PLAYERS ON THE SPOT
Redskins linebacker Kevin Mitchell entered training camp as the No. 1
guy inside, ahead of veteran Robert Jones. The Redskins liked Mitchell's
work ethic and Marty Schottenheimer called him one of the hardest
workers he's ever had.
That doesn't matter now. Jones, signed in June, is pushing Mitchell hard
for the starting job. That means Mitchell must make a strong impression
against the Falcons to keep his spot. He must now earn the job on the
field, something he felt he did last year.
Then there's corner Donovan Greer. The five-year veteran, with all of
three career starts, will start tonight opposite Champ Bailey. Greer
allowed five catches against Kansas City, including a 29-yarder for a
touchdown. Another performance like that and it will be hard for the
Redskins to justify giving him the job over Darrell Green. Or, for that
matter, rookie Fred Smoot.
Guard Derrick Fletcher has his chance to impress, too. He replaces
Mookie Moore at right guard, a move the coaches say was pre-planned. We
don't believe them. Had that been the case, Schottenheimer had plenty of
opportunities to say so. It wasn't until after Moore's lackluster
performance against the Chiefs that this decision was made.
Of course, the eventual starter could be Ben Coleman, if he's ever
healthy. The Redskins will test his knee this week. If he can't practice
this week, it could be hard for him to be ready by season's start.