- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 1, 2006

There was no talk of 2,000 rushing yards, 100 receptions or dozens of touchdowns yesterday from Redskins running back Clinton Portis. Only team goals.

“Winning the NFC East, winning the NFC Championship game, winning the Super Bowl,” he said. “Rushing yards don’t matter to me as long as we get a ring. If we do that, my rushing yards will be up to par.”

Portis’ 1,516 rushing yards last year set a Redskins single-season record. He surpassed the 100-yard mark in each of his team’s games during a 5-0 finish to the regular season.

But his role as the offensive bell-cow is expected to be slightly diminished with the arrival of receivers Brandon Lloyd and Antwaan Randle El and play-caller Al Saunders. But Portis’ touches may remain the same — he expects to do more in the receiving game.

“I’m ecstatic,” Portis said. “Having Coach Saunders come in has opened a lot things up for a lot us. We want to continue the success he’s had [in Kansas City], and that means the pressure is on our shoulders.”

Portis has 70 catches in two seasons with the Redskins.

“With the receivers we have and the offensive scheme we have, I know I’ll catch a lot more passes than in past years, so I’m excited about that,” he said.

Kennedy in town

Retired offensive lineman Lincoln Kennedy met with the Dallas Cowboys yesterday, and a team source said he will be at Redskin Park today to meet with coaches.

Kennedy hasn’t played since 2003 in Oakland and appeared in 169 games. His lone connection to the Redskins is line coach Joe Bugel, who coached Kennedy with the Raiders in the late 1990s.

Kennedy, 35, worked for NFL Network last year.

Just happy to be there

Safety Sean Taylor held an impromptu press conference while his boss, Gregg Williams, was holding court in the background. Taylor declined comment on a possible NFL suspension or fine in the wake of his guilty plea to two misdemeanors in June.

However, the third-year player — often curt with the media in the past — was talkative when asked about any other topic.

“I like to talk about anything,” Taylor said. “If you want to sit down and talk, we can rap. But when you have a mike in my face I think you’re here about football. I feel comfortable every season. I’m excited when I put my cleats on. I’m excited about how the grass grows.”

Mulling a mullet

Frizzy-haired tight end Chris Cooley is mulling a new hairstyle.

“I want to make it into a mullet, but the back has to be long enough,” Cooley said. “I didn’t want to have a short mullet and let it grow. So I’m really going to let it grow out until it’s down my back, a Billy Ray Cyrus type of look. A good mullet takes time. I had one when I was about 10 years old. It was a cool mullet. That’s when mullets were in, so I wanted it. I was a Broncos fan, so my mom let me spike my hair and go blue and orange for the Super Bowl.”

Injury report

The Redskins survived the two practices relatively unscathed. During the afternoon session, linebacker Spencer Havner was poked in the eye, and tight end Calen Powell strained a quadriceps muscle.

Staff writer David Elfin contributed to this article.

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