Bauman learns from Green

Rookie corner Rashad Bauman learned a quick lesson during minicamp, even though he was warned about what to expect. Still, even in shorts and no pads, the NFL turned out to be even faster than he anticipated. That's why he's thankful he's on the same team as Darrell Green.

It turned out Green constantly taught Bauman, the Redskins' third-round pick, during Washington's most recent minicamp.

''Darrell gave us tips all day,'' Bauman said. ''He was real generous with all of his information. We learned a lot from him in the three days. We learned about alignment, to the sidelines and hashmarks--the numbers are totally different than in college. Darrell helped us understand that and told us that if they line up here, these are the tendencies of the routes and when they're lined up here, these are the tendencies.

''I can only imagine what he can show us over a couple of months. There's a lot of stuff he knows.''

Bauman shares something with Green: height. Some scouting reports suggested Bauman would have been drafted higher than the third round had he been taller than 5-foot-8, which is the same height as Green.

But Bauman learned other things. Like what to look at.

''In college you can look at the quarterback a little longer than you can out here,'' Bauman said. ''That's one thing I need to do is discipline my eyes. Once you discipline your eyes, the rest comes easy. You can read the five-step in college. Here you can only read the three-step and once you get used to reading routes, it comes a little easier.''

Fortunately for Bauman, he has time to learn. After all, he'll be no better than Washington's No. 4 corner, behind Champ Bailey, Fred Smoot and Green. That's just fine with Bauman, who plans on taking advantage of his situation.

''You've got three of the best corners in the league,'' Bauman said. ''If you can't learn here, you can't learn anywhere. They're teaching us as much as they can and we're soaking it all in.''

John Keim covers the Redskins for The Journal Newspapers and is a correspondent for Pro Football Weekly.


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