Today will be the seventh straight day of practices for the Redskins in this 2010 training camp, and questions still surround this team.
At quarterback, the Redskins released Colt Brennen last Monday. Brennen was a fan favorite and the longest tenured Redskins quarterback heading into the season. However, he has never played a single down in the regular season, and was not spectacular through camp. With his release the Redskins brought John Beck, who Mike and Kyle Shanahan have been keen on, prior to their coaching stints in D.C.
With the release of Brennen, Rex Grossman is the overwhelming favorite to be the back-up. Despite public opinion on him, Grossman still piloted his offense to a Super Bowl. He’s no Joe Montana, but he’s not Trent Dilfer either. What happens in Donovan McNabb, goes down with an injury? McNabb’s track record clearly shows that he does not play a 16-game season. At some point Grossman or another back-up may have to step in and lead the team. Are the coaches set on McNabb’s replacements if he needs one?
With the rumors of Brett Favre potentially retiring and McNabb not signing an extension with the Redskins, could McNabb forgo a contract here and become a free agent here next year? A few weeks ago we studied the scenario from both sides, whether McNabb would stay or go, it will be interesting to see how this plays out. Once Tom Brady and Peyton Manning set the market, you better be sure that all eyes will be on McNabb and on how wide Bruce Allen is willing to open Dan Snyder’s wallet.
Of all the offensive positions, wide receivers may be the units least favorable position at this point in camp. Two high picks from two seasons ago have not impresses in Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelly. Thomas actually progressed in the 2009 season, but is far from showing true promise. Malcolm Kelly has not nothing at all. His stat line is skewed by an 80+yard reception in the season finale at San Diego. Otherwise, he has done nothing but collect dust.
Santana Moss for all intents and purposes will go into the season as the number one receiver, simply based on the fact that no one has pushed him from that spot. A 38-year old Joey Galloway has been taking a majority of the first team reps opposite Moss. Though Thomas should be the favorite to win the second starting spot, Galloway has only proven that he knows how to run a good route and has a better mental feel for the scheme.
This is bad news for the Kelly, 6’4, who has the size and hands to be a good receiver. Though injury may be keeping him out of camp, that may not be enough to save his job. It will take a phenomenal pre-season for him to be on the roster by the time Dallas comes to town. With other veterans like Bobby Wade and Roydell Williams in the mix as well as young talent like Anthony Armstrong and Terrence Austin, who plays special teams, Kelly may have seen his last days in a Redskins uniform.