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On The Sideline At Practice, As Is Colt Brennan

Posted by Matt Terl on September 9, 2009 – 5:08 pm

You can click to enlarge the picture above, but it really won’t change very much. The three quarterbacks participating in practice will still look small and far away. That’s because, relative to Colt Brennan, wearing burgundy sweats and a gray Redskins long-sleeve T-shirt on the right of the photo, they ARE small and far away.

This was the second practice since Brennan was put on injured reserve, ending his 2009 season before it could even start, and it’s the second straight time that I’ve noticed him staring fixedly at the quarterback group. They run drills and dodge the rush from one of the strength coaches and get the ball away, and Brennan stands well off to the side with his arms crossed, watching.

Even if he’s watching, though, Brennan is careful to stand far enough away that he can’t hear what the coaches are saying, because — while he’s allowed to be outside for practice — he’s not allowed to participate. At all.

You might ask Brennan how that feels; I certainly did. His answer, initially, was one word long:

“Boring,” he said, flatly. Read more »

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Wednesday, September 9: A Strong Local Presence In The 2009 Locker Room

Posted by Matt Terl on September 9, 2009 – 10:36 am

Practice squad wide receiver Onrea Jones arrived at Redskins Park late Sunday night from Arizona, where he’d spent the preseason with the Cardinals. “Trying to get back into the time zone,” he told me. “It’s really eating me up right now.”

Jones has been something of an NFL vagabond over his two NFL seasons, spending time with Houston, San Diego, Green Bay, and Indianapolis in addition to Arizona and now Washington. But coming to D.C. is at least a little bit of a homecoming. Jones went to high school in Williamsburg, Va., and attended college at Hampton University, meaning that he hails from the same general area as DeAngelo Hall, and is one of nine guys on the active-plus-practice-squad roster with local ties.

Despite that, it wasn’t someone else from the 757 that Jones was excited to see, but the guy he had been given a locker next to: Fort Worth, Tx., native Trent Shelton. “We were on the practice squad together in Indianapolis,” Jones said. “We got along pretty well there.” Read more »

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