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If Albert Haynesworth ever qualifies to participate in one of Mike Shanahan's practices, I actually think he'd enjoy himself. Shanahan asks his players to pour everything they have into morning sessions before hosting jog-throughs in the afternoons. And judging from his red-faced appearance at today's news conference, the head coach is about ready for this episode to end.

The MRI on Albert Haynesworth's knee came back negative, and the Washington Post's Jason Reid reported Friday morning that the defensive lineman's tearing it up on the treadmill. So why can this man not make it through two 300-yard shuttle runs that were easily handled by ESPN's Mike Golic? Your guess is as good as mine. One reporter excitedly noted that Haynesworth had appeared to increase his work in individual drills Friday.

"He's been doing the same thing," snapped Shanahan. "He's been getting a few reps and individual work -- the same thing he's been doing."

When I sit down with Shanahan this evening, I'm not going to lead with Haynesworth. I'm going to ask the coach to compare this Redskins team to some of his Broncos teams. And I'm curious to pick his brain about why he thought Donovan McNabb was the perfect fit for the Redskins. The guy's not known for his accuracy, and that's something Shanahan values. Now let's take a look at what caught my eye in practice Friday morning:

I talked to one longtime Redskins reporter who actually thinks Larry Johnson will have more carries than Clinton Portis this season. I don't see that happening unless Portis suffers an injury, but it's obvious that Johnson's feeling really good early in camp. He's finishing off every run and he's actually shown a burst at times. He also appears to be really comfortable with his new surroundings. On the other hand, it's hard to imagine Willie Parker making this roster. He's not getting many reps and it just doesn't look like Shanahan's giving him much of a chance. Ryan Torrain is receiving more carries than Parker from what I can tell.

Mike Shanahan doesn't miss a beat during practice. During drills, he'll stand away from everyone and just study different things. He also takes mental notes of which players don't hustle between drills and calls out their names at the end of practice. Those players are forced to run extra sprints. As one local beat reporter put it, "The adults are in charge again." I liked Jim Zorn, but he probably gave his players too much latitude.

Lorenzo Alexander and Andre Carter have a nice little battle going on at left outside linebacker. Alexander has been running with the first team, but Carter, 31, will get plenty of playing time. You knew Carter would have a little trouble in coverage, but he's actually been step for step with running backs on a couple of occasions. No matter who wins the starting role, the other guy will receive plenty of playing time. By the way, Carter told me after practice that he thinks David Diehl's the best left tackle he's faced in the Beast.

Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett is the best thing that could've happened to Carlos Rogers' career. The cornerback thought his career in Washington was over, but now Haslett believes he can turn him into an Antoine Winfield-type player. Haslett will take advantage of Rogers' size and he'll send him on a lot more blitzes.

Brian Orakpo told me after practice that Haslett's playbook has at least 20 more blitzes than Greg Blache's version. He said it was a little overwhelming at first, but now he's not thinking as much.

Kedric Golston and Adam Carriker were running with the first-team defense Friday. It looked like the Redskins were working on their dime package, which features two down linemen. If Haynesworth passes the conditioning test in the next month or so, he'll likely see a lot of time at right defensive end.

Torrain could end up serving as the third-down back, but he can't drop a perfect swing pass as he did Friday.

When former Cowboys receiver Joey Galloway broke free on a deep ball, Haslett just about lost it. "How many [expletive] times do we have to do this?" he shoutd in the general direction of safety LaRon Landry. By the way, Landry has a very difficult time not destroying receivers across the middle -- even when players are in shorts. In Friday's morning session, Landry pulled up at the last possible moment when Chris Cooley caught a McNabb pass across the middle. It looks like one of Cooley's brothers (Taylor?) was conducting some interviews for the tight end's blog after practice. They were focusing on Santana Moss.

Cornerback Justin Tryon made a nice recovery on a fly pattern to Roydell Williams. At this moment, Moss and Galloway are your starting wide receivers. I think it's the weakest part of this team, but Moss tried to convince me otherwise during a 20-minute visit following practice.

If you need a Rudy type player to root for, let me point you in the direction of former Kansas State receiver Brandon Banks. At 5-foot-7, Banks isn't exactly a red-zone target. But he's quick and appears to have good hands. I'm interested to see if he can make some plays in the preseason. I'd love to see the little fella get some reps returning punts. He's not very sturdy, though. He caught a short pass Friday and then a shove from cornerback Kevin Barnes almost sent him into a crowd of corporate folks. I think a stiff wind might have the same effect on young Banks.

John Beck rolled right and fired a bullet to tight end Lee Vickers in team drills. Former TCU linebacker Robert Henson reacted with some loud expletives because he came close to breaking up the pass. Perhaps Henson realizes that Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin will do something similar to his Frogs in Week 3. Beck botched a handoff to Portis in Friday's practice. He didn't last with the Dolphins because of a side-arm motion that led to a lot of balls being deflected. If Dolphins quarterbacks coach David Lee can't fix a problem, then I'm skeptical of the quarterback having much of a future in the league. Lee has worked with Tony Romo, Chad Henne and Tim Tebow (Senior Bowl).

Haslett is trying to change the mentality of this defense. You'll hear the word "strip" over and over again in practice. Haslett wants one defender to strip the ball and another to come over the top and go for the scoop. There's an emphasis on takeaways in almost every drill.

Shanahan thinks that Jammal Brown and Malcolm Kelly will return to practice Monday, but he's not certain about that. I get the feeling that the Redskins are starting to lose patience with Kelly, who is nursing a tight hamstring. Late in Friday's practice, the receiver would've broken away from the peloton had he not been on a stationary bike. It's not like the guy has a bad attitude or anything. McNabb and Moss have both taken a special interest in the former Oklahoma star, but he has a hard time staying on the field.

Grapevine, Texas, native Richard Bartel continues to throw the ball well in practice. Everyone's focused on Beck since he arrived, but Bartel's the backup who seems to take advantage of every rep.

Brian Orakpo said he had some lofty personal goals for this season, but he's not willing to go on the record at this point. He spent much of our conversation talking about the Big 12 finding a way to stay together. With Nebraska defecting to the Big 10, Orakpo says this year's game between his Texas Longhorns and Adam Carriker's Cornhuskers will carry added significance. "I'm still trying to recover from when they almost beat us," said Orakpo, referring to the Big 12 title game.

Safety Kareem Moore is having an excellent training camp and it will be tough to keep him off the field. The Redskins have actually developed some nice depth at safety. But on that topic, I'm not sure what's happened to Chris Horton. Two years ago, he took the league by storm when injuries forced him onto the field. Now, he's barely getting any reps in practice.

I thought left tackle Trent Williams looked pretty quick in team drills. He tweaked his hip a little bit in practice, but Shanahan thinks he'll be fine.

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fisher knew what was up

Yeah thats why the Titans wanted to re-sign him and accused the Redskins of tampering

after he jumped ship ;)

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YES!!

Big Al passes test set to practice with his teammates.

Yep, he "passed" alright.

Shanny caved because it blew up in his face.

Perfect start to another dysfunctional year.

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Yep, he "passed" alright.

Shanny caved because it blew up in his face.

Perfect start to another dysfunctional year.

sure he did :rolleyes:

Big Al's times were 66 and 70.

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Roydell Williams giving everyone a run for their money at wideout. The former Tennessee

forth round draft pick who's battled injuries over the past two seasons is making a name

for himself at Redskins training camp. Whether its McNabb or Grossman behind center,

Williams is making plays and has picked up the offense as well as any WR on the team.

I didn't realize the Redskins had McNabb AND Grossman. What's Snyder's goal, get to the Super Bowl and choke?

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congratulations to Russ Grimm! The 1st and hopefully not the last Hog to be voted into the

NFL Hall of Fame.

The best offensive line in the history of the game.

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sure he did :rolleyes:

Big Al's times were 66 and 70.

Can I get the tape on that?

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How long till Davis passes Cooley on the depthchart. Saw a report today he was a beast in the redzone

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How long till Davis passes Cooley on the depthchart. Saw a report today he was a beast in the redzone

IDK, but they will be on the field a ton together, its just the way the new offense is set up.

Davis runs the best seam route on the team.

i can see them both with 80 + RECs this season

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How long till Davis passes Cooley on the depthchart. Saw a report today he was a beast in the redzone

Davis has been McNabbs favorite target at camp so far and he scored 3 TD's today in the 11-on-11 scrimmage.

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30,000 people showed up at Redskins Park yesterday for fan appreciation day at practice. Wow!

I went last year and i thought it was a cluster f trying to get in with just 15,000.

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My pre-pre-season roster prediction:

QB: Donovan McNabb, Rex Grossman, John Beck

RB: Clinton Portis, Larry Johnson, Ryan Torain

FB: Mike Sellers

WR: Santana Moss, Terrence Austin, Anthony Armstrong, Devin Thomas, Roydell Williams

TE: Chris Cooley, Fred Davis, Logan Paulson

OT: Trent Williams, Jammal Brown, Will Robinson, Stephon Heyer

OG: Derrick Dockery, Artis Hicks, Chad Rhinehart, Kory Lichtensteiger

OC: Casey Rabach, Edwin Williams

DE: Adam Carriker, Albert Haynesworth, Phillip Daniels, Jeremy Jarmon, Vonnie Holliday, Kedric Golston

NT: Maake Kemoeatu

ILB: London Fletcher, Rocky McIntosh, H.B. Blades, Perry Riley, Chris Draft

OLB: Brian Orakpo, Andre Carter, Lorenzo Alexander, Chris Wilson

CB: DeAngelo Hall, Carlos Rogers, Justin Tryon, Phillip Buchanon, Kevin Barnes

S: LaRon Landry, Kareem Moore, Reed Doughty, Chris Horton

K: Graham Gano

P: Josh Bidwell

LS: Ethan Albright

-Kemoeatu is the only true NT on the roster, but both Carriker and Haynesworth can play NT and will serve as the backups there.

-Current LS Nick Sundberg gets cut after the 2nd pre-season game and they replace him with Ethan Albright.

Practice Squad:

OT Selvish Capers

G/C Erik Cook

RB Keiland Williams

CB Ramzee Robinson

TE/FB Dennis Morris

S Anderson Russell

WR Brandon Banks

WR Shay Hodge

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Can I get the tape on that?

I didn't think so. All the radio folks down here in DC are joking about how Shanny just rubber stamped his "passing" of the test.

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How long till Davis passes Cooley on the depthchart. Saw a report today he was a beast in the redzone

I made the statement last year that they should get some draft picks for Cooley based on the play of Davis last year and get their O-Line straighten out but I took some serious ish for that. I stand by my statement.

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I made the statement last year that they should get some draft picks for Cooley based on the play of Davis last year and get their O-Line straighten out but I took some serious ish for that. I stand by my statement.

Or they can run two TE sets to help out the O-Line.

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I made the statement last year that they should get some draft picks for Cooley based on the play of Davis last year and get their O-Line straighten out but I took some serious ish for that. I stand by my statement.

With no real receiving threat other than Moss we need both Cooley and Davis out there.

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I made the statement last year that they should get some draft picks for Cooley based on the play of Davis last year and get their O-Line straighten out but I took some serious ish for that. I stand by my statement.

i think we straightened the OL out just fine without trading one of our best offensive weapons.

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I didn't think so. All the radio folks down here in DC are joking about how Shanny just rubber stamped his "passing" of the test.

there was a write up in the paper about his time. i'll dig thru and see if i can find

it if it makes you happy..

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i think we straightened the OL out just fine without trading one of our best offensive weapons.

Most people don't know that the Redskins traded a 3rd or 4th depending on the McNabb conditional pick for Jammal Brown. And then there's questions about whether Jammal is as good as his 2 probowls or if Brees made him look good. Not so sure if the interior is that good, Artis Hicks...meh.

Davis and Cooley will likely be big targets for McNabb. He uses the TEs a lot, the RBs aren't great pass catchers, and the WRs are questionable. McNabb likes the seam route and I guess the reports are that Davis runs a good one.

Has McNabb been running bootlegs in practice? Curious to see if it helps out his game or not.

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