Arrington champs at bit for Redskins

No. 2 pick frustrated at limitations in debut

July 29, 2000|By Brent Jones | Brent Jones,SUN STAFF

LANDOVER - Redskins rookie linebacker LaVar Arrington stood in front of his locker following last night's scrimmage against the Ravens and drove home this point concerning his night's work.

"I got a couple of good pass rushes in, meaning two," Arrington said. "And I think maybe four pass-drops. I think I did really well on those few that I got."

Arrington, as well as many of his fellow rookies, was a bit peeved at the rain that cut short the scrimmage.

The NFL draft's No. 2 pick, Arrington saw little action during the Ravens' first possession, which finished with a field goal.

Chris Samuels, the Redskins' first-round pick, did not play in the scrimmage.

"It was a nice start of the day," Arrington said. "I just wish it could have continued."

The Redskins are expecting to use Arrington in a variety of ways, one of which is rushing the passer. He came into camp late after missing the first week due to a contract dispute.

He had a decent week of work, showing much of the athleticism that made him the nation's top-rated linebacker. His debut last night may have been cut short, but Redskins coach Norv Turner said expect to use Arrington and Samuels a lot in the upcoming four preseason games.

"LaVar and Chris are going to get a lot of chances to play over the next month," Turner said. "LaVar and Chris are going to make our football team. They are going to be here. You won't have to worry about Chris and LaVar. They are going to get their fair share of work during the preseason games."

The question was whether anything was gained in last night's exercise?

"Just going through the pre-game warmups, the seven-on-seven drills," Turner said. "Hey, the guys have played a lot of football, and it's amazing how they come out here, even the younger veterans, you can see them starting to breathe hard and get excited.

"Basically what I told them, it's good for you to get that feeling back and have that feeling before a game. And if you're really excited tonight, next Friday night, you'll be fired up."

He also got a chance to look at third-string quarterback Todd Husak and running back Chad Dukes. Dukes had the most impressive play of the scrimmage, a 23-yard run in which he broke severaltackles.

Husak struggled somewhat, throwing five straight incompletions, then an interception on his final play to safety Cory Harris.

"I didn't think we put it together that good as an offense," Husak said. "But we have a few more shots."

NOTES: Cornerback Darrell Green received an excused absence from the team after his father passed away. Turner said he expects Green to be gone for three to four days. ... Cornerback Deion Sanders, suffering from back spasms, did not participate in any of the drills at last night's scrimmage. Sanders injured his back during Wednesday's practice while breaking up a pass. ... All fans attending last night's game received a free season pass to practices at Redskin Park for the rest of training camp. ... Cornerback Tim Denton strained his hamstring during last night's seven-on-seven work.

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