The Washington Times - July 21, 2008, 12:29PM

Well, the Redskins have certainly made progress when it comes to bringing big names to town.

Jason Taylor isn’t Bruce Smith — at least not at the stage the team got Smith at the end of his career when he was trying to cash in on the so-called career sack record. No, JT is still very much a stud — the six-time Pro Bowl defensive end is nearly 34, but had 11 sacks last year and, based on his performance on “Dancing With The Stars,” can still move pretty good.

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One would assume after all the off-season grief he took from the Miami Dolphins for stepping out on the dance floor, JT will be using the greatest performance enhancing tool known in sports — the proverbial “chip on your shoulder.”

“He’s excited for a new start,” Cerrato said after talking to Taylor.

It is a shame that Phillip Daniels tore his ACL in the first day of camp. But let’s face it, however cold it sounds, the Redskins have a better pass rush today than they did when camp opened. With JT at one end and, if they get the 2007 Andre Carter at the other, it could make for a distinctly different defensive look.

Now, maybe the Washington Nationals could get a deal for another “Dancing With The Stars” contestant. Who? The Washington Nationals. They came back from the All-Star break with thunder in their bats, taking two out of three from the Braves in Atlanta and scoring 29 runs in the three-game series. Willie Harris, who homered and drove in five runs in Sunday’s 15-6 win, is becoming the most popular player on the team. But unless somehow the Nationals can keep taking two out of three the rest of the season, they will be fighting for love and attention in this town now that Redskins training camp is up and running.

- Thom Loverro