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Fred Davis Is Much More Serious

Posted by Matt Terl on May 8, 2009 – 1:03 pm

Let’s be honest: last year didn’t work out quite the way Fred Davis wanted, right from the start. Between the whole oversleeping-his-alarm-clock-and-missing-a-practice thing and the three-receptions-for-27-yards-in-2008 thing, this was not the mark that the 2007 Mackey Award winner was hoping or expecting to make in the NFL.

In just a few short practices this offseason, Davis appears (to me) have completely turned things around. He’s looked fast and athletic in practices, and he’s appeared focused while working.

I talked to Davis about minicamp and the first week of OTAs, but first I talked to head coach Jim Zorn about if he had seen the same differences in Davis that I had.

“Oh, he’s very different than last year when he came in,” Zorn said. “More explosive. He looked powerful, caught the ball well.”

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Friday, May 8: That Orakpo Question

Posted by Matt Terl on May 8, 2009 – 9:11 am

It’s a question I’ve gotten quite a few times since the draft, most recently yesterday on Twitter: what is the thinking behind moving first-round pick Brian Orakpo to strongside linebacker, rather than playing him at defensive end? And it’s a perfectly understandable question.

So understandable, in fact, that ESPN NFC East blogger Matt Mosley is asking it as well. Mosley comes from Texas and went to a Big 12 school, so he’s been following Orakpo closely through his college career, and he finds the news out of Redskins minicamp slightly surprising.

Orakpo spent the last four years playing with one hand in the dirt. From his rush-end position at Texas, he could line up on the outside shoulder of a left tackle and use his power and speed to hunt down quarterbacks. Playing the “SAM” linebacker position for the Redskins, he’d have to go through run/pass keys on first and second down, which doesn’t exactly set you up for sacks.

The way I see it, there are two basic answers to this question.
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