Redskins Notes: Jacobs Tries to Hang On

Redskins Notes 06.25.06--Taylor Jacobs has gone from a prospective star to facing the prospect of being unemployed. However, he remains focused on making the team. Also, Ladell Betts gets some sugar from the new offensive boss and Gibbs says that as far as the team's uniforms go, white on white is a great fashion statement.

--No player who has been a Redskin as long is in as much danger of not making the team as receiver Taylor Jacobs. However, Jacobs is typically unruffled by being the sixth player at a position where Washington will keep just five bodies.

"(Training camp) is going to be really big," said Jacobs, who has caught just 30 passes since being chosen in the second round in 2003. "They've told me that I have to go out and play hard and sometimes, good people don't make the team, so I'm out there working to be a Washington Redskin first and whatever happens, happens. I'm going to play my butt off regardless of the odds."

Those odds are long with Moss, Lloyd, Randle El and 2005 starter David Patten all proven regulars and James Thrash, a special teams standout and a former starter. Jacobs had a golden opportunity to prove himself when Patten and Thrash went down last November, but he managed just eight catches for 60 yards while starting the next three games and was sent back to the bench. Jacobs could have been released on June 1, but he said that the Redskins told his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, that they wanted to keep him.

"They told him they want to see me reach my potential and hopefully this year, I'll do that," Jacobs said.

--Offensive coordinator Al Saunders raved about backup running back Ladell Betts, who's due to be a free agent in March. Betts ran for 338 yards on 89 carries last season, caught 10 passes for 78 yards and scored once on the ground, once through the air and on a 94-yard kickoff return. He averaged 25.9 yards on kickoff returns.

"I don't know if people realize what a quality player Ladell is," Saunders said. "He's a three-dimensional player -- he runs the ball, he can catch it and he can block well enough to be successful. Clinton is Clinton, one of the dominant backs in the NFL. Having somebody like Ladell has been a surprise because I knew he was good, but not this good. We'll have situations where Ladell and Clinton will be in the game at the same time. Ladell deserves to play and we've got to find a way to get him on the field and not just as a back-up player to Clinton."

--Gibbs said that he plans to continue dressing the Redskins in the all-white uniforms that proved lucky last year. Washington was just 5-6 before reeling off six straight victories, including the playoff opener at Tampa Bay, in the ice cream man look. The Redskins' only loss in those previously rarely-worn uniforms came in the divisional round game at Seattle.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Hopefully the only thing that changes for me, is that by the third quarter I will be on the sideline with my hat turned back waving at the cameras saying, 'See you all next week.' " - RB Clinton Portis on if he expects his role will change this season with the additions of Saunders, Lloyd and Randle El.

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