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Sideline-To-Sideline: Sights And Scenes From Camp

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 8, 2011 – 2:03 pm

Sometimes during practice, the best material isn’t happening on the field; it’s off to the sidelines and after the whistle.  Here are a few observations from today’s morning practice:

1. Safety Oshiomogho Atogwe is a cycling fiend:

Atogwe was held out of practice today with a sore hamstring, but was flying on the bike.  Head coach Mike Shanahan said after practice that it was merely precautionary and, “we don’t want to overwork him. He’s getting the mental reps.”

Running back Ryan Torain and wide receiver Malcolm Kelly were also both relegated to the bikes today.  Neither could keep up with Atogwe’s stationary speed though. Read more »

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New Names, New Numbers, Same Faces

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 3, 2011 – 7:31 pm

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Nicknames and initials are usually used when you have a complicated name.  Eventually though, you earn the right to be called what you want, and that’s exactly what two “new” Redskins have done.

OJ Atogwe has alerted the team and the media that he will no longer be called OJ.  He would prefer his give name, Oshiomogho.  Which is fine, considering his middle name is Isaac.

“Oshiomogho” is harder to work into a cheer though.

In other news, the Redskins signed back free agent linebacker HB Blades, but he is no longer HB.  He is also going by his given name, which is Horatio.  Horatio Blades.  Horatio Benedict Blades, Jr., to be exact.

He already had one of the coolest names in all of football, but when you add in “Horatio” to the last name of “Blades,” he sound like a super-hero.  Expectations just went up for you, Horatio.

On a seemingly clerical note, John Beck has changed his jersey number to 12.

But here’s the skinny on No. 12: Read more »

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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.

After the jump: Malcolm Kelly’s lost 2010 in Redskins Blog headlines. Read more »

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Malcolm Kelly Suffers Setback

Posted by Matt Terl on August 30, 2010 – 2:41 pm

The picture above — wide receiver Malcolm Kelly about to catch a pass — is not from today. It could’ve been; at about 11:30 Larry Weisman tweeted about Kelly’s “long-awaited” return to practice. The the media portion of practice closed and something happened.

“I really don’t know how bad it is,” head coach Mike Shanahan told the media after practice. “It’s definitely a setback.” Shanahan didn’t rule out the possibility of Kelly making the team or being placed on injured reserve, but in a crowded field of wide receivers, not being able to play at all can’t be a good thing for Kelly.

This is hugely disappointing news for Kelly, who was sounding relatively optimistic yesterday for the first time in weeks. “I’m feeling pretty good. I’m feeling a lot better than I have,” he said yesterday.

“We’ll see how it goes tomorrow in practice,” he said yesterday.

“The clock has been ticking,” he said yesterday.

“Tomorrow’ll really be the true test of what I’ll be able to do,” he said yesterday.

And it seems to have been. Unfortunately, the results weren’t exactly what he had hoped. Read more »

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Scenes From A Rough Evening

Posted by Matt Terl on August 22, 2010 – 12:12 am

The big story in the locker room was, obviously, Albert Haynesworth spouting off again. I am beyond tired of this ongoing drama, so if you want to read about that, check out Rich Campbell’s transcript over at the Free Lance-Star and thrill to the annoyance.

But Haynesworth didn’t really need to speak up, because there were plenty of other negative things to explore in the post-game locker room. Here’s a few.

Chris Wilson’s Head

The final injury of the game, pictured above, was Chris Wilson losing his helmet and writhing in agony during the fourth quarter. “Sometimes you get the bear, sometimes the bear gets you,” Wilson said. I asked how it was, and he shrugged. “It hurts. It hurts a little bit.”

No stitches, he said, “but it’s swelling on me — as you can see.” This was true. There was a knot on Wilson’s head the size of a nine-volt battery, along with a bandage. But Wilson declined to be compared to the most recent major facial injury in the NFL.

Eli Manning scraped his head,” Wilson explained. “I busted my head. Eli Manning probably had more blood, though.”

(London Fletcher, passing by at this point, noted, “Eli Manning was leaking.”)

Ultimately, though, Wilson said he was fine and dismissed the incident philosophically. “Game ain’t meant to be played without a helmet,” he said.

Then there was….
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Malcolm Kelly's Frustration Grows

Posted by Matt Terl on August 16, 2010 – 12:57 pm

Another week of practice starts up, and Malcolm Kelly‘s status remains the same: doing sidework, running ladders, riding the stationary bike, catching balls from the JUGS machine … but not practicing. Not getting on the field with his teammates or building rapport with the new quarterbacks.

And you know what tomorrow’s going to bring, according to head coach Mike Shanahan? More of the same, pretty much. “He won’t be back tomorrow after looking at him today,” Shanahan said after practice. “I really don’t know about those hamstrings, one day they feel better than the other and then there is more tightness. He’s going about 50% right now. I just don’t know at this time.” And, the coach added, that makes his chances for appearing in Saturday’s game against the Ravens “pretty slim.”

So, you might ask: how does Kelly himself feel about all this? Read more »

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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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Fred Davis And Malcolm Kelly Are Ready To Be Veterans

Posted by Matt Terl on July 16, 2010 – 9:48 am

When Fred Davis showed up in the Wizards’ video welcoming John Wall to DC, I was a little surprised to think of the third-year tight end as an elder statesman of the D.C. sports scene. And I’m not the only one. Fan emails regularly refer to Davis, and fellow 2008 second-round draft choices Malcolm Kelly and Devin Thomas, by youth-based epithets like “the young receivers”.

It’s not just me and the fans. During the last mini-camp, someone from the local media asked new head coach Mike Shanahan about “the youngsters” at the receiver position, and Shanahan was overtly surprised at the description. “Well, ‘youngsters,'” he said, nonplussed, ” I think of youngsters as rookies. These are old veterans.”

The coach is right. This is their third year, generally thought of as the year when wide receivers establish themselves as pro players — if they’re ever going to. And, amidst suggestions that the Redskins lack under-25 talent, these three 24 year-olds are likely to going to have to be contributors on the field for the team to establish a new offensive attack.

Fortunately, while it’s taken some time for those of us who don’t play the game to get used to the idea of Fred Davis, grizzled veteran, the players themselves know that they’re going to be expected to perform like NFL veterans.

“I mean, shoot,” Kelly told me, “we HAVE to.” Read more »

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Reed Doughty And Malcolm Kelly Celebrate Arbor Day

Posted by Matt Terl on May 4, 2010 – 11:00 am

I’m kind of embarrassed to admit that I missed Arbor Day this year. Usually it’s like a second Thanksgiving to me, but I guess this year I was a terrible, non-green American. Not Malcolm Kelly and Reed Doughty, though. They went ALL OUT in celebration of trees, and, thanks to the USDA Flickr stream, we can all relive their experience.

According to the USDA description, the two players joined Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and children from area schools “at the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, D. C., to celebrate the 138th Arbor Day, Friday, April 30, 2010. Secretary Vilsack and the Washington Redskins players also took part in ‘Fuel Up to Play 60’. A campaign the U. S. Department of Agriculture is in partnership with the National Football League and the National Dairy Council to encourage children to eat well get outdoors and be active.”

Also present onsite? The Milk Mustache Mobile. Which led to this exciting photo of Kelly, Doughty, Secretary Vilsack, and their milk mustaches.
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Malcolm Kelly Watches His High School Teammate At The Combine

Posted by Matt Terl on March 11, 2010 – 3:27 pm

When I was talking to Malcolm Kelly about his offseason work and the like, he also mentioned that he had spent some time watching the NFL Scouting Combine. Which surprised me a little bit, because … well, because the Combine is actually pretty boring television.

But Kelly had a specific viewing interest that made the Combine a bit more interesting: Read more »

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