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Sunday, September 6: The 2009 Redskins Practice Squad Takes Shape

Posted by Matt Terl on September 6, 2009 – 3:15 pm

The Redskins have signed the first five members of their 2009 practice squad:

  • Safety Lendy Holmes, he of the distinctive haircut
  • Fullback Eddie Williams, one of the team’s 2009 draft picks (and now the second of two guys named Ed Williams in the locker room, with offensive lineman Edwin Williams)
  • Wide receiver Trent Shelton, which marks a great stride at repairing yesterday’s damage to the team’s Twitter presence
  • Defensive end Rob Jackson, a 2008 draft pick who spent last season on the active roster
  • Defensive end J.D. Skolnitsky, adding another local guy to the locker room

Notable for his absence on that list is quarterback Chase Daniel, who told me yesterday that he expected to be in this morning to sign his practice squad deal. Apparently, that didn’t happen.

This leaves three spots to fill to the full practice squad contingent of eight. I’ll have more posted as I hear it, although I think this might be it for today. Read more »

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Tuesday, August 11: Lendy Holmes Sports A Dallas Haircut

Posted by Matt Terl on August 11, 2009 – 8:25 am

Here’s what safeties coach Steve Jackson had to say about undrafted rookie safety Lendy Holmes when I talked to him back in May:

“He’s very promising. Athletic guy. You wanna talk about ball skills, he’s got excellent ball skills, and he’s smart. It’s gonna be good to see what he can do once we get the pads on, because everybody looks good in shorts. It’s a talent show.

“But you wanna see the toughness and how a guy’s gonna react when it’s a hundred degrees outside and you’ve got guys who are bigger than you and faster than you that wanna knock you down, AND you’ve gotta remember your plays, AND you’ve gotta get out of there in one piece”

And here’s what a bunch of other people around Redskins Park had to say about undrafted rookie safety Lendy Holmes over the last month or so: “What’s up with his hair?”

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Other Notes From Practice

Posted by Matt Terl on May 5, 2009 – 3:14 pm

Since my earlier practice update wound up unusually focused, I figured I’d split these out into a separate post.

Fred Davis admittedly does not look particularly fast or athletic when he’s having a drink of water. Pretty much no one does. But today — for the third or fourth straight day — I was struck by Davis’s footspeed after the catch. He’s a big guy, but is remarkably quick. I really, really hope we get to see it in the regular season this year. (Insert obligatory disclaimer about lack of performance last year here.)
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Monday Afternoon Roster Moves

Posted by Matt Terl on May 4, 2009 – 2:12 pm

A flurry of roster moves this Monday afternoon, including a goodbye to a blog favorite.

The Redskins signed two wide receivers, although — bizarrely, to me — neither of them was actually involved in this past weekend’s minicamp. Roydell Williams was out of football last year, but spent the three years prior with the Tennesse Titans, where he enjoyed a fair amount of success — 55 catches for 719 yards and four touchdowns in 2007.


Trent Shelton, meanwhile, spent 2008’s training camp with the Indianapolis Colts before heading to the Seahawks’ practice squad. Here’s an excerpt from a blog post that ran on the Seattle Post Intelligencer’s blog in June after running on the Colts’ website in the preceding August. (It felt appropriate to use it, as if it’s following Shelton from stop to stop.) Read more »

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