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Selvish Capers To See Some Time At Guard

Posted by Matt Terl on August 31, 2010 – 6:16 pm

The initial report that seventh-round draft pick Selvish Caper would be seeing some time at guard during Thursday’s game was a bit confusing to me — guard seemed like a crowded position — but today’s release of Edwin Williams explained things some. The move offers the rookie a chance to get some work at another position, and versatility is not something the usually hurts a young player’s value.

In fact, one reason that Capers is fairly happy about the move is precisely because it might increase his chances of making the team, although he refuses to call it a “The More You Can Do” thing. “I hope it is,” he says, grinning. “I’m not saying it is, I’m not saying it’s not, but I hope so.”
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Redskins Release Four

Posted by Matt Terl on August 31, 2010 – 4:00 pm

Today is the strange day when NFL rosters have to be trimmed from 80 to 75 guys, despite the fact that in just four more days they go from 75 to 53. Usually, this means that five guys get cut; placing Malcolm Kelly on IR means that the Redskins only need to cut four.

That list has been released, and it contains one unquestioned blog favorite. (HINT: he’s the guy in the picture above.) Here’s the four guys:

  • OL Edwin Williams. A blog favorite pretty much since he got here, Williams was a local guy with a great story. The release doesn’t come as a complete surprise — Williams has struggled a bit this preseason, and the last few times I spoke to him he seemed somewhat frustrated — but it’s always sad to see a nice young guy go. To extend a year-plus old metaphor, it’s another spill off the ladder for Williams.

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Malcolm Kelly Goes To Injured Reserve

Posted by Matt Terl on August 31, 2010 – 1:54 pm

The long saga of Malcolm Kelly seems to have come to an end, at least for this year, as Coach Mike Shanahan announced today that the wide receiver is headed for injured reserve. This ends his season and means that he can’t practice with the team, but he can attend meetings and rehabilitate the injury around the facility.

And you might think that this decision — to IR and not to cut — means that Kelly’s going to have a chance to make the roster next year, but Shanahan didn’t sound quite so confident. “A lot has to do with how he works relative to getting healthy,” Shanahan said. “I like the guy as a person. I think he’s got a lot of qualities you look for in a football player. The main thing is can he get out there on the football field eventually and play. If I see the right type of work ethic and him doing the little things — the little things the right way — he’s got a much better opportunity to be with us next year, but I’ll evaluate that as time goes on.”

For now: it’s another lost season for Malcolm Kelly.

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Redskins Lead The League In Bill Walsh Coaching Fellowship Participants

Posted by Matt Terl on August 31, 2010 – 11:56 am

NFLLabor.com posted an article yesterday pretty much summarizing the 2010 Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship Program, breaking down the benefits of the program — 25 NFL teams have a coach on staff who graduated from the program, including Keenan McCardell here in Washington, including four head coaches — and explaining a bit of what the program tries to do.

The program, which was named after the man who conceived the idea – late Pro Football Hall of Fame head coach Bill Walsh – exposes talented minority college coaches to the methods and philosophies of summer NFL training camps. Walsh introduced the concept in 1987 when he brought a group of minority coaches into his San Francisco 49ers’ training camp. The program has mentored more than 1,500 minority coaches through the years.

The piece has a strong Redskins flavor, from the picture of Chris Samuels to the quote from Chris Samuels (“I have always known that I wanted to coach football once I retired. This is always what I wanted to do, so now I’m just going to the second phase of my life”) to the fact that the Redskins had the most Fellowship participants in the entire league, the only team to have five such folks on staff.

That list:

  • Steve Atwater
  • Terrell Davis
  • Michael Pittman
  • Clarence Vaughn
  • Chris Samuels

Which also reminded me that I had done a quick Q&A with Pittman waaaayyyyy back on day two of training camp, but had somehow never gotten around to using it. So here it is; his comments on running backs catching passes out of the backfield seem especially prescient after watching the first three preseason games. Read more »

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