The newest Redskins running back shared his thoughts on coming to Washington and being a backup.
Redskins Report: October 15th
If Horton doesn't play, Shawn Springs likely would get more work at safety, as he did during the game vs. St. Louis.
...Stephon Heyer (shoulder) practiced and filled in for Samuels at left tackle. Still not sure who will start at right tackle, but our hunch is it will be Jon Jansen. That's just a hunch at this point.
...Tight end Kellen Winslow is unlikely to play for Cleveland. That actually helped the ground game the other night vs. New York because Winslow is a horrible blocker.
...It was quite a day at Redskins Park with the three newcomers. Obviously, the biggest one was Shaun Alexander. He spoke to the media for most of the 45-minute open locker-room session, sometimes in one on ones and about 15 minutes in a group setting. For someone so new, he seems at home. A few players would walk by the assembled group and shout out his name or make a reference to him. That's a good thing in the locker room world. Means they accept you.
...Zorn did politely say that he didn't always run tough in Seattle.
"Shaun has an interesting style of running," Zorn said. "If it wasn't there he wasn't going to push it. That's a different style than Ladell or Clinton. If it's not there, they push it. Those are the things we're hoping grow on him here."
But Zorn loves his ability to accelerate. And, as he points out, it was Alexander who rushed for more than 1,800 yards in 2005 en route to league MVP.
...Clinton Portis has no problems with Alexander's presence.
"You'd never think Clinton Portis and Shaun Alexander would be in the same backfield," Portis said, "but [stuff] happens.... Two years ago they gave him $63 million. Two years later you're telling me this man can't play football anymore?"
...New punter Ryan Plackemeier uses the Australian rules football style of punting when trying to land punts inside the 20. He holds the ball straight up and down, which, when kicked right, prevents the ball from rolling into the end zone. Sure enough on his first attempt at trying to land a punt inside the 20, the ball landed just inside the 10 and rolled to the side where it died. He also had a few booming punts. But don't get too excited; Durant Brooks did the same thing the past couple weeks.
John Keim covers the Redskins for the Washington Examiner and is a contributing editor for Warpathinsiders.com. He has covered the team since 1994. Some of his other stories can be found at dcexaminer.com
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