Donte’ Stallworth won’t have much trouble remembering names and faces in the Redskins wide receivers’ meeting room when training camp begins Thursday.
Stallworth, who agreed to a one-year free-agent contract Wednesday morning, already knows Santana Moss, Anthony Armstrong and third-round rookie Leonard Hankerson.
All four of them are represented by agent Drew Rosenhaus. And through Rosenhaus, Stallworth, Armstrong and Hankerson have trained together at Bommarito Performance Systems in Florida.
“Anthony and I worked out pretty much every day [this offseason], and even last year, too,” Stallworth said in a phone conversation Wednesday afternoon. “I’ve known him and have grown a pretty good relationship with him. He’s a hard worker.”
Stallworth served as a receivers coach at Bommarito during the pre-draft process and tutored Hankerson, who was training to improve his stock.
“I know the ability he has. He’s a good kid. It’ll be fun to get to work with all the guys. We’ll push each other to get each other better and that’s only going to make the team better.”
Stallworth addressed a few other questions, including…
The Redskins offense:
“I know the Shanahans have always done really well offensively, so I’m really excited about getting up there and doing some good things. I think the offense is wide receiver-friendly. I’m not really familiar with the actual plays but pretty much in the NFL everybody runs the same offense—same concepts, just different names and reads. I don’t foresee a problem picking up the offense. I’m going to be very studious and try to learn it the best I can so I can be productive.”
What he’s been told about his role:
“The only thing I’ve ever asked for is an opportunity, and I feel like I can get that this year. That’s what they told me I’ll be able to get—an opportunity. I’ll take it from there. That’s really all I needed to hear. I’m excited about that.”
On his value as a receiver:
“I think I can still run, so that’ll be a good thing. I know Santana and Anthony can run, as well, so that should be a weapon we would be able to use this season. I haven’t been able to really show it much [recently], but my favorite thing has always been to catch the short passes, break a tackle or two and take it the distance. Hopefully that’s what I can do this year, and we can be successful not only as an offense but as a team.”
Stallworth also mentioned the importance of having Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett on the staff. Haslett drafted Stallworth in 2002 as head coach of the New Orleans Saints.