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By Matt Kibbe
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Scott Campbell
Mike Shanahan didn't need to play it safe. He could swing for the fence, and he did. That freedom comes with returning 21 of 22 starters from last season's 10-win division champion.
Scott Campbell sat alone on the metal bleacher in Section T, Row 29 of Ladd-Peebles Stadium last Wednesday overlooking the South team's Senior Bowl practice through a pair of dark sunglasses. Wavy brown hair peeked over the rim of the same burgundy visor that distinguishes him on the Redskins Park practice fields each summer during training camp.
INDIANAPOLIS — The opening questions are easy. How's it going? Who's your agent? What's your draft-day phone number? Any injuries?
"Communication is vital," Campbell said. "If you can't communicate what you want, how could you expect someone to be able to go scout players for you? You're just guessing. I know who I like, but they might not like them — not because they're not a good football player, but they don't fit the profile of what they're looking for."
"I was getting the list of who our scouts liked without really knowing them through the summer because I didn't have that May exposure and didn't have verified information unless they called the schools and the strength coaches had it," Campbell said. "You end up getting the verifieds here and [at the February scouting combine in] Indy — that's late. I get to see guys that have grown and changed. It's a great asset and a great tool."