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Rookies, Roster Hopefuls Arrive For Camp


For some, it's a first opportunity to impress Redskins coaches.

For others, it's a second opportunity to make an impression.

For most, it's a dream come true just to work out on the Redskins Park practice fields.

Upwards of 90 rookies and first-year players will be at Redskins Park this weekend for a three-day Rookie Camp. Most players arrived Thursday afternoon to undergo a physical and take part in an orientation.

The headliner?

Second-round draft pick Roger "Rocky" McIntosh will be on hand starting Friday, getting his first taste of NFL action. Coaches will be eager to work with him and see how far along he is in terms of playing linebacker at the pro level.

The Redskins' five other draft picks--fifth-round defensive tackle Anthony Montgomery, sixth-round safety Reed Doughty, sixth-round defensive tackle Kedric Golston, seventh-round offensive lineman Kili Lefotu and seventh-round linebacker Kevin Simon--will also be on hand.

Eight undrafted rookie free agents will also make their debut as Redskins this weekend.

Perhaps the most notable name of the group is former UCLA linebacker Spencer Havner, who some scouts predicted would be a first-day draft pick.

Havner was a semifinalist for the Lombardi and Butkus Awards last season after he recorded 99 tackles, two sacks and three interceptions.

The 6-3, 237-pounder can play either inside or outside linebacker. Redskins defensive coaches like players who are versatile, so Havner could be a player to watch.

Another player to watch is local product Derrick Fenner, a wide receiver. Fenner grew up in Hampton, Va., and played his college ball at Maryland. As a senior, he caught 34 passes for 417 yards and two touchdowns.

Fenner was one of 50-plus prospects who attended the Redskins' local college workout on April 7.

Punter David Lonie, another undrafted free agent pickup, could draw some attention as well.

A former decathlete and native of Australia, Lonie logged 61 punts for a 41.9-yard average at Cal last season. He joins Derrick Frost as the only two punters on the team's off-season roster.

Three first-year players on the current roster will also be participating in Rookie Camp: offensive lineman Jon Alston, a 6-5, 310-pounder who spent last year on the Redskins' practice squad; running back Jesse Lumsden; and offensive lineman Jonta Woodard. Lumsden and Woodard starred in the Canadian Football League last year.

Woodard, a 6-5, 325-pounder, has been mentioned by several team officials, including head coach Joe Gibbs, as a potential backup at offensive tackle next season.

Another notable veteran player coming in for a tryout will be former Redskin and Maryland defensive back Dennard Wilson.

The 5-10, 186-pound safety was on the Redskins' roster in July 2004, but suffered a knee injury on the first day of training camp. He was placed on injured reserve, then released after the 2004 season.

Wilson is back, fully healthy, hoping to make another run at earning a roster spot.

Most of the rookies will be on hand on a tryout basis only. The team has a handful of roster spots available and it's possible that coaches will fill out the roster with some promising players from the weekend Rookie Camp.

Other undrafted local prospects trying out this weekend: Georgetown linebacker Mike Ononibiaku; Maryland running Mario Merrills; Maryland safety Milton Harris; Hampton cornerback Michael West; Virginia Tech running back/kick return specialist Mike Imoh; and West Virginia defensive tackle Ernest Hunter.

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