For Rumph, he enters
with no expectations and perhaps can beef up the depth at corner for
Washington. Ken Wright did not have a terrific night in his Redskins' debut
Sunday, but Rumph is unlikely to bump him from the nickel spot.
Rumph has the
reputation of being a physical corner, someone who can also play safety. That
versatility is craved by Washington's defensive coaches.
But Rumph, a former
first-round pick, also is coming off back-to-back seasons in which he landed on
the injured reserve list. He spent 13 games there in 2005 with plantar fascia.
He missed 14 games in '04 -- the final nine because of a broken forearm.
The Redskins like
that he played collegiately with Clinton Portis, Santana Moss and Sean Taylor.
The coaches say they received positive feedback from his college teammates, as
well as from end Andre Carter and receiver Brandon Lloyd about Rumph and his
''He'll fit in
here,'' Redskins coach Joe Gibbs said.
Jacobs' career in
Washington was marked by injuries. Each year it was something else, from a
bruised pancreas his rookie year to a strained abdomen in '04 and a sprained
left big toe last year.
teammates raved about his potential, but Jacobs appeared to suffer from
confidence problems. Some teammates said he also often ran the wrong routes
He caught 30 passes
in three seasons in Washington.