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Malcolm Kelly: 'I Went Full Speed'

Posted by Matt Terl on July 29, 2010 – 7:59 pm

It’s been awhile since my last photography course, but I suspect that my picture above — in which both principles are facing completely away from the camera — is not exactly textbook work. And, on the surface, it’s not really even that interesting: it’s wide receiver coach Keenan McCardell throwing a pass to Malcolm Kelly as Kelly comes out of an agility drill. It’s the kind of thing that happens before every practice.

But it seemed a little significant today — and worth using this mediocre photo — because of a number of reports that started circulating pre-practice that Kelly had suffered some kind of hamstring injury at Donovan McNabb’s ‘Hell Week’ and would miss (depending on what you read) one or two or three practices.

Those reports, Kelly told me, were not precisely correct on all the specifics.
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Shanahan On Haynesworth: "We're Going To Get Him In Shape"

Posted by Matt Terl on July 29, 2010 – 6:52 pm

Despite the optimistic words from defensive coordinator Jim Haslett yesterday, defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth wasn’t at practice today, nor was he on the sidelines while the team was working. Instead he was in the facility, running on a treadmill alongside head strength and conditioning coach Ray Wright. But he did emerge afterward — as you can see in the AP photo above — and work with Haslett, defensive line coach Jacob Burney, and some upside-down trashcans on some of the defensive scheme and terminology.

That was the extent of his work, but not the extent of the discussion around him. Haynesworth was one of the main topics of head coach Mike Shanahan’s post-practice press conference, and it started out with just about the simplest possible declaration:

“Albert did not pass his conditioning test.”

Which went a long way toward clearing up the conflicting and confusing stories that were running around the perimeter of the practice field today. Shahanan continued, “Obviously, you’d like him to be in the type of shape that most of our players are in. The bottom line is that we’re going to get him in shape. If he’s going to be on our football team and he’s going to play at the level we’d like him to play, then he’s got to be in great football shape. Hopefully he’ll get it done tomorrow, but it may take two or three days, it may take a week. I really don’t know. His weight is fine. We’ve just got to get that cardio at a certain level to make sure he doesn’t injure himself.”

And that was all that was said about Albert Haynesworth.

No, just kidding. There was plenty more. Here, look, from the team’s transcript:
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Daniel Snyder On ESPN980: Optimism, Excitement, And 3D Videoboards

Posted by Matt Terl on July 29, 2010 – 6:14 pm

Despite the headline of this post, the more astute among you will realize that none of the people in the photo above is Redskins owner Daniel M. Snyder. No, that’s the Larries, Weisman and Michael (along with sound engineer Ed Cole), who are bringing you the sounds of Redskins training camp from 4-7 on ESPN980.

But, while the first practice of training camp was going on today, Snyder did appear as a guest on the show. I was slogging around in the mud outside, tweeting about practice and taking pictures of Malcolm Kelly, but the ever-reliable Dan Steinberg of the DC Sports Bog not only listening but (as is his wont) transcribing the conversation.

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Be Sure To Follow Training Camp On Twitter

Posted by Matt Terl on July 29, 2010 – 4:27 pm

Muggy, muggy air? Wet fields? Screaming fans? Yep, training camp is underway in Ashburn. I’ll be tweeting updates throughout the opening afternoon practice session, so follow me over and Twitter.

(And, yes, that’s Malcolm Kelly on the field, doing drills with his fellow WRs. No Albert Haynesworth, though, and no Trent Williams yet.)

Finally, the season — or the pre-preseason, at least — is really here.
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Mike Shanahan And Veteran Players: Two Case Studies

Posted by Matt Terl on July 29, 2010 – 8:40 am

The story has run under a few different guises — “Redskins Are Old,” for example, or “Redskins Don’t Have Very Many Notable Under-25 Players,” or “Redskins Fielding 2005 Fantasy All-Stars” — but stripped of snark, the essential message is clear: the Redskins have a lot of veterans on the roster as training camp opens today, many of them at the skill positions.

Guys who might fit that description would include running backs Clinton Portis, Larry Johnson, and Willie Parker; wide receivers Joey Galloway, Bobby Wade and maybe even Santana Moss; and quarterback Donovan McNabb. All of these guys are somewhere in the neighborhood of 30 years old or older; all have had accomplished NFL careers, and — it’s widely assumed — all are expected to contribute to the roster this year. I’m not so sure that assumption is inherently correct, but more on that later.
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