Joe Gibbs former mandatory "volunteer" offseason workout program -- now sans the mandatory and quotation marks -- started yesterday and the Examiner scoops who showed and who didn't. All emphasis added for feaux drama.
Big Joe Salave'a
Who didn't show:
Also of note was this:
My overall take is that I'm appreciative of the guys who did show up and take advantage of what was available. Big Joe Salave'a has to feel like he's close to being an odd-man out if we go ahead and draft an Amobi Okoye or Alan Branch. Still, I think he stays on the roster as a mentor and as a rotation guy even if we do so. Ryan Boschetti should be the one sweating most.
Mark Brunell continues to impress me as a person by showing up after taking a paycut. I had a lingering concern that negotiations would leave him sour with the team, though I think he recognizes that his career is in Washington or else nowhere. He is a smart news guy and mediates his comments well -- I'm happy to be here but don't blame others for not, etc.
Andre Carter, as the new guy, is there to generate friendship and bond with his teammates. I view this as a plus. Also I cannot say anything negative about him because he might eat my soul.
What's in my sandwich? Children and puppies. Mind your own business.
And Chris Cooley being there to save money makes sense, as we pay him peanuts. Remind the Redskins to sign him to a longterm contract ASAP by emailing them here. Also Chris Cooley will be at the Williamsburg Marriott this Saturday and Sunday. Click link for details.
As for the guys who didn't show, it won't affect Clinton Portis, Sean Taylor, or Santana Moss at all. Phillip Daniels on the other hand, is playing a dangerous game. He's already on the bubble, is mentioned as a possible cap casualty, and didn't exactly tear things up in '07. I imagine him not being there mightily pisses off Coach Gibbs.
His saving grace is probably Renaldo Wynn not showing up either, though I don't have any idea whether the Hawaii NFLPA meeting is mandatory or not. Wynn is a guy who needs to earn brownie points with the Coaching staff yesterday to definitively secure a spot on this team.
Post your own thoughts below.
Update [2007-3-20 10:36:32 by Skin Patrol]: Per the The Times.