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Sellers Taking Reps At Tight End


Mike Sellers is entering his 12th season in the NFL with one thought on his mind.

"Win," the veteran fullback said.

Given his veteran status, Sellers knows that he has limited opportunities to put a Super Bowl championship on his extensive resume.

Perhaps that's why he welcomes playing more tight end and H-back in Mike Shanahan's offense this training camp.

Sellers has seen action at tight end in the Redskins' first two training camp sessions.

"I know what Mike can do at the fullback position and he did a good job for us last year," Shanahan said. "I think he gives us a little more flexibility if I can work him in at the tight end and H-back position. The more you can do, the better off you are."

Shanahan indicated that one reason to move Sellers to tight end is to give youngsters Darrel Young and Keiland Williams more opportunities in the Redskins' backfield. Coaches like Young as the fullback of the future while Williams had success a third-down back last season.

Asked what he likes about Sellers at tight end, Shanahan replied: "He's 270 pounds and he doesn't have a lot of body fat on him. He has good hands to be able to play both those positions."

Sellers played some tight end and H-back in 2004-05 under then-head coach Joe Gibbs, so he should have familiarity with the position.

At the time he attended meetings with the tight ends, not the running backs. When Al Saunders took over as offensive coordinator in 2006, Sellers was moved back to fullback. He earned his first Pro Bowl nod in 2008.

Last season, Sellers caught a career-high 20 passes for 224 yards out of the backfield. Five of the catches went for 20 yards.

Sellers kept himself in peak physical condition during an offseason in which players were responsible to stay in shape on their own due to the lockout.

"I'm typically a gym rat, so for me it wasn't too much different," Sellers said. "For a lot of the guys on the team that are older, they had a chance to heal some of those nagging injuries that they might have had."

Now that Sellers is back at camp, he finds himself amid a youth movement on the Redskins, not to mention significant roster turnover.

It's early, but Sellers tells the Redskins rookies that they have to prove their skills on the field to earn respect.

"College is college and you have to put it out on the field here where guys are bigger, stronger and faster," Sellers said. "Until they put the pads on, I really can't say how good they are. They're nice guys. They're smart guys. They're real attentive in meetings. But we haven't seen them on the field."

It's all about competition at this stage of training camp, he added.

"That's what training camps for: everybody has to compete," Sellers said. "They're not just going to give you a starting job. You've got to earn it."

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