Just back at my quarters near the gorgeous new Indianapolis airport and time to review some of the day’s news.
*Jim Zorn provided his usual decent insight during a podium appearance and then break out chat with a group that included two D.C. reporters.
I get why he says he’s confident in the aging offensive line — he doesn’t have a choice. He inherited a situation where there wasn’t any youth in the pipeline and he doesn’t have final say on draft choices. And with the Redskins holding only four draft picks, it would be stunning if they found an offensive linemen who would be ready to play this year.
I wasn’t surprised by how much confidence he showed in the ability for Malcolm Kelly, Devin Thomas and Fred Davis to produce next year. Those were the first three picks — all second rounders — of Zorn’s tenure and all play on his side of the ball. But Kelly’s knee is always going to be a concern. Zorn said he’ll have to monitor Kelly’s work in camp and the preseason games. That’s not good for a guy who’s still so young.
Don’t expect Colt Brennan to be the second quarterback this year. Zorn said the preseason will serve as Brennan’s season but when pressed, he wasn’t ready to say the No. 2 job is up for grabs between Brennan and Todd Collins. All Collins has to show in camp is that he hasn’t totally lost it and he’ll be the guy to fill in for Campbell if he goes down.
Zorn’s assessment on the Redskins’ kicking game was right on. It’s bad. That’s why Zorn said he has no choice but to include two punters and two kickers on the 80-man training camp roster.
His endorsement of Antwaan Randle El as the punt returner was a little puzzling because No. 82 just wasn’t very good last year. Zorn pointed to Randle El turning it around later in the year. I checked out my stat book to see what Randle El did over the final six games. His returns: fair catch, 14 yards, fair catch, muff, 6, fair catch, fair catch, 0, fair catch, 5, 3, fair catch, 1, 36, 8 and minus 2. I give a young guy a good luck at the position in camp.
*Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall made some money today because a bunch of top corners were taken off the market via the franchise tag or signing long-term extensions. A lot of teams in need of a corner will be after Hall. It would be interesting to get inside the Redskins’ front office and wonder if they’ve made a concrete offer and if they haven’t, why haven’t they. Hall is right to wait to test the market.
*Good news for Arizona fans if Anquan Boldin means what he says and wants to pursue a long-term contract with the Cardinals. It’s been a crazy two weeks for the NFC champs — both coordinators have departed (one by choice, the other by firing) and Ken Whisenhunt will call the plays. A happy Boldin should also make Kurt Warner’s return to the Cardinals a lock.
*The actual on-field workouts at Lucas Oil Stadium don’t start until Saturday.