They were supposed to be our next great wide receivers, they were supposed to be the tall receiving threats Jason Campbell so desperately needed. Yet here we are entering week 9 and we haven’t heard much from this year’s second round picks. Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelly were highly touted coming out of college, they were men amongst boys on the college playground. They both had tremendous talent and skill even though they were still relatively raw to the game. I remember draft day 08, a draft where I couldn’t contain my excitement as the Redskins drafted three receiving threats in a row. The thought of Thomas and Kelly on the field at the same time as Santana Moss gave me goosebumps.
As we wait to hear if Kelly will be sent to the IR, I am left with an empty feeling inside. Sure Thomas has shown us glimpses of what he could be, but so far the most catches he has had in a game are 2. Don’t get me wrong the dude has been a beast on special teams, do you remember the hit he dished out against Cleveland returner Syndric Steptoe? He has been improving every week but is yet to have the breakout game we are all waiting to see.
Kelly hasn’t seen much of the field at all and I swear his knee has been drained at least 7 times by now. It’s no question we took a chance on him, with his known knee problems many considered him a project, but we snatched him up in hopes he would be past that. Let’s not forget about tight end Fred Davis. Davis has seen some playing time and actually should’ve had a TD catch if it weren’t for Campbell floating a ball over his head. Oddly enough we also tried to use him on a reverse but he just doesn’t have the speed for it. I want to see those rumored two tight end sets with him and Chris Cooley lined up on opposite ends. Out of the three Davis had the best preseason and I know for a fact that he has more skill than Todd Yoder.
As I watch other rookie WR’s DeSean Jackson, Donnie Avery and Eddie Royal making huge contributions for their teams I find myself a little jealous. I realize when you are talking about rookies developing you have to be patient, but I want to see some action already. I haven’t given up on them yet and who knows by the end of next year everyone could be talking about how great our rookie’s turned out. In the meantime let’s hope they have the hunger inside to work that much harder to become the true Redskins we all are looking for.