- The Washington Times - Friday, March 29, 2002

The 2002 NFL schedule is out, and the Washington Redskins remain one of the NFL's headline teams with two night appearances and a Thanksgiving game at Dallas.

Coach Steve Spurrier and the team will be on view in prime time in Week 2, when Philadelphia comes to FedEx Field on Monday night, Sept. 16, and Indianapolis is at Washington for a Sunday night game Oct. 27. The Redskins visit Dallas on Thanksgiving, Nov. 28, for the first time since 1996.

Washington gained a soft December by having three home games and a trip to Philadelphia. The Redskins close at FedEx with home games against expansion team Houston on Dec. 22 and Dallas on Dec. 29.

The Redskins play four of five November games on the road, including three straight at Seattle on Nov. 3; Jacksonville on Nov. 10; and the New York Giants on Nov. 17. Washington then meets defending NFC champion St. Louis on Nov. 24 before heading to Dallas.

After opening against Arizona on Sept. 8, Washington faces NFC East champion Philadelphia before traveling to San Francisco on Sept. 22. Washington then has a bye Sept. 29 before traveling to Tennessee on Oct. 6. Washington also travels on Oct. 20 to Green Bay, where it lost 37-0 last year.

Minicamp ends

Spurrier ended a three-day minicamp greatly impressed with returning reserve receivers Kevin Lockett, Darnerien McCants, Justin Skaggs and Derrius Thompson. Only Lockett could gain a prominent role in the new offense, but the other three might remain with the team.

"We came in with an open mind. The receivers last year that didn't play much have looked pretty good," Spurrier said.

Spurrier amended thoughts that cornerback Champ Bailey wouldn't play some as a receiver as well as possibly returning punts.

"There may be a spot for him to get a reverse or throw him a little quick screen or hitch, but to train every day at both positions is too difficult," Spurrier said. "But there's a chance we may get him over there a few plays."

The Redskins will have another minicamp April 25-27 that will include rookies and several weeks of quarterback sessions in late May. Mostly, Spurrier was pleased that players learned a bit of the new offense that largely concentrated on red zone work yesterday.

Lucky 7?

Former Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann ended a pre-practice pep talk with a direct message to quarterback Danny Wuerffel don't tarnish No.7.

"I said that thing has been very good so don't mess it up," Theismann said, jokingly. "If there is anything in the number I hope Danny enjoys some of the success I had. I wore it with a great amount of pride. It symbolized a degree of success."

Wuerffel is the first Redskin to wear No.7 since Theismann in 1985. Theismann's No.7 was also used at Notre Dame last season for the first time since his 1972 departure. Former running back John Riggins and receiver Art Monk should be the only Redskins with retired numbers, said Theismann, who sidestepped quarterback Sonny Jurgensen's No.9.

Theismann and Spurrier are longtime golfing buddies, and the passer expected the new coach's competitiveness will emerge.

"I think there's an energy and excitement in this year's team that is different than past teams," Theismann said. "I think part of that has to do with the whole environment that is new with Steve. You bring somewhat of a college excitement to it."

Extra points

Cornerback Fred Smoot missed practice with a sore neck. … Guard Ross Tucker and defensive tackle Donovan Arp engaged in camp's only fight. … The Redskins created more salary cap room by renegotiating the contract of offensive tackle Chris Samuels.


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