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Borges: ’Skins hope new remodeling pays off

Postby newshog » Thu Jul 17, 2003 10:43 am

’Skins hope new remodeling pays off
New players on offense key to Washington’s hopes
Redskins Training Camp Preview
By Ron Borges, NBCSports.com contributor

The first order of business for the Redskins when training camp opens will be to introduce each other and learn everyone’s name. After that they can get down to the difficulties of building a team that signed 13 new free agents, including eight on offense.

OWNER DAN SNYDER OBVIOUSLY doesn’t believe much in chemistry, because this is the second time he has done a wholesale remodeling job. It didn’t work well in its first incarnation, but perhaps this time will be the charm.

The biggest acquisitions were on offense, where Snyder raided the New York Jets for four players to help coach Steve Spurrier put together an offense he could be proud of. The biggest gamble was the signing of restricted free agent wide receiver Laveranues Coles to a contract with a $13 million signing bonus. That’s salary cap suicide if Coles doesn’t continue to play as he did last year in his breakthrough season. Coles has the deep speed Spurrier needs to make his Fun ‘n Gun offense work and he won’t be alone. Also brought in were veteran flyer Patrick Johnson and No. 2 pick Taylor Jacobs, who grew up in the Spurrier system at Florida. That gives young quarterback Patrick Ramsey a greatly improved receiving corps to work with, especially when you add holdover Rod Gardner, who should find huge holes in the middle with Coles stretching defenses deep.

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