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By Drew Johnson
Inept government shouldn't be entrusted with the power to kill its citizens
Topic - Chris Neild
The Redskins already know who will start at nose tackle. But who will back up Barry Cofield?
Depending on the health of Stephen Bowen and Adam Carriker, the Redskins may be in the market for a defensive end (or two).
Chris Neild has only played in eight games the past two seasons because of injuries.
Chris Baker had plenty of incentive.
Nose tackle Chris Neild was a fixture for the Washington Redskins during his rookie season, but this training camp was a battle for him just to make the team. With Chris Baker excelling, the pressure was on Neild to earn a spot behind starter Barry Cofield.
Left tackle Trent Williams made progress Tuesday in working back from a bone bruise in his left foot. As the Washington Redskins prepared for Saturday's preseason game against the Chicago Bears, he took part in about half of team drills before sitting out the remainder.
At first glance, life at Redskins Park on Monday appeared ordinary.
Forgetting about Chris Neild would have been easy.
Losing can become a habit. It certainly has for the Washington Redskins as far as the New York Giants are concerned. In recent years, the Giants have been the lock without a key, the puzzle without a solution, the cigarette and the blindfold.
Willie Smith didn't dwell on how all 32 NFL teams snubbed him in last April's draft. Chris Neild didn't care that he was the penultimate player selected out of 254 league-wide.
Mike Shanahan took the Washington Redskins' coaching job in January 2010 expecting to make the greatest improvement in his second season.
Washington Redskins coaches spent the summer touting their newly-established depth at the receiver position. Last year's group wasn't good enough to scare opposing defenses, so they added five new receivers via the draft, free agency and trades. The new corps, they said, was replete with players whose unique talents would challenge defensive backs and bring out the best in each other.
When Brandyn Thompson takes inventory of everything he has done for the Washington Redskins over the past five weeks, his tumbling interception in the second preseason game doesn't come to mind first. That is the type of play he expects to make, so there's no reason for it to stand out.