Redskins Tuesday Tidbits

News and notes on the Washington Redskins.

 --Fans might be looking for Ladell Betts as the starting running back, but nothing's changing for now.
   Betts looked sharp in Washington's opening 16-13 win over the Jets, rushing 18 times for 77 yards. Even though Trung Canidate, who remains the starter, is technically faster, Betts showed tremendous burst to the hole and the ability to pick up consistent 4- and 5-yard gains. Canidate, in contrast, ran horizontally at times.
   It's the old Barry Sanders-Emmitt Smith debate. Redskins officials believe both can get their yards, but Canidate needs to live through average carries before he busts the big one (a la Sanders), while Betts might be more consistent in the short-term (like Smith).
   How long the setup lasts remains unclear. Betts, a 2002 second-round pick, could win a critical mass of support inside the team if he continues to perform like he did against the Jets. For now, the Redskins have been impressed with his early indications.
   "He's a little bigger," coach Steve Spurrier said. "He's a little thicker than Trung. But they're both very good backs. ... He did well in the last couple of games last year, too. So we have confidence. Give Ladell a little running room, and he can hit the hole quickly."
   --WR Taylor Jacobs (bruised pancreas) did individual drills Monday and was scheduled to undergo a CAT scan Tuesday to help determine his status for Sunday at Atlanta. Coach Steve Spurrier wasn't sure if Jacobs would play; Jacobs said, "If I had to guess, I'd say I'll be full-speed."
   --TE Zeron Flemister (strained Achilles') missed practice Monday and remained in a walking boot. Coach Steve Spurrier wasn't sure if he would play Sunday at Atlanta. Flemister hoped to do some running Wednesday and practice normally Thursday.
   --DT Jermaine Haley (broken thumb) did individual drills Monday and expected to play with a cast Sunday at Atlanta.
   --FB Rock Cartwright apparently remains a viable option as the short-yardage back, though the rise of RB Ladell Betts might limit Cartwright's opportunities in those situations.
   --WR Darnerien McCants would retain the No. 3 receiver spot if Taylor Jacobs (bruised pancreas) cannot play. Coach Steve Spurrier said he wished he had gotten McCants, who caught one pass for a 4-yard touchdown) more throws in last week's win over the Jets.
   --TE Robert Royal would start at tight end if Zeron Flemister (strained Achilles') cannot play. Royal has good pass-catching skills and at one point in the preseason was ahead of Flemister anyway. The two are more or less interchaneable.
   --S David Terrell could return to the lineup this week after being made inactive last week. Terrell is a contributor on several special teams, and early in camp he was the starting free safety.

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