- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 3, 2002

The Washington Redskins may play quarterback by committee.

Coach Steve Spurrier yesterday said it's a "good possibility" Danny Wuerffel and Patrick Ramsey will both play in coming games following the benching of Shane Matthews after a 1-2 start.

Spurrier continued to decline to name a starter against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, preferring to wait until Saturday, saying it will lessen media pressure on his choice. The non-decision left the tandem splitting snaps with the starting offense yesterday, though Wuerffel is the expected starter.

"They don't need to know. They're both ready," Spurrier said. "There's no real reason to do it today. We'll try to eliminate the media crunch on who's starting."

Spurrier wouldn't dismiss the chance of lifting the starter during the game if he plays poorly against the Titans. Wuerffel relieved Matthews in two losses without success. Ramsey hasn't made his debut after playing sparingly in the preseason following a 16-day holdout.

Neither quarterback flinched at being pulled for poor play.

"I don't look upon it as [Spurrier] standing over our shoulder. The coach is trying to help our team," Ramsey said. "I'm comfortable that if I'm not playing well that I'm not staying in there."

Wuerffel, looking for his first start since 1998, joked of undermining his rookie teammate.

"Everything I tell Patrick is wrong," Wuerffel said. "I don't know if he's figured that out yet."

Lockett primed for start

Kevin Lockett could have been very skeptical about whether he would be a Redskin this season, let alone a starting receiver.

Coach Marty Schottenheimer, who drafted Lockett in Kansas City in 1997 and brought him to Washington last year, was fired in January. Then Spurrier signed three receivers Reidel Anthony, Chris Doering and Jacquez Green who had starred for him at the University of Florida. With last year's No.1 pick, Rod Gardner, a lock to make the team, Lockett's roster spot was in jeopardy. Then the Redskins asked Lockett to slash his compensation from $1million to the $525,000 veteran minimum.

But after the offense scored 10 points in the past two games with former starter Derrius Thompson catching three passes for 30 yards Lockett will make his first start of the season and seventh of his six-year career on Sunday. Lockett has four catches for 39 yards and a touchdown and Spurrier raved about how well the former Kansas State star ran his routes during the 20-10 loss at San Francisco on Sept.22.

"When Reidel got here, he told me that coach Spurrier wouldn't play favorites, that he would play the guys who would give him the best chance to win," Lockett said, noting that Anthony was the only veteran receiver cut by the Redskins this summer. "Reidel was right. Derrius is a perfect example of that. He had a great camp and he got the first chance to start. Now this is my opportunity and I'm not going to let it go."

Although Lockett was considered a "Marty guy," because of his ties to the former coach, his quick style and 6-foot, 186-pound body are better suited to Spurrier's pass-happy Fun 'n' Gun than Schottenheimer's power football.

"You look at Spurrier's receivers at Florida Reidel, Jacquez, [the New York Giants] Ike Hilliard, [Atlantas] Willie Jackson and [Baltimores] Travis Taylor," Lockett said. "They're quicker, smaller guys and I fit that mold."

Extra points

The only player who didn't practice was guard Kipp Vickers, who was hitting the blocking sled on the side of the field nine days after arthroscopic knee surgery. Tight end Walter Rasby, who's listed as questionable after missing the first three games, did all the drills and should play after missing three games with a sprained knee. Tim Stuber was signed to the practice squad, replacing fellow offensive tackle Reggie Coleman, who was signed to Cincinnati's roster on Tuesday. Practice squad receiver Justin Skaggs could miss two or three weeks after re-injuring his knee when he stumbled during practice. Spurrier was amused at being spoofed in the comic strip "Tank McNamara," which had the Redskins badly beaten by Vanderbilt.

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