- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 20, 2006

Cedric Killings played regularly as an undrafted rookie in San Francisco in 2000 but had to wait five more years before contributing to an NFL team again like he did last season in Washington. Fellow defensive tackle Ryan Boschetti wasn’t drafted either, but he carved out a niche the last two years with the Redskins.

Killings and Boschetti’s value to the Redskins only increased when starting left tackle Cornelius Griffin sprained his right knee in the first quarter of last night’s preseason home opener against the New York Jets.

It was a bit of a surprise when the Redskins used two of their first four picks in April’s draft on defensive tackles. But the move didn’t fluster Killings, 28, or Boschetti, 23.

“It’s a part of the business,” Killings said. “Teams are always bringing in players. You can never feel secure. The minute you do that, that’s when you stop working hard trying to get better. I don’t worry about what I can’t control. I can only control the way I play.”

Assistant head coach-defense Gregg Williams liked the way the 6-foot-2, 290-pound Killings played “very stout at the point of attack” in the preseason opener at Cincinnati.

“Cedric has very active hands and Ryan has a motor that doesn’t stop,” starting tackle Joe Salave’a said. “Those are things that are hard to coach. They may not be the prettiest guys out there, but they get the job done.”

Boschetti has welcomed fifth-rounder Anthony Montgomery — who made his preseason debut last night after sitting out last week with an ailing hamstring — and sixth-rounder Kedric Golston to the unit.

“Our line is a cohesive unit,” said the 6-4, 300-pound Boschetti. “The more guys they bring in the better because the bigger our family is. We play hard. We practice hard. We help each other every day and we let it fall where it may. I hope all of us get to stay here. I’m glad I don’t have to make the decision who won’t.”

Griffin, Salave’a and veteran ends Andre Carter, Phillip Daniels and Renaldo Wynn are locks to make the team. The versatile Demetric Evans, who started 10 games the past two years, should also make it. That leaves Killings and Boschetti battling Montgomery, Golston, little-used end Nic Clemons, speedrusher Karon Riley and rookies Joe Sykes, Vaka Manupuna and Chris Mineo for two or three spots.

“Everyone understands that this is a ‘what have you done for me lately?’ kind of business,” said Salave’a, who was out of the NFL in 2002 after playing four seasons for Tennessee. “There are no hard feelings. We just have to get the best possible players out there.”

Ramsey’s return

Quarterback Patrick Ramsey, who started 24 games for the Redskins the past four seasons, was greeted with just a smattering of applause when he started last night for the Jets. Ramsey, subbing for the absent Chad Pennington, might have gained some ground in his battle with rookie Kellen Clemens and holdover Brooks Bollinger for the No. 2 job in New York. Ramsey was 6-for-9 for 33 yards while also being sacked twice.

The fans did boo Ramsey’s two completions to Laveranues Coles, the receiver who demanded a trade from the Redskins after the 2004 season despite catching 90 passes that season.

Lloyd rests

Perhaps mindful of the loss of No. 1 running back Clinton Portis for at least the rest of preseason with a partially dislocated shoulder in Cincinnati, the Redskins scratched starting receiver Brandon Lloyd because of a tender hamstring. Antwaan Randle El started in place of Lloyd.

The first one

When Redskins coach Joe Gibbs won his first preseason game on Aug. 7, 1981 against Kansas City, Ronald Reagan was a first-term president and Jets coach Eric Mangini was 10.

“I remember it was at RFK and I know it was ugly but we won,” Gibbs said. “Obviously for a first-year coach, and there are a number of them [10] in the league this year, it’s a little different because you know they’re going after it, they’re trying to get a win.”

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