- The Washington Times - Saturday, June 17, 2006

Taylor Jacobs understands and acknowledges the situation: The Washington Redskins have six receivers likely vying for five roster spots and he is No. 6 in that pecking order.

But Jacobs, whose first three seasons for the Redskins have been marked by injury and/or lack of production, remains outwardly confident he can have a solid training camp and make the team.

“[Camp] is going to be really big and they’ve told me that I have to go out and play hard and sometimes, good people don’t make the team, so I’m out there working to be a Washington Redskin first and whatever happens, happens,” Jacobs said yesterday after the Redskins’ two-hour minicamp workout. “I’m going to play my butt off regardless of the odds.”

The odds appear long if the top five receivers — Santana Moss, Brandon Lloyd, Antwaan Randle El, David Patten and James Thrash — stay healthy.

Jacobs had three catches in 2003 and 16 catches in 2004. Last season, a toe injury sidelined him for all four preseason games. He appeared in 15 games and had 11 catches. Over the final half of the season, Patten missed seven games and Thrash four, so Jacobs had a chance to be the No. 2 receiver. He had only nine catches during that span.

Jacobs could have been released on June 1, but he said the Redskins told his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, they wanted to keep him.

“They told him they want to see me reach my potential and hopefully this year, I’ll do that,” Jacobs said.

Injury report

Several players are nursing injuries but director of sports medicine Bubba Tyer said none are in danger of missing the beginning of training camp. Those who didn’t practice or were limited yesterday: Quarterback Mark Brunell (finger), center Casey Rabach (leg), defensive lineman Nic Clemons (knee), right tackle Jon Jansen (thumb), linebacker Rocky McIntosh (knee) and offensive lineman Tyson Walter (ankle).

Rabach had a skin graph two weeks ago and is expected to resume running soon. Brunell will have X-rays next week. Clemons and McIntosh had arthroscopic knee surgeries. Walter sustained a high ankle sprain in mid May. And Jansen is in the final stages of recovery from thumb surgery.

Describing his operation, Jansen said, “They had to basically repair the whole joint. They put some hardware in, lined things up and repositioned some things. It was a little involved, but it feels great now.”

Campbell watch

Quarterback Jason Campbell split the first-team snaps with Todd Collins yesterday and made several nice throws.

“He looked good out there,” coach Joe Gibbs said of Campbell. “He’s had extra work and been here for every workout. Last year was a big learning curve and this year, some of the terminology is new, but he’s worked extremely hard. He’s going to play a ton in the preseason.”

Always on guard

In the aftermath of Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s sustaining multiple injuries while riding a motorcycle, Gibbs said he is always concerned about such accidents affecting his players.

“When they go for long weekends and breaks, I share some stories about players I’ve been around where they’ve completely thrown away their career and seen every single thing financially taken away from them,” Gibbs said. “We have a smart group, but they’re also a young group. You always worry about that. We talk to them about everything from skiing to motorbikes. But they’re young and they want to get out there and have fun.”

Earlier this spring, Rabach suffered a major gash on his leg when his four-wheel overturned.

“Not even close in similarity,” Rabach said of his and Roethlisberger’s accidents. “I was doing yard work. I wasn’t joy riding or goofing around.”

Around camp

Defensive tackle Joe Salave’a was the only player not present — he was excused for the weekend to visit his ailing mother. …

Highlight of the two-hour practice came from Thrash, who out-jumped defensive back Chijoke Onyenegecha to make a catch in the end zone. …

The Redskins have two-hour practices today and tomorrow before breaking until training camp starts July 31.

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