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Cerrato holds court

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The Redskins wrap up continues here at Redskin Park. Football operations boss Vinny Cerrato answered questions in front of the cameras for 13 minutes and also chatted to some print reporters off to the side.

A sampling of his comments:

*Overall impression of how the front office performed: “I’m standing here and we’re 8-8. I would much prefer to be standing on the practice field and getting ready to play. I can’t stand here and say that we did enough [as a front office] because we’re not still playing. If you’re 8-8, it’s not good enough. You want to be performing in the playoff games, not watching them.”

*On the performances of rookie receivers Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelly: “If they would have been healthy, if Devin and Malcolm would have been healthy through training camp and not missed, maybe you could say something [about their season being a disappointment]. But I think they made progress. With recievers you have to give them time. They have a lot to learn about coveages. It’s not just go down 10 [yards] and turn around. I think we’ll see great strides from this year to next. All of those guys have to make big contributions next year.”

*On the rest of the 2008 draft class: “I think you’ll see marked improvement from all those guys and their contributions will have to be a lot more next year. … We’ll be expecting more from them.”

That’s about it for minor nuggets. Cerrato wasn’t forthcoming about the Redskins’ off season plans (a departure from  last off season, when he gave several  great details), he said Jason Campbell improved, Jim Zorn will be better in Year 2 and the Redskins must address the matter of sacks allowed and sacks made.

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