The Washington Times - March 17, 2009, 01:10PM

It’s a good thing training camp is still more than four months away, because while nearly all of the rest of the Redskins have been on hand for the start of the offseason conditioning program the last two days, there hasn’t been a receiver in sight.

Starters Santana Moss (Florida) and Antwaan Randle (Illinois) are often working out at home this time of year and fellow veteran James Thrash has been at the NFL Players Association meetings in Maui as Washington’s player rep.


But whither youngsters Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelly?

The pair of 2008 second-round picks combined for just 18 catches, 138 yards and no receiving touchdowns in their disapponting rookie seasons that began with them earning the scorn of coach Jim Zorn for their poor workout habits leading into training camp. So probably no Redskins need to be here more than Thomas and Kelly, but they’ve been absent.

Kelly apparently had his troublesome knee scoped again in January, but veteran guard Randy Thomas had neck surgery that month and he has been at the Park both days.

The absences of Devin Thomas and Kelly don’t bode well for their futures nor for a much-needed improvement by the Redskins’ offense in Zorn’s second season.

Quarterback Jason Campbell is the key to Washington’s season, but he won’t succeed without targets to throw to. And, as Pro Bowl tight end Chris Cooley (who’s here, working out) said on Monday, Devin Thomas and Kelly need to step up, starting now.

- David Elfin

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