The Washington Redskins' investment has been validated.
receiver Laveranues Coles has done nothing but dominate since receiving a
seven-year, $35 million contract from the Redskins.
people around the league questioned Washington's $13 million signing bonus, but
Coles recorded career-highs of 11 catches and 180 yards at Atlanta Sunday to
make him the NFL leader in receiving yards (286) and a frontrunner for the Pro
"Certainly he's a big-play guy, a guy we feel is going to
get open and catch the ball," coach Steve Spurrier said. "He's got excellent
hands; the ball just sort of hits and sticks. But he's a reliable receiver,
there's no question."
Coles' signature play remains the deep
cross, where he and second-year quarterback Patrick Ramsey have developed
surprisingly good chemistry in such a short period of time. He also is very
dangerous on quick slants, boasting a high yards-after-catch
Perhaps most importantly, Coles has been a dedicated
worker on the practice field and in the classroom, setting an example for an
otherwise young receiving corps with his professionalism.
Patrick Ramsey expects to play Sunday against the New York Giants despite a
sprained left (non-throwing) shoulder. Coach Steve Spurrier said it's likely
Ramsey, who was injured at the end of the second quarter last weekend but kept
playing, will practice Wednesday.
--WR Laveranues Coles has a
strained neck after taking a pair of hits to the head at Atlanta. He is expected
to play against the Giants. Club officials emphasized that he did not incur any
sort of concussion.
--NT Jermaine Haley (fractured thumb)
expects to practice Wednesday and play Sunday after being made a surprise
inactive at Atlanta. Coaches at the last minute felt confident enough in other
players to rest him.
--WR Taylor Jacobs underwent more tests to
determine whether he is recovered from a bruised pancreas. He does not need
surgery, doctors apparently determined, but he must be re-evaluated before his
status for this week is determined. That might not happen until
--TE Zeron Flemister (strained Achilles) is improving
and hopes to play against the Giants.
--LB Kevin Mitchell
(sprained ankle) should be able to play against the Giants.
Rashad Bauman (strained hamstring) should be able to play against the
--RB Trung Canidate (sprained ankle) should be able to
play against the Giants.
--FB Bryan Johnson (sprained thumb)
should be able to play against the Giants.
--DT Martin Chase
will continue to push for playing time at starting nose tackle after a solid
performance at Atlanta. Starter Jermaine Haley (thumb) may or may not return
--The Redskins remain upbeat about undrafted rookie
CB Ade Jimoh, who surrendered a 42-yard touchdown in the closing minutes at
Atlanta. Jimoh, who beat out veteran Alex Molden to be the No. 4 corner, was in
the game because Rashad Bauman strained a hamstring.
--DE Bruce Smith has reinforced his starting position over Regan Upshaw on the right side.
Smith had two key pressures in a huge second-quarter defensive stand last
weekend. For the season, he has a half-sack to pull within 2 1/2 of Reggie
White's all-time record.
--DE Regan Upshaw is falling behind DE
Bruce Smith on the right side. Upshaw looks confused at times.
--WR Rod Gardner quietly had one of the best games of his career at Atlanta. He
posted a career-high nine catches with 118 yards and one touchdown. Most of the
offensive attention, however, went to QB Patrick Ramsey (356 yards) and WR
Laveranues Coles (11 catches, 180 yards).
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