Three and Out: Redskins
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
Three quick hits on the Washington Redskins:
1. Who will win the No. 2 receiver opposite Santana Moss?
I think second-year wide receiver Devin Thomas has the edge at this point, but Malcolm Kelly impressed both Jim Zorn and quarterback Jason Campbell with his performance against the Ravens last Thursday. Zorn has been pulling for one of his young players to win the job and it appears that Antwaan Randle El is handling that news pretty well. Thomas needs to continue to show more maturity on and off the field. He has the size and breakaway speed to be a difference-maker in '09, but he still makes some careless mistakes. Fortunately, Kelly and Thomas have an excellent mentor in Moss. He's spent a lot of time with the receivers, and he's hoping they will take some heat off him.
2. The offensive line is once again the key
Left tackle Chris Samuels appears to be all the way back from injuries that derailed his '08 season. When healthy, he's still one of the most athletic tackles in the game. Bringing in guard Derrick Dockery is a huge upgrade, but the Skins still face questions at right tackle. Stephon Heyer was having a superb camp before he got banged up. Campbell says he has a lot of faith in Heyer. As we've discussed many times, there's no way Mike Williams is prepared to make it through a season. Maybe he can get you through a game or two, but he's still more of reclamation project at this point. I think Jeremy Bridges will prove to be an important pickup. He can back up several spots along the line, and he could be a nice stopgap at right tackle if something happens to Heyer. I have no clue what Chad Rinehart's going to end up doing. He's shown some flashes in camp, but I don't see him as a future starter.
3. Can Albert Haynesworth live up to the huge expectations?
Haynesworth's going to play in the second preseason. I don't think he needs a lot of downs, but he does need to see some game action. Haynesworth's been very impressed with rookie linebacker Brian Orakpo, who will line up at defensive end in passing situations. The two have been working on some stunts together. Haynesworth said that Skins defensive coordinator Greg Blache will try to create a lot of confusion with guys moving just before the snap. I think Haynesworth can lead this defense to the next level. He'll be very disruptive, which should lead to more turnovers. I don't know if he can lead the Skins to the playoffs, but he'll cause a lot of trouble for opposing offensive coordinators.