Some notes, quotes and observations from Redskins Park:
QB Rex Grossman is expected to re-sign with the Redskins as early as Tuesday afternoon and begin practicing with the team when free agents are permitted on Thursday, coach Mike Shanahan said after Tuesday morning’s practice. Then the quarterback competition finally can take center stage for the next four weeks.
Logic leads me to believe Beck will continue working with the first team after Grossman’s arrival, if only because he’s been on the field since camp started. Grossman’s inability to practice to this point helps Shanahan avoid an early decision about how to split time, one that would be heavily scrutinized. Now, let the best man win.
CB Phillip Buchanon will miss the first four games of the regular season because he was suspended by the NFL during the offseason. (More details: here). That means CB Kevin Barnes is now positioned to play more against the first four opponents (Giants, Cardinals, Cowboys and Rams).
“I think Kevin has made great strides from the first year he’s been here, and we expect him to take a bigger stride this year,” defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said recently. “That’s something we’ll monitor as we go through camp.”
Barnes has been working with the first string because Buchanon and free-agent CB Josh Wilson are ineligible to practice.
Rookie LOLB Ryan Kerrigan did not participate in team drills, but he did wear a jersey, helmet, shells and a brace on the right knee he hyperextended last week. His bone bruise probably will keep him out until the weekend, Shanahan said.
“They’re going to be a little more cautious than usual,” Shanahan said. “We want to make sure he’s ready to go. He’s never been set back by injuries, so…we want to make sure he’s healthy before we throw him out there.”
Kerrigan has been kind enough each day to stop to talk to reporters who are interested in his progress. I’m sure that’s getting very, very old.
New CB Josh Wilson has extensive experience playing the slot, so you can see why the Redskins signed him to replace Carlos Rogers. Rogers played outside in the base defense last season and moved to the slot in sub packages. Wilson is comfortable playing both spots.
“I did a lot of it in Seattle,” Wilson said. “I had a lot of picks [in the slot], four or five interceptions.”
Wilson hasn’t practiced the Redskins’ defense on the field, but he already knows what he likes about how Haslett uses his corners.
“I like to play with vision,” Wilson said. “I saw DeAngelo [Hall] get all those picks. I want to have that Chicago game, too. The ability to be able to see the ball and to make a play on the ball is huge.”
Wilson grew up in Upper Marlboro, Md., in the shadow of FedEx Field. He had a Mark Rypien jersey and a plastic Redskins helmet growing up.
“I’m glad I have the opportunity to play for the home team,” he said.
New K Shayne Graham attended practice and watched with the other free agents. “The veteran competition is what we were looking for,” special teams coach Danny Smith said. “Shayne has been through six teams in 11 years. He’s a good guy and a good player, and we’ll see where it goes.”
ILB H.B. Blades now prefers to be called by his first name, Horatio. He’d appreciate it if you note the change.