at practice, newly-signed offensive lineman Jeremy Bridges was on the move today; I’m pretty sure that I saw him lining up at both tackle positions and at least once at guard. If he’s as versatile as that implies, it would certainly increase his chances of making the team. Inasmuch as it’s tough to judge linemen in non-contact workouts, Bridges looked generally solid, but he did get cleanly beat once by Chris Wilson on a spin move. “Man, I been in the league seven years,” he said to Wilson after practice, “and I’ve never seen a move like that.”

(Wilson has been working at both strongside linebacker and his former position of defensive end so far in 2009. This move came when he was lined up at end.)

Once the conversation had gone through discussion of Wilson’s nickname (“Boobie”) and how it relates to spin moves via the movie version of Friday Night Lights (for much, much more on that see here), I asked Wilson how things were going with the defense after six straight days of practice, and what he had seen on the field today.

“We’re all working hard, man,” Wilson said. “I take my hat off to the offense — the offense looks a lot better than at this time last year. You know, it’s normal for a defense to jump out on the offense at the beginning anyway, because offense can be harder, but they look good. Everybody’s just working hard, everybody’s learning, and everybody can see it.” Read more »

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