- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 23, 2002

Patrick Ramsey hadn't even held up his new No.11 jersey yesterday when he was pulled into the film room.
Washington Redskins coach Steve Spurrier wasted no time in putting his first-round draft pick to work. There were formations and a numbering system to learn, plus tips on footwork, head position and gripping the ball tighter. Ramsey may be the Redskins' starting quarterback this season, and the Friday start of minicamp seemed to Spurrier too long to wait.
"Patrick will pick up our offense quickly," Spurrier said. "By the time preseason starts he'll be ready to play his share. If he's the best player, he'll have a chance to be the starter."
Ramsey arrived at Redskin Park yesterday, two days after the team selected him with the 32nd overall pick in the NFL Draft. It has been a whirlwind nine days for Ramsey: He married Ginny before 300 people in their Ruston, La., hometown on April 13. Their honeymoon in the Florida Keys was cut short, the new bride soon was flipping through Reston home guides, and Ramsey was trying to figure out where the best fishing holes and hunting for deer, duck and turkey were located. He did manage to sneak a peak at defensive end Bruce Smith's locker.
The real honeymoon is just beginning for the Redskins' newest quarterback, though. The competition against veterans Danny Wuerffel, Sage Rosenfels and Dameyune Craig is open for the starter's job, and Ramsey soon could be the crowd favorite. After all, incoming young quarterbacks are often welcome.
"There's nothing not to be excited about," Ramsey said. "Obviously, I want to play, but I want to earn it. I put tremendous amount of pressure on myself as much as coach Spurrier [will]. I don't perceive anybody putting more pressure on me."
Fortunately, Ramsey is a quick study. His 34 score on the Wonderlic intelligence test during the NFL Combine in February reportedly was two points higher than that of quarterback Joey Harrington, the third pick overall, and among the top 10 percent nationally.
Ramsey graduated with honors in finance and business in December after taking just two night classes last fall at Tulane. Now, it's back to the books; Ramsey needs to learn a playbook the size of a small telephone book.
"I like to learn the philosophy of things to understand it," he said.
Said Spurrier: "Intelligence and decision-making is extremely important. Hundreds of guys are physical enough, but when and where to throw it with guys rushing at you is what separates the top quarterbacks from the average ones."
Meanwhile, the Redskins' other marquee acquisition, former Philadelphia Eagles middle linebacker Jeremiah Trotter, arrived at Redskin Park and met his new coaches. Trotter, who signed a seven-year, $35.5million deal on April 19, said he always preferred the Redskins over his other suitors, the Houston Texans and Green Bay Packers. Trotter said he especially looks forward to working with defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis.
"Just watching what he did with the Baltimore defense and linebacker Ray Lewis, he did a great job," Trotter said.
The Redskins agreed to terms with Tennessee defensive end Bernard Jackson, Virginia Tech receiver Emmett Johnson and Michigan State deep snapper Tony Grant, according to NFL sources. The team is also pursuing Louisiana State linebacker Trev Faulk. The Redskins are expected to sign nearly 15 rookie free agents before minicamp.
Safety Billy Gustin and running back Chris Barnes, signed before minicamp last month, were released.

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