On the surface, the arrival of Reche Caldwell could mean another demotion for embattled Washington Redskins receiver Brandon Lloyd.
Caldwell had 61 catches and four touchdowns last year; Lloyd had 23 catches and no touchdowns. Caldwell’s here to play or he wouldn’t have been signed.
It’s conceivable that if Caldwell picks up enough of the offense before Monday night’s game in Philadelphia, Lloyd — because he doesn’t play special teams — could be inactive. Santana Moss, Antwaan Randle El and James Thrash are locks to play.
Incredibly yesterday, Lloyd said: “I don’t see [Caldwell’s signing] changing my role. I haven’t talked to anybody about it.”
Maybe he should. Acquired for two draft picks in March 2006 and signed to a seven-year, $29 million contract that included $10 million in guaranteed salary, Lloyd started last season as the No. 2 receiver. But a lack of production and a couple late-season meetings with coach Joe Gibbs and he was moved behind Randle El.
In last week’s opener against Miami, Lloyd had no catches.
“We sign receivers all the time,” he said. “We’ve been signing receivers since the summer.”
But none are as established as Caldwell, who led the New England Patriots last season in catches and receiving yards.
“I’m an established guy, too,” Lloyd said. “We’re all established. If he’s going to come in and help us win games, good.”
Three sit out
Safeties Pierson Prioleau (hamstring) and Vernon Fox (groin) and defensive end Phillip Daniels (foot) dressed for practice yesterday but did not participate.
Tight end Cody Boyd (shoulder) returned to practice. Running back Clinton Portis was limited by coach’s decision.
Right tackle Jon Jansen underwent surgery on his fractured fibula and dislocated ankle yesterday. Director of sports medicine Bubba Tyer said a plate and screws were inserted to stabilize the leg and a ligament was repaired.
Westbrook doubles for brother
The Redskins will face Eagles running back, and former former DeMatha star, Brian Westbrook on Monday night.
Byron Westbrook, Brian’s younger brother, is a rookie on the Redskins practice squad and served as scout-team running back yesterday, emulating Brian.
“I’ll try to do everything I see him doing on film,” Byron said before practice. “He’s fast, really shifty and shaky and I want to give our defense a great look so when Monday comes, they understand what he likes to do.”
The Redskins will wear their 75th anniversary jerseys on Sept. 23 against the New York Giants. The decision was supposed to be top secret, but the announcement was posted on the team’s Web site Wednesday.