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First Guy In The Building Today

Posted by Matt Terl on April 29, 2011 – 8:15 am

The second player to arrive at Redskins Park today was Selvish Capers, who has been working out at LA Fitness. Third was Rob Jackson, a pass-rushing linebacker who was probably pretty motivated by the Redskins’ first-round selection of pass-rushing linebacker Ryan Kerrigan last night. Fourth was Lorenzo Alexander, who probably didn’t sneak past the media cordon this time.

But the first guy, somewhat unexpectedly, was kicker Graham Gano. It shouldn’t be a surprise: Gano is a gym rat who has always made the most of the weight room, but somehow it was. Through all the bizarre ebb and flow of this offseason, Gano wasn’t necessarily the first — or second, or twelfth — guy you thought about missing the facility … but he was the first guy back.

Here’s a quick interview in which he explains what he’s looking forward to back at the facility and what he’s been doing while he was away. (HINT: Lifting, in both cases.)

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Senior Bowl Flashback: Selvish Capers

Posted by Matt Terl on January 25, 2011 – 2:46 pm

Many of the “SLIDESHOW: 10 Guys The Redskins Are Watch At The Senior Bowl” articles that I’ve come across focus on the big tickets — the Jake Lockers, the Phil Taylors, the guys like that — but the time in Mobile can also be useful for checking out later-round projects.

Like, for example, 2010 seventh-rounder Selvish Capers. Capers spent the 2010 season on the practice squad before signing a reserve/futures contract after the season ended. No one thing ever gets a player selected, but Capers was at last year’s Senior Bowl, and you have to figure that what the scouts saw there contributed directly to his eventual draft position — and to his sticking around all season and into next year.

When I went back to see what that might have been, if there was anything specific that Capers showed in Mobile, I also got a quick lesson into why WHOSE reports you read are almost as important as WHAT they’re reporting. Check this out:

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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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The Offensive Line Gets Used To Chris Samuels, Coach (And To Someone Else Wearing 60)

Posted by Matt Terl on May 21, 2010 – 2:28 pm

Redskins seventh-round draft choice Selvish Capers is learning a lot as he gets used to life on the professional level.

“It’s different,” Capers says. “It’s a lot faster, there’s a lot more that they’re putting in and installing at one time, but I can pick it up. The veterans are there helpin’ me out throughout the process. I’ve been grateful and it’s been fun.”

And Capers isn’t just dealing with the usual rookie whiplash. He’s also wearing number 60, which — for the entire last decade — belonged to all-pro, all-star, all-everything left tackle Chris Samuels.

The pressure doesn’t daunt Capers, though. “Not really,” he says. “Not much. I just keep hearin’ that I’m wearin’ a big-time jersey, and it’s probably gonna be retired, and all this other stuff. We’ll see what happens.”

So far, the only thing that’s happened is that his teammates are slightly confused. I ask center Casey Rabach how he feels about seeing someone else wearing 60 after all this time.

He says, “Who is?”

Selvish Capers, I say.

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The Potential Impact Of Seventh Round Choices

Posted by Matt Terl on April 28, 2010 – 2:09 pm

When the Redskins selected two offensive linemen with the their seventh-round selections in the NFL Draft — on top of fourth-overall selection Trent Williams — I figured fans would be happy. (In fact, I used a headline that was meant to convey exactly that, although the syntax threw more than a few people off.) Here they are, O people: the offensive linemen for whom you have cried out. Repeatedly!

And, for the most part, that was correct. People were happy. There was new offensive line depth. Birds chirped, rainbows bowed, and all was right with the world.

Except… the emails keep trickling in suggesting that being happy about two seventh-round picks is ridiculous. That these guys — Erik Cook and (pictured above) Selvish Capers — are never going to contribute. That Williams is the only guy from the draft who really matters.

The only mainstream media member I’ve seen get in on the act is Rick Snider, the venerable Redskins beat reporter currently with the DC Examiner. The morning after the draft, Snider tweeted:

I wouldn’t get too caught up in #Redskins taking 3 OL. 2 were in 7th. Probably never see the field. Count it as 1 OT in draft.

(To Snider’s credit, he was there well ahead of my emailers. I may not agree with his conclusion, but at least he reached it swiftly.)

Once the number of emails in accord with Snider’s sentiment reached a certain, undefinable critical mass, I figured it was time to just stop vaguely disagreeing and start looking at some numbers. Fortunately, they weren’t too tough to find: I really didn’t have to go much beyond the basic arithmetic of counting last year’s starting lineups.

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