In Their Words: Kenard Lang

When the Redskins switched Kenard Lang to tackle, he welcomed it the way a kid would welcome homework. He'd do it. But he wouldn't like it. Now he's changed his mind, sort of. Lang, though, knows where he wants to be next year, too.

''This [move] was a blessing in disguise. It's the best thing that ever happened to me. I'm happy out there playing because I got back on the field to show what I can do. I knew what I could do, but I felt I let the organization and the fans down when I first got here. I played well then I got benched and had to be a backup. Everyone said he was a bust. I didn't care. I knew how good I was.

''I feel wonderful. I'm enthusiastic every day. I honestly felt I would be broken up and walking around in a cast with a wheelchair by this part of the season. But I'm not.

''But I haven't changed my desire. I still want to go back to end. But I'll do whatever it takes. If I have to be back inside next year, then I'll be at tackle. I enjoy this team. You see the effort by the owner [Dan Snyder] and the coaching staff has been great. I want to be back. It's a great town, the fans have been wonderful. If I'm meant to be here, I'll be here. If not, then I'm not. But I'd like to be here. You can put that in big, bold print.

''I miss being at end where I can make a lot more plays. I can make plays at tackle, but they almost have to come to me. But my ego is not where I have to do this or that. I hold the gap so LaVar can make the tackle. It might go unnoticed, but I don't care [especially] if LaVar makes the play for a three-yard loss.

''I trained more than in the past, back in Orlando. I did a lot of running, abdominal work, lower back work. Really concentrating on fitness and my wind. I ran through the sand, pulling parachutes. That's what I'm used to doing.

''The main thing I had to do was use my strengths, which is my quickness and my hands. If I don't use my hands and my quickness, I'd be back there hanging with [safety] David Terrell on every play.

''That's been the big thing: I get my hands on them quick, before they get their arms on me. If I do that then I have a good chance to win every play. Them boys weigh 330 pounds and I weigh 280. If they get locked on me, then you can cancel Christmas. I'm through.''


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