Redskins Positions Battles Enetering 2009
The Redskins may not be the most interesting team to cover, but i love the team so, I take a look at some interesting position battles entering the season
Backup QB Todd Collins vs. Young Guns?
With a big possibility that Jason Campbell doesn't play all 16 games, who will tack the backup role. Colt Brennan, a stud in college played a grand total of 0 snaps last year after a very impressive pre-season. I don't hope that to happen again as Colt has a great arm and could be used in emergency situations. Chase Daniel is another great young player who could be seeing some snaps this season.
Despite his great 2007, I would opt against Todd Collins, the man is 37 and running out of gas. He is consistent so might play if it's not Campbell, but his arm is rusty and the 40-yard pass is well out of his reach.
My Selection: Colt Brennan
Most Probable Selection: Todd Collins
No. 2 Receiver: Antwaan Randel El vs. Devin Thomas
For me, Thomas is the obvious selection, he didn't have the best rookie season, but his second year should be great. I can see him having a 900 yard season as his speed will make him a threat on long balls.
I ahve nothing against Randel El, but, he was consistently inconsistent last season and was nothing more than a so-so receiver. His punt returns were well under his average and Thomas might take over his spot there as well.
My Selection: Devin Thomas
Most Probable Selection: Antwaan Randel El
1st Cornerback:Deangelo Hall vs. Fred Smoot
Smoot is a great cover-corner and Hall is a huge play guy. This is a tough decision. Zorn loves Smoot, so he will probably start him, and I easily agree, Hall can barely guard a man but if he is near him he will pick it, not good.
Smoot sticks to his man like butter and that is great, he is coming off a mediocre seson but he will have a better one. Don't be surprised to see Smoot guard any top receiver, besides Terrell Owens.
My selection: Fred Smoot
Most Probable Selection: Fred Smoot
2nd Cornerback: Carlos Rogers vs. Deangelo Hall
Hall doesn't easily get this job either. Rogers is coming off a terrible year, and it isn't looking up for him. He had a toe injury and he has probably lost his 1st man job to either Smoot or Hall, but Carlos still covers a man better.
I would rather see Carlos on the bench, he is on the decline.
My Selection: Deangelo Hall
Most Probabe Selction: Deangelo Hall
Punt Returner: Antwaan Randel El vs. Santana Moss vs. Deangelo Hall
Randel El is probably the most consistent of the bunch, but the least likely to break loose for a big return. He could get his spot back from Santana, but a lot people, including me think that it is doubtful.
Moss is the most balanced between the three with a nice combination of speed and consistency. He broke a 80-yard return last season and was a lot better than Randel El when it counted, so he will be one of the top options for this job.
Hall has been a great returner in the past, but the old speedster is loosing some of his wheels. He is the least likely to earn the spot, but if they are in a desperate need of a big return he might be seen on the field.
My Selection: Santana Moss
Most Probable Selection: Santana Moss
3rd down back: Clinton Portis vs. Ladell Betts
Betts is my least favorite player on the Redskins I don't think he has the talent to run the ball, in my opinion, he shoudn't even be the backup, much less the 3RB. Betts will more likely than not earn the spot, but I hope not.
Portis is an elite back, he runs with a beautiful mix of speed and power, and can blossom at 3RB, if given the chance. Not too many half-backs are both the starter and the 3RB, but Portis should easily belong in the group that does.
My Selection: Clinton Portis
Most Probable Selection: Ladell Betts
I think that if the right decisions are made, the Redskins will be great, but if not it could be a long season in the nation's capital. With all said, I hope a great year in DC in year 2 of the Jim Zorn expirement.
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