Redskins Report: September 8th

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Will Shawn Springs play? Which Offensive Lineman made a lot of mental mistakes against the Giants? What is the status of Malcolm Kelly? All this, a bit on Zorn and the President, and more, right here....

...Shawn Springs practiced today and said he will play against the New Orleans Saints. Springs said he would have been able to play had the Redskins played on Sunday instead of Thursday last week.

...Jason Taylor won over some fans in the locker room by playing in the opener. A couple players were miffed that not all followed his lead by doing this. They didn't mention any names.

...Malcolm Kelly was limited in practice and said he hopes to go full on Wednesday. Coach Jim Zorn reacted with sarcastic, "Great!" when a reporter told him what Kelly had said. Yes, Zorn is very frustrated with the rookie wideouts. Can't blame him. This offense needs what they have, but Devin Thomas and Kelly are so far from being threats.

...Thomas worked with the ball machine after practice trying to improve his hands. He drops too many passes in practice.

...Corner Carlos Rogers worked on catching passes from Jason Campbell for about 10 minutes after practice, hoping to improve his hands as well. Zorn called it a concentration issue, but also felt it would be better for Rogers to catch passes from a quarterback rather than a machine. That way he can work on real-game situations.

...From what we hear, Stephon Heyer made more than his share of mental mistakes vs. the Giants, stuff that's hard for the average=2 0fan to detect. But what we don't know yet is whether he'll learn from his mistakes or repeat them. The kid hadn't played as much on the right side until bumping Jon Jansen so we'll see.

...Jansen did work with the first unit in practice today a decent amount. But Zorn said that was to keep him sharp and also to give Chris Samuels a little rest on the other side. Heyer alternated with Samuels.

...How's this for a bad stretch by the offense. Samuels jumped early on one play and on the next play Santana Moss dropped a pass.

...James Thrash beat Justin Tryon on one deep route, hauling in a pass from Jason Campbell.

...The big question in the press room, as it is elsewhere, is this: Does Jason Campbell fit this offense? It's a bit early to say no considering the receivers don't help him much in this offense. Moss is not considered a great route runner; Antwaan Randle El is a small possession receiver and James Thrash is not a scary No. 3 at all. Campbell needs a receiver who can make him look good and who he can just throw it downfield to on occasion, like a Plaxico Burress. The Redskins lack that receiver.

...Yes, Zorn went bike riding with President Bush Sunday, a 90-minute ride. Zorn looked uncomfortable even talking about the ride. He's gone on a couple rides with the President since arriving in Washington.

John Keim covers the Redskins for the Washington Examiner and is a contributing editor for He has covered the team since 1994. Some of his other stories can be found at

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