Redskins Notes By Warpath staff The buzz over Jon Jansen's release continued Monday, with Jim Zorn meeting with the offensive linemen to go over the reasons for the release. That's a bit unusual, especially for a guy who knew he would have been gone after next season at the latest. Other players knew Jansen did not figure into Washington's plans. Still, Zorn felt it important to address the unit.
Jansen was close to guys like Casey Rabach and Randy Thomas and had a good relationship with Chris Samuels. Not sure how well he and Stephon Heyer got along. Don't think they were the best of buddies, but it's not like there was visible friction.
Linebacker London Fletcher missed another OTA session, his fifth. There's no indication that he'll come in any time soon. Last year Shawn Springs drew criticism because he missed the OTAs. But Fletcher hasn't heard as much negativity. However, considering Brian Orakpo is a rookie and will play alongside him, it would be nice for Fletcher to show up more – especially considering his leadership role.
Carlos Rogers did not attend because he was sick, same as rookie CB Kevin Barnes.
LaRon Landry also skipped the OTA, as he did last season so he could work out on his own.
Brian Orakpo looks more comfortable at outside linebacker than Chris Wilson.
Randy Thomas did not work; he had arthroscopic surgery on a knee. So now he'll enter camp having had surgery on his neck and his knee. A guess: this will be his last season in Washington. That's based on a hunch and nothing more. But injuries took their toll on Jansen and it's hard to imagine them not doing the same to Thomas. It would be good if that's not the case, but some things are hard to overcome.
Jason Campbell continues to throw the ball well. He and Malcolm Kelly have developed a good rapport, honed by the two working together for most of the past few weeks.
"We got a lot of work over the last month," Kelly said. "It's always good to have chemistry with the guy throwing you the ball. Timing is a big deal in this league. In college, you could run around and catch the ball, but this is a different ballgame."
Kelly, by the way, returned for the first time since his arthroscopic knee surgery in January. He looked pretty good, too, catching a few passes over the middle in nine-on-nine work. Don't forget; Kelly looked sharp last summer before the injuries started to hit.
Kelly said that's what fans can expect to see this summer, too.
"Before I got hurt they saw what I could do," he said. "They'll see a ballplayer. That's why they drafted me. They didn't draft me to sit over here and watch everyone else be a ballplayer."
John Keim covers the Redskins for the Washington Examiner and is a contributing editor for Warpathinsiders.com. He has covered the team since 1994. Some of his other stories can be found at dcexaminer.com
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