- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 17, 2006

The Redskins will be allowed to escape the National Conference Center in Leesburg Friday morning, ending a stay that started on July 30.

The team will stay at a Maryland hotel Friday night and play the New York Jets on Saturday.

Ten players sat out practice. Receiver Brandon Lloyd joined the list with a hamstring tweak. He will be a game-time decision on Saturday.

Since I have a rare off day on Friday, here are a couple things I’ll be watching Saturday:

• The reception that Patrick Ramsey and Laveranues Coles get. Both were traded to the Jets after falling out of the Redskins’ favor. I think Ramsey gets a cheer and Coles’ reaction will be mixed because most fans think he orchestrated his exit because he thought the team was going nowhere. Or they could cheer Coles — if he hadn’t wanted out, the Redskins wouldn’t have gotten Santana Moss.

• How Ramsey plays. Insiders at Jets camp say No. 11 has struggled throughout the month and he could find himself running third string behind Chad Pennington and rookie Kellen Clemens. Maybe The Rammer is meant to be a second- or third-stringer in the NFL.

• The Redskins running backs. We know what Ladell Betts can do. Rock Cartwright, Nemo Broughton and Jesse Lumsden will get long looks. Cartwright is probably on the team regardless — Broughton and Lumsden are vying for the same roster spot.

• OLB Rocky McIntosh. Gregg Williams raved about him on Wednesday for his ability to play the run at Cincinnati. If he keeps playing well, the Redskins could face a tough decision — start him or Warrick Holdman against Minnesota?

• The cornerbacks. Shawn Springs and Carlos Rogers are set. But the team brought in Mike Rumph (via trade) and signed Julian Battle this week. Whether that’s an indictment on Kenny Wright remains to be seen. But the Redskins need the Nos. 3 and 4 corners to step up.

That’s it for now.

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