- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 2, 2006

Coach Joe Gibbs said kicker John Hall and punter Derrick Frost have nothing to worry about as the Washington Redskins cut 23 players today to get down to the 53-man roster limit.

“John Hall is our guy,” Gibbs said of the 32-year-old Hall, who was 0-for-4 in last month’s scrimmage and preseason games after missing nearly half of the past two years with muscle pulls. “We’ve got a seasoned veteran guy. That’s what you want in a kicker.”

Frost had a net averaged of 41.2 yards in Thursday’s preseason finale against Baltimore — higher than his 40.7 gross in the first three games.

“You reach points in your life where you need to stand up and say, ‘Hey look. I’m the guy!’” Gibbs said. “Derrick obviously stepped up and said I’m the guy. He’s a talented, young guy.”

Frost, 25, said some changes with his drop helped, as did knowing that the coaches were strongly considering replacing him.

“I always do better under pressure,” he said. “I could’ve hit all of [Thursday’s six] punts cleaner, but the main thing was I was consistent. I didn’t hit any bad ones.”

As for the players on the bubble, sixth-round defensive tackle Kedric Golston believes he earned a spot on the team because he “got better every game.”

Undrafted rookie receiver Mike Espy said, “I did everything the coaches asked and more.”

Defensive end Nic Clemons said he’ll sit by the phone during the fourth final cut of his career hoping that it doesn’t ring.

Receiver Jimmy Farris, cut after three of his previous five camps, hopes that missing the second half against Baltimore with a strained hamstring didn’t cost him a roster spot. Receiver Steven Harris, who spent most of 2005 on the practice squad, had a preseason-best 54-yard catch against the Ravens, but he didn’t expect that to change his uphill fight for a job. Harris, who has two degrees from Arkansas, celebrated his fifth anniversary last night at peace with the possibility that his football career is over.

“When you’re not a starter, a million-dollar guy, you have to go out and perform and let everything take care of itself,” second-year fullback Nehemiah Broughton said. “I don’t want to relax thinking they have to keep two fullbacks so I’m going to be here.”

Gibbs said that deciding which backup offensive linemen to keep would be “some of our toughest decisions.”

Guard Ike Ndukwe, who spent most of last year on the practice squad, hopes he made the decision on keeping him simple.

“I have a lot to offer,” Ndukwe said. “I think they know that, but you never know with the way the numbers work out. This is a crazy business.”

Quarterback picture

Gibbs hinted that on Monday he’ll name veteran quarterback Todd Collins as the backup to Mark Brunell ahead of youngster Jason Campbell, who mildly pulled a hamstring against Baltimore.

“Todd seized the moment,” Gibbs said of Collins, whose 78.3 rating in August outshone those of Campbell (50.3) and Brunell (49).

D-linemen ready?

Defensive linemen Cornelius Griffin (knee), Phillip Daniels (back) and Renaldo Wynn (ankle) are expected to return to practice on Tuesday. Gibbs was less certain about running back Clinton Portis (shoulder) and cornerback Shawn Springs (abdominal surgery).

Doughty back

Rookie safety Reed Doughty was expected to return to Northern Virginia last night, two days after his son, Micah, was born six weeks premature in Greeley, Colo.

“I felt he was doing well enough for me to get back to my football issues,” Doughty said. “When they unhooked the oxygen, he was absolutely breathing on his own this morning like you or I would so that made me feel really good. He’s definitely getting better.”

Doughty added that Micah could go home late next week.

Doughty, who missed the Ravens’ game to be with his wife and son, hopes he already had done enough to make the team.

“I think I’ve done good things, but that doesn’t mean my missing the game might not have some consequences,” he said.

Gibbs said Doughty shouldn’t suffer any consequences.

“We like Reed a lot,” he said. “We’re going to make a decision on what he’s done up until yesterday.”

Staff writer Ryan O’Hallaron contributed to this aticle.

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