Youth Must Demonstrate That It's Ready to Serve

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Youth Must Demonstrate That It's Ready to Serve

Postby 1niksder » Fri Aug 04, 2006 11:56 pm

Youth Must Demonstrate That It's Ready to Serve

By Jason La Canfora
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, August 5, 2006; Page E09

For most Washington Redskins, today's scrimmage with the Baltimore Ravens at FedEx Field is a mere formality. But for the younger players on the roster, including a host of recent draft picks, it will be much more imperative to make a good impression.

With Washington adding so much veteran talent in the offseason, roster spots will be difficult to come by, even for some players the team has invested higher draft picks on. Washington selected just six players in 2005, one of whom, linebacker Jarred Newberry, was cut during last year's training camp.

First-round selections Carlos Rogers and Jason Campbell are projected to have bright futures by the team, but fourth-round pick Manuel White, who missed all of last season with an injury, faces stiff competition at fullback, as does seventh-round pick Nehemiah Broughton. The backfield is already crowded with veterans Clinton Portis, Ladell Betts, Rock Cartwright and Mike Sellers.

Fifth-round pick Robert McCune has not had a strong camp so far, linebackers coach Dale Lindsey said. Lindsey said he wants to see much more from McCune, who is trying to win a spot backing up Lemar Marshall at inside linebacker, the focal point of the Redskins' defense.

"He's not where we want him," Lindsey said. "Robert turned out to be a good special teams players last year, and if you're a backup linebacker here we expect you to be good in that area. But we expect him to rise this year when he's playing middle linebacker. And right now, I don't see him where we want him, and I'm not taking the blame for that."

The Redskins had only one pick in the first four rounds of April's draft -- taking linebacker Rocky McIntosh in the second round -- and their five second-day picks are assured of nothing. Safety Reed Doughty has drawn praise for his offseason work, and McIntosh, a possible starter, has looked like a "typical rookie" thus far, Lindsey said.

"His mind has overloaded his feet because of all the stuff he's being asked to learn," Lindsey said.

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