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News & Notes: Wynn a Wild Card On D-Line

When the Redskins signed free agent defensive end Andre Carter this offseason, it immediately raised questions about where Renaldo Wynn fit in on the line.

Since 2003, Wynn has started 67 games at left defensive end for the Redskins. Last year, he started 15 games opposite Phillip Daniels at right end. Daniels led the team in sacks with eight; Wynn logged 1.5 sacks.

With Carter on board, it is expected that Wynn will serve a new role on the defensive line. He could be used as part of a rotation at defensive end. He could serve as a situational pass-rusher. He could also play some defensive tackle, a position he played periodically while in Jacksonville from 1997-2002.

Given his versatility and experience, Wynn could develop into sort of a wild card-type player on the defensive line.

Whatever happens, the 6-3, 292-pounder is taking it all in stride.

Asked if playing time was a concern for him heading into the season, Wynn replied, "Not at all. I'm a competitor. When I'm out there, I'm out there to compete."

Defensive coordinator-defensive line coach Greg Blache likes to rotate his defensive linemen as often as possible.

Said Wynn: "We have four defensive ends, including Demetric Evans, who could go out there and we wouldn't miss a beat. The way we are going to be rotating--which we haven't had here in a long time--we're going to stay fresh. It'll benefit us through the course of the season."

Wynn said Carter would fit right in to the team's close-knit unit of defensive linemen.

"A lot of people compare Andre to a [Philadelphia Eagles defensive end] Jevon Kearse," Wynn said. "It looks like he has less body fat then a lot of defensive backs. He's a freak of nature. So with the work ethic that he brings to the table, it definitely fits our group."

Wynn recorded 47 tackles and one forced fumble to go along with his 1.5 sacks. His season came to an abrupt end in the Redskins' 17-10 Wild Card win over Tampa Bay on Jan. 7, when he suffered a fractured forearm.

Wynn spent the offseason rehabilitating the injury and he was able to participate in the June 16-18 mini-camp. He is expected to be at full health when training camp starts on July 31.


The Redskins have released wide receiver Derrick Fenner, the team announced on Monday.

Fenner, an undrafted rookie out of Maryland, had signed with the team in early May. As one of 12 wide receivers on the roster, he had faced an uphill battle to earn a roster spot.

At Maryland last year, Fenner started nine games and had 34 catches for 417 yards and two touchdowns.

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